Creature — Elemental
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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2 weeks ago
Don't forget about Splinterfright though! It puts things in the yard, it has trample if you want to scavenge onto it and most importantly it has the potential of putting up to 45 +1/+1 counters on a creature if scavenged late game. :) Also thanks for the upvotes on my decks! When you can, check out my Varolz deck.
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2 weeks ago
Some suggestions for you:
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord($.74) to throw beefed up dudes at everyone.
Silhana Ledgewalker($.49is one of the best creatures for Varolz to scavenge onto.
Thought Gorger($.20) is awesome to scavenge onto since you get a ton ood cards when he dies.
Siege Behemoth($1.05) wins games.
- Phyrexian Soulgorger($.99)
- Force of Savagery($.99)
- Sheltering Ancient($.42)
- Lupine Prototype($.28)
Splinterfright($.29)As scavenge fodder.
- Rishkar's Expertise($.45)Both of these could be great in here.
Sone of these may be slightly over the budget.
3 weeks ago
Nice, simple idea for modern. I think the secret to running budget black decks are a lot of hand disruption and a stable manabase. If you can find some of the more budget b/g lands, that will help. Llanowar Wastes, that sort of thing. Scythe Leopard, Gatecreeper Vine and Liliana's Elite are likely to underperform compared to some other dirt-cheap options.
General advice- go heavy on one colour so that you can pack your deck with cards of that colour then leave the other for later in the game, where you can afford to be paying mana with lands that come into play tapped.
This means either early game black (hand/board disruption) or early game green (Elves of Deep Shadow/Sakura-Tribe Elder). What you choose to focus on can then inform the cmc and gamplan for the rest of your cards. Either way, lots of 1 and 2 drops will help you survive.
I'll start with disruption options- Vendetta, Victim of Night, Smother, Geth's Verdict Bile Blight etc for creature removal, Duress, Black Cat, Ravenous Rats, Rotting Rats, Nezumi Bone-Reader and Thoughtpicker Witch for hand disrution are all solid choices that match your game plan.
Interesting or efficient creature options Rot Shambler/Mortician Beetle (growing threats), Zulaport Cutthroat/Blood Artist (lifedrain and victory without attacks with a sacrifice outlet), Dross Harvester (bolt and path resistance), Ogre Slumlord for rat tribal combo , Pawn of Ulamog/Sifter of Skulls for more tokens, Quirion Dryad/Vinelasher Kudzu for growing threats Bloodthrone Vampire/Indulgent Aristocrat/Carrier Thrall for vamp tribal, Nest Invader for more token/ramp, Boneyard Wurm/Satyr Wayfinder/Graveblade Marauder/Nighthowler/Splinterfright/Gnarlwood Dryad are all fairly functional for a more graveyard-reliant setup, and Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a cheap and functional manland.
Sideboard options Elvish Eulogist(in an elf heavy list) Elvish Hexhunter Vampire Hexmage Bottle Gnomes Dryad Militant Delirium Skeins etc. There is a lot out there in these colours.If a lot of cards are ending up in the graveyard as the game draws out, spells like Hooting Mandrills, Gurmag Angler or Become Immense start becoming more valuable.
The question is always going to be what is my opponents plan, and how do I stop that- are my opponents playing Rest in Peace or smilar to deal with graveyard shenanigans, will they kill me before I kill them as every card in their deck is effectively Lightning Bolt, or will they be able to Remand all my spells while they hit me with Delver of Secrets Flip. Things that disrupt their plan are usually good, especially when they help your plan.
There are a lot of cards to much around with and play- I'd reccomend testing online before going hunting for things specific, focus on a single strategy when picking cards and if you choose to go less-budget, focus on lands first. Reliably casting spells is the core of the game.
1 month ago
Army of the Damned is a cool finisher that you can still cast from your graveyard if it gets milled, a lot better than Empty the Pits most of the time. But I'm not sure about Ulamog, it doesn't work with graveyard cards (Splinterfright, Life from the Loam etc. and also Laboratory Maniac) I would play more controllable effects to avoid accidental graveyard shuffle.
I think Brawn, Wonder, Filth or Genesis would be great here. Svogthos, the Restless Tomb and Volrath's Stronghold would also be useful in this kind of deck...
