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Splinterfright's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard.
At the beginning of your upkeep, put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard.
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1 week ago
Thank you, I will report my findings. The vessel may work well, I'll have to test it but it seems very good int the deck.
I took out some of the cards I felt didn't add to much value to the deck, and put in your suggestions and a few other cards I have found in the meantime.
2 weeks ago
Ghoultree is basically a bigger, better Nemesis of Mortals. I honestly don't see why you wouldn't run it. In a deck like this, you would want at least 12-16 cards that would shove cards into your graveyard, like Mulch, Grisly Salvage, and Satyr Wayfinder. This way, you can drop down a Ghoultree or a powerful Splinterfright much earlier on in the game.
I'm not quite sure why you removed Gnaw to the Bone. It's really a game changer in creature-heavy, self-mill decks.
Kessig Cagebreakers is a great win-con.
3 weeks ago
QuantumSkies and generalrenard: First of all, thanks a lot for the feedback! Now, to address the Life from the Loam discussion. I have some issues with how the deck might execute with that card in, because the deck already has a lot of ways to put things into the graveyard and even now I find myself putting my entire deck in the graveyard by turns 5-7, so I want to stay away from more cards that mill the deck anymore. Also, I want to keep the creature count high for cards like Splinterfright, Gnaw to the Bone and Sidisi, Brood Tyrant. The Gitrog Monster is a super huge card advantage engine in this deck all by itself, so even though I know how powerful Tireless Tracker can be in this deck, again, I can find myself with a lot of things to do with my mana after getting a Nyx Weaver or a Splinterfright going for a turn or two. Regarding Crucible of Worlds, I will certainly put it in the deck. The only reason it wasn't included in the first place was budget considerations, but I will try to acquire it. As for the Fetid Pools, I just think that I want my manabase as smooth as possible without breaking the bank, so after some testing, I found that I don't want taplands in the deck, other than the tri lands (necessary evil) and the Evolving Wilds for the obvious synergy.
3 weeks ago
I like the twist on the theme, though I wonder if it's not playing too hard against itself. For example, Gurzigost is counter intuitive to this deck as he plays against the Splinterfright. While you might want to retrieve some items from your graveyard, you may be better off just sticking things there that you're happy putting there.
Abilities that work well with this strategy include: Cycling, discard effects (including Spellshapers, & Grandeur, & Dredge) and effects that also benefit from having things in the graveyard (Threshold and Delirium). Other cards that boost themselves based upon graveyard contents (since you're already B&G, I'd suggest Lhurgoyf, Mortivore, and Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord).
I also would tend to eschew non-creature spells, as they don't help pump Splinterfright. For example:
Those are just some ideas. If you'd like to see what I did with this deck, you can see it here:https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/goyf-1/
1 month ago
Fair enough, fair enough I can respect that. From my experience, using as some 1cc mana dorks (eg. Birds of Paradise, Elvish Mystic etc.) is pretty crucial to the deck as they serve many different purposes.
Early ramp on turn 1
They get your commander out on turn 2
you can sacrifice them to regen your commander
since they are a creature, you can scavenge them
a couple more self milling cards such as Grisly Salvage or a dredge creature/spell are very helpful for getting good targets into the graveyard. Nyx Weaver is also nice cause you can get back something as well as Satyr Wayfinder and both are creatures you can scavenge. These card advantage cards will help immensely to getting the deck going.
you can think of yourself as a weird sort of boggle deck because you make a big creature and you want to beat down with it. From this, I would put twoish protection spells (best are probably Blossoming Defense, Vines of Vastwood and/or Sylvan Safekeeper).
self discard is beneficial in this deck, so something like Lotleth Troll works well
ironically even though infect is absurd in the deck because you are able to pu1mp it up, I actually won like over 70% of my games with pumping up my commander. Due to this experience, you don't need as many infect creatures as you do in your list. Also you have Tainted Strike and Glistening Oil that gives creatures infect, so the redundancy is not too beneficial. You can probably use these swaps to get some card advantage and setup your combo easier.
trample enablers are pretty big for this deck, as you don't want your big creature to be chumped by tokens or something. Bramblewood Paragon is just a strict upgrade of Tuskguard Captain, and your commander is a warrior. Rancor is nice because if you creature dies, you get it back. Another notable inclusion would be Fists of Ironwood as it gives you trample, and creatures to sac for regen for you commander.
For more cards that you can look into budget/non-budget there is always EDHrec which takes commander decks and compares which cards get used the most. Here's the link: https://edhrec.com/commanders/varolz-the-scar-striped
These would be the some suggestions I would make, but it's up to you how you want the deck to run. Happy building :)
2 months ago
I know and Shriekmaw perfomed nicely in the match I played. I am thankful for that suggestion. Korozda Guildmage would be interesting to keep in the battlefield the power of a Splinterfright that gets targeted to be destroyed... I will think about it. But as Ghoultree, even though it is better, I don't think it would be too different. So I will keep the Nemesis of Mortals, for now.
Thank you once again, PraetorDragoon!!
3 months ago
@Cai_Zer. Thanks for the comment and +1. I did consider Boneyard Wurm but went with Nemesis of Mortals in case my graveyard gets sacked. It would be great to scavenge like Splinterfright if I was going that route.