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At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
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Dark Tutelage Discussion
1 week ago
I use to runKothophed, Soul Hoarder and what if found is that he, more often than not, will kill you due to large amounts of removal that can and does take place during games. Oddly he would kill me before Dark Confidant or Dark Tutelage ever do.
Shizo, Death's Storehouse is a staple for any Kaalia build and I'd highly suggest running it. I would further suggest that you run Flagstones of Trokair which can help against your own Land Destruction spells to keep you a play ahead.
To every serious Kaalia Player and those considering,
Ive never considered Twilight Prophet before and honestly I've never counted my permanents during any particular game to see consistency of gaining City's Blessing, but this is a card that we need to begin play testing. This goes great with Archfiend of Despair, which has become a staple for many of use as it replaced Wound Reflection. I'm hoping that Ravnica Allegiance, which comes out 25 January 2019, will grant us a new demon for Rakdos Guild that resembles Havoc Festival.
Read the Bones, Promise of Power, and True Conviction I don't justify slots in our decks. We have better draw choices than Bones or Promise can offer, and Conviciton and Promise both are weak mid to late game plays. We must keep in mind that often our life totals take a hit already from our own plays already, and if we are kept from going off then Conviction offers little for mass gain.
1 month ago
Hello SynergyBuild! Well, yeah, Dark Tutelage and Phyrexian Arena aren't the best cards in this deck, but i decided to add them - along with Dark Confidant as soon as I'll find one - just to get better chances of finding important pieces the sooner possible in games that become too long. Maybe it's something meta-dependent, but if I play against let's say other combos and controls/stax it kinda often take a lot of time to combo off, and without continued extra draw effects it would just take too much time! Maybe i cold try running Pull from Tomorrow, even if i don't really generate tons of mana, that could easily give me 4-5 cards by turn 5 or 6 and would so be somewhere between normal cantrips and things like Arena!
1 month ago
1 month ago
Sweet recommendation Last_Laugh! I've brought in Reconnaissance and Stensia Masquerade in place of Sol Ring and New Blood. Although they do require red and white color mana, they are cheap to play and are better for the aggressive creatures focus of the deck.
As for Falkenrath Aristocrat, I haven't decided yet what to substitute her in for, but I'd like to include her. Let me know what she could replace.
I have tried Sorin Planeswalkers before and they are awesome Heliogabale. Because they are not vampire creatures they are too slow for my preferences with this deck.
Regarding card draw, I highly prefer the conditional repetitive card draw opportunities over single use draw spells. Each single use draw spell (Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, Promise of Power, Moonlight Bargain) causes problems for this deck because it's only time use. Slate of Ancestry, Dark Prophecy, Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena, Dark Tutelage, Vanquisher's Banner, and Herald's Horn can provide dozens of cards over several turns. That way if the vampires get killed or you empty your hand you get enough draw to keep going strong.
Regarding removal, Hyper Markov is not a control deck. Hyper Markov doesn't care what your opponents play in their first 5 turns. The wager is that this horde of vampires will be more aggressive and fun than anything the opponents bring out. The focus here is exclusively on consistent creature aggression and aristocrat strategies. That's why you won't see removal instants in this deck. Although some control cards would shut this down; Speed, Repetition, and Sympathetic Players are your Allies. This aggressive style makes for a different experience than the usual. It's a blast for you and a fun surprise for your opponents.
1 month ago
You considered trying to stick Dark Tutelage and Phyrexian Arena? It'll let you worry less about many-for-one cryptic/damnation plays and help keep khefnet turned on, while dedicating less space to cantrip-control spells. They're fairly resilient sources of card advantage all told, and playing the long game the life loss might be an issue, but shouldn't be backbreaking.
1 month ago
Darkshadow327 while I agree many decks that don't run Painful Quandary should, it is generally worse than a card like Oppression or Bottomless Pit, yes, those are symmetrical, and affect you, but you know you run those types of effects, so you can run more cards like Dark Confidant, Phyrexian Arena, Dark Tutelage, and other ways of drawing extra cards to compensate. Also, with Oppression no player that is trying to win the game that turn and will just take 15 from the three cards that they need to drop to win the game can do that, you have to discard cards if you have them in hand, and random discard is so great against combo lists, so Bottomless Pit is an incredible stax card too. I'd say Painful Quandary is simply cute, not nearly as powerful.
2 months ago
sarahlindsay You could play either, Dark Tutelage is nice cause you can put lands on top and not lose any life. The Downside is, that you if have a miracle in hand, you can't put it on top, cause you don't technically draw it with Dark Tutelage. It has the upside of being much cheaper $ wise and easier to cast
2 months ago
I use to run Rune-Scarred Demon, Aurelia, the Warleader, Sorin, Grim Nemesis, and Iroas, God of Victory. Each have their benefits, but all of them I've found underwhelming for what the deck needs as I pilot it.
The best of points, as I've stated previously in the comments, is that Aurelia, the Warleader does not give benefit the turn it drops. She must survive another turn, if dropped by Kaalia, before she is even viable. A rule that I've learned to follow is creatures that are dropped by Kaalia Must have ETB or static effects to be useful. Every arch type has a set of rules that are to be followed to gain maximum benefits. Take for Legacy Red Burn for example. I wrote an article on the deck a few years back on the topic with rules in which was intended to guide beginners through the process of card selection:
The Art of Legacy Burn [http://www.essentialmagic.com/em2/Doc.aspx?hDocID=318]
Rune-Scarred Demon is a great beater with the tutor add on, but if you look at my list you'll see that it's Swamped with tutors. What I run into now days is the need for immediate removal options of permanents or increased damage to drop a threat quickly from the pod. Demanding Dragon is not the best of cards ever printed, but it serves both of the purposes that I've set forward. Opponent takes 10 damage from it the turn it drops, or they sac a creature and take 5 damage. Either way its a win for me.
Iroas, God of Victory, where to begin....This card for Kaalia I've found to be a tragic disaster for my build. He is nothing more than an overly priced menace enchantment with built in a Dolmen Gate that I'll virtually never acquire devotion for due to my high use of black permanents. Furthermore, I get more use out of his replacement, Moat and it's back up Magus of the Moat, in this evasive flyers deck.
Sorin poses a problem for me. Grim Nemesis is to slow and without the use of deck manipulation the primary increase is not worth it. You basically pay 5 for card draw and it won't pay for itself in the long run due to resources devoted to protecting him and set up to effectively make use of the first ability. The other two abilities.....I'd rather run Nahiri, the Harbinger. Sorin Markov, to drop one opponent to 10 life, I've considered, but the triple black with no way to sneak in makes the idea difficult to swallow.
Dark Confidant and Dark Tutelage have yet to kill me in any game that I've played. The card draw is fast and penalty is minimal due to the large array of cards in the deck that have 3 or less cmc. The probability of getting hit for a large amount is very small. Yes I have had games where I've hit two in a row for 7+ life lose, but the amount of damage output for the card advantage makes up for it and the decks ability to shut most opponents down.
Ob Nixilis Reignited was under consideration, but the idea was dropped after a previous revision.