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Grim Haruspex Discussion
1 day ago
I see that this deck isn't finished yet, so I will just give you some general advise.
There are typically two ways of making a Marchesa deck. The first way is to put in a lot of creatures that can get +1/+1 counters easily (like Aetherborn Marauder, Butcher Ghoul, Carrion Feeder or Unleash/Modular cards). The problem is, these cards hardly do anything other than putting counters on themselves. Their pretty much duds. So to make up for this, people will put in good sac outlets, cards like Mind Slash, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, Attrition, etc. This type of deck gets its engine running STRICTLY from it's sac outlets, (NOT FROM ITS CREATURES) and because of this, it is a bit more reliant on it's commander.
The second type of deck is my preferred method of playstyle. Whereby, the deck IS NOT relying on its sac outlets, but rather on the ETB triggers of creatures. With this type of deck, you're not fully relying on your commander. Marchesa is just a perk. If you don't have her out, you can still play your creatures and benefit from them.
This is the Marchesa deck that I personally made. You're welcome to look at it for suggestions.
Commander / EDH
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Some cards that I would highly recommend putting in the deck are:
- Consecrated Sphinx
- Demonic Tutor
- River Kelpie
- Diabolic Intent
- Harvester of Souls
- Grim Haruspex
- Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
- Mind Slash
- Flayer of the Hatebound
- Glen Elendra Archmage
- Rune-Scarred Demon
- Grave Betrayal
- Sneak Attack
- Scourge of the Throne
- Thalakos Deceiver
- Phyrexian Tower
NOTE: If you do decide to have this deck be a bit more ETB heavy, Deadeye Navigator and Rite of Replication are also good cards to put in.
5 days ago
I think Fecundity is a card-draw engine just begging to go into this deck, along with Grim Haruspex. I run one in my Meren deck, but I don't run much self-mill in mine. I am considering some options for that now, though. I run Aluren and Endless Cockroaches in mine to combo off, so I'd choose the Pawn of Ulamog for that reason.
6 days ago
Hey! You did a great job. And under $50, that is awesome.
I don't have a whole lot of suggestions to make, you have a really solid start here. I would be interested in knowing how well Grim Haruspex works, it could be good for this. Token's will be the thing you are saccing the most, though you should have enough nontoken creatures to make it still pretty good. Asylum Visitor is another budget option I have seen people use, since it does a decent impression of Dark Confidant. I think its up to preference or how often you find yourself empty handed.
Also, I have found Lightning Bolt to be insanely powerful in this type of deck. So many times, you will be sitting just a few Artist triggers away from winning and you draw the bolt and it finishes the game. It may be worth trying to find room for the other 2.
Rally the Ancestors may have been a good choice, as your deck will be a tad bit slower than the original. Sometimes the extra couple turns can really help make your graveyard extra juicy.
As a budget version, you are going to be a little slower because of the lands, which may hurt against Infect and Affinity decks. The lack of Ghost Quarter will also hurt your game against Infect and Tron. But I think it was a good idea not to include them. Without fetches, getting your colors online is more important. Lack of Path to Exile will also hurt a bit against creature based combos. But aside from that, you should be good to go against most decks. You just need to find a sideboard that works for your meta. Think about stuff like Burrenton Forge-Tender, Tidehollow Sculler, Dictate of Erebos, Kataki, War's Wage, Ronom Unicorn, Wear / Tear, Terminate, Duress and Slaughter Games.
Anyways, these decks are a hell of a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it!
thehat on Athreos TL
1 week ago
Land base seems bad (lulz) and surprised by your omission of Mortarpod (lulz x 2).
Seriously tho after playing against the list, more creatures are in order. I like the build up you have of Enchants that makes AtherBro active, but ignoring his primary ability seems risky.
I would suggest the creature count to around 20-25.
Some suggestions I have are:
Pack Rat monster aggro with sword of Light and Shadow
Grim Haruspex better card draw
High Priest of Penance kind of like a repeatable defensive Vindicate
Kami of False Hope Having to pay 3 life to prevent you fogging every turn can get costly, especially if you can bring it back without AtherBro.
Cartel Aristocrat Good protection.
Mirror Entity For the wins
Herald of Torment Great as a repeatable enchant to buff or just as a good Devotion count for AetherBro
Immortal Servitude This can be really good for you.
1 week ago
Undercity Informer was an instantly put-in - I took out Stinkweed Imp. Hermit Druid, while a staple, is good, but not my style. Additionally, I run quite a few lands. Undercity Informer makes up for this by sacrificing, which Hermit Druid does not.
