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As an additional cost to play Hatred, pay X life.
Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
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1 week ago
Sure, while I agree certain redundancy in EDH is really important, that redundancy should be based on aspects of the specific build that heavily weight the board in your favor. When those areas are simply complimentary to your build, then there's a good chance there are better options available, especially as the corresponding CMC increases. To that end, here are six changes I noticed from your main and maybe board that I think would result in immediate improvements to your typical game.
REMOVE: Reach of Branches, Gravity Well, Behind the Scenes, Abundance, Angelic Chorus and Dusk / Dawn. Each of these cards is either reactionary or situational in nature, meaning they each can be a dead draw in certain scenarios. Also, the combined CMC of these six cards is 24, so average four mana cost, which is fairly spendy for a reactionary or situational spell.
REPLACE: Crenellated Wall, Rhox Faithmender, Eladamri's Call, Vindicate, Serra Ascendant and Tangle Angler. Instead of reactionary/situational spells, you get four creatures with a reasonable mana cost and additional utility value (flying/lifegain/early board state lead, infect/lure, double lifegain, +4 toughness pump) and an instant creature tutor and any permanent spot removal. Better yet, total CMC drops to 18, lowering your curve to an average of three mana cost per slot.
In my opinion, this gives you better options to your typical board without losing any synergy to your design. While Reach of Branches has great synergy, having 5 mana available is going to be a huge warning sign to your opponents, and if I'm keeping 5 mana available for an instant spell, I'd much rather have a bomb like Hatred that will essentially win the game right then if my attacker is unblocked (except in this deck of course). Hope that all makes sense - and good luck with the deck, I do dig the Doran build.
2 weeks ago
I think this might be what he's referencing
Teferi's Veil - Still not sure how this is helpful (never been too good with the technical aspect of MTG).
Also not too sure if Trading Post counts but I love it. Life gain, chump block/sac fodder, card draw and can prevent your artifacts from getting exiled.
Lastly, Hatred perhaps? Its not incredibly good, but its hilarious for commander damage or just finishing the game more quickly.
3 weeks ago
Interesting update and feedback from your games. My opinion is that Arahbo, Roar of the World is already a Tier 4 Commander, and Selsnya () doesn't have any strong combos or synergies, and none that I've been able to create (yet) that involve only Cats!
Infect is the primary (and only) way Arahbo, Roar of the World can actually win. You're not going to bludgeon 3 other players in a pod for 40 damage and still be around to tell the tale. With the exception perhaps of Felidar Sovereign once in a blue moon, I don't think there's much else to build on.
What Tier commanders are in your pod?
Heck even Mono-, eg. Teferi, Temporal Archmage, use the same thing, or ultimate planeswalkers over and over.
Even Tier 1.5 Golgari () The Gitrog Monster doesn't care.
Tier 2 Mardu () eg. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death combo off.
Can keep going on and on, but without Infect, I can't see how Arahbo, Roar of the World would be worth playing, and how it would possibly win?
I guess in a pod like Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Nekusar, the Mindrazer, and Rakdos, Lord of Riots I could see thinking Infect wasn't fair. Heck, even Tier 4 Samut, Voice of Dissent single Commander damage hits.
None of these things are any more or less fair than Infect, and actually, they are MUCH easier to do than Infect. We only have Lost Leonin, Triumph of the Hordes and Grafted Exoskeleton to get the job done on 3 players anyway! Don't even get a Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon and Hatred in . It's an uphill battle before drawing the first card!
Very interesting. PS: I did put Archangel of Thune and Spike Feeder combo in my Arahbo, Roar of the World still testing it out, both kind of worked with the lifegain and counters sub-theme of my cat deck, but neither is a cat. Still trying to find some SOLID combos with cats, let me know if you've found any! Very easy to Tutor with the creature pulls and things like Chord of Calling.
1 month ago
Yes you read that right, I'm looking for creatures with Shadow (and stuff to go with them). Here's the list. My binder is out of date, but if you have enough of the pieces, I can look through your wants or we can discuss a trade.
4x Dauthi Ghoul
4x Dark Ritual
1 month ago
"For example is an example." Hue hue.
I think you sorely undersold Dark Ritual. Describing a card as "better than nothing" really doesn't do it justice when it's in fact massively powerful in any 60-card format. If you think Necropotence is any good at all, I can promise you a first-turn Necro is better. If you weren't playing Standard in 1998, you don't know how many games Suicide Black soared to victory on the wings of a first-turn Phyrexian Negator or third-turn Hatred.
Dark Ritual isn't just some oddity from the colour pie of the past, it also isn't printed anymore because it's too damn good.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Thanks for your suggestions.
As you've mentioned, the deck is low on draw power; it makes up for it by running quite a few tutor cards. If draw power is required, you can tutor for Smothering Abomination as a direct and efficient source of draw-power. To be entirely honest, both Necropotence and Phyrexian Arena being passive draw abilities does not help the deck to be as fast as it needs to be. The deck requires a lot of active abilities to be activated, creating a heavy mana-sink at times; because of this, both cards would not make a cut (in my honest opinion).
Neither Damnation or Decree of Pain will trigger "sacrifice" specific triggers (such as It That Betrays). If you're truly worried about large boards, there is already control in the form of Archfiend of Depravity.
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed neither suits the deck, nor would I be willing to spend the ~$30(CAD) for a card that is going to be targeted before I can get any use out of it. This is the same reason I choose not to run "sacrifice staples" such as Sheoldred, Whispering One; she will just get removed before I get any good use out of her.
Whispersilk Cloak prevents interaction with Yahenni, which is a key part to the deck. Unfortunately, despite your opinion, the unblockable is in fact not worth it.
This deck is loads of fun to play and to play against; I do appreciate the time you took to write your comment and offer suggestions.