Curse of the Bloody Tome

Curse of the Bloody Tome

Enchantment — Aura Curse

Enchant Player At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, that player puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

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Set Rarity
Innistrad (ISD) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Casual Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Curse of the Bloody Tome Discussion

Afflicti on Error 404 Library not found

3 months ago

@curiousplaces: First, Our playgroup have custom banlist, but it's basiclly combination of EDH and Leviathan banlist. So Sol Ring is banned.

Second, I know my mana rocks are just bad.... But I included them because I already got them at home. I was thinking about upgrading them, because ramping is crucial and there are not a lot of manaramp options in monoblue.

Last, I really like Terrain Generator. I've never seen that card before, but it definitely looks cool. And you are absolutlly right Curse of the Bloody Tome, I was also looking for replacement for this card. I somehow forgot about Altar of the Brood, so thanks for reminder.

Thanks for all your suggestions :)

curiousplaces on Error 404 Library not found

3 months ago

You're right about Fleet Swallower being slow.

Is there a reason you are running Worn Powerstone and not Sol Ring? Carrying one with my unsolicited ramp suggestions: You might want to think about trading out a basic Island for a Terrain Generator and switch out Prismatic Lens for Arcane Signet so you can tap for blue instead of a colorless.

Lastly. for me personally I find Curse of the Bloody Tome really slow and in a multiplayer setting not super effective. You might want to look into Altar of the Brood. You play two permanents and you get the same effect except it targets all opponents.

Kulibali on Cursed Energy Grindstone

3 months ago

Hey Amoskeag

thank you so much for this detailed reply, did not expect that !

First i have to say something to my intention of creating this deck. I just wanted a creatureless Deck which is a kind different and also an absolute asshole deck, mostly i play just creature decks..

Fraying Sanity is cool, will consider this. The Curse of the Bloody Tome is nice, sure, but mill should not be my only win condition, so i left it out.

Yes, Energy Field has its cons, but if i play a Grindstone in the first round, a Reliquary Tower and an Energy Field in turn 2 and a Land to activate the Grindstone, i will only tap Grindstone each round..

So then i will only play lands to cast the Curse of Fool's Wisdom if he could destroy my Energy Field or the Grindstone .

Rising Waters should also slow it down when the curse is on the battlefield, and when i have a few untapped lands, i can counter his spells with Rewind

your Talisman of Dominance i a must card, will change this, thanks!

yes, the mana base gives me headaches, want to play all the cards, but 18 land + 4 artifacts seems both, enough and to less.. maybe play some rounds to see if its okay?

yes, the "duals" should be in, just a budget question.

Amoskeag on Cursed Energy Grindstone

3 months ago

Hey! Mill is always a fun strategy, here are my thoughts for this "Cursed Mill" deck.

Fraying Sanity will make your mill effects much better, even when they "Whiff" on your Grindstone, and speaking of Grindstone, Painter's Servant is a really fun combo with it but BOY it's a pretty penny right now so let's forget about that. The other curse that flys to mind is Curse of the Bloody Tome, keep dumping that library into the yard!

Energy Field is for sure a neat card, but you have to basically stop playing the game to keep it in play, that's big sad energy when you want to stall out the game and pull ahead. Call me crazy but with a White or Green Splash, you could play Wheel of Sun and Moon enchanting yourself, preventing you from ever losing your Energy Field do to its ability! but that's something for version 2 of the deck I'd say.

And now that M21 is on its way you get some copies of Bruvac the Grandiloquent, it's totally made to improve your game plan!

Rewind is cool but you seem to have plenty of the "untap x lands" effect, Remand would give you the ability to stop a player's turn and draw you a card.

Since currently this is a 2 color deck, and you want mana rocks, drop the Star Compass and just use Talisman of Dominance if you don't have the basic land you need it's going to hinder your ability to play, Talisman pings you for colored mana (not the colorless note) but you'll be able to get exactly the mana you need without getting caught by luck of the draw.

