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Scarab Feast Discussion
1 day ago
Thanks to all! I am most concerned about control. I do think it is going to be VERY popular this Standard season. Tremblayk19, I was already planning on Prowling Serpopard. It seems like a perfect shoe-in against control. I also like the idea of Heroic Intervention. Good against control and board wipes. Scarab Feast is also interesting. I was considering Watchers of the Dead as an anti-zombie option, but Scarab feast is probably better due to it having cycling and has better overall synergy with the deck. Yeah MadMadison the Pro Tour will definitely reveal a lot about the overall meta. My hunch is that Aggro will be quite popular with the absence of cat lady, but we shall see. Thanks again!
2 days ago
Hey man, i for one love this deck, i found your deck and started deck testing with it so far ulamog only came out when i was againts an esper zombie deck. Then i went againts a UR control and Temur midrange deck i basically won without even having ulamog. Hydra and Ishkanah are awesome.
So i think cutting one ulamog is actually fine since you can always look for one with traverse or return from a graveyard. One ulamog could actually go in the sideboard. Grapple would be nice too, to play around cards like Scarab Feast
Grim maybe can go in but im not so sure, you'd have to cut out noose though, but in a long run grim is actually better than noose.
Overall i would like to thank you for this shell. Ill test more and ready it for my gameday event.
2 days ago
2 days ago
So I anticipate control being not only popular but being a pretty band matchup for decks like ours, so Prowling Serpopard might be a valuable SB at around x2 or x3. I also expect zombies to be popular and Scarab Feast can help with both that deck and Mardu Vehicles. Obvious artifact hate will still be good. Dissenter's Deliverance has a plus of cycling as well. R/G Hellbent I have been thinking about and other than more removal I don't know. Fog? Lol
3 days ago
Run Flameblade Adept.
Sideboard Lost Legacy.
Cut Stromkirk Condemned for 3 lands.
Key to the City is always nice.
Sweltering Suns is good if the board gets to out of control.
Possibly run one Hazoret's Monument.
Scarab Feast is good against graveyard decks.
3 days ago
Ok, I've actually been thinking about Necroskitter for a long time, I think the printing of Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons makes the deck possible. So a deck with Necroskitter to be good I think you need to add green for Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Chord of Calling. This allows you to combo Necroskitter with Black Sun's Zenith.
The deck you currently have isn't bad, I think you ment to put in Nest of Scarabs instead of Scarab Feast. I would say Grim Affliction is too slow, Contagion Clasp instead. -1/-1 counters on their own are not super powerful, that is why having other cards that benefit like Necroskitter, Nest of Scarabs, and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons. Another interesting card is Crumbling Ashes, allows for easier control of the board. Corrosive Mentor is also fairly interesting.
3 days ago
I think you've got a really great foundation here for an awesomely fun deck and I agree that Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons can be an absolute bomb when used correctly, but I think you're trying to do a few too many things here. You've got -1/-1 counters, cycling, and discard all going on, some of which are actively causing problems for others.
I'd say make a decision between cycling or discard, rather than trying to do both. If you go for discard, include some powerful embalm creatures like Honored Hydra or other ways to pull creatures out of your graveyard, like Gravedigger. With regards to enabling discard, Noose Constrictor is a solid card that also deals with fliers.
I really like Hapatra's Mark as a nice combat trick, but I would personally sideboard Dissenter's Deliverance as you'll only need it against artifact heavy match-ups, and then you'll probably want 3 or 4.
I'd say all of your creatures are absolutely on point except for Shefet Monitor, whose high cycling cost doesn't really justify a second rate ability. If you're going for cycling, I'd say Stir the Sands offers a better ability for the same cost and, if you do manage to cast it, three zombies that act as little -1/-1 counter dorks for your Decimator Beetle are ideal. Scarab Feast would also made a fine sideboard option against Mardu Vehicles or any Zombie deck and Stinging Shot is perfect in the sideboard for any match-up with a bunch of fliers.
In terms of creatures, I'd replace Shefet Monitor with Baleful Ammit or Crocodile of the Crossing because they're both nice, fat creatures with -1/-1 synergies and they've both got the toughness to act as -1/-1 dorks if necessary.
I love the removal you've included, but maybe try Splendid Agony for the -1/-1 synergies. It's quite high-costed, but it does allow you to distribute two counters between two creatures, meaning you could potentially get 2 triggers off of Hapatra.
Sorry this is so long, hope it helps!
4 days ago
I like the deck, however I think x3 Open the Armory isnt that useful as you on have 3 cards that can be tutored for, and 1 of them is in the sideboard, I dont feel that either are that important to be tutored for either. The Scarab Feast is also a weird main board inclusion unless lots of the meta have graveyard effects as you dont utilize the cycling. so I feel its better to replace these cards with any of the following:
To the Slaughter - good card as you will be able to hit delirium reliably. Deals with indestructible gods and gideons.
Sorin, Grim Nemesis - good late game drop with a good controlling minus ability.
Liliana, the Last Hope - good early game planeswalker with an easy to get to ultimate.
Ob Nixilis Reignited - good controlling planeswalker.
Collective Brutality - a lot of options against different decks.
Maybe also consider moving some 2 of's and 3 of's up to 4.