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Whenever you cycle or discard a card, Flameblade Adept gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
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Flameblade Adept Discussion
2 weeks ago
If you have problems with creatures, you can use cards with "bloodrush" as combat tricks, the chief being Viashino Shanktail which can lead to blow outs thanks to Flameblade Adept, or Hollow One being able to murder Wurmcoil Engine. (Rubblebelt Maaka, Scorchwalker are also worth consideration, and if you splash gree you get acess to Ghor-Clan Rampager.
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
Grafdigger's Cage is good, especially because it is playable against any Snapcaster Mage deck in addition to Hollow One. My own snaps prevent me from playing it. Although in all honesty I could probably play it anyway. Things to think about.
Anger of the Gods is great against Humans too, which is another problem deck for me. And Dredge, if anyone plays that anymore.
Leyline of the Void is the real deal against Hollow One. If I can turn 0 Leyline, basically their only way to win is to drop turn 1 Flameblade Adept followed by Hollow One into a few big swings. I have to keep any hand with Leyline and 1 land, so they can catch me with my pants around my ankles if I don't have a Lightning Bolt. But odds are pretty good I have a Lightning Bolt or Fatal Push. Unfortunately, Leyline of the Void is expensive right now, so I don't have any yet.
Eldrazi decks and Hollow One are my biggest problems. Cavern of Souls is the biggest problem out of Eldrazi decks. If not for that, I could Ceremonious Rejection them into oblivion. But alas, I can only do that sometimes.
1 month ago
Xica Thanks for all of your insight. I saw a mild synergy between Bomat Courier and One with Nothing as a way of discarding 2-3 cards and then "drawing" 2-4 cards. This a feeble attempt at budgeting Goblin Lore.
To your point about Street Wraith, it seems to have taken a steep drop with the A25 reprinting. I have added it to the deck list in place of One with Nothing.
Abrade is a great suggestion!
Not sure what you mean about Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip?? When creatures get hit with removal Flameblade Adept or if I sac Bomat Courier, Lili Flip flips and I can re-animate them. I do like the synergies with Jaya Ballard, Task Mage. I might swap Lili for Jaya or even split them 1/1.
Would Relic be better than Ratchet Bomb?
1 month ago
Don't wanna be rude but what is the reason behind the mainboard One with Nothing? is the local meta overrun with Ebony Owl Netsuke/Runeflare Trap meme decks?
If the reason is the price of Street Wraith, you can try Edge of Autumn, or even Faerie Macabre which can be a really good maindeck card to pick up some percentage point against Snapcaster Mage, Lingering Souls & all sorts of graveyard based decks in general.
Both Faithless Looting & Cathartic Reunion live or die by the free cycling/discard effects, as they are badly NEEDED to make any of the decks hallmark explosive multiple Hollow One plays.
And if you can't find a green source Ancient Grudge, Abrade seems to be a strictly better spell. As the second mode is very relevant, it can mean a 2nd playset of removal to slow down storm, or it can be useful in the mirror, or against humans, merfolk, death & taxes, even if they didn't get to their vials.
Ratchet Bomb can only do its Engineered Explosives impression if you have removal to survive long enough, which tends to require being a control deck. Thus its mainly run in decks like skred, that don't play a second color, and can defend themselves long enough to be able to effectively utilize it.
Bomat Courier is a pretty problematic card, it gets stonewalled by anything, and Hollow One decks simpyl don't have the board presence early game to force the opponent to choose between blocking them, or some stronger creature, and once your opponent realize the combo with One with Nothing, those cards will be exiled after any removal spell, thus all those fine Bloodghasts & Flamewake Phoenixes will go to waste.
(and you have no way to turn on Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip, which is a great problem if you want to use her, even cards like Jaya Ballard, Task Mage would do more good... (and she is a large liablity in the current removal heavy meta), maybe use something like Infernal Tutor in her place, that card seems to be good in grindy mathcups, it allows you to find second pieces of cards, and the deck lives by doubling up on Hollow One or Flameblade Adept - or it can find the answer you must find, if you get empty handed in grindy game)
1 month ago
First off welcome back. Your deck is close to two established archetypes 8 Rack and Hollow One. 8 Rack uses The Rack and Shrieking Affliction to dish out the pain along with a discard suite including Inquisition of Kozilek, Raven's Crime, Smallpox and Wrench Mind but rarely Dark Deal or Mind Rot as they are too slow for the format. The second deck I mentioned uses Hollow One and Flameblade Adept with Bloodghast and Flamewake Phoenix to take maximum advantage of your discards, for simplicities sake I'll link my Zombie Hollow one deck here and you can have a look.
As to particular suggestions, well first cut the previously mentioned Dark Deal and Mind Rot, in those five slots add 4x Wrench Mind and 1x Burning Inquiry, though you could have 4x Smallpox if you prefer. I'd also suggest you cut the 2x Incendiary Command and add one extra of Inquisition of Kozilek and Faithless Looting, or instead you could experiment with 2x Wheel of Fate or 2x Reforge the Soul. Lastly Underworld Dreams would almost always be better as another Liliana's Caress or Waste Not.
I hope this is of some help and have fun brewing your deck.
1 month ago
I also brewed up a mono red version.
Its slower, but a lot more grindy, with more diverse threats. One of my goals was to change the deck in such a way that grave hate would not really hinder it, and the opportunity cost of playing such cards would mean that they harm more my opponent than me (think something like playing gravehate against snapcaster mage).
Imho your deck seems dangerously close to "dredge with Hollow One & Flameblade Adept" i say dangerously, because its pretty hard to out-dredge dredge. In you postion i would play some cards to protect my grave (like Cranial Archive), and some hate against decks that can be reliably faster than you, like storm, various griselbrand reanimator strategies, infect and the like.
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May i ask about your opinion regarding my brew?