Creature — Thrull
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Basal Thrull Discussion
1 month ago
Mana Vault on T1 lets you cast Sidisi on T2.
Mox Jet - obvious but you most likely won't get one cheap.
...can't think of any more accelerations right now, hope you find some usefull!
6 months ago
In Commander, there are in fact more than two black thrulls. There's Armor Thrull (one of my favorites), Necrite & Mindstab Thrull, Blood Pet, Basal Thrull & Blood Vassal, Exhumer Thrull, Thrull Champion, Thrull Parasite, Thrull Surgeon & Thrull Wizard... and that's pretty much all the good ones in mono-black.
I love thrulls, btw. =)
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8 months ago
Soldevi Adnate is strictly better than Basal Thrull, yes? It can sac itself for just like Basal Thrull, but it can also sac a high CMC creature for a more explosive play OR any creature that needs to hit the GY in a pinch.
9 months ago
This is a stax deck, and it's a deck that I use in competitive games (though, not at tournaments since Shirei sucks). So, I don't run large creatures, such as Butcher or Sadistic Hypnotist. Both eat removal and cannot be saved by sacrifice to their own ability, not to mention that hypnotist is sorcery speed and untargetted -- not useful in early games, games where I face tutors, or games against decks with large draw power. That isn't to say it is bad, just not for this deck.
Killing Wave is trash. Seems like a good idea, but it was cut a very long time ago. Its like some weird fetish on tappedout that people run this card, and I do not get it. Why would I run this over Death Cloud? It's like the Black Cryptic Command -- a good card, but perversely overrated.
Basal Sliver is fine, I guess. Not reusable, removal bait, little too costly, god help you against a sliver deck (I do play against one sometimes).
I could probably stand to run sidisi, but that tutor comes a little late for this deck, especially without a lot of resources at my disposal. However, recursion and exploit do make up for that somewhat. I would probably cut Nether Traitor or Dimir House Guard -- depending on meta, preferences.
Xenic Poltergeist -- I already cut the superior Karn, Silver Golem because I removed a lot of the gimicky cards from the deck, and have more robust artifact recursion in Junk Diver, Myr Retriever and Buried Ruin. I never have the mana to recur wayfarer's bauble or expedition map on every turn.
Lightning Coils is fun, but must survive until next turn and depends on splashy plays -- not for stax, but a lot of fun in my shadowborn apostle deck (The Happening). I do really love this card though, and even the minimum 15 damage is nothing to scoff at. Those elementals are prime fodder as well. You know, I might try it out in this deck again. The art alone is a good enough reason.
Fume Spitter is the most likely to be run here, since it actually does something on its own of marginal value and is a cheap body, and the art is sick. I dont have enough B for plagued rusalka (nor does anyone) without phyrexian altar. Nor are there enough creatures out at a time for me to use to laser stuff down. Not for this deck. Likewise, I don't run Phyrexian Plaguelord, though I did for a time.
Skullclamp -- mhm. The point is that you get to draw 2 - 10 cards per turn. No single creature in the deck is that important (besides shirei). INUS conditions. Theres plenty of reanimation engines and recurrable creatures as well.
Somdevi adnate generates 2 - 4 Black mana per (your) turn and can be sacrificed to other abilities. Yeah not great ramp, but works very well / well enough. I was running burnished hart here, but I always ran out of swamps.
Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast, Nether Traitor -- can all be recurred multiple times per turn and without the aid of Shirei, and can be painlessly sacrificed to skullclamp. Again, this is a stax deck that wins by building a resource assymetry. What if someone blows up shirei in response to Contamination? Well ... You want to have the skeleton. How do you live through Possessed Portal without shirei? Skeleton. How do you combo off with Pawn of Ulamog? Nether Traitor.
10 months ago
If you ain't concerned about the price... You could do an upgrade to the mana base...
City of Traitors (as a 2-of)
Ebon Stronghold (as a 4-of)
Ancient Tomb (as a 4-of)
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (as a 4-of)
Cabal Coffers (as a 1-of)
and 8 swamps...
Maybe some Lotus Petal
But it would be better to cut down Basal Thrull
In my opinion...
1 year ago
You've got a really cool discard theme, have you considered Sadistic Hypnotist? He's a fun sac outlet that can strip every card out a whole table of opponents. Blood Pet is better than Basal Thrull in almost every way. Also Grim Haruspex and Black Market are too good to pass up for Shirei. Also Zulaport Cutthroat is a MVP in the deck, but not 100% necessary. Lightning Coils is the coolest card in shirei.
1 year ago
The big thing I realised with Meren decks is you don't have to get alot of experience counters. Even with zero counters she can be useful, and you should find once you're set up around the 8-10th turn that you should have enough experience counters to get any creature from your graveyard (unless Meren has been getting alot of hate in the game).
1 year ago
this article and the comments are great. i just put 7 new cards in my tcg cart for $1.50.
on Morgue Toad, unless you're playing grixis i'd rather have Basal Thrull. and then i'd rather have Dark Ritual or Bubbling Muck or Wayfarer's Bauble.