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Target opponent sacrifices a creature. You gain life equal to that creature's toughness.
Well I was thinking Vampire's Bite in addition to Funeral Charm not as a replacement. Yea you'll never play the kicker, but who cares it's the best pump spell mono black has. That or Demonic Appetite but you're deck isn't really set up for that.
Life loss in mono black means nothing. Often times I'll be below 10 life before my deck finally stabilizes. The advantage it give is beyond worth it. 2 life for a Thoughtseize is worth the price for stopping a T3 Karn Liberated .
Truthfully Vendetta is a lot like Bob. More often then not you'll nail a Pestermite or Snapcaster Mage for an epic loss of 1 life. It works so much better than it reads. I mean you can take out their Young Pyromancer and Inquisition of Kozilek a Lightning Bolt from their hand T2. Where as with Doom Blade you could deal with Young Pyromancer but still get struck with the Lightning Bolt So the 1 damage you lost from Vendetta is in the long run less than the potential 3 damage you would take thru using Doom Blade
Also since you're using Raven's Crime why not use 2x Dakmor Salvage I know it comes into play tapped but hopefully you don't get one till late game. If Raven's Crime is in your graveyard then discard Dakmor Salvage and dredge it back. Rinse and repeat as often as needed.
i agree that well Pharika's Cure is good for life regain it still doesnt have what it takes to kill certain opponents especially when its an expensive black version of shock i dont personally like Geth's Verdict it's just not 100% worth it to me 2 mana 1 damage and a creature dies or 3 mana with lifegain from 1-unknown well still taking down a threat with Tribute to Hunger but i have been looking into a couple cards and this deck has won a large amount of games i'm actually a lil proud of it because it can get competitive :) anyways +1's all around id love to see what people have to think.
Tainted Strike is pretty much just another quirky removal spell in here that can occasionally 'piggyback' onto another player's attacking fatty, but I wouldn't be adverse to taking it out, since my group doesn't run Avacyn, Angel of Hope or anything else worth worrying about that can't be sorted with a simple Murder effect. What do you think of Tribute to Hunger and Tragic Slip ? I've been getting mixed opinions.
I have a lot of comments. This is mostly cause I'm bored and think about Commander way too much.
You can buy a lot of the premium reanimation package for under 10 bucks. Reanimate is about 4 and worth every penny. Animate Dead and Necromancy are both 2-3 bucks and arguably as good as Reanimate. Beacon of Unrest is really solid too. Rise from the Grave and Dread Return so you could keep those.
There's also a few more Zombie lords. You can just google "MTG lords".
Reasons being that they cost too much mana and it's better to target than to let your opponents choose what to sacrifice. You want your deck to be quick and do as much damage as possible. Or just cheat in your creatures with Quicksilver Amulet .
Also check into Belbe's Portal . Snow swamps is what I use, they're great. Strata scythe is great with my Korlash EDH deck, looks like you've got enough mana ramp to pull it off. Might want to test it out a bit.
well then Dash Hopes
your decks not set up for it but there is Temporal Extortion
...and personally I prefer Perplex because it doubles as a tutor.
okay, well your playing black, the most suicidal of all colors, u have to pay for ur power some how. Smallpox is 100% card economy. It hits your opponent at all front for a measly 2 mana. Imagine a T2 smallpox vs ur opponent who just fetched an Overgrown Tomb and shocked it to play Deathrite Shaman . U just took out their DS, their tomb, something from their hand a poked at their life. It's a situational card but the pay off can devastate your opponent.
Also, u have 20 swamps but are running a lot of high CMC spells. I would up the mana count to 24.
Check out my Black Sacrifice deck. It runs Geth's Verdict & Tribute to Hunger. It's more casual than competitive, but still pretty cool.
Also, Consuming Vapors is a thing.
Personally I'd run Sign in Blood over read the bones. (just too slow for modern)
im still not 100% sold on Smallpox id love it if somone could explain its value in this format that fits this deck. i have a couple of Geth's Verdict s but id rather use Tribute to Hunger because it creates distance between me and my enemies life totals while killing a creature at the same time -1 life from geth could be plus 15 from tribute it all has to do with scenario of battle. but personally i like the protection more then the 1 more damage. and even if its just +1 its still the same gap in health that geth would have caused. not saying its a bad card i would love it in some sort of life drain deck with cards like Undermine and Countersquall
i was wondering if i should main board Tribute to Hunger over Cower in Fear but im not sure which is more worth it iv gone up against affinity and elves alot so cower in fear eventually just floated into mainboard but it worries me because thats not the majority of my meta that was 3 matches with 3 different players? on top of that tribute to hunger can make a game run longer even if there running a bunch of 1/1 or 0/2 or 2/2 creatures because I could slow down the beat down a little :/ i donno any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and so would +1's