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Carnival of Souls
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you lose 1 life and add (Black) to your mana pool.
Carnival of Souls Discussion
1 week ago
Hi again wanted to get an idea of what criteria Edgar Markov doesn't meet within the guidelines for competitive play? Been working on the list for a little bit of time and wanted to see other than CA in the command zone, what he lacked in regards to making the competitive tab?
The Pulls towards the deck is it is a similar playstyle to that of the Sidisis, focusing on fast combo and reanimation. It has one of, if not the, largest amount of layered cards between it's Skullclamp and Razaketh, the Foulblooded lines, as well as the fastest razaketh the foulblooded lines, usually going off with between 0/2 mana usually. The Razaketh lines included also are able to win from 2 creature + 0 mana, and with the recent addition of Dockside Extortionist an alternative line for later in the game that doesn't rely on chaining 0 drops. This allows us to have a low curve and also plays post Ad Nauseam fueling, Carnival of Souls as well as Phyrexian Altar which layer with the Oathsworn Vampire combo within the deck.
The clear disadvantages of the deck being the number of "dead" cards we layer to form more redundancy within the list, as well as the lack of Blue which would supply cantrips and counterspells for the deck. This interaction suite of the deck is slowly improving with more printings of stronger cards as well as effects such as Mandate of Peace .
2 months ago
Carnival of Souls can also do it if you have Blood Artist / Zulaport Cutthroat and a sac outlet, but it is nowhere near as clean as just having Phyrexian Altar . I am sure there are other more convoluted ways to do it, but they almost definitely aren't worth it.
2 months ago
How good are Bitterblossom and Dreadhorde Invasion in this deck? It appears to be fast enough that I'm not sure they're providing you much advantage, considering you have to wait a whole turn for them to do their thing. I've not played the deck though, so maybe I'm overestimating your common win turn. Carnival of Souls costs life and is also symmetrical, which can be rough, but it does help you generate additional mana on the pivotal combo turn. When you're doing your Undying combo, for example, it adds mana every time a creature comes back in from the graveyard. This allows you to cast all of the cards your drawing to gain more life and keep going off or even opens up another alternate win condition like Exsanguinate . And again, Exsanguinate doesn't have to necessarily even be lethal to be good because it gain a ton of life without winning the game to let you draw more cards.
3 months ago
If you need help with knowing how much/what ramp to use, you might want to check out https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/brewer-s-minute-ramp-math
I am not an expert in mono, but for you I recommend adding:
Myriad Landscape can go in almost any edh deck
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is solid in any one- or two-colour deck
Lake of the Dead has a downside, but you won't care when you're using it (trust me)
Petrified Field to protect valuable lands.
I'm not sure how I feel about Temple of the False God , but it is an EDH classic.
Other mono ramp
I ended up finding so many mono ramp cards I thought I might as well make a more full list.
Solemn Simulacrum is a good catch-all
Nirkana Revenant is good in the right deck
Bog Witch is kind of weird, but has fringe uses
I haven't thought hard, but you might be able to do some flicker shenanigans with Priest of Gix
Worst case, an edh deck can always load up on rocks. These are some of the best ones for mono black
Sol Ring every edh deck should include this
Pillar of Origins for tribal decks
In most games, these do the same thing: Commander's Sphere , Cryptolith Fragment Flip, Cultivator's Caravan , Darksteel Ingot , Hierophant's Chalice , Honor-Worn Shaku , Mana Prism , Manalith , Orazca Relic , Phyrexian Totem , Powerstone Shard , Pristine Talisman , Seer's Lantern , Serum Powder , Skull of Ramos , Sol Grail , Spectral Searchlight , Vessel of Endless Rest , Victory Chimes , and Chromatic Lantern
Thought Vessel if you fill your hand
Chrome Mox is usually worth the card disadvantage
Mox Amber if you usually have your commander/a legendary thing out
Mox Diamond if lands in your graveyard is a good thing
Mox Opal if you have 2+ extra artifacts
Black Market is good if you tend to sacrifice/kill a lot of creatures
Liliana of the Dark Realms is nice with proliferate, and makes sure you don't miss land drops in the mid/late-game
Sword of the Animist is best with one-mana creatures, and if you attack often, but might be justified even if not
Carnival of Souls is fun with some creature-based combos
Crypt of Agadeem works, but only if you consistently have 4+ creatures in the graveyard
Phyrexian Tower eats your creatures
Cabal Coffers is a staple
Cabal Stronghold is great if you can't afford many nonbasics, and might be good enough besides.
6 months ago
Really liking Blood Celebrant as a natural partner to Carnival. If you have two of the Soul Sisters on the field and some big trigger chain for Carnival of Souls , you've got any mana colour you want! Best part is, the picture looks like some sinister carnival clown in the shadows. Flavour win!
6 months ago
Nice deck +1, I've been trying my hand at Ghave ever since I came across Carnival of Souls . Of course I'm also trying to include soul sisters and aristocrats, but with all the other interactions and combos it's a monumental task. Have you considered it in the history of this build? Also Krav, the Unredeemed could be a neat draw engine/draw out wincon.
6 months ago
No problem goldlion, Ivy Lane Denizen can still go in but can be the first to come out, it's only in there for Ghave, and plus the main point of your deck is to go for Carnival of Souls , so Ivy is just there as an enabler. Feel free to lemme know what else ya need! Always happy to help!
6 months ago
Besides some of the high-end rocks and Imperial Seal , most of these things are in here (or in the side board). I was hesitant about the passive counter procs as most are higher cost. I left Champion of Lambholt on the for sure list (also a win con), but wasn't sure about ivy lane denizen as, for Ghave specifically he's great, but he wont be doing as much with the Carousel as most of my creatures are black.
Greater Auramancy and Sterling Grove, excellent call! These would be fantastic. Good call on Corpse Dance and Disturbed Burial as well, those would help tighten it up. I also appreciate the Earthcraft addition as, while I'll be getting infinite black with Carnival of Souls and most of my creatures will be free with Aluren , it'll be strong not just as an alternative, but as a way to get my deck moving with Ghave's creature production.
Thanks for the priority breakdown hkhssweiss! It'll help whittle everything down so I can focus on finer tuning.
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