|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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|Modern Masters 2015 Edition||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt||Common|
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Rakdos Carnarium enters the battlefield tapped.
When Rakdos Carnarium enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
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Rakdos Carnarium Discussion
1 week ago
It seems like Avacyn's Judgment and Abandon Reason are meant to be cast for Madness? If so, Bloodrage Brawler is awfully inconsistent here, as there's no way to be sure you'll have a hand with both Bloodrage Brawler, Avacyn's Judgment in a game, and it's even less likely you'll have the mana to cast both of them in the same turn. I'd recommend either replacing the Bloodrage Brawlers with the suggestions below, scrapping Abandon Reason, or both.
Bloodrage Brawler is an incredibly aggressive card, I'll admit. However, there are some creatures that are quite a bit more synergistic with your deck. Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn help your creatures die without Distended Mindbender. Perilous Myr and Goblin Arsonist are relatives of Mudbutton Torchrunner.
It seems like Distended Mindbender and Avacyn's Judgment are your sac outlets right now. Your opponent isn't going to block your Mudbutton Torchrunners if they're going to take 3 damage for it - they're just going to let the 1 go through. So, you need ways to power them yourself. Again, Nantuko Husk, Carrion Feeder, and Blood Bairn will all do that job for you, and Artillerize and Fling are cheap, sometimes even better, substitutes or alternatives.
For a budget deck, your mana base is to be expected, but it can be better. Rakdos Guildgate is a dual land, sure, but entering the battlefield tapped without anything else means it's outclassed by others. Akoum Refuge and Bloodfell Caves are gainlands in Rakdos colors. Rakdos Carnarium is a tapland that bounces one of your own lands, which can be bad or good, but helps you stay on curve the turn after, unlike the Guildgate. Temple of Malice is a scryland, which might not be so useful, but it's still better than the Guildgate by virtue of its scry. Dragonskull Summit is probably your best bet for a dual under $5/each, though, because it's not necessarily a tapland as long as you have a Swamp or Mountain.
Soul-Scar Mage and Abandon Reason are really weird cards in this deck. You have no burn spells (which might be something to consider) if you don't hit creatures with your Torchrunner or Showstopper, so I would consider either burn spells or better combat tricks. Red has much better combat tricks than Abandon Reason, like Brute Strength, a red Giant Growth.
Sorry for the wall of text; I hope it helped.
1 week ago
Rakdos Carnarium is both kinda too slow, and quite a double edged sword in modern (especially with no basics, and lots of tap lands) maybe just swap it for Swamp so your not locked out of black mana against Blood Moon and arn't destroyed by Fulminator Mage (will also speed the deck up)
2 weeks ago
35 is fine for a 2 color deck. Between 30 and 40 is what most people run. Molten Slagheap, Blood Crypt, Rakdos Carnarium, Bojuka Bog, Opal Palace, Rakdos Guildgate, Akoum Refuge, Temple of the False God, and Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace are some of the other lands i run myself
1 month ago
Niblet, thanks for the input! I recently picked up a bundle of cards at my local shop, so the list is now updated. I like my Rakdos Carnarium as I like the 2 for 1 tap and it doesn't take up a non-land slot. I am thinking about swapping out the Refuges for Summits though.
1 month ago
Hope this helps!
2 months ago
First off, welcome to the world of EDH! I think you'll find it's definitely one of the most fun formats you'll experience. As someone who has played tribal vampires before, I think I can offer you some suggestions based on my experience. Now I'm not sure what you're budget is for cards so feel free to ignore any suggestions that are out of your budget range.
Vampires are tricky because they don't have as much tribal support as say Goblins, Elves, or even Zombies so you really want the best they have to offer. I think that 44 creatures is a bit too high, even for a tribal deck, so I would cut and refine some of your weaker vampires.
These are a few ideas of some very powerful vampires that could easily be swapped in for some of the less optimal brood.
As with any EDH deck, your mana base is going to always be tweaked and upgraded to make your plays faster and more reliable. Now this is something you can do over time and as budget allows but some major lands to consider are:
Now the latter 3 lands are included for explosive ramping and because I've found most tribal vampire decks are more black than red. Another thing to keep in mind is that generally, you don't want less than 36 lands in your deck unless you have a lot of mana rocks to support less. Olivia is a very mana hungry commander so I would suggest about 38 lands.
Along similar lines, I would include the following mana rocks to further ramp/filter your mana:
While not traditional "ramp", Urza's Incubator can be very helpful in this deck since vampires tend to be a bit higher mana costed.
You'll want to include a few cards to help you draw more cards just to get more power from the deck. There's a lot of options out there but one card I strongly suggest is Phyrexian Arena.
The same goes for your removal. A little spot removal and a few board wipes should have you covered.
I hope these ideas help! Best of luck to you with your deck!
2 months ago
Thinking about utility lands lately, I started to consider Thespian's Stage and Vesuva. At the least, they both come into play and are mana producing lands, potentially any colored. Both would copy a Maze of Ith or Kor Haven for added protection. They could both copy any of my multiple mana producing lands like Lotus Vale, Scorched Ruins, Boros Garrison, Orzhov Basilica, or Rakdos Carnarium for some extra ramp. They both could copy a Sea Gate Wreckage, Rogue's Passage, or Slayers' Stronghold for value in those areas. Vesuva could be dropped early to copy any mana producing land and then bounced with a bounceland like Boros Garrison, Orzhov Basilica, or Rakdos Carnarium. Thespian's Stage would not need to be bounced to continue to produce the most value for me throughout the game. I am pretty sure I would not want to run a Dark Depths myself, but it would open the possibility if I ever wanted to, and in a pinch it could counter those pesky Dark Depths combo decks out there that I may eventually face (I know, likely a rare occurrence, but wouldn't that just be amazingly dramatic?).
Anyway, does anyone have any opinion on both Thespian's Stage and Vesuva? I am leaning more toward Thespian's Stage if I only use one, since it comes into the battlefield untapped and seems more flexible than Vesuva, but I could be convinced to run both.
3 months ago
I've been working on my own list, but I think I can share some of my experience already.
Alesha is red, her ability requires double non-red hybrid mana, so most times It's hard to have a very aggressive start since we either start swinging soon, or fill our board soon. I've been avoiding playing Alesha on T3 or earlier, since I favour getting other creatures on board first, or cast spells like Buried Alive, Cathartic Reunion, Tormenting Voice, to make the most of her ability. More relevant, to fix the harsh colour needs of the deck, I run Chromatic Lantern. I also run bounce lands (Boros Garrison, Rakdos Carnarium and Orzhov Basilica) since with a slow start and nothing to do on turn 1, playing one of this on turn 2 gets you a free discard, which for Alesha is a form of card advantage.
I'd also recommend Big Game Hunter to round up your removal options and an additional combo in Leonin Relic-Warder and Animate Dead. Animate Dead the Leonin, target Animate Dead with it's ability, rinse+repeat. With Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat or Purphoros, God of the Forge, that's game. I've also been trying Daretti, Scrap Savant as a way to get even more card advantage (and it acts like a removal beacon as well, so people might waste resources on him even though he's not vital to the main plan).
Feel free to check my deck as well:
Commander / EDH*
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