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Counter target instant spell if it's blue.
Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
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1 week ago
"Consistency and redundancy in a very powerful way" - that's definitely on display here, for sure. Some of the consistency cards I dislike? (e.g., Thorn of Amethyst is great in this deck, but it can be moderately unfun at times; and Mana Crypt has always felt very pay-to-win to me, so I generally avoid it).
Generally I was glad to see our creature-base mostly matches up. I feel like I'm doing something right there.
Most of the other cards you run that I do not are cards I probably should be running. The Wheels, Necropotence, and Reanimate look like great ways to get back in the game if the early riot doesn't go as planned. I wanted to build my deck with all my chips on the turn five riot; so I opted against those late-game recovery cards in favor of more 3-mana riot-starters. Now that the deck is moderately famous in my playgroup, the predictability of always rioting on turn 5 is turning into a big problem for me, so I may have to change things up. :/
I also really like the idea of using a spell (like Exsanguinate or Flame Rift) to start a massive pre-combat Riot, and having Urabrask or Mass Hysteria give my rioters haste, and surprise attacking with a hand full of eldrazi outta nowhere. Never worked out all that well for me, though; my deck doesn't have the tutor/draw potential to bring it all together, so I mostly gave up on that plan and took the spell damage out (for more creatures!). I feel like it probably works a lot better in your deck, and I imagine it's a lot of fun when it happens. Does it happen often?
Thanks for the reply! Viva la Mr. Rakdos!
(P.S. I was really excited to see Pyroblast. It's one of my favorite red cards, and Cyc Rift is objectively stupid, so. Good call there. I run it, and Red Elemental Blast, and Burnout in my other Rakdos deck: Rakdos hates you, and so do I.)
6 months ago
Chain Reaction is a really good board wipe: it's inexpensive, has a low CMC, and almost always kills everything.Staff of Nin is recurring card draw and it's cheap. Mind's Eye is more expensive but probably better at drawing cards. Magus of the Wheel and Dragon Mage are more wheel effects you could try. You might also want to try Mana Flare, Treasonous Ogre, or Caged Sun for even more mana to sink into Ashling.
You might want to try damage doublers: Furnace of Rath, Insult / Injury, Quest for Pure Flame, Dictate of the Twin Gods, Curse of Bloodletting, Gratuitous Violence, or Overblaze. All of these are pretty inexpensive.
Copying spells is a neat way to increase the value of your burns. You could try any of these: Reverberate, Wild Ricochet, Fork, Chandra, the Firebrand, Dual Casting, Dualcaster Mage, Increasing Vengeance, Howl of the Horde. You can also use most of these to copy pesky counterspells or copy draw or ramp spells. Price of Glory is great since you're mostly playing at sorcery speed. Pyroblast, Red Elemental Blast, Ricochet Trap, and Burnout are good for hating on blue players. Overmaster, Reroute, or Shunt might be okay too.
8 months ago
I will say it's hard to run a combo deck without blue. I would say add in some cards that says your shit can't be countered or even add in some red counter spells, like Vexing Shusher, Red Elemental Blast, Burnout
8 months ago
Clay_Puppington, Has Ricochet Trap been considered as an alternative to Burnout? It has the advantage of better versatility against more colours, and gets a nice discount when responding to Blue disruption.
8 months ago
I don't have a Blackcleave Cliffs at the moment so was looking for a substitute... Settling in on Gemstone Mine. The way I see it, it ALWAYS comes into play untapped, It gets us any colour, and the limit of 3 uses doesn't REALLY matter when we expect to be comboing off at that point. Thoughts?
Friday Night I played 3 matches with this deck and won every round, including a turn-3 win against a very tuned Ydris-Storm deck. Overall I'm loving it and am having excellent results
8 months ago
Cool. I figured that it might be what we need to steal a few more games. As far as what to cut, I was thinking of Burnout. As much as I love it and like seeing it played, its scope is very narrow plus it's also a two CMC Red spell so swapping them should be fairly painless. I do think that the mana base does need a few more mountains though.... Maybe 3 mountain, 7 swamps?