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Fetid Heath Discussion
1 week ago
Daedalus19876 updates to the list:
Reveillark *HOW did I not have this
Altar of Dementia - sac outlet for the RevKarm combo
Are all added.
1 week ago
My apologies. I forgot to card-link that land-base list. Here:
1x Ancient Den
1x Fetid Heath
1x Mystic Gate
1x Port Town
1x Sunken Ruins
1x Tainted Isle
1x Watery Grave
1 week ago
Okay, let's do this! cracks knuckles I love the snarky tone of the description, btw :)
The stax elements of this deck seem strong, mostly. You're missing Winter Orb though. I would normally suggest Crackdown and Meekstone and Moat, but they interfere with Alesha :( Perhaps Smoke or Mudslide? I don't personally like Chalice of the Void in EDH, though, there's just too much variance in the mana cost of powerful cards. And since you're reanimating things anyway, might as well play Big Daddy Smokestack!
However, the land base seems...a little off. 29 mana-producing lands is REALLY really low, doubly so since you will have to pay some of your own "taxes". I know that the Karoo lands help a bit, but I still wouldn't trust this mana base without SIGNIFICANT testing. You might also find the Filterlands useful to mana fix (Rugged Prairie, Fetid Heath, Graven Cairns). I also never leave home without Reflecting Pool, City of Brass, Mana Confluence, etc. Basically, look at Lilbrudder's Leovold mana base and color-shift it XD
I'm actually not really a fan of Nahiri, the Harbinger in EDH. Is she just there for utility, or are you planning to use her ult? If the former is true, there are better ways to get card filtering. If the latter is true, what's your finisher?
That being said, planeswalkers can generally be really good in stax decks. You might get away with including some other walkers that play more into your gameplan, possibly Sorin Markov to reset lifetotals? :)
No Necropotence? :( I guess maybe the card is too much color commitment in tri-color.
If you're going to run Mox Opal with only 18 artifacts, I'd try and include the three on-color artifact lands as well.
False Prophet seems odd here, since you have the ability to reanimate creatures with relative ease.
Yes or no on Mox Diamond? Your land count is already low, but it's so good...
I hope that helps a bit! :) I'll leave more comments if I think of them, and happy deckbuilding!
2 weeks ago
I will be heading off to medical school this August and am looking to make some extra cash for this summer (I have to put down a hefty deposit as well as pay for travel as I look for a place to live).
I have decided to part out my modern Affinity deck, as well as my modern Eldrazi hate bears deck. All cards are in practically near mint condition and I am willing to ship/sell in the manner you prefer. I will list some of the money cards below (I try to beat tcgplayer lower with my prices and prices will be listed per each copy of the card).
Affinity PiecesBlinkmoth Nexus x4 ($2.50) Modern Masters 2015
Master of Etherium x1 ($2) Shards of Alara
Etched Champion x3 ($2) Modern Masters 2015
Leonin Arbiter x4 (1.50) Scars of Mirrodin
There are also numerous "4 of's" of bulk rares from each deck that I would be willing to sell cheap but I would need the sale to be worth the shipping. Caves of Koilos, Flickerwisp, Tidehollow Sculler, Wasteland Strangler, Memnite, Ornithopter, Signal Pest, Vault Skirge, Darksteel Citadel, Cranial Plating, Springleaf Drum, Galvanic Blast, Thoughtcast
Miscellaneous Exquisite Blood F korean $13 Innistrad
Waste Not F $5 M15
Amulet of Vigor $5 chinese worldwake
Price of Glory $2.50 Odyssey
Underworld Dreams F $3 M10
Spreading Plague $2 Invasion
1 month ago
Strangely enough here has been my encounters with opening masterpieces/expeditions.
Like 2 1/2 years ago when I still was fairly new to magic I had my brother buy me 2 BFZ packs as a gift during the holidays and the second one turned out to be a Windswept Heath. I regret later when I knew its value selling it for some cards such as a Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Omnath, Locus of Mana, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Spawnsire of Ulamog, etc, which turned out to be a bad idea as me and several other friends only played casually and never was at first aware of formats such as Edh,standard and modern. Later when we became aware of standard, and modern I couldn't in fact use some of these cards either because they weren't all that viable or legal. Now I only have kept the Praetor's and sold the rest.
