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Creature — Horror
When Hunted Horror enters the battlefield, put two 3/3 green Centaur creature tokens with protection from black into play under target opponent's control.
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Hunted Horror Discussion
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.
3 weeks ago
I'm rather partial to using Torpor Orb when playing Thing in the Ice as you only need one instant or sorcery to flip it, since it never gets the counters, the added advantage of messing up your opponents (particularly Humans) ETB triggers is also amusing. The Thing's best buddy is fellow horror Bedlam Reveler, if you aren't using the Orb and (not in your colours) Hunted Horror if you are. I really wouldn't recommend Shivan Reef 2 more of any of your other dual lands would be a better option.
1 month ago
Endless Whispers is a great include for this commander since it makes it so if Phage hits the battlefield, your opponent's can't kill it without you forcefully summoning it on their side the board and kill them.
1 month ago
I'm happy you are building a Lazav deck because he is such a fun commander to play with, although he's a very atypical graveyard-themed general. I personally think you shouldn't see him as a classic reanimator engine, but instead more as a voltron deck.
I do agree with TheAmazingSteve and DrukenReaps on the Blade of Selves + Phage the Untouchable nonbo. In addition to that, I wouldn't include Blightsteel Colossus either. The colossus can't stay in the graveyard due to its last clause, so you would have to copy it with Lazav at instant speed as soon as it hits the graveyard, with the shuffle trigger still on the stack. This means it would cost you , plus any other mana you need to put the Colossus in the bin with a spell or ability like Entomb or Frantic Search. Even if you are planning to hard-cast the Colossus instead of copying it, is probably too much for the Dimir colours since we aren't that good at ramping.
I would cut the entire surveil package and replace it with loot spells like Frantic Search and Thirst for Knowledge, or graveyard tutors like Buried Alive. Looting is better than surveilling and self-milling because you have more control over your discards. If you already have a creature in hand, you can draw three and then choose to discard that creature. With surveil and self-mill, you increase randomness.
Also, I would not include reanimation spells like Reanimate and Sheoldred, the Whispering One. The thing with Lazav is that he doesn't support reanimation very well, because his ability doesn't allow you to save any mana. For this reason, I would not include big creatures like the Eldrazis or Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur. Instead, it would be nice to focus on cheap creatures with high stats and bad ETB effects, because those won't trigger when you copy them with you commander. I'm thinking about Hunted Horror, Eater of Days and especially Phyrexian Dreadnought, hands-down the best card for a Lazav deck. Another auto-include in any Lazav deck is Invisible Stalker, because it can offer evasion and protection to our commander.
A sweet combo you can include is Crackdown Construct + Ornithopter. When you have both in the graveyard, you pay and turn Lazav into the Construct. Then pay to turn him into the Ornithopter. The Lazav-Construct ability triggers, since you activated an ability (Lazav's), and your commander gets +1/+1 until the end of turn. In response, you pay again to transform him into the Ornithopter and he gets another +1/+1. You can do this trick as many times as you like putting each trigger on the stack, and at the end of the day Lazav will finally become a flying Ornithopter but with an infinite amount of +1/+1 buffs until the end of turn.
Apart from that, I would increase the amount of lands to at least 35/36 because you need as much mana as possible to activate your commander's ability multiple times in the same turns and hold up counterspells at the same time.
A final note: you can't play Norn's Annex in a Dimir deck. Although it has phyrexian mana in its cost, its colour identity is still white.
I hope I have helped you with your deck. Let me know if you have any doubts. If you want, you can take a look at my Primer for Lazav. It is more on the competitive side, but I think you can find some ideas. I will link it down below. Cheers!
2 months ago
2 months ago
I really like the deck's idea!
2 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions!
The problem with Foil is that it rips two cards from your hand. In a deck that doesn't have many ways to produce "clean" card advantage (apart from Phyrexian Arena and Rhystic Study), this can be a remarkable drawback. I still think that Misdirection and Pact of Negation are more preferable, but I do see its potential.
As for Nyxathid, I included it in my initial build of the deck. Being a 7/7 is very important because it represents a 3-turn clock, but apart from that there aren't many other reasons to want it in the deck. It doesn't have evasion nor trample and it costs three mana to copy, which makes Phyrexian Dreadnought, Hunted Horror and Eater of Days strictly better. I can see it as your "plan D", but I don't think you need it that bad. You can consistently get the three aforementioned creatures whenever you like, so I would not include any other.
3 months ago
Loomtoomslag: I think that actually is what the deck is going for. And it might work if it gets to the point where it can stabilize itself. Besides going against creatureless decks, this might actually be the biggest problem here. But I think some copies of Hunted Horror might actually be useful in this regard.