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As an additional cost to cast Costly Plunder, sacrifice an artifact or creature. Draw two cards.
Costly Plunder Discussion
8 hours ago
Gotcha. I would just go with sac outlets, then. Phyrexian Tower just went from like $60 to $10 because of the reprint. Infernal Offering , Recurring Nightmare , Rescue from the Underworld , Victimize , and Whisper, Blood Liturgist all offer recursion. Altar's Reap , Fling , Costly Plunder , Culling the Weak , Plunge into Darkness , Vicious Offering , Devour Flesh , Merciless Resolve , Sacrifice , Collateral Damage , Burnt Offering , Carrion , Fiery Conclusion , Spontaneous Combustion , and Dredge are all better instant-speed ways to leverage Xantcha. Or you could just Inferno or Starstorm to kill the board.
3 days ago
That is a good question about Battered Golem .
The way I see it is: Disciple of the Vault , Reckless Fireweaver and Nettle Drone are your baseline. From there you have at least two directions you can go and would need to choose. Either you go with Battered Golem , Voltaic Servant and Viridian Longbow for tap/untap strategy or you manipulate sacrifice/recursion with cards like Costly Plunder , Myr Servitor and Workshop Assistant . One build could better utilize Nettle Drone (¿with cards like Wrangle to untap?) while the other takes more advantage of Disciple of the Vault . If I built the deck, I would explore the recursion route but I won't say for sure that would be better than Battered Golem ; you might have to playtest to know, but I figure you'd have to choose and focus one strategy.
4 days ago
Traumitz, firstly let me say sorry for missing your comment. Good idea. =)
Bokamoso: I'm glad you like the deck. "Ping" is actually one of my favorite archetypes/strategies. I have a couple non-artifact ones that I'm working on also. But back to the point: you have a bunch of great suggestions! Unfortunately I don't think I have many of those cards in paper, but I'll scrounge up what I can. Meanwhile I can update this to reflect a "Perfect Cell" version. =P
4 days ago
I like this ping ping thing you have here.
I agree with Traumitz that Great Furnace and Vault of Whispers would be great additions to this deck. With those additions, you could consider replacing some Renegade Map and Traveler's Amulet with Expedition Map in order to grab the artifact lands.
Given that your mana curve is so low, I wonder if you need so much land fetching. Consider more draw. I like Costly Plunder , maybe even more than I like Sign in Blood here. If your lands were artifacts and you had too many, you could sacrifice them to Costly Plunder for value$$.
For three mana you could include protection in the form of Herbal Poultice . It fits the theme, protects and triggers but the mana cost is steep.
Ornithopter seems out of place in this deck unless you NEED a zero mana creature or a powerless flying blocker. If you can push it to one mana you could get a lot more value out of Myr Servitor and sac outlets such is Costly Plunder or ¿ Ashnod's Altar ?
You really have me geeking on this deck...
1 week ago
Thanks for taking a look and helping me out! Final Payment appeared better to me just because you could potentially hit on an extra trigger for Poison-Tip Archer and hitting them for some damage. I can see how Mortify would be superior, Ill plan to swap these out. Ill also take out the Costly Plunder for the Midnight Reaper and if life seems to be a problem, Ill try the Revitalize . Could also play around and take out Rite of Belzenlok and keep the Costly Plunder just to move through the deck.
1 week ago
Hey there, Siisyphus!
I'm not feeling Final Payment or Costly Plunder even though you have a fair number of token creators that can take advantage of Costly Plunder . Mortify is a much better option than Final Payment for the sake of not needing to sac anything and you can hit enchantments with it as well. If you're worried about Midnight Reaper , which I would take over Costly Plunder , I'd look into at least Revitalize to gives you a card draw and 3 life to offset some of the self damage.
1 week ago
Love this deck, awesome synergy, I'm doing an Abzan version of this, Abzan Aristrocrats. Midnight Reaper is so strong with this mechanic and I think I will be adding it. Just a little nervous about pinging myself so frequently. I had some difficulty with draw and Costly Plunder seemed to be my answer. How has your experience been with damage from Midnight Reaper . I also like Rite of Belzenlok which has done well for me, why did you remove it out of curiosity? +1
1 week ago
I have found the resilient Reassembling Skeleton extremely good as a recurrent sac option. In combination with that, I might add some removal; Final Payment works well. Treasure Map Flip is strong in any deck but if you need more draw, maybe try Costly Plunder . Love the deck and run a similar version myself. +1
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