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Reaper from the Abyss
Creature — Demon
Morbid - At the beginning of each end step, if a creature died this turn, destroy target non-Demon creature.
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Reaper from the Abyss Discussion
1 day ago
Hmm it seems you are already running Thespian's Stage and Urborg, so have you considered running Dark Depths? Stage combos with it and Urborg makes it tap for mana if nothing else. You could also run Vampire Hexmage to double up your combo potential.
You could also consider Kagemaro, First to Suffer and Demon of Dark Schemes for board control options. As well as Shadowborn Demon and Reaper from the Abyss for single target removal. Then maybe Demon of Death's Gate as an early game house.
1 week ago
From Pascal :
Generator Servant, Read the Bones, Resolute Archangel, Aegis Angel, Hedron Archive, Reaper from the Abyss, Indulgent Tormentor, Athreos, God of Passage, Boros Charm, Hellkite Tyrant, Battlefield Forge, Firemane Avenger, Avacyn, Guardian Angel, Hoarding Dragon, Revoke Existence, Sign in Blood, Scourge of the Nobilis
2 weeks ago
I really like seeing decks on here that people have thought "Y'know i just wanna try that" instead of their take on tournament placing decks. So mad props to you mate!
This deck follows a similar vein to one that I used to run so heres a couple of my suggestions:
I like how you are adding demons for creature or card advantage, double down on that! I would drop both Reaper from the Abyss for either two more Indulgent Tormentor or a pair of Bloodgift Demon. Why Bloodgift? Because its another card with a draw effect but can also be used to deal a critical 1 damage to the opponent. Plus if someone uses Sever the Bloodline on your Tormentor then Bloodgift wont die as well :)
Elves and other token decks make big showings in most casual or non-competition modern gamedays. Sideboarding a Demon of Dark Schemes or 2 could make all the difference against those decks if you can play him before 2 or 3 lords pump on the little guys.
Vraska the Unseen always looks like a fun planeswalker to run, but unless you can keep her alive AND hit with the token she is just a good defense as your opponent spends a turn killing her. Playing big stompy creatures means you arent likely to have too many little blockers to save her life so I would have to say drop her and add Garruk Wildspeaker. This Garruk can untap lands, notably the ones enchanted with Weirding Wood or a Golgari Rot Farm. He also gives you a chance to trample some big damage at your opponent.
If you do decide to keep Vraska the Unseen in this deck then i would suggest adding a Rogue's Passage as an inabler for her tokens. Adding it mainboard means that you can also let a few cheeky demons through.
Griselbrand is a powerful demon. Not neccessary or particularly powerful in this deck, but if your opponent knows your playing it then they will at least be trying to take it out. So its up to you about its use as a bluff/powerhouse. I personally wouldnt play him though.
However Lord of the Void is a BEAST if he goes well. I would add one to sideboard to play if your opponent is also playing a slow deck.
Both Ob Nixilis, the Fallen and Ob Nixilis, Unshackled deserve play in your deck, fallen most of all. The more lands you get the more he hurts! And Unshackled is a good sideboard card against particularly tutor-y decks.
As far as the rest of the support goes you have put heaps of thought into the balance! Its real nice! I would switch Explosive Vegetation for Harrow personally, as I have an attachment to the card and also because it means you can follow it with a Farseek or Sakura-Tribe Elder. It ends up being slightly faster than Explosive vegetation in this sense, but maybe you dont like the waste, and thats reasonable. Also seeing as you arent playing any dual lands (by the way if you get a chance, play some dual lands) Farseek is worse than Rampant Growth. So definitly switch them :)
I LOVE Fungal Sprouting. It just so fun to be playing a stompy creature deck and suddenly have a spawn fest. But because this deck is a little slower, Fog might be more valuable as it can save your life earlier.
