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Whenever Liliana's Reaver deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.
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Thank you very much for these tips. In response I think you might be correct in removing Agent of the Fates for a Liliana's Reaver they have a bigger impact on the board. I just really love the flavor of the card of Agent of the Fates but sadly I fear it is not needed. In term of having Lava Axe I brought that in after finding my self needing that last shot of damage. Doing 5 damage to the face has helped me end out a few games that I would not have normally won. That being said it makes me think I should move it over to my sideboard instead. Looking at Sanguine Bond if I want to move that to my main board I will have to increase the numbers of lifegain that I can have. Otherwise Sanguine Bond will not be that effective. In all honesty the card that has been the biggest let down is Mogis, God of Slaughter but he is my name sake so HE WILL NEVER LEAVE!!!!
I would side board lifebane zombie for diregraf ghoul and maybe drop some of your unbreathing horde for something like slitherhead or another one drop. I'd also take out the liliana's reaver in favor of 2 ranks of the undead
-3 Lifebane Zombie - sideboard
Something like that
Yes, Herald of Torment triggers the heroic. What I should have said then was there isn't much to trigger it. What I would do is take out 2x Agent of the Fates , put in 2x Liliana's Reaver , and find a way to also put Scourgemark in, if you really want to keep Agent of the Fates . Otherwise, put in 4x Liliana's Reaver .
And while I'm at it, you might want to swap Lava Axe out. 5 damage is nice, but for 5 mana, it's a bit much. There are better things to put the mana into, such as Sanguine Bond . If Sanguine Bond were moved to the main board, putting more lifegain in would be necessary, instead of relying upon drawing your Whip of Erebos . Something like Servant of Tymaret , or Insatiable Harpy . If you're willing so step away from Theros a little bit, Gift of Orzhova is also a great option.
If it weren't standard, I'd suggest + , lol. Personally one of my favorite combos.
Sticking only to Theros, my best suggestions are to drop Duress for Thoughtseize , and consider removing Agent of the Fates . Yes, he is a total badass, but you have nothing to trigger his heroic ability, making him mostly useless (though a 3/2 deathtouch is always nice). I'd put Liliana's Reaver in instead. Definitely a +1 from me :)
As for previous comments: Hero's Downfall is too good to take out.
I'm surprised you don't have any Liliana's Reaver s in there. Maybe switch out a Blasting Station for a one-of? Would work wonders as a last-resort bomb, assuming you still have your lords out. Also a great equalizer if things don't pan out as planned.
You have to play carefully with the beast because it can allow an out for your opponent. I've actually managed to win before by blocking it and gaining life back. If you can control the lifelink interaction well, it can be awesome. If you can't it juat becomes a card that can't do a lot. If you are looking for a new four drop to replace the titan Liliana's Reaver is a good swap. Decent combat rule and two black mana adds to devotion!
So I did put the Bile Blight to the side and upping the Hero's Downfall to 3, you really need an answer to plainswalker other then attacking them they are one of the weakness of this deck besides getting swarmed with creatures.
Been good so far, the losses I get are normally happening from creature removal (especially the one encoded with Hidden Strings ), burn or super fast aggro. Changed the deck a bit, added another Thassa, God of the Sea with her Bident of Thassa . Making your creatures unblockable is just priceless, the scry is very nice, but the major thing is getting the card draw from the Bident of Thassa . Once you have the lock, you just start drawing like crazy giving you a change to dig deep and go get that Mizzium Skin or Boon of Erebos that will help you protect your creatures.
Added another Liliana's Reaver replacing my fourth Siren of the Silent Song , the discard is harder to get from the reaver but the token generation and the bigger punch are needed. I don't know if I should upgrade those 2 Liliana's Reaver to Desecration Demon . I don't think so, I like how the reaver have been working so far, just something to keep in mind.
|Power / Toughness||4/3|
|Avg. draft pick||2.18|
|Avg. cube pick||1.70|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|