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Creature — Zombie Assassin
Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonblack creature.
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Stronghold Assassin Discussion
1 month ago
Thank you pjeseb and Reverie42 great suggestions. So as for the things that could work in other decks but I don't feel the theme of mine goes towards is taking stuff back into my hand. I almost always have something to play due to draw cards. Also big creatures that benefit from graveyards don't really have a place because I never finish people with big creatures. I took out Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord due to this fact and the fact that it costs to sacrifice a creature. Viscera Seer will be staying cause it is such a simple and free sac outlet that does something pretty good for a one drop. I have thought about taking out Stronghold Assassin and Custodi Lich though which I could replace with Eternal Witness and Fauna Shaman those are great!!! And as for It That Betrays the only other big creatures I will be adding is Protean Hulk. Minister of Pain I could take out. But Virulent Plague has saved me multiple times so that is a keeper. Fume Spitter can take out small commanders easy but is also an option to replace with Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip thanks for the suggestions! And upvotes are always appreciated!
1 month ago
A few options that you might consider, in mostly decreasing order of how good I think they're likely to be:
- Eternal Witness is a great card in Meren. Fetches whatever you need and you're always happy to sac it.
- Evolutionary Leap lets you sacrifice without inate card disadvantage
- Smothering Abomination fills a similar role to Evo Leap, but on a pretty good flying body.
- Hermit Druid may be better than Silverglade Pathfinder since it can fill your graveyard. It doesn't ramp, but it has a very low opportunity cost.
- Thragtusk gives value going in and out, and the extra token to chump/sac is pretty nice.
- Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip flips easily and can help empty your opponents' hands
- It That Betrays is super expensive and maybe kind of impractical, but it can also just win on its own. Also steals fetchlands, which is nice.
You could likely make room by removing some ETB sac effects or sac effects that don't provide card advantage (Viscera Seer, Stronghold Assassin, Slum Reaper, etc). Winding Constrictor is likely cuttable (I have to imagine you get enough XP to do what you need without it). Custodi Lich is probably just less efficient than other stuff at 5 mana.
This is definitely the most all-in Meren deck I've seen in terms of creature count, though. Pretty cool list, thanks for posting.
1 month ago
Hi, I happened to build a similar Scarab deck and I can offer few tips from my experience with my playgroup.
First of all, as you mentioned, mana acceleration is very important as dimir doesnt have many natural ways to ramp. Aside from mana rocks, I found Solemn Simulacrum and Burnished Hart surprisingly effective. They are great targets for eternelizing later. I prefer them to some lesser mana rocks as those can be destroyed.
I also agree that counterspells can be the key, you are missing two very important ones: Stubborn Denial is basically one-mana Negate in the deck. Muddle the Mixture can be 2-mana Swan Song but it can find your Rings, Mindcrank or Cyclonic Rift. You really want cheap counterspells as you want to spell most of your mana eternelizing. Psychic Strike might seem sweet (ran it initially) but it can be very underwhelming.
Fleshbag Marauder should be autoinclude. It's a zombie and it puts creatures in opponents' graveyards which is what we really want here. Same goes for Sheoldred, Whispering One. I also like Stronghold Assassin especially when paired with Relentless Dead. Siren of the Silent Song is also surprisingly fun. Vengeful Pharaoh is worth considering too. Its pseudo prison card and you can kill their best attacker and convert it to your side. Lastly, Evil Twin is also nice value, kills the cloned creature, you reanimate it, then reanimate Twin, kill another creature next turn, reanimate. Pure value.
As for other spells, I kinda like Memory Plunder since you mill your opponents quite a lot. Imagine resolving say Cruel Ultimatum or In Garruk's Wake at instant speed for 4 mana. I also value Pull from Tomorrow highly.
So those are my two cents, hope it helps with the deck.
1 month ago
Playtesting your deck I found the land count to be a bit too low, especially for your curve/average CMC. Try going up to 38? I'd also try to limit the number of non-basics, only leaving in the essentials.
2 months ago
Black Market, Falkenrath Noble, Flesh Carver, Loyal Cathar Flip, Maalfeld Twins, Murder Investigation, Pious Evangel Flip, Return to the Ranks, March of Souls, Nether Traitor, Phyrexian Plaguelord, Killing Wave, Spirit Bonds, Meekstone, Kjeldoran Outpost, Nomads' Assembly, Sidisi, Undead Visier, Martial Coup, Secure the Wastes, Adarkar Valkyrie, Archdemon of Unx, Ophiomancer, Stronghold Assassin, Carrion Feeder, Mortician Beetle, Army of the Damned, Abhorrent Overlord, Requiem Angel, Cauldron of Souls, Call to the Grave, Vampiric Rites
3 months ago
I would highly recommend these zombies and zombie cards to spruce up your game, Relentless Dead, Highborn Ghoul, Diregraf Colossus since every zombie you play once he comes out now is that zombie and an additional token 2/2, plus his rez effect counts him as he comes from the graveyard so if you wanted to do a graveyard swarm strategy that's viable. Endless Ranks of the Dead, that one is a tad slower but combined with Diregraf Colossus can make a swarm happen VERY quickly. Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a good utility card that has an awesome effect when he enters and then for 5 mana is a 4/6 with death touch, that's pretty crazy for black and you don't usually see that mana cost with those stats except in green. Cemetery Reaper, Graf Harvest, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is a really good tank fighter if mana isn't a problem. Noxious Ghoul is another good one if you play solely zombies. Spiteful Returned is a good zombie that a lot of people overlook and Stronghold Assassin is pretty good. Unbreathing Horde and Zombie Master are also good zombie cards and finally if budget isn't an issue Death Baron is a must have for sheer scary power. Hope this pool of suggestions helps you out!
4 months ago
I do respect you not using Infinite combos and the list seems solid!
Perhaps it may need more early game ramp, to give it some momentum? Diligent Farmhand, Yavimaya Elder and Yavimaya Granger (don't pay the echo of course) give you extra sac triggers whilst finding land cards.
I don't want to bombard you with card suggestions, but my Prossh decklist may give you some inspiration!