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Grim Tutor Discussion
1 week ago
At Profet93, I just checked out your deck and it definitely looks really nice!!! I almost went the creature-less route on this one but it would screw with my playgroup's meta a bit too much and would draw a lot more hate. I'll leave some comments on your page.
Shizo, Death's Storehouse is not needed here because Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed already has horsemanship making him virtually unblockable. I have not come across another horsemanship user and the card would not be useful enough with my other creatures to merit a slot.
I like Overwhelming Forces more than Decree of Pain because of flavor and it being a much more political card. Sometimes you only want to knock down one unruly opponent. Also, it has no effect on your board-state (aside from drawing you extra cards).
Trading Post is a possibility. I'll need to test this out.
My grief with Corpse Dance is that I need to keep track of the order of my graveyard. Once people start seeing cards in my graveyard, everyone wants a look and which creature is the "top" creature becomes a blur. I love the card, but the added logistics make it frustrating to use. It might make a return soon and, if so, I'll cut out Necromancy. I'll probably also cut Reanimate in favor of Chainer, Dementia Master.
Snuff Out is there for flavor. I have the version with the Liliana art as well as the Liliana version of Demonic Tutor and SDCC versions of the usable Liliana planeswalkers. I could probably cut it for a foil Karn Liberated, but it has scored me some sweet kills.
Thanks for the advice!! It is definitely greatly appreciated. Always glad to run into another Xiahou Dun user!
2 weeks ago
You've identified the continual struggle I've found with Kaalia of the Vast, how many, and which board removals are the correct choice. I've floundered between Austere Command (Modular), Merciless Eviction (Exile), and Akroma's Vengeance (Cycling).
Here's the theory behind Wrath of God and Damnation. On turn 4 or 5 or 6, I want to have a connected Kaalia of the Vast + Master of Cruelties, or a Kaalia of the Vast + Avacyn, Angel of Hope or a limited few others like Iona, Shield of Emeria/Hellkite Tyrant, the situational guys. To do that I need to remove blockers on Turn 3 or 4 maximum, that's tough to do with a Merciless Eviction, but not that hard to do with a Sol Ring and a Wrath of God. It's just a little too slow, it's simply just WHEN the spell resolves vs. the actual power of the spell itself. HOWEVER, in a few games, in which I did have Merciless Eviction in there still, it was the only card in the entire deck that could save my game, funny enough one game I drew into it and recovered. Merciless Eviction is very powerful, but a little slow.
I'm really trying to find an efficient way to tutor for Anguished Unmaking or Utter End which USUALLY can solve the problem. Utter End is a little borderline too because of it's CMC 4. Grim Tutor is on my radar. Gamble I keep feeling like maybe I should be running this, especially with Reanimate and Animate Dead at my disposal. Shred Memory, but that can't pull Anguished Unmaking or Utter End, and Dimir Machinations can, but without a Necropotence to pull its not as valuable. Gamble scares me because if it put's my Lightning Greaves into the graveyard that's a huge setback.
There's a good possibility that Merciless Eviction will find it's way back in here. Great suggestion.
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Hey, I have a budget question.
3 weeks ago
Welcome on T/O! Saw you just joined here.
Hope you will experience lots of interesting decks, new ideas and some good feedback on what you have build.
After reviewing your decklist, I came up with a several interesting cards. I a not sure what your budget is, but I think my suggestions might help you get this deck ongoing to eventually an improved list:
- Conjurer's Closet : Great synergy with your commander
- Grim Tutor : Early christmas gift :p
- Sepulchral Primordial : Fits the theme perfectly
- Brainstorm : I would say this is an auto-include for your deck, as you are lacking draw power
- Preordain : More draw power
- Read the Bones : Another option
- Notion Thief : Super handy!
Have fun deckbuilding. If you need help, you can always summon me me.
If you would like some inspiration other than yours, click here . Any upvote/comment is always appreciated.
1 month ago
Hello there, BlackWitch!
So I've been wondering how can you, with all the awesomeness and kickassness you already have, become more resilient.
I've found some interesting pieces that might suit your needs and wills.
