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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."
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Rite of Belzenlok Discussion
2 weeks ago
This is a 2-3 card combo. All you need is Anointed Procession and Ruthless Knave for the speedy version, and any of my other treasure cards for the slower version, and you can get a good amount of manna behind Torment of Hailfire. AP itself does the job with most of our other cards, while having Ruthless Knave actually allows you to find a Torment of Hailfire as well. I dont count the sack cards as part of the combo because half my deck consists of those, hence it is incredibly highly unlikely that i wouldnt have any of them(at least ive never had it happen). This isnt the only win-con however, as AP makes Rite of Belzenlok and even Start / Finish incredibly scary. In the side-board we also have Josu Vess, Lich Knight and Revel in Riches, so we dont win just in 1 way, rather 1 win-con goes hand in hand with another, and they all get incredibly buffed by Anointed Procession.
I do agree that the combo you mentioned seems easier, but that is a 4 card combo(4 specific cards, no replacements will do the job), whereas this has fewer cards you actually need to draw into, so though this combo does take 5-10 mins to complete, and is physically draining, its actually easier to pull off than the Pitiless Plunderer+Oathsworn Vampire+Bontu's Monument+Yahenni, Undying Partisan or Defiant Salvager combo, since you only need to find 2 cards as opposed to 4.
24 vigilant 1/1 soldiers by turn 7 ive had, 16 2/2 knights by turn 7 ive had, 2 6/6 flyers and 8 0/1 clerics by turn 7 ive had, and 10 treasures by turn 7 ive had in like half my games. Torment of Hailfire ive cast turn 6 for x6 before with some devastating results, but ive also just straight up won with it. This deck has its weaknesses, for instance if Ruthless Knave and Anointed Procession gets focused down, its incredibly meh as a deck, but all combo decks have this problem.
I also agree that is not as competitive as blue/black control or r/b aggro, but combo decks never are. If you draw the right cards you win every time, if you don't you lose since the rest of your deck simply doesn't have the punch it needs to fight decks that don't combo. It is however, much more fun :)
1 month ago
I think the deck could definitely use some ramp or defensive-jank to build up until you can cast Razaketh. You might consider Darksteel Myr or Manor Gargoyle for blockage-effects. The deck could also benefit from either some recursion or token generation - Razaketh is a hungry boy, and you'll want to make sure you're not forced into sacrificing your other demons to get his effects. Golden guardian is good for this, but 4 mana every time feels pricey. Maybe Rite of Belzenlok ?
1 month ago
Annexus I'm playing the Fungal Infection mainboard rather then vraska's due to the little one drops in game right now. If they swing with a 2/2 like Captain Lannery Storm, Fungel infection breaks that off with a -1/-1 and a free saproling. or if i need an extra sac for either the Demon of Catastrophes or Rite of Belzenlok
1 month ago
You have a LOT of copies of your legendaries. I wouldn't recommend that. 2 at most for each, especially because all of your creatures aside from Vona can be brought back with a bishop of rebirth. I'd also include some other kind of sacrifice outlet that you could find useful. As of now, Bontu is your only one. Vicious Offering is a super dope removal spell, you can sacrifice a creature to give a creature -5/-5.
Torgaar, Famine Incarnate is also a really sweet card to use.
1 month ago
Love it! Will die with rotation though :(
2 months ago
paopaodomingo All good lol! Test around with amonkhet and kaledesh, but I'm staying away right now because of rotation when it comes in October.
Rite of Belzenlok helps with ascending Tendershoot Dryad, so little big nasty is back! I did have to remove 1 vraska relic seeker, and a Fungal Plots. I noticed fungal plots was used later game and pulling it early just had it sit there until I was able to fully utilize it.
I'm keeping 1x Vraska, Relic Seeker as she produces bigger 2/2 fodder, and that -10 is delicious!
As for Tendershoot Dryad he was always meant for the deck, just didn't want to break budget. I enjoy sapherder, but this other jumbotron guy just pumps out little bitties so quick that by the time it's your turn you have 2 saps and a 2/2 that's buffing your saps by 2/2, he's not legendary, and you should ascend with this deck around turn 4/5.
Vraska's Contempt feels like a black deck staple? Planeswalker or big biggens removal? Don't mind if I don't! You also get 2 health so yeah... lol
Instead of costly plunder or soothsayer I was thinking Sword-Point Diplomacy
2 months ago
Vivien might work if you don't have relic seeker
2 months ago
Rite of Belzenlok doesn't provide a named demon to trigger Liliana's Contract, also, the demon requires an upkeep sacrifice that can't be avoided. lastly, 4x 0/1 tokens on the board still die to 1 Goblin Chainwhirler or 1 Plague Mare then we are stuck taking 6 damage.
That said, Liliana, Death's Majesty creates tokens for it to eat if your in a pinch.