Wall of Mulch was in the deck for a while, yet I found it too slow to compete too often. Wall of Blossoms gives me what I need instantly, and I don't necessarily feel like have to wait for Meren to come in to activate. It also costs mana and kills itself - a plus and a minus.
I have finally filled in the deck after taking all the suggested cards into account. I added Devoted Druid, which goes infinite with Mikeaus.
Speaking of the zombie priest, the deck utilizes Mikeaus to get maximum value. It's why I run Black Sun's Zenith (aside from its normal board wiping value). It's why I run so few humans. Mikeaus + Sidisi, Undead Vizier + Hell's Caretaker can lock people down. I can find whatever I want consistently. I can go infinite (by finding Devoted Druid). I can get Horobi, Death's Wail + Darkblast to kill whatever I want.
Now here are the questions. If you go back through the modification log, you can see what I added and cut. Do you agree? Also, Sifter of Skulls or Pawn of Ulamog? Harvester of Souls or Grim Haruspex (or both? If so what do I cut?) And what about Nyx Weaver, which seem so good?
1 week ago
From yesterday's chat here are the cards we mentioned
- Abrupt Decay
- Gaze of Granite
- Pernicious Deed
- Maelstrom Pulse
- Deathrite Shaman
- Elves of Deep Shadow
- Birds of Paradise
- Arbor Elf
- Priest of Titania
- Boreal Druid
- Bane of Progress
- Living Death
- Massacre Wurm
- Sadistic Hypnotist
- Reassembling Skeleton
- Deathreap Ritual
- Phyrexian Arena
- Ashnod's Altar
- Disciple of Bolas
- Dictate of Erebos
- Blood Artist
- Pharika, God of Affliction
- Unhallowed Pact
- Falkenrath Noble
- Zulaport Cutthroat
- City of Solitude
- Exquisite Blood
- Sanguine Bond
- Sheoldred, Whispering One
- Heartless Summoning
- Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
- Grim Haruspex
- Barter in Blood
2 weeks ago
Also, needs more Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Also also, cut that Blue Sun's Zenith bs. That card is garbage and I'll fight anyone who disagrees. You have so many better options in black: Grim Haruspex, Dark Prophecy, Infernal Tribute for god's sake, Necropotence if you're a wanker, ffs Mentor of the Meek does work in a deck shitting out 2/2 zombies. Also, get rid of Rhystic Study for essentially the same reason. Don't play staples just because they're staples. Find ways to get those effects that synergize with your decks' strategies. It'll make your decks feel and play more uniquely which is doubly rewarding in that it is satisfying to have created something special, and it's less predictable and interruptible because you keep your opponents' off balance. Everyone is expecting Rhystic Study, nobody is expecting Phyrexian Etchings, or to have it Donated to them after you used it for 10 turns...
2 weeks ago
Perusing the internet this morning, I came across the "seven by nine" rule. If your not familiar with it, you can check it out here, under note three - http://www.quietspeculation.com/2011/05/building-depietro-depauper/
Anyways, I found it quite brilliant. I broke out my EDH deck (The Cairn Nel Toth) and decided that it needed a serious overhaul.
I decided that my nine "slots," if you will would be the following:
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 1 or less)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 2)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 3 or greater)
Utility/assorted random cards
So i started sorting the piles, and quickly realized I had too many cards for some slots, and not enough for others. I started the long, laborious, and painful process of cutting cards. I couldn't quite cut enough cards from the utility pile, so I decided I would have nine utility cards, and only six distinctly self-mill and CMC three or greater sacrifice fodder cards, because a lot of other cards can do those things in addition to doing their main purpose (if that makes any sense).
Anyways, I'll list the cards I have for each slot (its quite different than the original deck). Also, many cards serve multiple purposes, so I'm putting them in the category of their MAIN purpose.
Self-mill - Golgari Grave-Troll, Life from the Loam, Altar of Dementia (The best card in the whole deck, hands down. Not even kidding. Every Meren deck should run this card), Mesmeric Orb, Grapple with the Past. I need one more card for this slot (Stinkweed Imp?).
Sacrifice Outlets - Ashnod's Altar, Skullclamp, Attrition, Mind Slash, Evolutionary Leap. I don't love one-off sacrifice spells, but I have the slot for one. I've been debating between Altar's Reap, Morbid Curiosity and Eldritch Evolution.
Thoughts? What cards should fill my unfilled slots? Any cards I should replace?