Painful Truths

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Limited Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Rare

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Painful Truths

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Converge — You draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the number of colors of mana spent to cast Painful Truths.

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Painful Truths Discussion

hoardofnotions on [Primer] Doran the Unstoppable

6 days ago

Grim contest could be swapped for Mortify

maybe take out bar the door for card draw? Painful Truths Read the Bones Harmonize

Eternal Witness/Regrowth are generic good cards

maybe swap temple of the false god for Winding Canyons? This way you have another vedalken orrey on a land

Do you have problems getting your lands drops? Looks like you have 32 lands and couple high CMC cards. Might be worth cutting oathsworn giant or pontiff of blight for some lands?

Maybe cut cathar's shield as well? slagwurm armor seems better and i don't know how many of that effect you need

I really like the deck! Looks like a fun twist on the agro deck

Suns_Champion on Doran's Friends with Benefits

1 week ago

Hey PJ! Happy to help!

Things I like:

Immediate +1 for the name haha!

Elspeth, Sun's Champion... I mean, obviously.

I like that Sylvan Caryatid I see in there.

Abzan Beastmaster. He's cool.

Suggestions to put in:

You seem lacking in spot removal. Swords to Plowshares, Putrefy, Mortify, Utter End Hero's Downfall or a million other options in black and white.

Belligerent Brontodon is kinda a copy of Doran, just for your guys. Beware his cmc though!

Treefolk Harbinger if you want to go more into the tribal aspect of Doran.

Courser of Kruphix kinda does a similar thing to Oracle of Mul Daya but costs less and has a bigger butt.

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim with some mana open, she's a great way to respond to an enemy boardwipe and gain a ton of life.

Grim Contest is a great fight effect that will almost always favor you.

Some to take out:

You have a ton of boardwipes. Maybe that's okay meta wise but you could probably drop the less useful ones like Whirlwind.

Obelisk Spider doesn't really synergize with anything else in the deck.

Painful Truths can be replaced with better draw options.

Kambal, Consul of Allocation seems kind of weak. Maybe it's a meta call.

Other than that, I suggest looking at the top of you curve and determine if those cards are worth it. Do you really need True Conviction or Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper? Etc Etc

Hope some of this helps!

TheRedKnight on Frankly, my dear, I don't give a demon.

3 weeks ago

I like your list and I get the budget thing! But how do you refill your hand? Except for the Indulgent Tormentor you have no card draw... at all! And that is optional... 3 life in EDH is a laughably low price to keep you from drawing! Keeping things budget you don't need a Necropotence but black offers so much in draw! Phyrexian Arena seems a no-brainer and the Arena on a stick Bloodgift Demon would be a nice inclusion. Read the Bones, Night's Whisper and Painful Truths as well as Sign in Blood would all go a long way to keep your hand full of fatties to drop with our vengeful Lady :) Ob Nixilis Reignited is sweet utility too since he draws and nukes stuff and is relatively cheap money wise ;)

fierce3302 on Kaaliliana and Friends

4 weeks ago

As your deck list is pretty big so I thought I would give you some ideas for cards to cut.

Akroma, Angel of Fury: good, but does not have a big enough effect for commander

Anger: you're only running 2 mountains

Dragon Whelp, Serra Angel, Orzhov Guildmage, Ichor Wellspring: not large enough effect

Dread Cacodemon, Reiver Demon I'm not sure about this but I don't think Kaalia's ability qualifies as casting it

Duergar Hedge-Mage good card but again, you are only running 4 mountains and 6 plains

Fallen Angel: you don't really have a use for a sac engine.

