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Tainted Remedy Discussion
22 hours ago
A couple things to note:
At your own post:"Card draw is available, but it usually costs life payments, being primarily from black.", there ARE cards that don't require life exchange to get value, such as:
Mentor of the Meek - Card draw engine with Alesha with most of your creatures.
Faithless Looting - While your deck is not using the graveyard for reanimation, Faithless Looting can get past certain mana costs
Cathartic Reunion and Tormenting Voice - Same thing with Looting, but pitching an extra card you dont need can really get you some good cards.Solemn Simulacrum - Ramp and card draw on death. Personally, better than Filigree Familiar IMO
"As with all non-blue wedges, you have little ability to interact with the stack, outside of oddities like Mana Tithe, Dash Hopes, and Lapse of Certainty."
While you are correct, in a blue heavy meta you can run Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast that counter specifically blue spells. You can also use Reverberate like effects if you are in a counter heavy meta.
Other note worthy cards I don't see in the deck:
Solemn Simulacrum - Ramp and card draw, personally better than Familiar.
Burnished Hart - Gets you two lands, directly into play, much needed ramping.
Anger - While there aren't creatures you are super apt to attack with, Anger is a must IMO
Hope of Ghirapur - Seems like a REALLY fun card to play with, shutting down decks that 'storm' or like said things. Or win through Aetherflux Reservoir.
Kambal, Consul of Allocation - Meta dependent and back to the 'stack', Kambal can likely net you some serious life gain if crap goes south.
1 day ago
zephyr (because I can't seem to reply any other way), I don't really like using Viscera Seer over Nantuko Husk or Bloodthrone Vampire (thanks for pointing that card out btw, I may run it over Husk due to how much faster it is) because it'll only give me scry triggers, whereas Husk and Bloodthrone can also end the game in a swing if needbe. I also prefer Bloodsoaked Champion over Gravecrawler or Bloodghast. I prefer having to swing with a dude and get him back without fail over a conditional cast (which can be countered) or by triggering landfall (which can be unreliable). The purpose of Tainted Remedy was for when I go up against decks that like to gain life (mainly Soul Sisters and Jund), as a good countermeasure against them.
If I was to include some Artifact/Enchantment removal, what would you recommend? Otherwise, thanks for the help!
1 day ago
Can I suggest either Viscera Seer (cheaper, blanks removal, scry for consistency) or Bloodthrone Vampire (cheaper than Nantuko Husk) for your sac outlets? Gravecrawler or even Bloodghast is also probably easier to recur than Bloodsoaked Champion overall. Lastly, I'm not sure what Tainted Remedy is doing in the sideboard? You might need some enchantment or artifact removal.
2 days ago
Tainted Remedy as a sideboard card against lifegain/soul sisters?
3 days ago
elonth I should probably specify, Tainted Remedy is in there to combo off of my Tree of Perdition (Whenever I tap it twice, they gain 7 life), though you're absolutely right, I need to go down. It's not helping me near as much as I thought it would.
I'm totally on board with switching out for Gifted Aetherborn, the only hesitation I had with him was the double black, but that's because I'm not used to using a mono-colored deck! Lol.
I think what I need most is another wincon besides Triska, then? What would you suggest for this build?
5 days ago
Honestly, a 10-mana win-con in a mono-color deck isn't that bad. Tainted Remedy would be good if you could force life gain, but without white I can't think of anything. You already have the Monolith, so including that with Rings of Brighthearth and Exsanguinate is an infinite combo too. Ashnod's Altar and Nim Deathmantle infinite combo with tons of things. Hope this helps!
1 week ago
Dictate of the Twin Gods is a powerful sidegrade to Furnace of Rath; flashing it in at the right time could win you the game, cating your opponent at a disadvantage.
Phyrexian Arena ought to be included for extra card advantage. There aren't too many ways for Rakdos colors to draw extra cards, plus it goes with the enchantment subtheme.
Too many lands: Polluted Bonds, Manabarbs, Zo-Zu the Punisher, Ankh of MishraToo many creatures: Mogis, God of Slaughter, Decree of Pain, Archfiend of DepravityToo much card draw: Underworld Dreams, Sire Of InsanityToo much lifegain: Tree of Perdition, Tainted Remedy, Erebos, God of the Dead, Sulfuric VortexToo much tutoring: Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Stranglehold
Vandalblast is probably worth mainboarding; very few EDH decks don't utilize powerful artifacts, or at least tons of mana rocks.