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Bone Picker costs less to cast if a creature died this turn.
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Bone Picker Discussion
3 days ago
Generally your card selection here is at too high a mana cost, no 1 mana spells is a big deal, especially when, off the top of my head; Viscera Seer , Mortician Beetle , Deathgreeter , Quest for the Gravelord and Thoughtpicker Witch all exist. Modern is a fast format, spells which cost 4 or more mana need to have significant impact to be playable, spells that cost less need to be the most efficient version. For example, you might think that these three cards would be ordered in playability thus: Murder > Victim of Night > Fatal Push , the opposite is actually true Fatal Push is the best of the 3, it is one of the best removal spells in Modern... In a deck focused on sacrifice though Tragic Slip is also a good choice.
Cards like Grim Haruspex , Skirsdag High Priest and Bone Picker are ideal for this sort of deck as you net an additional benefit from the sacrifice. A card like Scavenger Drake can't be played until turn 4, Mortician Beetle is potentially there on turn 1. If you want a finisher in this sort of deck Demon of Death's Gate would be a classic option. Cards which can return themselves also have value Bloodsoaked Champion and Reassembling Skeleton would be examples.
Try to organise the deck so that you have more 1 drops, than 2, more 2 than 3 etc, keep in mind though that functionally Bone Picker should be a 1 drop in your deck, so there is a little wiggle room. I hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.
6 days ago
I've been wondering how many creatures there are in modern that require a certain condition to be met in order to cast them. I have found Myr Superion and Talara's Battalion that strictly follow this rule, while Epochrasite and Bone Picker can still be cast without having to meet their conditions.
3 weeks ago
Thanks for all the suggestions, RedmundR2! Your suggestions seem very powerful, but I purposely skipped over them when building this deck for budget reasons. As I said in my description, I have about a $75 cap, ad this deck has about $12 of wiggle room. Sadly, although insanely powerful cards, Phyrexian Obliterator and Bloodghast are too expensive for my build, but are great suggestions for anyone else building this deck. Victim of Night is probably my favorite removal spell, and was already in the deck. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Gravecrawler, and Geralf's Messenger could be very interesting as 1/2-ofs, and I will most certainly test them out when I get a chance. I’ve had my eye on Fatal Push since it rotated out of Standard, and the price has been dropping, so maybe it’s time to finally slot it in here. Finally, Bone Picker could be a very interesting suggestion, and something I will definitely test out, but I might need more removal to make sure something dies. I don’t mean to sound rude or anything by declining some of your suggestions, but I have budget restrictions, so some won’t work out for me.
You say that I should try to lower my curve and make this deck more aggressive, but I’m hesitant about that, as this is a more midrange deck that can go into the later game with cards like Pack Rat. Pack Rat has been amazing for me so far, so I don’t like the idea of taking it out until I test that more.
The only real reason I beat against the bogles player was that I managed to kill of their bogles with my deathtouch creatures, and they couldn’t find more, so I won.
Again, thanks for all the suggestions, and I’ll definitely look in to slotting some of them in here.
3 weeks ago
Im a big fan of mono-b lists, I really like alot of your inclusions especially the amazingly powerful value creatures like Gifted Aetherborn and Vampire Nighthawk. I was skeptical as to how a bogles player could lose to this list since it is alot faster and can completely negate your creatures from blocking their bogles (as well as cards like Daybreak Coronet with Gryff's Boon that will give them the ability to attack AND block your fliers), but then i saw it was u/w bogles and that list is almost certainly inferior to the g/w version. Some cards to consider:
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx IMO anytime you're playing a mono color deck, this is a card to strongly consider simply because of how powerful it can be and is almost always worth the downside of not having access to a specific color in the early turns.
Geralf's Messenger - This guy is fantastic because he sticks around after death, and does some damage on entry. Very solid card for mono-b and high value.
Phyrexian Obliterator - Flying is great and all, but having trample AND the opponent being discouraged from doing any blocking or direct damage spells to remove it can be alot better. Plus he will fuel your Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in a big way.
Bone Picker - since this is modern and creatures will always die/get removed, this card is essentially a 1-drop 3/2 flier which is fantastic value. Plus if you add Geralf's Messenger and the next card im going to suggest, we have creatures that can die that will just come back from the graveyard!
Gravecrawler - Even with just running 2 other cards that are zombies, its another 1 drop that can come back over and over and thats just pure value.
Fatal Push - Purely incredible removal, something this deck can surely use over card draw IMO
Bloodghast - This card is a staple in aggressive mono-b lists and speaks for itself why it would be useful!
Victim of Night - another low mana cost removal spell that might be worth running
Overall my advice would be to try to lower our curve a bit with some more 1 drops, and consider adding more cards that can either be played cheaply with immediate effects when played, or cards that are resistant to removal by always being able to come back, and to add more removal for our opponents threats. Pack Rat is a fantastic card, but can be slow for an aggro deck compared to cheaper cards that come back from the graveyard for less mana instead of making copies of a card for 3 mana that also requires discard.
+1! Good luck!
1 month ago
As a new player, with a lot of singleton cards you might want to consider playing Brawl. If you want to build a deck, even for casual use then you need a lot more consistany. Play 4x of the cards which matter the most and probably focus on either a two colour deck our a mono one. A deck should have a main plan and if possible a backup plan, for example if you wanted to build a deck around Vraska, Regal Gorgon, then because that card costs 7 mana, you would look for ramp, fortunately green is the colour best at this, cards like Fertile Ground and Arbor Elf being good examples. To utilese those cards you would need to buy singles rather than packs though.
What your deck shouldn't have is vanilla creatures, cards like Douser of Lights and Wild Ceratok are limited filler, there are better options for the same casting cost. The same is also true for a card like Bartizan Bats there are better options, cards like Dimir Spybug released in the same set or even Bone Picker if part of your plan is to keep your graveyard filled. Generally you also don't want an escalating mana curve, it's normally better to have 10 cards which cost 1 than 10 which cost 4, unless you are cheating the cards into play in some way.
What are your 4 favourite cards in this deck? (run 4x of them) Does using all 4 of them let you run a two colour deck? (if you cut 1 do you have 2 colours? If so do that and pick another) What is the goal of your deck, what is it you ideally want it to do?
Hope this is of some help, welcome to MTG.
3 months ago
Good ol' wet Jund. I've always wanted to see a midrange list like this that runs Bone Picker as a hyper-efficient threat combined with their cornucopia of removal. Maybe you should try it!
Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!
3 months ago
Seems a nice deck, but I'd make some suggestions:
First of all I'd add Fatal Push. It's very usefull when you want to remove an annoying opponent's creature. Probably I'd put it instead of Reaper from the Abyss, since it's true that the reaper is a creature that does good things, but it costs really much.
I don't really like Bone Picker and Savra, Queen of the Golgari since you don't have so many chances to cast the picker in the first turns and you don't sacrifice creatures, which makes the queen useless