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Counter target noncreature spell. Its controller loses 2 life.
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2 days ago
Disallow isn't really that great a card. 3 mana counterspell? Hard to keep mana up for it and do something else on your own turn. In general, actually, the plan of going with counterspells and not bringing any discard (at 1 cmc, that is) is questionable. See, Thoughtseizeing a card away is proactive - you get to choose which card your opponent loses, at just 1 mana, and get some information on their hand too. While counterspells are pretty good, there's commonly played cards that give a way around them (Aether Vial, Cavern of Souls). So I suggest that you exchange all 3 Disallow and 1 Countersquall for Thoughtseize.
Hostage Taker... cute... but... 4 mana, 3 toughness? It is killed by every commonly played removal spell in modern. You may play spells removed with it, that's great. But in how many matchups is there simply nothing interesting to play? Then it's just a slightly bigger and harder to cast Fiend Hunter.
4 days ago
How about counterspells like Mana Leak Cryptic Command Remand or Negate / Countersquall? You could remove 1-2 Terminate (cuz you have 2 Dreadbore), all 3 Vampire Nighthawk (unless you find them incredibly usefull). If you remove those 5 cards you could add 3 Remand and 2 Cryptic Command (exemple).
Those are my thoughts on how to improve the deck
1 week ago
saj0219, the game has been around for twenty-five years, so why now are WotC messing with something that is not broken? I have no problem with black dealing damage to creatures (such as through Tendrils of Corruption), because creatures cannot lose life, but, if it is affecting only a player, it should always be life loss.
Also, after Dominaria, WotC printed black cards in Battlebond and Core Set 2019 that caused life loss, so I am hoping that black cards that deal damage shall be only an occasional thing.
I also must say that I am slightly disappointed with the new Aurelia; I understand that she needs to feel like the same character who was seen in the Return to Ravnica block, but the Boros guild (and red/white in general) really needs to have an identity beyond combat.
On a more positive note, another reprint of Skyknight Legionnaire, again with new artwork, is nice, because I now can have four copies of it in my red/white deck with three different images. Even better is Swiftblade Vindicator, which shall definitely be a replacement for Boros Swiftblade; it may have lower toughness, but, in exchange for that, and at the exact same mana cost, it has vigilance and trample, which shall make it a deadly force when enchanted with Scourge of the Nobilis or with a Balefire Liege on the battlefield. Being a rare means that it will likely be expensive to purchase as a single, but I doubt that it will be prohibitively expensive.
Also, why does the text on book devourer say "you may discard all the cards in your hand" rather than "you may discard your hand?" Has not WotC been making certain phrases shorter (i.e., "die" or "exile")?
Even further, I just noticed that, thus far, the Dimir guild has only a single counterspell, and it is mono-blue, so they currently have no black/blue counterpsell, which seems to be ridiculous, to me, considering that the Izzet has a red/blue counterspell in Ionize, and this would have been a great opportunity for the Dimir to have a similar card, such as a reprint of Undermine or Countersquall (also, it may not be a counterspell, but a reprint of Recoil would have been very nice, as well).
1 week ago
DarkStarStorm I'm not saying play them together, but rather, as a concession to a possible upcoming meta, having plenty of basics available should allow you to capitalize on these kinds of cards.
Is it too much to ask for a card with a dimir watermark that doesn't suck? Seriously that guild always gets straight garbage. I can think of modern and legacy staples in Golgari, Boros, and Azorius. Izzet, Rakdos, Gruul, and Selesnya get close, or have had cards which see at least a little play. Even simic cards see pretty heavy commander play. But dimir and orzhov get shafted so hard. Are there even any cards that get played in modern besides Countersquall that have a UBx casting cost?
1 week ago
elerosse Ya know, I had Brainstorm in the deck in an earlier incarnation, and didn't give it enough of a chance.. it's such a good utility card.. like you said, hit people for Draco CMC life loss, and then put it back on top to do it again. Thanks for your input, I'll pull Countersquall for it.
2 weeks ago
add 1 more basic land island for total of 3.drop Countersquall from main.
2 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Formatting screwed me over. See below for card links