Creature — Rat Shaman
(Black), Sacrifice a creature: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
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Nezumi Bone-Reader Discussion
1 week ago
I have this Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox list for mono black players. I'll quietly reccomend the sideboard tools of Pithing Needle and Ratchet Bomb. They really do significant work, one hosing Lingering Souls and the other planeswalkers. Asylum Visitor has seen some success in my versions of this list, but ymmv. Lashwrithe is another option if you chose to run Ravenous Rats and Rotting Rats, with Cry of Contrition/Nezumi Bone-Reader providing some extra discard power.
1 month ago
Interesting setup. K-command will help with the affinity matchup, but I'm trying to figure out where it'd fit. Personally, I'd swap the scullers for Rotting Rats, freeing up some space with the Faithless Looting self discard for more hand disruption- likely 3 rotting rats, a Nezumi Bone-Reader 2 k-command and 2 thoughtseize in the looting/sculler slots. It might not suit your meta, as you've already cut the higher cost card slots.Eidolon of the Great Revel/Nether Traitor/Shared Animosity/Topplegeist might work more solidly if you're planning on rushing your opponent down before they can react to all the disruption, but its super gimicky and loses out to exile effects.All told, it looks like a really solid attempt at that low cost Dark Confidant/discard aggro archetype, and I can't really suggest any flat upgrades. It feels like it could abuse sacrifice effects, even just to dodge path, but I'm having trouble finding a slot for Greater Gargadon. Really nice setup +1 Keep tinkering.
1 month ago
First of all, with this high CMC you need 24 lands.
While I understand you are trying to sacrifice your creatures for beneficial effects, the high converted mana cost of your deck makes it kind of hard to work with.
Here are some lower cost creatures that could be good:
Augur of SkullsBasal Sliver (mana accelerator to cast Ruthless Deathfang faster)Bile UrchinBlind ZealotBlood BairnBloodthrone VampireCarrier Thrall (mana accelerator, 2x creature)Corpse HaulerDeath CultistDemonic Taskmaster (need tokens spawn everyturn)Devouring SwarmWestvale Abbey Flip This is a must have.Disciple of Griselbrand Save yourself.Doomed Necromancer Worth it.Eldrazi Skyspawner Mana acceleratorFont of ReturnFume SpitterGnawing ZombieGutless GhoulMerciless ExecutionerMortician Beetle -------> Cause why not.Nezumi Bone-Reader ControlPawn of Ulamog mana acceleratorQarsi SadistQuest for the GravelordThoughtpicker Witch controlThrull Surgeon controlVampiric RitesVoracious Null
Skirsdag High Priest Isn't this amazing?
2 months ago
Theres also the possibility of an Eldritch Evolution/emerge combo deck running creatures like Root-Kin Ally/Tangle Golem for a cheap Decimator of the Provinces Mockery of Nature and convoke token generators like Scatter the Seeds or similar.
A 'stall for big spells' is also a thing- Thelonite Hermit doesn't use the stack for morph, so running a control setup aiming to get him morphed on the battlefield with Aspect of Mongoose on him is possible.
Fog/Blunt the Assault/Brindle Boar/Gristleback etc to stall to midgame then cast some high value eldrazi or beating down with Moldgraf Scavenger/Undergrowth Scavenger and similar delirum will work. Harrow will help a lot with this.
Splashing blue could allow for Prophet of Kruphix shenanigans, and that blue/green return to hand emerge eldrazi, along with combo options.
If you decide the archetype you want to play (aggro, midrange, control) I'll try to come up with cards to help support it. Building something strong normally involves emphasising its strengths as much as possible- meaning some cards get silly expensive, but cheaper cards with synergy to almost match them exist. Good luck and happy brewing.
2 months ago
So, 91 cards, we need to get it down to 63-68. Let's call it 65. You have 36 creatures so I don't think you should drop too many of them. I feel like 36 is somewhere in the range of what you're gonna want. I wouldn't go below 32, myself.
That leaves 29 cards to play with, give or take. I'm going to list off some categories and the cards I think are the "must-includes" with an eye toward budget. I don't know how many I want to include so we'll see at the end of the list. I do think that rat tribal anthems and untap stuff will compete for card slots and doing a subthemes of mass-drain _and _discard will be problematic without relying on rats that are already doing it.
Rats that generate effects that fit into these categories will not be included. So, for instance, Nezumi Bone-Reader does amazing discard but I won't put it under the discard section.
We will want:
I have a Megrim if you want.
3 months ago
Looking a bit more functional. Zubera Tribal (yes, it's a thing) has a rundown of the most functional zubera deck I've seen. With the land ramp, Collected Company seems like it should function, although I'd still run Birds of Paradise in place of Greenside Watcher on principal, given these aren't bounce lands and we aren't ramping wiht utopia sprawl. Hodor! Maze's End Turbo fog is a pretty functional mazes end deck, the big issue you'll face is that maze functions best in a control shell, and zubera as tempo/midrange, which are gonna be tricky to merge. Running Silent-Chant Zubera and Ashen-Skin Zubera to try and form a control package with something like Nezumi Bone-Reader and some discardy/lifegainy creatures is an option, and could help you stall until you reach that lategame stage, but it will take a bunch of playtesting and tinkering to streamline. Anti burn removal will still hit you hard. stuff like Ojutai's Command or Reap and Sow tactics might help in that case. a Scapeshift deck is also possible. Good luck!
3 months ago
I build mono black modern pretty regularly -here is my toolbox Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox- biggest reccomendation- Delirium Skeins and Rotting Rats/ninjitsu to quickly empty hands and remove multiple cards, rather than letting your opponenet build a board state. Nezumi Bone-Reader lets you add additional discard-per-rat. Most important when playing mono black? sideboard. You have a huge array of versatile spells available, and subbing a 'fix spell' games 2/3 or completely changing gameplan is both simple and effective. also, Lashwrithe. Fatal Push is the current fad removal spell out there, and does wonders for blacks' removal suite. Have fun, and happy brewing!
5 months ago
just realised you're already playing Nezumi Bone-Reader my bad