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- Destroy all Dragon creatures
- Destroy all non-Dragon creatures.
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Crux of Fate Discussion
2 days ago
Here are what i think are the weaker cards in your deck. I'm not saying that everything I don't mention is ideal or that the ones i'm suggesting cutting are awful but this is where i'd personally start if I was trimming my own deck as possible cards to consider cutting:
Cliffside Lookout: This card seems a bit out of place. If you want a 1-drop ally Hada Freeblade is better. If you want to focus more on life gain, Soul's Attendant, Soul Warden, or Serra Ascendant would be a better fit.
Angel of Renewal/Conclave Phalanx: While they can gain you some life, they cost a bit more mana than i'd like. I feel that for 6 mana Sorin, Grim Nemesis is a better threat as it can still gain you life while taking down a creature the turn it comes into play or draw you some cards. Either way 6 mana is still a lot so be careful you don't but too many high cmc spells in the deck. Conclave is a bit better since it has convoke but i still don't think it does enough.
Court Street Denizen: In a two color deck you will still get some value out of this but I prefer cards like Gideon's Lawkeeper/Goldmeadow Harrier as you can tap them on your opponents "Declare Attackers" step to prevent them from attacking you, and they remain tapped until their next turn meaning they can't block either.
Pulse Tracker: This is a pretty aggressive card for your deck. Also even if they play a 1/2, you can't attack safely into them anymore.
Curse of the Forsaken: Good in multiplayer games but in 1v1 it's not ideal.
2 weeks ago
Thanks a bunch, I'm honestly surprised that I didn't consider Terminate, Dreadbore or Crux of Fate before in the first place, though admittedly I do have a sweet spot for Curse of Stalked Prey and other cards like it that I swear should've saw competitive play (Oh Sunscorch Regent). I'll be defiantly be adding them somehow (Or at least the sideboard).
A little more about Crux and Fearsome Awakening, I do agree with you about being overwhelmed, but I really like just having the ability to just instantly get a Dragonlord Kolaghan or another hasty dragon out and just keep pressuring the opponent. I'm probably going to keep the Awakening but that doesn't mean I can have best of both worlds, and yes before anything else, Balefire Dragon 4 life.
As for the sideboard, they're great and I'll be putting them in for now (well when I have time I'll put them in).
Once Again, Thanks a bunch! Very glad you enjoyed my deck. I wish you luck with your Dragon decks as well.
2 weeks ago
Hey! This deck looks like a lot of fun!
You seem to have a well-thought out game plan and ways to support it, so good job there.
There are just a few things I would personally change.
Firstly, I probably wouldn't use the Curse of Stalked Prey. You mentioned it's in here to break stale-mates, but I can assure you that with Flying dragons, you won't run into many stalemates.
Think of it this way: your creatures are strong already, the rest of the cards in your deck should focus on controlling the board and/or getting your Dragons onto the field faster. So in this case, I would remove the 2 Curse of Stalked Prey, and add 1 more Dragonlord's Servant and 1 other card of your choice, preferably removal (Terminate, Draconic Roar, Dreadbore, etc.).
2nd, I would probably replace the Fearsome Awakening with a Crux of Fate. This is really just a preference call, as I like to have some form of mass board control in case I'm getting overwhelmed. Of course, this is up to you, play whatever you like!
Finally, and again this is just my preference and I'm speaking from experience here, Balefire Dragon in a deck with only 22 lands is not very easy to cast (even with 4 Dragonlord's Servants). It pains me to say because that Dragon is probably one of my all-time favorites but a 7-CMC card without effective ramp won't see the field very often. I think you'll find more success if you replaced it with another Thundermaw Hellkite. It's cheaper, you can cast it sooner and it has an immediate board impact without relying on something else for Haste support. Speed is everything in Modern. Either that, or just play another Crux of Fate.
So just to recap, that first point about Curse of Stalked Prey, I think you'll be much more successful if you make those changes. The 2nd and 3rd points are entirely up to you, I wouldn't say they're 100% necessary.
Now, moving onto the sideboard, I noticed you had some empty slots so I'm going to help you fill them!
1x Duress (for control decks, you already have 3 in the mainboard but another one wouldn't hurt)
2x Slaughter Games (if you know what you're up against then you can get rid of their most important card and cripple their deck)
2x Fatal Push (complement the 2 in the mainboard, great against decks with lots of cheap creatures like Zoo and Jund).
Hope this helped, best of luck with your deck!
