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Cruel Tutor Discussion
4 days ago
Continued from previously..
- Drop Necropede and add Solemn Simulacrum - land filtering, card draw, & chump blocker for a CMC of 4!
- Drop Star Compass - this is a slower, less useful Sol Ring (which you already have).
- Add Black Sun's Zenith - this can be a very budget friendly sweeper.
- I'm not sure how expensive is too expensive for your tastes, but you need more tutors. Demonic Tutor && Cruel Tutor are options on the cheaper side (as far as useful tutors go).
- Not budget, but certainly half the price of the previous suggestions... add Necropotence if you can. You have 40 life, use that as a resource. With the help of Reliquary Tower (which you should add regardless) you can old on to great cards.
1 month ago
Demarge I see now what you were going for and yes im tutor heavy and I may add more tutors such as Cruel Tutor , Vampiric Tutor , Grim Tutor and maybe Rhystic Tutor , but i'm not sure yet. And while you didn't mean Spellbook exactly it still a 0 drop that gives unlimited hand size granted it doesn't give mana like Reliquary Tower or Thought Vessel does and as such there would be my first choose Reliquary over vessel due to lands being slightly harder to get rid of. But I'm not sure on Doomsday as its powerful but it leaves only 5 turns before I lose the game due to my library being exiled, Unless i misunderstood the ruling on D-Day.
1 month ago
I would remove the following cards and replace them with the following, following cards: (I think that makes sense) Remove: Kozilek, Butcher of Truth , Captain Lannery Storm , Commander's Sphere , Blink of an Eye , and possibly Narset, Parter of Veils . Replace Arcane Signet , Teferi's Puzzle Box , Reforge the Soul , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and maybe some more ramp. But the biggest change you could do that might make it better is use Nekusar, the Mindrazer as the commander. This way you could use all the amazing black tutors, and still combo off with Niv Mizzet, and still have a wheel commander. Some tutors you could use are here: Vampiric Tutor , Demonic Tutor , Beseech the Queen , Diabolic Tutor , Mastermind's Acquisition , Cruel Tutor , Dark Petition , Dimir Machinations , Final Parting , Grim Tutor , Imperial Seal , and more. This way, you could tutor for either of the Niv Mizzets, and one of the combos to win! All the while keeping your wheel theme. I don't know about you, but that's what I would do.
1 month ago
Hey man! This guy looks like an interesting commander... Here're some suggestions. Feel free to ignore any or all of them.
Blood Celebrant : I don't know how important this is, but being able to pay three life for a generic mana seems pretty good. This means you can use phyrexian mana in order to cast your artifacts like Prism Ring .
From a perspective with zero experience with your general, repeatable life-gain seems really good. I approve of your extort stuff; consider running Twilight Prophet . Your current average CMC is 4.34, which means it's usually gonna do a little more than a bolt and gain you that much life, while building card-advantage.
Life may get tight, so Toxic Deluge is going to have an unusually high cost. I still think it's good and that you should run it, but consider Dead of Winter and all Snow-Covered Swamp s as well. The cost on that would be lower, as it doesn't cause you to lose life, which you use to cast spells.
Mana Vault , Mana Crypt , Charcoal Diamond , Thought Vessel , Mind Stone , Prismatic Lens , Jet Medallion and Coldsteel Heart are all worth considering. The two-mana rocks will allow you to cast your general turn-three, which enables your deck.
A reanimation package is something to think about, especially with concern to recurring your Kokusho, the Evening Star . Entomb / Buried Alive paired with Animate Dead , Dance of the Dead , Necromancy , Reanimate or even straight-up Zombify is a great way to recur threats for cheap, or Entomb them and then reanimate them.
Speaking of reanimation, Vilis, Broker of Blood is an EXCELLENT reanimation target for this deck.
Right. That's all I got. Good luck!
2 months ago
[Note] This is not going to be the most efficient form of this deck. Specifically:
and win conditions to deal X damage to player equal to sacrificed creature effects will lead to guaranteed nobody wants to play with you status. Made some obvious swaps to keep this more casual and ensure that a pop off/combo doesn't fire until around turn 6-8.
3 months ago
Final Parting is on the chopping block for a possible replacement by Cruel Tutor . I could replace with Beseech the Queen . Beseech The Queen is good and we have a fair number of combo pieces that fall at 3 or less mana. I would prefer Cruel Tutor, though. I will proxy it out for testing before I buy.
7 months ago
I understand fully bout a deck being your baby. I call my Zur deck my pride and joy right in the primer I wrote up for it.
Okey dokey...here we go lol. These are some ideas that would definitely help out your deck.
- Cruel Tutor
- Vampiric Tutor
- Survival of the Fittest or Fauna Shaman for a budget alternative.
- Cavern of Souls and Boseiju, Who Shelters All to tell blue players to $#*! off.
- Gaea's Cradle or Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip as a budget alternative.
- Elvish Piper ain’t pricey but it’s a staple for me.
- Mox Diamond
- Mana Crypt
Any to all of these I think could really add to this deck.
8 months ago
I honestly tend to find Bottle Gnomes pretty relevant, as I often lose a lot of life, but I suppose I'm playing enough tutors now to where I can just grab Zulaport Cutthroat or something if that's really such a concern--I suppose I can cut him, though I will miss him.
I'm still kinda on edge about cutting Black Market --my meta is still fairly casual, but I have, in fact, won before with Exsanguinate thanks to all the mana from Black Market against a fairly competitive (but by no means optimized) Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck (and some other peeps). I might find something else to cut for Pitiless Plunderer , but I'd rather not have to choose between both of them. (Also, something worth considering is that Black Market is harder to remove than Pitiless Plunderer , though they'd need exile effects or something in any case).
As for Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood , getting 10 mana isn't a problem for me, but I get what you're saying--it's not exactly the fastest combo available, and my deck probably doesn't slow the game down enough to make it competitively viable. All the same, there's just not that many better mono-black combos.
As for running more tutors and stax effects, well, for one, I actually still want this list to be playable in my meta (it's approaching a point where it's just too cancerous relatively to what the majority of everyone else is playing, believe it or not), so adding Trinisphere and Static Orb and the like would be very unsubtle and super cutthroat (though, yes, that's exactly what would make the deck more competitive, I understand that). Secondly, the list is getting pretty tight, yet again, so I'd probably have to cut some Shirei synergy for that sort of thing, which would probably be worth it, but would make me feel that much more soulless, honestly. Can never seem to strike that balance between not playing a whole bunch of staples and having a synergetic build...
Thirdly, while they'd absolutely be worth it, I'm not playing more tutors simply due to budget considerations. I know that might sound pretty laughable considering the deck costs $830 dollars, but it's the only list I have that I own in paper (well, most of it--waiting for more cards to arrive, as I keep cutting stuff), but I've been building it up over the course of 3-4 years. Budget is no object in cEDH, I know, but it is for me--the most expensive card in the deck is about $75. Spending $100 on a card isn't something I really want to do. I might find something to cut for Cruel Tutor , though (bad as it is).
As it stands, I think Liliana's Shade and Bottle Gnomes are out and Skittering Surveyor and Scroll Rack are in. A marginal improvement--still not good enough, though, you're right. If only I could run Land Tax + Scroll Rack ...
(Oh, and, on a completely unrelated note, this might already be a thing, but I was wondering if anyone had figured out a way to combo out with Timestream Navigator in a Prime Speaker Vannifar list. All you'd need is a 1-drop that recurs itself to either your hand or the battlefield, and, so long as you had enough mana and the city's blessing, you could take infinite turns. That might actually be a viable combo in cEDH).
Cruel Tutor occurrence in decks from the last year
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