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|Eternal Masters (EMA)||Uncommon|
|Commander 2014 (C14)||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska (DDM)||Uncommon|
|Tenth Edition (10E)||Uncommon|
|Ninth Edition (9ED)||Uncommon|
|Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB)||Uncommon|
|Eighth Edition (8ED)||Uncommon|
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Creature — Human Assassin
When Nekrataal enters the battlefield, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature. That creature can't be regenerated.
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2 months ago
There are many ways to build mono black, and there aren't many different cards that I can suggest that haven't been included in your maybe list. Typical builds of mono black that has had some success in modern include Zombies or Vampires. The deck formula is usually the same. ~22 lands, ~26 creatures (8 1-drops, 8 2-drops, 6 3-drop, 4 4+ drops), and ~12 disruption spells consisting of discard and removal. Some problems I see with your current deck is that the curve doesn't flow as your lowest creature CMC is 3 and you would only have about a 17% chance to have one in hand by turn three. Another problem with mono black is that it runs out of gas compared to other colors, your current build has only 2 draw spells (and not a great one at that).
If i was to build i would try out something like this: Creatures (in order or preference):
Shadow Alley Denizen - makes other creatures difficult to block (worse against other black deck matchups)
Typhoid Rats - unfavorable to block, trades favorably on defense late game
Hex Parasite - Usual for removing counters / killing plainswalkers (Meta Choice)
Gifted Aetherborn - Vampires - difficult to block, gains life, good on defense
3 - drops (6): Vampire Nighthawk is the best option in the three spot and should be a 4x of.
if building zombies you have other options, usually they use the 3 spot for lords DeathBaron ($), Diregraf Colossus, or Lord of the Accursed (budget) pumps and makes blocking harder.
Geralf's Messenger can remove 4 life without even attacking, trades favorably once and gets bigger - downside is the coming into play tapped. or Plague Belcher which is good if you have a gravecrawler to target the negative counters.
4+ Drops (4): These are you finishers, if budget is not an option than Phyrexian Obliterator is the choice.
Vampires the choice is Vampire Nocturnus
For your removal package you need to think about a balance that supports your deck. If you are playing aggro with creatures that have recursion than hand disruption that targets instants and sorceries are weak. I would focus on creature removal with high kill spells and Harsh Scrutiny. If your creatures are weak to removal or have high amounts of evasion then the protect package Duress would be better. Obviously cards like Thoughtseize which targets both is better, but stick to one type that best suites the deck you build and place the other type in the sideboard.
For lands I would cut to 22, they can be all swamps but you can try out cards like Leechridden Swamp/Piranha Marsh/Desert of the Glorified/Ifnir Deadlands/Scavenger Grounds (meta choice) or Terramorphic Expanse/Canyon Slough/Fetid Pools if speed isn't too important
2 months ago
Just a couple of suggestions:Ravenous Chupacabra is basically a strictly better Nekrataal.Wight of Precinct Six, and Death's Approach are both based off of creatures in your opponent's graveyards, which doesn't do much in your deck. You do seem to have a bit of a mill-theme with cards like Sphinx's Tutelage, but unless you really want to mill someone out, I recommend running a card like Secrets of the Dead.I'm a little confused as to the purpose of Etherium Sculptor. You do have a fair number of artifacts, but they are predominately cards that cost 1-3 mana, and the discount is barely relevant in the late game where this deck wants to build towards.You have Llanowar Scout and Courser of Kruphix, and while it is important to play Muldrotha, the Gravetide ahead of curve, Courser of Kruphix doesn't actually ramp you, and Llanowar Scout is pretty weak, as it has very few mid-late game applications, and is often a worse Rampant Growth. IDK about your budget, but if you want to platy a lot of lands, Ramunap Excavator + Azusa, Lost but Seeking is a good way to play a lot.Dictate of Karametra is good, but you don't really have much for it to ramp you into. I would run another way to mill cards, like Hermit Druid (You don't need to be playing combo for him to be good), or Perpetual Timepiece.Kruphix, God of Horizons, Like Dictate of Karametra, doesn't really ramp you into much. I have been having a lot of fun with Emrakul, the Promised End in this deck, as it usually costs about .Mirror-Mad Phantasm. This card is super sweet, I had totally forgotten about it, but it has the potential to mill your entire deck, which is pretty bad without Laboratory Maniac.
