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Creature — Elemental
As Nyxathid enters the battlefield, choose an opponent.
Nyxathid gets -1/-1 for each card in the chosen player's hand.
2 months ago
I recommend you try Wall of Blood . It costs less than a dollar but it's incredibly efficient, especially in conjunction with Banehound . I guess you can remove either Nyxathid or Rotting Regisaur . They present a three-turn clock, while the Wall is an OTK.
The rest of the deck feels very smooth and is a very good starting point that doesn't need too many upgrades. If you enjoy the deck, the very first upgrades I would make are undoubtedly Phyrexian Dreadnought , Intuition , Lightning Greaves and Entomb . While all the other cards can be replaced with decent alternatives, these four are crucial to the strategy. The Dreadnought in particular will completely change the way you play the deck, as it will shorten your route to victory by a lot.
2 months ago
As far as budget alternatives, here are my suggestions:
Damnation and Toxic Deluge : these are hard to replace because we don't have too many options that do what they do for the same mana cost. You could consider something like AEtherize or Whelming Wave .
Force of Will , on the other hand, is very hard to replace. Whatever you choose to include instead of it won't be the same. You want Will because you can tap out and still have a response, therefore something like Arcane Denial would be suboptimal. At the same time, another "free" counterspell like Foil won't be ideal because it rips two cards from your hand instead of one. The only decent option, I think, would be Pact of Negation , even though it's more useful as a protection for game-winning combos instead of player-OTKs.
Intuition is another card that is incredibly hard to replace, as it's one of the 2/3 best cards in the deck. You could go with a Corpse Connoisseur , but I recommend you to get a copy as soon as possible if you enjoy the deck as it is one of the best upgrades you can make.
Phyrexian Dreadnought , unfortunately, cannot be replaced. It's the key card of the deck. No other creature is that powerful for such a low CMC. Nyxathid and Eater of Days are a few options, but they pale in comparison with the Dreadnought.
As for your suggestions, I kind of like Archmage's Charm for the utility of its second mode. The only problem I have with it is its mana cost which can sometimes be awkward, making the spell not always consistent. I don't really like Dimir Charm . It's first mode is rarely useful as oftentimes we want to counter removal spells directed to Lazav during our turn, and those are almost always instants. The second and third modes are okayish, but other spells do the same things better. I do get that this is a versatile spell, giving you the option to do three different things, but I believe that dedicated spells will serve you better. If the first mode gave you the option to counter an instant spell I would consider it, but as is it's not ideal. Also, I'm not a huge fan of Force of Negation in this deck. The moment you want to be able to counter spells is often during your turn, when you are trying to kill a player and that player is trying to disrupt you. In that case, Force will be useless as it won't be free. On the other hand, it's also true that if you manage to kill an opponent, chances are you are forced to tap out. This leaves you vulnerable to disruption during the other players turns, and in this case Force will come in handy. I don't know. I'm not fully convinced, but I could change my mind.
I will be checking your own deck and give you some feedback!
2 months ago
I looove Waste Not ! Drop the Electrostatic Fields for Nyxathid , imo. Then that's pretty close to how I'd play it (this archetype is called "Blitzkrieg", btw, at least that's what I've always heard/read). I would also probably try and get some Smallpox in over Harsh Scrutiny. Obviously, Liliana of the Veil would work as well or better than Nyxathids over the Electrostatic Fields, but that makes the deck like 4x as expensive...
I like to use Funeral Charm as well but I've been just playing a straight-black version with a higher creature count for a while now. Giving 7/7 Nyxathids swampwalk is great when you play Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , lol.
Oh, one other thing - have you thought about adding any Unearth for your Skelementals?
Have fun terrorizing your opponents, heh.
PS: This is my Budget Waste Not Build (sorry, hasn't been updated in a while). I honestly think straight black is best for Waste Not but the way you have it with Skelemental (and I think Unearth) makes going the Blitzkrieg route more tempting.
4 months ago
Yes want to keep the cost down, no Liliana or Tarmogoyf unfortunately. Tried out Nyxathid and sometimes works well but not consistent so thanks for the suggestions. Had been looking at Gurmag Angler before so will try it out.
Desecration Demon is the weakest card, but looking for another threat.
4 months ago
Some thoughts below. I’ve assumed most of the more expensive cards you have here are ones you already have - and that the “budget” title implies you’re not out to throw down loads more cash.
2) Without a more 8-rackish build, Nyxathid feels unreliable. If your meta is ditching their hand quick, his mana cost makes him too slow. And if not, they probably still have too many cards in hand to make him worth it? I’d be tempted to swap this for 1 more Abrupt Decay or Maelstrom Pulse , and then 3x Gurmag Angler .
3) how’ve you found Desecration Demon performing? Feels like he provides some value, but always at your opponents discretion. I think he’d be better served as 2 more Courser, or if you have cash to splash, Phyrexian Arena
5 months ago
I think Bardel Entertainment will do a pretty alright job but where is Axis Animation the team behind the War of the Spark trailers? The attention to detail was pretty amazing at bringing out everything we could see in the cards, such as Bolas for example. It be a disservice to the show not to capitalize on all the amazing art the game has to offer. Nothing against Bardel Entertainment but The Dragon Prince, Teen Titans Go, and Rick and Morty don’t nessesarily scream I bring First-Sphere Gargantua , Secluded Glen , Nyxathid and so on to life. Sorta feel that as I write this it’s a way of keeping my expectations low. Story and Game play in MTG’s past have always had their ups and down but the art has always been amazing (for the most part Circle of Protection: Art ). Just hope they capitalize on a pillar of what makes Magic what it is.
7 months ago
Did you ever get a chance to try Nyxathid in this deck? If you did how’d it go?
7 months ago
up the lands to 24, and cut anything costing 5+ mana. try to run full playsets of your spells, to improve consistency. you definitely don't want to use Killing Wave when your win condition is creatures, because you'll have to pay the life too. not just your opponent. if you want to run Nyxathid , you'll need more discard spells.
if you wanted to go a "black devotion" route, you'd need to run creatures that cost double or triple black, such as Geralf's Messenger (try to avoid creatures with colorless portions in their mana cost for the most part). then you could use Crypt Ghast and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to mana ramp into a big Consume Spirit , Exsanguinate , or Torment of Hailfire .
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