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When Ravenous Chupacabra enters the battlefield, destroy target creature an opponent controls.
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Ravenous Chupacabra Discussion
1 day ago
Hey Melanthios, wow, perfect winning records in all three events great job; I'm honestly surprised. I know this version of the deck is good, but not losing at all to Golgari is amazing. You're right about Loxodon he can be clunky and really requires a curve out to be good. This version can be aggressive with a good curve out into Loxodon, but most of the time it falls into midrange which makes Loxodon less effective. I also agree that Collector without Loxodon is not as good. Loxodon is the reason I'm playing Collector because on curve it can make Collector a very good creature, but if I don't draw Loxodon then Collector is subpar even with a curve out of Collector into Thorn into Champion. I've cut Collector from my Golgari version. Even though I'm playing Glowspore Shaman and Plaguecrafter who are both quite good at pumping Collector.
You're thinking of playing Benalish Marshal and Steel Leaf Champion in the same deck? I think this is a mistake and will strain the manabase too much with 7-8x Forests. Ajani is hard enough to cast. He's really the reason I included Flower; one mana to search of a Plains or Forest is good. Flourish is nice as a pump, but six mana is a lot for +2/+2. If you want a pump for Elves to be better against red then consider Radiant Destiny or Pride of Conquerors? Both these cards can be reliably cast on curve and are low enough mana cost to play one of them before Goblin Chainwhirler.
You're records are great, unfortunately I'm not having as much success with Selesnya; I'm having more success with Golgari. I'm going to be changing this deck soon to Golgari. A preview is Elves of the Swarm (GRN). The problem in Standard right now is there's too much creature removal, so many options. Selesnya just folds when facing a lot of removal especially against Deafening Clarion (Boros Angels, Jeskai Control) and Ritual of Soot (Esper Control, Grixis Control, Golgari). Golgari provides resiliency against removal where as Selesnya doesn't. Ajani's reanimation is great in Selesnya with Elves for recovery, but Golgari has many other options including a damn Elf who can recur any one permanent.
Golgari Findbroker, Find / Finality and The Eldest Reborn these are not just single cards that can recur other cards they can be engines. The fact that Findbroker can recur a Planeswalker is so good for recovery and value. Planeswalkers, Duress, Plaguecrafter, Reborn and even Underrealm Lich or Carnage Tyrant gives Golgari many tools against control.
The point of Golgari is to out card advantage your opponent which with the current pool of cards can be done and it's quite powerful. Ravenous Chupacabra and Plaguecrafter help a ton at doing this because they're versatile removal spells which can be recurred since they're creatures. You're right Lava Coil is a pain in the ass removal spell to play against, but even though it exiles I care less about 1 for 1 removal when playing Findbroker and Find. Unless my opponent draws 3-4 Coils then this card alone is not going to stop me from playing more creatures then my opponent. If he's not exiled being able to recur Steel Leaf Champion is very good in Golgari.
I'm sorry I'm changing my deck so much, but we are still in the early stages of Guilds of Ravnica Standard. I think it's great you're using this deck as inspiration for decks you're actually playing at tournaments and I don't want to discourage you, but have to expect that some versions are just not right at the current time. There are so many good options for Elves right now in Standard that finding the right one and being able to stick with it is difficult.
2 days ago
Yeah to follow your own suggestion it needs some kinda removal. Ravenous Chupacabra and Price of Fame are some options. Also you go for some copies ofNightveil Sprite if you wanted another creature drop that could repeat proc surveil for spybug and the phantasm.
3 days ago
Hey, nice first attempt.
For your current deck consider 4x History of Benalia, 4x Knight of Grace, 4x Clifftop Retreat, 3x more Foundry, 2x Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants, 3x Conclave Tribunal, 1x more Aurelia and 4x Lightning Strike?
