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Cabal Coffers Discussion
1 day ago
Lots of goodies to consider before Disciple likely. Sitting here looking at:
- ramp (Elvish Mystic, Bloom Tender, Gaea's Cradle, Cabal Coffers/Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth)
- midrange-y goodness (Grave Titan, Avenger of Zendikar, Craterhoof Behemoth, Lord of Extinction)
- a Necrotic Ooze combo (Walking Ballista, Phyrexian Devourer, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed/Triskelion)
- dredge package (Golgari Grave-Troll, Stinkweed Imp, Life from the Loam)
- table drain (Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Exquisite Blood, Massacre Wurm)
- attrition package (Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, Desolation)
- creature based targetted removal (Reclamation Sage, Caustic Caterpillar, Woodfall Primus)
- stax package (Thorn of Amethyst, Sphere of Resistance, Contamination, Null Rod)
- tutor package (Buried Alive, Birthing Pod, Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Sidisi, Undead Vizier)
- better sac outlets (Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Viscera Seer, Greater Good)
- general good stuff (Sylvan Library, Damnation, Mana Crypt)
3 days ago
Always happy to see another Mikaeus deck pop up, but I have top warn you that Walking Ballista recieves +1/+1 from Mikaeus, meaning it'll have to use it's counter to kill itself. With a Zulaport Cutthroat, or Blood Artist it should be no problem however.
Otherwise, I'd simply recommend putting in the mono-black staples(as well as Triskelion).
Otherwise, good luck. Wish you all the best with your deck!
3 days ago
A faster clock should help solve a lot of your problems! And based on what you said, I think you'll be well on your way to outpacing them per the suggestions above.
Spell-based mill like this usually falls flat without big mana, and big mana is usually very weak to one-off targeted removal (because it leans on mana doublers, big mana rocks, etc). A few well-placed removal spells (Nature's Claim, Abrupt Decay) paired with Null Rod and Phyrexian Revoker (naming a key mana-producing piece so they can't tap for mana) could really put them off their game. These kind of decks usually rely on momentum to win so if you can crush a key piece of the plan, it should put you in good waters. Looking at the example you gave - Crypt Ghast + Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth are fantastic if they can all be assembled together, but that usually requires a number of turns and a lot of investment (tutors) on your opponent's part. Then, if you can snipe the Crypt Ghast with a single 1-cmc Dismember, that really shuts down a huge part of their mana production (CC + Urborg alone don't make huge mana until the land counts get higher)
Personally I think that if you can get your speed/tempo up and increase your density of targeted removal, you will solve a lot of problems before they actually become problems. So, you don't have to deal with the Mind Grind directly - you can just gut their ramp strategy to make the Mind Grind a non-viable play in the first place.
Since it's easy to miss, note that Null Rod completely shuts off mana rocks, because they have "Tap" as an activation cost. So landing a fast Null Rod can totally blow out entire mana ramp strategies. I spend my first fast tutor on Null Rod in probably 30-50% of my games just because it's so strong at shutting down artifact-based ramp and combo. Then, if you can land a Winter Orb shortly thereafter (with mana dorks on the board), you're well on your way to locking everything down.
Keep us updated on how things go!
5 days ago
Lastly, I really like putting white tokens at instant speed with Secure the Wastes.
6 days ago
I like Urborg, but unless youre needing a lot of black mana or benefit from swamps for some reason (swampwalk and Cabal Coffers come to mind) then the budget could be better spent elsewhere. Having your tainted lands function as duals is a nice upside though.
I see what you mean with Oona's Blackguard and your guys not getting through. Its the challenge for any midrange/aggro deck in this format. I like the Nightblade for the same reason, your guys become much more difficult to block, so they get through more. Hmm...
As far as dealing with those artifact and enchantments, the best solution Grixis has for them is bounce. I like stuff like Dinrova Horror. There are lots of red Manic Vandal effects that you could use to Smash artifacts, or you could just Clone their etb effect guys that blow up enchantments, but thats not super reliable, even if thats a common enough strategy lol.
1 week ago
1 week ago
For those 4 cards you mentioned wanting before, how does $106 sound, including shipping w/ tracking? So, that would be: Aura Shards from Invasion, Cabal Coffers from Torment, slightly played, Path to Exile, the duel deck version, slightly played, and finally Savannah, Revised edition, slightly played.
1 week ago
I've come across different playgroups who all have their own definitions of "combo" and "synergy." Even people within my LGS differ very greatly with regards to their opinion on this matter.
Personally, I consider something a combo if it goes infinite, otherwise it is just a synergy between 2 or more cards. Other people within my LGS state that a combo is an interaction of 2 or more cards that "win you the game." For example, one of my decks can make either infinite mana, or just a lot of mana. Since they said no infinite combos, I took them out and replaced them with what I consider to be good synergy which is as follows...
Cabal Coffers + Vesuva + Thespian's Stage + Mirage Mirror (4th coffer) + Candelabra of Tawnos + Rings of Brighthearth. It goes as follows, use all 4 coffers to make a bunch of mana, use the candelabra to untap all the coffers and repeat. Rings is optional as it allows you to get an additional (not infinite) activation of Candelabra. Even after I told him that you need to tap the Candelabra of Tawnos to activate it (the card itself doesn't show the tap symbol), he said it's still considered a "combo."
What is everyone else's thoughts on this, whether it's regard to the specific example I provided, or just your experiences in general.