Creature — Human Archer
Whenever you cycle or discard a card, you may pay 1. If you do, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
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Ruthless Sniper Discussion
1 month ago
dbsharkeyjacoby: The reason for the zombie lords isn't for the zombie tribal theme, but the buff they offer. Death Baron gives us the ability for our zombies to have Deathtouch, so unless we're getting swung with flyers, our opponents will think twice about swinging towards us. Lord of the Undead gives us the ability to recur a vast majority of our creatures, which are zombies. Undead Warchief reduces the cost of our zombies. Out of the 20 creatures in the deck, 50% of them are zombies.
Due to these effects, you'll see why I'm not running Lord of the Accursed, all it does is give our zombie duders menace, which would require us to need to swing more. If our game gets to that point where we need to turn sideways, I'd rather use Liliana, Defiant Necromancer and/or Geth, Lord of the Vault to steal creatures, and any of our other beefy boys and swing with.
Cryptbreaker was in the deck originally, but was cut due to not having enough utility. You need to tap three zombies to draw a card? Okay, that's three creatures less we have to defend with, and defend our Lili's with. The discard outlet is fine, but unless Ensnaring Bridge is out, we don't wanna be dumping cards from OUR hand, we wanna be dumping cards from either everyones hand or our opponents hand.
Ruthless Sniper costs mana for it's give -1/-1, not really ideal. Bone Miser is a fine card, but it's very costly. Archfiend of Ifnir is a good card, and I'll consider it, if I find myself in games coming across a common dead card in hand, to swap it out with.
As for the Lili's, Liliana, Dreadhorde General has been considered, however her cmc is way higher and will destabilize the curve more, as well as she runs more in Zombie Tribal. The only value I feel I'd get out of her is killing my creatures to draw a card, which may work, but I fear it'll be way too situational. Liliana, Death's Majesty runs best in a more zombie tribal theme.
The biggest thing to keep in mind with some of these higher cost suggestions is that we are running mono-black. We don't have access to ramp outside artifact ramp, and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.
6 months ago
Here is a card I've been wanting for a while. Not necessarily on a god, but at least on a legendary creature.
Yu Ren Szi, the Power of Thought
Legendary Creature - God
Flying, haste, prowess
Cycling noncreature spells from your hand triggers Prowess abilities on your creatures.
Whenever you cycle a card, you may Scry 1.
4 / 5
I have wanted a commander for Cycling effects for a long time, and keying it to Prowess also gives it some power and flexibility, but it doesn't deliver you that win-con unless you go wide, which isn't easy to do with prowess, since those bodies aren't cheap and don't always replenish themselves.
Other prospects for cycling commanders that I can imagine would be rakdos (who likes it when you discard) and abzan (who will reanimate the creatures you cycle). Let me show you this Abzan commander I've been sitting on for a while (it's been ages since I've seen a wildcard so indulge me ;) )
Azranath, Master of Life's Cycle
Legendary Creature - Demon Angel Avatar
Creatures with cycling you control enter the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on them.
Whenever you cycle a creature card on your turn, until end of turn you may cast another creature card from your graveyard by paying its cycling cost and paying 3 life.
2 / 4
Not only is it card advantage, but it's a very cheap reanimator recursion of Abzan flavor that keeps it solidly in a cycling theme. (You can't break it with the big green or white creatures that you want to; instead you're limited to the ones that have cycling, like Krosan Tusker , Barkhide Mauler , Elvish Aberration , Greater Sandwurm , Jungle Weaver , Shefet Monitor , Pale Recluse , Horror of the Broken Lands , Archfiend of Ifnir , and Street Wraith ) ( Ruthless Sniper also goes in that deck, though it can't be reanimated or cycled). Access to white and green means you can remove those artifacts that keep you from accessing your graveyard.
Looking at Cycling as a commander theme thus far untapped, what would you do? Rakdos seems the other obvious choice for its wide discard mechanic applicability, but maybe you have another idea with bant, boros, orzhov... show me!
9 months ago
Hey Matt, 'saw your reddit post and wanted to help!
I'd drop some of the vanilla madness for a few more lands and ramp (34-36 lands/ 6-8 ramp).
Here are a few more:
Hazoret's Monument ... win-more.
11 months ago
1 year ago
Interesting deck, I think you should go lore down the efficient discard route than the Minotaur theme.
Maybe cut some of the common Minotaurs and replace them with some other options in your sideboard that would be more valuable? I’m not sure, I’ve been trying to build a v similar deck for a long time and have always struggled to make it click! So maybe I’m not the best to listen to!
1 year ago
This deck looks sweet, I want to build it...
I love the Ruthless Snipers in the sideboard :)
2 years ago
Turn 5, if you don't miss a land drop, you could cycle at least one thing and return it to your hand, as well as activate Faith of the Devoted or Ruthless Sniper. That's not to mention the multiple 5-drops you have to play, so even if you don't have anything to do you should have something to do.
2 years ago
Hey guys I'm new to the forum and returning to Magic from a long break. The last set that came out before I gave it up was the Urzas set.
Anyways, out of boredom I started playing magic duels on my Xbox and then reconnected with some of my old friends who still play magic. I'd like to get a paper version of the my favorite deck from duels but am so out of touch with the game I'm not even sure what's out there. The format is pretty casual, but from what I can tell most of the decks my friends use would likely fall into modern format, but there are also some really old cards too, so im pretty flexible as far as sets I can use. Lastly I'd like to keep this fairly budget, I like the game but am not sure I'm ready to sink real money into it yet... and yes I realize that means the the liliana in the deck list has to come out.
The main thing I like about this deck is the interaction between the ruthless snipers, the various discard enablers and the madness mechanic. So I'm hoping you all could make some suggestions to take further advantage of that. I realize some cards in there aren't great but they're what i have available on the video game.
2 Cryptbreaker, 3 Ruthless Sniper, 2 Sanitarium Skeleton, 2 Lightning Axe, 3 Furyblade Vampire, 2 Call the Bloodline, 2 Macabre Waltz, 1 avacyn's judgement, 2 Distemper of the Blood, 3 Bloodmad Vampire, 1 Olivia, Mobilized for War, 4 firey temper , 1 Liliana, the Last Hope, 1 Avaricious Dragon, 2 Bloodhall Priest, 2 Merciless Javelineer, 1 Biting Rain, 1 Cut / Ribbons, 2 Horror of the Broken Lands, 1 Incorrigible Youth,