Artifacts/auras to stick to Kaalia and lean back relaxed while she reaks the havoc she was born to dwell in:
Champion's Helm -looks good on on sadistic flying cleric chicks imo.
General's Kabuto -shroud and no damage is just what Kaalia needs! The only thing still that could break her is a wipe.
Ward of Lights/Cho-Manno's Blessing -are both similar with the exception of Cho-Manno's Blessing being much better. Maybe a little costly but certainly worth a thought or even two.
Righteous War -it's a two-colour Earnest Fellowship.
Reconnaissance -that would be nice if you wanted a Dolmen Gate effect. Not if Kaalia has shroud but still a valid ability. Maze of Ith can help you with that, as well as making opponent's creatures do no damage.
Stave Off is just a Gods Willing with no extra effect. Simply a reliable one-drop.
Otherworldly Journey can both protect your commander from being destroyed and make her more beefy with the counter. Same can be done with Ajani's Presence or Undying Evil.
Bathe in Light can be used on Kaalia and grant protection to all the other creatures you control at the same time. To be used at a tougher than expected combat phase or in order to make your attack go through.
If you are facing an incoming Wrath of God or such, you can always use a Ghostway! Similar effect can be achieved with Cauldron Haze or even Cauldron of Souls only with -1/-1 penalty.
If you want a protection against every spell AND not just as a counterspell but with until-end-of-turn effect, there's always the old friend waiting: Silence. Very powerful imo. I need to get one as well! I wonder why doesn't it cost much more.
Now for more proactive play:
Go for the Throat is a really nice spot removal which black can provide.
Aurelia's Fury -this card I am always biased about. It can be costly, it can be cheap. It can be useless if you want pure damage of pure control. But if you need to just tap the creatures or if you just need to counter that creature spell it is the one you go for. AND it does damage!
I see you like discards and no wonder -it's a very efficient and honestly -tilting activity. If you want maximum salt, I propose Hymn to Tourach. No targeted discard can tilt as much as random shot at two lands in opponent's 2nd turn, or even before that. Pure cruelty and immorality. But that's what you aim for, right?
As to the creatures I've found:
Ending the topic of discards: Mesmeric Fiend. Not OP, but hell, it might be just what you want.
And while at two-drop creatures, Benevolent Bodyguard, Obsidian Acolyte, Daru Spiritualist, Selfless Spirit and Standard Bearer can all help you with the Bearer being far superior to others imo. If killed/discarded, you can also bring them all back with the Reveillark! Same can be done to one-drops (like the Mother) with Ranger of Eos.
Last, but not least: Deathless Angel. I know it's not the omni-potent killing machine you'd like to drop with Kaalia, but it's really nice when comes to protecting her mother or any sibling actually.
Now the tricky part: I have one thing I don't really know if it works and some that I know you won't like, but I still want you to know them.
Illusionist's Bracers can potentially let you put two fatties on board at once. I'm not sure if it really is so, sadly.
And all the life-loss cards:
Phyrexian Arena -come on! It's supernice! Who cares about 1 life if you draw a protection you'll need or a demon that will win you the game!
Same goes for Night's Whisper and Skeletal Scrying.
Toxic Deluge just annihilates the board. You usually control more beefy ones so you can get rid of anything to the threshold you choose.
Grim Tutor is just another one to get what you need.
Both Thoughtseize and Mind Twist look good. Mind Twist can really vegetablify the opponent at almost any time of the game.
And the last one: Hall of the Bandit Lord. I know 3 is a lot of life. But considering you might take far more from the opponent I believe it can be neglected. The card is very powerful if used correctly. I believe it could make the deck more aggressive, just another brick in your wall of hatred in the wrath castle of Kaalia.
I hope you will take as much as you can from it and that it will help you somehow in making this damn good deck a masterpiece.
1 month ago
From my understanding, you can't have more than one Liliana of the Veil in play. This deck has two fetch cards, and had 4 with Imperial Seal & Grim Tutor, but learned that 4 fetches were too many. A planeswalker is usually the fetch target.