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Rite of Consumption
As an additional cost to play Rite of Consumption, sacrifice a creature.
Rite of Consumption deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target player. You gain life equal to the damage dealt this way.
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Rite of Consumption Discussion
1 day ago
Update: After a few playtests, I think all of those changes have made the deck awkward to play. Maybe fewer Phyresis / Rite of Consumption after all? No instants? No Street Wraith ? Requires more testing.
1 day ago
What you said about Endless Scream and Dauthi Mercenary makes sense. Even as I typed that up, I was thinking you might never get to the late game. But sometimes it's hard to tell just by looking at a deck.
After further contemplating the deck, and doing some actual playtests with it, I have a couple further thoughts that might be worth considering:
First, I feel like the inclusion of Infect might be dividing the focus of the deck, if ever so subtly. Several times in playtests, I'd have 2-3 creatures in play but only one with Phyresis, causing them to hit two different "life" totals (effectively). It was further complicated when I had a Rite of Consumption in hand, as it made sense to put the enchantment buffs on the Infect creature, but that also made the Rite pointless.
So I tried focusing more on Infect, to ensure all creatures I controlled would deal Infect damage, but the only other pauper card that grants it is Tainted Strike . Also, sometimes I'd have only one creature but redundant sources of Infect (the only consolation being the +1 poison from Tainted Strike). Ultimately, I just tried cutting Infect entirely and focusing solely on normal damage, which I personally preferred.
Second, have you considered going with instant/sorcery buffs rather than enchantment buffs? Obviously, voltron can be very powerful when it works, but enchantment-based voltron is hurt a lot more by removal. You seemed to imply that you run into a lot of removal when you said "the opponent has probably removed enough creatures that it's almost impossible to get back into the game".
Going with instants and sorceries presents less optimal targets to your opponent, it usually gives you the same power boost for 1 less mana, and adding in a little card draw gives some resilience to the deck. Basically, you sacrifice a turn or two, but you also can keep the steam going a little longer.
I copied your deck and tinkered with it this afternoon, doing both of the above things. Here's what I came up with:
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I playtested it quite a bit, as well as your original version. Although it can't get the turn 3 wins yours can, it will consistently win by turn 4-5. I'll keep my version up for a while, in case you want to play around with it a bit on T/O and see how it compares in your eyes.
I removed Rite of Consumption as it no longer worked as well without permanent buffs. In its place I added card draw.
I also never liked Skittering Skirge any time I had it in hand. It was always a disappointing play for me. In its place, I tried several low-mana evasion creatures, like Guul Draz Vampire and Stronghold Confessor . I found that the former "auto-scales" better for both early- and mid-game, whereas the latter is only good on turn 4 if you actually cast it that turn. But they have different types of evasion, which may make a big difference.
2 days ago
First off, love this deck! You got a +1 from me! I've always been attracted to Shadow as a mechanic, but I've never gotten around to delving into it too much.
I like Dauthi Mercenary * better than Dauthi Marauder . Both are 3-drops with shadow, but while the Marauder starts out with one more power, the Mercenary has the potential to be pumped up higher, especially if you have a Dark Ritual and nothing else to play with it. It's a good late-game mana sink when you've run out of cards in hand (and considering your curve is so low, I imagine that that's easy to do).
* T/O claims that Dauthi Mercenary isn't pauper legal, but Scryfall disagrees, because it's a common on the MTGO-only set Vintage Masters. From my understanding, MTGO legality is currently also used for paper pauper.
Another card that scales for the late game is Endless Scream . Maybe try a 1-of?
I also like Infernal Scarring , probably in place of Predator's Gambit . It's 1 more mana, but Gambit's toughness boost and Intimidate are irrelevant, whereas the death-trigger card draw makes the creature a less attractive target for removal, while being a much better target for your own Rite of Consumption .
Alternatively, have you considered equipment as well as auras? The only one I'd suggest is Bonesplitter (in place of Predator's Gambit ). Sure, it costs 1 more mana for the very first time, but against a removal- / bounce-heavy deck, it'll be way better in the long run. You won't get 2-for-1-ed then, and subsequent re-equips are just as cheap as Gambit.
3 days ago
There's lots of decks like that, if format is not important. My own deck (Death in the Shadows) in Pauper:
Turn 2: Swamp, Phyresis , attack for 4 Poison Counters
Turn 3: Predator's Gambit , attack for the win
7 Cards, many of which can be replaced. The deck can also win by turn 3 with Rite of Consumption by going for damage instead of infect. Does require some luck, but not too much, Dark Ritual is the main thing you need.
1 week ago
Pretty nice deck!
I think you may want to consider including creatures with Shadow. Dauthi Horror , for example, costs the same as Nezumi Cutthroat , but your opponent is probably less likely to have a creature with Shadow than a black/artifact creature.
Giving your creatures Infect through Phyresis or Tainted Strike might also be nice, but you need them early for them to be useful. Rite of Consumption / Essence Harvest are good as a finishing move for a deck like this.
I personally prefer Enchantments over Instants, and if they're Auras, they have nice synergy with Aura Gnarlid .
1 week ago
mal099, the problem with Rite of Consumption effects is that the creature isn't dealing damage so Tainted Strike won't work. With one Horror of the Broken Lands , you would need to discard 8 cards to make it a one-shot. On the other hand, I really like Oblivion Crown as it seems to slide in perfectly.
1 week ago
Basically just throwing out ideas from my own Pauper deck... Rite of Consumption / Essence Harvest could also work well to get around blockers, although I always feel that the latter is too expensive for a fast deck like this.
2 weeks ago
Rite of Consumption occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.01%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%