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Cabal Ritual Discussion
1 week ago
Mono black decks can take advantage of some very specific cards: Jet Medallion , Caged Sun , and Contamination (if you're feeling spikey), Cabal Ritual , and Bubbling Muck . The rituals hurt a lot less due to Villis's amazing ability to draw cards. Heartless Summoning is also a fantastic creature ramp card when your deck is composed primarily of large creatures like demons, however it prevents you from keeping x/1 creatures around. In my opinion it is VERY worth it because there is little difference between an 8/8 and a 7/7 but saving 2 mana on every creature makes a huge impact.
Mindslicer makes everyone hell bent but you will often pull ahead with Villis afterward so it could be a decent include.
Villis costs ALOT of mana and adding commander tax to that makes it crippling so I suggest including some ways to cheat him into play through reanimiation or other tricks. Geode Golem and Command Beacon can get Villis out of the command zone much sooner than normal and you can abuse Black's amazing reanimation spells to cheat him into play more efficiently than returning him to the command zone. Chainer, Dementia Master , Animate Dead , Dance of the Dead , Reanimate (also draws you 8 cards after he enters!!), Strands of Night , there are so many more I haven't listed.
Loxodon Warhammer is a fantastic equipment that serves multiple purpose by giving your flying demons trample and the much desires lifelink. This also turns Villis into a 2 hit commander damage killer making it even a win condition.
Including some quality sacrifice outlets feels like a must in a mono black deck because you are always playing with the grave. High Market and Miren, the Moaning Well are great sac outlets in land slots. Ashnod's Altar , Phyrexian Altar , Spawning Pit and Dimir House Guard are also good option that can serve multiple purposes.
1 month ago
I love this deck so much! One thing I would suggest adding though, is Isochron Scepter . If you pair it with Dark Ritual , Cabal Ritual , or Songs of the Damned with 3 creatures in the yard while Paradox Engine is out,you have infinite mana on the spot. Or if you already have tons of mana, works great with Demonic Tutor to get win cons immediately.
1 month ago
I feel like Aetherflux Reservoir is valid in this deck if you are going with life gain. Demonic Tutor would be good to add in cause you can search for any piece you may need, it is worth saving for. Since you are running firesong here is my firesong deck Life Burn. I recommend finding some of the really good life gain spells and others that may benefit firesong if he is out that control the board state. i would take out some of your creatures you seem to have excess of that do the same things but cost more. also Thran Dynamo , Worn Powerstone , Land Tax , Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual are good ramp for the deck as well. i like the deck very cool.
1 month ago
I don't know how long your typical games go but i think that It That Betrays hard to cast at 12 mana as a deck with no mana ramp other then Dark Ritual Cabal Ritual and Cabal Stronghold so unless you us a tutor then you might struggle to cast it.
I personally don't like Mindwrack Demon the delirium effect can be rough if you hit the wrong cards with the ETB or if against graveyard hate but if you like a big demon Demon of Catastrophes which also works as a sudo sacrifice outlet. Also not sure about Barrier of Bones
I can't think of any black instant or sorcery recursion, I think that is more of a blue thing might be wrong though
2 months ago
Hey, my concern with your deck is the manabase. If you don't have or can't afford the playable Dimir dual lands then you would be better off playing only black with Swamps. Right now the manabase is really bad with only two playable Dimir dual lands. You don't want Islands because these conflict too much with the majority of the black cards here especially one drop black Zombies.
Consider Sidisi, Undead Vizier as the Commander? Sidisi is good as a Commander as a repeatable tutor and Zombies give you plenty of sac fodder. Mono black can take advantage of Crypt Ghast , Extraplanar Lens (best with Snow-Covered Swamp ), Liliana of the Dark Realms , Cabal Coffers , Cabal Stronghold as repeatable ramp with Swamps. Dark Ritual , Cabal Ritual , Bubbling Muck , Songs of the Damned are more cards that can make ramp.
Mono black can also use reanimation which is good with Sidisi and Zombies: Animate Dead , Reanimate , Victimize , Buried Alive , Entomb , Patriarch's Bidding , Living Death , Liliana, Death's Majesty , Sheoldred. With mono black you can use Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Zombie Trailblazer with Filth as ways to make your Zombies unblockable. Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
Priest of Gix again for more ritual mana.
Overeager Apprentice can pull the trigger any time for more black mana.
Sidisi, Undead Vizier as a tutor, a body, and a sac trigger.
Not sure if this is what you're looking for but I hope it helps.
3 months ago
Oh good call, Silent Arbiter would be great. Do you think it's worth running Dark Ritual or Cabal Ritual in this kind of deck? I'm thinking about cutting those for some more defense or maybe card advantage.
3 months ago
1) If you are already playing snow covered basics why not add Scrying Sheets ?
4) Why no Blightsteel Colossus ? (It does work with Chainer, since you can respond the trigger on Blightsteel.)
Cabal Ritual occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%
UBR (Grixis): 0.55%