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1 day ago
Not sure of your budget, but here are some suggestion.
Alternative to Combo Win-Cons
The standard win-con in a Kaalia of the Vast which is not a combo is... Land Destruction! The idea being to use card's like Boros Charm, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Teferi's Protection to protect yourself; OR have an A/D/D in hand that you can free cast that demands a response, but is hard to deal with no lands, like Hellkite Tyrant or Iona, Shield of Emeria. The key cards to this strategy are: Crucible of Worlds, Armageddon, Ravages of War, Cataclysm, Strip Mine, Waste land, Command Beacon. This is a HIGHLY viable strategy, people may not like facing your Kaalia of the Vast deck, but it definitely isn't a combo strategy.
Master of Cruelties has to be in there, attack with Kaalia of the Vast, drop in Master of Cruelties, during the declare blockers step their life becomes 1 (assuming he is unblocked), and Kaalia of the Vast hits for 2 finishing the player. Not a combo, a necessary Demon.
Another common strategy is multiple attack phases, non-combo, but with big A/D/D beaters, having multiple swings (especially with Vigilance is amazing way to deal damage). The key cards are: Hellkite Charger, Aggravated Assault, Sword of Feast and Famine, Aurelia, the Warleader, Seize the Day. There is a combo with Adarkar Valkyrie + Aurelia, the Warleader + sac outlet out of interest. Adarkar Valkyrie although not working properly with the Kaalia of the Vast mechanics, is still a great recursion angel. Reconnaissance is nice for this strategy too, as you can pull back your Kaalia of the Vast against block heavy decks, as well POST-damage, you can pull back EVERYONE, basically it gives all your creatures Vigilance.
Free A/D/D strategy, you have it with Sneak Attack, Quicksilver Amulet, Mimic Vat so your already there, try a Whip of Erebos gives all your creatures Lifelink, which increases your sustainability in drawn out games (non-combo strategy the only way to win is in a drawn-out game), plus give you another recursion engine. Could use a Sundial of the Infinite to keep them on the board permanently!!
Stranglehold is another good control mechanism, you have a few, can look at pairing it with Maralen of the Mornsong to lock down opponents draw. She has synergy with some other guys like Aven Mindcensor/Ob Nixilis, Unshackled. Eidolon of Rhetoric might stop a Sunforger cast depending on what you did earlier that turn, like a Haste Kaalia of the Vast for example, to consider, or in an Armageddon build will be very bad.
Out of the 99 Considerations
I'm not a huge fan of Reverberate/Shunt, you have Sunforger so I get it, but it will often just sit in your hand. And Kaalia of the Vast is usually splash , so not that valuable. Would rather have a Steel Hellkite or a Gisela, the Broken Blade, or heck, even a Wild Ricochet
Solemn Simulacrum really unnecessary land searching. Use mana-enablers instead.
Boros Garrison/Orzhov Basilica I find it too slow without infinite combo, although it ramps, but you have lots of mana enablers. Field of Ruin colorless mana isn't great, don't need the search. Flamekin Village cost is too high, tapped+, try a Hall of the Bandit Lord. Shadowblood Ridge is also not great (I know it seems like it should be, but it's not!), Slayers' Stronghold is too expensive , use Hanweir Battlements instead, but even then it's borderline (but better), Smoldering Marsh isn't going to come in untapped when you need it, Temple of Malice/Temple of Silence I also don't like, but borderline for me would be my last cuts, Vivid Meadow is no.
Earnest Fellowship I wouldn't do this, might make it hard for you to block (which you have the big creatures that are hard to block already). A little too dangerous for my liking, let opponents pump their creatures, no need to do it for them, and block with your big guys.
Devoted Caretaker I wish she provided protection period so could go unblockable. I think Mother of Runes is enough, but maybe theres someone that gives just protection and doesn't cost a and ? But it does permanents, so I get it.
Kothophed, Soul Hoarder will not be your friend some days during board wipe, but with so little drawing in Mardu, he's a fun one! I would run him in this type of build!
Sun Titan is questionable, what are you bringing back? Lightning Greaves, Sunforger, Animate Dead, Necromancy only stuff. He's discretionary. High Mana cost but utility, he can combo with Fiend Hunter but again combos a different strategy (so can Karmic Guide btw).
Right now, your 46%, 33%, 21% but your mana is 28%, 37%, 35%. In addition, Turn 1: 80%, 10%, 10%! / lands will be your best friends, but balancing / and / lands too. Avoid / that don't provide value, like Mountain, Shadowblood Ridge (awful), Smoldering Marsh, Temple of Malice.
