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|Commander 2017 (C17)||Uncommon|
|Commander 2014 (C14)||Uncommon|
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As an additional cost to play Skeletal Scrying, remove X cards in your graveyard from the game.
You draw X cards and you lose X life.
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Skeletal Scrying Discussion
2 weeks ago
I can tell just by looking at this briefly that this build has been improved over time as it looks very refined. As I am not experienced with this commander, take my comments with a grain of salt as you are more of the expert here.
I wonder if you could make use of more token producers - specifically ones that make at least 3 1/1 creatures at a time in order to use Teysa's first ability on demand if she's the only creature in play. Cards that come to mind include: Sengir Autocrat, Benevolent Offering, Increasing Devotion, Entrapment Maneuver, Spectral Procession, Martial Coup.
I think more card draw effects would be nice. I'm very surprised to not see Mentor of the Meek in here. I would argue that Read the Bones is strictly better than Painful Lesson. But overall I would consider adding a few more, some that come to mind that play well are: Damnable Pact, Skeletal Scrying, Blood Divination, Altar's Reap, Ancient Craving.
I think you could use more mana ramp. Besides mana rocks, you could take advantage of treasures with cards like Pitiless Plunderer.
Not sure if you've thought about focusing on strong cards that care about low CMC. Besides Mentor of the Meek, other cool cards could be added (some would even interact with Teysa): Unearth, Sun Titan, Reveillark, Citywide Bust.
Fun cards that come to mind that you could add:
- Razaketh, the Foulblooded Not a cheap card at around $6, but could be insane in this deck.
- Archfiend of Despair - also around $6 and high cmc, but would be nuts for ending a long game quickly
- Krav, the Unredeemed I know you said you recently traded him, but it could be worth hunting down another cheap non-foil one and run him with Regna, the Redeemer.
- Bontu the Glorified and/or Oketra the True
- Athreos, God of Passage not cheap at $12, but could be useful when you don't have tokens to sacrifice
- Eliminate the Competition - very underestimated IMO
- Black Market I'm usually very picky when it comes to enchantments at 5+ CMC, but maybe this one would be worth it in a long game since it sees tokens dying.
Lastly, a few cards I think could possibility be cut for any of the above (I am often eager to cut high CMC cards btw):
- Treasury Thrull - a good effect I'll admit, but I'm just not thrilled with the 6 CMC. If reviving creatures is your main goal, something like a Hell's Caretaker's effect for less mana might be better.
- Voldaren Pariah Flip - at her cmc with that effect, I think I'd rather run a board wipe instead
- Vizkopa Confessor - looks like a fun card, but I don't like the CMC.
- Profane Command - I don't know that this should be cut, but I'd encourage you to really ask yourself which modes you typically use because you might be able to get a card with the desired mode for less mana. If X spells are a way for you close out the game, you could consider Exsanguinate or Torment of Hailfire.
- Tamiyo's Journal - looks like a fun card, but idk about the cmc, requires a long game before providing lots of value.
- Tainted Sigil - I've never seen this card before, does it pay off well? I just don't like that people can see it on the board.
Overall, very impression decklist - glad you rebuilt it. Eager to face it next week.
3 weeks ago
First things first: Spore Frog is an all star in this deck.
This deck looks like it wants to make tokens and sac them off. Carrion Feeder and Viscera Seer are great budget sac outlets. I’d also recommend Phyrexian Plaguelord since you can convert tokens into -X/-X to remove stuff. This is noteworthy because -X/-X effects will kill indestructible creatures where normal damage and effects that use the word “destroy” will not. Also note that if you are trying to destroy a God such as Erebos, he needs to become a creature before you are able to get rid of him. Since you have Zulaport Cutthroat, you should also use Blood Artist.
Now, you need tokens to sac off. Avenger of Zendikar is your best option. Hornet Queen creates a small army of deathtouch fliers. Mycoloth wants to eat all nonessential creatures so he can generate an army at the start of each of your turns. Mitotic Slime is als great with Meren since it lets you build experience counters and generate tokens to sac off. Army of the Damned is an army in a can and can be abused by tossing Eterbal Witness in and out of the graveyard. Ghoulcaller Gisa is a very good choice if you’re looking to sac off Avenger of Zendikar repeatedly.