2 weeks ago
The deck seems pretty solid. I think it has a few too many spells near the top end and would some more value creatures lower but overall seems like a great job! Meren is a lot of fun and powerful. Your style of play is a little more stax heavy which some people may not like, but good decks should be able to deal with it. If you feel like it gets too powerful, take out 1-2 (not all) cards that make your opponents have to sacrifice their creature
These cards are a little bit more expensive but I think they are all excellent pick ups and will help bring your deck to a new power level. They are also likely going to keep rising in power as well. I think your deck needs a better early game ramp package because a Meren on turn two or even 3 is backbreaking. All decks should have graveyard hate or board wipes to stop opponents who may be ahead of you.
High Market A good way to stop your opponents from exiling something. If they were to exile with Anguished Unmaking or Reality Shift use this land's effect in response and goes to graveyard instead of exile.
Deathrite Shaman A great way to stop other graveyard shenanigans.
Phyrexian Arena One of best draw spells in format. Drawing two cards while your opponents only get 1 puts you so far ahead. The life you lose is not important at all in our 40 life format.
Animate Dead Really good recursion spell that is usually used to grab something from an opponents graveyard.
Demon of Dark Schemes Board wipe on a creature that can also reanimate is very good.
Gray Merchant of Asphodel This card wins games and can help you when you are in a losing situation.
Beast Within One of best removal spells in the game.
Dread Return Great recursion spell that can be used twice.
Temple of Malady Good value card that gives you colors and helps get away cards you don't want at the top of your library.
Bojuka Bog Need to be able to stop other graveyard decks your opponents might be doing.
Elves of Deep Shadow the lifegain doesn't matter and being able to give you another color is soo good.
Scavenging Ooze Need to be able to stop other graveyard decks your opponents might be doing.
Spore Frog Good way to stop other creature decks that are faster than yours.
Shaman of Forgotten Ways Both a good way to ramp and also can be a win con if opponents have no creatures.
Victimize Great recursion spell in case Meren is not in play.
Viscera Seer Great sac outlet that also helps you draw to something useful.
Cultivate Great ramp card that also replaces itself.
Kodama's Reach Great ramp card that also replaces itself.
Black Sun's Zenith board wipes for when you are behind
Crux of Fate board wipes for when you are behind. This one is bad, but very cheap.
Life's Finale board wipes for when you are behind
Decree of Pain board wipes for when you are behind
Birthing Pod Helps you deck progress it's board state while adding to Meren's experience counters
Cards I would remove are ones that are less synergystic with the theme of your deck and/or have very little utility other than being big beaters.
Champion of Stray Souls Not a bad card, but I think it is a win more card. If you want to bring back creatures I would recommend Chainer, Dementia Master over this one as it costs less mana to cast and use its ability. But not bad.
Satyr Wayfinder Creatures that cause you to overextend into your graveyard. not bad but better ways of getting lands.
Caller of the Pack Creatures are just big beaters but have no value.
Scourge of Nel Toth Creatures are just big beaters but have no value.
Banshee of the Dread Choir Creatures are just big beaters but have no value.
Wretched Confluence Too costly for it's effect
Cloudthresher Not a good way to get rid of fliers
Bonehoard Better options to cast at 4 mana
Dread Summons card seems good but never works out in practice. Cannot use multiple times and only gives you a few zombies.
Corpse Augur better options to be playing at 4 mana
Phyrexian Plaguelord Better options to be playing at 5 mana.
Diabolic Servitude I think Animate dead is better. Cheaper to cast, and does not exile.
Powerful cards that are sweet to trade for (as in will always have value for a commander player imo). However these are over 5 bucks in some cases and may be better to trade up or I don't think are going to rise up in price in the next few months.
Birds of Paradise one of the best one drops you can play.
Avenger of Zendikar closes out many games very quickly.
Overgrown Tomb Great land that helps give you your colors and when you eventually get fetch lands you can find it. That being said, Windswept Heath can grab this for you and was heavily printed. Lands are always good things to pick up as they keep their value compared to any other card as they are used in every format.
Grave Titan One of the best 6 drops of all time
Panharmonicon Good in any deck that Enter the Battlefield effects
Leyline of the Voidcreatures in black in the 6-drop spot.
Toxic Deluge One of the best board wipes. Cheapest in converted mana cost and life is not important for how much damage it will usually save you from.
Sheoldred, Whispering One This creature is such a house. Hurts opponents and helps you.
Buried Alive a great tutor effect for your deck as your graveyard is an extension of your hand.
Noxious Gearhulk A pretty decent way to gain life and stop opponents
Erebos, God of the Dead Allow for a way to stop opponents life shenanigans and draws cards.
