Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it and exile that card.
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1 day ago
Orzhov Disruption is a good way to 50/50 and gives a clear path for upgrades. Think High Priest of Penance, Tidehollow Sculler, Castigate etc. type disruption and clear path to upgrading to better discard (etc.) as your budget dictates for a better win%.
Resource denial is 50/50 against most matchups, its not too expensive (especially for enemy colors), and its' upgrade path is easy (and frequently reprinted). It's not a rat deck by any means but can it still easily be discard themed. Bonus points if you make Pillar of the Paruns a viable inclusion.
1 week ago
Thanks for the suggestions, certainly worth taking a look at.
As to the "80% Dark Ritual Deck" comment, I was speaking specifically about my playgroup & that is not an exaggeration or estimate. Pauper games in our group were getting really repetitive and predictable so we opted to do away with them; I can totally recognize that is by no means a universal standard.
I've got some Extort already on Tithe Drinker but another source from Kingpin's Pet isn't an awful idea. I'm not sold that Dark Ritual fits here since I've got relatively low mana costs and very little cyclical card draw. It's not an entirely bad idea, but it'd only really be useful when playing a Night's Whisper imo.
Nightsky Mimic is a great suggestion, and I'm surprised I forgot about him considering I used him in an old deck.
I don't like the idea of running 4 Castigate because it's mainly a deterrent against things my creature can't handle or against counterspell effects. I guess I just don't see another copy making or breaking the deck.
Took some of your suggestions to heart though, going to give it a try in this current updated incarnation and see how it goes. Thanks again!
3 months ago
4 months ago
I think Irregular Cohort is better than Sunspire Gatekeepers in a deck like this, as you don't need to run Orzhov Guildgate any more to produce the 2/2 it creates. You could probably just run a mix of Scoured Barrens and Orzhov Basilica to replace them.
Also, you kind of need a sideboard, so I'll provide some suggestions for that:
7 months ago
I'm looking to make a Kaya deck as my introduction to the Oathbreaker format. I really like what you're trying to do here. I know you have a lot of removal and board wipes, but something like Dawn Charm might be a versatile option to fog and to counter (and depending on what creatures you run and what wipe you play, regeneration).
I see that a lot of your exile effects target cards in play (other than Sin Collector). Castigate could be another good hand attack that's more broad and hits some threats before they enter the battlefield.
As for creatures:
Angel of Finality has a nice ETB and a pretty good cost/power ratio.
Archon of Justice feels similar, but triggers on death, which can combo well with your board wipes.
Palace Jailer gives you some card draw through the monarch mechanic, but also puts a target on you, so I'm not sure if that works well with your strategy.
Stonecloaker seems really flexible as a surprise blocker, a bounce for another ETB trigger for a creature, or to loop itself to exile cards for three mana.
11 months ago
1 year ago
Kitesail Freebooter , Sin Collector or Brain Maggot if you want more Tidehollow Sculler , Anguished Unmaking as a catch all removal witch exiles and the life loss shouldnt hurt as much with kaya, Liliana of the Veil if you end up playing bridge and Castigate , Settle the Wreckage , Warping Wail could be something to consider
1 year ago
BW control generally involves discard spells. You can get some good ones with Duress , Despise , and Castigate . If your friends play mostly creatures, then Harsh Scrutiny is good too. Hymn to Tourach is relatively cheap, but it's very very very very strong, play it at your own risk of creating an arms race between you and your playgroup.
Healer's Hawk is definitely more of an aggro card, if you want an effect like that, I would recommend Vampire Nighthawk . Obzedat, Ghost Council is incredibly strong, as is Blood Baron of Vizkopa . Vona, Butcher of Magan is incredible too.
I love merciless eviction, but you should really only run one, I would recommend you play some copies of Day of Judgment , Languish , Wrath of God , and Ritual of Soot to get those wraths earlier and keep the board clear.
I cannot recommend enough some Isolated Chapel s, Temple of Silence , Concealed Courtyard s, Shambling Vent s, and Caves of Koilos . Fetid Heath has recently plummeted in price as well, but I don't know your budget.
You'll definitely want some card draw to refill your hand too. In these colors it comes at the cost of life, for the most part. My personal favorites in casual decks are Twilight Prophet , but she is ridiculously expensive, and Kaya, Ghost Assassin . Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Phyrexian Arena , Greed , Sign in Blood , Night's Whisper , Damnable Pact , Dark Bargain , Read the Bones , and Midnight Oil .
Hope this was at least a little helpful!