Whenever a land enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, that player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
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Polluted Bonds Discussion
1 week ago
Hey! Thanks for the kind words on my profile page. Nice deck you got here, looks fun! I got some random card ideas for you...Ophiomancer, Grave Titan, Phyrexian Delver, Immortal Servitude, Cauldron of Souls, Sifter of Skulls, Pawn of Ulamog, Ogre Slumlord, Authority of the Consuls, Shattered Angel, Angelic Chorus, Polluted Bonds, Pristine Talisman, Celestial Mantle, Boon Reflection and Rings of Brighthearth. Not sure what to add or cut specifically though :)
Good luck & happy gathering!
3 weeks ago
Let's start by lands;
Exquisite Archangel is too slow, Kingpin's Pet is bad, Tithe Drinker is so-so and costs as much as your commander, so most of the time you'll want to cast your commander instead of it.
DRmagic2017 made some good creatures suggestions. I personally suggest Soul Warden, Soul Attendant and Drana's Emissary in those. Otherwise, I suggest Rhox Faithmender, Wall of Reverence and Nyx-Fleece Ram.
Ouch. Let's start by replacing all of them exception made of Soul's Grace (you made me discover that card, and i need to get it, thanks) and replace by any of the following :
Grim Discovery and Wander in Death could be replaced easily. Profane Command is not that good. You don't run that many precious creatures...
You're quite well builded in there, there's only like two you can easily replace.
Pyramid of the Pantheon and Bontu's Monument.
Curse of Vengeance, Font of Return, Quest for the Gravelord and Unhallowed Pact could be easily replaced. SUggestions to replace for...
Ajani's Mantra, Test of Endurance, Sphere of Safety, Whip of Erebos, Darksteel Mutation (to deny enemy commanders), Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, Cradle of Vitality is slow but is a good mana dump, Polluted Bonds, Retreat to Hagra, Vampiric Link...
Hope that helps.
3 weeks ago
From what I see if your deck, it looks like mono- group slug/stax.
Bitterblossom also provides tons of creatures to sac.
Curse of the Cabal is pretty mean, always cast it for its suspend cost. There's another card that's like the suspend ability that I forgot the name.. it's an enchantment if that helps.
With all the recurring bodies, Smokestack would be good here.
1 month ago
Hey there. Nekusar is near and dear to my heart. He was my first Commander. I don't play it anymore, but I remember the playstyle well and I remember it being fun to play. You're running a list similar to mine too actually. A lot of Nekusar decks I see don't run Phyrexian Tyranny for some reason. I always found it to be an all-star of pain dealing.
Anyway, I'm just gonna spew some cards at you. Hopefully you like one of them.
My current favorite deck to play is commanded by Kami of the Crescent Moon, and my favorite way to win with that deck is Laboratory Maniac. So, to help me draw out my library as fast as possible I run Jushi Apprentice. Being that you can target any player, this could be a brutal way for you to deal a massive amount of damage to someone if you have all your "pain when draw" effects out. I'm assuming you usually have a pretty full hand when you play this and would be able to flip this easily.
Next is Gray Merchant of Asphodel. He's so common to see these days, but with all the black symbols in the enchantments in this deck, he's a house! You will surely deal a good chunk of damage, and gain a fat stack of life to help offset the damage you do end up taking from your own deck.
This next one might not be what you're trying to do, but Polluted Bonds did some work for me when I played it. It gives the opponent the option to not play lands to avoid the damage, but I've never found people all that willing to put themselves back on mana.
Lastly, in my Kami deck, which also draws a lot, I've found Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar to be really good at allowing me to dig deep for all the right spells. It's just good sift power.
Anyway, +1 from me. This is a nice build.
1 month ago
Jimmy_Chinchila Thanks for tipping the scale! In mono black, it doesnt have good enchantment removal or protection. I do have a few back up plans like Unstable Obelisk and Scour from Existence to get rid of these pests but it can only go so far. Got any ideas to make this aspect better? The real downside to black, kill everything except enchantments. Tajuru Preserver can be spot removed and if they do give it hexproof/shroud, Arcane Lighthouse will hopefully be available. Elixir will make it into this deck somewhere.
corythackston Thats a valid question and I do run some alternative win even though you almost never see creatureless decks. Waste Not for the mass creature tokens, Painful Quandary, Polluted Bonds, Quest for the Nihil Stone, and Subversion for some life loss for playing cards, having no cards in hand, or life sap. Also, kinda funny you would suggest reanimation spells in a creatureless deck playing against another creatureless deck lol But yeah I believe I could find a spot for more reanimation spells.
Argy Only feel I got first because you didnt deck cycle yesterday! How did you manage to get 1st in T/O ranking? Thats impressive.
Thanks for your comments everyone! Great questions and ideas!
1 month ago
1 month ago
This deck looks like it used to be a Kambal, Consul of Allocation deck that you decided to turn into Oloro for his Commander Zone ability.
Although Oloro's upkeep trigger is pretty sweet, I would suggest dropping Omniscience and Magister Sphinx for Polluted Bonds and Boon Reflection, then changing the commander to either Kambal, Consul of Allocation or Karlov of the Ghost Council. I'd suggest using Karlov, as he provides some very solid removal with his ability, not to mention beats very hard for commander damage. Kambal would be good if you want to run a more control build, but you should stock up on some more removal like Swords to Plowshares, Vindicate, Unmake, Black Sun's Zenith, Toxic Deluge, Mortify, Merciless Eviction, etc.
If you want to keep Oloro as the Commander, then I would suggest looking at MrHighscore's Leeching Cotton: Oloro's Couch to see if you would want to take a (s)tax approach, or my My Pillows Will Pierce the Heavens! to see if you would want to take a control/pillowfort approach.
Also, why no Aetherflux Reservoir or Debt to the Deathless? They seems like perfect inclusions in this deck, regardless on who you decide to keep as your commander. Overall solid list, just looks a little more like an Orhzov build than an Esper one.
2 months ago
Actually just look at this: https://edhrec.com/commanders/karlov-of-the-ghost-council