Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
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Drowned Catacomb Discussion
1 week ago
Cultivate and Kodama's Reach should be automatic for a deck like this to help ramp. Others like Farseek aren't bad either. Consider playing these in place of your creatures that tap for mana as an easy swapping point.
I'd consider ditching some of the cards like Blue Sun's Zenith since your commander already can do a lot of drawing for you. Also, his abilities will make cards like Brainstorm less effective late game because you're betting off playing as much of your hand as you can and restocking on your next turn.
I agree with the other comment that you probably need to increase land count - also, from my experiences, cards like Dimir Aqueduct seem great, but really put you behind in your land drops / curve without some of the other effects and are all the more punishing if someone in you group can take them out. Consider cards like Drowned Catacomb, Temple of Deceit, and Temple of Mystery as low-cost improvements to your lands that enter tapped. Also think about Temple of the False God since you will likely be able to keep land drops up once you get commander on-line. Sunken Hollow, Overgrown Tomb, Watery Grave, and Breeding Pool are high end improvements if you add mana ramp via fetch spells mentioned above.
I would say that you may also want to pick some mechanic or effect and better align your deck behind it. It looks like you've got some graveyard recursion, some control (steal, destroy, etc.), some token generation, some counter, some sacrifice, etc. I guess by that I mean it'd be unclear to me what your end game is, and I think you'll find the deck may play very inconsistently unless you're lucky at finding the one or two right things you need at the right time.
I will say with Damia as a commander, cards like Loaming Shaman or Time Reversal can be great to have for reloading your library if you can structure the deck such that you're firing off a fair chunk of your hand each turn and maximizing your commander's utility.
There are certainly cards in here that might be way too costly / out of place without ways to reliably cheat them in to play or have stronger mana ramp. Examples would be Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Rise of the Dark Realms (not enough mill opponent effect to ensure this one pays out), In Garruk's Wake (comes in to play way too late, doesn't gain you much if anyone else can return the wipe), Void Winnower (this will just eat someone's hate, likely someone will have a response by the time you get it out), and Time Stretch. Alternatively, if you want to keep these in, consider cards like Tooth and Nail to reliably punch out those winning combinations of creatures. For the other ones, when I am looking at that kind of costing I usually have an Omniscience to offset the punishing costs of those high-end spells
Other cards that maybe seem out of place to me: Lazav, Dimir Mastermind (not enough mill) and Silumgar, the Drifting Death (not enough dragons to make him shine, a 3/7 body otherwise isn't the most impressive for that CMC). Something like Wrexial, the Risen Deep might provide more utility and has some evasion.
All that said, this is just one person's opinion and overall I think you have a deck that would be fun to play. Hope you can find something in all of this that makes it better, but feel free to totally disregard it as well. Good luck and happy hunting!
1 week ago
Cruel Ultimatum is a terrific card, but fits more into a control shell than a tempo deck such as this. This deck wants a playset of Polluted Delta, and probably done mix of Bloodstained Mire/Scalding Tarn. Crumbling Necropolis, Smoldering Marsh, Sunken Hollow and Temple of Deceit seem like cuts-- you don't want your lands coming into play tapped. Classic shocks like Watery Grave and Steam Vents would be more appropriate in a deck like this. A couple of check lands such as Drowned Catacomb and Sulfur Falls would be ok since you're likely going to hit one of the appropriate basics. You also might consider adding cheap spells like Forked Bolt and Lightning Bolt to clear blockers and activate Prowess. Finally, you might want to cut some of the more expensive spells, as well as a couple lands, and then add some cheap cantrips--again, to fuel Prowess and flip Delver of Secrets Flip.
1 week ago
This deck is great except for the mana base. It's always a mistake to run a bunch of check lands when fewer than half of your lands actually meet the check criteria. Shown below is what I think would be a solid start towards making the mana base for this deck consistently functional:
Even though it's only three land, this change should significantly reduce your chances of being required to play a land tapped (which could put you at a huge disadvantage in certain circumstances), while also slightly improving mana-fixing, and adjusting the mana ratio to be more in line with the needs of the deck. It also sets you up for fetches if you ever want to spend stupid amounts of money to make a truly infallible mana base.
1 week ago
Removal and counterspells over the Vampire Nighthawk and if you wanna deck thin to get to the thing, then Manamorphose, Street Wraith, or Mishra's Bauble could work for deck thinning. Also Watery Grave or Underground River or Darkslick Shores for lands. Drowned Catacomb works with the basics and fetches you have now, and the shock (which you can fetch for): Watery Grave, but it doesn't work with the others
1 week ago
you might also really like Nether Traitor since it works really well with Prized Amalgam and they are good in multiples. Skaab Ruinator would also probably work really well in this deck if you're looking for a big beat-stick.
2 weeks ago
I haven't assembled the physical deck yet and only did sample hands. But you are right, I have no lifegain for the loss,so I removed two Polluted Delta and Watery Grave for Darkslick Shores and Drowned Catacomb.
I also put an extra Jace, Unraveller of secrets and removed one Ob Nixilis Reignited. I think I need one Nixillis for harder removal later on. Also, with Spellskite and Gitaxian Probe I can control the lifeloss a little better, but i should consider some for of lifegain.
2 weeks ago
You seem to be playing Mill here and you could really use some milling staples like Mind Grind, Mind Funeral, Thought Scour, Breaking and Traumatize. You don't need to put all of them here but at least have some of them. For the mana base, try replacing Dismal Backwater with Drowned Catacomb and try putting a couple of Watery Grave if you can. :D
3 weeks ago
2 Sword of the Meek
3 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip
2 Muddle the Mixture
3 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
3 Kolaghan's Command
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Murderous Cut
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Ancestral Vision
2 Mana Leak
3 Polluted Delta
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Watery Grave
1 Blood Crypt
1 Drowned Catacomb
2 Steam Vents
1 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Sulfur Falls
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Academy Ruins
1 Buried Ruin
1 Serum Visions
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