Furthermore, your mana base is comparable to a burn deck's count, your going to be getting to 3 lands as a top-end consistently with proper shuffling. you have cards in the 4 and 6 mana range, you'll want to get to 21 or 22 lands so you are making your land drop every turn. Your mana base can also be made more consistent with a few two-color lands, I would recommend the Scry Lands as a starting point. Temple of Deceit would be the one you want. Also Castle Vantress. Other lands you can use to improve the consistency of your mana base include Drowned Catacomb, Choked Estuary, Underground River, and Watery Grave. Creeping Tar Pit serves an additional purpose of being a creature you can use to close out the game if the mill isn't working, also it's Unblockable yay!

tabbs33 on The Dark Mill

4 months ago

Is this deck intended to be casual or competitive? Budget or no? I'd recommend changing the hubs for your deck to help everyone give more targeted feedback and to expose the deck to a broader audience.

That being said, here are cards I'd recommend based off of Mill decks I've seen on MTGO/online (not taking into account card cost): Shelldock Isle as it basically nets you an extra card/free spell

Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to trigger Hedron Crab over and over

Visions of Beyond because it's basically Ancestral Recall for Mill

Search for Azcanta  Flip to continue to dig up Mill spells

Surgical Extraction/Extirpate/Ashiok, Dream Render/Nihil Spellbomb to hit key pieces your opponent needs (e.g. Uro, Kroxa, etc.)

Field of Ruin to hit your opponent's important lands

Crypt Incursion as a way to help you survive

Snapcaster Mage to flashback your Glimpses, Visions, etc.

Drown in the Loch, Fatal Push to serve as cheap, flexible answers to your opponent's threats

Inquisition of Kozilek,Thoughtseize to get your opponent's threats before they become threats

Breaking / Entering as a maybeboard card if you really need more efficient mill

Here are some other thoughts I had:

-You have a fair number of expensive cards in your deck, but you only have 20 lands. I have a feeling that your expensive cards will be stuck in your hand as you struggle to draw enough lands to play them (which will only be exacerbated by the fact that you have 64 cards in your deck). Even still, you'll probably want 21-23 lands in your deck. With that the average game of Modern lasts about 5 turns - can you successfully mill your opponent out in that time? If not, you'll want to trim/remove the cards that don't have a significant impact by that time. For example, I would consider replacing the following:

Curse of the Bloody Tome: comes out on turn 3 and you'll probably get 1-2 triggers out of it.

Patient Rebuilding: very variable and you may not even get any triggers out of it.

Keening Stone: you probably won't be able to cast this card.

Traumatize: most of the time this will probably only be marginally better than another Glimpse or perhaps even worse! I'd recommend doing some playtesting with your deck to see on average how many cards you mill from your opponent by turn 5. Also consider that opponents will be thinning their decks with fetchlands, Arcum's Astrolabe, and Mishra's Bauble.

Consuming Aberration/Nemesis of Reason: again, won't have an impact until turn 6, which may be too late.

Increasing Confusion: this card is very deceptive in that it actually isn't that mana efficient. If you flash it back on turn 5, then it's the exact same thing as Glimpse!

Mind Grind: same thing except for Mind Funeral - at 6 mana, this card does the same thing that Mind Funeral does for 3! -If you can afford it, definitely run 4x Glimpse, 4x Archive Trap, and 4x Mesmeric Orb. Those are your most powerful cards that you'll want every game.

-You'll also want dual lands, like Darkslick Shores, Drowned Catacomb, Watery Grave, etc. This will really help prevent you from getting mana screwed by drawing too many of one basic. Also, fetchlands are Hedron Crab's best friend!

Mill is always a fringe deck in the Modern metagame as most decks will just out-value and outrace you, which is a shame because I always find Mill so fun to play! I hope all this helps you out and I hope I didn't come off as mean/rude. I'm genuinely trying to help you out with your deck so you can win more and have more fun with it!

Caerwyn on U/B Mill & Kill v2

5 months ago

Curse of the Bloody Tome does not kill twice as much. Orb mills for each permanent that gets untapped, which includes lands. So, if they’ve tapped down 4 lands, each orb mills 4.

The symmetrical effect doesn’t really change much - you’re milling them faster than you’re milling yourself, so they’ll run out of cards first. It doesn’t matter that you’re putting stuff in your graveyard - cards in your library are useless so long as they’re in your library (by that I mean they’re not doing anything for you until you draw them). The “downside” is hardly a real downside - you’re exchanging one unknown card on top of your library for another unknown card. Nothing really changes in your board state when your Orb hits you.

Plus, with Mission Briefing, you also have access to the cards Orb just put into your Yard.

