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Creature — Zombie Horror
symbol1, Discard two cards: Return Stitchwing Skaab from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
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Stitchwing Skaab Discussion
4 months ago
Hello, from your post i just realized that i am not the only person who is tinkering with a deck built around Skaab Ruinator
So here is what ideas i came up with till now:
1# Build an all in deck with the best cheap mill spells, Hedron Crab, Minister of Inquiries, Shriekhorn (a few - as its sadly an artifact), Dream Twist, Contingency Plan - ad 3 playsets of "real" creatures Narcomoeba, Skaab Ruinator, Eternal Scourge - and a flex slot, that at the moment i fill with Stitchwing Skaab, but it could be Magus of the Bazaar.
The problem is that this version has obvious problems with stuff like Path to Exile, (and grave hate) despite being really fast.
2# Build a deck that abuses Gifts Ungiven with Skaab Ruinator as win condition (since this creature doesn't need slots devoted to Unburial Rites.
In such a shell Mulldrifter, Shriekmaw, Plaxmanta + Pit Keeper as a worse Snapcaster Mage would do well.
For turn one stuff like Siren Stormtamer/Martyr of Frost or stuff like Vampire Cutthroat would be ideal.
P.s.:Laboratory Maniac is a trap - for this deck.
There are alternatives that are a lot better - like Psychic Spiral + Mystic Retrieval which can work out of the graveyard, and mill the opponent out of nowhere.
6 months ago
There are also some nice flying zombies in blue, such as Stitchwing Skaab, Advanced Stitchwing, and Geralf's Masterpiece. Staying in Orzhov, there are some neat interactions with Haunted Dead that award you with fliers, especially if you have Anointed Procession on the field.
6 months ago
Messing around with a deck similar to this. The reanimation package is very strong in standard right now. Incoming God-Pharaoh's Gift decks....
Perpetual Timepiece is a sweet way to get your stuff back from the graveyard.
I like Grapple with the Past but have you considered running Contingency Plan? Reorder and pitching any amount of cards seems nice. I also see people playing Strategic Planning, personally not sure how I feel about it.
Also, I have a few copies of Elder Deep-Fiend thrown in. Flash on opponents turn, sac The Scarab God then get him back into your had seems sweet. Not sure if Distended Mindbender has a home in this deck.
6 months ago
Sweet deck idea, +1 for sure. I have been thinking about a deck somewhat like this. I was running a weird Bant embalm deck and after playing around with it, felt like it was too slow.
Perhaps you can get more value from your Stitchwing Skaab and Haunted Dead if you played with Embalmer's Tools a single mana for an activated ability seems pretty nice and you can target yourself with the second effect. Also, it makes Champion of Wits that much cheaper on the externalize plan, draw four/discard two (yikes good).
I know Contingency Plan is rotating out soon but i'm not sure which is better. Strategic Planning gives you the card and pitches two but Contingency Plan reorders your library and fills up your graveyard more effectively, something to consider.
Not sure where Grapple with the Past sits in this deck, I like that it is an instant graveyard filler/land filter but not sure if you would be dipping into too much green at that point.
Overall, seems pretty great. Good work!
7 months ago
Hey friend. Love what you've got going here. If I were you, I'd be on the lookout for late September, when Prized Amalgam rotates out of Standard and therefore drops in price.
I've got a similar deck @ Sin Dredger for less than $50 if you want to check it out. I would recommend putting in Faithless Looting and Cathartic Reunion at the very least, since it will a) filter your mana, and b) put key critters in your grave as early as T1. Paired with a Dredger like Stinkweed Imp, you can get 10 cards in your grave by turn 3. Wreath of Geists is almost the same thing as Nighthowler, too.
Then, I have three much more subjective recommendations: cut most of your Black. It's already a negligible part of the deck, only giving you Disentomb and Jarad, who is mana-greedy in an aggro deck. And I would also recommend adding blue for cards like Stitchwing Skaab, as those blue zombies are the closest we budget players will get to Nether Traitor and Bloodghast. Finally, google "dredgevine" decks -- it's a variant of Dredge that's more midrangy and high-curve, and it's less competitive, so it's cheaper.
I hope that helps! Mention me if I can do anything else for you! Cheers
8 months ago
Hello! I'd also love to see a Drake Haven deck succeed, but I think building it control is barking up the wrong tree. I'd guess that a U/R or Grixis list with Faith of the Devoted could be successful, but the best place I can see Drake Haven working wonders is in a modified U/R or U/B zombies list, which reanimates Prized Amalgam with triggers from Haunted Dead or Stitchwing Skaab. It adds more flood the board power and more consistency to those decks. I'm sure you can find examples online from early AKH brewing days!
9 months ago
Moby_Copperfield Thanks for the suggestions, Reckless Scholar definitely deserves a spot, he's a bit more expensive to play, but after testing Seeker of Insight, it didn't really function like I wanted to, triggering only once in a while. Haunted Dead and Stitchwing Skaab are neat, what to remove though? I think Shadowstorm Vizier can be removed since the buff she gets is minimal at best, would be a shame though that card inspired me to build this deck in the first place.
9 months ago
I'm attempting to build a deck around discard as well.