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Creature — Human Pirate
Whenever another creature you control dies, create a colorless Treasure artifact token with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."
Pitiless Plunderer Discussion
1 week ago
The redundancies for each piece are:
Gravecrawler (recurrable dude)
- Nether Traitor + Pawn of Ulamog / Sifter of Skulls
- Reassembling Skeleton + Pawn of Ulamog / Sifter of Skulls
- Reassembling Skeleton + Pitiless Plunderer
- Liliana, Untouched By Death + 1 Drop Zombie
Phyrexian Altar (enabler)
- Pitiless Plunderer + Sac Outlet
2 weeks ago
Murderous Redcap is a strong critter to sac.
Neheb, the Eternal can fuel lyzolda.
Lightning Greaves is better than mask of avacyn.
Heartstone is nice for xantcha and lyzolda
Honestly I would make my aim for this list to become exclusively b/r or red creatures. No black only except for staples like butcher, pawn of ulamog, krav the unredeemed (good use for pawn's tokens), abhorrent overlord, and maybe like erebos. Possibly Sheoldred or kuon, ogre ascendant but not necessary.
You might want to try Wort, Boggart Auntie and Garna, the Bloodflame for ways to refill your hand with the creatures you sac, especially wort if you pick up redcap, auntie's hovel, and some other goblins that generate tokens like Beetleback Chief and Siege-Gang Commander .
3 weeks ago
I made a mistake concerning Pitiless Plunderer . I thought it generated mana from creatures etb. This would increase the chances it generates mana on the turn it is cast. I still think Sol Ring is the superior card for this deck.
3 weeks ago
Control_Train, as I play Meren I appreciate your list more and more. There are a few cards I question.
Could Sol Ring be better in the deck than Pitiless Plunderer ? Early game Sol Ring is the only option. It gets Meren out two turns earlier. It allows for multiple early turn casts. Pitiless Plunderer never sees the field before Meren.
Midgame, assuming Pitiless Plunderer is cast after Meren, how often do you see it generate mana that turn? Meren would have to return a creature to the battlefield or you would have to cast a one mana creature assuming the fifth land drop. Meanwhile, Sol Ring is generating mana every turn it is cast include a net positive of one colorless mana the turn it is cast.
Late mid game and late game Pitiless is the clear winner. Colored mana that can will be generated in bunches and stored for big turns finally beats the consistent colorless Sol Ring mana.
The argument to include a creature in a deck that has more means to tutor creatures (more so with the inclusion of Survival of the Fittest ) than artifacts is also suspect. That assumes Pitiless Plunderer is a common tutor target. My strong suspicion is that you rarely if ever tutor this creature. Am I wrong in thinking this?
3 weeks ago
I forgot to add that I recently tutored Sakura-Tribe Elder first. It was an effective move. Please keep sharing insights into how to pilot the deck.
One of the better cards for me has been Earthcraft . That has got me considering Sol Ring or another card that is a star in competitive play in Carpet of Flowers . I concede that Carpet of Flowers is not an auto include in casual as it is in competetive play.
I am playing 37 creatures, as is Control_Train. You have stated mana is not a problem. But, is there a reason Pitiless Plunderer should not be Sol Ring? Sol Ring gets Meren out two turns earlier and you are never going to cast Pitiless Plunderer before Meren. Plunderer would have to have two creatures etb a turn to produce the amount of mana Sol Ring does. Plunderer at that point would be more valuable considering it is colored mana. Is Plunderer a win more type card?
3 weeks ago
I find it very interesting that your first tutor is for Sakura-Tribe Elder . I have only played a couple of games with the deck. My first tutor is usually Spore Frog or Sylvan Safekeeper . It would seem your opponents would target Meren. How do you keep her on the board? Is your reasoning that you use Sakura-Tribe Elder to ramp so that you can just recast her?
Has your thoughts on Necrotic Ooze changed? You posted on May 15 on Control_Train's thread, "The other one that I've cut is Necrotic Ooze again, rarely pulled it's weight and often he turned into a sakura tribe elder... Not what I want to do for 4 mana."
I have tried to not add cards that either you or Control_Train are not playing. The logic being why not utilized two players who have games upon games to tune the deck. Keeping that in mind would you think it would be prudent to cut Pitiless Plunderer for Birthing Pod , and Victimize for Worldly Tutor ?
Now, having said that, I now am going to ask your opinion on cutting Mausoleum Secrets for Imperial Seal and Pernicious Deed , Maelstrom Pulse or Casualties of War for Massacre Wurm . The first cut I do not envision being controversial. Imperial Seal is a top deck, sorcery speed unconditional tutor. Mausoleum Secrets is instant speed but requires creatures in the graveyard and only gets a black card.
The second cut may get down voted by you. The deck already plays a top of spot removal and sweepers. Massacre Wurm is already on your radar and it makes another great etb effect at 6 mana for Birthing Pod .
Speaking of Birthing Pod, you only have one good etb creature at five mana in Sidisi, Undead Vizier .
3 weeks ago
Frank_Glascock I think those are some proper swaps :) Like I said before Garruk, Apex Predator is somewhat of a pet card thats why I run it. Destructor Dragon you should reconsider cause it can destroy lands, Vindictive Lich is something I want to try out and see if it works.
I don't think Pitiless Plunderer is worth the spot. My list runs 10+ tutors, most of the time the first card I go for is Sakura-Tribe Elder . The same reason I don't want to run Awakening Zone I literally don't need the mana. The only thing that would make me pick Awakening Zone over Pitiless Plunderer is the fact that it makes creatures and thus more synergy with Meren.
Victimize I'm currently trying out since it's a back up for meren if I can't keep her on the field. I have many ways of getting stuff in my grave. A simple Victimize can get a Sheoldred back on the table....in Theory...
Krav was a bit of a hard cut. It was a card I actually had quite some time on the table and often he did not performed that much tbh... I think he shines more in a token deck than he does in meren. Cause if you play him mostly for the sac outlet then I think Birthing Pod is better. Talking about birthing Pod, it won me the game last wednesday cause I was able to get all my pieces out of my deck :)
I'm now trying to find a spot for Massacre Wurm . I have it in my binder and was playing (same wednesday) against Krenko and found out that I have ways to deal with krenko, but not with all the tokes he makes :)
4 weeks ago
Ripwater, I checked the deck. I am playing Sol Ring , Pitiless Plunderer , Fauna Shaman and Sylvan Safekeeper in place of Destructor Dragon , Garruk, Apex Predator , Vindictive Lich , and Necrotic Ooze . I guess I am most surprised you or Control_Train is not playing Sylvan Safekeeper. I can't see that ever getting cut.
Pitiless Plunderer occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.04%
WB (Orzhov): 0.76%