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Discard a card: Noose Constrictor gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
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Noose Constrictor Discussion
5 hours ago
Unburden is an extremely bad card to be randomly casting on yourself. You'd be much better off with something that discards for value, like a Noose Constrictor.
6 hours ago
Additionally, would you say an aggro form of this deck, using the same creatures you mention being excluded, would be possible? I've never been big on control myself and I figure if I was to try this strategy I'd rather go a midrange route. Possibly Jund or Sultai I imagine since Noose Constrictor + Shadow of the Grave could be a thing right?
1 day ago
ok, i've changed my deck. i think i'll go with something like this, a jund aggro that makes use of discarding cards for Noose Constrictor, Flameblade Adept, hazoret, casting honored hydra for 2 less mana (embalm), etc. can be a one time discard for immediate value to finish the game, or can use shadow of the grave for more continuous value. i only own two shadows, but i'll probably pick up another one sometime.
1 day ago
Like InfuriatedBrute mentions, Noose Constrictor seems like a worse two-drop than the others already in the main, mostly because it can't Crew Heart of Kiran without a discard. I'm keeping it on the maybeboard though in case we end up with more Flyers in the meta than Heart can handle, and I want the Reach effect.
2 days ago
Thanks for the compliment! These discussions always help.
I think right now what we're seeing is that when we brewed the deck (by committee) we couldn't agree on Merciless Javelineer and so one still ended up on the list. I'm pretty sure that's not correct, but couldn't argue my case enough on the 'cast.
In my hurry to release the show, I didn't put the sideboard up here yet, but we definitely have Fatal Push in the sideboard, and I'm expecting it to come in 9/10 games, but I do think starting it in the side is correct (for this deck) until you know your match up. Testing will prove me right or wrong, and I'll make sure to mention it in the recap next week.
As for Grapple with the Past, this decision was tight, and will also be validated by testing, (we plan to run the deck using it at some point.) My instinct here is wander in death is better, and here's why. Reason 1: This deck does not necessarily want to mill itself because you can't get milled cards back with Shadow of the Grave. If you're going to be interacting with your graveyard, you want to be cycling or discarding. Reason 2: Even though wander in death costs 1 more than Grapple with the Past, it returns two cards instead of one. So that's either an extra copy of Soul-Scar Mage or anything else. That's important because in a lot of scenarios I can see having the extra piece of cardboard in your hand can make a huge difference when attacking with Flameblade Adept and Noose Constrictor, which I'm really hoping are worth it.
So, slow isn't necessarily bad. As always, this is theory! We'll see how it goes. Glad we finally ran enough mana to satisfy you this week! Thanks as always for the great discussions!
2 days ago
The thing is, Ever After already existed and was not viable, so this probably won't be either. For a less fun but more competitive list I would lean more towards standard delirium with cards like Grim Flayer or Grapple with the Past instead of Noose Constrictor. "Liliana with big creatures" is not a bad subtheme, but it's not strong enough to be the core theme of a competitive deck.
4 days ago
All of the good flying zombies are currently in blue, such as Stitchwing Skaab/Advanced Stitchwing and Geralf's Masterpiece. Although that may be true, I still believe Noose Constrictor is solidly a better card, especially considering you could pump it up at instant speed. A good token producer right now is Cryptbreaker, he should help you draw, discard, populate and he's also a fairly consistent trigger of your Wayward Servant.
4 days ago
Instead of Olivia's Dragoon you could use Noose Constrictor, this should allow more reach against flying creatures (you won't need to activate this through discarding a card, whereas Olivia's Dragoon does). I like this deck, also, You won't be able to cast any green spell without any green mana, Blooming Marsh is pretty cool, as is Fortified Village.