Royal Assassin

Creature — Human Assassin

: Destroy target tapped creature.

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ej133 on Tasigur Ultra-Delve (Cruel Control)

1 week ago

Hey, bro. How're you doing?

Alright, you tagged this as competitive, so I'll do competitive criticism, ok? Nothing personal, but there's a lot to work here.

List time!

  • You're running 24 lands. Ok, that's a good number for a 5-color control. But there are some lands in your deck that are good for nothing. I mean, how you plan actually getting value from City of Brass in a competitive metagame filled with aggro decks like Burn, Death's Shadow and Affinity? Second, what are the odds of cards like Foreboding Ruins or Fortified Village coming untapped? You'd probably be getting more results with Dragonskull Summit or Sunpetal Grove, or even shocklands like a extra Blood Crypt and a Temple Garden, since you'll only lose 2 life once.
  • You have too many cards. In sideboard and mainboard. Like, you're playing 5-color control with creatures like Merieke Ri Berit and spells like Insidious Will, Dash Hopes and Anger of the Gods. The chance of getting the right mana for these are extremely unlikely, despite the fact that some of these cards are very bad (e.g. Merieke gets bolted, Dash Hopes hardly ever stops anything that really matters, Bloodhall Oooze takes a lifetime to be relevant, etc). You should trim it down to cards that are really game changing and not just cool cards you like.
  • Focus. That really matters when you're building a control strategy. Sometimes we get so excited when deckbuilding that we end up forgetting about the part where we play the deck, and put up a lot of things that are counterparts. Like, Lingering Souls for instance, is an awesome powerful card, but it's awful in counterspell strategies, because it is a sorcery that leaves you tapped out on turn 3. For the same reason, using three copies of Tasigur, the Golden Fang in a deck that does not have any way to get cards into the graveyard is probably a horrible idea. He is good in late game, but he is even better on turn 2, after Thought Scouring yourself, and cracking two fetches. BAM! A 4/5 on the second turn that dodges Bolt and Push. Deal with it, midranges.
  • Sideboard. Dude, Modern is The Sideboard Format. If your sideboard doesn't puts you back in track on game 2, then it's over. And your sideboard choices are a bit odd... I mean, in what matchup Cruel Ultimatum is particularly good? Royal Assassin... yes, it's fun and shit, but, how is he a better choice than more copies of Path to Exile or Abrupt Decay? Serum Visions is great, why not running it mainboard? Again, in what matchup they would actually help you more than others?

Now, into suggestions:

  • Define a strategy. Decide how are you going to win and what cards you need to get there. You wanna go Tasigur? Go Tasigur, but give it consistency to be your beater and make sure he'll be protected. Wanna go damage? Go damage, get up to 4 Lightning Bolts, Lightning Helix, Electrolyze, some Snapcaster Mages and do damage to the face. Wanna go slow control? Go slow, get some Celestial Colonnade and/or Geist of Saint Traft, or even take down some colors and win solely with Cruel Ultimatum! But, damn man, choose something and do it. Don't try to do everything.
  • Define colors. You don't wanna take down any? Ok, you can play 5-colors, just adjust the manabase. I, particularly, don't really like green in this build. Abrupt Decay and Scavenging Ooze sure are awesome, but they don't add up much to the masterplan.
  • Understand your meta and set up your sideboard. Too much creatures? Ok, keep the Ghostly Prisons. Too much burn? Add more Leyline of Sanctity. Tron is a pain in the ass? Pithing Needle them into silence. Your sideboard is an essential part of your deck, and, obviously, it must only have 15 cards.

I know it's a lot, and please, don't think I'm trying to offend you in any way, but this comment is about improving your deckbuilding.Anyhow, keep it up and keep on playing. You're going a good way. If you need anything else, feel free to call me.

NV_1980 on Killing Curiosity, Ambition, & Valor

1 week ago

Nice deck; looks kinda evil to play against :) +1! Might I suggest Avatar of Woe (not an actual assassin, but kinda with assassin-like powers) and one of my all time favorite pieces of equipment ever: Thornbite Staff. Equip Avatar of Woe or Royal Assassin with this puppy and you can wipe entire boards with this puppy.

Die4Dethklok on The Queen's Poison Arrows

1 week ago

I also forgot to mention Royal Assassin it taps to kill creatures on it's own. Plus, is pretty flavourful flavourful in a Marchesa deck.

I do think that Basilisk Collar is very good in a deck like this, that wants to tap creatures to ping. If Endbringer has a too high CMC, you could try Cunning Sparkmage, or Goblin Sharpshooter

The Sharpshooter is very good, as equipping it with Basilisk Collar turns it into a wrath, due to deathtouch, and untapping whenever something dies.

Jabber on Take What You Can, and Give Nothing Back!

1 week ago

@Triton I like the Royal Assassin cause it's a low cmc and as stuff taps to attack you, you can get rid of it before the damage is applied. Kind of like a doom blade on a stick but it might not fit the deck type. But I'm glad you like the suggestions, btw Forced Fruition comes in one of the pre-made commander decks.

If you are interested feel free to check out the mill deck I'm working on Command to Mill.

Triton on Take What You Can, and Give Nothing Back!

1 week ago

Jabber I feel ya, my playgroup member so have our Moreno cutthroat decks too haha.

I have a friend who has a Bloodchief Ascension for trade, idk if he has it still, but if he does I'll try getting it! I know he has a Lazav deck he's taking apart for Oona Faerie tribal so I'll try nabbing cards that he doesn't need anymore lol.

Forced Fruition sounds awesome, I'll try getting one someday haha.

Mortivore is a maybe, same with Szadek. The former doesn't have much evasion but he seems good so I'll consider him, the latter is good and all, but a CMC of 7 really hurts..

Grave Betrayal and Rite of Replication are good cards, but I don't want the deck to stray too much away from the theme. I do have a foil Grave Betrayal, so if I decide to change it up, I'll add it in for sure!

Royal Assassin seems meh.. I used to have Keening Stone but took it out because i felt like I thought was too slow.

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll definitely consider them!

Jabber on Take What You Can, and Give Nothing Back!

1 week ago

I like the deck you are building it's very interesting and understand the cost goals. I am trying to build something similar but more infinity loop based cause my play group is bunch of pricks with stuff like loose half your life doubled and shit like that. But any way some cards I would recommend.

Bloodchief Ascension: its expensive but super good look for the price

Mindcrank: damage = mill cards

Keening Stone: If you're half way there just finish it

Forced Fruition: little to expensive but fun all the same

Mortivore: big creature to hit with

Royal Assassin: some defense

Szadek, Lord of Secrets: more mill and another large creature

Grave Betrayal: stealing peoples dead stuff

Rite of Replication: well why not have 5 of it

H0L0cr0nHunter16 on Everything Must Die

2 weeks ago

Maybe side a couple Royal Assassin for more hate.

landofMordor on Abzan Human Deck

3 weeks ago

Hey friend, I'd suggest Xathrid Necromancer over Royal Assassin. The removal is a little obvious and easy to play around, while Xathrid converts any dead humans into more bodies...plus you can always return the Humans later. Plus Liliana synergy.

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