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As an additional cost to play Burnt Offering, sacrifice a creature.
Add X mana in any combination of (Black) and/or (Red) to your mana pool, where X is the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost.
Burnt Offering Discussion
6 months ago
Gotcha. I would just go with sac outlets, then. Phyrexian Tower just went from like $60 to $10 because of the reprint. Infernal Offering , Recurring Nightmare , Rescue from the Underworld , Victimize , and Whisper, Blood Liturgist all offer recursion. Altar's Reap , Fling , Costly Plunder , Culling the Weak , Plunge into Darkness , Vicious Offering , Devour Flesh , Merciless Resolve , Sacrifice , Collateral Damage , Burnt Offering , Carrion , Fiery Conclusion , Spontaneous Combustion , and Dredge are all better instant-speed ways to leverage Xantcha. Or you could just Inferno or Starstorm to kill the board.
8 months ago
You know, it's funny. Because of the cheap spells and interactions, I've gotten him out the 3rd time (maybe even the 4th) for and was able to make things happen. With it's 11 ramp cards and things like Dark Ritual and Burnt Offering, I've, in most cases, had the strongest mana setup on the board. However, even though I can still steal people's creatures, attack, fling - you are right. I like Skeletal Grimace best, I think - though when I Fling Kresh, I'd lose it.
Maybe a Darksteel Plate would be most valuable in this deck? Glaring Spotlight can make my guys hexproof for a cost (and is also another "unblockable" granter I forgot to list). Regenerating him or making him indestructible would definitely make Monstrous Onslaught better.
As for the tutors. You're right that there's a fair amount of overlap, and with the solid card draw, something's always within reach. And I've kind of enjoyed that style in this deck - having to get creative and leverage what's available to make something happen. I've found it more creatively challenging, exciting and satisfying when I could pull of the win rather than always having the perfect card within reach. That being said, I am really giving serious thought to putting in Birthing Pod, Pattern of Rebirth and Rune-Scarred Demon because they accomplish the tutoring while providing great synergy being a sac engine, sac value, or giant creature to sac :).
What do you think would be removable for adding these?
1 year ago
1 year ago
I like Tainted Pact because i can use it to dig for anything I might need which, includes interaction.
As for you best bet with those other cards... you have:
You could try running the creature replacements for the other 2 spells and then running Sacrifice and Burnt Offering. You could also try running Bog Witch although, unless you can play it T1 or T2 it won't be able to give you the needed BBB for a turn 3 win. Another card you could run that could eat a slot but, with purpose, would be Mossfire Egg. For more ramp you can always run Seething Song. You can use the red to pay colorless or convert it to black with replacement effects like the Stars/Egg/Signet, Bog Witch or Priest of Gix. It would also give you one hell of an awesome Shattering Spree if you want to slow down other players (blow up mana rocks/tops) or Stax pieces.
If you are a turn or 2 slower because you don't have fast mana, you could also always play more creature kill/artifact destruction or something like Conqueror's Flail.
Keep in mind that running higher cost cards will make Ad Nauseam more painful so you'll draw fewer cards when you use it.
1 year ago
@jj4622 - I agree with you, my deck building spreadsheet now has Spoils of Evil cut over Rain of Filth, and Thermo-Alchemist cut for Fury Storm. I’m likely going to overhaul the primer soon to more closely resemble my sek’kuar primer Lord of the Flies: Sek'Kuar Lands Primer. Thanks for all of your help and interest!
@chewydownlow - I like where your head is at! I think there is totally a version of this storm build that plays more like a cross between modern KCI and the old Eggs deck - playing Second Sunrise, Faith's Reward, Krark-Clan Ironworks, and Scrap Trawler, ditching the regular cantrips and loading up on more cantrip artifacts. That deck 100% wants the Basalt Monolith combo plus Rings of Brighthearth. At that point we are just playing Burnt Offering and Sacrifice to combo with Faith's Reward effects.
But I think for a more spell based storm deck like this build we really don’t need infinite mana so much as have most of our spells generate net positive mana. But I totally feel like that deck would be awesome!
1 year ago
@jj4622 it seems our minds are always going to the same place after new sets! I’ve had Fury Storm sitting in the que on my deck building spreadsheet ever since it was spoiled! I absolutely agree with you - during a Licia/Burnt Offering sequence Fury Storm let’s us go ham salad.
As a side note, I’m considering a few other changes. I recently acquired a revised Wheel of Fortune which is 100% going in. I am also planning to cut Rain of Filth for Sacrifice, as I realize now I definitely want two Burnt Offerings. Also, I’m adding Rugged Prairie because the price came down.
1 year ago
Added some more sacrifice outlets, including explosive mana spells like Mana Geyser and Burnt Offering; some ways to close out the game in Comet Storm and Exsanguinate; and a few more mana sinks (extort creatures) to make use of any floating mana that isn't being used to pump into Xantcha, Sleeper Agent's activated ability.
1 year ago
Hey! Thanks for looking through the deck!
Reaping the Rewards I have never considered the card before, but I really like the idea! I am adding it to the maybeboard and will be thinking on it for awhile, because I do think it has some potential.
If only it was black or red mana it would be a shoo-in I feel. White mana is often the chokepoint, but I can see this offering a way to bleed off some excess white mana while upping our spell count by 3 or 4 on it's own which is nothing to sneeze at, while also offering us a way to enable casting Licia multiple times during a Burnt Offering sequence. Very cool suggestion!
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