Blur of Blades
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. Blur of Blades deals 2 damage to that creature's controller.
Blur of Blades Discussion
1 month ago
Mr. Bombastic. Thank you for your suggestions, and taking the time to jot them down. I've gone through them, despite having tried some of this when I first built the deck, until I see some of this on paper I can't be certain of some things. Though there are some of your suggestions that which I've already play tested through, which have worked they're ways out.
For your mana section. Attune with Aether, Aether Hub, and Harnessed Lightning have already been play tested out. Their usefulness is lost against Solemnity, which is a commonly sideboarded card against me. Most of the deck can be worked around Solemnity like Cut / Ribbons where Harnessed Lightning fails, and I do have enchantment removal. But, having it in the deck doesn't mean it's in the hand when needed. Also, 3 more lands is unnecessary, especially if you recommend 4 Attunes; cause this will cause the deck to flood out. (Take it from the person who plays the deck.) I'm noticing I have a rare mind set on mana, and I'm a rare person who is willing to take a chance at a slower pace Mana, for the other odds of untapped dual land entry. If I get a Blooming Marsh, one of the "Show Lands" and a Bicycle Land. I can turn 1 a Soul-Scar Mage and turn 2 a Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons. Let's stop there with that example. But I've had plenty of games of getting to 5 mana, all duals, and entering all untapped or the first one being tapped. I can live with that. Plus, the ability to ditch the Bicycle lands later, or pitch them with Hazoret the Fervent is nice.
For the Creatures section. Ammit Eternal is a strong creature. It synergizes well with only some of my deck. I can't speak for yours. With out Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or an Obelisk Spider out, there isn't too much pay off to the Ammit. Which to skip ahead, if you haven't tried the Spider I would recommend it, especially if you get 2 of them out together. It's not just a synergy piece. The Spider helps deal with flyers, slows down RDW, and can survive a Sweltering Suns, much like an emptied Channeler Initiate. Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is a key piece to the deck, can help get things started or can help catch up mid-game. Though once she's unable to get through to hit the player, her usefulness wears out. Unless there is an Ammit out, then I get a snake each time the opponent plays a card. Haptra can also recharge the Channeler Initiate, which is fun and helpful. Now I will humbly disagree with you on the Harsh Mentor. I would imagine some of this has to do with local meta. Against Man-Lands, B/G Energy, Electrostatic Pummeler, RDW's Ramunap Ruins and sh*t like that, he's a life saver and usually the "unsung hero". Plus, not EVERYTHING has to be synergistic. If that were the case, the version of this deck that's primarily Black and Green is more synergistic. Yet, the ones I've played against can't complete, even though they can compete. Same thing back to Hazoret the Fervent. Not every piece need be synergistic, some just helps win or close the game. Now I'll be fair that Samut, Voice of Dissent is really just a curve and flavor card, much like Glorybringer (Even though a Glory, with a Soul and Hapatra is fun.. but a lot of effort just for a snake.) If I make the Green/Black version of this, the Crocodile of the Crossing is a shoe in. But I'm not, so he isn't. He gives me snake, a single moment of drain, or a charge on the Channeler... I'll take Indestructible over that.
The rest section. Sweltering Suns doesn't have to only be fired off with a Soul-Scar Mage, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and an Obelisk Spider out. It's has a great use of clearing out insane boards like RDW's, Zombies, and that crazy B/W Token-Death-by-a-Thousand-Cuts. So, it's not really a dead card, perhaps just one that needs more experience behind it. Plus, it cycles for those few times when my board is crazier than theirs. For your thoughts on going wide, I think you've failed to notice that there is NOT a Nest of Scarabs in the deck. It was, then got worked out due to the value of Deathtouch against a Bristling Hydra. Sometimes I can go wide with some snakes, but they're more for defense purposes. For the Skysovereign, Consul Flagship, it is a new addition to the deck but it's done some work. You seem to be contradicting yourself at this point, where you mention going wide yet feel there isn't a way to crew 3. Ever seen a Skyship piloted by 2 snakes and a spider? It was hilarious. My next act will be Prowessing up Soul-Scar Mage to crew. Also, the damage it deals synergizes very well thanks to the Soul-Scar Mage, in the same way Glorybringer, Chandra, Torch of Defiance's -3 ability, and Samut, the Tested's -2 ability does. It doesn't have to kill everything, even if it just makes things smaller. An Exerted Glory with a Soul turns Rhonas and Kefnet into 1/1, kills Hazoret, and turns Oketra and Bontu into over-hyped 0/2. For Samut, the Tested, it comes back to mixing it up. Her -2 ability can produce 2 triggers of a Hapatra or Spider, whereas Chandra's -3 only produces 1 trigger. Her +1 ability on Hazoret is a kick in the teeth. Also plussing her on Soul-Scar Mage and swinging in with just him is a great way to catch people off guard, whether they block or not cause any or a combo of Shock, Abrade and Blur of Blades can sneak through more damage than was expected. Oops, the Blur of Blades is a sideboard update I've yet to do. I'll tweak this in the evening.
Again, thank you for the recommendations and suggestions. I hope I addressed some of them in a meaningful and explanatory fashion to at least help explain my rationale. Something I should put in the Description perhaps, is that this deck isn't meant to be all things negative, the G/B version is more so. This deck utilizes a lot of key Neg abilities to survive, have blockers, and kill Gods and Hydras. Most of your suggestions would more change the deck, rather than improve it. A friend of mine has built the G/B version that contains the stuffs you've mentioned. He's working to splash Red for.. well, red stuffs. I'll certainly put your thoughts to paper to see what it looks like, though my expectations will be based on comparison.
As a small point of fact, the FNM that was the day before your post, I took this exact mainboard to 2nd place in a ~16 ppl field, if that helps give you some confidence in this rig.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
1 month ago
Lightning Bolt is not standard legal unfortunately. Cards that could potentially replace it are: Flame Lash, Furious Reprisal, Blur of Blades, Magma Spray and Abrade. You might also want to try getting a more balanced mana curve. With an average converted mana cost (CMC) of 2.95, you could try removing one or two lands. A good way to make the deck flow better is to take out two or three high cost creatures and put in some one or two cost creatures. Hope this helps and if you need help with anything MTG related, just ask.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Thank you multimedia!
Don't forget Cut when it comes to why I splashed red. And while are the key colors, the cards provide a support that is necessary.
Consuming Fervor not only provides nice power and toughness boost, but it triggers all the synergy every single turn. Blur of Blades is actually one of my favorite cards in this block so I admit a slight bias. Lol but a shock disguised as synergy fodder is value out the wazoo IMO! Cut / Ribbons is just another type of removal that has ended the game for me on quite a few games!
1 month ago
Only two colors will help the budget manabase a lot allowing you better chances to play Haptra on curve. The most important cards for your strategy are in green or black; focusing on using colors that are best for your strategy will simplify things as well as make for smoother gameplay.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I really like this deck, and that you used Blur of Blades I feel that's a really underrated card right now and very good for budget.
dommi on Deck tuning
1 month ago
In my deck 6 million, choose one, I realized that I made a 70 card deck instead of a 60 card deck.
I want to make that change, but should the deck stay at 70 cards or be reduced to 60. If I reduce it what should be taken out/changed? If I keep it at 70 cards, is 24 lands enough?