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Mire's Toll Discussion
1 week ago
Mutavault isn't terribly expensive and a big upgrade.
1 month ago
Thank you jgc10. I like the recommendation of Grasp of Darkness! I have taken to heart the concept of targeted removal for this deck and think that Grasp of Darkness is better than Geth's Verdict for this deck.
I actually love Raven's Crime in opening hands because of the Retrace ability. It helps you play lands as additional discard cards, which is vital because you need extra lands when playing smallpox, and together those cards allow you to cull out lands when you draw to many, that way you don't run out of lands either. I think the land management ability is a key reason why Raven's Crime is so common in professional 8-Rack decks.
I understand your concern about untargeted discard cards. In this particular budget deck I love the untargeted discard and intend to follow up by turn 2 or 3 with Blackmail or Mire's Toll to remove any specific card that is still a problem. I've found that I can't afford Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. Also if all your opponent has in hand is a land card, every discard card in this deck will remove it from the opponents hand, increasing the reliability of The Rack and Shrieking Affliction.
This deck has taken a turn towards more low cmc discard and removal cards since I created it. Please let me know your thoughts on the deck now with the changes.
2 months ago
I entered mostly for letting you both know one random guy in the south of Spain loved your brews and it's going to keep his love for spreading janky brews with renowed strengh and ideas thanks to you both (and some other users lists, but not nearly as yours).
I'm still learning a lot of about different Magic cards, wich is obviously a pilar for brewing, but overall I like the site and being able to have my collection listed seems like a really cool feature (I have like 12 Mire's Toll at this moment, ¡I never remember I already have that one not sure why!). I tried a little bit of every format except Legacy and Vintage, and my favourites are Pauper, Commander and limited, maybe also Modern, but the later two are overpriced for my taste, specially Modern, I'm making a ton of joke proxies to play though (with pictures of Disney and what not, impossible to scam people with).
Playing and brewing around 1 year and 4 months. And yes, my very first game involved a Duel deck modified with bulk, obviously played in a Modern FNM because I'm not a chicken. I did good since people there didn't wanted to run removal, turns out that Fiend Hunter is good versus fair decks with no removal. I perished against Tron in the final but hey, good start.
The first serious thing I made after trying a little bit of everything was to built my first cube (almost a copy of Adam Styborskis pauper cube) and from there to pauper and limited with friends and people in stores. Funny enough, I played several commander decks not owning one since people in that group often bring several decks and are very friendly.
Also a tiny silly disclaimer about my brews, I also like competitive play (but I dislike the extremely high price entry since I feel it push out many potential good players) and therefore my go to is often like this:
Build extremely silly deck > Try to focus on 1 to 3 jank ideas, tune it a little bit > Challenge real meta decks and try to go above 60%/70% winrate > Repeat.
That was way less challenging in Heartstone though, so I will try to hold my ground. My current idea is Azorious tempo, if I make something half-working of it you will know. I have a backup plan for Esper if everything goes wrong, to be able to blame the mana base for not being consistent.
To end and answer about wich decks I really liked I will warn you that's not a small list, but some of my favourites are your take on Black devotion with heavy number of creatures for Gary, Gluten-Free Cheerios, Nilbog County Postnatal Abortion Clinic (not gonna lie, the name made a lot on that one), USS Deathstar (NCC-1701-FU), Steven Seagal, C**kpuncher.
From eyes2sky I really liked The Unstable Paradox Project, Suck my Kiss,Jackie Treehorn's Logjammin', Aqua-Madness and Angels exalted, both for the deck and the reason to make it.
Nobody wall-o-text me more than I do, ha!
5 months 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.
6 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.
6 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.
6 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
6 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.