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: Skittering Heartstopper gains deathtouch until end of turn.
Skittering Heartstopper Discussion
9 months ago
I sort of feel like you could benefit from a few more creatures. At only 8 in the whole deck, and with Angler costing 7 (Since you probably won't hit his Delve cost), you're looking at a really late-game play.
I mean, I understand your idea: Removal and countering to get rid of threats until Angler comes out. Scry and draw in the meantime to speed things up a bit.
But also consider that if your opponent is running a mostly creature deck, their sheer pressure will outweigh your responses. And suppose you finally get Angler out and they have been holding onto a removal spell. Or, worse they have a chump blocker?
I just sort of feel like you are a bit heavy on answers and a bit shallow on boardstate options. But than again, that's how I play so...
I'd suggest you run some Deathtouch creatures. Typhoid Rats and other mirrors would be fairly decent. There's a few copies floating around out there to maximize cost efficiency.
The benefit here being that when you chump block, not only do you remove their threat, you also feed into your Delve cost so Angler is cheaper and thus comes out faster. This will dramatically increase the speed and efficiency of your deck.
Hope that helps!
11 months ago
for starters you could cut down on creatures like: Aether Poisoner, Child of Night, Daggerdrome Imp, Deathgaze Cockatrice, Farbog Revenant, Feral Abomination, Fetid Imp, Flensermite, Giant Scorpion, Hand of Silumgar, Hired Poisoner, Markov Patrician, Maze Abomination, Moonglove Changeling, Moonglove Winnower, Nirkana Assassin, Queen's Agent, Rancid Rats, Ruin Rat, Scrounger of Souls, Sidisi's Pet, Skittering Heartstopper Vampire Champion and replace others for: Black Cat, Burglar Rat, Cadaver Imp, Liliana's Specter, Ravenous Rats, Twisted Abomination, Gurmag Angler but would compite with Shambling Attendants for the gy. some usefuls spells you might replace or add cound be: Blessing of Leeches, Sadistic Glee, Soul Channeling, Ashes to Ashes, Evincar's Justice, Shred Memory, Dark Bargain, maybe Crypt Incursion. im out of ideas for cards, for now, and you could add more artifact ramp or artifact that can be creatures like Guardian Idol, Wayfarer's Bauble is in every deck i play, Relic of Progenitus and Nihil Spellbomb are always good gy hate.
1 year ago
Overall a very solid deck, though you might want to consider replacing Feral Abomination with Tetzimoc, Primal Death, and Skittering Heartstopper with Isareth the Awakener. Tetzimoc, Primal Death, while legendary, is stronger, and it's ability in your hand can be useful against any non-control deck. Isareth the Awakener can help in the grindier games by allowing you to return other creatures that have already died. Also for grindier games, Find / Finality and Golgari Findbroker are worth consideration in the sideboard. Also Golden Demise/Mephitic Vapors/Ritual of Soot in the sideboard for tokens would be pretty good.
As far as budget options, the Statue portion of Status / Statue takes care of most permanents. Cast Down/Walk the Plank will work pretty well against most decks, though Murder is a better creature catchall. And maybe sideboard Plaguecrafter or The Eldest Reborn for planeswalkers. Golgari Guildgate and Foul Orchard can replace Woodland Cemetery and Overgrown Tomb, but then your deck won't be very competitive.
1 year ago
All things I am going to suggest are under $2 cards. If your looking for something in a higher budget let me know.
Cards to get rid of:
Ajani's Pridemate and Child of Night They seem like they would work but they do not do enough
Arena Rector No really good planeswalker to find.
Bloodcrazed Hoplite, Knight of Malice, Oketra's Avenger, Typhoid Rats, Skittering Heartstopper, and Fate Unraveler Don't see how they fit in at all
Danitha Capashen, Paragon No Equipement but a decent creature.
Harvestguard Alseids Not running enough enchantments
Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood Not in your commander colors (has red)
Replace all of these creatures with creatures that do 1 of 4 things:
Produce a creature token
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet from your side board
Gain you life
Pontiff of Blight, Syndic of Tithes, Tithe Drinker, Treasury Thrull, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Sunscorch Regent, Suture Priest are all good examples. In multiplayer EDH extort good.
