Curse of Death's Hold
Enchantment — Aura Curse
Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.
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Curse of Death's Hold Discussion
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1 month ago
I'm guessing a theme deck is probably going to be a little casual. Just brainstorming here...
xyr0s on BR Dragons
1 month ago
With dragons, and your deck with all the 1- and 2-ofs? No chance against established modern archetype decks. All the established decks have very concrete, very consistent plans that they follow, and many are fast.
Example: Modern decks never play Slaughter Games. Or at least, I've never seen it (ok... there are 4 decks on mtgtop8.com that have played it). They play Thoughtseize, and has Surgical Extraction in the sideboard for match-ups where they want some card to be permanently gone. Slaughter Games is turn 4 at realistic earliest. Thoughtseize happens on turn 1. And as long as you play as if a turn 4 card is as good as a turn 1 card, you'll lose a lot.
If you want to have a fighting chance, you have to tighten up your deck a lot. Make it consistent by having many copies (many = 4) of the cards, you want in every game from the start of the game. If you have a plan of doing something, bring enough cards focusing on what-you-wanna-do to have them in hand/play at the same time.
Example: You play Blood Seeker and Blood Artist. That could be a whole other deck, right there... if there was 4 of each, and some way of giving your opponent creatures which would then die. You could build onto this plan by adding Curse of Death's Hold and Hunted Phantasm. Forbidden Orchard for mana. Suture Priest for redundancy and reliability. Massacre Wurm for a finisher that goes with the concept. But for any of that to work, you'd need 4 of each. If you only have one of them sometimes in a game and never the whole bunch at once, they don't work with each other, and you don't have a consistent plan (the flipside is, that modern decks can seem boring - they are made to do the same thing, repetitively, over and over, again and again, reproducing the same game every time, rather than being unpredictable and having access to many different angles of attack). Especially the early turns of each game are planned out - either for winning the game very fast, or for fighting against decks that try to win early. The trap to avoid is thinking that you'll automatically get to turn 5 or so, and then you can start playing good cards.
A subtle element in deck construction is to avoid cards that don't do anything. Crucible of Fire is one of these. You play it on turn 4, and nothing happens. You don't have a dragon from turn 3 under any circumstances. And wasting turns without doing anything of impact on the table, that's something you have to avoid. And yes, there is a bit of an exception with soul sisters' Honor of the Pure (and a few others, I guess), but not really because those decks always have creatures on the table from turn 1.
tl;dr - get rid of random 1-ofs. Play 3 or 4 of each important card. Assume that you'll run into decks that aggressively try to win in turn 4.