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FlyingSacrifice a creature: Devouring Swarm gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
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Devouring Swarm Discussion
3 weeks ago
I play a Mikaeus-deck myself and I really like your work. But I think your mana-curve is not really that optimal. I play many ramp cards and only combo-pieces, which allows to make a turn 4 or turn 5 kill, nearly every time. Please also be aware, that Mikaeus gives all your creatures +1/+1, so things like Mindless Automaton don't work, even if you kill them manually, it's stuck with only one +1-counter. If you want to make your deck more consistent and more deadly, take out all cards that don't kill your opponents IMMEDIATELY with Mikaeus. Cards like: Abhorrent Overlord or Dusk Urchins all need preparation time, so think about cutting them. Also cards like Liliana of the Veil don't do anything for your combo in this deck and are better off in a good modern deck (Oh, I wish I had one myself :( ). Here are some cards that I highly recommend to you, in order to combo off faster, and better:
Fume Spitter (I love him but only in my starting hand)
Diabolic Servitude (maybe, but recommend)
Infernal Darkness (maybe, but always worth it)
Sidisi, Undead Vizier (maybe...)
Dread Return (maybe...)
Pentavus (The only 7-drop allowed in this deck)
Grinding Station (you have many artifact creatures then...)
You may ask: "And what shall I cut?"Every Planeswalker, they do nothing for you in this deck. Every damn card that costs 5 mana or more (Only Exceptions are Pentavus and Triskelion) . (Yes, you can also cut Sidisi, Undead Vizier, if you have enough tutors). And everything, that doesn't combo with Mikaeus in a way that doesn't kill all your opponents immediately. Your goal is to win the game as soon as Mikaeus hits the battlefield. Most of the time the disruption can't do anything, because you can combo off in response to that. And to make it as fast as possible, add all mana artifacts known to mankind to your deck. Thran Dynamo, Jet Medallion and so on, and so on. You don't need any removal or any Temporal Extortion or Imp's Mischief and stuff like that. Aim for a turn 4 kill and cut everything that doesn't support your idea. There will be no threats on turn 4 or five that need you to have any special removal.
Hope this helps out.
If you want, I can post a link to my Mikaeus deck. I don't like to do advertisement for my decks, so I do it, if you want to see my idea of a perfect deck.
5 months ago
First of all, with this high CMC you need 24 lands.
While I understand you are trying to sacrifice your creatures for beneficial effects, the high converted mana cost of your deck makes it kind of hard to work with.
Here are some lower cost creatures that could be good:
Augur of SkullsBasal Sliver (mana accelerator to cast Ruthless Deathfang faster)Bile UrchinBlind ZealotBlood BairnBloodthrone VampireCarrier Thrall (mana accelerator, 2x creature)Corpse HaulerDeath CultistDemonic Taskmaster (need tokens spawn everyturn)Devouring SwarmWestvale Abbey Flip This is a must have.Disciple of Griselbrand Save yourself.Doomed Necromancer Worth it.Eldrazi Skyspawner Mana acceleratorFont of ReturnFume SpitterGnawing ZombieGutless GhoulMerciless ExecutionerMortician Beetle -------> Cause why not.Nezumi Bone-Reader ControlPawn of Ulamog mana acceleratorQarsi SadistQuest for the GravelordThoughtpicker Witch controlThrull Surgeon controlVampiric RitesVoracious Null
Skirsdag High Priest Isn't this amazing?
9 months ago
Im thinking of switching out Altar's Reap, Sadistic Hypnotist, and either Devouring Swarm or Nantuko Husk for + + . The Altar is only a one time draw which is less useful than an infinite combo, especially if Smothering Abomination is on the field. The devouring swarm and nantuko husk are just extra sac outlets. The sadistic hypnotist, he doesnt have a game winning ability. I could also take out Toxic Deluge as i do not have any infinite life combos.
1 year ago
I've had a mike combo deck for quite awhile starting with the Mikaeus, Extreme Sub $20 Budget EDH after i acquired him in a trade.
Personally i would drop Sifter of Skulls for Pawn of Ulamog the card is almost strictly better for mike because when Pawn of Ulamog dies you also get a token mind you it's a 0/1 instead of a 1/1 but serves the same purpose. Also for Recursion Diabolic Servitude works really well as you can resolve the undying trigger before the exile trigger and get Diabolic Servitude back to your hand. Also Nim Deathmantle is crazy good with mike as + + + any creature = infinite dies and ETB effects. Another great recursion card is Strands of Night.
While this does look like a great start you have 3 very exploitable weaknesses
Weakness #1: You have literally 1 answer to enchantment's and artifact's if Spine of Ish Sah has already been used or get's countered or even if the have a way to recur Leyline of the Void or Rest in Peace you lose.
Weakness #2: Complete Dependency on Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, if anyone has played against your deck more than once they will quickly realize that all they have to do is keep Mikaeus, the Unhallowed off the board and you more than likely can no longer kill them.
Solution: Consider other win cons like + + for infinte dies/etb/token/colorless mana.
Weakness #3: Too many creatures are only good with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed as a sac outlet or sac engine. if Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is unusable due to cards like Nevermore or Declaration of Naught. Creatures like Chainbreaker or Devouring Swarm are literally useless. The only way you may be able to win after that is by recurring Gray Merchant of Asphodel over and over with Phyrexian Reclamation.
Looks pretty solid in terms of creature hate, recursion, ramp, card draw, and tutors though.
Here is my own Mikaeus, the Unhallowed deck if you would like any idea's. Although I still haven't started/finished the description listing all of the combos and what not yet, But i will soon.
Hope i was helpful and may your hands be full and your mana plenty. =D