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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
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
StanleyHartman Thanks for commenting!
I like the idea of adding in the Spawn I just have had trouble figuring out what to remove to make room for it? Any suggestions? I was thinking perhaps removing Open the Graves for one? But its hard because I have already cut down to one Open the Graves and it has had some great value against control decks when the game gets forced to later turns.
I see what you are saying with Drill Bit , my only concern is that the deck has so many cards which I would prefer to be playing on turns 2-6 that I feel like it becomes a late game play unless I can hit with some early damage. It definitely would still have value I just like Duress because while the effect doesn't cover discarding creatures it can on turn one pull a Settle the Wreckage , Cleansing Nova , Deafening Clarion , or Kaya's Wrath before my deck gets up and running and could otherwise be using the mana to reassemble a skeleton or cast something else. Creatures are easily enough dealt with by the deck combinations in MOST situations. I may add them to my sideboard though because since changing the deck up in Arena I haven't been using the extra Rite of Belzenlok or extra Vona's Hunger which were initially moved to the sideboard out of the main deck. So those cards are more placeholders in the sideboard than serious sideboard cards.
1 month ago
Thanks for taking a look and helping me out! Final Payment appeared better to me just because you could potentially hit on an extra trigger for Poison-Tip Archer and hitting them for some damage. I can see how Mortify would be superior, Ill plan to swap these out. Ill also take out the Costly Plunder for the Midnight Reaper and if life seems to be a problem, Ill try the Revitalize . Could also play around and take out Rite of Belzenlok and keep the Costly Plunder just to move through the deck.
1 month ago
Thanks for the upvote and comment, Siisyphus.
Midnight Reaper can put you in precarious position if you're not careful. Part of the reason I use cards like Moment of Craving , Vicious Rumors and Vraska's Contempt they give me a little bit of life gain to help offset the life loss from Reaper triggers, Arguel's Blood Fast and Doom Whisperer. The main reason I ended up dropping Rite of Belzenlok is that I didn't need to rely on the tokens for payments on playing Demon of Catastrophes and Plaguecrafter (When is was main board.) or to sate the Demon token each turn.
1 month ago
Love this deck, awesome synergy, I'm doing an Abzan version of this, Abzan Aristrocrats. Midnight Reaper is so strong with this mechanic and I think I will be adding it. Just a little nervous about pinging myself so frequently. I had some difficulty with draw and Costly Plunder seemed to be my answer. How has your experience been with damage from Midnight Reaper . I also like Rite of Belzenlok which has done well for me, why did you remove it out of curiosity? +1
2 months ago
If you're going to build a deck as cheap as $30, you're probably going to have to lean on a theme to make it functional. That can be supplemented with the fact that even mediocre demons and devils are good at not being coin-flipped away, but stuff like Dance with Devils wasn't even playable in Limited.
I see some reanimator stuff going on, so if you go that route, Torrent of Souls , Zombify , and Profane Command are all solid budget options. You'll want some graveyard stocking power to go with it. Mindwrack Demon , Extractor Demon , Archfiend of Ifnir , pull double duty. Cathartic Reunion , Dark Deal , Faithless Looting , Hazoret's Monument , Khorvath's Fury , Collective Defiance , Shattered Perception , and Tormenting Voice all fit the bill.
Also, Flayer of the Hatebound could power a nice subtheme with your reanimation, and you can stock up on cheap Undying creatures like Demonlord of Ashmouth , Hound of Griselbrand , and Pyreheart Wolf to lower your budget and synergize with Rakdos. Charmbreaker Devils could also be a house once you stock the yard.
Also, maybe improve general card quality by splurging on Bloodgift Demon and Demon of Wailing Agonies ? Demon's Horn , Carnage Altar , Rakdos Riteknife , Devils' Playground , Dance with Devils , Consume the Meek , and Rite of Belzenlok , Archdemon of Greed , Temple of the False God , Tomb of Urami , and Kindly Stranger Flip are all pretty bad. Akoum Refuge and Bloodfell Caves seem like easy adds, as well.
2 months ago
I have been playing this deck on Arena some, but subbed in Goblin Motivator in place of the Dusk Legion Zealot and it feels really good. It really ups the tempo of the deck. It allows Legion Warboss to mentor on T3. It hastens a T4 Demon of Catastrophes to swing for a quick 6. And it allows your Rite of Belzenlok Demon or Torgaar, Famine Incarnate to attack immediately. Goblin Motivator has been a win con multiple times for me. The last game I played before typing out this comment, I was one turn away from death when I top-decked Torgaar, Famine Incarnate, hastened him with Goblin Motivator, and attacked and sac'd with Thud to swing for 14 and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Plus it just goes better with the whole Goblins&Demons theme.
3 months ago
Rite of Belzenlok occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%