Sifter of Skulls
Creature — Eldrazi
Devoid (This card has no color.)
Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, put a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add to your mana pool." ( represents colorless mana.)
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Sifter of Skulls Discussion
1 month ago
Nice, simple idea for modern. I think the secret to running budget black decks are a lot of hand disruption and a stable manabase. If you can find some of the more budget b/g lands, that will help. Llanowar Wastes, that sort of thing. Scythe Leopard, Gatecreeper Vine and Liliana's Elite are likely to underperform compared to some other dirt-cheap options.
General advice- go heavy on one colour so that you can pack your deck with cards of that colour then leave the other for later in the game, where you can afford to be paying mana with lands that come into play tapped.
This means either early game black (hand/board disruption) or early game green (Elves of Deep Shadow/Sakura-Tribe Elder). What you choose to focus on can then inform the cmc and gamplan for the rest of your cards. Either way, lots of 1 and 2 drops will help you survive.
I'll start with disruption options- Vendetta, Victim of Night, Smother, Geth's Verdict Bile Blight etc for creature removal, Duress, Black Cat, Ravenous Rats, Rotting Rats, Nezumi Bone-Reader and Thoughtpicker Witch for hand disrution are all solid choices that match your game plan.
Interesting or efficient creature options Rot Shambler/Mortician Beetle (growing threats), Zulaport Cutthroat/Blood Artist (lifedrain and victory without attacks with a sacrifice outlet), Dross Harvester (bolt and path resistance), Ogre Slumlord for rat tribal combo , Pawn of Ulamog/Sifter of Skulls for more tokens, Quirion Dryad/Vinelasher Kudzu for growing threats Bloodthrone Vampire/Indulgent Aristocrat/Carrier Thrall for vamp tribal, Nest Invader for more token/ramp, Boneyard Wurm/Satyr Wayfinder/Graveblade Marauder/Nighthowler/Splinterfright/Gnarlwood Dryad are all fairly functional for a more graveyard-reliant setup, and Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a cheap and functional manland.
Sideboard options Elvish Eulogist(in an elf heavy list) Elvish Hexhunter Vampire Hexmage Bottle Gnomes Dryad Militant Delirium Skeins etc. There is a lot out there in these colours.If a lot of cards are ending up in the graveyard as the game draws out, spells like Hooting Mandrills, Gurmag Angler or Become Immense start becoming more valuable.
The question is always going to be what is my opponents plan, and how do I stop that- are my opponents playing Rest in Peace or smilar to deal with graveyard shenanigans, will they kill me before I kill them as every card in their deck is effectively Lightning Bolt, or will they be able to Remand all my spells while they hit me with Delver of Secrets Flip. Things that disrupt their plan are usually good, especially when they help your plan.
There are a lot of cards to much around with and play- I'd reccomend testing online before going hunting for things specific, focus on a single strategy when picking cards and if you choose to go less-budget, focus on lands first. Reliably casting spells is the core of the game.
2 months ago
Undercity Informer was an instantly put-in - I took out Stinkweed Imp. Hermit Druid, while a staple, is good, but not my style. Additionally, I run quite a few lands. Undercity Informer makes up for this by sacrificing, which Hermit Druid does not.
Wall of Mulch was in the deck for a while, yet I found it too slow to compete too often. Wall of Blossoms gives me what I need instantly, and I don't necessarily feel like have to wait for Meren to come in to activate. It also costs mana and kills itself - a plus and a minus.
I have finally filled in the deck after taking all the suggested cards into account. I added Devoted Druid, which goes infinite with Mikeaus.
Speaking of the zombie priest, the deck utilizes Mikeaus to get maximum value. It's why I run Black Sun's Zenith (aside from its normal board wiping value). It's why I run so few humans. Mikeaus + Sidisi, Undead Vizier + Hell's Caretaker can lock people down. I can find whatever I want consistently. I can go infinite (by finding Devoted Druid). I can get Horobi, Death's Wail + Darkblast to kill whatever I want.
Now here are the questions. If you go back through the modification log, you can see what I added and cut. Do you agree? Also, Sifter of Skulls or Pawn of Ulamog? Harvester of Souls or Grim Haruspex (or both? If so what do I cut?) And what about Nyx Weaver, which seem so good?
2 months ago
2 months ago
Perusing the internet this morning, I came across the "seven by nine" rule. If your not familiar with it, you can check it out here, under note three - http://www.quietspeculation.com/2011/05/building-depietro-depauper/
Anyways, I found it quite brilliant. I broke out my EDH deck (The Cairn Nel Toth) and decided that it needed a serious overhaul.
I decided that my nine "slots," if you will would be the following:
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 1 or less)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 2)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 3 or greater)
Utility/assorted random cards
So i started sorting the piles, and quickly realized I had too many cards for some slots, and not enough for others. I started the long, laborious, and painful process of cutting cards. I couldn't quite cut enough cards from the utility pile, so I decided I would have nine utility cards, and only six distinctly self-mill and CMC three or greater sacrifice fodder cards, because a lot of other cards can do those things in addition to doing their main purpose (if that makes any sense).
