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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
22 hours 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.
2 days 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 week 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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks 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!
2 weeks 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.
Also, don't give your dad any mercy. There's a special sort of pride that comes with being surpassed by your children. Keep giving him that gift.
3 weeks 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!
3 weeks ago
but from what i see you are only splashing red for that, and only through the Burning-Tree Emissary