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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.
Whenever you sacrifice a creature, draw a card.
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Smothering Abomination Discussion
4 days ago
Fair points. But at least in my opinion Minion Reflector synergies better than Lifeline Since you can swing with token and it gives you lifelink if it does dmg good if not you can sacrifice it or it can get sacrificed by itself, also Anointed Procession , Twilight Drover , Smothering Abomination ... (just to name few i know you are not playing them).. While Lifeline i think is more sacrifice/etb (plus at the end of turn) card in my opinion, but a great card for this deck also.
5 days ago
Thanks for the advice! Interesting point on Hell's Caretaker - I'll think about that one.
As far as I can tell, Smothering Abomination DOES work with Teysa: the creature's death causes the triggered ability to trigger. Am I missing something?
I've been edging the deck slightly more towards a token strategy. Do you think that makes lifeline or cauldron less worth it?
And yeah, I know my curve is high. I've got 12 ramp pieces currently, but a land or two may be in order.
Thanks again for the help! I'll check out your new deck when I have a moment!
6 days ago
Smothering Abomination isn't bad, but keep in mind that it does not combo with Teysa.
Karmic Guide seems a bit slow to me. You're almost definitely not going to pay the Echo cost, which means it is a 5 cost reanimate. But there are a number of cheaper reanimations, some even at instant speed.
If you're still interested in this kind of deck, check out my other Teysa deck, Teysa Karlov: My Death, Your Death. I actually ended up building that one instead of the one you commented on. I realized that in my playgroup, tutors and win-out-of-nowhere combos weren't what I wanted.
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
I think Nether Traitor is a must in an aristocrat deck. Maybe you could also give Dark Prophecy a shot since it doesn't require the creatures to be non-tokens like Grim Haruspex does. With how much lifegain you're currently running, I wouldn't be too worried about the downside. If it really is worrisome, maybe throw Deathgreeter .
Other cards I'd consider are Smothering Abomination as well as Ophiomancer . Considering how Ophiomancer is written, you basically grant Yahenni indestructible permanently all the while keeping a 1/1 deathtouch chump blocker.
As for your other concerns in letting Yahenni hit your opponents, I'd recommend Whispersilk Cloak , Hot Soup , Suspicious Bookcase , Trailblazer's Boots and Loxodon Warhammer (I'd assume your Yahenni gets huge so it being blocked no longer becomes an issue, + massive lifegain is always fun).
Then again, equipments make for a more voltron based Yahenni, which is not what you're trying to do. Either way, thought I'd share :)
Have fun !
3 weeks ago
blazestudios23, thanks for the suggestions! Card draw can be tricky when trying to balance the other themes of the decks. Have you tried adding something like Smothering Abomination ? Adding cards like Altar's Reap , Bankrupt in Blood , Costly Plunder , Live Fast , and Sign in Blood are all pretty swell. If you're feeling like being generous, Seizan, Perverter of Truth is great, since he spreads the love and the cards.
Mana is solved through the use of handy trinkets like Ashnod's Altar , Phyrexian Altar , and the signets. Maybe I'm just extremely lucky, but the number of games that I've been mana-screwed has been pretty low. Palinchron could be added in for kicks, if you're hurting for mana.
My hesitation with Black Market is that it takes a while for it to get up and running, and it usually gets removed before it can contribute anything remotely useful. I might add it to the sideboard, in case I'm playing another deck with a lot of creatures dying, but I don't think its inclusion would be merited by my creatures alone. Phyrexian Tower would be absolutely great if it weren't a once-a-turn kinda thing. After I tap it, either for one mana or two, it becomes a dead card until next turn.
Neheb, the Eternal makes it a little tricky to keep my opponents' life totals in check, which is necessary to make sure Marchesa, the Black Rose 's Dethrone ability triggers. Sure, the extra mana is nice, but keeping my opponents' life totals in check until I'm ready to end the game is easier done without Afflict. While Scourge of the Throne looks like it would be an awesome card, I would only consider it to be a win condition. Again, this ties into makuing sure my opponents' life totals aren't so low that I wouldn't be able to trigger Marchesa, the Black Rose 's Dethrone, which the deck is based around.
Thanks so much for your suggestions! You've definitely given me more options to consider!
3 weeks ago
CyborgAeon Vampiric Rites is admittedly kinda bad (I've realized that relying on having engines set up in order to perform basic functions life drawing cards is good if it works, but very risky--putting aside the fact that that's sort of this whole deck), so I guess can play another hate piece.
I don't like how Priest of Forgotten Gods requires me to have two other creatures to sac. She can't sac herself, and I'm obviously not going to sac Shirei to her, so that means I have to be doing pretty well already just to get use out of her. Don't get me wrong, she does a lot, but I can see her just not being useful most games.
Mindblade Render does seem like pretty good tech, admittedly. Smothering Abomination is a little worse than my other draw engines because I can't just play him by himself and let him sit there until I'm ready to use him, so I suppose I'll cut him.
As for Oblivion Stone ? I'd like to play a full playset of removal effects, and I don't know how I feel about going all-in on our plan without any outs to someone having a Leyline of the Void . Oblivion Stone as a 1-of is too slow for that anyway if they start the game with it in play, but you get what I'm saying--I'd like a 1-of that I can tutor for to deal with unforeseen problem permanents that I'd normally have to scoop to.
3 weeks ago
I know that Vampiric Rites is a card-draw engine, but you can rely on tutors to find Necropotence . I'd suggest replacing it with a sphere of resistance, or Null Rod , or another hate-piece - Ad Nauseam would even be acceptable, given your average mana-cost is 2.3. At this point, maybe it's even worth cutting out the Smothering Abomination for a shirei-able draw source, as Abom is 4 mana, and I feel like your curve can still get lower. Mindblade Render is run in a lot of cEDH decks as it draws cards from any najeela deck at the table (also it blocks tymna), Priest of the Forgotten Gods draws cards, makes mana and pressures your opponents, Skyscanner draws cards & is recurrable from scarecrone. Those I think are your best options.
The only other cut that I can see is O-stone, which I know that it hurts, but it'll be better as a Sphere of Resistance .
Smothering Abomination occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
W/B (Orzhov): 0.12%
BRG (Jund): 0.13%