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Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
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Blood Artist Discussion
2 hours ago
Most commander decks just win with the "out-value" plan. The idea is that if you can do everything more efficiently than everyone else, you will win. I have a Queen Marchesa deck that tries to keep everything other than my own stuff off the board so that I can chip away my opponents' life totals with a large threat turn after turn. My Meren of Clan Nel Toth deck slowly drains eveybody with Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat effects so I eventually win. My Sygg, River Cutthroat deck establishes an early board presence with an evasive threat or three, gives it something broken to hold like a Quietus Spike, then controls the long game with countermagic and removal. There are tons of options. Also, remember that your commander can be your win condition if you build it right.
7 hours ago
You're running a couple of things I've considered but never tested that I'd love to get your opinion on. Do you find that Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat do good work? I've been considering them since I have so many tokens, so I'd be curious to hear how they work for you. Also, do you generally find that you're able to get Reclamation Sage in the graveyard easily when you want to? I'm currently running Viridian Zealot for the self-sacrifice, but I've been thinking that rec sage might be better.
In terms of possible replacements, there are a couple of things you might try:
- I'm not convinced that Diligent Farmhand is better than Sakura-Tribe Elder. It seems like the best possible upside is that you play it T1, take T2 off to sac it and ramp in to Meren T3 and put it back on the battlefield, at which point it costs 2 mana to sac it again. If it were Elder, you could play something T1, then play and sac it T2, play Meren T3 to return it to hand, and then it's still only 2 mana to play and sac it again. The fact that you can just get a free land off of Elder any time you need it with Meren and 2 experience seems a lot better than maybe getting to fetch it direct to the field sooner.
- Conjurer's Closet seems right on the edge of worth it. You currently have 10 hits in the deck, but a bunch of them aren't very good hits. Something like Thragtusk might be more likely to pay off. Or even if you left in closet, Thragtusk would make another strong target (and be in-flavor with Kokusho).
- It may be worth cutting one of Mind's Eye or Deathreap Ritual. They're both a lot less efficient than the other card draw and having a card that does something right away might be good. A decent option could be Hornet Queen, which gives draw power w\with Skullclamp and Evolutionary Leap. It also lights up Hecatomb and Westvale Abbey on its own or give you a pile of stuff to sac to Bloodspore Thrinax or Mycoloth. There's probably some magical Christmas land whene you sac out queen and the bees to Thrinax, then fetch it back to the field EoT with Meren to get a 7/7 and 4 5/5's.
1 day ago
2 days ago
-4Aether Vial, +4Sanguine Bond-2Cliffhaven Vampire, +2Falkenrath Noble The Cliffhaven were just not have a good impact. However, the Blood Artist seemed to annoy a lot of folks. Hence the swap to the Noble.
Exquisite Blood will not be added.
Vampire Cutthroat is a sneaky little bugger. Performed well so far.
3 days ago
I actually haven't played Veldalken orrery yet.. I might be cutting it to be honest. Th sudo haste is nice though though. I forgot to add Evolutionary Leap to the main board. Lol, that is one more card to add to the deck great. I do want to add Blood Artist as well.
4 days ago
@xxSkedz24xx: Blood Artist almost got cut because I do a surprisingly little amount of nickel and diming opponents with this deck. I don't like Zulaport because it only affects my own creatures and not everyone elses (which matters in my meta).
4 days ago
I much prefer Indulgent Aristocrat or Gifted Aetherborn to Kalastria Highborn for the area buff and ability to stall out games with lifegain, because I find the mana investment difficult to keep up, and rarely impactful enough to run over Blood Artist. Indulgent also has some nice bloodghast synergy.
If you wanna look up sideboard options or other funstuff, Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my toolbox for decks like this. Everlasting Torment, Storage Matrix and Ratchet Bomb are my current preferred sideboard choices, but it really is meta-dependant.
5 days ago
In all honesty I had trouble coming up with some suggestions for you, because your deck is already well built. The only things that came to mind originally was Avenger of Zendikar, especially since you're running 40 lands. After reading through your planned changes, and noticed that you were putting Ashnod's Altar into the deck, I immediately thought of Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat. Another card I noticed that this deck could use was Doubling Season, since it doubles tokens and counters, however the card is pretty expensive and I'm not sure what your budget is.