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is another way to stop graveyard shenanigans of opponents. He cost a lot because of standard so I would wait until he rotates.
3 weeks ago
If you wanna use Cabal Coffers i advise you to put Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and you could replace Crosis's Catacombs with Command Tower.I didn't like Dictate of Erebos in this deck.. you play only 12 creatures! The same for Warped Devotion, you don't have enough "Boomerang" to take advantage from it.Gem of Becoming don't help you with ramp like Burnished Hart in my opinion.Dark Intimations with only a Bolas planeswalker is useless.. you could replace it with Crux of Fate, it has more sense in this deck.And.. where is Sangromancer ? it is strictly forbidden not put it in this deck ahahah xD
4 weeks ago
Hi, welcome on T/O? Nvm, seems you are already here for some time... onwards to some budget suggestions:
- Dragon Tempest
- Crux of Fate
- Haven of the Spirit Dragon
- Savage Ventmaw
- Moltensteel Dragon
- Nicol Bolas
- Hellkite Charger
Have fun and if you like to check out my favo deck, feel welcome :) An upvote is always welcome :)
Enjoy and hopefully I helped you making it more budget in the end.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I wouldn't suggest her anyway, she's horrible with countermagic :P
4 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver is surely too much. Drawing too many is bad; the card does nothing against a lot of decks such as Affinity/Infect/Burn. Why not play something like a Jace, Architect of Thought, Ob Nixilis Reignited, or Tamiyo, the Moon Sage to have win conditions that you can play in addition to Ashiok, but still get value/CA/more removal?
If we're doing Dragonlord Silumgar, you've got to do Crux of Fate. Flavour win + doesn't kill your own guy + cheaper than Finale. 4 mana is ideal for a sweeper, of course, but barring that owing to budget - though MM17 reprints should help with Damnation - Crux is the closest we can go.
Consider Fatal Push, Far / Away, and Geth's Verdict as replacements for the removal you have now; particularly Curse of Chains and Last Gasp. Instant speed edicts are very powerful, and Push is an obvious not-too-expensive upgrade over the Gasp. Murderous Cut, Hero's Downfall and Dismember are also not particularly expensive, and are all better than Doom Blade.
Consider Deprive for countermagic. It's a tempo loss, I'll grant you, but it's unconditional. Alternatively, just play Countersquall or Negate. I'm just not sold on Rune Snag, is all, but I could be very wrong, and perhaps the card has performed really well for you? Some small number of 3 mana countermagic like Disallow and Dissipate might not be the worst either. Yes, I like Dissolve, but scry 1 is not as important as exile or Stifle against Eldrazi, planeswalkers, etc.
Think Twice over some number of Telling Time and Divination. Instant speed, allowing you to hold up countermagic; 2 for 1, resilient to countermagic - def. seems like an upgrade over your current card draw spells. Also with regard to card draw, Jace's Ingenuity is a better restock spell than Divination. Instant speed draw 3 is quite good, and it is also sadly the best non Ancestral Vision option in the format. Further consider Shadow of Doubt. The card is backbreaking if you time it right, and worst case scenario, it replaces itself.
You don't want to scoop to resolved walkers, nor do you want to scoop to artifacts/enchantments; Hero's Downfall can take care of the former, while Engineered Explosives with a manabase of fetches and shocks is the best Dimir can do for the latter in Modern. That said, Ratchet Bomb can do a reasonable Explosives imitation a good deal of the time. Also definitely consider Extirpate in the board. It's not as expensive as Surgical Extraction but in a draw-go shell is arguably more powerful. It is also one of your only few ways to interact with graveyard based strategies since you don't have much direct exile or Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. While the traitor I would recommend absolutely, I understand he is perhaps too expensive for what you have in mind.
Last, but not least, AEtherling. A lot of Modern decks concede to a resolved Aetherling.
With regard to the manabase, consider Sunken Hollow, Creeping Tar Pit, Temple of Deceit and Darkslick Shores as potential replacements for Evolving Wilds. Tar Pit is the only non-budget suggestion in that list, with the other lands being fairly cheap, and powerful in their effects. You should also be able to accommodate no small number of Ghost Quarter, which may shore up the Eldra/Tron matchup and give you better play against manlands from Raging Ravine to Celestial Colonnade to Inkmoth Nexus, and utility lands in the form of Gavony Township, Academy Ruins, etc.
I've been tinkering with Dimir in Modern for over a year now, and have perhaps spent a touch more time on the archetype than perhaps is healthy. :D I'm sorry about how long that was, but hopefully this is helpful!