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, Exile Cranial Archive: Target player shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library. Draw a card.
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Cranial Archive Discussion
1 month ago
Cool deck. However there are some inclusions i find very odd.
The bouncelands are very bad from my experience. Its a tapped land, but you cant play it turn 1, where you would usually want tapped lands. You also have to tap for both types of mana at once. All this for the added slight card advantage. Not worth it in my experience. Usually you only include them as budget dual lands, but the budget does not seem to be your main concern. I would just replace them with basics.
I dont understand what Athreos, God of Passage does for the deck. Fun card, but when all your creatures are fatties you are not gonna get more than 5 or so triggers in a reasonable amount of time. It's in your three-drop slot, the time you most likely wanna jam your commander. Giving your opponents the choice to return the creature to your hand might actually hurt you quite a bit.
Is decking an issue? Is steady mill viable in your meta? Otherwise I dont understand Elixir of Immortality. I guess you might once in a while want to shuffle back Omniscience but that's not worth a card slot. Especially when you can play Mistveil Plains. If you want protection against mill (for some reason), I would suggest just adding an eldrazi titan or alternatively Cranial Archive, as that card also serves as GY hate, or cycles at worst.
Coool deck though, +1 from me ;)
2 months ago
Okay, so I have some more suggestions, lol...
Leyline of Anticipation lets you cast any of your spells before blockers are declared. Whooo!
Goblinslide and Quiet Contemplation are amazing in Narset. You're already casting a bunch of spells for free, why not use your mana to get more out of it? And hey, let's throw a Sphinx-Bone Wand on top of it, because why not?
Other cards that have to do with the deck-graveyard-exile filter engine I mentioned earlier: Elixir of Immortality, Harvest Pyre, Dig Through Time, Quest for Ancient Secrets, Cranial Archive, and Jace, the Living Guildpact. Lots of cards like these, these are just the ones I run.
2 months ago
all those cards are nice, thanks. gonna cut Cranial Archive for the Perpetual Timepiece since it can leave the noncreatures for the delve of Murderous Cut, added in the Phyrexian Ragers, and ill have to get some Nighthowlers i swore i had a couple. also found some Dismembers and threw them in and take the slot for priciest card.
probably gonna get 2 of the Phyrexian Delver also.
2 months ago
i'm trying to make a mostly creature mill deck with 4 Liliana's Indignation with Elixir of Immortality and/or a few Cranial Archive to do it all over again. so far other than those i have Grave Strength to use on a couple Revenant some Dusk Legion Zealot for creature based draw, and a few Sign in Blood
looking for some additions, this is hopefully gonna be a fun deck i plan for a few kill spells, but i wanna keep it mono black, and not terribly expensive if possible.
4 months ago
I also brewed up a mono red version.
Its slower, but a lot more grindy, with more diverse threats. One of my goals was to change the deck in such a way that grave hate would not really hinder it, and the opportunity cost of playing such cards would mean that they harm more my opponent than me (think something like playing gravehate against snapcaster mage).
Imho your deck seems dangerously close to "dredge with Hollow One & Flameblade Adept" i say dangerously, because its pretty hard to out-dredge dredge. In you postion i would play some cards to protect my grave (like Cranial Archive), and some hate against decks that can be reliably faster than you, like storm, various griselbrand reanimator strategies, infect and the like.
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May i ask about your opinion regarding my brew?
5 months ago
Your deck is a sort of hybrid of three other decks; 8 Rack, Owling Mine and Hollow One while there is some symmetry in how these decks function, the first two are control decks and the last is aggro. At the moment I'd say your deck leans more towards control, but without the heavier discard or counterspell package. Outside of Hollow One you aren't gaining any advantage from the cards you discard either in terms of recursion (cards with Flashback, or like Bloodghast and Gravecrawler) or play (cards like Fiery Temper or Flameblade Adept) and you are only running 3x of Hollow One.
Your main strategy then is based on your opponent discarding cards, so how to make that more efficient, First up Wheel of Fate with Simian Spirit Guide you can potentially cast Wheel of Fate turn one, which would put your opponent on a clock. Next, admittedly with a little more work Reforge the Soul, you would need some Scry effects, but that is manageable. Or a more recent addition Collective Defiance, the effect was even attached to a creature, once Barbed Shocker... If you really don't care (but you probably should) about letting your opponent draw then you may as well run Master of the Feast, as it's an under-costed evasive beater.
I do think it is possible to build a strong Red/Black discard deck and here your lack of recursion could be a safety net. Since you aren't running any recursive threats you can use cards like Elixir of Immortality or Cranial Archive to fold your graveyard back into your library, meaning at a push you might be able to win by decking your opponent, or at worst you reset your deck. Note that Mill is generally a terrible strategy for winning though.
I hope I've given you some ideas, enjoy brewing your deck.
8 months ago
It looks like you're going for a light sweep/reanimator strat, so I'll recommend cards based on thatBurnished Hart, Oreskos Explorer. Dualcaster Mage brings a lot of versatility. Fiend Hunter if you pursue a few more sac outlets. Palace Jailer might be ok regardless. Skullclamp is great in any deck that wants its creatures to die. Stonecloaker for the blink/recursion value, maybe Cranial Archive to also cover the graveyard base without messing you up too badly. Archon of Justice.
Vizier of Deferment is kind of cute, though maybe too situational.
You have 2 karmic guides.
8 months ago
Altar of Shadows seems preeetty slow.Cathar's Shield does nothing.Cranial Archive does nothing.why do you needGhirapur Orrery?There are better ways for unblockable than Hot Soup, but why do you need to be unblockable?.Trading Post is very versatile but what is he for?You have only two cards to make things indestructible so Worldslayer is a dead card in any other case.
get rid of all the one ofs that cost more than 6 mana, they all do dofferent things and make the deck very inconsistent