Skullcrack

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Gatecrash Uncommon

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Skullcrack

Instant

Players can't gain life this turn. Damage can't be prevented this turn. Skullcrack deals 3 damage to target player.

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Skullcrack Discussion

spac3time on Sparkmage's Playground

6 days ago

I do like the Cathartic Reunion and Tormenting Voice. However, I don't think Fiery Temper is very useful here because Lightning Bolt is always cheap. Thank you for the suggestion of Skullcrack, I didn't know it existed.

Tsuru-Hime on Sparkmage's Playground

6 days ago

I've played a similar deck and I've found that it peters out quickly if you can't get some card draw going.

I would suggest adding Cathartic Reunion or Tormenting Voice then you can use the Madness trigger to play Fiery Temper for cheap.

You might also want to sideboard cards such as Skullcrack and Flames of the Blood Hand for use against life gain decks (eg: Soul Sisters)

.Aliens. on crispy shadow

1 week ago

I would also replace one MB Dark Confidant with a Skullcrack.

.Aliens. on crispy shadow

1 week ago

This RB burn deck list is similar to what you are doing.

Side Board:

I would completely remove white from the SB and just go full RB.

1 or 2 Exquisite Firecraft have been really good for me. It is a great card against control decks and it is a guaranteed four damage. I would play this instead of Guttural Response, you dont need to get into a counter war with this type of deck.

2 or 3 Nihil Spellbomb is great graveyard hate against control, dredge, lantern, etc. In this kind of deck, it is better than Rest in Peace because it draws you a card, only costs one to cast, and the effect is asymmetrical. I also like Relic of Progenitus in this spot, but Spellbomb is better if you are running black and Grim Lavamancer.

Typically, Boros Burn plays three Path to Exile in the side for the Eldrazi matchup. I would replace these with three Dismember. Dismember also works well with Death's Shadow and can be cast for colorless through a blood moon.

Rain of Gore is an absolute house in the right matchup. It is great against Lightning Helix, Batterskull, Kitchen Finks, and all of soul sisters. It can win you games that are otherwise unwinnable (i.e. soul sisters).

Smash to Smithereens (two CMC artifact removal) is essential against decks that run Chalice of the Void. It is also good against Affinity.

This is what Im proposing for a SB:

2x Exquisite Firecraft - one of these is a flex spot

2x Nihil Spellbomb

3x Dismember - one of these is a flex spot

3x Rain of Gore

3x Smash to Smithereens

1x Kolaghan's Command

1x Skullcrack - this is a flex spot

Main Deck:

I really like Grim Lavamancer in this kind of deck. Two main board makes sense.

12 fetches is probably too many. Eight fetches (four Bloodstained Mire four Arid Mesa) makes sense. I think two or three Swamps would work for the main. You could replace the other four fetches with Foreboding Ruins.

I think you can take out the three Fatal Push in the main and replace it with two Searing Blaze and another Grim Lavamancer. Searing blaze is one of my favorite cards in burn against creature decks. Instead of Fatal Push in the main, run two or three Dismember in the side.

SteelSentry on Solemnity

1 week ago

So let's assume an opponent Lightning Bolts you. Delaying Shield has a replacement effect that replaces damage dealt to you, in this case, instead of taking 3 damage, Delaying Shield gets 3 delay counters. At this point, Solemnity says that counters cannot be placed on the Shield. So Lightning Bolt resolves, and the damage is replaced by 0 counters being put on Delaying Shield. On your next upkeep, Delaying Shield has no counters on it, therefore you do not have to pay any mana.

2 important things to note:

  1. This is not damage being prevented, it is a replacement effect. Your opponent's Skullcrack or Leyline of Punishment will not make you take the 3 damage from the Bolt.

  2. This only works on damage, not loss of life. If your opponent's commander is Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, you will lose the life to his first activated ability

Wonky.wombat. on Final evolution of 8-whack

1 week ago

drummerboy22, actually, I redecided, and took out forked bolt instead of Leyline, so I did end up, swapping Leyline for Skullcrack, thanks again.

AlmightyTentacle on ☭ Mother Russia Burns ☭

2 weeks ago

IQuarent first of all TYVM for all your suggestions and comments! I really appreciate it!

I was lucky enough that Matrixxx999 almost answered on all your suggestions for me and I fully agree with him.

Here's what I can add:

IQuarentsays... "Burning Earth. Redundant and over-costed. It's also a nombo with your Magus of the Moon/Blood Moon. I think almost anything would be better than this."

(3/14/2017: Blood Moons effect doesnt affect names or supertypes. It wont turn any land into a basic land or remove the legendary supertype from a legendary land, and the lands wont be named Mountain.)

I dont quite see nombo here cuz Burning Earth still punish my opponents for tapping nonbasic lands for mana, but redundantcy maybe. This deck still in testing regime Burning Earth is one of the cards that can be dropped out in the future.

Shivan Harvest - Moon & Magus as was mentioned before doesnt change land type for basic so Shivan work perfectly. Plus when first two are on the battlefield they become primary targets for removals (unlike Shivan) and mostly they just buy us some time.

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - was in the maybeboard, I try to avoid using lands that enters the battlefield tapped, but honestly I like this card plus it's fit great in deck strategy!

Chandra, Flamecaller - not bad but I prefere not to overload my deck with planeswalkers, and Chandra, Torch of Defiance fit more to my game style.

Skullcrack & Sizzle - is too weak in EDH for one time use spells imho.

Fanatic of Mogis - nice card and can actually be good here. I need to give it a try.

Mind's Eye & Gauntlet of Power - too mana heavy artifacts and as with the case of planeswalkers and dont want to overload my deck with them. Btw Gauntlet works bad with Skullclamp.

Matrixxx999 Thx for helping out :-P

Viashino Heretic - nice creature, fit in deck strategy as well, one minus its need to tapp as activation cost. But I will consider this one.

Mindsparker - was in my maybeboard sure it will play nice against your main deck my friend ;-P

Rolling Earthquake - love it! need it! and I just dont know how I missed it! XD

IQuarent on ☭ Mother Russia Burns ☭

2 weeks ago

Cards that stood out to me:

Scab-Clan Berserker. Without the Renown, it's completely useless.

Eidolon of the Great Revel. I've never understood the use of this card in decks with a curve this low; you'll be dealing so much damage to yourself that it doesn't seem worth it. Then again, I've almost never seen this card in practice, so I could easily be wrong.

Burning Earth. Redundant and over-costed. It's also a nombo with your Magus of the Moon/Blood Moon. I think almost anything would be better than this.

Devastating Summons. I assume the point is to make two 1/1s for 1? That's decent, but if that's not why it's here, personally I would cut it. Aiming for big elementals with this card rarely pays off.

Shivan Harvest. Does this card really belong in a deck with two Blood Moon effects and Price of Progress? That's up to you.

When you have those copy spells, don't be afraid to be aggressive with them. If you have the mana to copy a Dragon Fodder, you absolutely can. Copy spells are a lot better with cards with X in their cost, speaking of which... Sudden Demise. This card should be in every mono-red EDH deck. It's incredibly useful.

Also, where is Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle? It wins games by itself, and it certainly pushed the damage farther.

Skullcrack is really good. Not much more to say than that, just be careful if you're relying on an Glacial Chasm because it becomes nullified once Skullcrack Resolves.

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