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Ornithopter Discussion

lithium142 on Backer in Blacker

4 hours ago

alright, so i'm not greatly familiar with creature based mono-black decks in modern. There's a good handful of black control strategies out there. most of them either use The Rack and Shrieking Affliction alongside a heavy dose of discard spells like Raven's Crime, Liliana of the Veil, Smallpox. What you're trying to do with this is interesting, but actually pretty darn good.

I can only think to make some tweaks to it since you already have most of the essentials. Idk if you're aware, but modern is packed to the brim with combo decks ever since blue control fell even further out of favor last year, so i'm pretty happy to see you already have Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize.

anyway, tweaks. I think your creature choice is spot on. I might consider Vampire Nighthawk, and even Gravecrawler could be good. Decks where things just dont want to die can be very frustrating to deal with, so the combination of Gravecrawler, Bloodghast, and Geralf's Messenger could be very potent.

on the flip side, i love your idea of using Relentless Dead for recursion. same idea as using Gravecrawler, but it could bring back any of your threats, including (as you said) a way to drain twice with gary.

your removal could use some upgrades. Fatal Push is excellent. Go for the Throat is a good budget kill spell, but affinity decks are likely something you'll end up facing. it's pretty awkward staring down an Ornithopter with lethal sized Cranial Plating, and all you have is a Go for the Throat to defend yourself. that said, Dismember kills just about everything in modern. look at your deck for example. see anything that survives? =P lastly, Surgical Extraction. Honestly one of my favorite cards. it can rip lands right out of somebody's hand if they have 2 of the same fetchland in their opening hand. it can cripple combo decks into conceding games, and take the foot off the gas of just about any graveyard strategy. that said, unless you're playing a dedicated mill deck, it should realistically be in your sideboard. most decks dont care about their graveyards, and pulling some redundancy from somebody's deck doesn't make the card worth having over another threat or removal spell.

now for lands. Arena is interesting, but i cant say im a fan. personally not something i would run. i'd rather just have a swamp and guarantee ill have mana. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth can make up for Arena's shortcoming, but it wont happen consistently. it also covers nykthos. the key change here would be to add some fetchlands. I'd say around 8 fetchlands that go into black would be plenty to help filter your deck. this really isn't a big deal, and honestly you could save the money and run 20 swamps. I think the deck is consistent enough that it wouldn't even be an issue, but if you want to make the upgrades, i think a few fetches are ideal.

As some other ideas for you to consider: Dark Confidant is an option in place of Phyrexian Arena, although i actually like the arena since it wont get killed as easily. however, bob also acts as another threat. it's a tricky choice. I saw in your maybeboard you were considering Liliana of the Veil and Liliana of the Dark Realms. Liliana of the Veil is arguably the most powerful planeswalker in the game. right up there with Jace, the Mind Sculptor, she can win games all by herself. 2 or 3 copies will cost you a kidney and your firstborn child, but i promise you'll see some success with her. dark realms i wouldn't recommend. she doesn't synergize with your deck very well. another that might interest you instead is Liliana, the Last Hope. she acts as removal, psuedo-draw, and recursion. 3 things your deck already does, and would be happy to have more of. Also, she's rotating out of standard at the end of September, so her price is sure to drop when that happens.

Well, i hope that helps. I actually had to do a little research for you, but this deck has a lot of potential. even if you played it as it sits right now, i think you'd be pleased with its performance. I really like this deck. it's super old-school, and reminds me of the older black control decks with Hymn to Tourach, Necropotence, Drain Life. you've got a lot of very similar cards in here, and it's pretty sweet!

anyway, let me know what you think, and if you need help with sideboarding

ironwolf1 on Living Artifacts

7 hours ago

I would add more Cranial Platings, they are a serious win condition when combined with evasive flyers like Ornithopter or Vault Skirge. Also, if you have the money, I would take a look at Inkmoth Nexus as an alternative win con through poison counters.

landofMordor on [PAUPER] BR Salivating Salvager (sacrifice combo)

1 day ago

Servo Schematic over/with the Cogworker's Puzzleknot and Pia's Revolution over Dhund Operative would be my first two adds, then I'd consider Ornithopter over Implement of Malice. I'd also take out Embraal Gear-Smasher since you can only use him once per turn, and instead I'd put in something like Fatal Push or Vengeful Rebel. Or maybe Fling if you're feeling reckless. Ravenous Intruder also comes to mind.

Your sideboard should be 15 cards that help you in various weaker matchups. Except for Uncaged Fury, I think those other cards are too situational. Try Radiant Flames, Onward, or more removal (Unlicensed Disintegration is the best of its kind) instead of the Implement and some of those others.

