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Charcoal Diamond Discussion
2 weeks ago
I'm with you in swapping Charcoal Diamond for Bontu's Monument since it's a 1 mana discount on every creature in the deck, which I suppose is a similar/greater value to the Charcoal Diamond since Bontu's deals damage and heals.
Thank's for looking at the deck.
2 weeks ago
i'd suggest switching out Charcoal Diamond for Bontu's Monument. it is just a swamp that etb tapped & costs 2 mana. i'd also suggest switching out Thornbite Staff w/ Panharmonicon. not enough creatures can utilize the staff.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
+1 for Najeela any day!
If you want my opinion on building a competitive varient of najeela combo, tutorsa are the largest thing Lim-Dul's Vault is a personal favorite, yet is very powerful as well, and sees play in nearly every competitive EDH list with both colors.
Fellwar Stone, Talisman of Progress/Talisman of Dominance/Talisman of Indulgence/Talisman of Impulse/Talisman of Unity, Azorius Signet/Dimir Signet/Rakdos Signet/Gruul Signet/Selesnya Signet, Orzhov Signet/Golgari Signet/Simic Signet/Izzet Signet/Boros Signet, Mind Stone, Thought Vessel, Fractured Powerstone, Star Compass, Coldsteel Heart, Marble Diamond/Sky Diamond/Charcoal Diamond/Fire Diamond/Moss Diamond, and Guardian Idol are the two mana rocks I can remember, but all of the two mana rocks are great!
Birds of Paradise, Deathrite Shaman, Noble Hierarch, Elves of Deep Shadow, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Llanowar Elves, Fyndhorn Elves, Elvish Mystic, Boreal Druid, and Arbor Elf are great 1 mana dorks used to ramp out your commander and win conditions faster.
A lot of the above is all I can remember from competitive EDH staples, but check out my primer Why Every Commander is Competitive for further information on building a competitive list!
3 weeks ago
Kindred Charge is a great way to pump out loads of damage to finish a game, and is sitting at around 1.45c right now, but this deck is aggro, so the first thing I would suggest is ramp and card draw!
Talisman of Dominance, Fellwar Stone and Mind Stone are additional "signets" the deck can run if you want, though Fractured Powerstone, Thought Vessel, Everflowing Chalice, Guardian Idol, Marble Diamond, Fire Diamond, Charcoal Diamond, Coldsteel Heart, and Prismatic Lens are other options as well.
Kindred Dominance can be a blowout in a boardstate you can't attack through, and has lead my Vampire deck to many a win, it is also not super expensive, at around 7 dollars, yet also isn't super cheap either, your call. Plague Wind costs more for nearly the same thing, but stops regeneration (if you see a lot of that where you play) and is only .50 cents.
3 weeks ago
For starters, 39 land is a little heavy. I'd cut two and replace them with rocks, namely Jet Medallion and Charcoal Diamond. On the subject of lands, not sure why you're running Terramorphic in a mono-colored deck with no landfall triggers, I'd suggest you swap out for Bojuka Bog which gives you graveyard hate in a land slot. Cabal Coffers/Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth might break the bank for your acquire board but dang are they nice to have.
Lich's Mastery strikes me as very dangerous to run in self-described "suicide black." Half of your effects cause you to lose life, as does your Commander's triggered ability. There are only 7 cards that actually gain you life in this deck and I'd cut most of them. On that subject I'd cut Orbs of Warding; loss of life isn't damage and it won't stop you bleeding to your own effects. Pestilence does damage but it's not a creature.
Since Sanguine Bond doesn't really hit off anything in the deck except Gray Merchant I'd trade it for Whip of Erebos, gives you reanimation options and lifelink on everything to help with all the life loss.
Deadly Tempest seems more on-theme than Extinguish All Hope. You don't have so many creatures that it'll gouge you too hard, which also makes me question whether you're going to get much value from Dread Return.
Worn Powerstone over Darksteel Ingot, it curves into your commander a turn earlier and in mono color the has a lot more impact than "one of any color." Similarly, Thran Dynamo is a long stronger here than Gilded Lotus here.
Read the Bones over Dark Bargain. Bargain's over-costed for 2 cards, and it's hardly a "trick" you need to hold 4 mana open for. If you wanna play toward reanimator there are better ways in black to pitch creatures.
Cabal and Dark Rituals have their place in EDH, but it's usually in highly competitive decks where you need to go off on a combo by turn 4 or 5 and "burning out" doesn't matter. I suggest more long term benefit cards, draw engines or ramp.
I think that's enough for now. Hope some of it was helpful!
PS: You need to set the format to EDH instead of Standard, as is it blocks suggestions.
4 weeks ago
For a deck with 3.1 cmc, you are running too few lands, with only two sources of ramp. 35-36 is better for control, less if you have more ramp. Because ramp is not available in your colors, mana rocks have to be used. Thought Vessel (although expensive), Darksteel Ingot, Talisman of Dominance, Talisman of Progress, Dimir Signet, Azorius Signet, Marble Diamond, Sky Diamond, Charcoal Diamond, Coldsteel Heart, Fellwar Stone, Commander's Sphere, Cultivator's Caravan. You should at least add the other signets and then think about some of the others mentioned. Because you're in blue, black, and white, you have access to single target removal spells like Pongify, Oblivion Ring, Murder, Mortify, Go for the Throat. The other upside of being in these colors is the access to good draw. While altar's reap and catalog are good, getting rid of your stuff and discarding cards only hurts you, especially with better options. Windfall, Blue Sun's Zenith, Divination, Read the Bones, Sign in Blood. Instead of essence scatter and negate, there are better counterspells that cost 2 mana, if that is what you're looking for; Counterspell and Arcane Denial. Both are not as restrictive, and in the case of arcane denial, giving your opponent cards typically doesn't matter as long as they've been disrupted. Also a 25 cent card that should be added to every list running black is Diabolic Tutor. Despite chromium's built-in protection, you should still run cards like Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots, Mask of Avacyn, or Whispersilk Cloak.
1 month ago
I think you're right, I'll replace some removal with card draw. Ad Nauseam is probably good, I just don't like the thought of getting hit for huge amounts of damage by Phantasmagorian and some of the more expensive reanimation targets. I think I'm gonna test it anyway. I have all the good rocks in my Arcum Dagsson deck right now, but if this ends up being any good I will get more or switch them over. Charcoal Diamond isn't really that bad. It's played in Sidisi, Undead Vizier Ad Nauseam decks too, but I may cut the Peat Bog or something if it becomes a big problem. If I can get my hands on a Mikaeus, the Unhallowed I'll pick it up. Thanks a ton for the suggestions I'll update the list when I get some more time.