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Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
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1 month ago
Yeah, forgot it had to be black creature for the sacrifice cost. oh well!
Yeah, I'm actually quite shocked tha the Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots aren't more played. Be warned however, they can spot remove your demon in response to you equipping the boots, but after that you're safe.
As for the sideboard, I'd suggest Duress to annoy control and prevent spot removal. Go for the Throat is also an option if there's not a lot of affinity in your meta. Pithing Needle is also a classic, and black as access to very good card to combat combo decks: Memoricide or maybe Stain the Mind in your case since you can convoke most of it and you creature can be sacrificed even if tapped.
Also, I don't know how deep your budget is, but if you have a few shekels to spare, or that your playgroup/card store allows proxies, Bitterblossom would be Grade-A in you deck.
1 month ago
I've been staring at this list for 3 hours now, I got some opinions.
I'm running off the assumption that this is a budget build, so I'll spare you the classic "wHy ArE yOu NoT rUnNiNg ThOuGhTsEiZe!?"
Consider running one or two board wipes to help you out of a jam. Drown in Sorrow is great against aggro decks and avoids killing most of your 2-3 drop creatures for some nice synergy. Languish can bail you out of grindier matchups and can kill most of the creatures in the format.
Graveyard hate is an important part of every well-designed sideboard, lest you fall victim to graveyard shenanigans. Relic of Progenitus is a staple of this archetype, exiling slow in the early game, and fast in the late game. Scarab Feast can castrate a graveyard quickly and with precision, while Extirpate will make sure you never have to see a dreaded combo piece or removal spell again.
Finally, no matter how much I pray, Do or Die is not and probably never will be legal in modern.
I highly recommend running more removal (4-7 spells), and getting rid of Essence Extraction; It's just not that good in Modern. Dismember kills pretty much everything in the format outside of a Tron matchup, while Victim of Night is essentially unconditional. I know this deck is budget, but investing in some Fatal Pushes is your best option, they are still fairly affordable and it's the best removal spell in the format, so it's only gonna go up in price if you wait.
On to your creatures; you are playing a dangerous game letting your opponent draw so much with Master of the Feast, more power to ya if you've had success with it, but in my experience, you should never let your opponent draw cards like that. I personally love Bloodlord of Vaasgoth but I have something fun in the next section that might make you replace him. As for Yahenni, Undying Partisan, I don't think it has any place in this deck, it doesn't offer good value for its aristocrat ability and it's not gonna do much until it's been out for a long time.
Voldaren Pariah is one of the most dangerous bombs you could be running in this deck. forcing your opponent to sacrifice three creatures is going to straight-up END most games. I HIGHLY recommend replacing Bloodlord of Vaasgoth for this.
Asylum Visitor can get you some really nice late-game draw condition on a 3/1, she's like Dark Confidant but not $40.
Now I know what you may be thinking: "But GoodLuckGuy, those both have Madness, I don't have anything to enable that!" Well, worry no more you hansom fellow, for their is a vampire tribe lord that does just that, and so much more. I present to you - Stromkirk Condemned. Not only does this let you drop your shiny new vampires for their madness cost, but it also gives late game value to your land and hand destruction top-decks. It is simply the perfect card for the modern man's vampire tribal deck.
1 month ago
I'm not sure how useful those pinpoint discard spells will be late game. Once the opponent's hand is empty, most of your cards are dead. Some discard cards like Brain Pry can replace themselves once the opponent has an empty hand. Or, something like Call the Bloodline or Pack Rat can make your discard spells do something else once the opponent is empty handed.
Since you're using Liliana's Caress and Abyssal Nocturnus, you might consider Dark Deal to deliver some damage, while still leaving them with cards in hand for a followup Mind Sludge. Don't forget to Dream Salvage or Geth's Grimoire if you do.
Replace your Mind Rot with Stupor, if you can. I'd play Megrim over Liliana's caress, since Megrim can damage opponents' planeswalkers if needed, but that's just personal preference. For removal, I'm a big fan of Devour in Shadow.
Anyway...for your sideboard, Relic of Progenitus or the cheaper Scrabbling Claws to stop those graveyard hijinks. Either Pithing Needle or the cheaper Damping Matrix can stop some activated abilities. I'd put in some Poor Man's Damnation Barter in Blood, Languish or Consume the Meek to stop critter strategies. To break combos, a card like Memoricide or Cranial Extraction.
1 month ago
Some options to consider:
I'm concerned about the deck's ability to actually play Duress effects early enough to make a difference; I would be tempted to switch black for white to gain access to Path to Exile and instead incorporate some Thought-Knot Seers
2 months ago
IsaacSwan14 This deck has lost before but has always prevailed in matches were it wins at least 2 out of 3 games. My LGS is a bit sparce on counterspells, however I've found that I have gotten by just fine when I use my sideboard cards such as Cranial Extraction, Thoughtseize and Memoricide to search for them.
Hunson_Abadeer Thank you! That's a great upgrade, thanks for the suggestion!
2 months ago
Regarding lands I'd say you should either cut three other cards for three more swamps, or cut Nykthos and another card to play two more swamps. You really want to have 23-24 playable lands in the deck.
Another thing to add, since I don't know what your current sideboard is, some great budget choices are Mutilate, Flaying Tendrils, Nihil Spellbomb, Extirpate, Geth's Verdict, Ratchet Bomb, Tormod's Crypt, Hero's Downfall, Pithing Needle, Necrogen Mists, Distress, Memoricide, and Lost Legacy.
If you are looking for any more help, I made a whole primer on playing decks like this
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neosapien The only reason i would argue for Altar of the Brood is incase i don't get any Murderous Redcaps which is unlikely yes, but its nice to infinitly sac a Kitchen Finks and kill someone with mill. Undying Evil is there because the +1/+1 counters would cancle out the -1/-1, therefore its the same effect as Melira, Sylvok Outcast incase she isnt on the field or has been gotten rid of via Duress or Memoricide. Though I agree with Grave Pact as a better choice than Dictate of Erebos.