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Dismember Discussion

Emzed on cEDH: Mazirek Combo-Control

3 hours ago

All of those suggestions are essentially 3-card combos (2 cards generating infinite mana means you need a third card to actually win from there, etc), but this deck already has several perfectly fine 2-card combos. So why bother with anything else? It would just bloat up the deck with cards that are useless outside of a very specific context.

@ Triton: Why Yahenni, Undying Partisan? I can't see a good reason to run it over a cheaper version (Carrion Feeder), a more versatile version (Sadistic Hypnotist) or one that you can tutor more easily (Varolz, the Scar-Striped is green which matters for several tutors). Indestructibility just doesn't seem very attractive in a format where a lot of removal gets around it easily (Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Dismember, Toxic Deluge, Submerge, Duplicant, Pithing Needle).
You depend on Tooth and Nail heavily, but maybe you could include some alternatives that can do a similar job, such as Pattern of Rebirth, Defense of the Heart, Birthing Pod or Eldritch Evolution. For the latter two it's very relevant that sacrificing Mazirek to them can find either piece of Mike + Trike.

Odysseus310 on Delve the Dark Paths

6 hours ago

I think the spells are a bit more fluid depending on the meta, but I'll try a 3/2 for now (upping Kolaghan's Command and Dismember). Thanks!!

deltacobra on Unnatural Selection

1 day ago

So with blessing to punch damage through I don't think it really needed you have Blighted Agent which already unblockable. You have Inkmoth Nexus which has flying which basically unblockable in modern and has to be hit with instant spells. So really the only thing you be using Apostle's Blessing on would be Glistener Elf which I think a extra Spell Pierce or Twisted Image or Dismember in my opinion does a better job than Apostle's Blessing

deltacobra on Does This Look Infected???

1 day ago

YamishiTheWickedOne I find blessing not needed I'm running 8 protection spells and 2 counterspells I can't see running into 10 removal spells before I get lethal. And I have a Distortion Strike and Dismember to punch damage through. Twisted Image takes out a few pests like Spellskite and draws us a card. Right now this is setup to give a good chance to win before we go to sideboard.

jfskibumjr on Mono-Black Midrange Mowdown!

1 day ago

I totally forgot about Fatal Push. I'll try replacing two Dismember with two Pushes.

Hunson_Abadeer on Orzhov

1 day ago

I think going with a life gain style deck would be cool. Things like Lone Rider  Flip, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn and Night Market Lookout are kick ass. Plenty of good angels you can use too. Life gain makes Dismember much more affordable.

I would go with Rest for the Weary over Resupply. There is no card draw but its a lot cheaper mana cost. The land fall is great with it.

For some card draw Sign in Blood, Asylum Visitor.

Edge of Divinity is great and even better for creatures that are both black and white.

Getting a look at your opponents hand is always great, and making them discard something is good too. Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek are your more pricey spells money wise, Duress, Despise, Blackmail are cheaper.

Blessed Alliance has multiple uses and can be used at the same time if you can pay the mana.

Hope this helps mang

GearNoir on 8 Rack - Mono Black

1 day ago

If you're trying to stay competitive Modern, you may want to try to fit in Necrogen Mists if Veil isn't an option. I hate it for casual as I prefer to keep cards in my hand, but 8-Rack doesn't necessarily need card draw, and I t usually top decks pretty well.

I'd also go creatureless altogether. Nezumi and Visitor are tempting and certainly fit in some cases, but they'll more likely just end up as fodder for the removal your opponent is sure to be holding. Same reason I only run Waste Not in casual.

Other cards I can think of that you can upgrade to are:

  • Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - allows a more solid mana base, especially if you have non-basics floating in your library like Dakmore and...
  • Mutavault - emergency blocker and surprise attacker when the field is empty. I use Mishra's Factory casual, but the idea is the same; it's actually won me quiet a few games.
  • Murderous Cut - good alternative to Dismember (which is a big staple of most decks) and maybe even better than Victim in the current meta dependent on your playgroup.

You can see my casual deck here if you need more ideas: 8-Smack.

Moonbar on I wish that the meta was brains [[Primer]]

2 days ago

zephyr_chang: Wow, I totally misread the comment about Diregraf Ghoul. While the colossus was underperforming online, I now have 95% of the cards in paper and it has been pretty great. Incidentally, I've been kind of disappointed with Diregraf Ghoul, for the simple reason that it is trash terrible when it lands on turn 2 or later.

With Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, I haven't really had problems except with Geralf's Messenger, however, I don't expect to play that until later in the game where the 2 life matters more. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is there to help me empty my hand when it really counts for only 3 tapped lands while holding up a Dismember or something, i.e. having 3 Swamps and a Nykthos and being able to potentially bring out two lords witha removal spell in hand.

My playtesting has been going great so far. The deck actually beat out Jeskai control in three due to some clutch Garys and I've been testing a lot with my friend's new Bant Spirits list, very similar to the one Caleb Durward took first with at SCG Open Milwaukee. I've had rough experiences against tron, sadly, but at least the deck crushes Naya Burn in games 2 and 3 if I can pull a Phyrexian Crusader.

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