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Faith of the Devoted
Whenever you cycle or discard a card, you may pay . If you do, each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
Faith of the Devoted Discussion
4 months ago
4 months ago
Cut Tortured Existence , Faith of the Devoted , Relic Putrescence , Caress of Phyrexia , Liliana, Death Wielder , Contagion Clasp , Delirium Skeins , Livewire Lash , Liliana's Influence , Gilded Lotus
4 months ago
What about Faith of the Devoted ?
I would also recommend Amulet of Vigor if you have so many lands that come in tapped.
I like the deck though. Most cycling decks I see don't have green or red, let alone both. +1
5 months ago
Cool commander I never gave proper attention to! I'd love to make a deck like this some time, the self-mill of Innistrad was really cool to me and guides a lot of what's happening here. The zombie theme really focuses design and makes it fun (reanimator can get really complex and comboey or end up as just 'rez Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur turn 2'). I'd be really tempted to lean on the mill element you have with Lich Lord of Unx and add stuff like Undead Alchemist (milling makes more zombies!!!! :) ).
I'm of the opinion that once War of the Spark comes out every deck with Blue and Black NEEDS Ashiok, Dream Render as a matter of course. The mill effect is nice, maybe you knock out a combo piece but far and away the beauty is in shutting down TUTOR and being able to EXILE every opponent's grave FIVE TIMES (plus you've got bodies to protect her).
I'd say drop the Diregraf Ghoul , it's ok tempo but with no other function not enough to matter in Commander an unable to compete with some of the crazy things like Serra Ascendant people play. I never play anything on T1 except ramp pretty much, I recomend Wayfarer's Bauble as a better turn one (and two) and it's still solid later.
Ramp is important, you're going to have a solid board presence from zombies so Sword of the Animist is a fairly reliable source of lands, my Markov deck runs one as well as a Dowsing Dagger Flip. Drownyard Temple is one of my FAVORITE lands ever and perfectly fitted for this deck! It's rampcursion! Glad to see Crypt of Agadeem , it's so often overshadowed by Cabal Coffers/stronghold but damn it's cool and well suited here. Bontu's Monument will discount pretty much all your zombies and add lifedrain into the bargain.
It's hard for me to judge the necessity of card draw here with you being able to filter and use your grave for so much but if you do need more, with a supply of chumps like you have a Skullclamp would be an excellent contributor.
I think a little land destruction would be necessary, a Field of Ruin maybe to remove a Glacial Chasm or such, depends on what your playgroup is like. Ideally the Final Payment would be replaced with broader removal or exile like Anguished Unmaking or Unmake
A few counterspells are prudent being in blue Render Silent being a beautiful one, that being said some people don't enjoy playing counterspells and their playgroups don't merit them if there are no huge/infinite combos going off.
Archfield of Ifnir was a great add with the self-discard subtheme of Varina and I'd say Faith of the Devoted may be a good way to add some drain in at a decent mana rate Drake Haven is similar but probably straying too far from theme. With your capacity to chew through your own deck, depending on how long games end up going for you Laboratory Maniac may become reasonable but probably not.
Some of these suggestions may miss the mark or be obsolete in the scheme of the deck but I hope I helped, good luck with the deck!
10 months ago
@griffstick: While I was working on my Kruphix deck, I added 4 & cut 1:
Faith of the Devoted (Couldn't find a way to bypass Maralen's Downside, or find a way to gain life while bypassing Havoc Festival. Any suggestions for either?)
Any thoughts? Didn't think my meter would decrease in this case... But why nobody cares I dunno...
11 months ago
The discard triggers anything else that triggers on discards.
The ability replaces the normal discard action with a discard action that puts the card on the library instead of the graveyard.
11 months ago
wery Library of Leng is a definite good pick for building Varina. In this case it would turn cards like Drake Haven and Faith of the Devoted into somewhat of nonbo cards. Obviously, it gives the option, but I think Andy's thought with this deck is that we're totally fine with cards going to the yard, because there are plenty of ways to benefit from having things in the yard.
Faith of the Devoted occurrence in decks from the last year
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