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Whenever a player sacrifices a creature, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Mortician Beetle.
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Mortician Beetle Discussion
3 weeks ago
Nice, simple idea for modern. I think the secret to running budget black decks are a lot of hand disruption and a stable manabase. If you can find some of the more budget b/g lands, that will help. Llanowar Wastes, that sort of thing. Scythe Leopard, Gatecreeper Vine and Liliana's Elite are likely to underperform compared to some other dirt-cheap options.
General advice- go heavy on one colour so that you can pack your deck with cards of that colour then leave the other for later in the game, where you can afford to be paying mana with lands that come into play tapped.
This means either early game black (hand/board disruption) or early game green (Elves of Deep Shadow/Sakura-Tribe Elder). What you choose to focus on can then inform the cmc and gamplan for the rest of your cards. Either way, lots of 1 and 2 drops will help you survive.
I'll start with disruption options- Vendetta, Victim of Night, Smother, Geth's Verdict Bile Blight etc for creature removal, Duress, Black Cat, Ravenous Rats, Rotting Rats, Nezumi Bone-Reader and Thoughtpicker Witch for hand disrution are all solid choices that match your game plan.
Interesting or efficient creature options Rot Shambler/Mortician Beetle (growing threats), Zulaport Cutthroat/Blood Artist (lifedrain and victory without attacks with a sacrifice outlet), Dross Harvester (bolt and path resistance), Ogre Slumlord for rat tribal combo , Pawn of Ulamog/Sifter of Skulls for more tokens, Quirion Dryad/Vinelasher Kudzu for growing threats Bloodthrone Vampire/Indulgent Aristocrat/Carrier Thrall for vamp tribal, Nest Invader for more token/ramp, Boneyard Wurm/Satyr Wayfinder/Graveblade Marauder/Nighthowler/Splinterfright/Gnarlwood Dryad are all fairly functional for a more graveyard-reliant setup, and Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a cheap and functional manland.
Sideboard options Elvish Eulogist(in an elf heavy list) Elvish Hexhunter Vampire Hexmage Bottle Gnomes Dryad Militant Delirium Skeins etc. There is a lot out there in these colours.If a lot of cards are ending up in the graveyard as the game draws out, spells like Hooting Mandrills, Gurmag Angler or Become Immense start becoming more valuable.
The question is always going to be what is my opponents plan, and how do I stop that- are my opponents playing Rest in Peace or smilar to deal with graveyard shenanigans, will they kill me before I kill them as every card in their deck is effectively Lightning Bolt, or will they be able to Remand all my spells while they hit me with Delver of Secrets Flip. Things that disrupt their plan are usually good, especially when they help your plan.
There are a lot of cards to much around with and play- I'd reccomend testing online before going hunting for things specific, focus on a single strategy when picking cards and if you choose to go less-budget, focus on lands first. Reliably casting spells is the core of the game.
4 weeks ago
You kind of have a sacrifice theme going so I'd suggest Mortician Beetle. It doesn't look like much but this unassuming little creature can get big quickly, especially when paired with my second suggestion Carrion Feeder. Sac outlets are never a bad thing in EDH. With Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos you can clear boards pretty easily with the amount of tokens you have. Also Phyrexian Altar + Gravecrawler + one of those two and your opponents just won't have creatures.
4 weeks ago
Maybe take out a Bogbrew Witch or two for that matter for 2 more Mortician Beetle. Then i would take out 2 Ultimate Price to put in 2 more Smallpox. I would keep other 2 drop kills spells like Ultimate Price and Kiku's Shadow in your sideboard along with Pulse Tracker and i wouldn't run Thoughtpicker Witch your Trepanation Blade is better in my opinion! <3
1 month ago
The curve does seem just a little high if you're going for a more aggressive strategy, mainly as a result of Desecration Demon. You could always keep it more midrange, add Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, maybe a way to restock like Phyrexian Arena, and maybe even more disruption and removal. Otherwise, I see Relentless Dead and Liliana of the Veil come up often in devotion decks. Finally, because the plan is rarely to zerg the opponent, Mortician Beetle could probably be Inquisition of Kozilek to guarantee security in future turns.
1 month ago
Thanks for the suggestions!
Last weekend I tested the deck in a couple of games. I think the deck is underpowered as it is and needs a splash. The problem is on one hand it cannot be as aggressive as other decks and on the other hand it is not taking advantage of being mono black (e.g. Gray Merchant of Asphodel / Tendrils of Corruption ) besides having stellar mana base.
The inclusion of Diabolic Edict was done mainly to synergize with Mortician Beetle, which is admittedly not good enough of a reason. However in my testing I was not so happy with Tragic Slip either as it is pretty bad top deck once the opponent has some control over the board. For example imagine we have a single creature (in most cases 1/1 or 2/2) vs Gurmag Angler - it's the opponents' choice if they will block our chump attacks to 2 for 1 us or race us with a 5/5 ...
Unearth is definitely very good option.
1 month ago
Thanks for the constructive comment! I haven't played much the deck after constructing it, so it definitely needs refinement. Let me give you mostly the thoughts besides my choices:
- Butcher Ghoul and Sultai Emissary are my sacrifice fodder. To a lesser extent that's true for Perilous Myr and Undying Evil too. So I can't agree with all your suggestions for replacements at the same time. I consider the Mortician Beetle to be the weakest card as it is very time sensitive.
- Diabolic Edict vs other removal - I guess you have a point here. Murder, Bone Splinters or Tragic Slip should be the best as they are much more reliable ...
- My thought of not including Chainer's Edict was that the deck is mostly aggro and I am never reaching the flashback mana. Actually this is the other reason to be running mono black over splash for other colors - to be more aggressive.
Could you give me a link to this podcast - it sounds interesting!
1 month ago
Conduit of Ruin seems like a good add to this deck. Lets you tutor for the answer you need to win the game while also making your creatures spells cheaper. It also reduces the cost of your Emerge casts.
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1 month ago
oooooooooh. Forgot Mortician Beetle is a common now! About to update my decklist though, I have changed a little bit, Might add Scorched Rusalka since that is a common now as well, took your advice on the Sporoloth Ancient!