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Embalmer's Tools Discussion
2 days ago
Thanks! I do enjoy piloting reanimator decks. Mardu is my competitive version currently but esper is quite powerful. I put this together orginally to showcase reanimator synergy with Fabricate. That is now being reworked because fabricate colors are Green, White, Black which lack a discard mechanic outside of gate.
With regard to gearhulks. I build this to minimize the downside of G-PG (make creatures 4/4) Noxious is always good (i run him side)it loses 1 power to scarab and gift. cataclysmic can be useful depending on the matchup and loses 1 toughness. torrential is definitely problematic as long as you find interesting things to flash back, it loses 1 power 2 toughness. This was why i had smaller creatures with cool abilities. The big plus is that you can run Refurbish.
Examples of interesting instants to flashback that are NOT staples...
Time to Reflect. Consign / Oblivion. Failure / Comply. Siren's Ruse. Acrobatic Maneuver. Disappearing Act. Essence Extraction. Farm / Market. Ritual of Rejuvenation. Start / Finish. Tragic Lesson. Pull from Tomorrow. Failed Inspection. Insidious Will... i could keep going but you can see how esper can make things interesting. Nox in play, acrobatic maneuver on nox, draw, reanimate torrential, flashback acrobatic maneuever on nox again, draw a card = lols? These are all instants to make use of torrential. Go nuts!
Just remember you can always board into 1 of 3 different modes. Mode 1... creatures (like the deck i have built). Mode 2... control (like the deck you are intending to make) and finally mode 3... mill with The Scarab God+ Fraying Sanity+ Fleet Swallower+ Embalmer's Tools ...reanimated creatures are zombies. Could be interesting! Hope my passion for reanimator has been insightful lol. Like i said before i enjoy piloting these decks.Esper is very versatile.
5 days ago
Hey thanks for the feedback!
I really like Laquatus's Creativity and Whispering Madness since they're like a Forgotten Creation that I don't have to wait for the effect to trigger on, plus the cipher option on Whispering Madness is nice for the flexibility.
I initially had Deep Analysis and Sever the Bloodline in my first draft of this list but ended up cutting them for other cards. I still really want to include Sever the Bloodline as it is pretty decent removal and the flashback option is great, but I'm not sure what I would cut at the moment. I don't know how I missed Cackling Counterpart when building this, I'll have to figure out what I'm dropping but I definitely want to add him in so thanks for that suggestion.
I'm not too keen on Greenwarden of Murasa due to his CMC and the fact that he's $1.00 at the moment. I would definitely include him if it brought them to the battlefield instead of my hand, is there anything like him that does that I'm not already running?
Bitter Revelation and Mental Note seem a bit underwhelming to me, I feel like it's kinda like a less impactful Tracker's Instincts/Commune with the Gods/Forbidden Alchemy/Grisly Salvage but having a few more similar options might be good. I'll have to play the deck a few times and get a feel before I decide on that.
I 100% agree on Chronic Flooding, I like that it's more controlled and you don't have to worry about it decking you too much, gonna swap those out for each other.
Embalmer's Tools was another card I had in the first draft of this list that I ended up cutting, it's another card I definitely want to include but am not sure what to cut, probably going to end up dropping Blossoming Wreath as you suggested earlier as I agree that it's not that impactful/worth taking up a slot so I might put it in to replace that.
Fact or Fiction and Epiphany at the Drownyard are both great cards, just need to make room for them, probably going to drop Feldon's Cane since I wont be as worried about decking myself without Curse of the Bloody Tome to make room for one of these.
Extractor Demon is already in the list haha, but yeah very good.
I'm liking Gather the Pack probably going to drop something like Wreath of Geists because I feel like there's already enough options for +x/+x per creature in graveyard in the deck already but we'll see.
Thanks again for the feedback.
5 days ago
Greenwarden of Murasa could be good, maybe over crop sigil
Mental Note could be clever
Chronic Flooding seems better than the curse of the bloody tome
The new explore creatures form Ixalan could be good as well
Embalmer's Tools could be a clever way to mill yourself to hit creatures and create an army
Extractor Demon seems good
Gather the Pack seems cool
Possibily cut feldon's cane, with elixir of immortality you have alot of inevibility
maybe blossoming wreath as well, gnaw to the bone does more work and having spells just gain you life aren't worth it a lot of the times IMO
I haven't had good expirences with temple of the false good, maybe cut for Rogue's Passage for a go tall creature?
This is a really sweet deck! Very budget and looks like it plays out in fun and unique ways each game. I really like tinkering with budget decks, as you can probably guess, and I am currently working of a couple of my own. If you have the chance maybe check them out? Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!! is my newest. Thanks and keep building budget brews!
1 week ago
Is it really worth splashing black and going four colours for The Scarab God? I'd add Strategic Planning because it helps grab vital cards (especially if your in four colours) and dumps any leftovers into your grave where you can embalm/eternalize them. I'm not sure what Vizier of Many Faces is meant to copy since everything else in the deck is either legendary or not really worth copying for four mana. Vizier of the Anointed and Embalmer's Tools could be quite useful in this sort of deck and i'd look at adding in some curve toppers like Glyph Keeper or Angel of Sanctions to fetch and ramp into. (You could probably remove green as well which would make the deck cheaper and more consistent.)
1 month ago
Some card that might be worth considering:
Tidehollow Sculler because it is a modern staple.
Stillmoon Cavalier even thought it's pretty pricey, it dodges a lot of modern removal.
Embalmer's Tools makes graveyard abilities more amusing.
Necromancer's Covenant, because it gives you zombies, pumps up all your zombies, and hates on graveyard, or cashes in on all the creatures you haven't embalmed.
Corpse Connoisseur can get creatures for you to embalm/eternalize/unearth.
I don't know. I'm just brainstorming.
2 months ago
I like this deck a lot, it looks like a ton of fun to play.
My main suggestions would be to cut some of the higher mana cost spells and add some mana acceleration like land searching effects or mana rocks.
I see that you already run some tutors to put things into your graveyard, but it might be nice to add some tutors that put cards in your hand. I know this is a budget list so I'd suggest Dark Petition and Beseech the Queen. Demonic Collusion is also good because the buyback allows you to discard cards to reanimate.
2 months ago
OK then, here's another one. Liliana, Death's Majesty is great for even more zombies. If you are willing to spend this much that is. A normal Liliana is around 17 or about $21. You could try these cards as well. Doomed Dissenter Oketra's Monument There are also many cards with an ability with eternalize- bring it back from your graveyard for six mana as a four four. They are zombies in addition to their other types. Embalm is kinda the same, too. If you do add either of these, add Embalmer's Tools as well.