Burnished Hart. Crypt Ghast He is like $3.50 but he is really good in this deck Draw a card
Bloodgift Demon and Mentor of the Meek are good examples.
You should have all your instants and sorceries do some kind of board wipe or removal. The ones that are a one shot gain life just aren't good.
Your enchantments are good.
1 year ago
As mentioned, the highly specific mana cost is one reason. And its lack of evasion (ie, flying, menace) and trample means it can be chump blocked readily. There are plenty of cheap deathtouch creatures (such as Skittering Heartstopper that will trade with it and plentiful removal to kill it. That being said, I have had it out turns 3 and attacked with trample on it by turn 4... It all depends on what you play with it.
1 year ago
how about mairsil becoming a tree? Tree of Perdition or a flower Gilded Lotus or poisonous Pestilent Souleater or simply just mean Pestilence Demon + Skittering Heartstopper? i love mairsil and i tried a LOT of different variations :)
1 year ago
It seems that you maybe a new player or new to standard but your deck has too many singletons.You want that your deck is as consistent as possible and by first you can choose what you want your deck to do.
Example your deck is BR (rakdos) so it is usually really aggressive so you are seeking cards that cost max 4 mana (With few exceptions).
You should take out Wily Goblin Deadeye Tracker <- (To side) Pitiless Plunderer Lightning-Rig Crew <- (maybe for side) Angrath's Marauders Angrath's Fury Blazing Volley Brass's Bounty Hijack Morbid Curiosity Vraska's Scorn Wrangle Dual Shot Skulduggery Vona's Hunger Treasure Map Flip Vanquisher's Banner Revel in Riches and Blood Sun and Walk the Plank . You should switch Angrath, Minotaur Pirate and Vraska, Scheming Gorgon for Chandra, Torch of Defiance if you are made out of money and if not then Angrath, the Flame-Chained will just done fine
For good 1 drop you should add 4x Fanatical Firebrand because he is useful even when games get long because sometimes that 1 dmg that he can do directly to face mattes some time. 3 more Dire Fleet Captain because they are hard to kill when you got 2-3 pirates attacking with it. 1 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider because she is reliable 2 drop because she is hard to kill and brings buddy when attacking and 2 Captain Lannery Storm because she has haste and ramps little bit for you to make wider board or faster Angrath. 1 more Dire Fleet Neckbreaker should do fine because she doesn't have evasive abilites but buffs pirates so much that they become even more menacing. (Hazoret would be amazing in aggro deck but she isn't pirate so you don't have to include her if you don't want / can't]
For other spells 1 more Lightning Strike 2 Vraska's Contempt 2 Kari Zev's Expertise 1 Vance's Blasting Cannons Flip and 3 Shock (or 1 Magma Spray and 2 Shock ) and if you are able to get then 4 Fatal Push and try to put them in as you like
And add 1 more land and if you can you should get 4 Canyon Slough because they make decks more consistent thanks to that cycling
For side take out Blight Keeper Brass's Bounty Costly Plunder Dire Fleet Captain Dire Fleet Neckbreaker Revel in Riches Skittering Heartstopper Storm Fleet Arsonist Sure Strike Wily Goblin because simply they don't do much in most sitsuations
These are just my thoughts and you don't need to change anything because I say so but these are what I recommend for your deck. If you want / need I can explain why I would take those cards out that I mention and what I would put in
1 year ago
I presume you're running the Skittering Heartstopper because of deathtouch. Whilst it's more mana expensive, Gifted Aetherborn is a better fit for your deck. It's one of the strongest vampires in the format period, and will trigger Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle where the heartstopper doesn't. It's also a great target for your Duskborne Skymarcher due to the lifelink.
You may want to have a look at the volume of creatures you're playing and the numbers of each. I'd say that you should be concentrating on some as four-ofs to help with variance. Playing one and two of each will mean that your deck will play very differently each time you play it. Plus, I think it will allow you to bring the average curve down from 2.58.
Adanto Vanguard, Duskborne Skymarcher, mavren fein probably want to be four-ofs in your deck? I love Kambal, Consul of Allocation and depending on your local meta he may a rock in the main board. But if not, he may be someone you want to have in the SB for 'spell' heavy match-ups.
All in all, I really like the shell - gotta love Vampires! But playing more four-ofs and taking some of the other creatures out will probably help make the deck more consistent.
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