Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn for each Swamp you control.
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|Modern Horizons (MH1)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
2 weeks ago
Hey, nice start, welcome to Commander and TappedOut :)
You can't play 2x Plague Wight in a Commander deck. Can only play 1x of every card except basic lands. The Scarab God is a powerful card as Commander General and at $30 it's not a budget card so it's great that you have it to make your first deck with.
Commander's Quarters has good overall ideas for decks, but best to not use the manabases they provide as good examples of manabases. Quarters makes budget decks, but it's deceiving because the manabases that they use are terrible since they don't allocate any of the budget for lands. Manabases are an afterthought in decks Quarters makes which is not good when the majority of people that view their content are new players who need guidance in how to best play Commander on a budget. Manabases are just as important in Commander then what creatures or other spells you play because you can't cast those cards if you don't have the right mana.
29x basic lands is fine for a one color deck, but when you're playing a second color you need more dual lands that make both colors that way you don't get color screwed having only one color of lands, but cards in your hand are the other color. As you play more Commander you will see that the majority of expense of a deck comes from the manabase because good lands in Magic are damn expensive. Most lands are expensive price, but there's still budget lands that are good such as Command Tower which is $1 and is one of the best, if not the best land, for multicolored decks in Commander.
Lands to consider adding:
- Command Tower
- Sunken Hollow
- Fetid Pools
- Tainted Isle
- Choked Estuary
- Darkwater Catacombs
- Esper Panorama
- Dimir Aqueduct
- Temple of Deceit
- Evolving Wilds
Other budget cards to consider adding (ordered by importance/price lowest ($1 or less) to highest ($3)):
- Diregraf Captain
- Lord of the Accursed
- Undead Augur
- Dreadhorde Invasion
- Mausoleum Secrets
- Carrion Feeder
- Dark Ritual
- Gleaming Overseer
- Rooftop Storm
- Dimir Signet
- Death Baron
- Cemetery Reaper
- Midnight Reaper
- Graveborn Muse
- Dread Wanderer
- Buried Alive
- Fleshbag Marauder
- Ransack the Lab
- Final Parting
Other than Scarab God you only need a few budget blue Zombies and a few other budget blue cards, you don't need very much blue because the majority of Zombies are all black. Budget blue Zombies that are worth including are Diregraf Captain and Gleaming Overseer, that's it. Other budget blue cards that are worth including are Rooftop Storm, Countersquall, Negate and Wonder.
Because of the land situation not being ideal then consider cutting all cards with double blue mana costs? Cards with single blue and double black are fine, but double blue is too difficult to make with so many Swamps. Cards such as Pondering Mage, Curse of the Swine, Didn't Say Please could be cut.
Lords help to make your Zombies bigger by increasing their power/toughness (anthem) or giving them all other abilities. The four budget Lords (Captain, Accursed, Baron and Cemetery) are a good place to start to make upgrades. Captain and Lord are each $1 or less making them excellent first upgrades on a budget. Captain, Undead and Midnight are Zombies who give you value when your Zombies die and your Zombies are going to die especially from board wipes.
Buried, Ransack and Parting help to put creatures into your graveyard to use Scarab's activated ability with. Buried and Parting can tutor for and put Wonder into your graveyard which can be a win condition with Zombies giving them all flying. Parting can do both for Wonder, putting it into your graveyard and tutoring for an Island if you need it to activate it.
I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.
3 weeks ago
I would cut every instant you have except Vraska's Contempt, and only because it's decent to start with. Regarding your lifegain, lifegain is the worst strategy in EDH. Life doesn't do you anything unless you have a way to use and abuse the lifetotal (Necropotence, Aetherflux Reservoir, etc....)
Cabal Ritual - Better in storm/competitive builds. There is nothing wrong with it tbh, but understand that you will be at a card disadvantage after casting ramp that only ramps you for one turn. You should add more artifact ramp instead.
