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Hired Poisoner Discussion
1 week ago
Nice deck and +1!
I am currently working on a deck somewhat similar to this one which has a low land count and expects a lot of its own creatures to die. I'm not sure how important modernity is to you, but I think that Ruthless Ripper is just a little bit better than Hired Poisoner.
With the former, you can still cause your opponent pain without relying upon combat. I'd replace the Hired Poisoners with Ruthless Rippers if I were you. Even if you do nothing but sack him to feed another card's ability, you'll still make your opponent lose 2 life. You will almost always have black cards in your hand to use that ability, and having the card in your deck with more ways to hurt your opponent is almost always better.
1 week ago
I do notice that you have this as a mono-black aggro deck, but I have noticed most of your creatures are on the higher tip of the scale for cmc. It is generally for a aggro deck to have a low cost, decks like that have a very fast pace to them in order to finish the game before the enemy board state gets too large for you to handle. I personally suggest the following for creatures: Diregraf Ghoul Cabal Evangel Hired Poisoner Rat Colony and finally Two-Headed Zombie
All of those creatures are below a total of 4 cmc, and you are able to have as many rat colony cards in a deck as you like, so they can compensate for the amount of creatures you have in the deck. Your land count does not need to be tampered with, 20-24 is the golden number for a 60 card deck.
A bit of aggression you can give to someone by spells rather than creatures can be from cards like Mind Rot or Duress, duress being you have that in already, both can be cheap but controlling what your opponent can play and draw.
Hopefully my contributions do assist in the long run, if not, its still my 2 cents.
2 weeks ago
I might keep Splinterfright, with Nemesis of Mortals, but I'd probably rather play Hooting Mandrills or add a few more keywords and use Soulflayer. Off the top of my head Gladecover Scout and Hired Poisoner plus your already existing creatures with trample could give a pretty scary Soulflayer.
Varolz, the Scar-Striped is great if you are using something like Hunted Horror, Death's Shadow, Force of Savagery or even Yargle, Glutton of Urborg, so might be worth considering. This does mean shaping your deck to try and get Varolz, above all...
In such a creature heavy deck Throne of the God-Pharaoh would also make sense and if you choose to use delirium Traverse the Ulvenwald would be a good way to fetch your finisher. There is a but, graveyard hate is very common in modern, so you need a plan that lets you adapt if your graveyard is exiled, honestly this is where something like Throne is really useful, since you can still cast your creatures.
Hope this helps with your brew.
1 month ago
for starters you could cut down on creatures like: Aether Poisoner, Child of Night, Daggerdrome Imp, Deathgaze Cockatrice, Farbog Revenant, Feral Abomination, Fetid Imp, Flensermite, Giant Scorpion, Hand of Silumgar, Hired Poisoner, Markov Patrician, Maze Abomination, Moonglove Changeling, Moonglove Winnower, Nirkana Assassin, Queen's Agent, Rancid Rats, Ruin Rat, Scrounger of Souls, Sidisi's Pet, Skittering Heartstopper Vampire Champion and replace others for: Black Cat, Burglar Rat, Cadaver Imp, Liliana's Specter, Ravenous Rats, Twisted Abomination, Gurmag Angler but would compite with Shambling Attendants for the gy. some usefuls spells you might replace or add cound be: Blessing of Leeches, Sadistic Glee, Soul Channeling, Ashes to Ashes, Evincar's Justice, Shred Memory, Dark Bargain, maybe Crypt Incursion. im out of ideas for cards, for now, and you could add more artifact ramp or artifact that can be creatures like Guardian Idol, Wayfarer's Bauble is in every deck i play, Relic of Progenitus and Nihil Spellbomb are always good gy hate.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I'd say play the cards you love. Pauper is a format where you can do much about anything, new decks come and go constantly (unlike formats like modern where there are certain decks that don't really change tier or competitive consistency). There's lots of ways to go with a GY deck in pauper, and GRN brings tons of possibilities with Rhizome Lurcher or possibly Hired Poisoner. Screw most of the suggestions on here, follow your heart.
2 months ago
Circuitous Route also feels a bit off, maybe considering cutting it, or replacing it with something else?
Also, you've probably already considered it, but Atraxa, Praetors' Voice would also be an interesting and on-theme idea for a commander.