What do i mean by that? Well Both Doom Blade and Putrefy are good at what they do for sure! But In Garruk's Wake is just too slow for modern, as by turn 3 or 4 you will need to clear your opponents board. However it does kill creatures. so i would break In Garruk's Wake into two parts, the board wipe Damnation (or equivalent) and the planeswalker slaying Hero's Downfall. You could use Ruinous Path for its awaken bonus but i think its too slow at sorcery speed. With that, Doom Blade has its downside as you noted about not hitting black creatures; Ta-Da! Hero's Downfall hits them :)
SO my suggestion are
- -2 Reaper from the Abyss
- +2 Bloodgift Demon
- -1 Vraska the Unseen
- -1 Garruk, Apex Predator (He's just too slow sorry)
- +2 Garruk Wildspeaker
- -3 Farseek
- +3 Rampant Growth
- -2 Fungal Sprouting
- +2 Fog
- -1 In Garruk's Wake
- +1 Damnation
- -3 Doomblade
- +3 Hero's Downfall
I realise this a lot of text, but I didnt just want to throw card names at you, i wanted to let you know why I would suggest things. This ends up being nothing like what i play but all my suggestions are based on what i saw you thinking about, and my practices as a Black dominant player. Hope i helped or gave you ideas :)
3 weeks ago
DanteBeleren Thanks for the great tips!
I was thinking along those lines that compared to other decks I had seen I was a bit creature heavy. Conveniently my latest order came in yesterday just in time for some FNM. I was able to upgrade the mana base significantly.
Last night was the first time I got to pilot the deck, so I didn't have much experience with the creature interaction and determining who to cut. Ultimately I went with removing:Rakdos, Lord of Riots, Basandra, Battle Seraph, Reaper from the Abyss, and Victory's Herald.
The biggest issue I faced last night was a counter heavy/destruction meta. This is what I will have to focus on moving forward.
Question for you though, does Amulet of Vigor negate the coming into the battlefield attacking abilities from cards coming in with Kaalia?
3 weeks ago
I completely forgot about Bone Shredder, he was removed from the initial version of shirei, when it was still more of a bog standard shirei deck. and the meta here had quite a few artifacts, will definitely pick up, but keep on stand by. In a more casual format i'd rather run Reaper from the Abyss (they're both end step triggers) once i've got an engine going, reaper is much nicer. granted i dislike reaper, since he garners much more aggression from the board, but still.
love the other suggestions, although Black Market i've always found it was a "win more" kind of deal, once i have an engine where i can generate lots of counters i don't need them, but i may find a spot as the deck develops.
and yeah, kind of why I don't run Contamination I still want to have friends.
1 month ago
Welcome on T/O!
I am always willing to help new and established deckbuilders evolve and finetune their decks. The community on here is great and advise on your decks is never far away.
I looked at your list and I came up with the following suggestions you might want to consider:
- Overseer of the Damned
- Harvester of Souls
- Bloodgift Demon
- Reaper from the Abyss
- Gray Merchant of Asphodel
- Jet Medallion
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Enjoy the game!
2 months ago
This deck looks like a great place for Abhorrent Overlord (high devotion to black and you love sac fodder), Bloodflow Connoisseur (it doesn't seem like you have a ton of always-usable sac outlets), Champion of Stray Souls (you have lots of sac fodder and lots of things you will want back), Doomed Necromancer (again, sac fodder that can get you back your good stuff), Fell Shepherd (an aggressive way to get all your non-token sacs back), Pawn of Ulamog (every nontoken sac should get you a token sac!), Phyrexian Soulgorger (the sac is supposed to be a drawback for an absurdly costed card, but for you it is another plus), Reaper from the Abyss (some free targeted killing every turn, hopefully not just on your turns), Skirsdag High Priest (who doesn't love free demons every round?), Tar Fiend (a huge creature that wipes your opponent's hand? yes please), and Killing Wave (you like sacrificing your stuff, they hate it).
I figure most of the times I get suggestions I only like a couple of them, so here's everything I could think of that would play nicely with what you're doing!