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Creature — Zombie Cat
When Black Cat dies, target opponent discards a card at random.
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Black Cat Discussion
1 day ago
Nice, simple idea for modern. I think the secret to running budget black decks are a lot of hand disruption and a stable manabase. If you can find some of the more budget b/g lands, that will help. Llanowar Wastes, that sort of thing. Scythe Leopard, Gatecreeper Vine and Liliana's Elite are likely to underperform compared to some other dirt-cheap options.
General advice- go heavy on one colour so that you can pack your deck with cards of that colour then leave the other for later in the game, where you can afford to be paying mana with lands that come into play tapped.
This means either early game black (hand/board disruption) or early game green (Elves of Deep Shadow/Sakura-Tribe Elder). What you choose to focus on can then inform the cmc and gamplan for the rest of your cards. Either way, lots of 1 and 2 drops will help you survive.
I'll start with disruption options- Vendetta, Victim of Night, Smother, Geth's Verdict Bile Blight etc for creature removal, Duress, Black Cat, Ravenous Rats, Rotting Rats, Nezumi Bone-Reader and Thoughtpicker Witch for hand disrution are all solid choices that match your game plan.
Interesting or efficient creature options Rot Shambler/Mortician Beetle (growing threats), Zulaport Cutthroat/Blood Artist (lifedrain and victory without attacks with a sacrifice outlet), Dross Harvester (bolt and path resistance), Ogre Slumlord for rat tribal combo , Pawn of Ulamog/Sifter of Skulls for more tokens, Quirion Dryad/Vinelasher Kudzu for growing threats Bloodthrone Vampire/Indulgent Aristocrat/Carrier Thrall for vamp tribal, Nest Invader for more token/ramp, Boneyard Wurm/Satyr Wayfinder/Graveblade Marauder/Nighthowler/Splinterfright/Gnarlwood Dryad are all fairly functional for a more graveyard-reliant setup, and Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a cheap and functional manland.
Sideboard options Elvish Eulogist(in an elf heavy list) Elvish Hexhunter Vampire Hexmage Bottle Gnomes Dryad Militant Delirium Skeins etc. There is a lot out there in these colours.If a lot of cards are ending up in the graveyard as the game draws out, spells like Hooting Mandrills, Gurmag Angler or Become Immense start becoming more valuable.
The question is always going to be what is my opponents plan, and how do I stop that- are my opponents playing Rest in Peace or smilar to deal with graveyard shenanigans, will they kill me before I kill them as every card in their deck is effectively Lightning Bolt, or will they be able to Remand all my spells while they hit me with Delver of Secrets Flip. Things that disrupt their plan are usually good, especially when they help your plan.
There are a lot of cards to much around with and play- I'd reccomend testing online before going hunting for things specific, focus on a single strategy when picking cards and if you choose to go less-budget, focus on lands first. Reliably casting spells is the core of the game.
1 week ago
Now that being said, if you want to try something a little different, thats ok. You do have one bad card choice, Assassinate isn't good. You want instant speed kill spells and you want them to cost less than what you are killing. Victim of Night or Fatal Push would be better choices. Alternatively you could use Dark Withering as you should be able to use madness, also madness gives you Call to the Netherworld.
You really want 2 copies of Lilliana Necrogen Mists can pretend to be your second copy. I'd say you want Blood Scrivener rather than Asylum Visitor for the zombie synergy. For the same reason Gifted Aetherborn would be better as Black Cat. Finally the Tree of Perdition is a cool card but Liliana's Reaver would now fit in with a zombie sub theme and it causes discard.
2 weeks ago
zig13 on AristoCats
3 weeks ago
Ajani's Pridemate seems an obvious inclusion what with your lifegain theme unless you don't count Leonin as cats.
1 month ago
Cards that die easily are most easily abusable with Tortured Existence. Normal GB dredge decks do not have space for Tortured Existence, but even though you have to tailor your deck around it, there is a myriad of options to do so.
1 month ago
1 month ago
With Black Cat up as a blocker, there is a hesitation to attack you due to the random discard, which everyone hates. It's worth remebering that the value in random discard is that it can hit land and missing a land drop sucks.
Personally the last time i ran a Rack I toggled between a creatureless and creature containing deck. I also ran Waste Not and Rain of Tears (though not pox) which can provide some value, even if that value is in sad faces... It is very meta dependant how well a rack deck does though.
I'm still playing mono black, but at the moment going the devotion route...
1 month ago
It really depends. I'm still messing around with it, seeing what works and what doesn't. I'm happy to say that Liliana does okay in my local meta (yay for rural blue collar). I may end up going with Mists anyways.
It's funny you mention Tasigur's Cruelty because I had that in my original build, but I wanted to try Delirium. It's not very fast, and I have to draw into Smallpox and Augur of Skulls to get it going. I'm not hitting it that reliably, so I don't think it's long for the deck.
Blackmail definitely has a place here once I get more scratch. The good news is that I'll have before my next local modern event. As for Black Cat, what's your experience with it? It looks like fun in mono black sort of way, evil laugh.
I really appreciate the suggestions. It's all stuff that I was on the fence about, and I'm more convinced that they'll make it a much leaner discard machine. Thanks again. Cheers!