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Gifted Aetherborn Discussion
10 hours ago
Really not a fan of Resourceful Return when you have this few artifacts.
I also think you should cut a bit down an the sheer volume of your lategame combo. With this many pieces it could easily end up clogging up your game-plan early on, leading to a loss before you get properly set up.
1 day ago
It's worth noting that Moment of Craving will not count as "damage" to a creature; rather, it's a static effect. Also, you should be aware that Sengir Vampire and Raise Dead aren't in Standard right now. I don't really have any suggestions for you to replace Gifted Aetherborn ; it's a really good card, and probably would be even at a three-drop slot. Arvad the Cursed is the closest creature in Standard right now and he's a much more expensive legendary (five mana).
1 day ago
I plan on using this deck mainly for casual play, but I'd like to keep it standard legal for the most part in case I ever want to play at a store. I'll see if I can't get rid of the illegal cards. I don't know if I have the heart to get rid of Gifted Aetherborn , though. It's just too good.
Anyway, thanks a lot for the suggestions. I think Conclave Tribunal might be a great replacement for Return to Dust . Do you recommend that I replace Murder with Cast Down ? The latter is cheaper, but less versatile. It'd suck if my opponent had a nasty legendary that I couldn't kill. I was also told by a friend that Raise Dead is a pretty bad graveyard retrieval card. What do you think? I think it's great considering how cheap it is to cast. On that note, he also spoke poorly of Moment of Craving . I think it'd have great synergy with Sengir Vampire . It's also the closest thing I have to a charge effect at the moment and is quite thematic.
3 days ago
It's a nice concept, but IMHO you need to drop some of the nasties in favor of more early drops. You don't need so many nasties, as by the time you can cast them, you'll have had several turns to find them. This is a good article on the subject of mana curves. - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/beyond-basics/how-build-mana-curve-2017-05-18 - It goes beyond the usual advice to cover not just costs but when you'll actually be wanting to cast each item. Even after reducing your big mana cost cards, you'll need a lot more ramp. Avoid the trap of just stuffing in great bombs you want to put on the battlefield. In a given game, you won't see most of your deck anyway.
As to actual cards, I like
a lot. It's like
's big brother. Great value.
Cards like Typhoid Rats and Pestilent Kathari can plug up the battlefield a bit while you work on getting out a finisher or two.
2 weeks ago
Budget doesn't need to be bad and some of your card choices here are just bad, particularly Insatiable Harpy, which should be Vampire Nighthawk or Gifted Aetherborn. Squelching Leeches is also marginal, Dread Shade, Desecration Demon or even Korlash, Heir to Blackblade would be better choices. Given the number of creatures you are running Throne of the God-Pharaoh might work, also since you are mono black Mire's Toll and Soot Imp might be worth a shot. I occasionally run a devotion deck Sweet (black) devotion, which might give you some ideas, though it definately isn't budget.
If you simply want to build a lifegain/drain deck, I'd look at cards like Sovereign's Bite, Alms of the Vein, Rite of Consumption and maybe Chancellor of the Dross. Also have a look at Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox, this is a list of the major black cards for modern. I hope this is of some help, good luck with your brew.
3 weeks ago
Im a big fan of mono-b lists, I really like alot of your inclusions especially the amazingly powerful value creatures like Gifted Aetherborn and Vampire Nighthawk. I was skeptical as to how a bogles player could lose to this list since it is alot faster and can completely negate your creatures from blocking their bogles (as well as cards like Daybreak Coronet with Gryff's Boon that will give them the ability to attack AND block your fliers), but then i saw it was u/w bogles and that list is almost certainly inferior to the g/w version. Some cards to consider:
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx IMO anytime you're playing a mono color deck, this is a card to strongly consider simply because of how powerful it can be and is almost always worth the downside of not having access to a specific color in the early turns.
Geralf's Messenger - This guy is fantastic because he sticks around after death, and does some damage on entry. Very solid card for mono-b and high value.
Phyrexian Obliterator - Flying is great and all, but having trample AND the opponent being discouraged from doing any blocking or direct damage spells to remove it can be alot better. Plus he will fuel your Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in a big way.
Bone Picker - since this is modern and creatures will always die/get removed, this card is essentially a 1-drop 3/2 flier which is fantastic value. Plus if you add Geralf's Messenger and the next card im going to suggest, we have creatures that can die that will just come back from the graveyard!
Gravecrawler - Even with just running 2 other cards that are zombies, its another 1 drop that can come back over and over and thats just pure value.
Fatal Push - Purely incredible removal, something this deck can surely use over card draw IMO
Bloodghast - This card is a staple in aggressive mono-b lists and speaks for itself why it would be useful!
Victim of Night - another low mana cost removal spell that might be worth running
Overall my advice would be to try to lower our curve a bit with some more 1 drops, and consider adding more cards that can either be played cheaply with immediate effects when played, or cards that are resistant to removal by always being able to come back, and to add more removal for our opponents threats. Pack Rat is a fantastic card, but can be slow for an aggro deck compared to cheaper cards that come back from the graveyard for less mana instead of making copies of a card for 3 mana that also requires discard.
+1! Good luck!
4 weeks ago
Im a big fan of golgari decks in modern - Especially because once your creatures hit the board, control decks are going to have a hard time removing your threats cleanly and that may allow you to outvalue their answers. I like the idea you have, but what worries me is the curve, and that we are going to lack consistency with our draws considering how many 1 and 2ofs this deck runs. For example, we dont run any artifacts so Glissa, the Traitor may be better off being removed in favor of possibly 2 more Geralf's Messenger. Skirsdag High Priest seems difficult to use and slow, so we can probably just use 2 more Scavenging Ooze or Strangleroot Geist instead. The creatures on the higher end of the curve should be replaced with more one drops for our curve, you can think of Dread Wanderer or even Gravecrawler if we add more zombie synergy. Putrefy can be replaced with Assassin's Trophy or Abrupt Decay for a pure upgrade. I would also consider some solid cards with great value over the expensive stuff, think Vampire Nighthawk and Gifted Aetherborn or Kitchen Finks.
Overall I think you have a good start, but if we can lower the curve and make the deck more consistent by having more copies of our best cards, we can have a very solid aggressive mid range deck. BTW, I wouldnt necessarily consider the current list a combo or a reanimator deck. You have creatures with Undying but thats not really what reanimator decks do.
1 month ago
My best advice is to remove the sorceries that are only good versus control decks and to add more removal or ways to interact with your opponent. Think Doom Blade, Fatal Push, Dismember, Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek. Alot of the enchantments are expensive and don't really make a huge impact either. The curve is a bit too heavy towards 3 and 4 drops, ideally I would add more 1 drops and make the deck purely more aggressive. Alot of these cards arent as good as others, for example why play 2x Voracious Null when you can have 2x more Lord of the Undead? You want to maximize consistency and having more full playsets of your best cards instead of 2 copies of worse cards is in your best interest. I would consider adding stuff like Bloodghast, Dread Wanderer, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn. These arent all necessarily zombies, but solid value and fuel your Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx better than some of the cards listed.
Modern is a turn 4 format, meaning outside of purely casual decklists, you want to either be in a position to win by turn 4 or have won already. With this list I fear the curve is too high, and there are too many situational cards for it to be successful, especially with limited interaction with your opponent.
Hope this helps! BTW, you have quite a few illegal cards for the modern format.