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Artifact — Equipment
Living weapon (When this equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each Swamp you control.
Equip ( can be paid for with either or 2 life.)
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The problem with playing Deity of Scars is that if we choose to play him, we are further increasing the curve of the deck, even though he's interesting to play. You could definitely play him as a one of over something like Lashwrithe, or ditch gray merchant and with him as big beater on top.
1 month ago
FullmetalWes Thanks for the help! I love the Lashwrithe and Nightmare Lash suggestions. I'll def get my hands on a Stronghold to run, and after looking over my creature and enchantment count I think you're correct about Nykthos. I should have plenty of devotion to make that work. I've got my hardcore black lands in my Grimgrin and Gitrog decks, but the stronghold is super affordable so I'll try it out.
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1 month ago
If you are looking to play 4 copies, I'd suggest cutting the Nyxathids and a Lashwrithe, becuase honestly, with so many decks running Kolaghan's Command nowadays, lashwrithe can get blown out in some matchups. If you are looking to play 3 copies, I'd just swap them out over the Nyxathids.
1 month ago
First strike/deathtouch is a great style for beginners- with the lifelinkers in there too it should do well in the current aggro meta.
I'll cover a few basics, and explain how this informs my reccomendations for cards. Competitive Modern is a turn 4 format- this means that games start ending at turn 4, and most 'game deciding' moments happen turns 2-6. This means that the most important spells are all cast on very little mana, and tend to have <3 cmc.
As it stands, your curve isn't too bad. You're sitting around cmc3- but most of that is in creatures. Specifically, creatures that want to fight creatures, and some which gain life to try and stop you getting killed by a swarm of lighting bolts. They don't do things the moment they are played, like most 3 drops have to.
The equpment are clunky and kinda awkward. They don't protect your creatures very well, and take 4ish mana to turn on. I'd take a look at artifacts that either give your creatures some resiliency for that cost, or provide card advantage. When you spend four mana, you need it to make an impact right away, because you are usually delaying yourself to cast it.
Second, sideboard. A lot of the decks you will see don't really care about their creatures, be it KCI combo, Scapeshift or tron. If you include Duress and artifact hate (Deglamer or whatever), and some graveyard disruption (Tormod's Crypt if you can find nothing else, but Ravenous Trap and Nihil Spellbomb are there), it'll go well.
Run a single Whip of Erebos in place of a longbow. More creatures getting used and more lifelink is good. It doesn't stack, but that isn't a huge issue.
Something like Ghirapur Orrery, Phyrexian Arena or similar instead of Viridian Longbow- you're going to get more payoff drawing cards than sniping creatures (most of the time). If your opponent is drawing more cards than you and killing your creatures, drawing an equipment is rough. Viridian Claw is the most playable, but without Puresteel Paladin type shenanigans, equipment need to be a smaller part of the list.
For the smaller equipments- you aren't going to be reccuring them with glissa unless you sacrifice them. You can run some Salvage Slasher and Salvage Titan or something, but artifacts which sac themselves like Executioner's Capsule or Chromatic Sphere are the thing to go to there. Fountain of Renewal is worth a look- card advantage and anti-burn in one spell is ok. Mind Stone is a similar candidate.
If you want to use Vengeful Pharaoh, include a discard outlet. The premium options are all over the site, but in this list something like Call the Bloodline will work- trading lands and dead cards for blockers and life is decent. It might also be worth looking at Molten-Tail Masticore- trading dead creatures for finishing a game is usually ok.
All told- your list is remarkably good, and will get a lot of laughs in casual play. The rest is seeing all the options out there and having fun tinkering to overcome your local meta to make it competitive.
1 month ago
Ok, as promised I arrived home and I'm going to help you out, I'll redo the suggestions I did on reddit and complete with the rest.
I would add Liliana of the Dark Realms to tutor some swamps, altho you already have several things to fetch lands, so it is up to you if you feel the need for it. Hatred is a card I recommend 100%, it's great as a finisher, and if your commander already has lifelink even better. If you can afford a Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth then Nightmare Lash and Lashwrithe are good additions aswell. Weathered Wayfarer, Herald of Leshrac, Leonin Shikari, Oreskos Explorer, Taj-Nar Swordsmith, Divine Reckoning, Bloodforged Battle-Axe, Grappling Hook and/or Fireshrieker, Felidar Umbra, Hammer of Nazahn, Infiltration Lens, Kusari-Gama, Thaumatic Compass Flip, Myriad Landscape, Shizo, Death's Storehouse, Phyrexian Arena, Vona's Hunger, Crucible of Worlds. Torment of Hailfire and Exsanguinate are always good finishers in a black deck, and since you will be tutoring lands a lot you can guarantee a good value for X.
