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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
: Add to your mana pool.
, : Choose a color. Add to your mana pool an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)
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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Discussion
40 minutes ago
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood give counters
Other good cards: Burnished Hart, Gyre Sage, Hornet Queen, Inspiring Call, Progenitor Mimic, Eldritch Evolution, Green Sun's Zenith, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Verdant Confluence, Rishkar's Expertise, Asceticism and more.
7 hours ago
So many ways to play mono black, I don't even know where to begin. I'll be happy to help you build a deck but I have to tell you first there are several key factors that hold mono black back.
First, it's most competitive cards are all expensive, Liliana of the Veil, Dark Confidant, Damnation Thoughtseize, Death's Shadow, Bloodghast, Bitterblossom, Phyrexian Obliterator. Additionally, cards like Bloodghast and Fatal Push don't reach their full potential without fetches.
Second, mono black has no way to deal with enchantments or non-creature artifacts.
Third, black stand alone creatures are typically over-costed with drawbacks compared to other colors. Tarmogoyf is a 4/5-5/6 for where Nyxathid is a 5/5-6/6 for . Fleecemane Lion is a 3/3 with an upside compared to black's Sangrophage with a significant downside.
Fourth, mono black uses it's life to gain advantage. This means bad Burn match ups and far more risky plays. Thoughtseize, Dismember, Dark Confidant all assure that you'll typically close games out in single digits.
All that out of the way. You can build 8Rack, Midrange, Devotion, Aggro, Smallpox. Control can be built on a budget but it'll never be as good without Liliana of the Veil. If you pick an archetype I'll help you flesh it out.
7 hours ago
I have a monoblack deck that you could build pretty easily under $250. The deck is pretty competitive and fun to play, however, it has a couple weaknesses that I think should be addressed, the largest of which, this deck relies on the graveyard. Secondly, the deck has slight mana ramp using cards like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Crypt of Agadeem. Another important thing to mention is this, if you have Thoughtseize lying around or you have enough money to purchase a playset, they would greatly increase the flexibility of this deck in the main-board.
Here's the deck; Devotion to Zombie Tribal
If you are going to use the decklist, make sure to tell me how it went and the changes you made to help me better my deckbuilding. Thanks, have fun out there.
17 hours ago
You have quite some black devotion in your enchantments/creatures. Since you're mostly going to sack the tokens, maybe consider Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for more mana and the insanity of Gray Merchant of Asphodel? Gray Merchant doesn't really help with sacrifice, but is a HUGE lifeswing.
Merciless Executioner is a second Fleshbag Marauder.
2 days ago
Thanks for the suggestions, I can see a lot of these helping in the deck... If I can find the space, of course. Eladamri, Lord of Leaves I have already decided is going to go in. I'm going to take out 2 Heritage Druids and 1 Kamahl, Fist of Krosa for 3 of those. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is an easy in, mono green means lots of devotion, especially with all of my 1 drops. Thousand-Year Elixir is neat, but it doesn't replace the Umbral Mantle and I can't find a space for it. Contested War Zone is honestly not very good. I won't need to pump the elves until I'm going for the kill, and I can't kill until I get the combo off. After I've comboed I will have a Kamahl, Fist of Krosa almost every time with the amount of drawing and tutor spells. Gaea's Cradle is too expensive for me lol, and to be honest I don't really need a ton more mana, because I will usually have either a) more mana than spells to cast, even before comboing, or b) comboed off and have infinite mana, I don't need more. Homeward Path not really prevalent in my meta, but a definite sideboard card if I ever come across one! Oran-Rief, the Vastwood is really good in theory if I actually used Krosa for his first ability. If I am ready to pump elves, I'm going to be swinging for the game, so I don't need manlands at that point. Also a +1/+1 counter on a land that's going to be buffed with +infinity/+infinity is somewhat redundant. Not worth the slowness of a land that comes in tapped imo. Yavimaya Hollow sounds awesome to keep my combo pieces alive, definitely going to put 1 in. Embodiment of Insight/Nature's Will both not very good since I'm only running 16 lands and also I combo off before turn 7 almost 100% of the time, (usually turn 4-5) so that's not a lot of use. Same goes for Ambush Commander. Sylvan Advocate Hey this a druid deck this-is-sparta kicks the manlands away. Skyshroud Poacher EASIEST ADDITION EVER. Allows me to tutor for combo pieces, as well as keep the combo going if I get some unlucky draws - love it!
2 days ago
Oh I see now. So here's some options I've devised:Eladamri, Lord of Leaves-Gives Shroud and Forestwalk Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx-Mana ramp until you get infinite mana Thousand-Year Elixir-Untaps your elves, and they get ability haste Contested War Zone-To make lands even more op Gaea's Cradle-To ramp EVEN MORE Homeward Path-For stealing decks, so you can prevent their stealing combos Oran-Rief, the Vastwood-Combos with Kamahl, Fist of Krosa Yavimaya Hollow-To Regenerate your creatures except against certain ones. Cavern of Souls-For cannot be countered effects. Embodiment of Insight/Nature's Will-To have tons of blockers and mana after attacking Ambush Commander-For 1 less mana, you get Kamahl, Fist of Krosa but they are elves Sylvan Advocate-Do I really have to explain? Skyshroud Poacher-So many ELVESSSS
2 days ago
I would reconsider your manabase. Mutavault can be great, but you are so devotion heavy it could really hinder you casting your spells. And Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx definitely enables the big mana, but I don't see where you're making use of that at all. I would either cut them, or include some spells that thrive on big mana (Consume Spirit, Mind Shatter, etc)
Other than that, I'd want more removal. I've had good results with Funeral Charm, as it can do double duty. Gatekeeper of Malakir seems great, especially given the Panharmonicon synergy.
3 days ago
I play Ephara, God of the Polis as my commander and even though they are kind of different decks, there is a lot of overlap.
A few cards that are under or around $2 that I run and you might get benefit from:
Trinket Mage (you can add Seat of the Synod, Ancient Den, and maybe even Darksteel Citadel to make it worth more than just getting Sol Ring. I have Everflowing Chalice. In this deck, you may also get use from Pithing Needle. With this package, it's probably just better than Pilgrim's Eye.)
If you have Archaeomancer, you probably want Mnemonic Wall and Scrivener as well. These cards make Ghostly Flicker much better. So much so that I run also Displace and Illusionist's Stratagem as well in Ephara.
Ixidron could be interesting in this deck, especially if you add more blink effects outside of Brago.
I don't know how much I like creature auras for Brago. He's already a removal magnet (which is one of the reasons I don't play him as my commander) and I feel like you'd end up just getting two for one'd. Whispersilk Cloak might be a good alternative. You could also add stuff like Cloudshift, Momentary Blink, or maybe even Whitemane Lion to help protect Brago from removal or get additional value. Again, I haven't played this deck and don't know your meta, so this may be irrelevant.
You may want to look at making your mana rocks a turn faster so you can curve into Brago on turn three. You could run Talisman of Progress, Fellwar Stone, or Thought Vessel if you're looking to have your rocks all untap with Brago. They aren't as reliable at fixing as say Darksteel Ingot, but the speed could be worth it.
Here's a link to my Ephara deck if you're interested: