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Reap and Sow
Choose one - Destroy target land; or search your library for a land card, put that card into play, then shuffle your library.
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Reap and Sow Discussion
1 week ago
The problem with LD (Land Destruction) decks is that a they are slow. painfully slow.
I run one in Modern. Rakdos () LD.
You limit yourself to , which is a powerful color combination, but the issue here is you can win so much faster using those colors.
The majority of LD spells in red cost 4. This means you aren't doing anything until T4.
Rakdos has a serious lack of ramp. Sure, there ARE cards that are "technically ramp", but traditionally you are wanting to increase your available mana consistently every turn, not bring out Rakdos Keyrune on T3 and have MAYBE 5 mana on T4, assuming you hit all land drops each turn.
Keep in mind that even if you ARE hitting lands 4 turns in a row, in Rakdos that's not optimal. You want swift, cheap spells. Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push and Terminate. Not land after land after land.
Having said that, there are great ramp cards available. Infernal Plunge, Generator Servant, Koth of the Hammer, Crypt Ghast, Liliana of the Dark Realms, Iron Myr, Leaden Myr, Plague Myr, Palladium Myr... But again, you detract from your LD spells. The further you push back your goal, the further ahead your opponent gets.
Uuuugh... On a phone. Fml
NOW we get to the problems. In Modern, games are fast. Really fast. Pushing out a game 5 - 7 turns is not ideal when you can design to win on T1. Casually you're golden. FNM is a toss up. Competitively? Good luck.
This is why Blood Moon, and in some decks Alpine Moon are so important. They CONTROL the lands, not remove them. If you want to optimize LD, look for cards that destroy lands as a secondary effect, such as Ghost Quarters, Field of Ruin, and Encroaching Wastes. -- The problem here now is you fill your deck with colorless lands, and you destroy your land base while giving your opponent basic lands of their choice (mostly).
Ugh, this was a poor decision to type it all out on my phone...
Okay. So let's ask a question: Why Rakdos?
There's a surprisingly good amount of land destruction spells in Modern and in Red (34 in Sorcery) and the cheapest are Cryoclasm, Molten Rain, Stone Rain, and Peak Eruption. Note that with Cryo and Peak, you don't need to target basics. You can target lands such as Hallowed Fountain and Irrigated Farmland, or combine Peak Eruption with Blood Moon.
In black, there's really just Rain of Tears, if you're trying to keep it all under CMC < 4.
You'll also want to recycle spells. Good way to do this is Charmbreaker Devils, but at 5 CMC there are better spells. I like to run him because he let's me get back LD spells every turn. If they don't have 1-Drop removals like Path to Exile, they are F-'ed. I run minimal removal and lots of LD, so even if I don't topdeck into one I can always get one back for free.
The more colors you add, the more fixing you need, and the less specialized your deck is.
That's why we don't run green. Stick to res as your main color with black support.
Overwhelm with cheap 1/1s like Goblins, and pick cards with huge bang for your buck. Kiln Fiend and Monastery Mentor are perfect. Goblin Guide hurts you here as he is doing what you don't want - Getting them more lands.
Overwhelm and go wide. It's cheaper and saves you Mana for LD.
I'm not going to build a deck for you, but I hope I helped a lot.
It's a legit strategy, but needs to be precisely honed and even than may be too slow.
Control / removal is better than LD, but LD does work. Modern prides itself on non-basic lands.
That's where you attack.
As for EDH? Against 3 other opponents, you'll be so vastly overwhelmed it's not even worth it.
2 months ago
I have the following parts and pieces to an almost copy and paste version of JLK's Shadowborn Apostle deck.
20x Shadowborn Apostle lp
8x Shadowborn Apostle mp
1x Vampiric Tutor lp
1x Athreos, God of Passage lp
1x Grave Titan lp, Japanese
1x Dark Ritual foil Near Mint Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations
I am mainly trying to get rid of all 28 shadow born apostles hahaha.
I recently made an Omnath, Locus of Rage deck that seems pretty awesome, I'd love to be able to trade/sell at TCG Low for most of the more expensive parts and pieces I need:
Secondary List: 1x Azusa, Lost but Seeking 1x Eternal Witness 1x Green Sun's Zenith 1x Knollspine Dragon 1x Lotus Cobra 1x Shattering Spree 1x Stomping Ground 1x Tooth and Nail 1x Vesuva 1x Vexing Shusher 1x Worldly Tutor
If you'd rather purchase some items, I accept PayPal. If you are looking for filler, here are some 0$-5$ cards I require: 1x Collective Voyage 1x Darksteel Garrison 1x Explosive Vegetation 1x Gruul Signet 1x Harrow 1x Hunting Wilds 1x Perilous Forays 1x Rampaging Baloths 1x Reap and Sow 1x Regrowth 1x Rites of Spring 1x Seer's Sundial 1x Summer Bloom 1x Courser of Kruphix 1x Crop Rotation 1x New Frontiers 1x Protean Hulk 1x Ramunap Excavator
I know this is very comprehensive - thanks for hanging in there!
3 months ago
Get rid of the 2 Greater Sandwurm. AND IF YOUR SISTER REALLY REALLY WANTS Golgari Rotwurm THEN YOU SHOULD REALLY INTRODUCE HER TO Symbiotic Wurm. Also run more swamps, since its not Modern then you really should care about deck size too much. And take out (or you can just add the cards in) 1 Reap and Sow and 1 Reclaiming Vines. One more thing since i suggested the more swamps, have you considered Icequake?
6 months ago
A few that you missed XD
1 year ago
I see you play Reap and Sow and Crop Rotation but no lands that tap for more than one mana. You should probably play cards like Kodama's Reach or Farseek instead.And, as some people have pointed out, play more lands. 30 is such a low number. I would not go below 38. Plus your deck can be very mana hungry with all of these equipments.
1 year ago
May I suggest:
Lightning Greaves: Even if you don't like shroud on your artifacts (maybe you want to copy them etc), shroud on your voltron commander is a must-have. The 0 equip cost and haste just make the boots too hard to leave out of any build. Plus, IIRC, they come with the Cat pre-con!
Whispersilk Cloak: see above, but also unblockable makes one-shots much easier, and those are also necessary for a voltron commander as you're likely to get ganged up on.
Sram, Senior Edificer: A second Puresteel Paladin helps the deck draw a critical mass of equipments! Without any creature tutors in the deck you'll really want to have as many of this effect as possible.
Mask of Memory: See above! White really needs help drawing cards a lot of the time.
Balan, Wandering Knight: I just think he's a fantastic backup voltron holder. A lot of the time your commander can get hated out so frequently that you can no longer cast him reasonably, and in that case a backup plan becomes really valuable.See also: Kemba, Kha Regent. Again, I know you said you don't think you need it, but with a 6 CMC commander I'm tellin ya you'll be glad to run the backup!
Green Sun's Zenith: You have 0 targets for this!
Harmonize: Pales in comparison to the Puresteel draw engines.
Reap and Sow: Expensive for mana ramp and land destruction needs a critical amount of LD cards to be effective.
Grappling Hook: It's expensive and doesn't help you crash through for a win, just sometimes works as pseudo-removal.
Reveillark: Though you have some very good targets to rez, you just aren't running that many creatures. It's unlikely that it'll be consistently good.
And finally, I do agree you need more lands. 40 can be a bit high with ramp spells and artifacts, but 35 is probably a better mark.