Also if your playgroup plays a lot with graveyard consider Bojuka Bog.
I think with the colors you have and playing Voltron you should add some pillowfort stuff to the deck, like: Ghostly Prison, Propaganda, Collective Restraint, Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, No Mercy, Dread, Baird, Steward of Argive, Windborn Muse, Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker, maybe Darien, King of Kjeldor could work too.
From what you already have on the deck I would remove the following cards: Darksteel Ingot and Fellwar Stone are not necesary, I know both of these are fixing but you already have several lands with 2 colors and plenty of land fetching, you don't need these. Helm of the Host is great, I love this equipment but in this specific deck I am not sure if it is worth it. At least not for the commander imo, but to use it on the other creatures you have that offer utility, specially the ones with ETB or the "propaganda" creatures, then it is definitly worth to keep in the deck. Lightning Greaves is loved by so many people but I don't really like it much, I mean the 0 equip is great, plus the haste but I don't like shroud, yes it protects your crature but also screws you, while it is equipped you can't equip other stuff on the same creature or enchant it, etc... So if you have no other creature to swap it and allow you to target your commander again you are basicly screwed, I don't think it is worth to occupy a slot with it. Same goes for Whispersilk Cloak, blue already gives you unblockable if you want, not worth to have this with the downside of shroud, I'd rather replace it with Aqueous Form for example. Mask of Avacyn is nice to protect your commander but that's all it gives, if you need a slot for something this is a card I would remove. Vedalken Orrery... You don't need this, I know the ability is nice and quite tempting but in a voltron deck you don't really need this, I would only keep it if there was a free slot with nothing better to put in it, but even then I think I'd rather add some equipment or aura instead of this. Baleful Strix is nice but for 1 more mana I'd rather have Phyrexian Arena in play, much better. Dreamscape Artist is nice if you can play lands from the graveyard, with Crucible of Worlds and similar cards, which btw is a nice recommendation for the deck, Crucible of Worlds would help you get your lands back when facing land destroyers or milling decks. Also not sure about Emeria Shepherd, I mean you can deffinitly trigger her several times, but idk. I would test the deck with her and see how she does, if she doesn't seem to be useful most of the times I would replace her, for example for the same CMC I would prefer Herald of Leshrac, much more synergy with your commander. Jhoira's Familiar is nice too, but again it is also one I would remove IF a slot is needed for something else. I'm also not sure about Walking Atlas, I think most of the times it will be a dead card on the board because you won't have land cards in hand at some point, making him generally a wasted spot on the deck. Yes he can be great in some situations, but when putting cards in a deck you gotta try and put the cards that will be good in any stage of the game, not only sometimes, and this guy is one of those "sometimes" cards. I also think you don't need Disallow and Stoic Rebuttal. I mean as someone who likes to play blue, I know how good and safe it feels to have some counterspells but in this specific deck you don't need that many, I would even say none but since you are playing blue anyway, 1 or 2 could be helpful but no more than that, remember the goal of the deck is commander damage, you already have a lot of protection for your commander in equipments and/or auras, you don't really need counterspells to protect him, so if you need slots for other cards I would even say remove all counterspells. I'm not a fan of Detention Sphere in commander, yes if your opponents have the same card in play it is great, but most of the times it won't happen, again it is one of those cards that are good sometimes but not always so I'd take it out. Regarding your lands I don't like much of Submerged Boneyard and Forsaken Sanctuary, Sunken Hollow and Caves of Koilos would be 2 good replacements that are not very expensive. I would also remove Temple of the False God and put instead some basic land, I mean yeah that 1 extra mana is nice and can help you but I'd rather have 1 more basic land to fetch with the artifacts, etc.
To sum it up, I think this deck works best as a mainly W/B deck with a splash of blue, for some of the Propaganda effects it provides plus the evasion and card draw/selection. Other than that what you want for Voltron and to fetch lands you will find it on white, black and colorless.
One small note, I think you have way too many things to fetch basic lands, maybe you could cut down 1 or 2, not sure. That's one of those things that require some playtesting, never played with so many so I am not sure how good or bad it can be.
That's all I guess. I bet there are some more good things for this deck but I don't know it all, yet! I know some of my suggestions are not budget but you can just add them to the aquireboard section, for one day later if you decided to include them.
Helping you out with this deck hyped me to try and make one with Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, as a nod to your own deck. If you ever need anything don't hesitate to contact me here or on reddit.
Hope my suggestions were helpful, and kick your friends's asses with Dakkon. Stay well :)