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At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, Rackling deals X damage to that player, where X is 3 minus the number of cards in his or her hand.
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5 days ago
Some card ideas for ya since you have a strong discard theme going on as well. These ideas can also be used as another win con in case opponents remove your critters that poison them.
1 month ago
Heliogabale Thank you for all the suggestions and the comments!
I definitely agree with the lands, after play testing quite a bit I found myself drawing far too many lands and will take the ones you suggested out. Assuming the upcoming pre-release is nice I'll have the better pay 2 life lands, but we'll see.
One of the reasons I opted out of Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip was because he is an expensive card. I typically don't like to spend more than 10 dollars on a single card. It may be something I try to trade up for though as I think he is a much more fitting commander than Crosis, the Purger.
I have mixed feelings about Sire Of Insanity just because then I have no cards in hand and would end up top decking just like everyone else. Granted if I draw the true wheels of discard draw 7, I would have something to do, but I find it really slows down the game for me, as well as everyone else except the blue player who will draw 50 cards a turn and do stuff. Again, I could just be playing around it incorrectly. I like the choice of Rackling and I have a Bloodchief Ascension but every time I have played it it usually is just too slow of a card, or as soon as I slap down a Mindcrank (in my Mill deck) one of the pieces gets insta removed. Even a turn one Bloodchief Ascension has failed to ever reach 3 counters. It could just be my meta and how people just get rid of annoying stuff early and then can't deal with stuff later when it doesn't matter as much.
Another question I ask myself (and others) is how many wheels is too many? I honestly haven't found a good number yet and will add those two wheels back in.
I too am not found of tutors, but agree with the assessment that those pieces are somewhat critical to actually doing damage while making people discard. I will probably opt for slower tutors that don't cost $40. Liliana of the Veil and Scourge of the Throne are cards I would like to put in the deck, but again are cost prohibitive for me.
Lastly, oath of scholars is definitely a oops backfire kind of card. The idea was there, but it fell short because I was actually just giving my opponents a hand again.
Thanks again for all the comments!
1 month ago
This is exactly the style of deck I like. I also enjoy pushing the themes to their full extent, looking for unusual wincons and infinite combos are banned in my group.
I believe you have too many lands. I use the formula 40-(Rocks+Fetch+Other Mana sources), which in this case would be around 35. I suggest you lose the Vivids and the Bounce Lands, and add Crypt of the Eternals, Geier Reach Sanitarium and Crosis's Catacombs. If you own them or have budget, you could easily replace the lesser fetch lands (Evolving Wilds, Grixis Panorama, Terramorphic Expanse) with Blood Crypt, Steam Vents and Watery Grave.
If you are not going to use Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip as your commander, should he not at least be in the deck? Maybe replace Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver, which is expensive and doesn't do much in here?
I am not usually very fond of tutors, but you really need Megrim or Liliana's Caress (or Bloodchief Ascension) to kickstart, so in this case I would run 2 or 3.
Many of your discard spells, like Cruel Ultimatum are single occurrence, whereas Liliana of the Veil can activate each turn.
Scourge of the Throne is a nice dragon.
If you have one or your group allows proxy, add Chains of Mephistopheles will turn these wheels into double the discard and prevent your opponents from building hands. Note that it affects you as well.
Oath of Scholars may very well backfire; if you are the only one holding cards, you are basically letting your opponent draw 3 each turn. I am not sure what the rationale is for including it.
I hope this inspires you!
5 months ago
Crypt Ghast would give you some ramp
Hollowborn Barghest isn't a rat, but the ability is quite good with your game plan.
Rackling same with this guy, another Rack but tied to a non-rat creature
Phyrexian Reclamation can let you re-play annoying creatures once people remove them, as well as provide draw for when you're top decking
Gray Merchant of Asphodel is a super solid black finisher and can keep you in the game a lot longer
Geier Reach Sanitarium gives you a discard trigger for everyone, and draws everyone another card which you can make them discard again
Attrition lets you use those rat tokens for repeatable removal
These are the cards that are probably under performing in your deck: Bone Splinters, Coercion, Death Stroke, Duress, Kaervek's Hex, Ostracize, Waking Nightmare, Ichor Rats, Typhoid Rats, Simulacrum, Subversion, Ordeal of Erebos,
6 months ago
I like this deck; I'd recommend some changes though. Adding some more mana rocks and/or other ramp options helps this deck's speed a bit. Cards like Sol Ring, Jet Medallion, Thought Vessel, Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual could be considered.
You already have some nice draw options, but in mono-black I usually go for Underworld Connections and/or Phyrexian Arena no matter what other options I have, because these are so reliable; they don't require you to do anything in order to work.
Hymn to Tourach and Mind Twist are great discard spells. Paupers' Cage, Rackling, Wheel of Torture and The Rack all have great potential to damage opponents for having too few cards in their hands. Bloodchief Ascension and Painful Quandary are especially powerful in a deck like this.
Hope any of this helps; good luck brewing and playing!
1 year ago
Hey Addicted2Edh, thanks for your feedback, I'm glad you like the deck. So I used to include Rackling but it got cut because I thought 10 instances of the effect was sufficient. I may consider putting it back in but I prefer non-creature sources for this effect whenever possible and saw Rackling as the weakest of the creatures when compared to Hellfire Mongrel, Lavaborn Muse and Nezumi Shortfang. However, there is a chance that it may be put back in eventually.
Also Paupers' Cage was not included because it only targets a single opponent, just a thing to keep in mind.
1 year ago
You could definitely use some more efficient discard spells, look up an 8rack deck to get a few cards you could use. Also your commander choice for this deck is rather strange, she's not a good commander and seeing as how most of your creatures are not gorgon shes terrible. Seeing as how this seems to be on a tight budget Id recommend:
Commander You Should Go With In my Opinion:Greel, Mind Raker
Good Discard Spells and Synergy:
The Rack, Liliana's Caress, Dreamstealer, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Larceny, Rackling, Cao Cao, Lord of Wei, Dark Ritual, Mind Twist, Mind Sludge, Mind Shatter, Read the Bones, Raven's Crime, Mind Slash, Scepter of Fugue, Malicious Affliction, Go for the Throat, Walk the Plank, Shrine of Limitless Power, Necrogen Mists, Black Market, Underworld Connections, Greed, and Archfiend of Ifnir
Thats a lot I know but this deck seems to be just what you had lying around (not a bad thing thats how my decks start) so I thought Id try to help a bit, good luck!