Smother

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs Eldrazi (DDP) Uncommon
Worldwake (WWK) Uncommon
Onslaught (ONS) Uncommon

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Smother

Instant

Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.

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Smother Discussion

Pheardemons on Monoblack Vamp

3 weeks ago

I think you are missing some key components for vampires. I'm not sure what your budget is, so if anything is out of your range you can ignore it, or ask me for some budget replacements.

Captivating Vampire - At three mana, this one is definitely viable, especially if you can play it to be the fifth vampire. Your opponent MUST deal with a creature in response, or you can take their stuff at instant speed. Not to mention he's a lord.

Guul Draz Assassin - Albeit a little slow, great powerhouse against midrange decks. He is a constant threat that must be dealt with. The -4/-4 hits a lot more creatures in the meta that Lightning Bolt can't reach like Thought-Knot Seer, Spellskite, ect.

If you're going the mono-black route then Vampire Nocturnus should definitely be a consideration. Yes, your opponenet will get information, but that doesn't matter as much when they're on a two turn clock because you're beating them to death in the face.

If you're going mono-black, that color has some deficiencies in dealing with some things in the modern meta such as combo, enchantments, ect. Something that can help you overcome some of those deficiencies is hand disruption. In the form of Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. I highly recommend adding a 4 to 2 ratio of these (a lot of people go 4 inquisition and 2 Thoughtseize so they don't lose a lot of life, but vice versa gives you more versatility to take out anything) so that you can take out removal before you play a big threat, or take out a combo piece to give you more time.

For removal, some things that are probably better than Terror could be Smother, Go for the Throat, Dismember, Go for the Throat, Tragic Slip, hell even Murder. The restriction of non-artifact AND non-black makes this card pretty bad in modern. It does almost nothing against Death's Shadow decks, affinity, grixis control (Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Gurmag Angler), and tron (Wurmcoil Engine). A card I actually kind of like for vampires is Feast of Blood. I understand the restriction so I probably wouldn't run a playset, but I think it is absolutely an underrated card. Two mana to destroy any creature is extremely powerful.

I understand why you want to play Blade of the Bloodchief, but equipment are usually a trap in modern. Very few decks can utilize them well, since they take quite a bit of mana to get out and equip. Not to mention they usually take multiple turns before it can truly be utilized. I'd say take this card out completely, and if you don't want to, at least sideboard it and bring it against midrange type decks.

IlGuale on Aetherborn Masterrace

2 months ago

Hi! I love black-based midrange lists and i have a pair of suggestions for you. I would go with a more traditional split of 6-8 removals and 6-8 discard spells. Now you have 12 removal and 4 creatures with Deathtouch, which is like a nerfed removal (it can be destroyed and must block to deal damage), so you are good against deck with a lot of creatures, but have no way to deal with noncreature spells. Let's start talking about removals. I am assuming you are on a budget because you don't run Fatal Push and Dismember. The problem is that you can't touch things like Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Gurmag Angler and big beaters like them. IMO your best bet in a mono-B build is a mix of 2-3 Doom Blade's variations like Victim of Night, Smother, Ultimate Price and Go for the Throat. Walk the Plank is also solid, but being a sorcery is a big disadvantage. A one mana removal can come in handy and if you can't afford Fatal Push, Disfigure is a good substitute. It doesn't kill Tarmogoyf or Death's Shadow, but it is a good turn one play against smaller threats and lategame becomes a combat trick. Still, i would not play more than 2 copies mainboard, with maybe 1-2 in sideboard against Elves, Spirits, Counter Company and similar. Then i would replace Grasp of Darkness with Dismember, which kills almost everything in the format, can cost just one mana and is now fairly cheap (around 2.5 $) so you should not have problem buying a pair. On a personal note, i like to play a wipe (Flaying Tendrils, Drown in Sorrow, Mutilate, Languish...) in my mainboard, just in case.

Talking about discard, i strongly suggest you to buy a playset of Inquisition of Kozilek, because it is one of the strongest discard ever printed and is cheaper than ever. With enough money, 3-4x Inquisition of Kozilek, 2-3x Thoughtseize and 1x Collective Brutality would be my go to. Sadly that is not my case, so i have to play with 4x IoK, 2x Duress and a single Wrench Mind and i can grant you that it works reasonably. A pair of Duresses in the side is also really helpful against decks with a low number of creatures. I hope this can be of some help.

Turtle338872 on Budget Lantern Control

2 months ago

I would suggest Pyxis of Pandemonium rather than Grindclock. You need the speed for the milling artifacts, not the strength of them.

Duress/Despise/Harsh Scrutiny are all cheap and better alternatives to Distress.

Go for the Throat is arguably better than murder and still ~ 1$ unless that's too expensive. Maybe Doom Blade/Smother?

Other suggestions I HIGHLY recommend include Glint-Nest Crane, Thought Scour, Artificer's Intuition, Fog Bank, Whir of Invention.

Kinge on Lich's Mastery

3 months ago

If I were you I would cut the Blue. It seems not as good as mono black zombies. I would also add some lords and one-drop zombies to speed up the deck. I would also remove the counters for more removal instead.

Suggestions for 1-drops:

Diregraf Ghoul, Dread Wanderer, and Gravecrawler

Lords:

Lord of the Undead, Lord of the Accursed, Diregraf Captain(if you keep blue), Undead Warchief, and Death Baron

Some other good zombie-related cards:

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Unbreathing Horde, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Whip of Erebos, Liliana, Death's Majesty, and The Scarab God(again if you keep blue)

Removal:

Nameless Inversion(It counts as a zombie card), Victim of Night, Ultimate Price, Smother, Doom Blade for budget options.

Cool deck though! Hope this helps!

DolanDark on Stuff that just doesn't die

3 months ago

This looks fun, might try it out. I would consider putting in more reliable removal though, like Fatal Push, Terminate or Smother

majin_shinsa on 8-rack jab

3 months ago

Blackmail, a full playset of The Rack and Shrieking Affliction since they are your main wincon, Funeral Charm, Smallpox, Necrogen Mists for a Liliana-lite effect. I love 8 rack and can help you more if you need it. Doomblade, Smother or Victim of Night

retropman on A Delirious End

4 months ago

Great deck, man. +1

The only suggestions I'd have for this thing would definitely take it out of budget range :) but if you're willing to spend the extra dough Aether Vial would take this thing to the next level. Being able to flash in e-wit or your wayfinder/tribe elder would be sweet for some chump block/sac combos. Also may want to consider Collected Company to help speed up your ramp as well.

I do think you're light in two areas: land base and removal. Again, not really budget, but if you can afford some fetches, you'll be able to thin your deck out much quicker and get to your wincon... also contributes to delirium. Regarding removal, I definitely think you should check out Go for the Throat, Smother, Fatal Push and Tragic Slip instead of Eyeblight's Ending.

Love the brewiness

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