Despise

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal

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Khans of Tarkir Uncommon
New Phyrexia Uncommon
Promo Set Rare

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Despise

Sorcery

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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Despise Discussion

Draknar50 on Dragons R/B

1 day ago

Darth_Savage yeh Despise might come in handy but only in sideboard i think

Searing Blaze not sure would have to try it out. Thanks for the advice :)

Darth_Savage on Dragons R/B

1 day ago

Draknar50 that would probably be a good start. I'd also add 2x Searing Blaze to your sideboard for burn options and maybe 2x Despise.

sylvannos on BW Tokens

1 week ago

I wouldn't use Despise in your mainboard. It'd actually be better to swap it for maindeck Tidehollow Sculler.

More importantly, however, I think you need some other kind of removal. Path to Exile is the obvious choice, but it's out of your budget. I'd consider Dismember or Condemn as alternatives. You can also mix things up with Go for the Throat, Murderous Cut, and Victim of Night. I'd at least move around some Doom Blades to make room for those. That way, you have a mix of things and don't just lose to a Siege Rhino or Grim Flayer. Oblivion Ring and Journey to Nowhere also do a lot of work.

At least one Timely Reinforcements can drastically improve your chances when you're behind. It's an absolute beast of a card against decks like Burn.

4 Zealous Persecution seems like a lot. I'd cut 2 of them for Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Oath of Gideon, Promise of Bunrei, or (probably the best choice) Secure the Wastes. If you want to go even more budget, Triplicate Spirits is a cheap alternative to the above.

Vault of the Archangel will win you games. You only need 1, but may find you like it so much you want it every game.

The other issue I see is your mana curve. Normally, your 1-drops are Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize. Since you're on a budget, the Duresses are a good choice. I'd still add some other 1-drops. Soul Warden, Weathered Wayfarer, Thraben Inspector, or some other 1-drop white creature are all good here.

For your sideboard, I'd go something like:

2x Brave the Elements
2x Burrenton Forge-Tender
3x Disenchant/Stony Silence
3x Journey to Nowhere/Go for the Throat/Victim of Night
2x Oblivion Ring
3x Relic of Progenitus/Rest in Peace/Tormod's Crypt

Shadow12721 on Ryuu Ga Waga Teki Wo Kurau!

1 week ago

I have to upvote this deck, even though I Despise Hanzo.

LunaticRoom on BW Tokens

2 weeks ago

I like it. Maybe instead of Despise use Harsh Scrutiny. I would give Elspeth, Sun's Champion a try.

casmiel on

3 weeks ago

Ultimate Price is always worse than Go for the Throat (both can't hit artifacts)

I'd play Condemn, Path to Exile, Fatal Push and even Anguished Unmaking over Utter End.

Despise is not really a strong discard spell, I'd rather have Duress, as that usually hits the most dangerous cards. Of course Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are better than both. If you want to stay budget, which I assume, why not go for Tidehollow Sculler or Sin Collector? Both are really strong cards, even in competitive Modern.

i'd bring your landcount to 23. Try to get the full playset of Isolated Chapel. Concealed Courtyard and Caves of Koilos are affordable as well. Evolving Wilds is not great and would just be an emergency solution. Either way, you need more dual lands to have reliable mana.

Vampire Nighthawk has some strong competition in Gifted Aetherborn now. But you need more dual lands, otherwise it is too difficult to cast reliably on turn 2 or even 3.

I've seen some decks that run Tainted Remedy as the cornerstone to play cards that grant the opponent life. You don't have enough lifegain cards to make that a viable direction though, it's also much more vulnerable and combo-like.

I see what you are trying to do with Niblis of the Urn, but it is a pretty weak card overall. You should find another alternative for tap-effects, that one is a bit weak. Or just go with more removal, no tapping needed then. Luckily, Black and White have the best removal.

The appeal of Black & White decks comes from Lingering Souls in most cases, which is a pretty insane card. It will drive any Control player mad, as it is a nightmare to destroy with removal. I would highly recommend slamming it in any B/W deck, you almost can't go wrong there. It works well with Cartel Aristocrat, but that would go in a completly different direction I suppose.

Edge of the Divinity is a good, but problematic card. It makes your opponent's removal twice as good, but it offers a cheap and strong boost. I'd say only ever run Auras in Modern if you put it on a Hexproof creature. Even if you'd ignore that for now, this card wants to be played in a highly aggressive deck. Your deck is a bit too slow for that to work out, so I personally wouldn't run it.

Underworld Connections is much worse than Phyrexian Arena. Asylum Visitor can be an alternative if you really need the drawing power. It is cheap and can usually trade with something else.

Ambition's Cost is pretty much unplayable in Modern. Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood and the cards mentioned above are much better when it comes to drawing cards.

I wouldn't focus your deck towards Alms Beast too much. Just use it as a finisher and your top-end card. You should decide which direction your deck should go. Either you go down on creatures, and instead increase removal and hand disruption, maybe add some Mana Tithe and play Orzhov Control with the Beast as your finisher. Or load up on creatures, cut your draw and removal and go aggressive, with creatures low in cost and high in power to go wider. Either way, both varieties would be stronger than what you have now, which is sort of a mix of both and that never really worked out as far as I know.

Good luck with the deck!

zingzang on Minotaur Swing!

4 weeks ago

I am a big fan of Minotaurs, even if it's an underdog tribal, but this one is lacking some important stuff. The curve (just the creatures) looks too slow for a modern aggro-deck. You need 4x Gnarled Scarhide as a one drop and pelase cut the Felhide Brawler for some Metallic Mimics. The Fanatic of Mogis is not good at all. It deals about 3dmg for devotion and dies to every kind of Removal. Even Pyroclasm. And for four mana you can get waaaay better things or should I rather say: For four mana, this dude has literally no impact and an aggro deck should play real finishers with cmc 4. I guess you want it to still be a budget deck, so Thoughtseize or Kolaghan's Command doesn't make sense here. Try out some Despise to get an early look at your opponents hand and disrupt his/her early-game. Use Bile Blight instead of Lightning Strike to deal with tokens or get an easy 2 for 1. You could go for 22 or 23 lands, especially with one or two Sulfurous Springs. A good aggro-curve (with all spells included) should look about: ~8 one-drops, ~10 two-drops and ~15 three-drops.

Darth_Savage on F*ck your Sh*t

1 month ago

Ok, let me give you an example -

Turn 1: Island, tap for Hedron Crab

Turn 2: Tap for Altar of the Brood, swamp, opponent mills 3 from crab + 1 from Alter, tap for Mistvein Borderpost return the tapped swamp, opponent mills 1 from Alter.

Turn 3: Evolving Wilds, opponent mills 3 from crab + 1 from Alter, crack the Wilds and fetch, opponent mills 3 from crab + 1 from Alter, use Extirpate to remove a threat or Tormod's Crypt to remove the whole graveyard and you still have 1 mana from Mistvein Borderpost to play with...

The point I'm making is that your deck can be made far more efficient. I'd rather run Despise than Eradicate, alot of the creature threats contain black. I'd rather run Duress than Contingency Plan to keep things aggressive... Swap Shimian Specter for Archive Trap, you get mill 13 for free, because modern loves fetch lands. Or kill their search/tutor with Shadow of Doubt.

Also your sideboard can only be 15 cards :) Hope this is of help now.

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