Love the original deck idea! +1

Berrin7 on And They Said Budget Affinity Couldn't Be Done

5 days ago

I wasn't sure about that rule, so that's why there aren't more. What should I cut for Ornithopter?

tumorman73 on And They Said Budget Affinity Couldn't Be Done

5 days ago

play another set of 0 drop artifacts like Ornithopter or Bone Saw and you can easily infinite combo with Scrap Trawler Atog and the 0 drop, the Scrap Trawler will let you return the 0 drop because in the magic world 0 is less than 0, them you just keep playing the artifact for 0, sac it, then return it to your hand.

Hoke on Death's Shadow Control

6 days ago

Cool concept! Definitely a neat take on the traditional Death's Shadow Aggro deck.

However, i would switch out the play sets of Scavenging Ooze, Noxious Revival, and the two Street Wraith's ,for there are other cards that don't slow down your goal of ultimately casting a decently sized Death's Shadow. Scavenging Oozeis a great sideboard creature against any kind of graveyard deck, however, if the opponent isn't running many creatures then it pretty much does nothing. Noxious Revival is a great spell that can bring back any card from the graveyard, but will cost you a card draw and ultimately slow you down your tempo. Finally, Street Wraith is awesome for a Living End deck, but not so much here. I know that filling in those empty spots with cards that cylce for life and cost phyrexian mana can be tempting, but there are other cards that will provide more upside than just life reduction.

For example, Traverse the Ulvenwald is a great card that can be used early for its ability to search out lands, as well as later on casting it with "Delirium" to search for Death's Shadow.

Tarmogoyf is both a great creature early on, as well as late game. Whether you need it on turn 2 as a blocker or later on to swing in for lethal, it is always a reliable creature. I present Tarmogoyf here because of the lack of board presence of creatures I noticed in your deck. Of course there are the Bitterblossom's pumping out early game 1/1 tokens, however they won't be around for long if an opponent drops a Anger of the Gods or any type of board wipe. Tarmogoyf ultimately is a adaptive card throughout the match and can even win you games.

Mishra's Bauble is a smooth 0 cost artifact that will provide you half a scry on either deck, as well as card draw. I know that this isn't the most budget option, but will yield the best results. (budget options may include Memnite or Ornithopter for a 0 cost artifact that could either swing in early for damage or just be a chump blocker)

I will suggest maybe sprinkling in Darkness, this card is basically the same thing as Fog, but black. It's a great "Time Walk" against go-wide creature based decks, and can really hinder the opponents abilities to swing in for lethal. (Both Darkness and Fog work fine, it just depends on your budget as well as your mana base) Darkness is excellent for stalling out go-wide strategies, however isn't a great permanent answer, which leads me to the last and final card.

Damnation! The classic black board wipe that can really set opponents back multiple turns and lead you to victory! Board wipes work well with your deck, since you're not running many creatures. Providing more upside for you than for your opponents.

Here are a few swaps I can think of just off the top of my head.

4x Scavenging Ooze --> 4x Traverse the Ulvenwald

4x Noxious Revival --> 4x or 3x Mishra's Bauble

2x Street Wraith --> 2x or 3x Tarmogoyf

Darkness and Damnation in my opinion are better off as sideboard options against go-wide strategies, and are a bit too "all in" to run in the main board.

Ultimately, I will conclude that these are only a few minor card suggestions to your deck, and the key thing here is to focus on what you think best suits your needs and have fun at it! :)

Feel free to ask me any further questions you might have.

Gl Hf, Hoke

pauper.delver on

2 weeks ago

Nettle Sentinel + Banishing Knack or Retraction Helix + Skyshroud Cutter + Essence Warden = Turn 2 infinite life.

This will give your Opponent more Life than yourself.. replace Skyshroud Cutter with Ornithopter or Phyrexian Walker

ItsRuben on Lets Budget Affinity

2 weeks ago

Thanks for your suggestions! I will see or white will fit in this deck. Dispatch is a really good card that is being played in a lot of non-budget builds. Mostly this card is being played instead of Galvanic Blast, especially because this is a different deck than normal Affinity. The reason for that is that I think Dispatch really fits in normal Affinity, because it's being played a lot more control style where you can sacrefice artifacts to pump up your Arcbound Ravager or you can put counters on all of your creatures with Steel Overseer. Where this deck, more plays with fast cards like Memnite, Ornithopter, Frogmite etc. than can be used with power combos like (Ensoul Artifact, Cranial Plating and also use raw power (Galvanic Blast) to finish it off or clear the board in the early stages of the game where you can attack with your quick combos. This is only my opinion and I fully understand if you choose to play Dispatch. I will update this deck later his week with a sideboard ,some tactical stuff like this and card replacements.

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