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Creature — Eldrazi Insect
Emerge 5 (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost.)
When you cast Distended Mindbender, target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose from it a nonland card with converted mana cost 3 or less and a card with converted mana cost 4 or greater. That player discards those cards.
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Distended Mindbender Discussion
1 month ago
You could always add in Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Death's Shadow, Glissa, the Traitor, and Lotleth Troll. They provide excellent value for lower costs. So they would not necessarily be a dead drop later in the game. Emerge Eldrazi creatures might be an option as well, Distended Mindbender, Mockery of Nature, and Abundant Maw are a few that I like. They can essentially be cast for really cheap by removing a creature of less value from the battlefield.
2 months ago
It seems like Avacyn's Judgment and Abandon Reason are meant to be cast for Madness? If so, Bloodrage Brawler is awfully inconsistent here, as there's no way to be sure you'll have a hand with both Bloodrage Brawler, Avacyn's Judgment in a game, and it's even less likely you'll have the mana to cast both of them in the same turn. I'd recommend either replacing the Bloodrage Brawlers with the suggestions below, scrapping Abandon Reason, or both.
Bloodrage Brawler is an incredibly aggressive card, I'll admit. However, there are some creatures that are quite a bit more synergistic with your deck. Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn help your creatures die without Distended Mindbender. Perilous Myr and Goblin Arsonist are relatives of Mudbutton Torchrunner.
It seems like Distended Mindbender and Avacyn's Judgment are your sac outlets right now. Your opponent isn't going to block your Mudbutton Torchrunners if they're going to take 3 damage for it - they're just going to let the 1 go through. So, you need ways to power them yourself. Again, Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn will all do that job for you, and Artillerize and Fling are cheap, sometimes even better, substitutes or alternatives.
For a budget deck, your mana base is to be expected, but it can be better. Rakdos Guildgate is a dual land, sure, but entering the battlefield tapped without anything else means it's outclassed by others. Akoum Refuge and Bloodfell Caves are gainlands in Rakdos colors. Rakdos Carnarium is a tapland that bounces one of your own lands, which can be bad or good, but helps you stay on curve the turn after, unlike the Guildgate. Temple of Malice is a scryland, which might not be so useful, but it's still better than the Guildgate by virtue of its scry. Dragonskull Summit is probably your best bet for a dual under $5/each, though, because it's not necessarily a tapland as long as you have a Swamp or Mountain.
Soul-Scar Mage and Abandon Reason are really weird cards in this deck. You have no burn spells (which might be something to consider) if you don't hit creatures with your Torchrunner or Showstopper, so I would consider either burn spells or better combat tricks. Red has much better combat tricks than Abandon Reason, like Brute Strength, a red Giant Growth.
Sorry for the wall of text; I hope it helped.
2 months ago
Herald of Leshrac is heavy on mana but is some super-secret tech that dunks on midrange and control decks. Grave Titan is also above the curve you were asking for, but it's worth mentioning because of how powerful it is.
The other thing to think about are the larger infect creatures, which are Phyrexian Crusader, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Phyrexian Juggernaut, and Phyrexian Vatmother. You lose the ability to win via normal damage and life loss, but you gain creatures that are really efficient for their mana cost.
Distended Mindbender and Abundant Maw are also reasonable when combined with things like Solemn Simulacrum. Speaking of Eldrazi, don't forget the plethora of colorless creatures that you can jam into your mono-black deck. That includes stuff like Wurmcoil Engine, Duplicant, Grid Monitor, Silent Arbiter, Scuttling Doom Engine, and Steel Hellkite.
2 months ago
3x Haunted Dead
4x Never / Return
This is my Zombie Sideboard. I'm not running any blue mana however.
If I were you, cut:
2 months ago
jarkaruus Either Vizier of Deferment or Eldrazi Displacer could work. I'm glad that Gonti worked out well for you. HE seems really fun to play. Distended Mindbender I Emerge through Gonti so that it gets casted for 3 instead of 7.
2 months ago
Yeah I was trying to think of something else. I'll let you know if I find anything. I definitely liked Hope of Ghirapur. It played much better than I was expecting. I also was thinking of switching Eldrazi Displacer for Vizier of Deferment. I like the flash on that card. Not sure. I'll let you know how that goes too. Gonti was great (stole a Glorybringer and killed them with it lol). Kambal seemed good. Didn't draw mindCensor or Distended Mindbender so no comments on those. One game I got flooded with all of the colorless lands and a plains, so that one didn't go well. The deck was fun though.
3 months ago
Hi vaperowned thanks for the upvote and for the tips :)
I do like Servant of the Conduits acceleration (i've used them in the previous versions of this deck) but in this version i wanted to have all quite small mana creatures (2-3 is the average casting cost..) except for gearhulks.. i don't know if i can continue to use them and accelerate gideons & gearhulks, but if i draw them only in late game... they will be dead cards. Anyway i know they are useful in the first turns, this week i can try use them (as 3 of maybe) in replace of something...
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is a side card i've always wanted but never find for trades.. and highly priced.. i agree with you that if not answered can win on its own..
I agree with you also for the question between Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Liliana, the Last Hope.. lily is there only because i own 2 copies and she has won some matches for me on its own... :D Never tried that Nissa, but i think she is strong only if you have at least constrictor and another creature and my meta is removal heavy... constrictor has no long life..! ..also she will be out with next standard rotation thats why i don't want to invest in her.. :)
I'm too a huge fan of Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and i always search to build decks that can fit him as a "standard confidant"!
...my sideboard change every time, i'm trying to adapt to my local meta, so i put in 1-2 copies of different cards to have always answers for the decks i see.. i know its not perfect.. in past i tried Distended Mindbender thanks to remember me.. maybe i can put in 2 copies in replace of Transgress the Minds (used only for shaeeli combo decks..)
3 months ago
Thanks for taking the time to look at the deck! Cryptbreaker actually seems to work well for card draw - you almost have to have him in your opening hand to get the engine going on turn two. I like the suggestion of replacing Distended Mindbender with Gisa and Geralf. I liked Distended Mindbender off of Advanced Stitchwing on turn four, especially because of the hand disruption. I'll also try cutting the Dismal Backwater and adding in two more copies of Diregraf Colossus since that can get crazy quickly. Anybody have good sideboard suggestions? I was thinking I need some unconditional removal - Fatal Push or Bone Splinters and disruption - Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek.