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(Black), Sacrifice a creature: Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a card from it. That player discards that card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
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Mind Slash Discussion
4 days ago
maxmcnugget I've been using Grave Pact on my hapatra for quite some time. It's really effective against targeted effects that destroy creatures, adversaries are, usually, afraid of doing anything to your minions with it in play. And comboing it with Ashnod's Altar, Mind Slash and Victimize is also great.
2 weeks ago
I also used to run a Meren deck and there are some cards you don't use that I personally found to be quite fun. PREPARE FOR WALL OF WORDS!
(I forget its name atm) The 2CMC Meren that prevents infect and -1/1 counters for infinite persist
Altar of Dementia It is a good sac outlet, mills yourself, or mills your opponents to death (my preferred method of winning) with infinite persist.
Greater Good Kinda is the same thing - sac out, lets you draw and discard junk.
Pattern of Rebirth Kinda was amazing with my deck. Its one flaw is it says the creature needs to hit the yard, so Leyline/RIP effects suck. This has an awesome combo with the next card
Birthing Pod - This card probably is somewhere in your deck, but I didn't see it. It is a great card, it makes your creature curve relevant (kinda important if everything good is a 3 mana thing, nothing on 4, good stuff on 5, for example), and with Pattern, I have won maannny games by patterning my Spore Fog (affectionately known as Fog Frog in my group), and pod-ing it away for 2cmc meren + a persist creature and comboing with a sac outlet.
Mind Slash A little mana intensive, but discard + sacrifice + pain-free thoughtseize was decent.
(this one is a gimmick card but I liked it)
Thoughtpicker Witch- Basically made my "favorite" opponent only draw lands for the majority of the game. Pretty effective on 1v1. Also is an exile win-con when you are infinite persisting. Kind of "win-more," but it can sac itself and come back with Meren EOT to do it again if both cards were non-lands.
TL;DR- Meren "Spore Frog Durdle.dec" was my favorite thing I built for a long while. These are cards I thought were awesome. If you ever wanna try some jank, give these cards a try if you haven't already had them in your deck and I cant see them, or if you feel like a card is being weak and you want to try something new!
2 weeks ago
illumfolly - CMC is too high and since most of my creatures are power 2 or less Flayer of the Hatebound is too little too late. Purphuros does his job for 2 CMC less and is easier to keep on the battlefield.
I found there aren't really enough non-black creatures for Attrition to be useful. Or I didn't have a creature to sac when I really needed to kill something. Mind Slash is too narrow and Sorcery speed hurts. Bitter Ordeal is interesting, there might be something there. Ill look more into it.
2 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Forceofnature1 - Oh yeah, these colors are just brutal. No Mercy is one of my favorite cards too. How does the invocation look in person?
I opted for Dictate of Erebos over Grave Pact because, while it is one mana more, it can come in flashed for a surprise and is only double black which is much easier to hit in a three color deck than triple black. I may add it in eventually if I feel like my meta shifts to more creature removal though.
As for Mind Slash I had no idea this existed. It's such a good way to make use of Marchesa's assassin token if the board is clogged and really gives you another way to control the game. I'm not 100% sold on it, but it is definitely a powerhouse that I'm really going to have to consider.
3 weeks ago
These colors can get really vicious if you want. I found a few black enchantments recently that have become EDH powerhouses for me. I see you have No Mercy, I love that card so much I got the Invocation.
Grave Pact is another great one, especially if you have tokens that you don't mind losing. Mind Slash was the other one, just brutal on opponents because it shows you their hand and they lose a card. Plus it's certain to draw the enchantment hate if you have other enchantments you rely on more.
3 weeks ago
A bit too much utility for my taste. Liliana's Caress is terrible. You don't get around to playing it until you are done playing your discard effects, and then it's not quite as funny. Shrieking Affliction and The Rack should be enough to deal damage, when you have torn up your opponents hand anyway. Quest for the Nihil Stone also seems a bit redundant, but you could maybe exchange Shrieking Affliction for this. Don't have a full set of both, though - they aren't great if draw from one into the next.
Mind Slash - also not a fan. It doesn't do anything when you play it, and since you are playing sweepers, you easily end up playing it on an empty board, where there is nothing to use it for. You can't even use it for sac'ing after chump blocking (the "plays as sorcery"-line of text). So, at most 1 of those.
1 month ago
Mass discard is a "mean" strategy, and I think you may have built this list afraid to be the villain. It looks like you tried to hybrid an aggressive deck and a cruel control deck, and those don't really work together. First thing I would do is slow down the deck, and put in more longevity.
A lot of your discard is low-impact. Black Cat, for example, only makes one opponent discard once. Why not play, for example, Hypnotic Specter, which can hit multiple times. In addition, I would add things that benefit off of discard, like Liliana's Caress, Sangromancer, Geth's Grimoire, and Waste Not. Symmetrical effects are a little harder to build around, but things like Sire Of Insanity, Oppression, and Bottomless Pit can really get your job done faster. Notion Thief can prevent your opponents from refilling their hand, and Torment of Hailfire is a good finisher from HOU.
In addition, Tymaret already wants you to have tokens, so I would beef up that sub-theme, adding things like Ophiomancer and Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder. Tokens would keep you alive longer, and would allow you to play things like Sadistic Hypnotist and Mind Slash. If you have fodder lying around a lot, Pox and Death Cloud hurt you a lot less than your opponents.
A cruel control theme is not an easy way to make friends at the table, but playing a lot of spite cards can make people reluctant to attack you. Mind Twisting for 7 or having Attrition on the board will stick with people (and, if your budget is bigger, No Mercy).