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All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each Swamp you control.
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7 hours ago
Hard to say since there's a lot of synergy in your deck and honestly it depends on your meta, Stromgald Crusader seems pretty mana intensive for what he does. Metallic Mimic and Adaptive Automaton interrupt the zombie recurrence theme going on, cards like Diregraf Colossus don't benefit them being in the graveyard.
Blood Scrivener is a debatable one, while at low CMC and added card draw it depends how often you have 0 cards in hand, other than that I couldn't tell you what creatures to cut.
This is where your meta comes into play, personally I would cut most target removal, in a 4 player free for all if you 1-for-1 with an opponent your other 2 opponents are now up a card(however can save you from infinite combos and such) so it's a tough call to make. That being said I would cut Tragic Slip since you can't control morbid on other peoples turns and maybe Slaughter Pact depending on how often you verse other black decks.
Other than that I couldn't recommend anything else to cut your deck seems solid to me.
Edit: here are some other cards I found that go well with your decks synergy:
Cryptbreaker card draw
Call to the Grave control
Dictate of Erebos control
Potential yet high CMC sweepers
1 day ago
Made by an EDH-player, perhaps :)
The deck has some cards that are interesting, and some that have no business being in a modern deck. But the basic question is: what is it you would like to do with this deck? What is the best card, you can imagine playing on turn 1, 2, 3 and 4? If you would like to play a Smallpox on turn 2, then you should bring more Smallpoxes. But then you should bring more cards, that go well with being sac'ed or discarded... like Gravecrawler or Bloodghast.
You have a couple of cards, that care about swamps: Lashwrithe and Mutilate. That's something to work with. How about swamping everything? First, you need more of this theme. so, up to 4 mutilate, and 4 lashwrithe. To make room for that, Nevinyrral's Disk, Will-o'-the-Wisp, and Evil Eye of Urborg has to go. If you want to play "swamps matter", Smallpox is also a bit of a no-go, since it eats one of your own lands. To make sure you get some swamps, you could bring in the worst liliana Liliana of the Dark Realms. Lashwrithe is a piece of equipment, so maybe you can find something to equip it to, that survives sweepers (manlands and manarocks that can be animated) or threats with haste (like Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon.
3 days ago
I'm not really sure about Megrim or Liliana's Caress. They are both dependent on actually being in play as your opponent discards - unlike The Rack which you can play after you've put the game in top-deck mode, and because of the constant threat of damage, discourage your opponent from playing anything.
On top of that, you play Smallpox, which puts a predictable pressure on your lands, even in a monocolored deck. It just fits so well with the deck concept...
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3 days ago
Thanks! I appreciate that. This will be the 3rd deck I actually build IRL so I have to be really mindful of what cards to pick.
Yeah, Golgari Thug is the backbone of this deck. I use him almost exclusively as a sacrificial lamb of sorts to pump up Crypt of Agadeem, generate tokens, and dig for creatures. My favorite interaction is with Disciple of Bolas looping the 2 of them to pick out my best fighters from the grave and gain some life (this gets ridiculous with Grafted Wargear in play and becomes almost like a cheaper Sphinx's Revelation).
You're totally right about the sweepers. Golgari Thug, Bloodsoaked Champion, and Xathrid Necromancer all help recover from boardwipes (and may actually help my board state out if I have multiple necromancers in play beforehand), but unfortunately I don't have any copies of Drown in Sorrow so I will have to try Mutilate in place (which may work better since T3 is usually reserved for playing the necromancer I need anyways). Thanks for the suggestion!
4 days ago
mmm... you know, there's some older cards with madness, right? Like Dark Withering and Big Game Hunter... They'd be pretty good in a controldeck like yours. Anticipate seems like a Serum Visions with higher cost - with the recent reprint of the latter, it should be possible to trade for it without having to give your soul, first-born or right arm.
Void Shatter is not a modern-relevant card. Quite simply, it's one mana too expensive for what it does. You could also exchange Duress for a discard effect that can handle creatures, as this is the most likely card type to deal heavy amounts of damage early in the game.
1 week ago
Some more usful cards:
Bloodghast - On the really expensive side tho.
1 week ago
1 week ago
I replaced all but one wurm and I don't like that Mutilate nukes my stuff as well. Thanks for the help.