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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
9 hours ago
Last_Laugh Thanks! and I like the feel of your deck as well. I ended up stealing a few things and realized I could fit in a nice counter creature package by just cutting 2 cards. As for the other suggestions I dont really want to run that many non permanents and if I had to run any more I would put in Rite of Consumption and Essence Harvest. I have looked at Life from the Loam when I was building the deck and it just doesnt do enough since you dont really care where your lands are and there are better cards that fill the dredge factor like Taigam, Sidisi's Hand and Stinkweed Imp who also is a great blocker. Bear Umbra and Sword of Feast and Famine both fit a more aggressive deck like yours and I dont really care if I attack or not unless my Jarad gets exiled. Diabolic Intent is nice but and would fit ok but just no room for another tutor. Pernicious Deed has been in and out of this deck more times than I can count and I have decided that it just slows me down too much to recast everything when I dont really care what they have on their board unless its graveyard hate and also puts a target on my head more then there already is haha. All in all though thanks for the suggestions since they made me take a step back and put a few new things in!
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Lashwrithe is must in this deck. Thanks to living weapon it's kind of similar to 2 for 1 (you get creature and equipment in one card). Synergy with lifelink. Synergy with Mutilate (equiped creature survives). As game continues, it's more powerful and every creature becomes huge.
You should also try Rite of Consumption, in sideboard maybe. Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, Lashwrithe could be handled by chumpblocking. Some decks can prevent you from attacking, Rite of Consumption solves both.
Last suggestion is Profane Command instead of Sorin's Vengeance. Is 2 for 1 naturally, can kill small creature early game, similar to Lashwrithe is more powerful as game continues and with really big creatures fear mode could come pretty handy too.
1 month ago
+1. If you want to make it pauper legal replace Blood Artist with Falkenrath Noble. I would also highly recommend Altar's Reap for some draw and Rite of Consumption combos nicely with Bloodthrone Vampire.
2 months ago
I would most definitely not use Soul's Fire, since the opponent can two-for-one you by killing Wall of Blood in response. (Fling and Rite of Consumption, by contrast, sacrifice Wall as an additional cost, so once they're on the stack your opponent is dead unless they have countermagic.)
You definitely could use some redundancy to deal with your opponent just killing the Wall with stuff like Abrupt Decay and Path to Exile. Death's Shadow would help out when your Wall dies, when you don't draw a Fling, or when your Fling wasn't enough to one-shot your opponent. Plus, it has natural synergy with the Wall's life loss. I'd cut the Gut Shotsyou probably don't want to be spending your life on Phyrexian mana costs.
2 months ago
It's not that I can't see having 3 mana in turn 2 is nice, and only possible with birds. But that is the only time where Birds of Paradise is preferable to land. Topdecking the parrots a couple of turns later, and it's a horrible card (where a land instead would be good, since it would trigger landfall).
The problem with Steppe Lynx is that it doesn't have evasion in any way, and I doubt that you can keep the pressure up with landfall (if nothing else, you run out of lands at some point). And that means opposing mana dorks, pyromancer tokens, and other rabble is going to chump block your Steppe Lynx and tell it to have a snickers, until it has cooled down, and is 0/1 or 2/3. Of course Rhonas the Indomitable can give it trample, but by the time you can do that, you have played most of your lands, and we're back with to snickers-munching lynx. But maybe it's really down to you seeing landfall as a midrange-strategy, and I'm considering it more of a creature-combo-strategy, playing a bit like infect (fast, very big creature, that stops being big at all pretty fast). It's fairly easy to build 8 power or so on a Steppe Lynx, and Rite of Consumption is one way of getting something out of the overgrown cat. If you don't go for a couple of very burst-y turns, I don't think Steppe Lynx is a good card, though.
Oh, and you could also use Tolaria West. It can tutor up Summoner's Pact, which can then find the creature you really want to find (as long as it's green creature). It can also find any utility lands you might want.
2 months ago
You also should have Ghost Quarter somewhere mainboard, since you can target your own Flagstones of Trokair with it, and that would be double landfall right there (and you can tutor both lands up with Primeval Titan). Not sure you have enough lands, actually - ramp decks often have a bit more than this, because it is a special kind of fail to spend cards on ramping, and then simply not hitting your regular land drops at the same time (it means you have roughly the same amount of mana as other decks do, but you spend mana and cards getting it).
You could also drop the Birds of Paradise in favor of some more Steppe Lynx and maybe something like Rite of Consumption? Just a single copy of the last one should do, for those occasions where you've managed to build a truly big creature, and could use it to kill, of it wasn't for all opponents blockers.
Looks like a funny deck, not completely unlike the amulet-titan deck, but not quite like it either.
2 months ago
Rite of Consumption could be interesting, but what bothers me is that it's a sorcery. Most of the time you're going to make the DD combo on end of turn (or before blockers) and kill (or atleast help to kill) on combat step, normally there should be no blockers if you've done your job well with a Meren deck Not being able to instant speed sac it in response to a bounce or an exile card at that crucial moment to steal the win seems really frustrating haha.