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Rite of Belzenlok
Enchantment — Saga
(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
, — Create two 0/1 black Cleric creature tokens.
— Create a 6/6 black Demon creature token with flying, trample, and "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice another creature. If you can't, this creature deals 6 damage to you."
Rite of Belzenlok Discussion
2 months ago
If you go with more sacrificing Sengir Autocrat and Rite of Belzenlok create lots of tokens that can be sacrificed, but are too mana-intensive for their effect. Maybe Doomed Dissenter , Lazotep Reaver or Orzhov Enforcer ? Bitterblossom is too far out of budget range, but for a consistent stream of sacrificable creatures Dreadhorde Invasion but be worth it.
4 months ago
Hey nice deck man, I've been brewing my own Aristocrats deck & saw yours. Here are a few ideas from my Gatherer research that should be affordable:
I also really like Gutterbones in this deck, I feel like having 4 more one-drops would really help get more consistent fast starts with a turn 1 creature.
Finally, if I was going to take out one thing it would probably be Ethereal Absolution, it just seems a little too high on the curve for this deck & the -1/-1 is situational. Probably better out of the side against control or something like that. Good luck with the deck! :)
5 months ago
Hey! Looks good overall, but a couple comments.
First, your CSS is broken - several of the images etc don't appear right in your deck description :(
Second, I've got a mono-black token-based deck of my own, which I'll link here. It's got a lot of useful sources of tokens you might find helpful!
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Notable exclusions -- Tombstone Stairwell , Rite of Belzenlok (which has awesome flavor with Whisper too), Ophiomancer , Necropotence (note that you can reanimate in response to the exile trigger), Entomb ...
I don't know what your budget is here, but I can give more suggestions if you're interested :)
5 months ago
Have you considered swapping out something like Rite of Belzenlok for Mastermind's Acquisition or a more expensive $ tutor? Mastermind's Acquisition can fetch the Rite from your collection and lets you use a sideboard for stax hoser cards and things like Deathgrip . I'd also recommend Glistening Oil and Grafted Exoskeleton for more infect if you feel like you want to run more. They are re-useable and if you are going for infect I feel like you should just go for it. Its going to tilt people regardless. The Blight Dragon has haste and would be a solid addition as well.
5 months ago
vincilios: I was considering it actually! I do have an extra foil copy now, since he came out of Hapatra (ironically enough, to make room for Yawgmoth in the 99).
Abzkaban: Rite of Belzenlok gives me 5 bodies, two of which are immediate - I'm generally pretty happy with it, and it gets BETTER if I speed up the clock with Yawgmoth's proliferate. Dictate of Erebos is so good though, especially EOT...
5 months ago
Here are my thoughts. I’d cut Rite of Belzenlok and Dictate of Erebos if you’re still looking for more room. I’ve never been a big fan of sagas personally. This only gives you three bodies to sac and isn’t abusable like the creatures you can revive. Not only that but you run the risk of speeding up its clock when you proliferate with Yawgmoth. You already have Grave Pact, and I understand wanting to double that ability, but with the control package you’re running I think you’ll do fine with just the one.
RAIL17 on Life Leech
6 months ago
Oh, no, it's quite alright, I honestly I'm glad that I can get detailed feedback on a deck that felt was pretty gimmicky; and something I can actually work with. Open the Graves , much like most of the cards I picked, is there mainly for token summoning-- It's not much about building a defense, but getting three spawns for life points: exactly so I can play Thoughtseize and Dark Confidant , which are two great additions I am definitively going to try and squeeze into the deck, now that I know they are a thing.
I figured there were two ways I could play this deck: - Vampiric healing: Which would depend on having one or more Ajani's Welcome set up from the beginning and then start dropping 1/2 mana creatures w/Token spawning until I can run Epicure of Blood and turn my healing into the offensive. Having two 'Ajani's Welcome' setup with 'Epicure of Blood; and then having Ajani's Pridemate attack with it's 2 cat tokens, and three vampire tokens from Call to the Feast , that's a minimum of 10 healing if everything was blocked, which translates into 10 damage to the opponent's Life (Which has the problem of being a more 'endgame' strategy, with a weak start that can mess me up) - Token overwhelming: Which is basically dumping as many creatures/tokens from the very start, which mixed with the fact most of them have life-link, allows me to save my beefy cards for attacking, rather than blocking. (Which, considering most of them are 1/1, would mean a simple splash damage card would leave me wide open. So basically dead on arrival against a Red deck)
Now I'm the one that's rambled, but to get to the end of my thoughts: Ixalan's Binding is good, but Seal Away is cheaper, and unless I'm preventing Token piling, like clerics from Rite of Belzenlok and the like, I don't think the cost justifies it's use.
So, since you're offering advice-- I could remove : 1x Harmless Assault , 2x Ajani's Pridemate . And in their stead, add: 2x Mortify , 2x Cast Down , 1x Thoughtseize , and 2x Dark Confidant for a good 60 card roundup, while keeping the core gimmick of 'stealing life' intact?
6 months ago
Rite of Belzenlok occurrence in decks from the last year
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