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scapertist, WovenNebula - the problem is that most, if not all decks are running Dragon's Claw in the sideboard or something like Kitchen Finks or something like Rampaging Baloths. Against these decks it is ESSENTIAL that you have Skullcrack mana open etc. This is essentially why you really want to be casting at instant speed. I mean obviously you can't do anything against the claw, but the green creatures are easy to counter
What you do to run Tibalt in a good deck is add in:
Then you need to Remove Tibalt because he is horrible. But he was in a good deck for a little bit.
The decks that are sideboarding Dragon's Claw are Delver and Burn, and they're for mirrors. I don't think I've ever seen B/G/x play Dragon's Claw, so maybe I'm just reading this wrong. I'm confused as to why it's come up. Regardless, it's always a four-of in two of the most popular decks at the moment.
Courser of Kruphix is most commonly played in Jund. MtG Top 8 has it listed in 38 Jund decks at competitive and higher. Regular B/G Rock doesn't need them because it has a more consistent mana base to support four copies of Scavenging Ooze, multiple Maelstrom Pulse, etc. Junk's 3-drops are occupied by Lingering Souls and the odd Kitchen Finks (which can be cast off Godless Shrine).
I don't think Skullcrack is a definite sideboard card against Rock, but Soji makes a good point. Courser of Kruphix and Kitchen Finks do see play. Courser of Kruphix provides additional card advantage, as well as lifegain. Having a way to deal with a 4 butt can be crucial because it also means you can deal with early Tarmogoyfs. Not to mention, Obstinate Baloth in games two and three. Flame Slash, Path to Exile, Dismember, etc. all do wonders here.
Against Lingering Souls, normally you'd just Electrolyze/Forked Bolt the tokens. That's not really an option against Kitchen Finks, which is why it sees play in the Junk lists. It's a much better card in the Delver match.
When I was playing Rock, Obstinate Baloth is still the go-to card. It's a clock and lifegain and you can occasionally cast it for free.
Those decks tend to rely on cards like Kitchen Finks and Courser of Kruphix to stem some of the bleeding from all the damage they deal to themselves with bobs and their manabase, so naturally a Skullcrack is helpful. Also your personal choice of grave hate.
Before the third combat step, assign damage, you could Skullcrack.
My favorites are in order:
Dragon's Claw completely wrecks burn unless they bring in Smash to Smithereens. Otherwise, they would need a ton of Skullcracks in their hand.
Timely Reinforcements is a great stabilizer. It gets you stabilized with the life gain, and keeps you that way with the tokens.
I like Obstinate Baloth because it screws Liliana of the Veil and 4 mana for a 4/4 is never bad with lifegain to boot.
Hey, I also run an illusion deck, and it's pretty similar to yours. If you want to take a look, its here: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/theres-a-hole-in-your-plan/
But yeah, mono red burn is a problem. It is faster than we are, and Eidolon of the Great Revel is incredibly punishing.
Perhaps Chalice of the Void, where x=1, would be the best option. It would require some intense sideboarding (you lose a significant number of creatures and counters), but I think it would do more damage to burn than to you, and that is really all you need it to do. The only threats burn packs with a CMC of 2+ are Rift Bolt, Skullcrack, Searing Blood, Young Pyromancer, and the occasional Flames of the Blood Hand. But Vexing Devil, Grim Lavamancer, Goblin Guide, Lightning Bolt, Rift Bolt, Shard Volley, Lava Spike, Monastery Swiftspear, Forked Bolt, and the consistent side board card Relic of Progenitus all fall to the chalice.
Then again, I'm much more of a casual player, so the competitive world is foreign to me.
Hope this helped at least a bit.
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