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Carnage Altar Discussion
1 month ago
Glad you could extract something useful from my questionable ramblings, have some more:
For the purpose of ramp, would you consider Mana Echoes? Now hold on, I know this isn't a tribal deck, but from what I can see there's a decent amount of overlap when it comes to the subtypes of the large quantities of creatures your cards can generate, either for yourself or others (it works in either case):
- Human: 8 creature cards
- Scout: 4 creature cards
- Cleric: 3 creature cards
- Cat, Shaman: 2 creature cards
Spider, Samurai, Angel, Troll, God, Advisor, Monk, Golem, Giant, Rogue (10): 1 creature card
Elf, Warrior: 5 creature card + tokens: on tap + X on 2 cards
- Insect: 3 creature card + tokens: active mana ability + damage provocation + on opponent casting + EoB
- Dragon: 2 + tokens on all upkeeps
- Spirit: 2 creature card + tokens: 1 land tapping + 1 card
- Goblin: 1 creature card + tokens on opponent step
- Ogre: 1 creature card + X tokens on hostile declared attacks
Beast, Knight: 1 creature card + token on 1 card (doubt you ever use Selesnya Charm for this purpose though)
Soldier: tokens: on upkeep + X on 1 card
- Elemental: tokens: on all upkeeps + X on 1 card
- Saproling: X tokens on 2 spells (maybe there's room for a minor Saproling subtheme somewhere by virtue of Psychotrope Thallid & Utopia Mycon?)
- Treefolk: tokens on 1 card
- Fairy: enemy tokens on 1 card (only works with changeling)
(Also Rhys' cloning, which is potentially massive even if it only works for your own tokens.)
Obviously the exact amount of mana you'll get will probably vary a lot between both different turns and games, but I think on average it will be pretty high. (If you do decide to get Mana Echoes, also switch Beast Within for Crib Swap. Less arms dealing but much more ramp. If you want to amplify ETBs I guess you could also include a championing changeling creature.) The fact that you'll get some extra mana during other people's phases might be a little awkward though, but you could maybe use some combination of Symbiotic Deployment, Carnage Altar, Slate of Ancestry, Book of Rass, (Mind's Eye) and Inheritance as card advantage mana sinks (in that category there's also Seer's Sundial, Mangara's Tome and your old friend Mentor of the Meek, although I don't think they're very reliable on turns other than your own). (On a related note, I assume you've already looked into Pursuit of Knowledge, Abundance and Sylvan Library?)
Finally, mandatory killjoy condescension: This might be a silly question, but is Mystic Barrier still giving you a net positive of enjoyment? The reason I'm asking is that while I can see why the card is fun from a broad perspective, it seems to me that it conflicts with the two main aspects of the deck, which I think would make things less fun since it limits the escalating purpose of the deck. (Man, do I sounds square right now.) First of all, one person is forced to attack only you, which conflicts with the pillow fort cards' point of encouraging the opponent to go for someone else, which also kinda means any tokens they've been given go to waste for the purpose inter-enemy damage. Second, escalating curses like Curse of Opulence become less powerful when they can't pain a target on someone, which both detracts from the previously mentioned inter-enemy damage, the relative deterrence of your pillow fort (why attack someone with Ghostly Prison if you can get Gold from a cursed player?) and your own ability to broadly benefit from such general chaos both directly and indirectly. I'm well aware the deck is more about entertainment than winning all day every day, so it's not irrational to keep the card if it's doing you more good than harm, but I think it's worth considering. (Also, since you've got Academy Rector you could potentially replace the Barrier with a single overcosted but powerful & fun enchantment that works in line with the deck, like Sandwurm Convergence, Zendikar Resurgent, Lurking Predators or even Vicious Shadows.)
That's all, hope reading that didn't take too much of your time and you'll be able to squeeze something good out of it, keep up the good work
2 months ago
Interesting idea. I'd suggest a couple of cards to consider:
I can also potentially see a problem with consistent card draw. If token generation is a theme, either Carnage Altar or Dragon Appeasement may be of interest. To this extent, Mana Echoes is also going to be useful.
3 months ago
4 months ago
I play in a play group that has tons of Indestructible creatures, I simply need the -1/-1 theme the deck has going for it, on top of the Grave Pact abilities. The Plagued Rusalka has saved me from Prossh, Skyraider of Kher so many times.
We've got a guy who runs hand hate all ready, and it works great. I just don't like it, to all those who are curious about it, it wins games.
You're right to suggest grave hate too, I'll tinker with the deck and see what I come up with.
Thank you @Force_of_Willb for the suggestions, I do wonder though why you would take tree of perdition out? I just tested it, and it seemed fine.
4 months ago
Hell's Caretaker over Apprentice Necromancer
1 v 1 game suggestion for unfun Hope of Ghirapur
Suggestions to remove: Necropede, corrosive mentor, plague myr, plagued rusalla, tree of perdition, sign in blood, death denied, Jar of Eyeballs,
4 months ago
In green your options are tougher, but you could be playing Harmonize if you really wanted to, or Regal Force since you will have so many snakes with Hapatra, or Rishkar's Expertise Provided that you don't have too many huge creatures, or Shamanic Revelation, Tireless Tracker,
Tons of artifact options for card advantage, just to name a couple Mind's Eye, Hedron Archive, Carnage Altar, Staff of Nin, the last two pair well with your deck's theme of weakening creatures and making little dudes to profit from.
5 months ago
One of my favorite play's with my own Mikaeus deck is to get infinite mana by using either my Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Crystalline Crawler or Workhorse and then play out Carnage Altar or Viscera Seer or a different tutor to go find the Carnage Altar. Then you play out the
5 months ago
Also, not sure if you are looking for advice but I'd also try to make as many of your sac outlets into creatures vs enchantments/artifacts just so you have more to sac if necessary. Although Greater Good would be very strong here and possibly Evolutionary Leap