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Sacrifice a creature: Target player discards two cards. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
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Sadistic Hypnotist Discussion
3 days ago
As for Ravenous Chupacabra, it is too slow and Spore Frog is generally un-needed as my deck is setup to establish fast locks even before creature combat becomes relevant. Why stop combat damage if you remove their creatures or even prevent their creatures from ever being casted?
Solemn Simulacrum and Viridian Emissary count as bad ramp. They are all too slow. Run full set of 1 cmc dorks instead for the most efficient mana ramp. There's a reason why I also did not even consider Sakura-Tribe Elder.
Your other suggestions are also over-costed effects: Thoughtpicker Witch would be good if it did not have a 1 colorless activation cost. Sadistic Hypnotist belongs as a combo piece in Nath of the Gilt-Leaf. For discard you generally want them to be cheap and recurring, like Bottomless Pit, Burglar Rat, Liliana of the Veil or Oppression. Mindslicer is an exception because the effect is extremely powerful.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari is over-costed and slow. The life component is generally irrelevant and for the sacrificial component, it is way faster and more efficient to tutor or chain into the Edict brothers through Birthing Pod, Fauna Shaman or Survival of the Fittest and then recurring through Meren.
To make Meren competitive, any card that costs more than 3 CMC has to either cripple your opponent decks by cripping their important pieces or be part of your win conditions. Stax pieces are very important to stop combo decks from steamrolling over you.
3 days ago
Needs more Fleshbag Marauder, Ravenous Chupacabra, Solemn Simulacrum, Spore Frog, Viridian Emissary, Viscera Seer, maybe Thoughtpicker Witch and Sadistic Hypnotist, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, and DEFINITELY Savra, Queen of the Golgari.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Nath is a popular discard-stax commander, that uses Necrogen Mists, Sadistic Hypnotist, Oppression, and Bottomless Pit along with a lot of general value cards like Root Maze, Manglehorn, Chains of Mephistopheles, Nether Void, The Abyss, Magus of the Abyss, green ramp like Birds of Paradise along with colorless rocks to pump its commander and other colorless stax options out onto the field.
Otherwise, the deck runs a normal Golgari-Stax deck, running black-tutors to fetch the colorless silver bullets like Sphere of Resistance against non-Prossh Food Chain lists like Tazri and green to make enough mana to still win.
Other notable cards sometimes run in this strategy are Mind Slash, Cryptolith Rite, Chord of Calling (with tokens it ends up decently), fast mana to cast Nath like Mana Vault, Lotus Petal, Grim Monolith, etc.
Ishkanah is the best golgari Food Chain list in the format, with Demonic Tutor, Grim Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Imperial Seal, etc. to fetch the Chain, and to fetch Eternal Scourge there are a ton of green and black tutors.
With Delirium so easy to get between fetchlands, instants, sorceries, and Lotus Petals, Commune with the Gods and other self-mill cards milling over creatures and artifacts, etc. You can reasonably make infinite spiders with Food Chain, and if you can pay Ishkanah's cost you win.
4 weeks ago
Wait... what stax do you run? Stax is general, tax (Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Sphere of Resistance, Suppression Field), hate (Scavenging Ooze, Stony Silence, Aura Shards), sacrifice (The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Smokestack), tapping (Root Maze, tanglewire, and Winter Orb), and land destruction (Ruination, Armageddon, etc.)
You run some sacrifice effects, maybe 6 that only affect creatures, but stax here is super light, you sure you know what stax is?
(P.S. occasionally Gaddock Teeg, Rule of Law, etc. are also considered stax because they stop players from playing cards, similar to a harsher tax effects, and also mass, repeated discard like Sadistic Hypnotist, and some random effects like Spirit of the Labyrinth and Chains of Mephistopheles)
1 month ago
I don't do competitive EDH, but discard-combo seems to work around the tables I play at; my personal favorite is Nath of the Gilt-Leaf with Sadistic Hypnotist or Mind Slash. Skull Rend is the multiplayer Blightning, and Waste Not should be a key piece. Just make sure your friend has a way to close out the game, unless he wants to be Enemy No. 1 in the next game.
1 month ago
Hmmm, as always it's easier to deal out the recommendations than suggesting actual cuts. As you say, all the current cards are looking pretty tight, but if I had to nominate some:
- Phyrexian Delver: You've already got Chainer, Dementia Master to handle your reanimation, as well as Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed and Reanimate
- Thoughtpicker Witch/Disciple of Griselbrand: Yes they are cheap sac outlets, but I don't like how they always costs one mana, unlike Viscera Seer/Sadistic Hypnotist, so if you end up with a bunch of tokens and someone drops a Massacre Wurm you can't easily clear your board.
- Carrion Feeder/Nantuko Husk: Better sac outlets because of no mana cost, but I find that it's so obvious how quickly they can be pumped that opponents are always ready to spot remove them before they can do anything.
- Contamination: Maybe an odd recommendation as it can be very powerful, but again I've found that unless you really commit to the stax line of play it's too easy for opponents to be on the look out for this one card and just ping it as soon as it drops.
1 month ago
Ashnod's Altar - Sick with lots of tokens Sadistic Hypnotist - Again sick with a lot of tokens Approach of the Second Sun With enough mana: cast, attack, cast again, win Bone Dancer - very cool Zombie :) Zombie Apocalypse - Why do I even have to suggest this? :)