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Dead of Winter
All nonsnow creatures get -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of snow permanents you control.
Dead of Winter Discussion
1 week ago
Rubadaz - Absolutely! Honestly, there are a lot of Snow cards that can replace various cards in this list very well. I actually run the Arcum's Astrolabe s in an extremely janky deck based entirely around Iceberg Cancrix and cards that ETB as another creature (like Phantasmal Image ) as an entirely Snow Mill deck.
Honestly, it would be quite possible to replace, say, either the Cancrix or Ice-Fang Coatl s in this deck with Astrolabes and/or Coldsteel Heart s and then completely replace Frost Marsh/Swamp with more Forests and Islands, relying on artifacts for black mana. It'd be very susceptible to artifact removal though. Keeping the lands as-is and swapping in Astrolabes definitely can help.
I know there are multiple avenues to get them in there too; I do generally prefer my decks more creature heavy than they need to (or in many cases, optimally) should be.
Glacial Revelation , Dead of Winter , and Abominable Treefolk were actually some of the biggest reasons I made this deck. Dead of Winter was actually the reason I originally splashed in black mana, because it has tremendous affects against non-Snow decks (while Revelation is pretty self-explanatory).
For a bit I was also looking at cards like Ohran Frostfang , but with the minimal ramp I felt the cost was too high to justify. Particularly since Revelation keeps your cards-in-hand at a good level a lot of the time.
2 weeks ago
Cut Swamp to go to 38 lands, 39 is too much
Cut swamp for Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - Upgrade and goes with coffers and non-swamps
Cut swamp for Thespian's Stage - Copy coffers or any utility land like cradle, strip mine, etc...
How are you dealing with artifacts and enchantments? One Rest in Peace and you lose unless you make them proactively discard it which isn't always possible. Some suggestions of budget and nonbudget include....
Ill-Gotten Gains seems like it can backfire a large portion of the time. What is the purpose of it, to put creatures in yards or general recursion? If you're looking for recursion of black cards, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed can do the trick. General recursion can be down with Yawgmoth's Will . Artifact/Creature recursion can be done with Beacon of Unrest (not suggesting beacon, but just an idea to note).
3 weeks ago
I think Yawgmoth is a good choice against big creature/ramp decks.
Having Damnation is a good start to beating these types of decks. Dead of Winter with Snow-Covered Swamp and Crux of Fate are underrated board wipes in Commander. Yawgmoth's -1/-1 ability can kill little creatures and then make your opponents sacrifice big creatures ( Plaguecrafter , Fleshbag Marauder , Dictate of Erebos ). Ravenous Chupacabra and Shriekmaw can really ruin an opponent who ramps into a big creature to then have it killed. Since Ravenous and Shriekmaw are creatures that makes reanimation and recursion good with them. Ob Nixilis Reignited is another way to kill big creatures which is nice with proliferate from Yawgmoth.
With black you can go completely over the top of ramp decks with reanimation ( Buried Alive , Animate Dead , Victimize ). Use it on flying creatures such as Vilis, Broker of Blood and Rune-Scarred Demon . You can play cards that create tokens ( Nest of Scarabs , Dreadhorde Invasion , Pawn of Ulamog ) which can be good blockers against big creatures who don't have trample or flying.
3 weeks ago
Your land count needs to be increased to at least 24 to support your mana curve. I would cut the evolving wilds for Prismatic Vista . Mutilate could be delegated to the sideboard to make way for your lands. Maybe change up your swamps into snow-basics and include Dead of Winter instead. Not a big fan of whip of erebos. I think Liliana of the Veil / Liliana, the Last Hope works great in your deck. Since you're running Geralf's Messenger, I think Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is a good fit as a draw engine.
2 months ago
So right off the bat, I suggest replacing Path to Exile with Swords to Plowshares . In a format like EDH, everyone is trying to do broken things -- so ramping your opponents is actively dangerous. Six to ten life points is not worth as much as a free land.
My second suggestion goes for almost any blue deck: Cantrips are your friend. Ponder and Preordain may not look like much, but there's a reason they're super-banned in Modern. I highly suggest including them. Depending on your budget, Brainstorm could be a worth inclusion as well. It's really only good if you have at least four to six fetch-lands, since they'll make sure you don't get Brainstorm locked (stuck with two dead cards on top of your deck). While Prismatic Vista and the Polluted Delta / Misty Rainforest -type lands are expensive, cards like Flood Plain or Grasslands are also good.
You're in green, which means you have access to the best dorks in the game. Sol Ring (which I think you just forgot to put in) is one of the few artifact-ramp pieces necessary in green decks: You have access to (and should strongly consider running): Birds of Paradise , Fyndhorn Elves , Elvish Mystic , Noble Hierarch (though she's pricey), Bloom Tender (also stupid pricey 'till WoTC gets around to a reprint), Arbor Elf and Avacyn's Pilgrim . Like Ponder , dorks don't look like much; but I've yet to see someone run them (properly) and not think they're the bomb.
