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Scavenger Grounds Discussion
2 days ago
I would rather play Scavenger Grounds than add in Watchers of the Dead, which adds nothing to your creatures. Is there some way that you could work in at least 2 Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip? The mana-ramp can be particularly useful - specially if you are drawing extra cards.
My version of this deck is Kittens Play
4 days ago
6 days ago
I think the Scavenger Grounds is good to have since God-Pharaoh's Gift is picking up numbers, and there is a certain god that also uses graveyards as resource.
As for Yahenni, Undying Partisan having 2 i don't think is much of a deal, and it is the best sac outlet you can have, either for turning on Bontu the Glorified or to sac servos for the Marionette Master, and i have found Ruthless Knave to be a bit mana greedy.
Nice results ;) i haven't played much games and didn't face many of the top tier decks, i suppose you faced many of them, besides merfolk, what is the worst matchup?
6 days ago
ArcticJohn Scavenger Grounds sounds legit. I'm not sure about reducing knave for Yahenni, Undying Partisan, as it's legendary and drawing both'd be bad. And yes, I've used it in fnm and a few private tourneys. best result was 9-2/5-0 in terms of matches. Has a problem with merfolk, for some reason.
6 days ago
hi there, i also have been trying out the deck, i made a couple changes mainboard, i reduced Ruthless Knave to 3 and added another Yahenni, Undying Partisan, and -1 Field of Ruin and -1 Swamp and added 2 Scavenger Grounds.
Sideboard also made some changes but the core is mostly the same.
Have you tried it in any tournament? I only go to playtest it in a couple of games.
1 week ago
Concise list of considerations:
The Rack single target is really crappy in EDH
Wheel of Torture Same effect as The Rack except it hits everyone.
Skullcage Hits all opponents who don't have either 3 or 4 cards in hand.
Raiders' Wake Another Caress/Megrim effect, except this one makes your opponent discard if you attack.
Quest for the Nihil Stone Anyone without a hand gets domed for 5 during their upkeep...seems good.
Bloodchief Ascension Self Explanatory card
Mindcrank This is a great card in a discard centric deck.
Get rid of all of these cards Bog Rats, Carrion Rats, Deathmask Nezumi (it's a nombo with everything you're doing), Drainpipe Vermin, Gutter Skulk, Nezumi Cutthroat, Pestilence Rats, Ravenous Rats, Swarm of Rats, and Typhoid Rats.
Relentless Rats Replace all of the cards removed with these. You are not restricted to a single copy, per EDH rules, because Relentless Rats specifically states that card limitation requirements do not apply to it.
Get rid of anything that is single target discard! Especially Raven's Crime, since you don't have enough lands that you can afford to be ditching them for a single discard.
Add more things that hit everybody, such as Necrogen Mists or are renewable.
Specter's Shroud Might be worth looking into.
You need more board wipes. You have one 9 CMC board wipe with only 32 lands in the deck. The Hyper-geometric distribution doesn't give you very good odds of pulling the lands you need in order to keep the board clear. Consider Bontu's Last Reckoning, Yahenni's Expertise, Crux of Fate (which may work to your favor with all the Dargon decks running around), Damnation is a given but it's pricey, Life's Finale, Kindred Dominance, and Necromantic Selection are all decent options.
Liliana of the Dark Realms is a much better Lili for a deck like this because you need ramp and that Ult is ridiculous plus it combos with...
Let's talk about your mana base for a second...
Thirty two lands? Even for a very cavalier spell slinger deck, that is a very low amount to play. I play a Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest deck on 36 and struggle some times to reach a critical mass of mana/spells. Don't fall into the trap of "I'll cut a land for this cheap spell; it'll be fine." Again, math and probability will not be on your side in the late game, not unless you're willing to invest in Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx or Cabal Coffers. An alternative might be to run Crypt of Agadeem but it's really no substitute for those lands.
Lastly, jam a Bojuka Bog or a Scavenger Grounds or both in there for graveyard hate, along with your choice of Strip Mine, Ghost Quarter, and/or Field of Ruin because if you can't have your Crypt or Coffers, why should they?
Hope this helps, good luck!
on Dirty Energy
1 week ago
Have you considered a couple of Ifnir Deadlands as a removal-spell-in-a-pinch? Your mana seems strong enough that I doubt you'll need to pay life for a all that often. It also gives you extra fodder for Scavenger Grounds if you need it.
2 weeks ago
Hey, nice to see that ppl play the only and true color... Black Dominance! (No pun intended)
And to max the value of Yahenni, Undying Partisan's sac ability, Bishop of the Bloodstained and Skymarch Bloodletter ETB effect, as well as Gifted Aetherborn's deathtouch (To kill treats w/o losing creature value and gaining 4 instead of 2 life, if not more). I highly recommend a playset of Supernatural Stamina. Only for and on instant speed.
Hope these upgrades help, and they should be rather cheap.