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All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each Swamp you control.
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2 days ago
Where are you going to play this deck? If it's just for the kitchen table, have all the fun in the world.
If you want it to play against, say, the better class of budget decks, or even tier decks, you need to do rather a lot. Start by determining what your best case first four turns of a game would look like, specificall which cards you would have in hand and play during these turns. Then bump those cards up to four of each, and remove some of those, you wouldn't really want anyway.
Under all circumstances, you'll need more lands. At least 22 lands (but probably more). Otherwise you'll lose games to mana screw.
Decent budget-friendly cards to consider (since I believe this deck is supposed to be budget-friendly)
Gatekeeper of Malakir (removal AND a body, at a reasonable mana cost)
Victim of Night (pretty good removal)
Ob Nixilis Reignited (Mr. Control-demon, with both card draw and removal, best in a slow environment though)
Corrupt (a single copy, just for the killing blow)
Phyrexian Arena (a stable source of cards)
Mutilate (for the budget-minded control-player who wants to get rid of creatures)
Whip of Erebos (great with creatures that have ETB-abilities)
Desecration Demon (cheap, big, and with a drawback might occasionally be advantageous)
Pack Rat (for turning all your cards useful)
3 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
A couple of card suggestions, if you want to turn your deck more controlling:
Gatekeeper of Malakir: a verdict, with a 2/2 body, for 3 mana. Played with kicker, it's already card neutral. If opponent has to spend a card getting rid of it, you are ahead by 1 card. Obvious weakness is that you don't get to choose what dies. Obvious strength - it gets around hexproof and shroud. Good synergy with Mutilate, where you play mutilate first, gets rid of all the small, scrawly creatures, and follow with this one for taking out a surviving, bigger creature.
Puff the magic dragon (Well, he was forgotten for a LONG time, and he never really got over it). Resilient, and if you play Duress you can often remove the few cards an opponent might have that could kill him. Also - surprise haste.
Tendrils of Corruption. In a deck, that cares about swamps in play, this is the removal/lifegain to go to. Forget about drinking up 2 life here and there in turn 2 - go for a real drink later instead.
And then you need some card draw. A lot of monoblack is 1-for-1 cards, and you need to draw ahead. Perhaps Disciple of Bolas? Ob Nixilis Reignited (now, that's a control-guy - both draw and removal)? Old faithful? Anyway, I imagine this could take the place of your Raise Dead-variants, since they give some card advantage (sheer numbers), and do not rely on already having drawn and lost really good creatures (raise dead is never better than the best creature in your graveyard). Palace Siege in khans-mode is a step in this direction too.
4 weeks ago
Jet Medallion is not usually legal in modern.
Also, way too many high-cost easily-removed creatures. If what you want is to play control with some high-end finishers, you could try Damnation instead of various kinds of spot removal. If that is too expensive and non-budget, Mutilate is an option (but then you need more swamps, so you are sure to hit land every turn). Liliana of the Dark Realms to ensure a steady stream of swamps, perhaps?
Besides: Just get those 4 Inquisition of Kozilek/Thoughtseize. Boring and often-played, maybe, but that is because it's just THAT good to discard your opponents best card out of his opening hand. Murder is a pretty bad card (you often end up paying 3 mana to remove a 1 or 2 mana creature in modern). Fatal Push is a lot better, or Victim of Night, if you want a budget-option. Same argument in the other direction: Most removal in modern costs 1 mana. Playing 4 mana creatures that die to all the most often played removal is not going to be a winning strategy (Bloodhunter Bat, Deathgaze Cockatrice and so on). Yes, you can get them with Raise Dead. That makes it cost even more mana, and the overpriced creature is just as vulnerable the second time it's in play, as it was the first time. Suggestion: Avoid all the small creatures, and just go for control elements instead: sweepers like Mutilate, spot removal, and low-cost discard. You probably also won't get much out of those expensive enchantments, since they eat up a whole turns mana, but doesnt do anything when you play them.
2 months ago
hey! So I'm running Horobi, Death's Wail and I was wondering does the card need to say "Target" in it? Because I kept seeing Sudden Spoiling and wondered how that worked! Like would cards like Mutilate or Damnation?
2 months ago
Report from last FNM, went 2:1:
Match 1 against dredge: First game was fast and i did almost nothing. Second game was much better thanks to sideboarding. I managed to remove some important stuff with Tormod's Crypt and buy some time, land Night of Souls' Betrayal shutting down Bloodghast and Narcomoeba. But still Prized Amalgam and Conflagrate was enough to kill me. I desperately needed some other graveyard removal. But Bojuka Bog didn't show up at all and i died with Nihil Spellbomb sitting on the top of my library.
Match 2 against another dredge: First game was straightforward, i bought some time thanks to Gifted Aetherborn, but that was all, no Bojuka Bog, my only chance to win before sideboarding. Second game i won because of board sweeper followed up by graveyard removal, Mutilate and Nihil Spellbomb. Used Bojuka Bog and lifelink before it to buy some time. Game was very long, in the end i had a lot of swamps and Lashwrithe was really powerfull and attached to lifelink creature the game was over. I survived the thanks to Arguel's Blood Fast. Draw cards at the end of opponent's turn and immediately transform on your upkeep, than attach Lashwrithe to anything and job is done. Third game was similar to second, lifegain to stay in game long enough to wreck opponent's graveyard and win because of extremely powerfull Lashwrithe.
Match 3 against storm: Opponent began. I discarded two cards from opponent's hand on turn 1 and turn 2. On turn 4 i was on healthy 27 lifes. Next i was killed by 29 Grapeshots :). Before sideboard discard is my only chance, but still i'm weak against combo. Second game after sideboarding: turn 3 Lost Legacy on Grapeshot with Night of Souls' Betrayal in hand. On his turn 3 with Baral, Chief of Compliance he made something like 100 goblins thanks to Empty the Warrens. On my next turn i landed Night of Souls' Betrayal (he had no open mana, so it was safe) and scooped. Game 3 was very similar to game 2, but no so fast. There were two turns, where i was just hoping (Lost Legacy was Remanded), but once i exiled all his grapeshots and had sweeper in hand i was calm.
Notes: Victim of Night is good budget removal for monoblack, but useless against dredge (Prized Amalgam and Bloodghast). Discard also useless against dredge, so before sideboarding i have almost no chance to win.Against storm, sideboard out all spot removal and let them cast Baral, Chief of Compliance or Goblin Electromancer and handle their wincons. They have usually one before sideboard but two after sideboard. Remember Empty the Warrens! But Empty the Warrens can be handled on sorcery speed on your turn, so have all sweepers in your deck. Be careful of Remand . Lashwrithe scales really good as game goes on. Great synergy with Arguel's Blood Fast and Rite of Consumption. In one game with 7 mana i played Abyssal Persecutor attached Lashwrithe for 2 mana and 2 lifes and immediatelly sac it to Rite of Consumption. 26 lifes swing in total:)
2 months ago
I like this build it's cool. I do have some small food for thought changes like instead of Falkenrath Noble; Zulaport Cutthroat and even on a budget there are better sweepers like Day of Judgment, Killing Wave and Mutilate. Great deck tho.
2 months ago
Here's my take on your Mono Black deck utilizing swamps. It's basically a creature control deck with tons of removal spells with life drain as your wincon. However, when you're up against control, the sideboard changes the deck into hand disruption and aggressive creatures.
(1) Damnable Pact
(4) Doom Blade
(4) Sign in Blood
(1) To the Slaughter
(2) Ruinous Path
(4) Read the Bones