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Charcoal Diamond Discussion
1 day ago
A couple things that might help this deck:
Budget Tutors: Mausoleum Secrets.
Win cons (not that you need more): Torment of Hailfire.
Also fun fact, if you're interested in storm and would rather play black, you can actually make a pretty mean storm deck with just black and Sidisi would be great at the helm. You could even just build a second Sidisi deck and keep this one the way it is. Cards like Ad Nauseam and Tendrils of Agony would be how to win.
2 weeks ago
I think I'd just want more draw spells here. You've only got 5-6 ways of drawing and I want at least 8 in all my decks. You've got a lot of cheap rats: it seems like it wouldn't be difficult to run out of steam. Also, I think you have too many single target kill-spells, especially since you can tutor one up if you're in dire need. I think I like them less that other people in the playgroup: I know Matt advocates for a full 8, but Prossh has so many ways of getting value and is so often the first target that he needs them way more than this deck does.
Mausoleum Secrets (seems like it's about as good as it gets in this deck. I like it more the Diabolic Tutor.
Bontu's Monument also seems kinda awesome here.
2 weeks ago
I would replace Proteus Staff and Mimic Vat for Sky Diamond and Charcoal Diamond cause you can never have too much ramp. Other than that, this deck looks pretty good, and it reminds me of The Locust God in some ways.
1 month ago
Your mana issue is simply that you don't have enough land. Without being in green, or having an extremely bottom-heavy curve, you should never go below 33 lands on principle, and rarely go below 35 without high-level mana rocks like Mana Crypt & Mana Vault or lands like Ancient Tomb. Additionally, lands that come into play tapped for little value like Skyline Cascade, Mortuary Mire, Halimar Depths, Ebon Stronghold, and Bottomless Vault would better serve you as basics. If you're not proliferating, a storage land like Ebon Stronghold isn't very good. I understand that you want to store up mana for your big spells, but imagine if you ran Ashnod's Altar instead. With all the zombie tokens you can make, it's much better acceleration that doesn't tie down a land for several turns. Corpse Harvester can also turn your tokens or otherwise expended zombies into ramp and tutor for more relevant zombies.
Sleep, Ghoulcaller's Chant, Ashiok, Painful Quandary, Followed Footsteps(note 1), Infernal Tribute, Royal Assassin(note 2), Posessed Skab, and Stuffy Doll are all easy cuts for either being off-theme, or inefficient when playing EDH. Manalith and Searchlight should probably become Charcoal Diamond and Sky Diamond, while Thaumatic Compass becomes Dimir Signet. Finally, the biggest change would be putting Scarab God as the General. While Grim-Grin can be powerful and close games out by hitting 21 damage quite quickly, the scry that scarab god gives you when you're playing zombie tribal is unreal. Plus he's so resilient and dodges the increasing casting cost by returning to your hand. These two points are especially relevant when we consider that your main complaint is being on the losing end of mana variance.
n1: If you really need the Followed Footsteps effect, just use Helm of the Host, it's better in almost every respect. n2: Unless you meant Rathi Assassin or Stronghold Assassin, which are both zombies.
2 months ago
Charcoal Diamond sucks dong, coming in tapped kills it.
Take a look at Carnival of Souls because you've got some life to play with
Tainted Remedy might be good if the meta gets too life-gain-y
If you want stupid high costed spells for fun I'd throw in a Worst Fears.
Mind Slash could be good to fuck up a blue player's hand.
Shadows of the Past is really good because you're constantly saccing shit for free deck digging, scry is super under-rated but in the late game you can almost guarantee a good top deck.
If you want another mana accelerator there's Nirkana Revenant.
Torment of Hailfire can just win you the game too.
Necropotence might be just out of your budget but boy is it a fucking good card.
Black Sun's Zenith is another boardwipe that gets around indestructible and it shuffles back in for later which is always good.
2 months 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 months 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.