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Consume the Meek
Destroy each creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. They can't be regenerated.
Consume the Meek Discussion
2 months ago
Thran Lens allows your creatures to block Animar and possibly remove him if any have deathtouch.
If you're playing 1 vs 1 Council's Judgment can always remove Animar.
Deathgrip is probably your BEST counterspell.
Since Animar starts as a 1/1 cards like Engineered Plague , Night of Souls' Betrayal , Curse of Death's Hold , Ethereal Absolution , and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite make him die instantly before he can ever get big. (If he's already out and pumped up before you can get one out just use a board wipe and he'll be stuck in the command zone until the Animar player can remove this effect.)
Chalice of the Void on 3 makes it so Animar can't be cast.
2 months ago
If you're going to build a deck as cheap as $30, you're probably going to have to lean on a theme to make it functional. That can be supplemented with the fact that even mediocre demons and devils are good at not being coin-flipped away, but stuff like Dance with Devils wasn't even playable in Limited.
I see some reanimator stuff going on, so if you go that route, Torrent of Souls , Zombify , and Profane Command are all solid budget options. You'll want some graveyard stocking power to go with it. Mindwrack Demon , Extractor Demon , Archfiend of Ifnir , pull double duty. Cathartic Reunion , Dark Deal , Faithless Looting , Hazoret's Monument , Khorvath's Fury , Collective Defiance , Shattered Perception , and Tormenting Voice all fit the bill.
Also, Flayer of the Hatebound could power a nice subtheme with your reanimation, and you can stock up on cheap Undying creatures like Demonlord of Ashmouth , Hound of Griselbrand , and Pyreheart Wolf to lower your budget and synergize with Rakdos. Charmbreaker Devils could also be a house once you stock the yard.
Also, maybe improve general card quality by splurging on Bloodgift Demon and Demon of Wailing Agonies ? Demon's Horn , Carnage Altar , Rakdos Riteknife , Devils' Playground , Dance with Devils , Consume the Meek , and Rite of Belzenlok , Archdemon of Greed , Temple of the False God , Tomb of Urami , and Kindly Stranger Flip are all pretty bad. Akoum Refuge and Bloodfell Caves seem like easy adds, as well.
4 months ago
So with the theme of being aggro/removal, and keeping the deck at a budget I'll try and list some budget alternatives that can be upgrades, off the cards I can think of off the top of my head. I'm also noticing a trend with +1/+1 counters so I'll consider those as well
Arbor Colossus: He's basically an 11 cost 9/9 that removes one single flying creature
Druid of the Cowl: Two drop mana dork that can be replaced by Llanowar Elves or Elvish Mystic. Though Druid of the Cowl has more toughness, playing one of the others turn 1 helps accelerate you better.
Experiment One: Cool one drop that gives himself counters and can regenerate, but the downside is that your deck does run a lot of creatures with similar low power/toughness creatures making this hard to get passed more than 3 counters without the aid of using resources on him.
Kabira Vindicator: Level up is a cool mechanic, but having to spend 4 mana to cast him and then another 6 mana to give your creatures +1/+1 is pretty bad. Glorious Anthem would already give them +1/+1 OR you can always get Gideon, Ally of Zendikar use his -4 ability immediately and have the emblem to have an almost permanent buff to your creatures.
Knight of Cliffhaven: Same reason as Kabira, 5 mana to have a flying 2/3 is pretty meh. and 14 mana total to have a flying, vigilant 4/4 is the worst.
Sunscorch Regent may not have vigilance, but he does have flying, and gets stronger the more spells that cast as well as gaining you life.
Netcaster Spider: Would just replace this with
Longshot Squad, would synergize more with the deck and grants your other creatures +1/+1
Salt Road Patrol: For aggro, this card is too slow and only boost itself.
Sporemound: You don't have any mana accelerators or extra land drop enablers
Oath of Ajani: Would replace with Abzan Ascendancy, one extra mana for the same first ability, but the second ability will have more usage since you don't run any planeswalkers in the deck which makes the oath just a dead card on the field.
Consume the Meek: This kills your commander and most of your creatures
Cards I would consider adding:
Cathars' Crusade: Considered a staple in most creature decks that use +1/+1 counter things
Forgotten Ancient: Allows itself to gain more counters on it while the game continues and can move them to other creatures
Retribution of the Ancients: Great kill enchantment that revolves around +1/+1 counters
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood: Just an all around decent land that gives counters to all your creatures that entered on the same turn.
4 months ago
You can consider cards like Damnation, Toxic Deluge, Consume the Meek, Black Sun's Zenith, Bontu's Last Reckoning, Evacuation, Cyclonic Rift as well as a Windfall or Dark Deal to get rid of it from their hands.
5 months ago
6 months ago
lickitypikity: The issue was that it wasn't pulling its weight outside of those circumstances, TBH. Not to mention that, as a 4-drop, it conflicts with my commander's spot on the mana curve. It was between cutting that and Hero of Bladehold, but 1) I like the Battle Cry on that, to push some extra damage and 2) Hero of Bladehold is a pet card of mine ;)
KingZamiel: Almost exactly my thoughts on the matter! :) Divine Visitation and Plaguecrafter got added, but I've been considering Dawn of Hope and the two conditional board wipes. I think I'd rather run Retribution of the Meek over Citywide Bust as a general thing, and I'm not running that because it hits too many of my cards. I could see the argument for Ritual of Soot, but Consume the Meek is only okay because it's an instant so I'm not really convinced here. And I agree, I'm really hoping for some good Orzhov stuff from Ravnica Allegiances!! :) Can't wait...
8 months ago
Aether Hub and Tendo Ice Bridge both seem bad in a control deck, as they only make 1 colored mana each, and you can't really afford to have colourless sources in a deck with Cruel Ultimatum, you just won't be able to cast your spells.
Disallow, Dissolve and Electrickery all seem mediocre in modern, the counters have more efficient/better options like more Mana Leak/Remand/Logic Knot and more Cryptic Commands, and Electrickery is just a bad board wipe, something like Damnation or Languish is likely to be much better.
23 lands is almost always too few for a control deck, you tend to want at least 25/26 to make sure you hit your land drops consistently
A lot of cards in the sideboard have better alternatives too, like Consume the Meek, Electrickery and Yahenni's Expertise could all become Damnation or Languish which kill the more common creatures in modern, the Duress and Harsh Scrutiny could become Collective Brutality as additional discard which is more flexible, and better in more matchups and Tragic Slip should probably just be more Fatal Pushes.
9 months ago
Really like this version of the deck! You've included cards that I thought would be amazing here (maybe there are too much planeswalkers now, however).
As a suggestion - what are your thoughts on Consume the Meek? It devoures every small utility creature that other decks run and brings token decks down, while Dragon Army is intact :D
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