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Diabolic Intent Discussion
5 days ago
Fellow karador player here, and I have a couple of suggestions for you. I don't know your budget so I'm just going to chuck things at you and see what sticks.
First off, if you're wanting this to be a true combo deck, then I'd suggest a couple cuts. Craterhoof is a great card, buy combo decks don't really need beatsticks. Hatebears like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Grand Abolisher. Also, tutoring for pieces is super valuable early game. Cards like Natural Order, Vampiric Tutor, Eladamri's Call, Diabolic Intent, and Altar of Bone are good tutors for this deck.
Mana dorks are also something to consider. I like them better than mana rocks because you can recur them pretty easily with karador and they're great fodder for Natural Order.
Also check out this hulk line. Hulk into Body Snatcher, viscera seer, and Sylvan Safekeeper -> hulk into Saffi Eriksdotter, Blood Artist, and any other two mana costs you have. Sac saffi, targeting body snatcher, sac snatcher, repeat. A thing to note about this is that body snatcher's ability is an ETB, not a replacement effect, so you can sacrifice it without discaring anything. The effect is still there, but your opponents will be dead to blood artist before they ever resolve. Also, you can protect your combo with your Sylvan Safekeeper right off the bat, which is a huge bonus. If you have a sac outlet on the board already, grab Grand Abolisher instead.
Check out my version of this deck for any other ideas. Have fun!
1 week ago
With your reasonably high mana curve, as well as the mana hungry commander, you should probably include even more mana sources. Golgari Signet, Rakdos Signet etc seem really useful here since the Brothers can later use them as fodder for their ability.
I also suggest Tireless Tracker and Pharika, God of Affliction, both provide useful tokens for the Brothers' abilities, and are solid cards on their own. Also, Illusionist's Bracers is a great combo with your commander, i think you should add that.
Some other cards that fit well into your plan: Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast, Rancor, Smokestack, Solemn Simulacrum.
If you want to improve the deck further, power cards like Vampiric Tutor, Diabolic Intent, Sylvan Library, Cabal Coffers, Ancient Tomb and Bloom Tender should probably all find their way into your list.
Some of your card choices seem suboptimal: Necroskitter is neither particularly powerful nor does it synergize with your plan. Infiltration Lens, Explorer's Scope, Shield of the Avatar, Rockslide Elemental and Vorapede are rather bad cards, and Unwinding Clock, Bow of Nylea and Liliana of the Dark Realms don't have enough powerful synergies in your deck to really justify their inclusion.
3 weeks ago
InfuriatedBrute Let me formally back off a bit here; I have nothing against your feedback! Seems I mistook maybe quick/offhand comments for rudeness. It just pushes a button when it looks like people skip over a description I put a lot of work into. But no harm no foul, please feel free to keep hashing this out if you're interested. Long comment below because I always write too much about decks:
Talking bout deck philosophy Show
So this is more of a Johnny build than a Spike build; I'm building it based more around the Reanimator interactions than making it the most competitive B/W midrange deck on the market. I have a fairly stock Temur energy list for when I want to win FNM, but it's getting really boring and I wanted to try to emulate my B/R Reanimator list in legacy with a new pseudo G-Brand.
That being said, I have like 0% interest in making a mono-white Brisela or Legendaries list with Thalia's Lancers etc., I don't even like as a color combo, haha. I'm just trying to make a core deck of Liliana, Death's Majesty + Razaketh, the Foulblooded as good as it can be, knowing full well that standard isn't designed to really support that archetype ever since Solar Flare decks. :(
Also, pointing out that Liliana, Death's Majesty mills. But yeah, I was looking around for other options, and Gate to the Afterlife is really the only other good thing to do, but now that the other half has been spoiled and it's just expensive Eternalize I think it's better to just design a midrange deck that has this reanimator synergy.
Which is what I'm going for: a midrange deck with inevitability. I think bringing the GY into this deck with Lili gives a midrange deck what it wants: an extended and recursive hand.
I had a more traditional G/B list in the works, which played like delirium, but if I'm going to do all the work of getting an 8/8 Diabolic Intent on the field it feels like the deck should win in the next couple turns, or I risk getting blown out by value because I spend a lot of resources setting that up. That's how I've designed the deck around here; white has the best game-ending options that I found. Ishkanah, Grafwidow was the best thing to search up in G/B.