Anyways, I'll list the cards I have for each slot (its quite different than the original deck). Also, many cards serve multiple purposes, so I'm putting them in the category of their MAIN purpose.
Self-mill - Golgari Grave-Troll, Life from the Loam, Altar of Dementia (The best card in the whole deck, hands down. Not even kidding. Every Meren deck should run this card), Mesmeric Orb, Grapple with the Past. I need one more card for this slot (Stinkweed Imp?).
Sacrifice Outlets - Ashnod's Altar, Skullclamp, Attrition, Mind Slash, Evolutionary Leap. I don't love one-off sacrifice spells, but I have the slot for one. I've been debating between Altar's Reap, Morbid Curiosity and Eldritch Evolution.
Thoughts? What cards should fill my unfilled slots? Any cards I should replace?
2 months ago
Thanks for the kind words landofMordor! So after I said I was looking for two more sac outlets, I decided to put Carrion Feeder in to give a try, I am wanting to get my curve as low as possible so that the deck can pick up a little bit quicker. I'm going back and forth between Scarland Thrinax and Bloodflow Connoisseur. My struggle feels a little silly; I love the flavor text on the Thrinax and I like that he enters the field as a 2/2, but the Connoisseur feels like it may be a slightly easier cast since I only have to have two colorless and a Swamp. I'm thinking I may just buy both and try each out to see which fits better since they are cheap cards. I'm glad you like the Phytotitan choice so much! I really like it, and have wanted to make use of the card for a while but didn't see where he would be useful. Enter Kresh. I was play-testing yesterday and had a silly amount of counters on Kresh because I had Death's Presence, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Phytotitan, and Carrion Feeder on the board. It was glorious.
I'm not sure I agree with you on the Rakshasa Deathdealer being a weak point, I'll need you to clarify your logic on that one. I like the fact that I can pay his regenerate cost and sac him to feed Kresh just to do it again. I don't know, I may find in games that I want that mana for something else. We shall see. In playtesting, I was actually less pleased to see Reaper of the Wilds. Again, I may change my mind after playing some actual games. I don't plan on changing too much until after I have tried it out beyond taking out Fireshrieker for either a sac outlet, Mycoloth, or Sifter of Skulls. And Terastodon will be coming out for Bane of Progress, like I said in my previous comment.
Out of the counter synergy cards you suggested, I think I like the Ridgescale Tusker the best out of the budget choices. I really.... really.... like Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, but then I am a big fan of repeatable stuff in my EDH decks. I may end up caving and purchasing a copy of her, it depends on when she rotates out of standard. I could not find a date on that.
Oh yeah, I was really curious what your thoughts are on Kumano, Master Yamabushi, Ulvenwald Tracker, and Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet. I'm not sure how I feel about the Tracker, 1/1 creatures always feel so fragile to me. Especially in a world where you have Atraxa and people that run Contagion Engine..... I hate the Engine. Especially when playing my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck.
No worries on your response time! I have entirely too much time on my hands man. I got out of the Army last year and right now I am just going to school two days out of the week and interning at a chiropractor's office 3 hours a night 3 days a week. Idle hands are the devil's playground and all that ya know.
2 months ago
Hey back landofMordor! So my deck is looking a little wonky right now. I went and bought the cards on my original deck this afternoon, THEN I decided it would be a good idea to look through my uncommons and rares (I know, I'm special). I found some cards in there that I thought might fit better, so I swapped those out. I'm feeling okay about where the deck is now, but I'm thinking I need to take out:
And I'm on the fence about a few other cards. I think I am in need of cards that give +1/+1 counters and at least two more sacrifice outlets to really tie this deck together. I'm planning on getting a Bane of Progress to replace Terastodon, I've realized that Bane is a better fit for this type of deck because of his counters. And for a free sac outlet I'm thinking about Nantuko Husk. I'm unsure about the Husk because his counters are only till the end of the turn. I also plan to main board a Sifter of Skulls, my local shop did not have one.
Two of the biggest things that are different from your deck are my Planeswalkers. Garruk, Apex Predator and Vraska the Unseen are cards that I own and felt like they would pair nicely with Kresh. I'd like to know your thoughts. I also felt that Kumano, Master Yamabushi could be an interesting burn addition, we'll see how well he plays.
Anyway, I feel like the core of the deck is good for burn. I feel like I just need to make some little tweeks to get it to a decent spot and would really like your input!
3 months ago
I just remembered Sifter of Skulls too, probably as a one of in here. Basically your Thralls would produce 2 Scions instead of one, but your Neonate would also make a Scion as well as the Familiar, Abominations, and even the Cutthroats themselves. If you did go with the Flayer Drone, I'd also put in a Sifter. I think you have enough draw to find one.
Anyway, good luck :)