Jayemdae Tome: Just not great

Wrecking Ball no need for land destruction and there is better creature removal

Soul Snare: better options, ie Swords to Plowshares

Ghostly Prison:fine cared but has no real reason to be in this deck

Vow of Duty: just run a removal spell

Earthquake, Evincar's Justice, Pyrohemia, Sulfurous Blast: The mardu colors are the king of board wipes, run something better. ie. Damnation, Toxic Deluge, Wrath of God, Chain Reaction, Phyrexian Rebirth, and Decree of Pain to name a few

Congregate: don't need the life gain. Unless of course you play lots of token decks

Liliana of the Dark Realms: you have 3 swamps

you have a good amount of good creature but because your commander relies on your hand here are some more card draw ideas:Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Bloodgift Demon, Damnable Pact, Dragon Mage, Erebos, God of the Dead, Harvester of Souls, Necrologia, Night's Whisper, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Painful Truths, Sign in Blood, Skeletal Scrying, Underworld Connections, Wretched Confluence, and Read the Bones.

More additional combat phase spell would also greatly benefit you. World at War, Aurelia, the Warleader, Fury of the Horde, Hellkite Charger, Relentless Assault, Savage Beating, Scourge of the Throne, Seize the Day, Waves of Aggression

in case you haven't already you may want to check out https://edhrec.com/commanders/kaalia-of-the-vast for more card ideas.

Looks like a great start, hope my comments were helpful

OblivionTy7 on Mardu Markov

4 weeks ago

And before sleep: I could see Exsanguinate and Faithless Looting all getting cut pretty easily for more speed or power cards. Maybe Vampiric Fury too, but that's not hard for this deck have a big Vamp board. Exsanguinate can be totally useless unless it's late game, and Looting is potentially too much discard. Night's Whisper / Painful Truths / Read the Bones are the best Draw options, otherwise you could slip in 1 or 2 more Vamps, Planeswalkers, or 5-6CMC boss cards.

hoardofnotions on *HELP* Vampires first EDH deck tribal

1 month ago

Hey!

I think you could cut glacial chasm and ice floe

Maybe add Maze of Ith or Thaumatic Compass  Flip

Revoke Existence/Fate Forgotten could be Forsake the Worldly or Return to Dust. I think the instant speed is worth the extra mana

cut distress, single card discard in commander is hard to use effectivly. If you want this type of effect add Sadistic Hypnotist.

maybe cut Feast of Blood for another instant speed kill spell like Path to Exile or Murderous Cut

maybe cut Mardu Banner for Mind Stone or Hedron Archive.

swap Mortify/Unmake for Anguished Unmaking or Utter End

Cut Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet for being to expensive and not inpacting the board fast enough.

Add some sweet sweet card draw like, Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, Painful Truths, Phyrexian Arena.

Add some recurision like Phyrexian Reclamation, Sun Titan (maybe), Bishop of Rebirth (Definitly!)

Add some pump effects like Shared Animosity, Cathars' Crusade,

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is good, maybe find a spot for him over Mathas, Fiend Seeker maybe?

Well that's a lot of suggestions, if you'd like to debate any of them I'd be more than happy to!

Good luck spreading vampirism!

Spazik008 on Mardu Warriors

1 month ago

I'd check out Painful Truths instead of Read the Bones. Great card draw spell for 3 color decks.

bobgar on Modern Mardu Warriors Tribal

1 month ago

Unicornsareevil I think lightning bolts are pretty good and probably worth it over something. Maybe the bushwhackers or maybe Honored Crop-Captain or Glory-Bound Initiate. It gives you early game removal and another route for finishing off your opponent. The only reason I don't run them (or other removal) is its hard to make the mana work. I only run 5 red sources when it comes to casting non-creature spells. It looks like you run 7, which isn't quite as bad but its still pretty low. The Ancient Ziggurats really make non-creature spells tricky for me so I try to only run them in white where I have 10 sources. Unfortunately I had to pass on Path to Exile to keep the deck budget.

I think whether the bushwhackers are worth it or not over something like Goblin Wardriver, Painful Truths, or Alesha, Who Smiles at Death depends on how fast you want the deck to play. The bushwhackers make the deck faster giving the deck higher burst potential where as wardriver is more sustained damage. Painful truths and Alesha are both nice card advantage, but they slow down the aggro plan. In general those choices push your version to be slower but have a slightly better mid-game plan.

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