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Delve (You may remove any number of cards in your graveyard from the game as you play this spell. It costs (1) less to play for each card removed this way.)
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3 weeks ago
That'd be great! I was looking through my stuff to make sure I have all the cards in question, when I found that I have an extra Executioner's Capsule and an Inquisition of Kozilek (MM17) that I didn't know I had. Could I swap those in for the Tombstalker and Thalia, Heretic Cathar (which I actually couldn't find). Also, you didn't list the Thopter Foundry in the trade, which I presume you would still want?
3 weeks ago
to get the obvious out of the way, mana base seems tight, but i'm a bit dumbfounded by 2-of Dispel in here. 1-of to mill into and snap back maybe, but 2 is too many for sure.
a weird one: i think the fact that this deck now has Collective Brutality to dump Bloodghast may make the switch from Faithless Looting to Thought Scour an improvement. there are just so many advantages to Thought Scour, the two most obvious being that it cantrips and is instant speed. you could also make a 4-2 split of some sort.
i would migrate the Dispels to the sideboard and go up to 5 or 6 removal spells in a combination of Terminate, Fatal Push and Dismember. if you want a cheap 1-of surprise removal spell, Dismember definitly beats Murderous Cut imo. apart from burn (lol), decks run very little burn these days, so the life loss should be mitigated by its efficiency.
Kalitas must frequently win you dredge and living end matches, am I wrong there? i think the card is pretty strong, and if you manage to bump it once, it can also outgrow eldrazi and anglers. if it gets Fatal Pushed against Grixis Death's Shadow, which it will very often, that sucks enormously though.
This is the time of the push test, and 4cmc creatures seem a risky thing to run, because having them pushed is a huge tempo loss.
I did kind of a statistical analysis on some flex cards for grixis a few days ago, and Electrolyze is getting the boot out of my grixis control list. its a terrible terrible card right now. hits next to nothing against most top decks.
i am not sure however that this deck can handle another delve creature anyway.
3 weeks ago
car I've been thinking about your comment quite a bit recently. In playing at FNM, it feels like this deck needs to start being more aggressive. I find that, with kalitas in particular, the deck can't turn the corner fast enough. If I'm going to be playing 4 bolt, which I want to do, I need to be able to play explosively.
My idea right now is I want to be controlling the first 2-3 turns, then turn around and get really aggressive really fast. The motivation for this is that it would make the UWx control, titan shift, and eldrazi/tron matchups better, but I'd like to improve those while still keeping enough control to keep affinity and burn good enough.
I'd like to start by changing the creatures and then form the deck around those. I'm planning on cutting kalitas, but I'm a little stumped on how to replace him.
I don't think Sedraxis Specter is the way to go as graveyard hate is higher than ever. I don't think Delver of Secrets Flip is correct either because I want to keep resilience to Fatal Push. Smuggler's Copter is soft to Kolaghan's command and push, but it might be a good option despite that. Abbot of Keral Keep might be the answer - dying to push isn't so bad as I can still get value and it can hit hard. Vendilion Clique is another option, as is Electrolyze. Bedlam Reveler is powerful and push-proof, but awkward with tasigur and all the grave hate running around these days. The final option I'm considering is Gurmag Angler or Tombstalker. Any thoughts?
TheAlexGnan I'd love your opinion too.
1 month ago
Tombstalker is fairly cheap, and would replace Sultai Scavenger (Not to mention is then out of the Lightning Bolt range). And at some point you're going to need creature removal such as Murderous Cut possibly. Maybe when standard rotates Fatal Push when prices slightly drop for a quick moment.
1 month ago
I am also on a quest to break Eternal Scourge!
I am using him as a transformational sideboard package in a grave based monob pox deck. When they try bringing in gy hate, I bring in scourges plus some gy hate of my own.
Here are some things I've found that work well:
Mimic Vat : makes scourges unkillable and you don't lose any tempo as you can swing with the haste token then cast the scourge out of the vat.
Crypt Incursion : gain 12 life and draw 4 scourges?
Sadistic Sacrament : could be either tutor for 3 scourges or remove any key cards from your opponent.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you find any other useful cards or learn any tips/tricks for the scourges. It would be much appreciated!
1 month ago
Thanks for help Sargeras,
Smallpox feels good so I'll add like 2x copies in the deck.
Tombstalker I don't feel like my graveyard is going to be full enough to support 2x Murderous Cut and Tombstalker but I'll keep him in mind if I find myself with a full graveyard after I buy the parts for the deck.
I'm definitely adding Gifted Aetherborn.
Thanks again for your help.
1 month ago
Gotta support fellow black players, so +1. Here are my suggestions.
Since your playgroup is mostly casual players, I'm guessing most of the decks are likely creature based ones, which makes cards like Smallpox very effective and dealing with any early game creatures your opponents might have. If you do go the pox route, Tombstalker could be in your future.
If you want some good creatures, Gifted Aetherborn is definitely good as more nighthawks are always great. Abyssal Persecutor would be perfect for this deck since you run so much removal. Also, Lashwrithe on cards like Vampire Nighthawk can end games very quickly.
Honestly, especially in casual metas, decks like this are often very destructive, cutting expensive kill spells for cheaper cmc ones will likely be enough for you to stop what your opponent is doing and kill them.