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Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a creature or planeswalker card from it. That player discards that card.
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20 hours ago
OK, so, there are more efficient ways to build the creature devotion.
Bloodghast is easier to recurr than traitor, and you can play fetches easily. Gatekeeper of Malakir is actually pretty solid given a lot of the DS decks want to play 1 creature and protect it, and this kills that creature and blocks. Relentless Dead recurrs itselfs, Merchant and Messenger which is hot. Geralf's Messenger is generically good devotion. Phyrexian Obliterator is a bit iffy, I don't like it all that much but it sees play as a 2 of. Gray Merchant of Asphodel should be a 4 of all the time to be quite honest. You want to see multiples and play on curve.
Grave Pact may give 3 devotion, but it doesn't do anything really. They just play around it. The decks that care about this can sacrifice their mana dorks, and the other decks have Path to Exile and similar.
You saids Vesuva works well with Nykthos, how do you mean?
4x Fulminator Mage are must haves for the sideboard.
1 day ago
Any final recommendations before I place my order for the card set?
As much as I've tried to attempt the set with Heartless Summoning, I've run 62 playtests (I've counted), and I've drawn into the card only 8 of the 62 total playtests. Granted, that's largely very unlucky, especially since I was running 3 copies, but the deck seems to function fairly well on its own without it. I'm still going to place an order for at least 4 copies of the card, but I feel it's clunky, since I can typically set a Game-Winning field by Turn 6-8, and still have a fortune of mana left over to activate discards, destroys, and exiles all the way up to the typical final turn.
Furthermore, the -1/-1 or -2/-2 Power reduction of the card actually negatively impacts my standard setup. Most of the time, I end up having an Odric, Lunarch Marshal, Vampire Nighthawk, and typically Brisela, Voice of Nightmares or Griselbrand, with atleast 1 variation of Avacyn by Turn 6-8.
Mind you, this is entirely without Heartless Summoning. Liliana provides adequate Swamp searching, turn to turn, and even if she is targeted and destroyed, the initial Swamp search helps bolster my Mana Count early on. Griselbrand provides excellent card cycling, and Rune-Scarred Demon is fantastic for searching out the other half of Brisela, depending on who I already have out. If Odric, Lunarch Marshal is nuked early, I can always summon another copy, or revive, and suddenly my field is now loaded with anywhere from 3-6 cards, all with any combination of: DeathTouch, Lifelink, FirstStrike, Flying, Vigilance, or even Indestructible.
That's absolutely insane! The only thing I can see that could stop such a setup is a handful of Exiles, or a field nuke.
The deck seems to have insanely reliable clearing, with an adequate number of copies of Despise, Inquisition of Kozilek, Anguished Unmaking, Doomblade, and Blessed Alliance. Should anything manage to get through, I always can rely on Unburial Rites double-casting for revives, or even Bruna, the Fading Light for a free Avacyn or Odric resurrection.
Again, this is all typically relying on winning by turn 6-8, but since I haven't played Modern in a tournament or competitive setting, I'm not necessarily familiar with the average Turn to Win. Like I posted in the description, I largely play casually between friends, and since we run with 40 Life totals, and not the typical 20, Turn 6-8 seems like a decent average, and the deck performs optimally within that time frame.
Any final tips or recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for the continuous input as well @Casmiel. Your recommendations really helped me form this beautiful monstrosity!
1 day ago
I would highly recommend against running Aether Vial in the sideboard. You just don't have the right creatures for it. For Aether Vial to be strong, you'd need a much much tighter mana curve on your creatures (90% 1-3 CMC, maybe a couple of 4 CMC creatures MAX). I'd rather run a couple of Collective Brutality to vastly improve your chances against Burn and some more Leyline of the Void.
As for your maindeck, I'd swap Underworld Dreams out for Phyrexian Arena. Dreams is only strong in a very narrow range of matchups and you have Howling Mine effects or similar to take advantage of it. I'm also not sold on Nether Traitor, apart from the Devotion he can't block for you and 1 chip damage is just pretty much nothing without pump spells. Rather run the full set of Gifted Aetherborn and a couple of Victim of Night over them. Victim is pretty strong in Modern as there are few commonly played creatures that resist it, most of them are found in Dredge where removal is pretty terrible anyways. Other than that, I'd swap the Despise for Inquisition of Kozilek. Inquisition is more flexible in most matchups and you have tons of ways to deal with creatures anyways. With Artifacts, Enchantments, Instants and Sorceries? Not so much.
I also think your Liliana is versatile enough to run in the Maindeck.
Love me some monoblack, nice job
2 days ago
Hi, i'm not an Expert of Extortion deck, but i can tell you that your mana curve is really high for modern's standard. You need to make it faster or to slow down your opponent. Since you play black and White you have a good number of choices with removal and discard and some good budget options are Duress and Despise depending what you fear more between creatures or other spells (maybe combo pieces). So you would not waste your 1st turn, even more you can damage your opponent game.
Then, talking about your manabase, i agree with your decision of not playing too many tap-land, but i still want to suggest you a pair of bicoloured, budget lands that can work in your deck. The first (and weakest) is Scoured Barrens, which is essentially a Forsaken Sanctuary which also gives you 1 life. The second and stronger one is Caves of Koilos. It costs you 1 life per activation if you want B or W mana, but it doesn'enter tapped and in your deck 1 life should not be a lot. Then again, if you have a higer budget, you can also use Isolated Chapel.
2 weeks ago
Love the deck! Only thing that is really jumping out at me is the Despise in the sideboard? I checked its printings, and it's never been common so far as I can tell. Maybe slot in another Distress or Duress?
3 weeks ago
I am not sure if there is enough self mill for you to benefit. I would replace your self mill creatures with tougher ones like:
My biggest issue will mill is if they end up with anti mill cards that refuel their library. My buddies will play those decks on purpose. So you need cards that remove those threats.
Crypt Incursion to keep you in the game
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
Searing Blaze not sure would have to try it out. Thanks for the advice :)