I realize I'm suggesting a lot of cards and I'm doing this because you're trying to make a competitive deck for FNM and these cards can help. First your manabase needs to be improved; Boros Guildgate is not a land you want to play when trying to be competitive as well as playing so many two drops. Turn four is very important to potentially play Aurelia; you don't want your fourth turn land drop to prevent you from playing Aurelia. If you can't afford more Foundries than consider Clifftop Retreat? Ideally you want 4x Retreat and 4x Foundries for a competitive Boros manabase.
If budget is a concern than strongly consider only playing one color (white)? With only white then you don't need to worry about the manabase (all plains, no extra cost to get dual lands which are expensive). This is better, more competitive than playing subpar competitive dual lands (Guildgates). If you choose this direction then consider mono white aggro instead of Boros aggro? White Weenie as it is called, can be competitive as well as semi-budget for a Standard deck with History of Benalia, Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants, Legion's Landing Flip and sideboard Settle the Wreckage as the most expensive cards. Are these cards required to make the deck competitive? No, but they help a lot especially History. If I had to choose a card from these expensive options to get a playset of it would be History.
The white aggro strategy is centered around Venerated Loxodon and Benalish Marshal to pump your weenie army up fast. The majority of the creature base are one and two drop creatures as these are best with a strategy using Loxodon; getting a quick board presence of creatures and then convoking Loxodon with all them.
Knight of Grace, Marshal and History make up a powerful Knight tribal subtheme. Grace is a good card right now in Standard because black (Golgari) is everywhere and he can get a pump from your opponent's black permanent and he can't be targeted by Ravenous Chupacabra who is a staple right now with black and Golgari.
If you're interested in these ideas then I will continue with more advice. Would you like more advice?
3 days ago
I originally tried a more creature based deck with stuff like Ravenous Chupacabra but I found that it just wasn't my play style, in fact it was kind of boring (to me) and that I'm far more successful with my current line up. Not a fan of hoping to draw the exact creature I need to sway the tides of battle when I could just draw a more universal kill spell and just eliminate the threat.
That being stated and you said you've had success with Ritual of Soot as well, do you feel 2 is the right number MB?
4 days ago
you need more removal. the actual mill part of your deck starts quite late in the game and you can't rely on countering everything. add some 2 drops to survive or even Ravenous Chupacabra for some much needed removal
4 days ago
So first thing's first, I like to go heavy on creatures. Creatures are ultimately what lets you win unless you do some jank combo or are super into burn.
I find a lot of success with Ritual of Soot. I play 2x in my deck and it works beautifully.
I match up against a lot of burn (monored, sometimes Boros), and some burn/control (Izzet burn & counter). Not much experience with UWx. But it's the same concept, more or less.
I find creature recursion is key here. Let them waste their spells on cards they assume are threats, then bring those threats back out.
Jungle Creeper is nice as an early-game to mid-game blocker. The downside here is that in order to go from the graveyard to the battlefield in the same turn you need 8 mana of two different colors. So this is really a card that will trade off back and forth between turns.
Gravewaker is really good because you can bring anything back straight from the graveyard to the battlefield for 7 mana of one color. He's great as a late-game boss that can go toe-to-toe with most dragons / drakes in the game.
Additionally, there is Demon of Catastrophes which you can get out T3. You Llanowar Elves T1, Jungle Creeper T2, sac JC and Demon of Catastrophes T3. T4 you can Ritual of Soot to clear the board and swing for 6, and T5 bring JC back to your hand or play a Planeswalker or whatever you want.
Like I said, I play heavy on creatures and use them to build off of each other. I understand that's a completely different deck design from what you've got, but you asked for advice and that's mine.
Also, there's that new Severed Strands that works well with JC / Gravewaker. Idk about it though. I don't run it, but I thought I'd mention it.
4 days ago
@TheSilverZephyr Thanks for your feedback! Sideboarding is tough, there are a lot of good cards; and unfortunately I'm not currently able to play this deck competitively so my input here is unsubstantiated- but I'll take a crack at it.