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High Market Discussion
3 days ago
3 days ago
I run Krenko as well. Love him, he is probably main biggest winning deck right now. Low mana curve, lots of tokens, and just straight up mass murder. I personally like winning through combat, and so I put in multiple combat steps using cards like Aggravated Assault. Also, if you're talking about sacrificing, Phyrexian Altar and High Market are incredible cards for this deck.
1 week ago
Hey Jimmy_Chinchila, thanks for looking at the deck and for giving some tips!
Many of the cards you mention I have considered or tested before. But in my tweaking an balancing I've decided on other similar cards most of the time. Let me give you some thoughts I have about the cards you mention:
- Exploration doesn't do a lot for the deck spot, as we already get our commander to do it. It's useful, but not required. Burgeoning does have that additional edge.
- Slippery Karst is great. However, the land base in this deck is super tight. I now play the HOU desert instead because of the synergy with Scavenger Grounds and I don't have room for more cycle lands atm.
- Animist awakening is a worse Genesis Wave or Traverse the Outlands in my experience and not worth the spot.
- High Market is usefull, but not s useful as the other utility lands. I prefer Radiant Fountain for lifegain in this deck.
- I used to run Oblivion Sower, but it whifs quite often. And in play it's just a big vanilla creature. I felt it wasn't strong enough in this deck.
- The nexi are good cards, but I don't run that many ways to make them bigger. I don't see enough synergy here to make me cut existing lands
- Buried Ruin and Tectonic Edge are useful, but again, it would be hard to find room in the deck for them. I already have 3 other lands I would to iclude ;) (see my last update)
- talking about that update, I've just cut Sensei's Divining Top and put back in Rishkar's Expertise. Top is indeed nice, but most of the time it doesn't provide me the cardadvantage I need. It might find its way back someday, if I find something to cut for it.
Again, thanks for the tips. It shows me there is just so much cool stuff to throw in a land deck that it comes to to making difficult choices ;). Hope I've given some insight into my decion making.
1 week ago
Nice build! +1
Some possibilities you may like: Exploration, Slippery Karst, Animist's Awakening, High Market (token sac), Inkmoth Nexus, Blinkmoth Nexus, Oblivion Sower, Into the Wilds, Buried Ruin, Tectonic Edge, Greenwarden of Murasa, Sensei's Divining Top (for Courser of Kruphix)
1 week ago
These are more suggestions in no order:
- Carrion Feeder
- Grim Haruspex
- Harvester of Souls
- Baleful Strix
- Sadistic Hypnotist
- Olivia Voldaren
- Fleshbag Marauder
- Culling Dais
- Phyrexian Arena
- Sidisi, Undead Vizier
- High Market
Consider some more early game plays because you want some ceature set-up before you play Marchesa. Baleful Strix is a very efficient creature for only two mana. It's also great when it gets dethrone. Carrion Feeder is a 1 drop free sac outlet that can give itself counters very good with Marchesa. Bitterblossom can gives you a constant basically free source of creatures to sac and with Oona's Blackguard also in your control can be very bad for your opponents.
If you're sacing creatures then Grim Haruspex and Harvester of Souls can be draw engines with Marchesa. With cards like Feeder, Viscera Seer, etc who are free sac outlets. They're also nice to get some advantage when stealing your opponent's creatures and sacing them. Fleshbag Marauder, Mulldrifter and Sidisi, Undead Vizier are all excellent creatures who can sac themselves giving you value in return.
Sadistic Hypnotist has a very powerful free sac ability. A secondary theme here is stealing your opponent's creatures and sacing them for value Olivia Voldaren is one of the best creatures who can do this. She also puts counters on herself which is great with Marchesa.
Good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
If you've got a problem with having Teysa stolen, why not run Homeward Path? You have the added bonus of being able to use the Weathered Wayfarer to tutor for it. Granted, I still recommend picking up that Wrath of God. Also, maybe use High Market instead of Orzhova, the Church of Deals. If it's a matter of not being able to get combat damage through, you'll likely have at least 1 extra creature lying around, and unlike orzhova, it doesn't cost anything to activate. Both are under $4 right now. Awesome deck. I've always liked this version of Teysa; glad to see someone did something cool with her.
2 weeks ago
jjp16: I haven't played Altar of the Brood, however I kind of think it would fall into the same category as Perilous Myr / Inquisitor Exarch (see above comment). Generally if something is part of a 4+ card combo then it needs to be effective outside of that combo too. Altar of the Brood draws too much hate and does too litte, plus has the potential to help out graveyard decks.
Knight of the Reliquary is a powerhouse. She generally does the opposite of of mana fixing as I'm getting a colourless only land, however she fetches things like High Market (instant speed sac outlet), Buried Ruin (get back an altar), Mikokoro, Center of the Sea (card advantage), Strip Mine (land hate), Inventors' Fair (dig for a combo piece given enough artifacts) or the most common target - Gaea's Cradle (which commonly is tapping for like 4 mana). Plus there's nothing like like having Lotus Cobra see Knight sac a land, get a fetch and then crack it to get another land.
I've thought about Tireless Tracker in the past. I run enough lands to make it work but it always felt a bit slow. It has a reserved spot in the back of my mind and if I was going to go for raw card advantage, it would probably be then next card in line for it. I also like that clues help with Inventors' Fair. Though I think the next addition to the deck is going to be Academy Rector as it's stright up dig for a win condition.
I don't really like Bygone Bishop as it's only on cast. I think it would just miss too many triggers to make it worthwhile. It does some work, but overall I think that Mentor is the better choice. The other thing is that Mentor also triggers off Karmic Guide and any 1/1 counters from an opponent's Forbidden Orchard. Little things like that which are probably irrelevant, but can pay out in those weird corner cases.
3 weeks ago
No Grave Pact? Also I like more on board draw like Smothering Abomination, Dark Prophecy or Grim Haruspex. Then some more token producers would help, Xathrid Necromancer, Hanweir Militia Captain, Requiem Angel. I also have been enjoying Ravos, Soultender, and High Market in a B/W weeny deck, speaking of weeny decks, Dusk / Dawn works wonders in them, this card brings back most of your stuff while getting rid of everyone's fatties. Shred Memory can become another copy of Altar of Dementia or Blood Artist so its nice as another tutor. Also Nether Traitor (which can be tutored via Shred Memory) can generate infinite mana with your commander and Phyrexian Altar.