Demonic Tutor doesn't get much better than that! Mortify can be a good utility removal the CMC3 makes it less attractive, Vampiric Tutor although inefficient to pull a Lightning Greaves or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is still good enough. It's instant so at EOT pull what you need. Rakdos the Defiler can be fun in a Armageddon model. Fetid Heath/Rugged Prairie are not too shabby. Sensei's Divining Top can help look and top-deck the A/D/D you need, IF you have none in hand it can swap places so you don't miss Kaalia of the Vast drops. Cavern of Souls against Grixis/Izzet, Phyrexian Reclamation can keep you rolling once you run out of cards-in-hand, an alternate quasi-draw.
Very good Kaalia of the Vast non-combo deck, looks like a blast to play. Hopefully you found some of these ramblings useful.
2 weeks ago
So.... if you take out all those lands like Scrubland and Bayou and whatnot, this deck is less than $200. If you want this deck, but at a lower power level and MUCH lower cost, cut these:
3 weeks ago
Lucalo4, it's honestly just because of some of my land choices and Mana Crypt; take it out and swap it with a land or some form of rock, possibly. There are a few alternatives, but I like taking out Scrubland and Marsh Flats and putting in Temple of Silence and Evolving Wilds. You could swap Ancient Tomb with Temple of the False God, but you lose the advantage of utilizing some of that sweet life gain to quick effect. Phyrexian Tower could be swapped with something like, Miren, the Moaning Well or some other sacrifice land, though I never seem to run a black deck without Phyrexian around.
Regarding non-mana things, you could possibly remove Phyrexian Altar, but that reduces the redundancy you'd have with Grave Titan + Nim Deathmantle . Bitterblossom is a very pricey card, but you could just run like Ophiomancer. It doesn't dodge creature removal and it's not as good, but it gets the job done and it's another body. Holy crap, Vampiric Tutor is expensive, I didn't even notice that. If you're willing to lose the "anything" clause as well as the element of surprise, Enlightened Tutor perhaps?
So those are the big money changes I can definitely see. I hope this helps you out. The deck's been pretty fun and it's got a surprisingly high win rate in my playgroup.
1 month ago
Muddle the Mixture over Daze, since your blue sources may not be Islands
Scrubland over Plateau, since RW are your least important colors
Putrid Imp over Lotleth Troll, for better Ad Naus
Fast mana and ramp like Mana Crypt, Chrome Mox, and Deathrite Shaman
Looking again, I am not seeing much use for the Unburial Rites line, since it also relies on Nooze mana. The reason you run two outlets is to get around incidental exile. On that note, can't Nooze already use the activated abilities of the elementals you mill? You could replace one of them with Scorched Rusalka and sac Horde to Nooze. Better yet, you could use Spikeshot Elder so you don't have to pass priority or you can use the Deathrite Shaman I mentioned earlier with the Devoted Druid untap to drain your opponents out.
I'll get you more feedback when I have the chance.
1 month ago
They reprint these cards all the time, they just make small adjustments to make it still kosher. Godless Shrine is really just Scrubland narrowly skirting around the promise, fetches can arguably be even better and are so cheap now it's crazy people still complain. When I started we didn't have all the cards that functionally do the same thing. The argument for keeping the reserved list is stronger now than it was 15 or 10 years ago. It's funny people speculate WoTC will drop it when they need money because Magic has really never been so popular and has gone through some hard times already.
2 months ago
"I understand the protective ground you are taking on this investment but this is a game not not for collecting but playing."
It's clear from this you don't understand. This game is about both collecting and playing, it always has been. We buy, sell and trade these cards knowing that there is a monetary value attached to them. I'm assuming you check the web for prices before trading correct? If you are the only person trading purely based on the text printed on the card, kudos you are unique. If you knew that a new set coming out next week was reprinting a $50 card would you still buy it today? Because if I thought for a second they would reprint Scrubland I wouldn't have paid $70 for it. I did though and did so with the understanding that it was worth that money because it was not going to be $30 next week.
Listen, I know how expensive this game is. People who pay for these cards save for longer than you can imagine to obtain the cards, months and even years. I own like 4 or 5 cards worth between 50 and 100 dollars off the reserved list and I still think the list shouldn't go anywhere. I want the cards, sure, but I also think of the guys in my LGS working normal jobs that dropped 700+ dollars on a card because they love this game that much. My advice is again, proxy if you feel you have to have these cards but don't disrespect the people that put in all that sweat to get the cards you want to be easier to acquire.
2 months ago
Wizards has arleady shown that they dont care about the secondary market much. I think its only a matter of time.
Also, can we talk about Mox Diamond? On the reserved list; got a reprint anyways in ftv relics. Whats the deal with that?? Why cant we do that again with other reserved cards? In reality, they can, and I think they will. Theyll come out with a super limited print run set that has everything weve ever dreamed of. I hope..
2 months ago
I have a prerelease Emrakul, the Aeons Torn($31), a khans Wooded Foothills ($14), a couple rtr Blood Crypt ($8). I would very much like to turn some of them into a Dark Confidant ($42-49). I prefer ravnica printing but ill take what I can get.
Thanks for looking!
EDIT: Happy turkey day folks!