Green go-wide strategies are interesting in that they have access to some pretty unique win-conditions. I'm working on a Shattergang Brothers list right now that uses Triumph of the Hordes as a win-con, and I think it'd be good here too. Also consider, if you have $60 you don't want, Craterhoof Behemoth + Natural Order -- that can pull a win out of nowhere, provided you have a good board-presence.
This is a small one, but you may want to run Nature's Chant instead of Disenchant , since it's slightly easier to cast. That being said, Nature's Claim is a mana cheaper, and I think it's probably better than the other two.
If you can, I think you'd probably have luck running Supreme Verdict . Not being counterable is a big deal in EDH, meaning it's probably better than Fumigate . Speaking of anti-counter-cards, if your meta is even just 40% blue decks, consider running Veil of Summer . That card's like... really good. Also good if your meta is blue-heavy: Carpet of Flowers . Because almost all your tokens will have three or less power, consider Retribution of the Meek as another potential board-wipe.
Card-draw is another thing you'll want to add in the remaining 49 cards. Slate of Ancestry is straight-up dumb in creature decks, and I suggest running it. Monastery Siege and Mirrodin Besieged are also good options for permanent-based card-draw. Tireless Tracker is also good, if you end up running 34+ lands.
Bant has access to a lot of the great hate pieces of our time. Depending on how many artifacts you run vs. how many your opponents run, Collector Ouphe and Stony Silence can steal games really nicely. Gaddock Teeg is excellent for holding off board-wipes (with the notable exceptions of Toxic Deluge and, less frequently, Dead of Winter , and there're countless other hatebears you have available to you. Some of my favorites in EDH include: Aven Mindcensor , Thalia, Heretic Cathar , Kataki, War's Wage , Ethersworn Canonist and Meddling Mage (naming someone's commander).
Similar to hatebears, there're non-creature ways to disincentivize your opponents from doing things. These are called Stax pieces, after the infamous Smokestack . Rhystic Study is good, but I think Mystic Remora is actually better. Coming down turn-one or -two means it can tax all your opponents' artifact ramp, and frequently acts as an Ancestral Recall in less experienced metas. Things like Aura Shards and Aura of Silence are good ways to keep opponents in check, and Storm decks (like the one I play a lot) tend to fold to things like Rule of Law . Root Maze is also an "expensive deck"-hoser, since things like Scalding Tarn , Grim Monolith and Mana Vault really, really stink while Root Maze is on the table.
You're in blue, so you should consider at least three to five counterspells. Dovin's Veto is a personal favorite; also consider Counterspell , Spell Snare , Mana Drain / Force of Will (if you've got $$$), Mental Misstep (blows Sol Ring out of the water) or even something like Mana Leak or Spell Pierce .
Right. That's all I got for now... hope this helps!
2 months ago
There's a few cards that I would suggest for your deck since you're mono-black. Gauntlet of Power and Caged Sun are both amazing ways to ramp, and both buff your entire board. Bubbling Muck is almost always better than Dark Ritual . And if you're running snow-covered swamps, I'd take a look at Dead of Winter .
There's also a bunch of really good reanimator/aristocrats stuff I feel like you're missing. Corpse Connoisseur is an amazing way to dump creatures into your grave. Pitiless Plunderer has a great death payoff. Life's Finale lets you look through an opponent's deck for reanimation targets. The upcoming Syr Konrad, the Grim looks crazy for this deck. And lastly, Sidisi, Undead Vizier is an amazing, recurrable tutor.
2 months ago
2 months ago
multimedia All great suggestions. I've been thinking about replacing Ob Nix for either Kokusho, the Evening Star or Pontiff of Blight , just havent played around with either of them yet to see how they do.
The fast colorless mana is another issue i've been trying to remedy, but I'm running into the "these are all awesome, what do I cut?" problem. Caged Sun is a sensible cut, but i like Tendrils and Vampiric Link for the added lifegain potential. I play in a pretty creature-heavy meta, so Tendrils comes in clutch.
Swapping Crypt with Nykthos is a cut that I've been considering, but haven't made yet due to current money situations. Gravecrawler and Carrion Feeder is a combo that I hadn't even considered, but that's a great one; same with Leshrac's Sigil
Dead of Winter is in with normal Swamps, simply because I don't have the Snow-Covered Swamp s to replace them yet. I play almost exclusively kitchen table Magic, and my playgroup is cool just pretending for now until I get them lol
Thanks for all of the suggestions. They're incredibly helpful and much appreciated.
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