Then during Oath of the Gatewatch, I attended a Fnm where we did something a bit different for a draft. We did a "whacky draft" where everyone would get 3 standard legal packs, back when DTK was still around. It was absurd what I opened, first BFZ pack was a Prairie Stream expedition, followed by a Fetid Heath in the Gatewatch pack! My third DTK pack still turned out to be an Atarka's Command too. I should have kept these maybe for commander, but I traded them for a bunch of standard stuff which nearly all of it has gone down in value. Wish I had these still for my Atraxa Edh deck that I now have.
Next I got a Sword of Feast and Famine at my third Kaladesh prerelease of a day and as well as two other mythics (Noxious Gearhulk and a Metallurgic Summonings)in my other packs, with that I rather easily went 4-0!
As you can see, all of these have not been from booster boxes. I bought my first box from Oath of the Gatewatch, and my second with aether revolt and so far I have had no luck with opening another, so it's not worth buying one just in the hopes of getting one of those at all. I still want my masterpiece Wurmcoil Engine however :(
1 month ago
Hi, Glad you liked my BG-take on smallpox I will report back how it actually plays when I've acquired all the cards for it. I was going to build a BW-smallpox deck just like you but I didn't have Bloodghast and Fetid Heath so I cut Smallpox and went for a deadguyale / BW tokens build.
To answer your question about Liliana of the Veil, it is a great card and really helps with the discard/control aspect. She works well with Dark Confidant in that she allows you to discard extra lands that you happen to draw and he makes sure you don't run out of gas. There are some match ups where she is really bad tho such as dredge.
I have a few questions regarding your deck.
You are running 6 lands that tap for colorless along with 3 Fetid Heath, how often do you get punished for this? Have you given Concealed Courtyard a thought, I also think more Shambling Vent might be better than Mutavault given that it taps for both colors and can help offset the lifeloss from Dark Confidant, the higher activation cost might be a problem tho. I think tron will increase after the release of Fatal Push so I think Ghost Quarter is more valuable than Mutavault if i had to keep one.
Leonin Arbiter + Ghost Quarter works well as to denying your opponent mana, but how does he work with Smallpox? The main reason I cut Smallpox in my bw deck was cause it would have caused me to sacrifice Dark Confidant for that reason it ended up as a dead card in my hand most of the time do you keep yourself from casting smallpox when Leonin Arbiter is in play? Can you pay the mana to search your library for a plains after you've sacrificed your Flagstones of Trokair? How has Path to Exile worked out for you? It ramps the opponent if you don't have Leonin Arbiter in play, has that been a problem?
Have you been satisfied with deathcloud? I've tried it in bg smallpox but more often than not it turned out to be a Smallpox for 4 mana, it might work better in bw since you can keep more lands in play due to Flagstones of Trokair.
How has Sword of Feast and Famine I am running the bw sword in my list for some lifegain and recursion I've been thinking about switching it out for the BG-one tho. The protection seems more relevant and the extra mana would be usefull to cast all the cards you get with Dark Confidant.
I don't really know that match ups you're having problems with but two cards that might be good against burn are Peace of Mind and more copies of Collective Brutality every mode is relevant in that match up.
Myth Realized is another card that I think can be good in a BW pox as it can get huge and you don't have to sacrifice it. Mana Tithe might be a good card since you're running so much mana denial. Spirit of the Labyrinth and Geier Reach Sanitarium is another sweet combo in bw-discard oriented decks as you can make your opponent loot in their upkeep to prevent them from drawing any cards, might just be to sweet tho.
1 month ago
Always loved the thought, and your deck has an interesting take. There a couple things I am curious about the deck, and I'll make some suggestions and see if you like them.
So you play Mutavault and Ghost Quarter which equals a total of 6 colorless lands. Your deck is black intensive so I'd recommend some more swamps, or possibly Isolated Chapel. In all honesty how has Mutavault played for you? I think I get the reasoning, but have you worried about not having your colors? Also, why do you play 24 lands? Since you play Flagstones of Trokair you don't need to worry about losing too many lands. I play 21 with 6 fetches in mine and I have yet to truly worry about not having enough lands. I will admit there has been a time or two I've held back a Smallpox because I didn't have lands, but that is a rare occasion. I see you are avoiding fetches because you play Leonin Arbiter, but why not try just a playset of Marsh Flats? It helps you get your colors faster, and unless you go for Leonin Arbiter as your turn two play every time you have a little time. They also help thin the deck, and turn on Fatal Push, granted with the deck you play you're probably not having problems with turning it on.
