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As an additional cost to play Diabolic Intent, sacrifice a creature.
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Diabolic Intent Discussion
3 days ago
hello really like your deck
Cloudstone Curio with Rooftop Storm is the combo you are probably looking for boucing Gray Merchant of Asphodel to drain everyone or bouncing Grave Defiler to cast all zombie in your deck but you could stick with only Rooftop Storm + Grimgrin, Corpse-Born + Gravecrawler + Diregraf Captain
for the cut it really depend on how you play the deck the problem is that you are trying to do everything you have control/agro/combo going on you should pick combo/agro or control/combo
for the card that in my opinion arent worth to play are : Consuming Aberration , Fatestitcher, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Liliana's Reaver, Noosegraf Mob, Stitcher Geralf, Undead Alchemist, liliana, death's majesty, Liliana Vess , Cancel, Counterspell, Hero's Downfall, Murder, Negate, Silumgar's Command, Quietus Spike, Sword of Vengeance, Freed from the Real, Training Grounds, Army of the Damned, Dark Salvation, Rise from the Tides, Ruinous Path also cut some of the worst land like Dimir Guildgate and run some more basic
for the card that you should be adding to the list: Grave Defiler, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Phyrexian Altar, Skullclamp, Throne of the God-Pharaoh, Bitter Ordeal could be good if your local meta is a lot of food chain/flash hulk or combo deck , Diabolic Intent and all the other tutor if you have the money Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
ps: my recommendation fit for a agro/combo deck
4 days ago
Hey, you asked for my help. This is a well built budget Commander deck. Only $137 for a complete playable Commander deck is nice, good job.
Chromatic Lantern is down more than 60% in price (less than $5 now) since it's been revealed to be reprinted in Guilds of Ravnica. Lantern is now a budget Commander card, as it should be :) The prices haven't updated yet for this site, but if you add (GRN) to the end of Lantern in the text editor it will show up as the GRN version with the updated low price.
Your decklist is already really well done/streamlined, it's going to be difficult to make cuts without adding some additional price... Here's a list of cards to consider adding/cutting:
Exsanguinate: does X damage to each player and you gain just as much life. This single spell can kill everyone at the table. It could replace Death Grasp because Grasp only does X damage to one player.
Exotic Orchard: good land for multiplayer Commander.
Tainted Field: can ETB untapped and if you control a Swamp it can be tapped to make black or white mana. If you don't have a Swamp you can still tap it to make colorless mana. It could replace either Orzhov Guildgate or Scoured Barrens?
If these lands upgrades are too much then I think you're better off playing more basic lands then the three Guildgates, Barrens, River and Boneyard. More basic lands at least work better with the Bounce lands (Azorius Chancery, etc.).
Good luck with your deck.
6 days ago
Hey, you're welcome. The manabase is so much better, nice Fetch lands :)
Consider decreasing the avg CMC? It's currently 3.7 this is pretty high if you're wanting to be aggressive with Zombies and playing a Commander who's counting on having a some what established battlefield of Zombies to attack with when you play her. I see a lot of four and five drops here consider cutting most of them for lower CMC cards? Your four drop play is Varina this means that any other four drop should be a better card than her to warrant playing. Focus on one and two drop Zombies with the three drop lords if you're trying to be aggressive with Varina.
As far as the five drops go this spot on the mana curve is already occupied with your combo pieces (Archfiend, Havengul, Alhammarret). For the strategy here these are the five drops you want to draw. Are they the best five drops to play with Zombies? Nope, but for the combos and the combo strategies here you need them and want to draw them. Other than the combo pieces consider the five drops that reanimate all the Zombies in your graveyard with one spell: Living Death and Patriarch's Bidding? These would be the five, five drops I would play and cut all the rest.
I understand the desire to play so many combos in the deck, more choices can be good, but I feel you're not playing enough to the strengthens of Varina with some of these combos. Consider cutting the Amulet/Orb combo and the Betrayal/Pact combo? These combos in my opinion are the least good of the options because they aren't focused on Zombies or with Varina. Amulet/Orb is fine together, but as stand alone cards they aren't doing much. Betrayal/Pact combo costs too much mana, too much set-up, not enough payoff.
Cards to consider adding:
- Shepherd of Rot: you gain life with Varina for each Zombie you attack with. This gives you protection from Shepherd's life lose ability.
- Stitcher's Supplier
- Dread Wanderer
- Tidehollow Sculler
- Graveyard Marshal
- Diabolic Intent
- Cover of Darkness
- Liliana, the Last Hope
- Painful Truths
- Night's Whisper
I don't think you need all the high mana cost spells that create Zombie tokens. I think all these cards are too expensive for what you're trying to do here which is be aggressive with Zombies with Varina to draw and set-up a winning combo. Consider cutting: Army of the Damned, Necromancer's Covenant, From Under the Floorboards, etc.?
1 week ago
Alright, it seems the deck is a bit top heavy. Here are my suggestions. I have structured this rework of the deck to sac and get the mana out quick till you can have Meren stay on the board long enough or just hard cast the big things. You don't have to take my suggestions but I highly insist that this will make her work again.
2 weeks ago
- Diabolic Intent but no Demonic Tutor?
- What about Academy Ruins for draco?
- Whir of Invention/Fabricate/Tezzeret the Seeker to find Scroll Rack? It just seems like a card you need EVERY game
- Liliana Vess for another top deck tutor? maybe too slow?
- maybe Serum Visions? stacks the top of your deck a lil bit
2 weeks ago
With this deck being very aggro-centric and relatively low CMC, you are going to run out of cards in your hand. Not a fun situation to be in. So I would recommend Dark-Dweller Oracle and Rummaging Goblin as some synergistic card advantage. For just straight good card draw, I would lean into your black card draw spells such as Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, Ambition's Cost, and Blood Divination.
A tutor or two wouldn't be bad idea. For this deck I would look at Diabolic Intent. With it's current reprinting in Battlebond it is also somewhat affordable.
Speaking of Battlebond, I would also look into Last One Standing as it is a fantastic and cheap (both CMC and money-wise) board wipe.
2 weeks ago
For what it is worth, I tallied up every nonland card and recorded it as either a "take" effect (from play or from the graveyard) or a "sac" effect (which, obviously, sacrifices the creature).
This deck has 17 ways to take opponent's creatures, only one of which is repeatable.
This deck also has 12 ways to sacrifice creatures, many of which are repeatable.
I don't know if these are acceptable numbers for you or not, but I thought I would let you know what you are working with.
Also, since I'm a completionist, I added up the nonland cards that neither took or sacced anything. The result: 35. There are 35 cards that don't do either. I thought that was interesting data.
If you would like ideas for more take effects, consider Flash Conscription, Grab the Reins, Might Makes Right, and Mass Mutiny, which all work well in the deck and are all decent upgrades over the traditional Threaten text.
3 weeks ago
If you have all the $$$ then Imperial Seal, Diabolic Tutor, Transmute Artifact, and Demonic Tutor are the best. The poor man's tutors would be Diabolic Intent and Fabricate are the best, but very mana intensive or requier other costs.