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Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom in a random order.)
Target creature can't block this turn.
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Demonic Dread Discussion
2 weeks ago
A consideration is tutors:
There's straight up tutors like Green Sun's Zenith (green creature only, but repeatable and can look for Dryad Arbor turn one), Traverse the Ulvenwald, Burning Wish/Death Wish/Living Wish (from your sideboard) and I'm sure some non-banned black tutors.
There's the mana sink Duskwatch Recruiter that digs through your library.
Satyr Wayfinder picks out particular lands and fills the graveyard.
1 month ago
I have already updated the sideboard in person, just not on here and I agree Faerie Macabre is the better choice. I'll update this list soon to better reflect that. Forbidden Orchard has actually proved to be 100% insane in testing as it guarantees that I can always have a target for Demonic Dread. As for the Gemstone Mines, yes they aren't super consistent but I'm very hesitant to replace them with City of Brass because of how weak I am to burn anyways. I've played about 20 games with this list so far and I've only been screwed by Gemstone Mine once. If there's a better rainbow land that gets printed it'll be the first to go, but as is, the consistency it gives has helped more than its hurt so far.
1 month ago
1 month ago
your right, counter spell is probably better than mana drain although it costs 2 blue. If you reach the point that you have to hard cast Maelstrom then you have probably lost. Maelstrom is in the deck so that you can swing on turn 2 rather than turn three with all of your big creatures if the cascade just disappeared I would still have it in the deck because of it giving my creatures haste. as for Gemstone Mine, i have my lands configured in the way that is most likely to win me the game on turn 2. I need 10 lands that come in taped on turn 1 but can tap for 2 mana on turn 2 and I need 10 lands to tap for a mana of any color on turn 2 if I want to cast Demonic Dread or Violent Outburst. it's really a matter of preference to which lands do these things because there are many lands that tap for a mana of any color it doesn't really matter what lands you use. in order to make the turn 2 win as cosistant as possible this land base is the best for the deck. (although you could use more budget lands like Crumbling Vestige if you wanted to save money but make the deck slightly worse.) thank you for your input once again n0bunga
2 months ago
If reviving creatures is what you're looking for, the best decks that currently employ the strategy are Dredge and Living End. Dredge uses the namesake mechanic on cards like Stinkweed Imp to build up a huge graveyard, then beats down with cards like Bloodghast, Narcomoeba, and Prized Amalgam. Living End uses creatures with cycling (like Desert Cerodon and Horror of the Broken Lands) to churn through its deck, then uses cascade spells like Demonic Dread and Violent Outburst to cast Living End for free and revive them all in one go. Would either of these interest you?
3 months ago
4 months ago
In my experience Demonic Dread is too situational as a four of as you can only cast it with a creature in play so it also gets worse once a restore balance goes off, hence it's just a one of to shore up the cascade. Also Ardent Plea is the better option of the three available at 3CMC since it'll stay around for added exalted value, blue's a splash but a pretty integral one to be honest plus we'd have to use a blue producing border post anyway to keep the numbers up so may as well utilise it.
Pulse isn't perfect but it does kill anything so do personally value it over another wrath, had looked at Anguished Unmaking so may be something i test out again but felt the life loss was a bit too much for spot removal and not wide enough over the pulse to merit the instant speed. When playing against aggro i've found the life gain invaluable plus the maple sac outlets the finks, hunt master and even batter skull give us are great to force gargadon out quicker, game two the firespout works nicely without exiling my finks.
Never underestimate the value of a main deck blood moon especially game one and when you can drop it turn two off a sprite guide, just the look on your opponents face is worth it lol
6 months ago
Source: Played deck since 2011
After playing this deck extensively for over half a decade, I have concluded that your plan B of landing threat after threat is far more reliable than comboing as fast as possible and spamming Ricochet Trap out of the board. Because we are not the fastest combo in modern (infect/affinity), I prefer a more resilient approach to Living End that focuses on larger cyclers.
Architects of Will is the third one mana cycler available in jund and allows Living End the most consistency into getting 10 power into play by turn 3. In addition it can stack your opponent's deck to hope you can make them dead draw or help you find even more of your redundant deck.
While it does provide 10 power on turn 3, a cheated 3/3 into play is far less powerful than a 3/4, you fail the Lightning Bolt test, the new Fatal Push test, and now lose against many more creatures in combat than before. Because it's feebler and is easily killable, in practice it only increases your clock against decks with 0 interaction. Also, a turn 4 attack would still enable a defacto kill by turn 5 (with the exception of multiple Simian Spirit Guide, so a turn 3 Living End can provide the same amount of damage as a turn 4 Living End on average. Therefore, I would argue that Architects of Will speed bump is irrelevant, but overall makes your kill more vulnerable.
Compare Architects of Will to Pale Recluse or Jungle Weaver. The latter cost 2 whole mana, so a turn 3 living end would provide 1-2 less power overall and be on less bodies, however spiders are huge! Imagine a Tarmogoyf or Celestial Colonnade trying to go toe-to-toe with these in combat (reach is awesome!). Now imagine it's late in the game, the game has grinded down to the point where you're low on, out of, or unable to cast Living End safely. An Architects of Will can't even be hardcast, let alone present a late game threat. But what does your opponent do against a hardcast Jungle Weaver? No creature gets past it aside from unreasonably large Tarmogoyf, they have to kill it. Jungle Weaver is more than capable of killing the opponent on its own.
Tldr Play Big Creatures, they'll do you wonders
On Ricochet Trap:
The problem with Ricochet Trap is that it doesn't stop spells that can target multiple permanents, such as Cryptic Command targeting your spell and bouncing a land, nor does it interact with opposing graveyard or cascade hate. A more effective plan against the expensive interaction of modern is to simply hold Violent Outburst on their turn, fire it, and then use Demonic Dread or a second Violent Outburst while their mana is overloaded to force your dudes into play. Fulminator Mage, Beast Within and Simian Spirit Guide all play well into this mana denial plan.
Another way for you to beat countermagic is to play draft commons every turn. Once you get 2-3 monsters into play it's going to force your opponent's hand: they're either going to have to wrath your board and tap out or pick them off one at a time when you slam another one next turn.
Tldr Ricochet Trap is not necessary to beat control, forcing their mana or not comboing off and playing fair beat countermagic just as well without dead cards.
IN CONCLUSION my best experience with Living End has the occasional derp turn 3 draw but true mastery of the deck comes from knowing when to hold your cards, forcibly constrain the opponent's mana, and when to pretend you're not a combo deck and slam draft commons. I hope my write up was worth your read, here is my current list for reference (pro tip: Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth makes Street Wraith unblockable).