I'm not a big fan of Death Cloud. Granted it can absolutely reset the board, but has that been worth it? How has it played for you? I see it as a potential backfire, or you'll hold it in your hand (possible "wasted" card) because you don't want to cast it. The 3 Inquisition of Kozileks and 2 Thoughtseize seem weird to me. Usually someone will play 4 of one and then add the other. Since you play Kitchen Finks mainboard I'd recommend going 4 Thoughtseize and then add however many Inquisition of Kozileks that you have room for.
Unless it is a budget decision, I'd GREATLY recommend Liliana of the Veil. If you keep Death Cloud you can destroy the board and keep ticking her up to control the board in the slow recovery afterwards. Also, turn three she can destroy a troublesome creature, or just keep discarding while you discard Bloodghast.
Have you considered Waste Not? Possibly a card that gives you strong benefits for doing what you already want to do. Also, if you play Smallpox or Death Cloud you don't need to worry about the zombies it would create if your opponent discards a creature spell, because those cards will FULLY resolve, then the token will go on the battlefield.
I actually don't really care for Sword of Feast and Famine. I understand it is a discard out, plus the untapping of your lands, but the turn to cast it, plus the equip, means you are holding back control cards to play it. With the amount of disruption you play I don't see you needing something to boost your creatures.
Here are some suggestions I'll make. Remember that I'm making these without knowing your opinion on some of these, and I'll make any adjustments after you reply back.
24 lands seems like a lot. I would recommend going down to 22 and making these changes,
This leaves two more card slots to be used
That sixth card could be another Inquisition of Kozilek, Liliana of the Veil, you could try a Surgical Extraction or Extirpate mainboard to hit any particularly annoying cards you opponent may have, or maybe you just don't take out one Lingering Souls. Also, you could playtest the Waste Not here.
I don't particularly like Orzhov Persecution. I see you using it more as a boardwipe more than the +1/+1 for your creatures as you'll be consistently destroying yours (in general). I would replace them with Extirpates or Surgical Extraction. That way you can hit problematic cards and take all of them out of the deck. You pllay land destruction, but hitting a tron player's land and then removing all of them is an amazing feeling.
Last thing of note
In my deck solely relying on Dark Confidant was not good enough card draw. Granted, you have A LOT more ways to slow your opponent down/be preventative than I do, but if card draw is limited I would recommend trying Asylum Visitor as you can use the madness cost with Smallpox or Liliana of the Veil if you decide to put it in. Possibly also Altar's Reap. I am trying this as my deck has more creatures that can be brought back, but you also play Lingering Souls so one token for two cards could be beneficial.
Definitely let me know if there are cards that have seriously worked for you that I recommended taking out. Let me know how your playtests have gone so far, so maybe I can make other possible suggestions if there is a deck that you just can't get around. Very curious about your opinions on some of these suggestions, plus your experience with Mutavault, Ghost Quarter with Leonin Arbiter, Sword of Feast and Famine, and Death Cloud.
Overall, like the deck man.
1 month ago
That's pretty cool, quick game!
I've killed turn 2 a few times, couple different ways it gets there but Plateau + Steelshaper's Gift for Lightning Greaves. Chrome Mox exiled Mortify used that for Sol Ring and played Lightning Greaves. Turn 2 Fetid Heath, used the Chrome Mox to get wb from Fetid Heath, r from Plateau and 1 from Sol Ring, cast Kaalia of the Vast and then equip Lightning Greaves and drop Master of Cruelties
I tried to make Kaalia of the Vast turn 1, but figured I'd need Simian Spirit Guide and Dark Ritual which are dead draws later in the game so opted not to have a turn 1 scenario. One of the guys I play with has a turn 0 (your turn) Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge combo, really sucks, but needs like 5 or 6 specific cards in draw.