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Cabal Therapy Discussion
5 days ago
Megalomania Sorry for the late response.
Q: How often and how badly is the gameplan affected when you draw into cards you want in your graveyard without discard outlets?
Q: Like most people, I probably wont be able to get my hands on a Timetwister. How important is it in the deck?
A: Timetwister isn't as required as the rest of the cards in this list. It's a very very good card by default, but will only ultimately play a role in a line if you run other Out cards. I have updated the description under Bomberman to include other Outs.
Q: ...and what cards can I cut off if I remove the Timetwister line?
A: Not many. The deck doesn't revolve around Timetwister. You should be fine to replace Timetwister and another card in the list for Ad Nauseam and Angel's Grace. Sigi's list actually runs those cards, so it might be worth checking his list out.
"I am also thinking of converting my Thrasios Tymna deck to a build closer to this one."
You should! This deck is very fast and very fun. You will love it, I'm sure.
1 week ago
I like Fraying Sanity here a lot.
I wonder about testing with cards like:
- Cabal Therapy.
- Collective Brutality.
- Hymn to Tourach.
- Inquisition of Kozilek.
- Nezumi Shortfang.
- Rakdos's Return.
- Shrieking Affliction.
- The Rack.
- Torment of Hailfire.
- Waste Not.
1 week ago
Instead of the combo that does't win the game, you could play more hand disruption and removal to just be a good beat down deck. try Inquisition of Kozilek Cabal Therapy, Swords to Plowshares and the Stoneforge Mystic + Batterskull combo.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
xEth0sx, I've finished reading the description of your Gisa deck and I think I can help you with it. I'll talk about some of my impressions about your primer first, then I'll go over some of your card choices and I'll tell you about a few cards I think should be in the deck.
As far as primers go, I'd say this one is missing a couple of important things. If I had to list them in order of relevance, I'd say that it is missing (a) a single card discussion section; (b) a section about how one should play the deck, what the deck is trying to accomplish, and how it tries to finish the game (e.g., a How to Play the Deck or a Strategy section); (c) why mono-B instead of any other color or color combination?; and (d) why Gisa? There might be other things but those are the items that came to my mind. I get that maybe you've just started writing this primer but moving forward, I believe it would be important to address these issues.
Now, let's talk about the exciting stuff, namely the decklist. The idea to use Ghoulcaller Gisa as a stax commander is an interesting one. It punishes spot removal and it takes advantage of creatures with a recursion ability to make even more creatures, which in turn can be used for stax pieces (e.g., Contamination, Smokestack) and hit face. I like the idea but why did you choose Gisa?
As a mono-B player, you'll need to be proactive about making it hard for your opponents to combo off because you don't have the luxury of running permission spells. The stax plan is very good here and I can see you are also playing a few disruption spells. A+ here. The only strange choice is Cabal Therapy. The sac ability might come handy at times but seems too situational. Duress is hands down a better choice, and I'd consider running Hymn to Tourach and Mind Twist as well. In the same vein, I'd even consider running Ill-Gotten Gains, too. It has great synergy with Waste Not and Leyline of the Void, and if you manage resolve it in the early game, it will set all your opponents back quite a lot (and it's also an additional yard recursion). It's a very versatile card that should be in every mono-B deck in my opinion.
On the stax package, I'd favor Infernal Darkness over Contamination hands down, or play both. Contamination shuts down your own coffers and it is more situational than Inf Darkness--that is, if you can cast darkness, you can keep it going for at least 2 turns, but if you can cast Contamination, you can only keep it going it you can also sac creatures. I understand the role of Tenacious Dead and Reassembling Skeleton but in my mind, I think you could remove both of them and if you really need an alternative, add something like Ophiomancer. Similar to Bitterblossom, Ophio doesn't require you to keep spending mana to create a creature.
One thing I feel you are missing is mana doublers. One advantage of playing a mono colored deck is that it makes it easier to run mana doublers, such as Extraplanar Lens, Bubbling Muck, and Crypt Ghast. If you go that route, you can get additional value with Candelabra of Tawnos (someone suggested before) and I'd also run Snow-Covered Swamps instead.
I have additional suggestions (e.g., Jet Medallion, Snuff Out, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed, Innocent Blood) but I don't want to make this comment longer than it is. I have a competitive Erebos list (Erebos' Bargain) that might give you a few additional ideas on how to improve your own list. Feel free to check it. Anyway, good stuff you have here. Keep working on it and good luck on future games!
1 month ago
Altar of Dementia is mostly just there as the third sac outlet and not really as an additional wincon. But if there is a lot of the artefact ramp in your meta, you probably should bring in Stony Silence and Null Rod and at that point Altar should definitely be cut. There are also interesting options like Cabal Therapy that offer additional utility as well as being a one time sac effect.
2 months ago
Still some major issues.
So first up, you want redundancy. So Megrim seems a must.
Secondly, too many lands. You don't need 31 lands in this sort of deck. Infact, there could be an arguement for more fast mana, like Lotus Petal and shaving some land.
Thirdly, your combo involves playing and protecting a necromancer to reanimate your Magus. And that is bad because it means you might as well just play Magus out as normal. You also have no consistent ways to discard it. Shallow Grave is better than Apprentice. Corpse Dance is also an option.
2 months ago
Have you ever considered Cabal Therapy as a one card discard and sac outlet for hulk? Is it too narrow?