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Tainted Pact Discussion
2 days ago
2 days ago
Hi, I played Shirei off the cuff a few times as I saw he was cute. But I like your niche view of using wiping artifacts repeatedly.
Have you thought about: Canal Dredger (lets you recur destroyed/hated out pieces) Coretapper + Magistrate's Scepter for an easy 3 card combo? Run Snow-Covered Swamp so you don't share mana with extraplanar lens (but only if you insist on using it) Blood Pet - extra mana every turn. Makes for faster shirei Skittering Surveyor and Skyscanner are both card advantage engines with shirei + sac outlet
Furthermore you should run The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale , Mox Diamond , Mox Opal , Dark Ritual , Culling the Weak , Mox Amber (since your entire gameplan is focused around shirei being in play anyway), Chains of Mephistopheles vs decks with draw power, Contamination , Imperial Seal . Now next is for sheer faster wins. Ad Nauseam , Pitiless Plunderer can function as a semi- Phyrexian Altar , Demonic Consultation so that you can find your win conditions faster, Tainted Pact is another competitive level backup but requires the rest of the deck to be tuned around it.
When alliegance set drops I'd also recommend Priest of Forgotten Gods
This is clearly a pet-deck. Play it however you want. But honestly? You need to make room for Toxic Deluge , Lake of the Dead , Strip Mine , Wasteland , Dust Bowl . In stax black needs every advantage it can get. But building up until you have a critical mass of mana like with Exsanguinate / whatever is just unrealistic in a competitive meta. It's far too easily disrupted.
A Crucible of Worlds & some fetch-lands would go well. That way at least you'd be able to gain mana advantage turn by turn with almost no loss. Lastly, try running Meteor Golem - I've seen him be busted with Scarecrone and other recursion effects, but ymmv. Especially if you don't like using sorceress queen.
2 weeks ago
Ever thought 'bout swapping Arcane Denial for Delay? AD gives your opponent one extra card beside which is bad, especially against stax, so it's around a 8-10% chance that the person draws more hate ore worse tax elements. In my Experience Delay does nearly the same but with far less risk. I also would recommend Winds of Rebuke as a good spot removal which provides a nice utility against top deck tutors Ever thought about Plunge into Darkness or Tainted Pact over Thirst for Knowledge, pseudo tutor for more consistency if a combo piece is missing and to tighten your amc because of ad naus, same goes for Dismember, Fatal Push would be a little less flexible, but with Fetchies it works fine.
3 weeks ago
Hi, wenn Du schon Viscera Seer und Carrion Feeder spielst, würde ich definitiv auch noch Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit sowie eventuell Melira, Sylvok Outcast mitnehmen. Das ganze wurde auch so in Melira-Company in Modern gespielt. Ich hab dazu mal früher einen Primer geschrieben. In den Primer sind auch noch einige weitere Karten die ich Dir ans Herz legen könnte, einige davon ergeben aber nur im Modern-Kontext Sinn. Karten die meiner Meinung nach, auf jeden Fall ins Deck sollten: Collected Company, Abrupt Decay, Ravenous Chupacabra, Survival of the Fittest, Green Sun's Zenith und Orzhov Pontiff
Außerdem könnte man versuchen Tainted Pact in das Deck zu bauen, da bin ich mir abe rnicht so ganz sicher drüber. Dafür müsste aber noch einig was in der Manabase passieren.
Da du ein Kreaturendeck bist, würde ich auf Languish und Toxic Deluge verzichten. Auch würde ich auf Auriok Champion verzichten, da das Deck eigentlich keine Probleme gegen mono Rot haben sollte. Ebenso überzeugt mich nicht Reyhan, Last of the Abzan, wenn dann könnte ich mir den als Commander zusammen mit Tymna the Weaver vorstellen. Sakura-Tribe Elder passt auch nicht so ganz ins Deckkonzept. Genauso wie Siege Rhino und Sun Titan. Beide Karten unterstützen nicht wirklich den Gameplan. Stoneforge Mystic ergibt momentan auch nicht so viel sinn, da Du nur Umezawa's Jitte finden kannst.
Das waren vorerst meine Gedanken zu dem Deck, eventuell fällt mir aber noch mehr ein :D
4 weeks ago
That's a cool interaction, hadn't thought of that. I tend to stay away from lands like Vesuva that ETB tapped (unless their stand-alone ability is amazing), this one enters tapped, and requires an "enabler" land. In the scenario I have a Flagstones of Trokair it works great (but remember too that Flagstones of Trokair also puts the plains in tapped.). It's much less utility (especially T1-T4 when trying to win) than a Fetch land. Plus no tutors for land to pull the combo (like Expedition Map) even if I draw into 1 or 2 pieces of it. Crucible of Worlds + Vesuva + Flagstones of Trokair too much random drawing needed, and Vesuva isn't strong enough to stand on it's own.
Thespian's Stage enters untapped for colorless, so it's a bit better. Still has the same 3-card combo requirements, and it's CMC to pull the plains. Warped Landscape can do it for same price (but only 2 targets in my build), Terminal Moraine, Myriad Landscape, Esper Panorama, Etc. Only pull basic, which i don't have many because of Tainted Pact.
Too much uncertainty for me to test. if i had lots of basics could run the Panoramas that pull , , or .
1 month ago
Consulation line won't work, Consultation exiles the top 6. Tainted Pact is the card you want.
1 month ago
It’s because of Tainted Pact and the point is to win as soon as possible. The deck also has a lot of answers to everything you listed
1 month ago
After playtesting Zur with different builds (refer to my comment from a few months ago), I've found the Tainted Pact / Demonic Consultation version with instant shimmer win to be the most superior version. Tainted pact/Demonic consultation can get us Isochron/Reversal/Reservoir during our necro endstep. I added in more instant speed draw (and recovery), which is really pulling its weight, especially since I've had situations before where I have topdeck tutors and mana at the endstep, but no instant speed card draw. Overall the build I ended up with - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/tainted-shimmer-storm/
has the lowest CMC of all my decks - 1.69, and makes the endstep necroing much more reliable and almost sure to win. Let me know what you think and why would you consider a High Tide Doomsday build to be superior to Tainted Pact & Demonic Consultation (which you can play during endstep).