I hear you on Gisela being removable, though I don't really know how much of a big deal that is; she's always been one of those cards where you remove her or lose. And if she gets into the GY for later recursion I think that's okay, too. I haven't really been able to find other good-to-play-and-reanimate targets around that CMC... there's Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Gonti, Lord of Luxury, Kalitas but I already have him in, Mindwrack Demon but I can't afford to take dmg and don't have other ways of getting delirium, Oketra but she's bad... yeah. They don't really pack the 1-2 punch that Gisela does or fill out a midrange curve. It's possible Thalia should be in there, though.
I think I agree that Solemnity should just be sideboarded so it can come out naturally. But I'm not sure why you're seeing Approach of the Second Sun as unreliable, especially next to creatures. The only thing that can interact with it is counterspells, but counterspells shit on this deck anyway. It's much less conditional (doesn't need combat, more difficult to interact, needs fewer turns) than even Brisela. Even if Razaketh gets removed in response to the first cast and I can't tutor it back out, Liliana +1 mill gets me there faster (draw for turn + mill 2, draw for turn + mill 2, draw Approach if I'm thinking about it correctly--puts me just a turn behind).
The way I'm thinking about this deck is midrange curve + big finish if I can get it/need it. It might be right to reconfigure and take out Fumigate, Solemnity, and Never / Return to fill out a midrange curve and just keep the "combo" finish at one-ofs Approach and Bruna, adding Thalia, Heretic Cathar for those Glorybringers or more consolidated removal like Anguished Unmaking.
3 weeks ago
First i want to say this looks like a great deck!
some suggestions i can make are;
I like Winding Constrictor, it's super good with meren expirence counters and great with mazirek
Diabolic Intent is an expensive tutor but it's better than diabolic tutor so that's a possible upgrade
How has Bontu the Glorified been?
Victimize is good if you can fit it in.
Survival of the Fittest is nasty too
Phyrexian Tower is another free sac outlet
Do your games play out in a way that you're hitting lands drop enough? it dosen't look like you have a crazy amount of card draw or and overabundance of land ramp.
3 weeks ago
I was also thinking Bitterblossom might not be worth it, for the same reasons you mentioned. Hangarback Walker is an easy replacement for that. I suppose I can also take this opportunity to swap Walking Ballista for Exsanguinate for the plan B wincon. I was hanging on to Walking Ballista because it could be used as a pseudo 0-drop with Genesis Chamber and Pawn of Ulamog, but if Hangarback Walker can do the same thing we might as well have an extra way to get our life total back up now that the tutor chains are looking to be longer.
Bloodghast is sort of one of the weaker cards in the deck right now. I had it out for a while and my reasoning for putting it back in was that it could be pitched to Bog Witch or Overeager Apprentice, or sacced to Culling the Weak, on the combo turn, and then be brought back with a land drop for free fodder. Problem is, those cards and Entomb are the only cards it works with, and now that Nooze is gone it's the only Entomb target. On the other hand, I was thinking of putting Diabolic Intent back in, which would make it more useful again. IDK
I don't think Krark-Clan Ironworks is a good fit here, mostly because most of our artifacts are either already self-sacrificing, or are creatures and better off being fed to Raz. I only see about 11 artifacts I'd expect to want to sacrifice to it, which isn't enough to expect it to pay for itself pre-Raz.
3 weeks ago
Woodland Bellower is probably the card to take out, I've been looking at it for a while now since the deck's curve has been getting lower and lower, and as much as I love the card, it hasn't really proven itself to be worth a slot. I WAS saving cutting it for when I eventually acquire a Mana Crypt masterpiece, but adding a Nature's Claim makes a lot of sense. I might want to also add something like Diabolic Intent in the future as well.
3 weeks ago
Mana Crypt, Chrome Mox, Mox Diamond, Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus, Mana Vault, Burnished Hart, Toxic Deluge, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Phyrexian Tower, Sensei's Divining Top, Beseech the Queen, Hedron Archive, Greed, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Entomb, Living Death, Buried Alive, Diabolic Intent, Death Cloud, Oppression, Black Market, Liliana of the Veil, Bojuka Bog, Ghost Quarter, Strip Mine, Wasteland, Attrition