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Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay . If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
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Nether Traitor Discussion
6 hours ago
Hi roastchicken !
My own iteration of Balthor is indeed more controllish. My meta evolved with lots of grave-hate, and I had to adapt with less graveyard-dependency. But I have a low creature count and sometimes nothing to reanimate.
Nether Traitor is my slowest "sacrifice fodder", among Reassembling Skeleton, Ophiomancer, Bloodghast and Bitterblossom. Their purpose is to feed Skullclamp for extra draws, Sword of the Animist suicide attacks and extra land triggers, Gate to Phyrexia's cleansing, Helm of Possession's stealing, and some tutoring effects with Diabolic Intent and Razaketh. I was going to remove it but I didn't think about the infinite mana combo with Pawn of Ulamog and I will probably change my list accordingly to add this one. But it produces only colorless mana.
I'm hesitating to play creature-based reanimation with Apprentice Necromancer and Doomed Necromancer. I've always considered them too slow due to the summoning sickness. On the other side, Reanimate is really strong because it can find a piece of meat from any graveyard. Necromancy also and is there instead of Animate Dead because of the "instant speed" option.
I will replace Grim Monolith with the Basalt one. I forgot about this infinite combo. Good catch!
14 hours ago
Looks like we have really similar balthor decks, i've just updated the description with more info on the strategy I'm going for if you wanted to have a look? - link here: Gimli, Son of Gloin
JKRice on Oloro Stax
2 days ago
Seems like a pretty solid stax deck, but there are a few things that need to be smoothed out, mainly in your creatures.
2: Nether Traitor, Reassembling Skeleton, and Bloodghast: all good cards, but not necessarily on your deck. Even as a stax/stall deck, you are not going to beat someone down from 40 with a bloodghast. They will be able to kill it or kill you before you win. Instead, I would recommend one of three things, or a combination of them. A: put in Starfield of Nyx as a beatdown strategy. Since you have lots of enchantments, you can kill someone easily with this. B: Myth Realized get huge very fast. Since you are a grindy deck, this thing can start three shotting people before they are able to win through your stax. C: add in more stax stuff, like Vryn Wingmare or maybe something like Frozen AEther.
4: you have lots of lands and more than enough ramp that you don’t need them. I wouldn’t recommend playing any more than 37 lands.
1 month ago
I was thinking about a deck like yours and I obviously know what there is behind the choice of the 1drops, but i really can't get the Faerie Miscreant. I was trying the slower but recursive Nether Traitor.
What do you think about it?
1 month ago
MattN7498, I find Reassembling Skeleton was my best piece, and my Entomb tutor of choice, because especially as the game goes later, it becomes more and more resilient against graveyard hate. Eldrazi tokens from Pawn of Ulamog or Sifter of Skulls make for great on-command creatures to sacrifice to enable Bontu at instant-speed.
Last Laugh is one of those weird cards that absolutely ends games when you're ahead but is an odd boardwipe even when behind that usually still gets you a good amount of value. Very, very strong with Nether Traitor as well!
No Mercy is one of those baseline "It's good, so I run it" cards. Not much to say on it, it's serviceable and people usually avoid prison cards.
1 month ago
Conspiracy and Xenograft do the same thing as Arcane Adaptation. A few of your creatures I don't feel are necessary such as Artificer's Assistant, Bearer of Silence and Entomber Exarch. I would even take out Hex Parasite and replace all these with small evasive creatures. Thalakos Seer and Nether Traitor and a couple of my favorites. I would also add more library manipulation so you have predictable flips when ninjas deal combat damage. Lastly I would add more expensive spells so that your opponents get hit hard when your ninjas deal damage. My version of Yuriko definitely isn't perfect, but you can check it out for more ideas if you want.
2 months ago
Ayy, thanks for commenting on my deck! looking through yours i have a couple suggestions of things that work out REALLY well with Vish Bitter Ordeal being one of the more surprising, I've chain sacrificed to where i hit every card left in my opponents libraries (for essentially an easier Jace ult that hits each opponent because of how busted the card is worded) Bitterblossom Ophiomancer Nether Traitor and Reassembling Skeleton are literally just "free" pumps to the Vish that don't stop putting in work. :)
2 months ago
Sure, those are good, but they only let you sacrifice a creature once, plus you have to use mana for it. Viscera Seer is repeatable and FREE, which means if you get the Nether Traitor loop going you can drain 1 or more for every mana you have, and since you can make a ton with Crypt of Agadeem you'd have the potential to drain your opponent down from 20 in a single turn. Plus you get to scry infinitely to find a removal spell or something if you need it, or if you use Nantuko Husk you can make a huge beater to get in a chunk of damage.