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Mire's Toll Discussion
1 month ago
Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my big list of deckbuilding mono-black tools.
I don't like Tormented Soul outside of spirit tribal, If you love it you should run Lashwrithe and Will-o'-the-Wisp. Mental Agony costs too much mana. Blackmail, Mire's Toll etc and some Sign in Blood/Night's Whisper just runs smoother.
My favourite discard spell is Delirium Skeins, which combos neatly with Asylum Visitor. With the symetrical discard plan, you get access to the hella fun Call the Bloodline and Zombie Infestation, alongside madness tools.
2 months ago
To coin a phrase; "cardboard crack" has been used to describe Magic for a long time, another phrase is "pay to win", both have an element of truth but aren't the whole story. Modern prices are without a doubt a barrier to entry, but to a certain extent a playable card or a staple probably should cost more than a booster pack, since you are removing the random element, but not 10x the price. Now as it happens the top five of the most commonly played cards in modern are one drops in each of the colours; Lightning Bolt, Serum Visions, Path to Exile, Noble Hierarch and Thoughtseize, to my mind none of those cards should be over $10 and they should have been reprinted in every masters set, Wizards though didn't do that. In fact if you look at the top 50 played cards in modern, source: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/format-staples/modern/full/all a fair few have only had 1 maybe 2 at most reprints.
Where I disagree with you slightly is singling out the mana base. New players think land is boring, they hate seeing a land in their rare slot. It is an important lesson that the lands you use are some of the most important cards in your deck, though again that lesson shouldn't be costing $20+.
As to your deck, I'd probably include Toshiro Umezawa and either Blackmail or Mire's Toll to let you target non-basic lands, since folk forget those discard spells don't have the non-land clause... Finally, I probably prefer Sadistic Sacrament to Praetor's Grasp, but not so much that I would recommend one over the other.
2 months ago
In the context of modern, mono black devotion, control, aggro all have issues with Affinity and Tron. Starting there I'd recommend against Go for the Throat, in mono-black on a budget use Victim of Night, Smother or Grasp of Darkness and if your not on a budget Fatal Push. You also want some form of land disruption, now that can be in the form of; Ghost Quarter, Contaminated Ground, Rain of Tears or using discard Blackmail & Mire's Toll, players tend to forget those two discard spells do not have the non-land clause.
In a more casual context I like to play to the unexpected Dash Hopes Imp's Mischief and Temporal Extortion are all fun, but the only one that has ever really appeared in Modern proper is Imp's Mischief. I'd also say you want access to Bile Blight, this can clear token based strategies...
I have played a similar deck on and off Casually/FNM for a while, see Sweet (black) devotion as it may give you a few ideas. I hope this was of help.
2 months ago
I used to play a mono black Devotion deck myself, though haven't shuffled it up for a while, it also ended up more zombie tribal...
I'd fully recommend Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, but to go with it I'd suggest a couple of Shizo, Death's Storehouse, at a push maybe even a Gonti, Lord of Luxury, Ashling, the Extinguisher or Toshiro Umezawa...
Anyway, good luck and have a +1
2 months ago
Since Affinity is the one deck you can't race, you might need to be more controlling than all out aggro, Victim of Night and Smother would remove pretty much anything they play. You could try extraction effects like Sadistic Sacrament and discard like Blackmail or Mire's Toll, since they dump their hand quickly.
Good luck and I hope my comments are of help.
2 months ago
This looks like an interesting spin on the 8-Rack deck. I'm not sure if you considered Brain Maggot or Sin Collector but I could see both fitting your deck, maybe instead of Thought-Knot Seer since it's presence means you need to be able to make colourless mana...
Another consideration is the tutor effect Transmute, particularly Dimir Machinations as it lets you tutor for Maralen of the Mornsong or mess up your opponents draws, also Shred Memory as a sideboard option against graveyard decks or tutor for a 2CMC utility card.
My last thought is replacing Thoughtseize, don't get me wrong, I love the card, but in a rack style deck the plan is to empty your opponents hand. In it's place I'd suggest Blackmail, Mire's Toll or Funeral Charm, the first two can hit lands, unlike most discard and the last is an instant so can be played after your opponent draws. The risk with Thoughtseize is the hit to your own life, when you don't really want to be blocking with any of your toolbox creatures.
Still this looks fun, so have a +1 and I hope my comments are helpful.
3 months ago
I'm guessing this deck is casual, kitchen table style. Still Ravenous Rats has an upgrade in the form of Rotting Rats or Augur of Skulls. Next 8 rack is called that for a reason, no matter what else always run 4x of The Rack and Shrieking Affliction lastly you need discard that can hit land Blackmail and Mire's Toll come to mind...
3 months ago
If you want to run Angrath, the Flame-Chained then you need some form of acceleration, something like Infernal Plunge or Pyretic Ritual otherwise the card is just to slow to meaningfully effect the board state. Next up, if your deck is running Liliana's Caress then it should almost always be running Waste Not instead.
There probably is a shell where discard could work, but I suspect it would be using cards like Burning Inquiry, Barbed Shocker and Reforge the Soul alongside cards you don't care about discarding Flashback, Unearth and abilities similar to Bloodsoaked Champion. I might have a mess around with the idea. Another card you might find interesting is Lavaborn Muse and lastly Blackmail and Mire's Toll for the significant reason that they can hit lands...
Hope this is of some help.