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Culling the Weak
As an additional cost to play Culling the Weak, sacrifice a creature.
Add (Black)(Black)(Black)(Black) to your mana pool.
Culling the Weak Discussion
3 days ago
If you really want to take this deck to the next level then you need all of the fast mana and tutors: Mana Crypt , Mana Vault , Grim Monolith , Mox Diamond , Mox Opal , Chrome Mox , Mox Amber , Talisman of Indulgence , Lotus Petal , Dark Ritual , Cabal Ritual , Pyretic Ritual , Desperate Ritual , Rite of Flame , Culling the Weak , Infernal Plunge , Lake of the Dead , Bubbling Muck , Rain of Filth , Grim Tutor , Imperial Seal , Vampiric Tutor and Diabolic Intent .
Rakdos is also the color combination you need for Worldgorger Dragon + Dance of the Dead , Animate Dead or Necromancy infinite combo. Use Buried Alive or Entomb to pitch one of the Kiki combos or to pitch the dragon and then use one of the enchantments to start the combo. Be sure with Dragon combo to have another creature in the GY or you draw the game with an uninterruptible infinite combo. Other cards that help these combos are Victimize and Final Parting .
3 days ago
3 weeks ago
I am definitely on board with Diregraf Colossus , it is excellent redundancy for Bridge from Below, which is easily disrupted. The same could be said for Pitiless Plunderer , which is a dupe for Phyrexian Altar when used with a sac outlet. I love the redundancy.
Regarding Midnight Reaper , I’d be hesitant to use it because I am concerned that the damage would add up and eat into our life total for Razaketh. Reaper is a zombie and draws for itself which is nice but I’d probably go with Grim Haruspex first.
Liliana, Untouched By Death was a thought experiment and I am pretty comfortable saying the deck is better without it. Unless you REALLY recommend Thornbite Staff to me, I suspect that same could be said of it too.
3 weeks ago
Legion564 During the loop to create abundant G mana ( Riftsweeper + Necromancy + Elvish Visionary + Culling the Weak ) it's shown that you can create abundant reanimations of Riftsweeper . By casting Beast Within on your own Necromancy you can generate 3/3 beasts to your heart's content.
3 weeks ago
Oooh a solid theme using a card I love flavorwise and I dont see enough (the font) and some great demon choices without clogging up the deck with Shadowborn Apostles. Always like seeing Endrik show up in lists like this, very handy for sacrifices.
Speaking of, my suggestions are more towards the sacrifice side of things:
Sengir Autocrat : A great classic and a good source or early things to feed to your Mindslash and various demons.
Culling the Weak : For that early boost in mana when you have creatures to toss, can help get some of the more annoying large demons out in play.
Some earlier mana rocks like Charcoal Diamond Worn Powerstone and Hedron Archive etc. I am mostly concerned about your board in the earlier stages of the game before the big demons are out or the graveyards are filled.
1 month ago
MediSyntax you know the judge promo is only like $150 at most?
I've been testing and I've managed to some conclusions. Firstly: walking ballista is turned off entirely by both Null Rod & Stony Silence . Crypt Ghast is a much more efficient win condition (extort triggers via excess mana & casts w/ Gravecrawler ) as it condenses the win condition to being part of cards which are useful in of themselves.
Some dead cards: Mindslicer & Dark Deal - unless you have a Waste Not out, these cards do next to nothing - there are a few great replacement options which will help to steer this deck in the right direction:
Diregraf Colossus is a 3 mana zombie who functions as an alternative to bridge from below, while keeping most of the combos still working - I've often found that I am left just needing BFB in my yard, or worried that an opponent will sacrifice / Flash a creature to exile it.
Mausoleum Secrets is a fantastic tutor which I've been caught with in hand only once when I was unable to use it. More often than not it's an instant-speed Demonic Tutor , though it'll mostly never fetch Razaketh, the Foulblooded .
Thornbite Staff lines are... weak. But they do function! The difficulty faced is that you end up paying 8 mana for TBS & to equip it to a 2 mana Priest of Forgotten Gods or Soldevi Adnate - at the huge mana expenditure it's wholely useless otherwise.
Pitiless Plunderer is quite possibly a must-have include for the deck - the number of times I've been able to reanimate it more cheaply than it would be to cast phyrexian altar is nuts & it's all too often that there's a sac' outlet in play.
Liliana, Untouched By Death is bad. I often times end up discarding it, due to greater options being available, but it does make for another win condition in the case that GC gets exiled, so a maybe in more reactive metas.
Midnight Reaper is a zombie who draws every time something dies; while it deals damage to you is unnecessary (since you could run a non-zombie variant of this card at the same mana cost & stats) I find that it puts in enough work to be considered worthwhile.
The following cards feel like they're left over from the fun deck that this may have used to be: Rings of Brighthearth , Basalt Monolith , Smallpox , Pox ; Some of the current options I'm running are found above, along with Imperial Seal , Grim Tutor , Rain of Filth & Priest of Gix .
In a real game this list seems to want to beat the creature meta. Goldfishing, Lili puts out consistent turn 6 or sooner wins. But in cEDH pods up against the likes of flash-hulk najeela & Tazri food chain the deck doesn't often get a chance to shine. It feels often that instead of speeding up, maybe this should look more like a stax deck when it's finalised.
Culling the Weak is a fantastic idea! I'll try that out too!
1 month ago
I think I am going to test Culling the Weak as another mana source.
Tutorable with Razaketh to keep chains going and acts as a Liliana flipper while generating . I feel like we have enough throwaway creatures and worst-case scenario, we just pitch it with Lili's +2.
1 month ago
Alright so I did take a look over your deck, and I can see why you said it might be a little slow. Some suggestions you can actually do is actually change the deck list up a bit and go a bit more creature heavy. If you go more creature heavy you can use cards like Birthing Pod and Eldritch Evolution . That being said, you run quite a bit of reactive spells, that may be the reason why your deck is a bit clunky at times as your not having the right balance between the cards you have.
I do have a question though, how is your meta like or what is the pods you are going against? Are they more on the control side, or do your games last long? How fast does the game end usually?
Depending on these answers your deck route can change as the deck will be fine tuned towards your meta. There are options for faster ramp like Culling the Weak and Dark Ritual for the burst fast plays. If you need more card draw there are options like Necropotence or Dark Confidant .
Looking forward to hearing your response buddy~
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