Ramp is a cornerstone of every deck with green in it. Sakura Tribe Elder is good, but you want Rampant Growth, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, and Explosive Vegetation. You cannot really abuse these with Meren unless you sac and reanimate Eternal Witness, but they are essential for making sure you get the correct colors you need when you need them. If you want to be cheeky, you can run Abundance as well to guarantee land drops when you need them or skip lands when you don’t need them.
Card draw is necessary here. Regal Force is a great follow up once you’ve made an army of creatures. Skeletal Scrying, Read the Bones, Night's Whisper. Don’t wince at the cost in life, 2 life here and there does not matter when you have 40 life.
Board wipes will level the playing field if you fall behind. Necromantic Selection, Decree of Pain, and Black Sun's Zenith are viable options here. You can wipe and rebuild faster than your opponents more likely than not, so pull the trigger if you feel like you are losing or falling behind.
3 weeks ago
There is not an "ewwww" loud enough to be able to do this deck justice. Will admit that I would not mind facing it once. I think a Read the Bones and Skeletal Scrying may be worthy of consideration. Living Death may be an addition as well. I hope my suggestions are of some use.
If you have some time, would you be so kind as to give me some advice on my new deck: Military Intelligence Ojutai? I would appreciate it.
1 month ago
I'd like to suggest replacing Phyrexian Arena with cards like Skeletal Scrying or Sign in Blood, that'll give you the option to choose when you're low on health. With the Arena you have no way of ridding yourself of it. Creature's like Tombstalker and Gurmag Angler are pretty good since you'll be filling your GY pretty fast.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Hey Cloudius, your strategy seems solid. Extra turns will give you enough protection once you got there.
Talking about your removal slot: it shows 4 single target removal and 7 boardwipes. Counters are also a form of single target removal, so technically you have 9 STR and 7 boardwipes. Although you might want to protect your extra turns with it. All in all, that is pretty solid. Maybe you want to exchange a symmetrical boardwipe with In Garruk's Wake or Plague Wind. Btw, you have Mystic Confluence three times in your deck. I know it overlaps, but you have to add two more cards.
However, your draw slot seems to be a bit weak. I know that you get your stuff with the Yennett triggers, but in EDH we love to draw cards. Suggestions: Mystic Remora, Rhystic Study, Land Tax, Jace's Ingenuity, Stroke of Genius, Sphinx's Revelation, Skeletal Scrying, Night's Whisper, Read the Bones etc.
Btw Frantic Search is not card draw, but card selection.
All that being said. Your deck looks like a lot of fun, I really would like to play it =)
5 months ago
Firstly, it doesn’t look like you have enougb discard effects for Falkenrath Gorger to be worth running. It’s a 1 drop which is nice but unless you put more discard effects in here I don’t think it’s worth the card slot.
Also, Door of Destinies may be worth replacing. I’ve used it in my own Edgar Markov deck and yes it can be amazing in the right situation, but for it to do work you have to get it early and you have to have gas once it hits the field. It costs 4 mana and does nothing for you immediately on coming into play and it’s a terrible thing to draw late in the game. I would recommend replacing it with something like Vanquisher's Banner, which immediately helps you and gives you card draw, which decks like this have problems with.
Speaking of card draw, you probably need more of it. While cards like Read the Bones and Skeletal Scrying are nice, they aren’t as good in this deck as something like Champion of Dusk or Twilight Prophet. You already have Phyrexian Arena and Necropotence, which both help immensely, but more card draw is probably necessary.
Another card that’s very good here is Herald's Horn. It makes your vampires cheaper, which is very nice, but in addition to that it also gives you a form of pseudo-card draw.
Some non-vampire creatures that can be incredibly helpful are Purphoros, God of the Forge, Iroas, God of Victory and Athreos, God of Passage. Purphoros and Iroas will most likely not transform into creatures since the deck is heavily black which makes them even more difficult to remove. Purphoros deals 4 damage to all of your opponents every time you play a vampire and Iroas makes attacking almost completely safe, as well as giving your army a form of evasion. Athreos isn’t quite as good as the others, but his ability to return stuff to your hand can be incredibly helpful. Often your opponents either don’t want to or just can’t pay the 3 life to keep your stuff dead so you can just keep bringing it back over and over again. Also, a 5/4 indestructible for 3 mana is definitely not bad.
These are just some suggestions I had for your deck based on my own experience with Edgar Markov. My deck is Edgar Markov tokens if you’re interested, you may find some other cards you want in there and maybe get some new ideas for your deck.
6 months ago
These are the cards I could get ahold of quickly (my LGS happened to have these). More changes to come