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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
5 days ago
Great list so far. Here are you my suggestions:
I'd swap out the infect cards for an evasion suite. Infect is great on paper, but you don't get to direct where it's going. Thus, it comes with #1 negative (painting a large target on yourself that says: 'kill me now') without the #1 benefit (eliminating your greatest threat in a turn or two). I think you'll do better flying lower on the radar. Stick the five commander damage and be happy. Some combination of Corrupting Licid, Sleeper's Guile, Dauthi Embrace, Shizo, Death's Storehouse, and Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep should do the trick. Add in a Nim Deathmantle to keep Xantcha on the field indefinitely.
War's Toll should incentivize others to use Xantcha as a mana sink on their own turn. Which is exactly what you want.
Glacial Chasm is good protection. Sit back and watch the world burn.
Alhammarret's Archive seems great w/Xantcha's ability, although it is quite slow. Maybe get a feel for how your opponents are dealing with Xantcha first. If you get to sit around a lot, slot this in.
If you find that Xantcha is eating removal often, Fury Storm seems like a good add. Playing Xantcha three times, and quintupling an x=6 Exsanguinate to drain the table for 30 sounds like a positively delightful way to spend 10 mana. Works with that Profane Command in your Maybeboard as well.
As far as what to swap out:
Spiteful Visions isn't asymmetrical enough. You're probably going to be using Xantcha's ability often enough to make this hurt.
Exquisite Blood isn't really working within your game plan. You're using it as a defensive option here. I think there are better options (Chasm, for example).
Blood Sun works against you too much.
Polluted Bonds could probably be swapped out for something. I get that your opponents will be drawing more, but if feels like 5 mana good stuff.
Rite of the Raging Storm might also be too cute, but it's hard to judge.
Overall, this is a really good list. Xantcha is a cool card and it's fun to see how many niche interactions she enables. Good luck with it!
1 week ago
Interesting commander, didn't know he existed. I recommend Shizo, Death's Storehouse, one more way to give your commander evasion. Blackblade Reforged, Lashwrithe, Nightmare Lash are good equipments to pump your commander aswell. Liliana of the Dark Realms can help you get swamps to ensure you don't miss land drops, and also helps with the equipments I suggested, same goes for Thaumatic Compass Flip which when flipped also helps protecting you.
Nice deck nonetheless +1.
1 week ago
1 month ago
Fistly I'd switch Phenax for a path or swords (probably swords first) Cut Jhoira's Familar for another mana rock. YOU NEED THESE!!
Removal and mana fixing is gonna be the MOST critical thing here, making sure you're on color to cast most of your spells without your commander is gonna be very beneficial. you cant just rely on your commander to be the ultimate haymaker. Either protect it or find ways to play around it.
Assuming that you add these two, I'd actually keep most of the creatures on that list.
Omniscience even with Jodah out this is just 5cmc counterspell bait. yes its valuable once you get it but if you draw this on your opening hand... its god awful till turn 5 if you're lucky. other than that is just 10 mana "win the game even more". awful when behind. Would switch this for something like Maelstrom Wanderer
at the time of post I'm sick so most of my includes right now are only the tip of the iceburg.
Legacy Weapon Gets rid of problematic permanents, even at 12 mana (Cast and use) i'd recommend this... also the ability is INSTANT SPEED!!! :D
Sunbird's Invocation hello 3rd way to basically cascade through your deck. VALUE ENGINE.
Yomiji, Who Bars the Way Grave recursion if you protect this guy. Better than Athreos in the grave recusion part, but worst if you're forcing players to either pay 3 or return to hand. its nice to have both.
Urza's Ruinous Blast Better than WoG, Damnation. bad against Captain Sisay decks.
Zacama, Primal Calamity Just like legacy weapon, deals with problematic permanents.
Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage We talked about this guy being really good. surprised hes not here.
Decree of Pain board wipe + card draw??? YES PLEASE.
Time of Need Would run in Captain Sisay, so if its worth it there, its worth it here.
Kamahl's Druidic Vow another Genesis Wave. Best when you have TOO much mana. not bad if you're flooding either. Great card.
Austere Command Just does everything. but makes food or coffee... Im sad.
Merciless Eviction Amazing board wipe when behind, amazing ANTI PLANESWALKERS card.
The Immortal Sun Value for 6 mana... This thing is STUPID.
Paradox Engine ONLY WITH A LOT OF MANA ROCKS, DO NOT INCLUDE UNLESS YOU HAVE A LOT OF MANA ROCKS
2 months ago
3 months ago
3 months ago
Hey! Your deck seems pretty cool. +1 from me! Some Notes...
If you want to win through voltran, then you might want to add Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Nirkana Revenant functions similarly to caged sun/gauntlet of power. I would remove the gauntlet for nirkana. 1 more mana but doesn't help others (even more so with urborg)
Some extra lands don't hurt, maybe get up to 36, although land count is a personal preference.
I see you have whip of erebos and imp's mischief in the maybeboard? You MUST add the imp's mischief, extreme utility for a cheap price, and no1 expects it in black. Whip of erebos is cool recursion synergy with your commander, helps the life loss of the deck/hate you'll be getting. Speaking of hate, you should add Hatred. It would work very well with whip, can be political and honestly just really funny. Give xiahou dun haste with whip, pay 18 life to hatred, attack and gain 21 and kill someone.
Vesuva - Similar to thespian's stage, another coffers
Mirage Mirror - See above but with way more utility
Expedition Map - To help "ramp" and find key utility lands. You also have a low land count so it helps.
I don't see for you to get around black's weakness like artifacts and enchantments. Thus, you might want to consider Nevinyrral's Disk, Oblivion Stone, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Karn Liberated, Spine of Ish Sah, Scour from Existence, etc....
Mastermind's Acquisition > Diabolic Tutor.
There's a couple other suggestions but I don't know your budget/playstyle.
If you want any other recommendations to add, cards to cut or whatever, let me know! Feel free to check out my deck The Descent Into Darkness for more ideas
4 months ago
I used to play a mono black Devotion deck myself, though haven't shuffled it up for a while, it also ended up more zombie tribal...
I'd fully recommend Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, but to go with it I'd suggest a couple of Shizo, Death's Storehouse, at a push maybe even a Gonti, Lord of Luxury, Ashling, the Extinguisher or Toshiro Umezawa...
Anyway, good luck and have a +1