Endo13 on U/B Mill & Kill v2

5 months ago

Flooremoji & Caerwyn that is correct i used Archive Trap only as an example but you did get the idea i actually did try both with a playset of Mission Briefing and it did work out fine, but like Gilbobaggins mentioned, with Twincast i have the liberty to also copy the opponent's instants/sorceries and that realy has helped the outcome of the duel at some cases when things got really close. As for Fraying Sanity i did playtest withouth them and i do see the difference on the amount of cards i actually mill per turn, but with more removal/draw cards i do see the reason why taking them out would be a good option, i might put them on the sideboard.

I tried looking for alternatives to Mesmeric Orb since the idea of milling out myself with it im not so fond of, and i actually like Curse of the Bloody Tome a bit better, yeah it might be +1 more mana to cast but the end result of milling twice as much compensates it very much & i might replace the orbs for it, let me know if this is a good idea guys.

T_Dog345 on T_Dog345

7 months ago

Alright, let's see if maybe this will help. I'm really new to everything on here sorry. //Lands 2 Dismal Backwater 1 Dimir Guildgate 2 Submerged Boneyard 4 Evolving Wilds 2 Desert of the Mindful 1 Arcane Lighthouse 1 Reliquary Tower 1 Temple of the False God

//Spells 4 Duress 2 Ghoulcaller's Chant 3 Macabre Waltz 3 Sleep 4 Slip Through Space 2 Taigam's Scheming 4 Tome Scour 4 Lich's Caress 4 Sovereign's Bite 4 Resourceful Return 3 March of the Returned 1 In Garruk's Wake 1 Army of the Damned 1 Dutiful Return 1 Decompose 1 Worst Fears 1 Rise of the Dark Realms 4 Hubris 4 Countermand 1 Tezzeret's Touch 1 Paranoid Delusions 1 Coerced Confession 2 Mind Sculpt 1 Compelling Argument 1 Index 1 Redirect 1 Dream Twist 2 Gift of Tusks 2 Rewind 3 Thought Scour 2 Psychic Spiral 1 Gigadrowse 4 Negate 1 Overwhelming Denial 1 Dramatic Reversal 1 Impulse 2 Cremate 3 Crypt Incursion 2 Grim Harvest 1 Scarab Feast 1 Grim Return 1 Gravepurge 1 Dark Ritual 4 Font of Return 3 Death's Approach 2 Cast into Darkness 1 Triskaidekaphobia 1 Grave Betrayal 1 Endless Ranks of the Dead 3 Invisibility 2 Curiosity 4 Curse of the Bloody Tome 3 Illusory Wrappings 3 Ice Over 1 Chronic Flooding 1 Navigator's Ruin 1 Chant of the Skifsang 3 Bone Saw 3 Millstone 3 Tormod's Crypt 2 Trepanation Blade 1 Ghoulcaller's Bell 1 Masterwork of Ingenuity 1 Sol Ring 1 Nihil Spellbomb 1 Illusionist's Bracers 1 Codex Shredder 1 Profane Memento 1 Loxodon Warhammer 1 Bonehoard 1 Trusty Machete 1 Mirari 1 Argentum Armor

//Creatures 1 Archetype of Finality 1 Overeager Apprentice 1 Agent of Erebos 1 Butcher Ghoul 1 Risen Executioner 1 Dutiful Attendant 1 Sly Requisitioner 1 Sepulchral Primordial 2 Zombie Assassin 1 Nightmare 1 Marshmist Titan 3 Graven Abomination 4 Workshop Assistant 4 Guardians of Meletis 2 Phyrexian Revoker 2 Ornithopter 1 Juggernaut 2 Veilborn Ghoul 2 Minotaur Abomination 4 Undead Servant 3 Gravedigger 2 Mogis's Marauder 2 Bogstomper 4 Walking Corpse 3 Corpse Hauler 4 Gravewaker 2 Returned Phalanx 3 Faerie Miscreant 1 Master of Predicaments 2 Benthic Giant 1 Stormtide Leviathan 4 Screeching Skaab 2 Seer of the Last Tomorrow 1 Floating-Dream Zubera 3 Fog Bank 1 Possessed Skaab 3 Armored Skaab 2 Murmuring Phantasm 1 Wall of Frost 4 Doorkeeper 1 Clever Impersonator 1 Jace's Mindseeker 1 Oculus 1 Mindshrieker 1 Willbreaker 1 Spellweaver Eternal 1 Wall of Mist 1 Sultai Skullkeeper 1 Diregraf Captain

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