Creature — Human Cleric
When Sin Collector enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it and exile that card.
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Sin Collector Discussion
2 days ago
Cool idea moving out of Jeskai. I see a few changes that might be beneficial to the deck.
Firstly, you have no means of drawing additional cards. Normally Dark Confidant would be the perfect card, but your curve is way too high for him. Maybe try Phyrexian Arena to help you out with that. Other options include Ob Nixilis Reignited, Read the Bones and Painful Truths. These all come at the cost of paying life, so you'll want some way of gaining some of that back. But card draw is a must, so definitely find a way to generate some.
Secondly, you have tons and tons of removal. There are decks that aren't oriented around creatures; against those decks many of your cards will be dead in your hand. Even against creature decks, too much removal means that you're reacting to whatever your opponent is doing. This is never a great strategy.
You can try taking out a chunk of your removal spells to add in some creatures to pressure your opponent. This can also serve as an alternate win condition, should anything happen to Nahiri. Sin Collector, Desecration Demon and Restoration Angel are all very affordable creatures that have impactful effects on the game. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is also good, even in modern.
Now for the sideboard. You should definitely run Stony Silence and Rest in Peace. Basically every white deck has some amount of these two cards in the sideboard. They're amazing, run them. Past that, Spellskite is never a bad idea, nor is Fulminator Mage.
What you should really do is playtest this against as many decks as you can, and find out what your worst matchups are. Then you can make a sideboard plan from there.
Hope I was helpful. Cool deck, hope it all works well for you!
3 days ago
Despise is not really a strong discard spell, I'd rather have Duress, as that usually hits the most dangerous cards. Of course Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are better than both. If you want to stay budget, which I assume, why not go for Tidehollow Sculler or Sin Collector? Both are really strong cards, even in competitive Modern.
i'd bring your landcount to 23. Try to get the full playset of Isolated Chapel. Concealed Courtyard and Caves of Koilos are affordable as well. Evolving Wilds is not great and would just be an emergency solution. Either way, you need more dual lands to have reliable mana.
I've seen some decks that run Tainted Remedy as the cornerstone to play cards that grant the opponent life. You don't have enough lifegain cards to make that a viable direction though, it's also much more vulnerable and combo-like.
I see what you are trying to do with Niblis of the Urn, but it is a pretty weak card overall. You should find another alternative for tap-effects, that one is a bit weak. Or just go with more removal, no tapping needed then. Luckily, Black and White have the best removal.
The appeal of Black & White decks comes from Lingering Souls in most cases, which is a pretty insane card. It will drive any Control player mad, as it is a nightmare to destroy with removal. I would highly recommend slamming it in any B/W deck, you almost can't go wrong there. It works well with Cartel Aristocrat, but that would go in a completly different direction I suppose.
Edge of the Divinity is a good, but problematic card. It makes your opponent's removal twice as good, but it offers a cheap and strong boost. I'd say only ever run Auras in Modern if you put it on a Hexproof creature. Even if you'd ignore that for now, this card wants to be played in a highly aggressive deck. Your deck is a bit too slow for that to work out, so I personally wouldn't run it.
I wouldn't focus your deck towards Alms Beast too much. Just use it as a finisher and your top-end card. You should decide which direction your deck should go. Either you go down on creatures, and instead increase removal and hand disruption, maybe add some Mana Tithe and play Orzhov Control with the Beast as your finisher. Or load up on creatures, cut your draw and removal and go aggressive, with creatures low in cost and high in power to go wider. Either way, both varieties would be stronger than what you have now, which is sort of a mix of both and that never really worked out as far as I know.
Good luck with the deck!
1 week ago
Castigate's and Sin Collector's are just too good not to be mainboard. they constantly save your wincons from removal and Boardwipes, also they trigger your mimic.Beckon Apparition isn't half bad either, instant 4/4 grave hate and a flyier... thats at least interesting.
Well... nice deck and +1 for me :)
1 week ago
I know you think Spike Feeder combo is slow or inconsistent but trust me you want it in the deck. I play Abzan Evolution as well and it plays pretty much like a creature heavy midrange deck but with a backdoor combo. You play all your games normally and every now and again you get to go infinite and win some matches you may have been way behind in or had no business winning to begin with. The other bonus of running it is it can reset your Kitchen Finks as well.
Personally Im also more in favor of disruption in the form of creatures instead of spells since you are a toolbox deck. 1 ofs of Scavenging Ooze, Reclamation Sage, Orzhov Pontiff, or Fiend Hunter can make your Eldritch Evolutions better mainboard. In the sideboard you can run a good amount of silver bullets like Eidolon of Rhetoric, Aven Mindcensor, Sin Collector, Spellskite, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, and Fulminator Mage.
Some other cards I highly suggest would be Eternal Witness, Thragtusk, and Reveillark. With Witness in your deck you can get huge value out of your Reveillark by returning Eternal Witness, Voice of Resurgence, Fiend Hunter, Scavenging Ooze, and all of the sideboard cards I suggested.
2 weeks ago
You make a good point regarding the discards and I agree on its use against it, but Bolt to the face has almost never happened (except against burn) since the opponent uses it to get rid of my creatures. If I want to make efficient use of Leyline, I'd have to play a 4-of. If I play against death's shadow or grixis control and don't have it in my opening hand, it is basically useless since the discard spells already hit and I face two/three 7/7 Death's Shadows and one/two Tarmogoyfs. At that point Leyline doesn't help me anymore.
I fully agree on CoCo and might actually test a 2-of at the next occasion. Thanks for elaborating the advantages!
Meddling Mage's purpose was to shut down Ad Nauseam and alike and the full set simply to increase chances of playing it. Since the current local meta plays less and less combo decks, I think about swapping him for Sin Collector unless you have a better suggestion (except Leyline ;) ).
2 weeks ago
Really neat take on this type of deck, personally I believe that Viscera Seer would be better than the Blood Bairn and a couple of the Blasting Station's, since costing 3 mana is quite a bit in modern, for not much more impact than Viscera Seer.
Also, you were asking about sideboard options, white is arguably the best color for sideboards in modern, allowing you access to Stony Silence because Affinity will always be a popular deck, Blessed Alliance is good in several matchups, Sin Collector is good against combo decks, Rule of Law is good in a few specific matchups, but they're much fewer than the others mentioned. If you're worried about graveyard style decks, normally Rest in Peace is the go-to option, but that also hurts your deck immensely, so I'd probably suggest a few Relic of Progenitus since it also cycles itself, Grafdigger's Cage is also good against some graveyard decks and also any Chord of Calling decks. Pithing Needle can also be very good in specific matchups, as well as Duress, or Thoughtseize, but I was trying to keep these cards more budget friendly.
There are countless other sideboard cards in modern, if you're looking for any against a specific matchup, just reply and let me know.
Hope this helps!
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3 weeks ago
Hope that helps!
4 weeks ago
What about Whip of Erebos?