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Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs
Legendary Creature — Ogre Warrior
Whenever a creature an opponent controls attacks, if you're the defending player, create a 3/3 red Ogre creature token unless that creature's controller pays .
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Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs Discussion
1 week ago
I've not seen many decks like my Divine Decree. Marchesa is always nice to get out but not needed for the deck to win. Other than the combos some of the big players in the deck are Manabarbs, Wound Reflection, and Kaervek the Merciless. Using Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs or other pillows tends to stop most decks from getting traction against me. Makes for fun games quite often.
The Druken Enraged is another that is fairly unique from what I've seen. Much more reliant on combo but again the commander is only a nice piece and not needed. I have retired this deck because it has too much in common with In His Belly but it was pretty fun abusing enrage.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Maybe consider Dictate of the Twin Gods/Furnace of Rath? They're both cheap ways to double the damage from Varchild, and unlike the previously suggested Gratuitous Violence, they affect opponents creatures as well. While that is usually a downside, since most of your opponents creatures can only attack eachother you wont be taking much damage from them. However, you have to be careful with them, and if your playgroup has decks like Xenagos, God of Revels or Saskia the Unyielding they might be more likely to kill you than help you
Avatar of Slaughter, Curse of the Nightly Hunt, Goblin Spymaster, Grand Melee, Rowan Kenrith, and Warmonger Hellkite all force opponents to attack with their Survivors. Even though they can't block or attack you with them, they might sometimes want to keep them back and gang up on you instead. Goblin Spymaster is my favorite here, since it also gives opponents additional tokens to have to attack with. Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs helps make it so opponents dont attack you with their other creatures.
1 month ago
Just to make things difficult, you can try Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs. You can also consider running cards that turn your cammanfer into a one hit commander kill like Rancor, Fireshrieker, or Whispersilk Cloak. Also, Bear Umbra would do really well with your commander. Akroma's Memorial and Genesis Wave are two of my favorite finishers. Since everything is dying, Rise of the Dark Realms would also end the game.
1 month ago
Hey! Thanks for the mention :)
Love the idea! In terms of pure win percentage, my deck definitely isn't the right way to go about things and I feel that a more defensive pillowfort strategy like you mentioned would net you much more wins.
While red/black aren't the best pillowfort colors in the traditional sense, they have a few cards that slow or disincentivize attackers; not to mention there are a few land and artifact cards that help too. No Mercy, Dread, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Maze of Ith, Mystifying Maze, Spires of Orazca (flipped from Thaumatic Compass Flip), Uphill Battle, Glacial Crevasses, Vow of Malice, Vow of Lightning, and Crawlspace just to name a few. Since most of the pillowfort cards are in white, another route could be playing a card like Queen Marchesa and running Xantcha in the 99.
I think the 8x8 theory is solid for most of these categories! I feel that the player controlling Xantcha dying is a rare enough occurrence (she'll probably get destroyed or another player could get taken out before them) that you might not need a full 8 slots dedicated to sacrificing her. If this does happen, you could always use your single-target removal on her and run a bit more of it. It's not ideal, but might save you from situations where you have a Viscera Seer or Ashnod's Altar and nothing to sacrifice with it.
Same goes with the politics and memes. Depending on your definition of memes, they could have a lot of overlap there too so you might not need to dedicate 16 slots in your deck to both of those (like Curse of Opulence, Sower of Discord, or Disrupt Decorum).
Overall I think you're on the right track and I can't wait to see what you end up with!
1 month ago
My protective enchantments/creatures are meta picks. Swarm strategies are popular at my LGS and I have found Norn's Annex to be far more back breaking than Sphere of Safety. I have tried Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs in past decks, but he eats removal so fast that’s it’s not even worth it. Thanks for the input though!
1 month ago
If it was my choice, I would go with Thantis, the warweaver. As green gives so much more options.
You have some good ideas already but a few more I think would be: Hunted Dragon, Avatar of Slaughter, No Mercy, Akroma's Memorial maybe, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Ophiomancer, Grenzo, Havoc Raiser, then I think you could really draw some inspiration from Queen Marchesa decks by playing some monarch cards like Skyline Despot, then stuff like Grave Titan/Hanweir Garrison/Goblin Spymaster.
When I’m off work later I will see what else I can think of. But like I already said, look at some political decks such as I suggested like Queen Marchesa, then I’m sure there’s more that I’m just not thinking of right now.