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Sacrifice another creature: Cartel Aristocrat gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.
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Cartel Aristocrat Discussion
2 days ago
Bodyrocker, Cartel Aristocrat gives us extra sacrifice channels. In a pinch we can create an indestructible blocker while trigging the Festering Newt's -4-4 or Drainpipe Vermin's discard. One combo I've landed is putting Gift of Immortality onto the Drainpipe Vermin, and using Cartel Aristocrat to sacrifice during the opponents draw phase, rendering them unable to play any cards as their hand was empty, and allowed me to continuously block a 9/9 Bloodbond Vampire
3 days ago
4 days ago
Hey thanks for checking out my deck!
Yep the Viscera Seer is just here because it's cheaper! However you'll often see competitive combo decks play a couple subpar clones of their combo pieces (in our case, Cartel Aristocrat and Blasting Station). This is because if we only play 4x Viscera Seer, we instantly lose to a Pithing Needle, Phyrexian Revoker, or Surgical Extraction. Also Blasting Station isn't bad itself; harder to destroy and can shoot down some problems by itself.
You're right that having 1 of specific answers is not a good idea since you'll never have them when you need it, and you'll get them when they're useless. The reason it's ok here is because we have 3 Beseech the Queens. Suddenly it's like we have 4 of every card in our deck (both combo pieces as well as answers). When you have tutors, you can afford to toolbox and carry more specific yet powerful answers. That said, I did decide to move Bontu's Last Reckoning and Surgical Extraction to the sideboard since they were a bit too narrow like you said.
All competitive decks play more fetchlands than shocklands. This is because Bloodstained Mire can fetch both Godless Shrine AND Swamp, so it's much better. This is very important because if our opponent plays , we fetch Swamp so we don't lose to Blood Moon. Plus we'll never need more than 2 sources.
1 week ago
Thanks so much for the input! I'm still very new to anything more than casual deckbuilding so I'm learning a lot.
My goal was to build a deck that's able to play a lot of aggressive creatures while simultaneously using the life/pain thing, so I tried to choose creatures with abilities that contribute to that strategy. Maybe I can't have my cake and eat it too, but I'm trying...? I plan to choose sideboard cards that can skew the deck slightly more towards control or more towards aggression, depending on the matchup. Does that make sense / is it a realistic strategy?
BrandonJamesCACThank you for the suggestions. I have a couple questions. I see that Night's Whisper is cheaper, but I feel like Scry justifies the higher mana cost, unless there's something I'm missing here?
1 week ago
Hey there, I would just run 4 Castigate if you are wanting to use the 2 mana discard.
In the kindest terms, Transgress the Mind sucks.
They are good but not main deck, 2 in the sideboard is great though.
Child of Night - There are so many 2 mana cards in modern that are better.
Look to the Knights for budget stuff Knight of Meadowgrain or
Consul's Lieutenant - Double white for no benefit. Renown doesn't really work in modern.
The same 2 cards I listed above are strictly 200% better. I think they are both cheap $$.
Basic/Generic/Budget(ish) Build could like this
plus 2-4 other lands
4x Blood Artist
Ummm... some sort of kill em all spells Killing Wave is my favorite.
Lot of options in black and white.
1 month ago
I think of the 3 that you mention, only sac works. Blink dones't actually synergize with Athreos, and infect is not good in without a dedicated infect deck (like Saskia, G/U Ezuri, or Skittles). You want creatures that have effects when they die, or when they enter the battlefield. I would look at aristocrats-style decks in any format for inspiration. These styles of decks usually feature some free sacrifice outlets like Viscera Seer or Cartel Aristocrat alongside creatures that care about itself or other things dying, like Blood Artist or Doomed Traveler.
Athreos can also be super political; you can work with others to have them make the choice you want them to on the Athreos trigger, or really tax someone else to force the choice you want to have. IE: Convince someone else to let you have a War Priest of Thune back so you can blow up someone else's enchantment/artifact. Or IE: let the guy at 9 life make the choice of paying 3 or giving your creature back, since they're more likely to just let you have your creature.
Hope that helped.
2 months ago
Cool deck! Good idea for a budget version. I have a little advice to make it a bit more competitive if you would like! Lingering Souls is one of the better cards in modern, especially in this deck. You should try to play 4 if possible. Falkenrath Torturer is easily the worst of your Aristocrats. So if you ever look to cut any, that would be the one. Gather the Townsfolk is usually a better card than Thatcher Revolt. It may be worth playing 4 of the Gather. Finally, Xathrid Necromancer might be very good in this version of the deck. I would think about adding a couple. With Gather the Townsfolk, Doomed Traveler, Cartel Aristocrat, and Zulaport Cutthroat it will be very useful.