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Cabal Ritual Discussion
2 days ago
I definitely prefer bloom over azusa. Burgeoning is solid though ao IDK. I think if you ran cards like Regrowth or Yawgmoth's Will you could get multiple uses out of bloom and its far more explosive out of the gates, which Damia needs to be relevant. If you add yawgwin you should definitely add Lion's Eye Diamond and Cabal Ritual too. The discard your hand clause means far less with Damia as your commander. Especially if you have a way to flash her in at endstep and yawgwin+LED is insane.
5 days ago
Why didn't you just update your Spring Into Death deck list? There's only like 2 cards different, haha.
Now on to the real meat:
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed Combo
- Turn 1: Play a one drop ramp creature.
- Turn 2: Play Buried Alive and fetch Mike and Triskelion.
- Turn 3: Play Victimize, bring Mike and Trike out and ping infinitely to win.
Or tutor for Defense of the Heart and win the turn after you cast it.
Necrotic Ooze Combo
- Play Buried Alive or Survival of the Fittest.
- Grab and put Triskelion and Phyrexian Devourer into the graveyard, and get Necrotic Ooze into play.
- Make sure Necrotic Ooze gets out last if using Survival to tutor them.
- Remove all cards from your library to burn opponent(s) for the CMC of all cards in your library.
Once it's out, the only thing that can interrupt this is Split Second since you can respond by adding and removing counters.
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord Combo
This requires some knowledge of how the stack works.
- Exile cards from your library until Phyrexian Devourer's ability is put on the stack.
- In response to the ability, continue exiling cards to beef him up more.
- Still before allowing the sacrifice to resolve, sack him to Jarad to smack your opponents for a ton of damage, similarly to the aforementioned Ooze-combo.
Colorless Mana Combo
- Have/get Ashnod's Altar in play.
- Play Nim Deathmantle.
- Play Grave Titan, pop up two 2/2 tokens.
- Sack the two tokens to Altar, then sack Titan to get a total of six .
- Use 4 of that to make Deathmantle grab Titan back and get you two more tokens
Repeat this as many times as desired, netting 2 colorless mana every loop.
5 days ago
Wee_Dragonaut: While Arbor Elf can be a little inconsistent its ability to tap for blue and black far outweighs the downside. This deck has very little need for the green nonland ramp Llanowar Elves and his brothers provides. The key is to mullighan away hands where you draw arbor elf and don't have a fetchland or dual forest. Getting those turn 1 ramp sources is vitally important for the early win so I use arbor elf l despite its hoops.
BarbeChenue: Thank you! This is honestly the type of deck I have always wanted to make but I never had the right combination of cards/commander before.
Waste Not is a greedy card with little utility outside my wheels, but it does allow for some ridiculous early wins. It also helps alot on ad nauseams since if I get to 5 but don't have engine I can use all my mana for it and a wheel to get much more mana and a new 25 cards. Whispering Madness proved to good for me despite being one mana more expensive than what is ideal. A less "all in" deck could cut both and Helm of Awakening (which I may cut anyways since it is only a viable play on a combo turn) for more interaction. While the turn 2 win rate would likely drop below the 16-20% it has been testing at over my past 100 or so runs (I got 3 turn 2 wins in a 4 game stretch 10 minutes ago!), the deck would be more resilient and have more answers to killer stax pieces.
Indeed Codex Shredder is a neat backup win condition with alot of subtle uses (disrupting topdeck tutors/ regrowth effect/ mox opal activation), but I still may go back to Praetor's Grasp as it is more useful for this deck outside win condition situations.
The added rituals, Culling the Weak and Cabal Ritual fit the all in combo deck wonderfully, but I also think they make the deck more resilient. Just like Carpet of Flowers they make my ramp package less vulnerable to Null Rod and Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Both have tremendous upside on combo turns as well.
5 days ago
I remember that Yawgmoth's Will + LED game!
I see you've made quite a few modifications to the list. I'd have to go over many cards to get a good grasp of the changes (this tool helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwPRfXnu2EE). I'll compare it to my static tournament-legal list Paradox Scepter Storm.
What I've noticed is the addition of Astral Cornucopia as a replacement for Mishra's Bauble (since you can cast it for 0 as a way to trigger Paradox Engine in a pinch, and it doubles as a color fixer). You had already added Everflowing Chalice as a replacement for Urza's Bauble, it was probably based on the same argument. You added Cyclonic Rift, Vandalblast, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip, Helm of Awakening, Merchant Scroll, Cabal Ritual, and Spell Pierce: all of which I can easily fathom the reasoning; Helm combos with top, and Jace combos with both Dramatic Scepter and Paradox Engine, the rest are great removal/counterspells or added rituals. I guess Merchant Scroll can fetch for both removal in Cyc. Rift or Dramatic Reversal. You always ran Culling the Weak, which is very explosive. You run two different lands in Inventors' Fair and Gemstone Caverns while I prefer Tarnished Citadel and Arid Mesa.
I'm a little surprised by the return of Whispering Madness: I'm guessing you found utility in it despite the higher CMC? Waste Not returned as well. Codex Shredder is a spicy addition as well, I'm guessing it is there to get back Paradox Engine when it's removed?
The other card I still play and you don't are Bloom Tender, Candelabra of Tawnos, Dimir Signet, Fire Covenant, Flusterstorm, Kiora's Follower, Lim-Dul's Vault, Praetor's Grasp, Simic Signet, Sylvan Library.
I'd be curious to try both lists in a pod. Your play style is miles more all-in than mine, and this latest iteration reflects that. Very good work!
6 days ago
I have a proposition for you!
Tolaria West FTV
Cabal Ritual FTV
Total - 24.07
Total - 17.51
Let me know if this sounds okay for you.
1 week ago
Cards that immediately jump out for having too low of an impact for most tables:
Some of these may just be in there because they were available, which is fine, but if you're looking to trim the fat, these are the ones that struck me as the worst inclusions.
2 weeks ago
This might fit your budget, check it out from MCM. It's combo rather than control or midrange. Making midrange or control deck takes little more time to brew and I might post it later. One more question; are storm decks mainly ANT or TES in your meta?
1 month ago
You are missing some of the explosive mana black is famous for, mostly stuff like Nirkana Revenant, Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Cabal Ritual and maybe Doubling Cube if you really wanna go hardcore mana. Good list tho :)