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: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb.
, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.
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Ratchet Bomb Discussion
29 minutes ago
You asked to be ruthless, so let's be then. You was warried about your BUG and Show and Tell MUs. Crucible of Worlds, Wasteland is nice combo in some decks, but not really fitting on mana hungry deck like Eldrazi Stompy. Crucible of Worlds is often do nothing, when opponent has basics or you don't have wasteland. Even when it does something it might be too slow and you might be better off by just beating with spaghetti. Sometimes it might win the game, if none of these problems occur and opponent doesn't have answer. Still I would rather go with something more synergistic with spaghetti stompy plan.
We can go down to 24 lands. Wasteland seems to provide least amount of utility, so let's go down to 3, now that we don't have Crucible of Worlds and with 24 lands we are less likely to trade Wasteland anyway.
2 slots now open in maindeck, add 2nd Umezawa's Jitte it's really good at killing small utility creatures and is the best way to beat Tarmogoyfs. Also move 1 Endbringer from side to main. I was first skeptical about Endbringer and thougt 6 mana is not worth it, but I've learnt 6 mana is well worth it. It can win against Ensnaring Bridge or Moat, can be put into play from Show and Tell to stop Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, pings annoying creatures away and when everything else fails, it can DRAW CARDS. We don't have too much card drawing luxury going.
For sideboard I would go something like this:
1 All Is Dust
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Pithing Needle
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 Warping Wail
2 Thorn of Amethyst
Leylines as gravehate, because they come down turn 0, are more difficult to answer and can shut down dredge.Damping Matrix hits our own stuf too, cots more and only does more than Pithing Needle against elves.
17 hours ago
Ok, interesting setup, I'd describe it as more midrange rather than control, but the idea is pretty solid. I'm running a list with Myth Realized in mardu which works similarly. Personally, I'd cut the recover and similar for a Night's Whisper or Sign in Blood (sorcery speed matters less when you have spare mana for removal), and swap madcap for the wonderful and disruptive Delirium Skeins- if they can't stop your creatures, it doesn't matter how much they hit for. Your manabase looks like it should function, but I can't say more than that. Graven Cairns is cheaper than the other filters thanks to it's future sight printing, and Lavaclaw Reaches is a decent mana sink in later turns. There are several spells in black red missing here, but the most pressing is sideboarded Rakdos Charm. It kills artifacts, ends graveyards and flips swarm tactics on their head. Ratchet Bomb will provide much needed emergency enchantment removal, and Pithing Needle or Dreadbore are solutions to the incurable planeswalker plague upon the game. I'd consider Gifted Aetherborn in place of skirge, the constant presence of k-command makes artifacts risky buisness.
If you want more consistant draw, Phyrexian Arena is relatively resistant to the current strain of non-Anguished Unmaking removal. I have this list Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox for mono black players- chances are there will be some stuff in there to help.
4 days ago
Thanks for the input! I have Pithing Needle and Ratchet Bomb on my radar, have for quite a while (my local meta overflows with Souls, 'Goyfs, and 'Scoozes). I'm also really interested in running this with Asylum Visitor. All of these are pretty cheap, too. I'll definitely add them. Thanks!
4 days ago
I have this Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox list for mono black players. I'll quietly reccomend the sideboard tools of Pithing Needle and Ratchet Bomb. They really do significant work, one hosing Lingering Souls and the other planeswalkers. Asylum Visitor has seen some success in my versions of this list, but ymmv. Lashwrithe is another option if you chose to run Ravenous Rats and Rotting Rats, with Cry of Contrition/Nezumi Bone-Reader providing some extra discard power.
1 week ago
1 week ago
OK, so mono black vamps. You'll live or die on sideboard, I'd reccomend a set of Pithing Needles, Ratchet Bomb and as much hand disruption as you can afford. highborn I've always found to underperform outside of Blade of the Bloodchief/Bloodchief Ascension because of the mana investment. Keeping mana up like that really doesn't go well with the spam creatures plan. If you're running Vampire Lacerator go all in with the Indulgent Aristocrat and Bloodthrone Vampires with something like Whip of Erebos or swap it out for something better at stalling- Gifted Aetherborn is a better Vampire Nighthawk in any meta that doesn't care about the flying. Run both if stalling to midgame and not running whip. Vampire Hexmage while great, should be sideboard for times when first strike matters or plainswalkers. Consider more Gatekeeper of Malakir- they trade excellently, and win games. Lillana of the viel is fantastic if you plan a sideboard to functionally turn this into 8-rack, or run more disposable creatures, but might be a wasted investment unless you have them already from another deck- Ensnaring Bridge and Call the Bloodline normally performs better in this tribal if games stall like that. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my big list of modern mono black cards- if you think something is missing please let me know, and remember to playtest extensively before diving into bigger budget cards.
1 week ago
I'd consider looking at the sideboards of some of the more traditional affinity decks- Tooth of Chiss-Goria/Thoughtcast type cards, possibly backed by March of the Machines powering some mana rocks. I'd also consider artifacts with interesting sacrifice effects for touch, possibly to enable a loop/lockdown type setup. Ratchet Bomb, Sun Droplet, Veilstone Amulet or Grafdigger's Cage enchanted with it is remarkably scary and enables hatebears-style play.