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Dark Petition Discussion
1 day ago
trancer99: Thank you :-) Yeah in the end food chain sidisi is just a bad food chain Tazri. Now that does not make it a bad deck by any means as FC Tazri is amazing, there is just no reason to play Sidisi over Tazri besides novelty and suprise factor. My Paradox storm decks are almost a full turn faster on average. Yawgmoth's Engine is a legit turn 2-3 deck whereas food chain sidisi is a turn 3-4 deck. It is better in almost every possible way.
Losing the 4 cards you mentioned does not hurt the deck much at all as none of them are essential and all of them have budget replacements.
Candelabra of Tawnos Isn't even worth a spot in this list imo so replace it with literally anything.
These changes simply make the deck a bit slower and less consistent at times, but you will still have the ability to pull off turn 2-4 wins with great consistency as well as grind out slower wins. It is so much better than any other deck I have made. It also makes for a very competitive budget brew
2 days ago
I don't think the regular mill subtheme works super well; it's a really convoluted win con for EDH excepting infinite combos, and you don't have many cards that take advantage of the graveyards of other people. I think focusing on the infinite combo aspect harder will give you a more streamlined gameplan for sure, and the alternate win-con should probably be tokens with Oona.
To that end, here are some more great tutors to grab Navigator and your other pieces:
Plunge into Darkness <-- works amazingly with Oona tokens.
There are some better board control cards as well:
Faerie Macabre <-- for graveyard synergies, if those are prevelant
Mind Stone etc.
And some more combos/alt win con ideas:
Scion of Oona can let you swing for the win.
Capsize + infinite mana lets you bounce whatever you choose.
Not that all mill pieces aren't good; Altar of the Brood obviously mills out with infinite bounces, Sword of Body and Mind is just good value, Jace's Mindseeker can be nuts with other go-big decks, etc. But the cards that exist just to mill, like Keening Stone, Mirko Vosk, Szadek, Dimir Guildmage--cutting these for a more streamlined approach will help the deck function smoothly.
Of course, if you love the mill strategy, play what you love! But a better commander for that approach is probably Phenax himself.
1 week ago
This might fit your budget, check it out from MCM. It's combo rather than control or midrange. Making midrange or control deck takes little more time to brew and I might post it later. One more question; are storm decks mainly ANT or TES in your meta?
2 weeks ago
according to your thoughful comment I made a few changes. Mainly I followed your advise and changed some:
Wirewood Symbiote protects my Commander and is not here for any ramp activities. It supported me in my meta alot. Same counts for Smokestack. I think I am just too much of a fan of this card. Especially since my meta just hates it ;)
Hopefully I get better opening hands next weekend :)
Lilbrudder on Yidris
2 weeks ago
You may be able to trigger it, but even then its very low impact. If you want great budget cards for your archetype you definitely need Jace's Archivist and Notion Thief. Thief is incredibly good Winds of Change to essentially mind twist the table while drawing 20+ cards. It would seem the cards you need the most are cheap tutors Lim-Dul's Vault, Mystical Tutor, Bring to Light, Dark Petition and pain lands like Yavimaya Coast. Color fixing with your mana base is going to be very tough. Fellwar Stone is great. Most the cards I the cards I am suggesting would simply be great for all 3 brews.
3 weeks ago
Also, Praetor's Grasp seems a bit weird here. What's the justification behind its inclusion?
1 month ago
very great start. i would start by playing more tutors Dark Petition and Beseech the Queen are some good budget ones( Vampiric Tutor is ideal for life loss. graft is really powerful in this deck, so adding a couple of cards such as Novijen Sages and Vigean Graftmage ( also using Sidisi, Undead Vizer with graft or Unspeakable Symbol and marchesa lets you tutor every end step). i would also run 1-2 more sacrifice outlets like Bloodflow Connoisseur and Carrion Feeder to easily dodge removal (mostly exile effects) take out Grim Return and replace it with Victimize. Chromatic Lantern is very good in any deck and especially if you're running more then 2 colors. Vampiric Rites could be switched with Greed. cards like Phyrexian Arena and Phyrexian Reclamation are great for advantage and help trigger dethrone. Insurrection will most likely just win the game on the spot and stealing all your opponents creatures ( using dethrone, marchesa's ability and a sac outlet) Opal Palace lets marchesa enter with a +1/+1 counter. even cards as simple as Mulldrifter and Burnished Hart can easily pull you ahead in the game.http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/marchesa-the-black-death-2/ heres my deck list if you wanna check it out.
1 month ago
looks good, though i would add Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos and Ruthless Deathfang. with Marchesa and a sac outlet and creatures with +1/+1 counters you can lock your opponents out of the game and because they are enchantments(other then deathfang.) they are harder to remove. i would also include more tutors.like Dark Petition, Beseech the Queen and Sidisi, Undead Vizer( with graft or Unspeakable Symbol you can always tutor on your end step w/ sidisi) are some cheaper tutors.A board wipe or two would also be good, Blasphemous Act and Toxic Deluge are great and toxic deluge allows you to be able to trigger dethrone. this deck looks very powerful and best of luck winning!