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At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, if that player has one or fewer cards in hand, he or she loses 3 life.
Shrieking Affliction Discussion
3 days ago
Honest feedback for competitive : I feel like your deck is too slow, and has two kind of conflicting ideas that kind of don't synergize well. The deck is also lacking any form of removal at all which in modern is usually a bad sign - sometimes you NEED to remove your opponents stuff even if your deck is aggressive (tbh, yours isnt aggressive)
Theme 1 seems to be vampires- unfortunately though the focus seems to be off of a mono-b or b/r tribal vampire deck, and we aren't running any one drops so creature-based aggro isn't really possible as we are guaranteed to be behind on turn 1 with our best and only play being Vicious Rumors which we only have in our opening hand 40% of the time. When we do have it, its super underwhelming as there are a bunch of better options that you get to pick the card they are discarding ( Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek ). I recommend if you want to go the vampire route to look up other vampire tribal aggro lists and try to copy their curve and best low cost creatures. In modern as high of a 4 CMC of 2.65 is usually reserved for slower control decks, as an aggro deck you want to get on the board as fast as possible.
Theme 2 is the main theme, which is making our opponent discard cards to make them take damage with Liliana's Caress , but that card only has a 40% chance of being in our opening hand as well. The best option for this style of strategy would probably be an 8-rack deck based around Shrieking Affliction and The Rack , as it's more likely to draw either of these win conditions as well as the damage is higher. Although those decks are very expensive and will not make you popular, i personally find them fun. They are very fast and control your opponents hand very firmly, the problem I have with yours is by turn 3 control decks can prevent you from forcing discards, or they can simply discard something they dont need and keep their best cards, which Thoughtseize can help stop, or they can simply remove Liliana's Caress by then too.
I recommend going either one of those directions with the deck if you mean to make it competitive. If not, its totally fine as a casual deck, no worries. I can recommend some cheap cards you might want to look into though:
5 days ago
Me and my friends are trying to build ultra-budget formatless decks to play "competitively" against each other. The restriction is it cant be more expensive (based on a particular website min. price) than 15 dollars.
I started sketching some decks online based on strong cards that are also cheap or banned in other formats. For example i could use Ponder and Brainstorm and even Treasure Cruise and Hymn to Tourach .
i came up with this:
Ill be linking the decks ASAP here.
do you guys have any cool ideas for decks that i can come up with that are strong and fast, or maybe some weird control or combo deck would be nice too. Id like some kind of Balance deck xD
1 month ago
Also have you considered Archfiend of Ifnir ? You do have a cards that make you discard as well.
There's a few others I'd suggest but instead I'll leave a link to my discard deck with Nath, it has some things I think you might like. Thought Scour Nath!
1 month ago
Crosis's Charm , Cruel Ultimatum , Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur , Dream Salvage , Perplex , Skull Rend , Fraying Omnipotence , Rakdos's Return , Wit's End , Quest for the Nihil Stone , Patient Rebuilding , Shrieking Affliction , Torment of Hailfire , And also there's lots of great specter creatures that would work great in the deck, probably better than a dragon sub-theme if you wanted to go full discard control.
1 month ago
Cool deck man! Looks like you're into discard quite a bit here. Definitely wouldn't want to mess with what you like, but I can absolutely name a few cards for mono black that are better when graveyards are huge. Here are a few in no particular order. All of these should be on the cheaper end of the spectrum.
Nyxathid , Nighthowler , Hypnotic Specter , Liliana's Reaver , Shrieking Affliction , Persecute , and Isochron Scepter . That last one is a bit steeper, but it would let you reuse instant and sorcery cards for even more constant discarding.
Good luck with the building!
2 months ago
KayneMarco thanks for the suggestions, I really like Shrieking Affliction because it's a one-drop. It looks like it functions well too. When I get home I'll put it in and take out Mercurial Pretender.
2 months ago
Damage to opponents from discard effects is good but what bout when they have no cards left to discard? Got a few ideas for ya to check out that will damage them for having an empty hand:
2 months ago
Love the originality of this build. +1 just for that. Whatever creature you wind up using the cipher ability of whispering madness on I would also attach steel of the godhead on it as well. If putting them on Zur I suggest adding Diplomatic Immunity to the deck and have it be the first thing you Zur out and attach it to him. Hell, I’ld put that on Zur wether you plan on attaching the others to him or not. Also consider any or all of these ideas that punish them for all the discarding that will be happening:
- Bloodchief Ascension
- Quest for the Nihil Stone
- Shrieking Affliction
- Words of Waste
- Raiders' Wake ain’t zurable but it will still hurt.
The rest can all be zured out making it easy to punish for the discarding.
Shrieking Affliction occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.05%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%