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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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1 week ago
Interesting commander, didn't know he existed. I recommend Shizo, Death's Storehouse, one more way to give your commander evasion. Blackblade Reforged, Lashwrithe, Nightmare Lash are good equipments to pump your commander aswell. Liliana of the Dark Realms can help you get swamps to ensure you don't miss land drops, and also helps with the equipments I suggested, same goes for Thaumatic Compass Flip which when flipped also helps protecting you.
Nice deck nonetheless +1.
1 month ago
I haven't been good about documenting updates so just leaving this comment to explain the most recent changes. I liked Smuggler's Copter in this deck & after doing some research saw people were having success running W/B Zombie Copter lists. I decided to keep it mono-black but added Bloodghast since it plays well with Copter, then added Collective Brutality & Cryptbreaker to further enable Bloodghast & improve overall deck synergy. Gifted Aetherborn, Plague Belcher, Victim of Night & Lashwrithe were cut. Other cards like Bone Picker have also been left out because they weren't very good.
The deck would probably benefit from Liliana of the Veil but I feel ok playing without it. Overall the changes seem more aggressive & enable a very low curve with maximum focus on efficient & resilient aggro creatures. One downside is a lack of blockers, but there's plenty of removal spells. I'm hoping the deck has some legs in modern!
1 month ago
I think Dark Confidant would be a very good fit here with all my 1 cmc spells. If I do make the purchase I expect it would replace the 4x Gifted Aetherborn. Since I'm not playing threats like Tarmogoyf I think my opponents would save removal for Bob but it would still be a great play. Liliana of the Veil is also good here, I saw it was a staple in Devotion lists. I think Bob's a better fit here but adding both could definitely be a good idea. Don't own them yet but considering it.
Bontu the Glorified is a card I've gone back and forth on. It's definitely competing for the Plague Belcher spot and I'm also considering a 2/2 split due to Bontu's legendary status. My only hesitation is meeting the mana and creature sacrifice conditions can be rough in the early-ish game whereas Plague Belcher provides a more consistent body.
Herald of Torment looks really cool & I'd never heard of it. Could also replace a Lashwrithe too, definitely thinking about this one. I like Victim of Night over Cast Down for now but that could change if I start seeing more Gurmag Anglers.
I've been playing around with my Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek numbers but 3/3 seems good. I suppose I don't need to stash the extras in my sideboard....generally speaking my SB is still pretty rough so your suggestions there are appreciated! Bile Blight is a favorite because, as you said, it hits a lot. Smallpox could definitely work here, and land destruction is always a good idea. I'll be fiddling around with my sideboard for sure.
Thank you for the suggestions!
1 month ago
I've piloted a bunch of mono black ranging from £15 lists ( Budget mono-black! ) to... uhh way too much.
By biggest peice of advice is to commit to a striaghtforward plan, which fights well against your dominant metagame strategies, with a sideboard dedicated to hating out the most visible other strategies. This'll take some practice, but you don't have to break the bank to make it work.
There are two sets of cards you should absolutely spend money on- if you're going fetches/sacrifice, Fatal Push, if you are going mono-swamp Inquisition of Kozilek. Sideboard you want whatever meta artifacts are out there Damping Sphere or w/e, and Ratchet Bomb.
Judging by your current list, I reccomend piloting a vampire/lifelink build. The idea is to play 1/2/3 drop lifelink vampires and strap a Lashwrithe to them. Aggro strategies will have a really hard time fighting through the volume of lifegain you can get, and you win fast enough that combo and control actually have to draw their cards (enter Delirium Skeins sideboard). Indulgent Aristocrat, Gifted Aetherborn, Vampire Cutthroat, Call the Bloodline to pitch lands to, with a second big payoff card in Blade of the Bloodchief. (also, holy shit those cards went up in price)
The big thing that makes budget mono-black tick is the large amount of cards that aren't gamechanging on their own, but offer relaible small synergies. Much like jund, you don't have to worry about failing to 'go off', so lots of high-variance opponents beat themselves. There are cards to meet almost any need in black, you just have to pick them and dedicate to it.
Similarly, you can do an awful lot with 4 Languish and 4 Mutilate, especially if your wincon is not creatures. Its just all more effective if you pick one thing that you want to be doing lots in your games, and pack as much of that as you can in your deck.
Let me know what you want your deck to do, and what you value as a player and I'll point you in the direction of some of the lesser-known options.
1 month ago
Thanks for the feedback. Lashwrithe seems excellent, I was only put off by the mana cost but it could be amazing since I'm playing 22 swamps. I like Plague Belcher but could see myself replacing the 2x Bone Picker since those were somewhat tacked-on. Though that would mean losing a great target to attach Lashwrithe to.
Thoughtseize/IoK...I just can't decide on sideboard vs main. The best card in the deck should probably go in the main, and I can lose the 2 Dismembers easily enough & maybe cut the 2 sac outlets since Lashwrithe would give me the reach I'm looking for. Just wish I had more evasive cards for Lashwrithe targets as it seems easy to chump block. But it fits the theme of grinding the opponent down so I think I'll try it out. Thanks again.
1 month ago
Whenever I see a Mono-Black Aggro deck, I feel the need to suggest some number of Lashwrithe as a scaling threat that turns your sad little weenies into beefy wincons, and is generally much harder to get rid of.. Personally, I would trade out the Plague Belchers for them..
Also I would find some way of mainboarding some of your Hand Disruption (IoK & TS) as it is one of Black’s biggest strengths vs. the rest of the color pie..
2 months ago
Heres my big list of playable cards for mono black Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox - It hasn't been updated in a while mind, so theres some stuff in the most recent sets worth a look.
I reccomend cutting urborg and stronghold for more swamps or utility - you don't have anything like Profane Command that calls for tons of mana. If you want to go that direction, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade and Liliana of the Dark Realms with a bunch of ramp and X cost spells.
Mono blacks big advantage is a huge number of versatile answers in the sideboard- from Infinite Obliteration to Storage Matrix, there is a card for pretty much any situation. The battle is having it in-hand when you need it. Its a fun deck with a lot of versatility- have fun with the builds.