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Creature — Elemental
Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
Whenever a creature an opponent controls with a -1/-1 counter on it is put into a graveyard, you may return that card to play under your control.
7 hours ago
1 month ago
Phyrexian Altar, has never been printed in a Modern legal set and a similar effect simply won't be, it's broken. Of late there has been discussion around Krark-Clan Ironworks (probably the closest thing) and its namesake deck KCI, essentially KCI is the most likely deck to be hit with a ban for doing the sort of combo your talking about, all be it with colourless mana.
That out of the way, normally it isn't wise to mix infect creature with non-infect creatures, even something like Necroskitter which has a degree of synergy. Infect wants to kill fast and normally uses evasion Plague Stinger and Inkmoth Nexus for example to deliver that damage. You seem to want something more in the Blood Artist style, but with infect... I guess a Grim Lavamancer granted infect would be close, or a card like Jaya Ballard, Task Mage or Magus of the Scroll that plays in a similar space.
As a competitive casual deck, this is fine, probably even fun, but I'm not sure what you want to do is really that viable in Modern. I am not a fan of the dies to removal argument, but Anger of the Gods is quite likely to scrub your whole board and it is played. This just feels a little unfocused, your not building an all out infect deck and your not building a legal combo deck. Sticking with your idea though I suspect your best plan is a bit more control and use cards like the Lavamancer to deliver your damage. I hope this was of help, good luck with your brew.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Tested against a few different decks today. A few observations:
1) Necroskitter and Wickerbough Elder are the utility players, completely interchangeable depending on opposing deck. Obviously, Necroskitter against creature-heavy builds, and Elder against creature-light builds. Deck performed fine no matter which was used.
2) Scarscale Ritual is maybe more useful than Fatal Push. I'm leaning this way because I subbed in Ritual, and not having Push made no difference whatever. The deck seems to handle small threats through counters, and card draw was far more beneficial than simply removing smaller creatures.
3) Having a large body like Canker Abomination (a 6/6) makes it easier to manage Blowfly Infestation. Abomination occasionally came in as small as 3/3 but I was able to generate tokens, so not a bad tradeoff. I'm still considering Soulstinger though, because it will also generate tokens but has the added advantage of providing counter distribution upon LTB. I did not use Soulstinger today, though. I assume Stinger and Abomination are equally as interchangeable as Necroskitter and Wickerbough Elder.
More to come, cheers!!
1 month ago
One of the advantages of Modern is that you can access a large pool of cards and find the most efficient option, but as a newer player those cards won't be necessarily known to you. That being said you have slipped into one of the bad habbits that most new players have; you aren't running 4x of any card in your deck, this reduces the consitency of your play. It might seem more interesting to have lots of different cards, but in the long run it actually hurts your deck.
Now you happen to have chosen the theme of -1/-1 counters and these haven't actually played a major part of magic that often. One of the earlier sets to play around with them was Eventide, it featured: Twinblade Slasher, Quillspike, Woodlurker Mimic, Cauldron Haze, Noxious Hatchling, Soul Snuffers, Wickerbough Elder, Deity of Scars and finally Necroskitter. That is clearly a lot of cards, it isn't exaustive and I'm not suggesting you use them all, but I hope you can start to see the options in the Modern format.
Every deck wants to draw cards, well from Shadowmoor there are two obvios cards that help you do that Dusk Urchins and Scarscale Ritual. More up to date now, one card I was surprised you didn't include was Obelisk Spider, which strikes me as a good fit, then again another spider also struck me as a good fit, this time from Journey into Nyx, if you want tio utilise your graveyard Nyx Weaver. The biggest baddest -1/-1 spell though came from Mirrodin Besieged Black Sun's Zenith.
This is just the start though, to give you a taste of what earlier sets might offer your deck. For now try to work out which cards you want to see in every opening hand and run four of them, then build the deck around those core cards. Good luck and enjoy brewing your deck.
2 months ago
goldlion: Honestly, the most likely cuts for Cryptolith Rite, Driven / Despair, and Glistening Oil are Necroskitter, Midnight Banshee, and Exotic Orchard. But that drives my creature count even lower, making Survival of the Fittest a less and less good card... It’s hard to balance things.
2 months ago
TheRedGoat: Thanks for the thoughts/suggestions! The only pieces that care about -1 counters being on the creature when they die are Necroskitter and Blowfly Infestation - the former may get cut, and the latter mostly sticks stuff on my own creatures (so it's not a problem really). The deck mostly cares about the -1 placement itself :)
And regarding your suggestions - Plaguemaw Beast is interesting, but I'm not super convinced that it's worth the 5 mana and waiting for summoning sickness to wear off... Poison-Tip Archer isn't really worth the 4 mana to me, though I could see it fitting into my sideboard for the additional usefulness of having reach (this deck struggles with fliers). Driven / Despair is actually something I want to fit back into the deck when I find space for it (it may replace Necroskitter)! Rishkar, Peema Renegade just seems like a less good version of Cryptolith Rite here, another card I'm trying to fit in (too few slots, bleh). Quillspike recently got cut because he was too fragile, dies from a single counter, and is only really useful with Devoted Druid. Flourishing Defenses is just too much mana for its effect, unfortunately. Harbinger of Night just got cut - he was just too slow and tended to cause problems. Blight Sickle is not efficient enough, in my opinion (I'd rather run Glistening Oil, ANOTHER possible inclusion), and while Hex Parasite is cute against opposing PWs and maybe could find a home in the sideboard, he doesn't advance my game plan enough to put him in the main deck.
Thank you again for the suggestions! :)
2 months ago
Phillygreenman007... so I was considering Canker Abomination... in this build it wouldn't net creatures unless I used it as a counter-dump. ETB-with-counters doesn't trigger Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, or Nest of Scarabs. For a similar effect and same cmc, I could use Soulstinger, which I had considered in the past, but sorta forgot about. When Soulstinger was released, I initially thought it would allow you to target multiple creatures, which it doesn't, however it has great synergy with Nest of Scarabs. I dropped Soulstinger in standard because it was too slow, but it might (big might) be worth a try in this build, especially with Necroskitter in play.
Necroskitter occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.01%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.07%