2 months ago
Not a bad start but I have a few suggestions.
Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Muldrotha's Madhouse
2 months ago
You should run an Ophiomancer, probably taking out Phyrexian Rager to make room for it. Not only is Ophiomancer a great defensive card to buy you time, but its token will allow for free sacrifice for when you have already flipped Liliana or Liliana is not on the field. Also, consider Nekrataal to add both an extra source of removal and an extra expendible creature to your deck.
3 months ago
I don't think you understand modern as a format, unless you can overwhelm Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and his infinite swarm, Path to Exile is useful, same goes for a Wurmcoil Engine and it's babies, or if you ever want to cast a spell chosen by a Meddling Mage.
Decks in the metagame that Path to Exile is useful against:
R/B Hollowed One (Everything, they want it recurred, now it is in exile)
Affinity (Whatever creature they alpha strike with)
U/W Control (Wall of Omens)
Scapeshift (Primeval Titan)
Living End (Archfiend of Ifnir mostly, but any of their creatures should help slow down their explosion of creatures)
Infect (Self Explanatory, any of their creatures and they are doomed)
Ironworks Combo (Kill their Scrap Trawler, and they lose)
Welp, that about wraps up my reasons why path is so dang good, but I guess I'll share some more:
It isn't rare to have Path to Exile be named the best removal in modern, next to Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push as it's contenders, it exiles, unlike either, and is unrestricted removal, some decks splash white just to play it, and you don't play it when it is your only color it looks stupid to say "Oh, I'll trample over all of the creatures it could hit", when your creatures are smaller than many (even after buffs and accounting for double strike) and they wouldn't block the others.
3 months ago
ZendikariWol, thanks for checking my deck out! I'm looking at your version right now, and yeah! There are a lot of interesting ideas here that I will be trying now that I hadn't thought of. One thing my deck has been lacking is removal, specifically single-target removal, so I think adding Nekrataal, Noxious Gearhulk, and Stronghold Assassin will be solid, and give me the removal I need to better interact with my opponent's creatures!
4 months ago
Haha I understand the struggle entirely! Personally, I'm only running a handful of non-creature-based removal, and they are less reactionary and more game ending in the form of Living Death, Cyclonic Rift, and In Garruk's Wake. I'm currently only running a single non-creature-based form of spot removal in Go for the Throat, but have found a lot of success in creature-based options like Nekrataal, his new and improved version of Ravenous Chupacabra, Shriekmaw, and Bone Shredder.
4 months ago
I'm preparing a deck with Alesha and your's looks pretty much like what I have in mind.
You probably know already, but creatures that enter the battlefield attacking won't trigger "Whenever this attacks" type abilities, they must be declared attackers for that to happen. So if you bring Ankle Shanker or Tajic, Blade of the Legion with Alesha they won't do their thing that turn.
I'm always trying to find a good deck to use Sunforger, this may be it.
These colors have bad card draw, Ghirapur Orrery would be good on this deck.
You could swap Palisade Giant for Protector of the Crown lower toughness but it gets you card via monarch, the deck is quite aggressive so getting the crown back shouldn't be a problem, or you can just animate him again.
That doesn't work that way. Master of cruelties' ability doesn't have a target, it just affects the defending player, even if that player has hexproof or shroud. If you copy the ability it will still be affecting the defending player, you can't choose any other.
MoC's ability is a triggered ability and you won't be able to duplicate it with the Illusionist's bracers, they only work on activated abilities that are always written in the form "Cost: Effect."
In your deck Illusionist's Bracers would only be useful with Feldon of the Third Path (technically also work with Kytheon and Mirror entity, but copying their ability is redundant). I dont see the Bracers on your deck list so I guess you took them out already.