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Flaying Tendrils Discussion
17 hours ago
What do you have Disfigure for that Fatal Push couldn't handle?
Drown in Sorrow is also fairly weak. Flaying Tendrils is a better answer against Bloodghasts and -1/-1 combo creatures.
As for the mainboard, I think at least one Shambling Vent would be helpful to mitigate the lifeloss from Bob, fetches/shocks, Thoughtseize, and Surgical Extraction, and you're oddly lacking in manlands for a 3-color midrange deck.
Deck looks solid overall, I'm just being pedantic really.
1 week ago
And can i ask you why do you not play Victim of the night in a monoblack?
1 week ago
jonmaior I see. Thanks for sharing the context behind your thoughts. I'm on the fence about it. The Serum Visions build is by no means bad, as it makes the Snapcaster Mages better and digs for relevant cards.
I'm giving him a shot because I like the theory behind it. While your findings prove a point, it's a really small sample size versus an aggressive rogue deck. Dark Confidant isn't meant to improve my linear aggro matchup per se, it's meant to act as a lightning rod or punishing decks that skimps on removal - Tron, Devoted Company, Storm, Dredge etc. Against these tiered decks critical mass of cards is the key to get a grip on the game.
I play tested multiple matches versus Merfolk last week, and went so far ahead each time I drew Confidant. I never ran out of removal, had souls for days and accelerated hard with Esper Charm. In matchups where he's bad, like the one you tested, I'd side him out for more relevant cards. Game one you'll have to swing each turn hoping hit removal / trade, or leave him to block. Game two;
Against Delver I could se myself bringing in Batterskull, Blessed Alliance, Detention Sphere, Runed Halo, Supreme Verdict and Vendilion Clique.
That being said I've been comparing Confidant in my list with a typical Jund build, and I do see I lack some md life gain. Especially the two Supreme Verdict seems a bit awkward. For it to work optimally I think the Confidant build needs to be tuned. For example I think the sweepers can be shifted to the side, swapping them for Blessed Alliance. Or I could test Flaying Tendrils mainboard instead of the Verdicts.
These are my thoughts. I was impressed enough last week to keep testing it.
1 week ago
Greetings! I love mono-B and yours seems pretty solid for a budget brew.
I don't know your meta, but i suggest you to consider some boardwipe like Mutilate, Flaying Tendrils and Yahenni's Expertise to face those decks (like Token or Affinity) which aren't very affected by your spot removal. Personally, I run 1 wipe in the main and 1-2 in the sideboard.
Talking about sideboard, i see where you're going and (but it's only my thought) i would use it to adapt your already existing deck to some specific matchup, instead of changing it completely. Here's mine, if you want to take a look :)
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1 week ago
Regarding lands I'd say you should either cut three other cards for three more swamps, or cut Nykthos and another card to play two more swamps. You really want to have 23-24 playable lands in the deck.
Another thing to add, since I don't know what your current sideboard is, some great budget choices are Mutilate, Flaying Tendrils, Nihil Spellbomb, Extirpate, Geth's Verdict, Ratchet Bomb, Tormod's Crypt, Hero's Downfall, Pithing Needle, Necrogen Mists, Distress, Memoricide, and Lost Legacy.
If you are looking for any more help, I made a whole primer on playing decks like this
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2 weeks ago
Here's what goes through my mind when considering Erebos's Titan in your list.. 1) It's first ability is extremely conditional, and therefore unreliable. (Not to mention opposing Dismembers are a thing).. 2) You have no way to trigger it's second ability at all..
So while Lashwrithe doesn't add Devotion, it does stick around and grow bigger & bigger.. A Godsend(lol) when you're in "top deck mode", and you draw a small creature; even better when it's a Deathtouch/Lifelink..
You actually make a good observation about Flaying Tendrils.. In that case you should keep the pair in your sideboard.. (Myself, I ran a mainboard Mutilate and a Damnation in the side).. However Protection doesn't apply to most Boardwipes in general, because they don't Block, Target, Damage, or Enchant.. (example: A Mirran Crusader can be taken out by a Drown in Sorrow)..
Faerie Macabre confused me at first too.. You see, this card can technically go into any deck, (I actually run this in Modern & Legacy colorless Eldrazi) because you never actually Cast it! It just chills in your hand until a Snapcaster Mage comes down & targets a spell, or they try to turn-1 reanimate a Griselbrand, or something else scary out of their Graveyard (even yours!).. You then say: "While that is on the Stack, I'll respond with discarding Faerie Macabre to exile X & Y.." Super sneaky & cutthroat as hell, but I will concede that it is strictly worse against Living End. But such is life, and why you want to build a varied sideboard..
Here's a link to my old list: Devoted to Obliteration.. (Note: I haven't updated the Primer in forever)..
2 weeks ago
First thing: thank you, really, that wall of text is what i was looking for in this weeks of deckcicling.Talking about the deck, is Lashwrithe strictly better than more Erebos's Titan in my deck? It doesn't count for devotion (am i wong?) And i can't abuse it as an equip without Obliterator's trample. Well, i still have my vampires after all... I suppose that, in the end, you're right about Flaying Tendrils, but I still like it for some reasons: it removes what it kills (so no more Kitchen Finks, Voice of Resurgence, Relentless Dead, ecc); it does not kill the majority of my creatures; it has devoid, so it is not affected by Protection from Black (it's not so much, but it is still something).
Coming to the side, i was thinking too to Pithing Needle, Ratchet Bomb and Go for the Throat (maybe Geth's Verdict if Boggle gains popularity), but i am perplexed about Faerie Macabre and how can it be better than Nihil Spellbomb which make me remove the entire graveyard and draw a card for one mana less. Is it because of the body, meaning that it can attack and provide devotion?
2 weeks ago
Because because of the color-greediness of the spells this deck runs, and the fact you're not running any 6+CMC or X-cost spells, means that Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx really doesn't have a place here.. I'd just replace it with another Swamp..
Necrogen Mists.. I've never played with it, but to just randomly use it as a "budget LotV" just seems bad.. You're not building specifically around this kind of effect, so I would cut them for a 4th copy of Gifted Aetherborn and something else.. Have you ever considered Wrench Mind?
A general rule of thumb in Magic: anything that gives your opponent choices is bad; therefore Desecration Demon is a lot worse than it looks at first..
Also Erebos's Titan seems cute, but I think you should really take another look at Lashwrithe. Not only is it a body that scales with the game, but it hangs around and turns your creatures into huge game-enders for "free"! I would run AT LEAST 2x, if not more..
Finally for your consideration are the other two main Delve creatures: Gurmag Angler and Tombstalker.. The former actually has a home in Legacy Grixis Delver lists, however I recommend the Demon due to this being Mono-Black..
For your sideboard: As a Mono-Black deck, your options are limited.. That being said, you need 3-4x Pithing Needles and 3-4x Ratchet Bombs for things that tends to have a hard time with.. Faerie Macabre also makes for some effective budget-friendly graveyard-hate that catches people off guard, and is effectively un-counterable (the sole exception in the format being Disallow)..
Sorry for the big wall of text & suggestions.. Mono-Black Midrange/Devotion has a special place in my heart, as it is the deck that I really used to learn the Modern format & MtG in general.. I love my Obliterators though..