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Devoid (This card has no color.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.
Whenever you sacrifice a creature, draw a card.
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Smothering Abomination Discussion
3 days ago
I very much recommend Ashnod's Altar and Smothering Abomination, great sac outlet and great draw. But cool deck, I used to run meren. He's a lot of fun. You could also do Viridian Emissary for more ramp.
4 days ago
I'm running Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor since they do the same thing. Enlightened Tutor is a 1 drop that gets me any enchantment, including things like Purphoros, God of the Forge, Grave Pact, Vicious Shadows ect.
As for draw, since I'm already sacing things, I may as well use things like Dark Prophecy to get value from my things dying, and things like Smothering Abomination can be used pretty much any time. I prefer things that I can use more than once to generate card advantage :)
1 week ago
You also probably will want more sac-outlets for your creatures. Things like Evolutionary Leap, Vampiric Rites, Smothering Abomination, Viscera Seer, and Disciple of Bolas are all great and cheap too if you are looking to keep this deck on the budget end of things.
2 weeks ago
I was using Overrun, as well as Triumph of the Hordes for a while but found that I went infinite before they were useful so I dropped them. I still have them on my Maybe Maybe list though. Funny you bring up Retribution of the Ancients. I just came across that card a couple days ago and set it aside for inclusion. I think I will find a place for it. I'm not a fan of Smothering Abomination cause I haven't had a problem with card draw but that might have to do with my matchups. I'll put it into my Maybe Maybe list. I was throwing around the idea of Puppeteer Clique as well a few other Persist cards but they didn't seem to have enough payoff. The Undying mechanic was so much better. But if Persist has proven helpful for you, I'll reconsider. Cathars' Crusade is really nice. I didn't realize how well that can pay off until recently so now it is a must include. Thanks for the suggestions!
2 weeks ago
Hey, so with my Ghave deck, I have found that other win conditions I've found are Overrun and Beastmaster Ascension especially once you've made a lot of tokens. A card I've considered running is Retribution of the Ancients it seems like it would be really good removal. as far as sac outlets go it looks pretty good, I would consider Smothering Abomination it's great for drawing, but it's not a may so that's the downside. I would also consider running stuff with persist such as Puppeteer Clique because it can go infinite with a sac outlet and something like Cathars' Crusade. I hope you found this helpful. Your deck looks really cool. +1
3 weeks ago
Darkest Hour to make teysa allow for infinite sac. with a Blood Artist or Blasting Station or Altar of Dementia as win conditions. Nether Traitor can allow for similar combo without darkest hour is you use Phyrexian Altar.
Mentor of the Meek for solid card draw. Sadistic Hypnotist to interact with your opponents hand. Shred Memory to transmute and find any 2 drop in your deck. Smothering Abomination for more card draw. Elspeth, Sun's Champion because +1 for three white creautes to sac to teysa.
admittedly i don't know if you want to go the combo route with this deck but this teysa is a beast in a combo deck. otherwise i would almost use a different commander over her.
combo teysa was one of my first edh decks and i had a blast with it. just thought id throw some ideas out there for you to see.
1 month ago
Seems like a fun deck!
4 weeks ago
I think I see where you're coming from. The reason that I went with a build like this was to create both redundancy and flexibility. Underhanded Designs is not overtly powerful, but the flexibility to play extra kill spells and extra Zulaport Cutthroat in the same card was appealing. Yahenni can likely go, as I should have plenty of sac' outlets between Hidden Stockpile and Syndicate Trafficker.
I have recently been playing the deck with Smothering Abomination in place of Herald of Anguish just due to cost, and it does ok. I definitely do not want to run too much fat on the top end though. An extra Herald and Abomination would just cost too much to leave up mana for Syndicate Trafficker or clues or Hidden Stockpile. Herald dodges Dynavolt Tower and Fatal Push and allows me to sac' spare Servo Schematics for value. Abomination is super sweet when it goes off though.
As for Grasp of Darkness, I have been going back and forth between it, Complete Disregard, and Stasis Snare. Complete Disregard hits a surprising amount of decks. All of B/G, most of Mardu vehicles (notably turns off Scrapheap Scrounger forever) and turns off Saheeli combo. Stasis Snare is the same, but can hit a creature-Gideon as well as gearhulks. Grasp of Darkness is cheaper though, which is a big deal. The deck definitely has a lot of tinkering left though, for sure. Thanks for your input!