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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Koskun Falls unless you tap an untapped creature you control.
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays (2) for each creature he or she controls that's attacking you.
Koskun Falls Discussion
7 hours ago
I really like what you've done here, and I vote you build this deck. I can tell that, despite not having played very long, you've done your research. Haven't even seen Balduvian Warlord in a list yet, and it's some great tech. Plus you're running my favorite black card in EDH, Syphon Mind! Such value.
As for what to add, I think you could use another sac outlet or two for when Xantcha comes back to you after a player dies. Phyrexian Tower is a good investment. It only recently went from like $60 to $10 from the reprint, and I don't see it being reprinted any time soon.
Some other good cards to encourage combat and keep yourself protected are Koskun Falls , since it's the only Ghostly Prison in BR. No Mercy is a great deterrent, as well. Also, Maddening Imp is fun tech, but you can force combat more broadly with Angel's Trumpet , Fumiko the Lowblood , Goblin Spymaster , and Warmonger Hellkite .
As for helping Xantcha hit the mark, Cover of Darkness is excellent. Gotta love the old tribal cards that affect other player's creatures, and you're unlikely to get much splash effect from naming "Minion." Although, if you want to capitalize on it, Chainer, Dementia Master , Sleeper Agent (the OG Xantcha), and Phage the Untouchable could all play well into what you're doing. Chainer for the abundance of dying creatures. Agent, since no one will want to block it and for that sweet, sweet flavor. Phage, since no blockers should be a goal in your deck. Either way, Cover of Darkness should replace Whispersilk Cloak , since you can't equip creatures you don't control. Shizo, Death's Storehouse could also be good.
I think you could use a little more mana fixing, as well. Blood Crypt is unlikely to ever get cheaper than it is now. Temple of Malice is nice, and if you find yourself leaning black, Tainted Peak could be a good include, as well. Also, Rakdos Signet seems like a given.
As for cuts, I don't think Hissing Miasma is that great. Koskun Falls and No Mercy are much better deterrents. Shizo, Death's Storehouse is more mana-efficient than Rogue's Passage , and makes black mana, to boot. The Haunt of Hightower just seems too slow to be worth the cost if you're not building around it. Words of Waste seems like a loosing battle, since you'll need to be paying 3 mana to draw with Xantcha and activate the ability, so for every two times you combo, you're paying 6 mana and putting your opponents down 2 cards each and drawing 0 cards. For that 6 mana, you could just draw three cards, instead.
1 week ago
Give this episode of EDHRECast a listen. It's all about 75% decks with a focus on the creator of the site's Xantcha deck.
As for specifics for your deck, the first card I would include Koskun Falls . It's the only Ghostly Prison effect in black, and it will help you defend. Well, there's also No Mercy , so give that a whirl, as well.
Dauthi Embrace and Dauthi Trapper are interesting tech. I've never seen those cards before! If your goal is just to make Xantcha unblockable, though, Cover of Darkness is much cheaper (gotta love old cards that effect other people's creatures!), and I doubt you'll get much blowback from other Minions on the table.
I also see a Nekusar, the Mindrazer kind of thing going on. You'll probably want some wheels to supplement that strategy. A few good budget ones are Khorvath's Fury , Incendiary Command , and Reforge the Soul .
As for cuts, Cabal Stronghold is pretty iffy in a deck running 11 Basic Swamps. Temple of the False God is awful. You're effectively running 35 lands, because Temple is a free 4-mana rock, not a land. I honestly despise this card. Run Thran Dynamo , Worn Powerstone , or Hedron Archive , instead, and add in a couple more lands. I would put in some budget fixing lands, such as Rakdos Carnarium and Tainted Peak . I don't like Bubbling Muck much. You're not running that many swamps, so something like Mana Geyser would be much more effective if you need big mana. I'm also not really sure what Harmless Offering is doing in this deck.
Those are just my initial impressions. I'd also check out the Xantcha page at EDHREC to see how others are building. You can click the budget tab in the top right to help stay under $150! Good luck!
3 weeks ago
In looking over your decklist, two cards that are EDH staples in their respective colors came to mind: Vandalblast and Cyclonic Rift . The recycle from Kess isn't that amazing but the overloaded effect when cast from hand is so good I think there is an argument for including.
Any thoughts to include a little pillowfort to the deck such as Propaganda or Koskun Falls ? You do have a few token makers for chump blocks but a tool or two to direct people elsewhere while you set up can be valuable.
1 month ago
- Koskun Falls More taxing effects are great for this deck.
- Comeuppance An instant speed punish for someone wanting to go all in against us.
- Crush Contraband Artifact and Enchantment spot removal, much needed addition.
Cleansing Meditation Enchantment board wipe that will usually bring all of our enchantments back.
- Thunderstaff Too slow and isn't overly useful for us since we don't go wide on the board as much, however may come back if I feel like giving our opponents creatures a +1/+0 will help us end the game sooner.
- Virtus the Veiled Not enough evasion effects in the deck to make running this guy worth it.
- Kami of Ancient Law Needed better removal; swapped out for Crush Contraband .
- Dark Petition Not enough instants and sorceries to always hit the spell mastery in this deck.
1 month ago
I thank you for your comment.
As for Comeuppance , what a great card in here! I'll likely replace Virtus the Veiled with that. I don't see me ever really connecting to a player with him to make it worthwhile unless I have Break Through the Line on the field.
As for having a board wipe, I've honestly been thinking of replacing Magus of the Disk with Merciless Eviction . But since it hits everything I'm worried it would put me so far behind on the board. What board wipes would you recommend for this style of play?
1 month ago
Koskun Falls is another pillowfort enchantment [strangely in black but Homelands came from a time when the color pie was more of the Wild West] that could add to the suite to keep opponents away from your side of the board, same goes for Crawlspace .
Comeuppance is a 'everything was going just fine for you until you sent that my way' type of card that opponents will tend to remember if they get blown out by it.
You mention that the deck doesn't run boardwipes so I'll refrain for touching on those but I would think that you'd want something like Return to Dust or Crush Contraband to stop an opponent from keeping out a problematic artifact or enchantment that threatens to take over the game and prevent your style of fun but maybe your local meta doesn't have that kind of play environment.
1 month ago
Would Eidolon of the Great Revel have a place? Its another punisher for that cheaper, targeted removal. And if you're willing to play Sire Of Insanity then maybe Oppression finds a home. Everlasting Torment so the punishing damage sticks? And Glacial Chasm and Koskun Falls I think would both play well with the sit back and watch the world burn plan you envision.
2 months ago
Glad you like the deck KayneMarco, thanks for the compliments and suggestions!
Mind Slash is a card I haven't tried yet but I'm curious to see how it would perform. Taking away people's cards is nice, my main issues with it are only being able to target one person at a time, at sorcery speed.
I've used Koskun Falls in the past and I go back and forth subbing it out for Elephant Grass. Lately I've settled on elephant grass because the mana cost is way lower and it completely shuts down black creatures.
Dictate of Erebos, Grave Pact and other effects like those are very powerful, I just don't think I have enough sac outlets to take full advantage of them. Also, my current meta is becoming less creature based and more combo heavy so sometimes those Dictate type effects end up being dead draws.
As a general rule I refuse to give my opponents extra cards. I have terrible luck so usually if I fill up my opponents' hands they will make me regret it! The only card I might consider is Anvil of Bogardan, it gives people an extra card but also rewards me with a discard right away.
Words of Waste requires a bit of setup but I like it! Definetly one I need to playtest.
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