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Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Tap: Add (Black) to your mana pool.
(Black), Tap: Target legendary creature gains fear until end of turn.
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Shizo, Death's Storehouse Discussion
11 hours ago
Wow, thanks for that detailed answer, triproberts12!
I already bought the deck meanwhile (just could not resist xD) but since I own a Phyrexian Tower from Ultimate Masters and run it in my Kokusho deck I replaced a swamp with it (just didn't think about it when I made the decklist and remembered it some days ago), I also replaced the Ashnod's Altar with Phyrexian Altar at the same time because they have the same mana cost and it gives me black mana.
I would love to add No Mercy (also to my Kokusho deck and simply ever black deck I own) but I am not at the moment out of money reasons. My Intention with Maddening Imp is to destroy creatures I don't want to see against me with summoning sicknes right away (unlike Nettling Imp Maddening Imp affects them as well). Maybe it will be a bit clunky and I'll replace him but I will have to see how it does in play.
Cover of Darkness seems pretty nice, I really will concider it! Although the Whispersilk Cloak was mainly to be able to hit with Master of Cruelties but maybe I will replace those again if I don't see it working. Shizo, Death's Storehouse looks very nice as well (my playgroup is running a lot of black though) but if it's not too expensive I might add on my next purchase. Especially because it is so much better than Rogue's Passage as you say.
I even got a Blood Crypt from Ravnice Allegiance but I'm not a greatfriend of the shocklands or signets, can't really say why xD
I don't know if Koskun Falls would be so great since I don't run that many creatures. The Haunt of Hightower I added mostly because I got it for free and it fits in a little. Maybe you're right about Words of Waste but I will have to see how it does when beeing played. I still have a couple of ideas on the maybeboard from my earlier versions of the deck. For example Sire Of Insanity would be great but I'm still a little bit too afraid really count it in.
Btw, I even bought the Syphon Mind in foil ;)
Thanks again for the great answer, I really appreciate it, because I rarely get answers on my decks!
22 hours ago
I really like what you've done here, and I vote you build this deck. I can tell that, despite not having played very long, you've done your research. Haven't even seen Balduvian Warlord in a list yet, and it's some great tech. Plus you're running my favorite black card in EDH, Syphon Mind! Such value.
As for what to add, I think you could use another sac outlet or two for when Xantcha comes back to you after a player dies. Phyrexian Tower is a good investment. It only recently went from like $60 to $10 from the reprint, and I don't see it being reprinted any time soon.
Some other good cards to encourage combat and keep yourself protected are Koskun Falls , since it's the only Ghostly Prison in BR. No Mercy is a great deterrent, as well. Also, Maddening Imp is fun tech, but you can force combat more broadly with Angel's Trumpet , Fumiko the Lowblood , Goblin Spymaster , and Warmonger Hellkite .
As for helping Xantcha hit the mark, Cover of Darkness is excellent. Gotta love the old tribal cards that affect other player's creatures, and you're unlikely to get much splash effect from naming "Minion." Although, if you want to capitalize on it, Chainer, Dementia Master , Sleeper Agent (the OG Xantcha), and Phage the Untouchable could all play well into what you're doing. Chainer for the abundance of dying creatures. Agent, since no one will want to block it and for that sweet, sweet flavor. Phage, since no blockers should be a goal in your deck. Either way, Cover of Darkness should replace Whispersilk Cloak , since you can't equip creatures you don't control. Shizo, Death's Storehouse could also be good.
I think you could use a little more mana fixing, as well. Blood Crypt is unlikely to ever get cheaper than it is now. Temple of Malice is nice, and if you find yourself leaning black, Tainted Peak could be a good include, as well. Also, Rakdos Signet seems like a given.
As for cuts, I don't think Hissing Miasma is that great. Koskun Falls and No Mercy are much better deterrents. Shizo, Death's Storehouse is more mana-efficient than Rogue's Passage , and makes black mana, to boot. The Haunt of Hightower just seems too slow to be worth the cost if you're not building around it. Words of Waste seems like a loosing battle, since you'll need to be paying 3 mana to draw with Xantcha and activate the ability, so for every two times you combo, you're paying 6 mana and putting your opponents down 2 cards each and drawing 0 cards. For that 6 mana, you could just draw three cards, instead.
1 month ago
For the zombie theme, Grave Crawler will also be better for you in this deck than Reassembling Skeleton . You could also include Cover of Darkness and Kindred Dominance . Undead Warchief will help you recast your commander when he is inevitably removed, and powers up your deck, to boot.
As for other removal, Something like Festergloom is going to be low-impact, so you'd be better off running Decree of Pain . Hero's Downfall is an easy upgrade to Murder , and Bojuka Bog and Nihil Spellbomb are easily better than Tormod's Crypt and Vile Rebirth . Gate to Phyrexia is a good card to include in mono-black, especially with the ability to churn out 2/2 zombies.
