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Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit.
(1), Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
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Spawning Pit Discussion
2 weeks ago
I think an altar or two might be nice additions. Ashnod's Altar (or its more expensive counterpart Phyrexian Altar) and Altar of Dementia would be good fits here. Likewise Spawning Pit might be a good addition to both trigger Vela and give you more colorless creatures. These cards not only help trigger Vela, but they provide ramp and/or allow you to dictate when and how your creatures die.
Myr Retriever as a good sac target that recurs a better artifact.
I also would strongly suggest running Sword of Feast and Famine if you can afford it.
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Spawning Pit lets you sacrifice everything before an enemy board wipe so Elenda grows, and later you can pump out spawn artifacts to sacrifice all over again. Hellfire and Hymn to Tourach don't make much sense to me when you can run Divine Reckoning, Dusk / Dawn, Sadistic Hypnotist, or Skullclamp (some of which others have already recommended).
1 month ago
It depends on how many crads you want to remove. I usually start with the highest costs, big flashy cards are useless if you can't play them. Anyway most of the time they will be stolen, cloned, reanimated or casted for free from your library, or just be killed by some removal or board wipe, it's way better when your oponents spend resources against other players' creatures.
Avenger of Zendikar actually not that good. If left unchecked it can finish the game, but usually by your next turn you'll have a bunch of 2/3 plants which are still not so menacing. In a deck more dedicated to give board wide buffs to your creatures can perform better. Tokens are not elementals either.
Hateflayer I really like this creature a lot, and I want to find a deck where I can abuse it (vehicles maybe?), but just by itself, it's not that good, being an elemental just doesn't justify its inclusion.
Magmatic Force Yes, this creature is insane. You don't need to do anything it just sits there throwing lightning bolts here and there. Every turn that stays alive is producing value. But the cost is super high, so not really sure about remmoving it.
Phytotitan This card actually works with the deck, but I ended cutting it from mmy deck because it really wasn't enough for the cost, it doesn't comes back until you upkeep and comes tapped, so it's not that marvelous. The good part is it comboes perfectly with Incandescent Soulstoke, but it's the only creature that goes well with it. Most of the time you don't want to throw your elementals for one attack and then sacrificing them, do you?
Incandescent Soulstoke for the reason I previously stated. Just the +1/+1 to elementals won make this guy earn its spot.
Smokebraider not a bad card, but you don't have too many elemental spells. Playing green you have available all the mana dorks you can dream of, Whisperer of the Wilds will easily give you two greens to spend on whatever you want. But you should really start by getting a Sol Ring, an absolutely broken card that should had never existed that you can get for an stupily low price. Then, the next mana rocks to include would be Worn Powerstone, Thran Dynamo and also Overgrowth. You are trying to reach a really high costs, so you need cards that give you more than one mana, spending one card on ramping one mana just isn't enough, you need to get to 7.
Soulbright Flamekin Don't let all those red mana symbols fool you. You give it six colorless mana and it gives you eight red mana, so in fact it's just producing a net two mana, but you have to spend six before, bad deal.
Wayfarer's Bauble, Sakura-Tribe Elder and Rampant Growth As I said before, spending one card to get one land ahead just isn't enough. When you are in a rush to get to the fourth mana because that's the cost of your commander and you need it to get the deck rolling then that kind of cards are great, but if you ramp like that you'll run out of cards in hand and you still won't be able to cast Omnath. You need cards that give you more than one mana.
Rite of the Raging Storm the problem with this card is when you cast it what you really need is survival. On top of that, you won't get your token until your next turn.
Second Harvest It's a "win more" card. If you have a couple or more of the Omnath tokens to duplicate I'd say you are on a confortable situation and if the opponents dont do something against it soon they are going to be in a world of pain soon anyway. I rather have a card like Heroic Intervention to keep my position on the board in case of board wipe than trying to push a bit ahead and then risk wasting the card, but that is a personal preference.
In my experiencie, the biggest problem of the deck is that in the early game you are really weak and you run out of cards if you try to rush to seven mana. So you need cheaper creatures, more card draw, board wipes and some way to pillow fort yourself.
Arbor Colossus This guy may be what you need: big, cheap, with reach, and it can even destroy some naughty dragon who dare come too close.
Ohran Viper This creature is really nice, gives you cards (hopefuly it can get you a couple of them) and if it stays back to block works as deterrent.
Chain Reaction this card can be as wild as Blasphemous Act. You won't get a better board wipe for that mana in these colors.
Thaumatic Compass Flip helps you get lands and later becomes protection from attacks, maybe it's worth trying it out here.
I would add one more sacrifice outlet just in case, like Altar of Dementia or Spawning Pit, you don't want your small elemental tokens exiling insted of going to graveyard.
Blade of Selves Is my secret weapon. When you equip Omnath with it and attack, the myriad copies are created at the same time and because of the legendary rule (copies of Omnath are also legendary) they are all put in the graveyard as soon as they are created and you'll get one trigger for each Omnath that was alive times each Omnath that died. After geting your calculator to work out the numbers you will see that it's a whole lotta damage.
1 month ago
I love decks like this - I use Mazirek in mine at Mazirek Counters.
I know Meren brings back a lot of value, but if you ever want to increase the silly factor of any particular turn, you might enjoy testing Cauldron of Souls here, maybe even with a Spawning Pit. I think Viscera Seer might be another all-star for you, too.
2 months ago
Stormcaller, I'm planning to buy Dictate of Erebos the next time I order some cards for this deck. Your other 2 suggestions I've never heard of, but Spawning Pit might make the list along with the Stir the Sands suggestion by hgjlesv.
2 months ago
Also consider adding Spawning Pit. Its an underrated sac outlet.
2 months ago
A package like Corpsejack Menace + Winding Constrictor + Hardened Scales + Doubling Season + Parallel Lives might help your Mazirek engine gain value and Disciple of Bolas, Cauldron of Souls, and Spawning Pit can be all-stars in decks like these.
Please stop by Mazirek Counters if it's ever helpful to compare notes.