Sorin's Thirst- Much better removal for cheaper like Go for the Throat
Suffer the Past - Grave hate is nice, instant speed too, lifegain is useless. Better grave hate if you really want it
Tendrils of Corruption - A pet card of mine, but 4 mana to hold up at instant speed is hard (same issue with Vraska's contempt). Replace with cheaper removal such as Hero's Downfall
Radiant Fountain - Does nothing good, replace with Deserted Temple to untap coffers or nytkhos. Don't forget to add urborg in place of a swamp
Cutting enchantments..... (lots are expensive)
Palace Siege - Useless draining and weak recursion
Polluted Bonds - Weak IMO, costs too much like the others
Retreat to Hagra - Both modes are weak
Revenge of Ravens - Lifeloss is minimal
Trespasser's Curse - See above
1 month ago
Hey, already been suggested, but Vilis is amazing with Erebos. It's also amazing with K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth because then you're drawing cards when paying Phyrexian mana (life) for black spells you cast. Vilis is a big upgrade for Harvester of Souls .
Some other upgrades to consider:
- Necropotence > Dark Prophecy
- Sol Ring > Vedalken Orrery
- Viscera Seer > Undercity Informer
- Dark Ritual > Weaponcraft Enthusiast
- Crypt Ghast > Revel in Riches
- Soldevi Adnate > Pilgrim's Eye
- Sidisi, Undead Vizier > Pitiless Plunderer
- Buried Alive > Vampiric Rites
- Animate Dead > Cadaver Imp
- Apprentice Necromancer > Whisper, Blood Liturgist
- Plaguecrafter > Merciless Executioner
- Murderous Rider > Murder
- Defile > Doom Blade
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Initially looking at the list there are too many lands. I would say cut down to 36 or 37. Your mana curve is mainly 3 drops so 45 lands is too many. You don't need Unknown Shores and Evolving Wilds since you are mono black. Cutting those lands frees up 8 or 9 extra card slots.
Instead of Hex, I suggest Plague Wind and/or In Garruk's Wake as they are better board wipes (better to have more than one piece of board wipe). Mutilate is an interesting option since you are running a lot of swamps. Or use all Snow-Covered Swamp and try playing Dead of Winter .
Another tutor to consider is Mausoleum Secrets . I've always wanted to play this card but don't run many black decks that can take use of it.
Lightning Greaves would be a good addition to the deck. Gives your commander haste and lets you use its tap ability right away. Plus the protection of opponents not being able to target it.
If you want another cheeky option, I think Thornbite Staff goes infinite with your commander. Equip to your commander, use your commander's ability to sacrifice a rat, the staff untaps your commander, then your commander's ability resolves. Rinse and repeat xD
If you want to lean heavier into the creatures who make your opponents discard theme (by swapping out a current creature as 37 is already pretty high), Sadistic Hypnotist is a brutal card ;)
1 month ago
2 months ago
Hey, nice start and budget version of Krrik.
Budget upgrades to consider:
- Phyrexian Reclamation > Soul Conduit
- Bontu's Monument > Ur-Golem's Eye
- Bubbling Muck > Paradise Plume
- Defile > Tendrils of Corruption
- Mutilate > Sisay's Ring
- Reliquary Tower > Radiant Fountain
- Read the Bones > Ambition's Cost
- Night's Whisper > Ancient Craving
- Succumb to Temptation > Blood Tithe
Reclamation I think is the number one card to consider adding since it's a one drop that can repeatedly recur Magus of the Mirror or Gray Merchant of Asphodel . Monument would be second since reducing the colorless mana cost of creatures really helps make Phyrexian mana even more mana efficient. With all the card draw especially Necropotence and Greed Reliquary is a helpful land to keep all the cards you draw. Good luck with your deck.
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2 months ago
Hey, nice budget version of mono black.
Budget cards to consider adding:
- Buried Alive : tutor for three creatures and reanimation enabler. Good with Golgari Thug and Bloodghast , etc.
- Phyresis : enchant Konrad and any damage he does to your opponents is poison counters instead of normal damage. A player only needs 20 poison counters to lose the game which is easier to do then having to do 40 or more damage to each opponent.
- Altar of Dementia : sac outlet, repeatable self mill, repeatable opponent mill, does it all just by sacing a creature.
- Mausoleum Secrets : instant tutor.
- Viscera Seer and/or Carrion Feeder : one mana sac outlets.
- Defile : one mana instant creature removal.
- Mutilate : four drop board wipe.
- Victimize : reanimation.
- Bojuka Bog : exile an opponents graveyard.
Cards to consider cutting:
- 2x Swamp
- Vicious Rumors
- Eye Collector
- Pit Keeper
- Hedonist's Trove
- Soul of Innistrad
- Urgoros, the Empty One
- Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage