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Shadowblood Ridge Discussion
3 months ago
4 months ago
Hey, my suggestions are to improve the manabase.
Consider adding these budget Rakdos lands:
- Dragonskull Summit
- Sulfurous Springs
- Smoldering Marsh
- Graven Cairns
- Tainted Peak
- Foreboding Ruins
- Shadowblood Ridge
- Talisman of Indulgence
Good luck with your deck.
4 months ago
Gratuitous Violence, Nova Chaser, Gruul Signet, Rakdos Signet, Golgari Cluestone, Gruul Cluestone, Rakdos Cluestone, Golgari Keyrune, Rakdos Keyrune, Gruul Keyrune, Temple of the False God, Thunderfoot Baloth, Kessig Wolf Run, Skarrg, the Rage Pits, Angrath's Marauders, Kazandu Refuge, Hellkite Charger, Darigaaz's Caldera, Hissing Quagmire, Llanowar Wastes, Bloodfell Caves, Dragonskull Summit, Foreboding Ruins, Rakdos Guildgate, Tainted Peak, Tresserhorn Sinks, Shadowblood Ridge,
5 months 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.
7 months ago
Hey, very well built budget Dragon deck.
I have a few budget suggestions:
Exhume could replace Crucible of Fire. +3/+3 pump for Dragons is overkill. Turn one Faithless discard Utvara Hellkite turn two Exhume Hellkite. Reforge could replace Fearsome Awakening it's the worst of the high casting cost reanimation spells here. Having a wheel effect is good with the reanimation strategy.
Rakdos dual lands that ETB untapped. Cairns was just reprinted in Iconic Masters it's price is low. It's seems very good here with many double black and double red casting costs. 10x Swamps, Marsh and Slough is a fine number for Tainted Peak and it can still be tapped for colorless if no Swamp. Shadowblood is a Signet like land which is good.
Bog is an excellent black utility land, exiling an opponent's graveyard with a land is very helpful.
10 months ago
Thinking about adding!!!
Bloodline Keeper Flip
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Heliod, God of the Sun
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Sorin, Grim Nemesis
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Sorin, Solemn Visitor
Call the Bloodline
Whip of Erebos
Day of Judgment
Feast of Blood
Seize the Day
Crovax the Cursed
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Guul Draz Overseer
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
Thief of Blood
Urge to Feed
Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter
I'm going for building up vampires with +1/+1 counters!!
11 months ago
The lands are always important. I have also created a Mairsil list that I haven't posted yet, but I would like to recommend some cheap lands that can help a lot, and also some utility lands. I honestly don't know why you're not running a Command Tower. As for the double color lands that mostly don't come in tapped: Darkwater Catacombs, Shadowblood Ridge, Dragonskull Summit, Drowned Catacomb, Underground River, Shivan Reef, Sunken Hollow, Smoldering Marsh. As for the utility lands, you've got Hall of the Bandit Lord, Flamekin Village and Hanweir Battlements.
1 year ago
Lands? It's mostly going to depend on your budget, I'll suggest some affordable options: Evolving Wilds, Terramorphic Expanse, Canyon Slough, Foreboding Ruins, Shadowblood Ridge, Smoldering Marsh, Spinerock Knoll, and Madblind Mountain.