As for lands, I'm sure you've already considered it, but you've still got room in the budget for Cabal Coffers . It's never going to be a bad investment with the growing popularity of Commander. I would also go for Shizo, Death's Storehouse . It will be better than Rogue's Passage . You should seriously consider how many non-swamps you want, too, with your commander. What do you have that is going to draw you over seven cards to make use of Reliquary Tower ? Temple of the False God is awful. If you have an opening hand of two swamps and Temple, what do you do if you don't draw a third land? Also, if you're running tutors for your Cabal Stronghold , as often as not, you're going to lose that extra mana by having one less swamp out, anyway. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse aren't doing you any favors. The deck thinning is negligible in a 99-card deck, and your commander has built-in flood protection.
1 month ago
Just checked your new update. For what it's worth, I don't think you really need that many utility lands in Ghave. You typically have other things to do with your mana. Volrath's Stronghold and Phyrexian Tower are, I think, the only ones I run anymore, and I haven't missed any of the others. Okay, maybe sometimes I've missed Shizo, Death's Storehouse , but that's on very thin occasions. You could probably get away with Westvale Abbey Flip as a kind of, "Break in case of emergency" win condition. I ran it for about two years and only used its second ability once, but it's not like I was unhappy to draw it most of the time (I removed mine for Ancient Tomb though, lol).
As a quick aside, Ancient Tomb is at the cheapest right now it's probably going to be for a while. I'd snap one of those up if you have the chance.
1 month ago
LordTsukune, I'm not sure if I agree about Elenda, the Dusk Rose if your opponenents creatures die then she become a huge threat on her own and can gain a ton of life for the deck. I'll have to test her out to see if she's worth it myself.
FYI if I had the fetches I would 100% play them, but the mana base is pretty solid right now if I say so myself. Shizo, Death's Storehouse is fantastic, it's just stuck in my Krav & Regna deck so I'll have to order another one soon.
1 month ago
Other people have said a lot, so I'll focus on lands: I'd consider Path of Ancestry . At my count, you're running 11 creatures that trigger it, Also, Command Beacon is a way you can get around how heavily your deck relies on the commander and the risk he gets removed. The same goes for Homeward Path . Also, I noticed you're running Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep and Rogue's Passage . Shizo, Death's Storehouse goes very nicely, here. The other land I would seriously consider, especially since it just tanked in price after the reprint is Phyrexian Tower .
The other big thing I noticed here is that you have a LOT going on, which is sweet, but you might want some redundancy. For example, in addition to Grim Haruspex and Harvester of Souls , add Midnight Reaper .
1 month ago
I just recently built this deck and and have been play testing it for a bit.
Unblockables and ninjas go hand in hand for getting pokes in however once the ninjas are on the table in becomes very hard for them to repeatedly connect turn after turn as they are quite weak. Cards like Wingcrafter, Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive, Thassa, God of the Sea, Wonder, Key to the City, Cover of Darkness, and Shizo, Death's Storehouse can all grant evasion to your ninjas after they've landed.
The other way to help your ninjas get through is by resetting them by bouncing them to hand and re ninjitsuing them in. You can return them via board wipes like Whelming Wave, Coastal Breach, Devastation Tide, and Wash Out or you can pick them up one at a time via Quickling, Cavern Harpy, Faerie Impostor, Equilibrium, etc. The latter is more mana intensive and cards that are required to have other creatures in play can be clunky so be warned.
Lastly a hidden tech I haven't seen anyone using: Dawn of the Dead. Thanks to it's old text we can avoid the downside of exiling our reanimated creature by making sure it isn't in play during the end step by picking it up with ninjitsu.
This Yuriko Primer helped me a ton while building my deck. There are tons of tips and tricks discussed in these forums such as using Emerge, exploit, and other niche cards.
1 month ago
Hey, maybe update the deck description? Cephalid Inkshrouder can be a discard outlet and is quite the creature when copied by Lavaz. Discard a card to give Lavaz shroud and make him unblockable. Bonus if you discard a creature who you can then copy with Lavaz after it goes to the graveyard.
The 25 cards to consider cutting:
- Ancient Excavation
- Devious Cover-Up
- Forbidden Alchemy
- Hero's Downfall
- Price of Fame
- Silumgar's Command
- Vraska's Contempt
- Commander's Sphere
- Bident of Thassa
- Connive / Concoct
- Dark Petition
- Final Parting
- Dream Eater
- Kefnet the Mindful
- Sire of Stagnation
- The Haunt of Hightower
- Dismal Backwater
- Dimir Aqueduct
Cards to consider adding:
- Cephalid Inkshrouder
- Command Tower: you left this out of the manabase?
- Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip
- Phage the Untouchable
- Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Cards to consider cutting for these:
- Frozen AEther
- Key to the City
- Discovery / Dispersal
- Rune-Scarred Demon
- Temple of Deceit
- 1x Swamp
Shizo, Death's Storehouse occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.01%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%
U/B (Dimir): 0.15%
RBW (Mardu): 0.08%