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Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
+2: Exile the top three cards of target opponent's library.
-X: Put a creature card with converted mana cost X exiled with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver onto the battlefield under your control. That creature is a Nightmare in addition to its other types.
-10: Exile all cards from all opponents' hands and graveyards.
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Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver Discussion
1 week ago
Baneslayer Angel was dumb just because it forever changed Mythics from "These are cards you don't want to see too many of in Limited or require you to build around them" to "You need these $30+ cards to be decently competitive in MtG." Then came Primeval Titan and its cycle.
In terms of how playable they are, Beguiler of Wills, Devout Invocation, Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded, Duskmantle Seer, and Archangel's Light usually send me into a fit of rage whenever I saw them opened.
Play-wise? Wurmcoil Engine, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Liliana of the Veil, Past in Flames, Angel of Serenity, Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, Garruk Relentless Flip, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, and Karn Liberated.
3 weeks ago
Yeah, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed isn't a very common card to see, mostly because he's a Portal Three Kingdoms card, and that whole set's basically impossible to find (hence his nearly 90$ price tag). The trick with him, is that in black, he's really easy to reanimate, so a super-popular strategy with him is cast Demonic Tutor, grab Dread Return, then sac him to get DT back, then reanimate him Dread Return, then DT again, sac him again to get DT back, DT again, flashback Dread Return to reanimate him again, sac him again, get back DT again, DT again, and hey look, you've now got the three pieces of your combo in hand and you win. He's just very abusable - like if Eternal Witness were in blue/white where flickering to keep getting extra ETB's was a thing, PLUS having access to the best tutors in the game.
I'd be more inclined to run Mirari than Mirrorpool, since MP requires colorless mana to activate, and I don't want to weaken the manabase by adding too many non-black producers. If your list already has a number of ways to produce colorless mana, then sure, go for it. Mirari seems pretty cool, though I'd caution against using it to copy your killspells (most of the time) since the spells will frequently be cheaper than the price to copy.
Corrupt is a great spell - the only reason I'm not running it is because it's not an instant, so I can't get it back with Toshiro. Notice that it's effectively a slower, more costly Tendrils of Corruption, unless I'm aiming it at a player - in which case, I want them dead, not just stung for a bit. Still, running it as a possible way to finish out a game, or just to pick off that one problem player isn't a mistake.
Maze of Ith and Fleshbag Marauder both seem like solid additions. I'm shying away from Marauder (and his twin, Merciless Executioner), just because I like my removal instant-speed, but particularly if you're looking to go in a more creature-based direction, he's a solid card that triggers Toshiro usually more than once.
From these cards, Lord of the Void is the only one I don't really think belongs. Again, this is a really strong card that you can use to devastating effect... but everyone at the table will know it. Also, people tend to be very incentivized to remove things like Lord that steal cards out of their library. In my superfriends list, I specifically run Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver not because it's that great in EDH, but because people will swing at them again and again and again even to the point of ignoring my much more dangerous planeswalkers, because it's actively ripping resources away from them, and the other walkers are ticking up much more subtly - towards much more devastating ults.
In short, run Lord if you like, but be prepared to have him removed, and to draw the ire of the table if he sticks around.
3 weeks ago
In full disclosure I've never played against that list or one quite like it - but typically the crux of Meren's power is how you choose to mulligan and which lines of play you seek out in your first few turns. In other words, a generic "good hand" and luck of the draw will often not serve you well, as opposed to thinking very critically about your opponents' weaknesses and proactively seeking out the best ways to address their individual strategies.
For example, some games against certain lists I ignore all else and look for Null Rod ASAP, because the disproportionate advantage it provides vs. artifact combo / ramp (i.e. Rashmi, Eternities Crafter combo) is simply so strong that every other line of play is just not worth it in comparison. On the other hand, against something like Yisan, the Wanderer Bard it is usually crucial to find removal or a boardwipe as soon as possible. So, your opening hand / mulligans / early tutors should reflect the line of play you believe is most likely to win you the game (again, a generic "good" hand will usually be the incorrect choice - it needs to be "good" for the specific matchup)
Initial impressions looking at the Ramos list:
In summary, we are much faster than this list and it at least appears to me that bogging him down in the opening turns of the game would give us plenty of time to setup a lock or establish fantastic board advantage.
Was this a 1v1 game or multiplayer? If multiplayer, did the rest of the table not use any removal?
3 weeks ago
I just played 2 games with this deck against this one: Super Cascading Engine and lost both times, due to Ramos, Dragon Engine resolving and getting a massive buff from Maelstrom Archangel. Also, early game you lost many of your best creatures to Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver's +2. How would you counter that in this deck?
1 month ago
Hm i'm not sure Phenax, God of Deception works that well in your deck. For him to be effective you will need more creatures with high toughness that you can tap for mill. For example Jace's Phantasm, Consuming Aberration or even Mindshrieker. The first two of those will not work with well with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver because he will weaken them or even kill them when exiling the whole graveyard.
1 month ago
I'd suggest that you replace Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker - he costs 5 mana and mills only if he is not removed by your enemy and is not blocked by a flying creature. If you want that kind of mill you can play Mind Funeral instead which only costs 3 mana. If you want to have a creature you might have a look at Circu, Dimir Lobotomist. Other nice creatures are Jace's Phantasm or Consuming Aberration, but they dont work well with Ashiok, Nightmare Weavers exile ability.
Also Chronic Flooding doesn't really do much to slow the game vs aggro decks. Most of the time you're better of with some removal.
1 month ago
Good ol' mill decks! My only suggestions would be, based on fraying sanity, run a one of Traumatize that way if you do get a fraying sanity out, it's a 1 card win.
If you're feeling like going more creature based, then Manic Scribe is actually a suurprising killer card.
if you want more mill, Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver can be really punishing to your enemies.
Mind Grind is a dope finisher, especially against decks that run a low amount of lands like elves.
With the damnation in sideboard, i'd probs run 2, maybe even 3 depending on your local meta. But a sneaky as card that goes well with awesome combos is Bitter Ordeal
I'd honestly cut flight,, pilfered plans, and the tome scour. And perhaps put in SOME counter spells - remember not to be too hard on the counters as you are a mill deck first - in places like this, if you have enough control over the board, you could use Quash or something like this.
I hope I helped! Any more tips or such, message! My first modern deck was a mill deck and it's awesome fun
1 month ago
I was going to say Tamiyo felt a little out of place here, but I just read your comment about his thing with planeswalkers...
Actually, I'd really wanted to congratulate you for introducing your kid to MTG. That's awesome.
But, back onto cards, I believeAshiok, Nightmare Weaver might have something add up here. Liliana, the Last Hope is far beyond cool too, but it might cost up something. I'd swap the second Jace for one of them, and maaaaaaybe swap Gifted Aetherborn for Vampire Nighthawk, but it may require a little change in your mana-curve.
Anyhow, awesome list and awesome relationship. Keep it up, you're a great dad.