Hero's Downfall

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Theros Rare
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Hero's Downfall

Instant

Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Hero's Downfall Discussion

jrippa on Whispered Death

1 day ago

Oh ya, duh, good call, I added Hero's Downfall, I was also thinking to add a few Gatekeeper of Malakir.

Logics on Tremble mortals, and despair! (Rakdos Control)

3 days ago

This is basically a standard deck I played back in the day. Modern is a very different format, running that much removal is going to leave a lot of dead cards in certain matchups. If I were you, I would do this:

+4 Inquisition of Kozilek, +4 Lightning Bolt, +2 Fatal Push, +1 Kolaghan's Command, +1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, +1 Stormbreath Dragon, +1 Young Pyromancer, +3 Read the Bones, +3 Night's Whisper, +4 Bloodstained Mire, +2 Polluted Delta, +1 Wooded Foothills

-4 Hero's Downfall, -3 Bile Blight, -1 Anger of the Gods, -3 Sign in Blood, -1 Terminate, -2 Desecration Demon, -2 Master of Cruelties, -3 Magma Jet, -5 Mountain, -3 Swamp

These changes upgrade your removal and early interaction, especially against control strategies. It also gives you much fewer dead cards, seeing as Lightning Bolt and Kolaghan's Command can go for the dome. I cut all of the weaker creatures in the deck, to streamline the early game's combination of disruption, removal, and draw power.

As for the sideboard, I think it needs a lot of work. You're already playing too much removal in the main board, and your sideboard is more of the same. The deck really doesn't need to be siding into removal that is worse than waht's already in the main deck. (Looking at Doom Blade < Terminate, Dark Betrayal < Fatal Push/Lightning Bolt , Mizzium Mortars and Drown in Sorrow < Anger of the Gods.) If you really want a sweeper, I would easily put in Languish or Damnation over Mizzium Mortars. I understand Mizzium Mortars only hits their things, but in the match-ups where that's relevant, you're dead way before you get to 6 mana.

My sideboard for the deck would look something like:

3 Duress, 1 Anger of the Gods, 2 Slaughter Games, 4 Gifted Aetherborn, 2 Leyline of the Void, 1 Fatal Push, 1 Ob Nixilis Reignited, 1 Languish

Obviously, this is your deck, so feel free to do whatever you want with it, this is just what my take on the deck would be to gear it more towards modern, so it doesn't feel like you have dead draws all of the time. Hope this at least inspires some changes, and happy deckbuilding.

Dave_Icaria on Wither Me Timbers

4 days ago

I play Infect in Modern, and I have to say this is a very different idea than most Infect decks go by. I'm not saying it's unworkable but I will say that it loses to a lot, and I mean a LOT of decks in the format simply because you don't cast any spells until turn 3, and even then dropping 1 creature from 3 turns behind isn't enough to save the game. In order for this to work, you need to be able to interact with what your opponent is doing and survive long enough to get your combo out. I suggest:

-Hand disruption (4x Thoughtseize, 4x Inquisition of Kozilek mainboard)-Removal (Abrupt Decay, Maelstrom Pulse, Fatal Push, Dismember.) Stab Wound is too costly and doesn't even kill many creatures, also it doesn't put -1/-1 counters on the creature so you can't steal anything with it, Murder and Hero's Downfall are costly, and usually not very needed in the format. If you want to sideboard Hero's Downfall against planeswalker decks that might be a better option, but in that case I'd just use Vampire Hexmage instead.-Reduce your mana curve significantly, you want 1 and 2-drop creatures!-Take out Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Kulrath Knight, just too costly and don't do much for your strategy.-Crumbling Ashes only kills off the creatures you want to steal! Better to use a removal spell to kill something that you can't steal, and leave the creatures with -1/-1 counters alive if possible.-Gift of Orzhova is kind of a dead card here I think, you have better 3-drops for gaining life that also put a body on the field, like Vampire Nighthawk who does a ton of work.-I'd also say to group your cards by type, not what they do... It makes it so much easier to see what needs tweaking if all the creatures, all the lands, etc. are where they're supposed to be.

Good luck!

BlazeTheSun on How to make friends (Kappa)

6 days ago

I would also suggest removing Murderous Cut for Hero's Downfall, as recursion is a major thing in an Athreos deck, and exiling your graveyard defeats the purpose.

Yuri200X on

6 days ago

I think you are having too many heavy cards to make Dark Confidant good... Modern is currently in a aggro place, so the less damage you do to yourself, the better. I suggest you replace them with Phyrexian Arena since it won't compete with your other 2-drops and yet it will deal less damage to you in general.

Asylum Visitor is also a little bit out of place since you aren't really making your opponent discard his hand... I think these could be replaced with either Smother, Dismember (although you are already dealing too much damage to yourself), Ultimate Price, Go for the Throat, Doom Blade or Hero's Downfall.

In general your strategy is a little slow. The idea is nice, but it seems like it would face a hard time against many modern decks that have a pretty solid board by turn-3.

You need to be capable of dealing with the opposing strategies in modern.

My suggestion is to increase the number of cards that allow you to interact with your opponent. Maybe mainboard those Inquisition of Kozileks and throw in about 6 removals. Otherwise you might just be an easy prey for many decks.

And this isn1t saying you can't use vampires. Hells, you can use wathever you ant in modern, basicly. It is a flexible format with room for rogue decks like yours.

In my oppinion you should focus on a midrange-ish plan and run about 3 Phyrexian Arenas, 4 Inquisition of Kozilek, 3 Ultimate Price, 2 Smother and 1 Hero's Downfall.

There's also room for Vampire Nighthawk and Gifted Aetherborn which are both vampires and are capable of both gaining life and killing many things.

I believe maybe, just maybe you could run Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and make it some sort of "Vampire-Devotion" Deck and mix up something like... Diabolic Revelation if you really think you should be able to tutor stuff... or maybe Increasing Ambition.

There's also Basilisk Collar and lightning greaves that seem a bit out of place too.

anyways, good luck. :)

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