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Immortal Servitude Discussion
1 week ago
I don't run into much Counterspell in my playgroup, so maybe I'm just off the mark but I do run into a lot of creature removal - typically in the form of spot removal and wrath effects. So my suggestion is to add 1-4xHeroic Intervention to the mainboard and move 1x4xProwling Serpopard to the sideboard. I also don't always need enchantment/artifact removal so I suggest moving Leonin Relic-Warder to the sideboard as well, or even cutting it as you're already running a full set of Qasali Pridemage. Perhaps consider 2xFertile Ground in its place to speed up your ability to hit Monstrosity with your Lions. 1xRogue's Passage might worth considering as an added threat with said Lions, especially if you're getting Exalted pumps.
Other sideboard suggestings: Immortal Servitude - since you've got so many creatures that share low CMC's this could be really powerful against decks with wrath effects. Celestial Flare - it gets around Hexproof and Indestructible, so whatever Path doesn't hit, the Flare will. Tajuru Preserver - I know it's not a Cat, but against black/white decks running sacrifice spells, it's a real hoot. Something to deal with Flying creatures might be a good idea for the sideboard as well, though I suppose you do have a full set of Path and might just count on that removal and aggro speed to race to a win. Pithing Needle, Elixir of Immortality, and Ratchet Bomb are usually worth considering in any sideboard, too, even if only as singletons. 1-2xGhost Quarter seems worth mentioning as well as an anti-Tron measure.
Overall, I think this deck looks fun and decently well thought out, so +1 to you. I hope some of this has been helpful.
2 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
@pytawidmo This deck originally started as a way to abuse Claim//Fame with Vexing Devil, Death's Shadow, Goblin Guide, Monastery Swiftspear etc just to recast all the 1 CMC stuff for value & haste. Also I was using Immortal Servitude & Postmortem Lunge to do the same thing in other ways. But the deck got hosed HARD by graveyard hate. It didn't even win a game in 2 tournaments at my LGS (it went straight 0-8 in games two days in a row).
1 month ago
Are you set on keeping this mono-black? Even at a really budget price, something like Rally the Ancestors or Return to the Ranks would greatly increase your staying power in games. Or staying in Mono-Black you can get a lot of great consistent fueling cards like Grim Haruspex and Immortal Servitude, even ignoring pricier options like Bridge from Below. I think that the sacrifice to draw cards are overrated and not that useful because they only get you a few cards from each one, whereas a Grim Haruspex could draw you a lot more cards.
1 month ago
I like it. +1. There's a lot of lifegain here, so maybe exploiting that more could make the deck more formidable. I'd say Thalia's Lieutenant is the creature that sticks out to me - it doesn't offer an abilities to Odric. I think I would leave Mentor of the Meek out in favor of Tezzeret's Gambit+Thalia's Lieutenant. Just MHO. Some stuff to consider:
1 month ago
Okay, there are a couple different routes you can go then. You can go with a sort of re-animator theme with cards like Rally the Ancestors, March from the Tomb, Immortal Servitude, Return to the Ranks, and Dawn. If you then combo these cards with things like Cliffhaven Vampire, and Ondu Cleric it can wind up raking up a lot of damage. For example, if you cast a Rally the Ancestors on 3 and return to play 2 Ondu Clerics, 1 Cliffhaven Vampire, 1 Kalastria Healer, and 1 Hada Freeblade, you wind up doing 20 damage to your opponent, gain 55 life, and wind up with a 5/6 Hada Freeblade for the turn. This style of deck would be interested in pretty much just using all your allies as blockers and looting through your deck as fast as you can so you can cast your re-animator spells for massive value. There is also the option of introducing some sacrifice elements like Viscera Seer with Zulaport Cutthroat in conjunction with Rally the Ancestors to further pump your damage output, kill your allies to prevent the exile trigger from rally, and scry into more combo pieces.
2 months ago
I would say that the rakdos list is somewhat weak Hellhole Flailer & Rakdos Cackler have strictly better versions, if you intend to use them as beaters (like Goblin Guide) - you could of course abuse them with something like Rage Forger, but in the end the deck just doesn't seem to have a clear plan, at least to me.
If you are willing to add some more recursive creatures like Gravecrawler (as black has plenty such options), you could build an aristocrats deck with 4x Viscera Seer + 2x other sacrifice outlet & 4x Blood Artist & 4x Zulaport Cutthroat
And then alter it slowly into the deck that was called "next level abzan".
In the maintime (due to the life leech) you can use spells like Imp's Mischief to protect your stuff - since without single target removal the deck is hard to deal with to say the least.
Maybe some number of Duress to combat both removal and planeswalkers.
...the options are endless.
(and there are nice mass reanimation spells, like Immortal Servitude)
However i would try to stay clear of Smallpox as it works best in WB planeswalker decks - and stuff like Liliana of the Veil is not cheap.
And you definietly should not play Pack Rat in such a build, as both compete for the same resources, cards in your hand.
The rat is best in Life from the Loam + Squee, Goblin Nabob builds - at least in my opinion, where its played alongside stuff like Zombie Infestation & Seismic Assault
2 months ago
Immortal Servitude over kari zev expertise? another efficient way to bring them back out.