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
2 days ago
A possible card that could be used other than Tormenting Voice in this deck would be either Painful Truths or for the instant speed draw to scare the opponents into you kill-spelling their creature is Succumb to Temptation.
2 days ago
Looks fun, you have a solid land count and some cheap rocks so the deck should run well. Got a couple suggestions for improvements:
cut obelisk of grixis for a better mana rock like Commander's Sphere
cut mogis, [c]shock[/c]ing opponents doesn't really do anything. You could try Call to the Grave, just be careful about playing it alongside a non-zombie creature like sheoldred
cut it that betrays: it's great, but 12 mana is absurd and your deck doesn't cheat it into play
You could also use some more basic, efficient EDH stuff like card draw (Painful Truths, Night's Whisper, cheap counterspells (Swan Song), artifact hate and graveyard hate (Rakdos Charm, Nihil Spellbomb)
2 days ago
mrmango, I will have to see where the meta goes in the new standard. If things get very fast and aggressive, I will probably not play Painful Truths. However, I'm going to try it out as a one-of in place of Chandra, Torch of Defiance, which hasn't been performing well in testing, and see how it does. Thank you very much for the suggestion! Much appreciated!
3 days ago
I really really like this deck. Looks very solid. I noticed there was only 5 draw spells in here though. Have you considered Painful Truths? It is a sorcery though so I can see why you might not go with it.
3 days ago
akprimape I think red is an important addition just because of Harnessed Lightning. Also, Weaver of Lightning in the sideboard definitely isn't bad and the third color lets you use Painful Truths to the fullest as well as Radiant Flames if you prefer more board wipe in your control brews.
4 days ago
In the control archetype the main focus should be disruption, removal, and most importantly card advantage.
You want many fewer creatures, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Noxious Gearhulk, and Walking Ballista are basically the only ones you want. Gonti, Lord of Luxury is a good creature too, so maybe two copies. Possibly one Thalia's Lancers. Otherwise this deck needs planeswalkers and removal. A playset of Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, two or three Liliana, the Last Hope, probably one Ob Nixilis Reignited, and a Sorin, Grim Nemesis. The best card-draw in these colors is Painful Truths assuming you also run Aether Hub. There is also Metalspinner's Puzzleknot and Succumb to Temptation but the only upside is that one is 2 mana and the other is an instant. I'd stick to Painful Truths. Four copies of whatever you decide to use, of course.
You need good single-target removal both early and late-game. Fatal Push is something you will want probably two of since you cannot trigger it's revolt. Declaration in Stone is the most efficient all-game removal so 4 seems good. You will also want to try one or two copies of Collective Brutality because it is so versatile in every match-up. Anguished Unmaking is strictly better than Murder, Grasp of Darkness is almost a catch-all early on. You will want some number of each, 2 Unmakings is probably all you will want though. Finally one or two Fumigates.
The sideboard will need answers to other controlling decks, non-creature permanents, strategies that flood the board, and be able to disrupt or respond to the known combos in the format.
I recommend more Collective Brutality, another Ob Nixilis Reignited, and Transgress the Minds to deal with control. Possibly Kambal, Consul of Allocation. If they are doing the Felidar Guardian combo you may need something along the lines of Encircling Fissure or Make Obsolete. In aggressive match-ups you will want Linvala, the Preserver and Yahenni's Expertise (which is a good argument for running some Succumb to Temptation or Puzzleknot instead of only Painful Truths) or more Grasp of Darkness. If you're playing against a mid-range opponent you may want Quarantine Field, more Fumigate or a Descend upon the Sinful, maybe Harsh Scrutiny. Finally good non-creature removal is Fragmentize or more Anguished Unmakings.
5 days ago
I'd put Thing in the Ice Flip in the mainboard because it is simply amazing. Some cards to thing about adding are Fatal Push, Goblin Dark-Dwellers, Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, Radiant Flames, and Painful Truths.