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When Defiant Greatmaw enters the battlefield, put two -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on Defiant Greatmaw, remove a -1/-1 counter from another creature you control.
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Defiant Greatmaw Discussion
3 months ago
@Wiggyman, thanks for the suggestion. I've thought about Vhati but honestly, he seems like a trap card. He has to live a turn before he has an effect and then I have to be able to place a counter. Seems like too many hoops to jump through just to kill a single creature.
I've put some thought and analysis into my list and these are the changes I'm thinking of making:
-Channeler Initiate, + Edge of Autumn: Channeler is a nice way to get a token but it's nowhere close to Devoted Druid and it's slow. Edge of Autumn is more reliable early ramp and a good discard effect for Archfiend of Ifnir.
-Midnight Banshee, +Grave Titan: I felt like the Banshee was a bit overpriced for it's effect given the fact that Harbinger of Night exists. The Gravy Train is a great token producer and is threatening enough all on it's own.
-2 basics, +2 cycling lands: more discard effects for Archfiend.
That's what I'm thinking so far. I'll update my list once the cardboard is actually in the sleeves. I'm hoping that these changes make the deck a little more flexible and interactive.
5 months ago
okie dokie! lets begin
at this point I just like 24 lands in any 60 card deck I have, buuuuut I do have plenty of faith that the 22 you have is fine. now the only change I would make to lands is adding 4 Ifnir Deadlands and maybe 2 Grasping Dunes. the Ifnir Deadlands I must say from experience are way more powerful then they look and to top it off fit your decks theme, so 100% includes. now Grasping Dunes is weaker but it is in them, so they are maybes. now what i would replace is 4 Swampfor ifnirs and 2 Foul Orchard for Grasping Dunes. but once again dunes are definitely a maybe, it won't hurt you at all to not have them
now I know Liliana, Death Wielder is in theme, but for 7 mana she does not do nearly enough so I could never suggest her in any deck outside of commander. Now Vraska, Relic Seeker may not be in theme but she alone is a fire magnet that ends the game by herself while being good removal in your colors. so if you want a planeswalker in this deck shes the only one I can suggest.
no real suggestions, there really is only one for your slot. maybe add a fourth since its the decks theme.
you already have push but a few things you could add are Blossoming Defense it may not be in theme but it can act like a kill spell and save your hapatras. Hapatra's Mark is an in theme blossoming defense. buuut sometimes you may want that +2/+2. Splendid Agony its not super but it triggers your stuff and can kill creatures, so really good in your deck needs play testing to be sure. Torment of Venom its pricey but i like how many counters you get out of it, plus the punish effect can be fun. Vraska's Contempt is solid sideboard tech for a deck with gods or planeswalkers.
Grind is cheap, kills possibly two creatures and channeler initiate can cast the dust part. but probably better in the sideboard. its not super strong but Hazardous Conditions is a fun field bomb your creatures could technically survive if they have -1/-1 counters on them, but against constrictor decks it does nothing sooo sideboard against token decks or just don;t use it. Its just a funny card that would surprise your opponents when your creatures survive it. Lethal Sting is your decks unlicensed disintegration, that can trigger your other cards. lastly maybe a field bomb like Yahenni's Expertise.
Archfiend of Ifnir though you don't have much cycle or discard he can wipe a board and do massive triggers, just need some discard/cycle cards. Bone Picker not to theme but your deck should have things die often. so a 3/2 flyer for 1 is awesome. Crocodile of the Crossing this is one of the best cards you can add, its in them and as game ending as hazoret with 5 power haste. i just love the idea of playing it putting the counters on a festering mummy, making tokens then put festering mummies counter on an enemy card to make more tokens then hit for 5. its soooo good. Decimator Beetle i do agree with you its cost makes it slow, but a one of might be good. Plague Belcher no your not zombies but the counters and 3 cost 5/4 menace means he is in theme with ridiculous power. Ruthless Sniper like archiend if you go cycle in any way he fits the theme.
so those are all my suggestions the actual changes i would go through with is- trade 4 Swamp for 4 Ifnir Deadlands, trade lili for vraska, take outWalk the Plank replace it with 2 Lethal Sting (worse but in theme) or keep 2 walk the planks and add 2 Yahenni's Expertise. take out Baleful Ammit and replace it with 2 Plague Belcher, go down a Banewhip Punisher to 2 and add a Channeler Initiate to 3. take out the Defiant Greatmaw and add 4 Crocodile of the Crossing. trade 2 hapatras for 2 Exemplar of Strength. so you have 4 exemplars and 2 hapatras. I cant promise this will be super strong with what little support wizards gave us but this is what i suggest.
6 months ago
This probably isn't what you want to hear, but I would take out Liliana, Death Wielder because of the high cost. I agree with xxCopperheadx that you should have 4 copies of Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons. And I would quad up on the Defiant Greatmaw and Hapatra's Mark too.
7 months ago
Instead of Defiant Greatmaw you can check in to using Empyreal Voyager. I feel it's such a critically underplayed card and it can gain you a ton of energy, especially if you pump it up. It fits the color scheme and it's definitely something you opponent will have to remove or it will kick some ass.
If you're not trying to make this deck super competitive, play with some jank! Reason / Believe could be fun, you can try using Champion of Wits for some extra card draw early and late game. Nimble Obstructionist can get you another flying creature or it acts just like Disallow does. Fabrication Module can pair nicely with some of your creatures. Confiscation Coup can literally snatch an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger from your opponent. There's a ton you can play with, so have fun with it!
7 months ago
i dont see how Defiant Greatmaw fits there, it doesnt have any synergy with your deck..
7 months ago
7 months ago
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7 months ago
Hi there! This looks like an sweet take on the -1/-1 counters archetype! I have a few suggestions for you:
- I would recommend running 3 Abrade and 4 Magma Spray instead of 3 Lightning Axe and 4 Fiery Temper, as you only have a few ways to take advantage of the discard.
- Crocodile of the Crossing might be worth considering in place of Rhonas the Indomitable, as it has more synergies with the rest of your deck. Defiant Greatmaw is also an option.
- The Scorpion God seems like an awesome finisher, maybe as a 2-of.
- I'm not really sure why Uncage the Menagerie is in your deck, as the most you'd ever be casting it for is X=3 to fetch Baleful Ammit, Ammit Eternal, and Rhonas the Indomitable, which doesn't seem that good to me. Painful Truths is probably better than it, and also probably better than Cathartic Reunion and Macabre Waltz.
In any case, awesome deck! I hope you have fun with it!