1 month ago
Splinterfright is a p. synergistic card. Nice find
1 month ago
Hey Chino90! That's a lot to consider, thanks a lot for the input.
My build definitely tries to go big as fast as possible these days going all-in on aggro in the mainboard, but it's tough when the most consistent threats are hovering at 3CMC without haste and ALSO need to rely on filling the graveyard on turns 1 and 2. At one point early on I tried diversifying the playstyle of the build to allow for removal and counterspells and protection, but all the viable options like Trickbind weren't creatures, and in running them I would get dead mills all day and I would rarely reach lethal damage before turn 6 and 7. These days, I'm fully committed to running creatures and aggro as heavily as possible in the mainboard for a number of reasons:
1) I don't care if the opponent counters or kills my creatures, it's fine. that's just eating up their mana and their cards to stall my game with a larger graveyard later. (Path to Exile is pretty rough though unless I'm lucky enough to have Hedron Crab out and a spare basic in the library)
2) I have a huge number of targets for them to worry about between mana dorks, Fauna Shamans, Splinterfrights, and Strength from the Fallen boosts. If they can literally take care of all of my threats between Splinterfright, Nighthowler, and anything that gets boosted, then they are probably not doing much of anything else that's productive, aside from protecting some punk-@#$ 2-card combo or some such.
3) In keeping the mainboard highly creature-aggro fucussed, I've narrowed the lethal damage window down to around turn 5 or 6 on average, with turn 4 doable and turn 3 pretty unlikely but possible.
The big reason I run 2 Plaxmanta in the mainboard is just to push through a final attack and it curves out well. I only really need 1 to get the final push, I just run 2 because 1 is pretty likely to get milled. I know it's something to consider to try and protect my creatures after I play them, but why bother? If it's killed or countered, then I'll just fetch up another bigger one with Fauna Shaman later, and the following turn I'll swing, draw out removal, and fetch and flash out plaxmanta with the kill spell on the stack.
All that being said describes the mainboard pretty well, but now we're getting into dealing with the graveyard and graveyard-hate which is largely sideboard tech for most decks unless their doing something pretty wonky. Thanks to the popularity of decks like modern dredge, GY hate is a consistent sideboard threat almost everywhere which makes it consistently predictable. Most decks are going to run it except for dredge and probably most reanimators. so as long as we're up against anything else that likely will run GY hate then we board out 4 Splinterfright, 3 Strength from the Fallen, 3 Renowned Weaver, 2Dryad Arbor, some Gnaw to the Bones and whichever of Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip, Nyx Weaver, and Soul of Innistrad you prefer. Then board in the entire sideboard and go HAM on milling out the opponent, hopefully with their Rest in Peace out. The only reason this actually works, and yes, it actually works, is because of the predictability of the meta and the versatility of Hedron Crab. Heck, Phantasmal Image is only included in the side to act as crabs 5-8.
Game 1 will usually be a blowout in either direction, either the mainboard matchup is good or it isn't. If it's good and I don't suspect GY hate that I can't deal with, then I make no changes and push for game two. If I'm coming off of a loss from either game 1 or 2, then the next game is usually a steal for me when I board in the sideboard. Basically the deck flips modes entirely and is always fully committed in one direction or another, and for either purpose I'm mostly just looking to make it faster and more consistent. To that effect, you're right, Lightning Greaves is pretty rad. I've always known it was rad, but I never really considered it for this build due to not being fetchable with Fauna Shaman and also being a dead mill for me, but now I'm going to consider it.
You've definitely given me some food for thought, and I really appreciate your input. Thanks a lot :D
1 month ago
The list itself is cool to start with! Keep on improving it and you'll have a very fun deck.
There are some things that might get you into trouble:
First of, you have some cheap creatures, and then you have some expensive creatures, and not that much in between. Second, you don't have enough ways to fill your yard to efficiently use boneyard wurm. A possibility to get both points checked with one card is to include Sakura-Tribe Elder. It ramps and it fills your graveyard. Btw, Splinterfright is way better than 'Wurm.
Hollowhenge scavenger isn't that great as well. It's ok regarding it's stats, but the five life are worse than it seems. You could try something like Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord instead. He gets pretty big and can win the game with some boneyard wurms or splinterfright.
3 months ago
I guess I'd probably take out at least a couple Sakura-Tribe Elder because most of your cards have low CMC.