Lavaclaw Reaches enters the battlefield tapped.
Tap: Add B or R to your mana pool.
1,B,R: Until end of turn, Lavaclaw Reaches becomes a 2/2 black and red Elemental creature with "X: This creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn." It's still a land.
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Lavaclaw Reaches Discussion
3 weeks ago
I'd focus on improving your manabase especially since you have multiple cards with particular mana costs like Dreadbore, Terminate, Necroskitter, Etc. Bloodstained Mire and Blood Crypt are must haves. Some other ones to consider are Smoldering Marsh, Dragonskull Summit, Temple of Malice, and Lavaclaw Reaches. If your wallet is a little deeper, more fetch lands and Badlands is also a potential. I'd also focus on fine-tuning your creature choices. Festering Mummy seems weak to me, as does Butcher Ghoul. You can really swap them out for whatever you want, or just keep them. Overall, though, nice budget list. Just personally, I'd recommend Crater's Claws over Banefire, but I tend to play against people with fewer counterspells, so just do what fits for the playgroup.
1 month ago
APPLE01DOJ, This is my current brew. All the changes are with cards I actually have, except for The Rack which I have proxies of until I pick up the rest of the stuff I want to change. I was thinking Chittering Rats would swap out with Blightning. I will also be picking up Lavaclaw Reaches.
What do you think of this build so far? Feel free to pick it apart.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Smokebraider and Generator Servant can enable Ashenmoor Liege, Embodiment of Fury, Nova Chaser or Stingmoggie. Still, pushing up on the curve probably isn't the right call- I'd consider Shared Animosity and Flamekin Harbinger first, and if you're going to splash, Ceaseless Searblades/Lavaclaw Reaches/Wandering Fumarole, as it doesn't take a lot of slots and provides a nice tiebreaker against lifegain.
2 months ago
some relatively inexpensive lands you can run to smooth out your colored mana supply include:
Lavaclaw Reaches, Dragonskull Summit, Shadowblood Ridge, Sulfurous Springs, Smoldering Marsh.
also in 2-color i would consider not running cabal coffers unless you also run Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.
also would consider Talisman of Indulgence and Rakdos Signet over Thought Vessel
3 months ago
Ok, interesting setup, I'd describe it as more midrange rather than control, but the idea is pretty solid. I'm running a list with Myth Realized in mardu which works similarly. Personally, I'd cut the recover and similar for a Night's Whisper or Sign in Blood (sorcery speed matters less when you have spare mana for removal), and swap madcap for the wonderful and disruptive Delirium Skeins- if they can't stop your creatures, it doesn't matter how much they hit for. Your manabase looks like it should function, but I can't say more than that. Graven Cairns is cheaper than the other filters thanks to it's future sight printing, and Lavaclaw Reaches is a decent mana sink in later turns. There are several spells in black red missing here, but the most pressing is sideboarded Rakdos Charm. It kills artifacts, ends graveyards and flips swarm tactics on their head. Ratchet Bomb will provide much needed emergency enchantment removal, and Pithing Needle or Dreadbore are solutions to the incurable planeswalker plague upon the game. I'd consider Gifted Aetherborn in place of skirge, the constant presence of k-command makes artifacts risky buisness.
If you want more consistant draw, Phyrexian Arena is relatively resistant to the current strain of non-Anguished Unmaking removal. I have this list Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox for mono black players- chances are there will be some stuff in there to help.
3 months ago
Responding to the advertising your modern deck thread.
Very aggressive deck. Have you thought about maybe trying out some Blood Moon in the main or sideboard for this? It could be pretty cool and allow you to continue to be very aggro while they fall behind. Also maybe having a top curve planeswalker could be good like Chandra, Torch of Defiance or Koth of the Hammer for versatility and such whether it be in the main or sideboard. If you do though, having something like Lavaclaw Reaches to pump with the extra mana could be cool or Inferno Titan. Obviously it's up the curve but could be good for more grindy matchups. You might be able to put in a Terminate or two if you do find your meta has creatures that are difficult to deal with for your deck.
4 months ago
Thank you for your feedback, very helpful.
I replaced the motorists with bitterblossom. Your argument that his power is wasted when copter only needs 1 for crew convinced me. Thank you.
I like 4 paths because they can ugly things like eldrazis or wurmcoil engine. For the cheap stuff I have bolt and helix. I am not really sure if I need Fatal Push.
Crumble to Dust is temporal replacement for fulminators mage. He is very good with kolaghans command.
Hide/Seek is good versus nahiri emrakul decks, that are popular in my local meta.
Swapping the Ajani for a second Sorin looks like a good plan.