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Tribute to Hunger
Target opponent sacrifices a creature. You gain life equal to that creature's toughness.
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Tribute to Hunger Discussion
2 months ago
I notice that you're running 20 lands. It's not much. Whenever you have to use Smallpox you will be throwing one of those lands away. I think that's bad, lands are precious to red/black (without access to Dark Ritual, Seething Song and all the other mana spike spells that produced 2 more mana than they costed)
Either you run something like Wayfarer's Bauble to compensate,
Or you can try and find better modern-legal forced sacrifice spells. I'll name some you could choose from:
Geth's Verdict as you see no disadvantges for you like you have on poxy. And it's instant. You can even disrupt their attacks in their turn.
Cruel Edict the basic version, a sorcery.
Consuming Vapors (extremely potent thanks to the free rebound in the following turn. Plus you can use some life gain.)
Tribute to Hunger similar to the above but instant
To the Slaughter is new to me but seems devastating. Instant
There's a bunch of others (for example Hit from Hit/Run (that burns),) you just have to explore a card search engine with "sacrifices a" "color:black or :Black+red" and "legality: modern"
2 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions! Against Bogles I feel like Tribute to Hunger is good because they'll be buffing their guy enough that the lifegain will make a difference, however I see how it would be good against Elves. As for the discard I am having trouble on finding what to take out, as I like the deck how it is. Maybe take out Remand and/or Gitaxian Probe but then I'd lose card advantage. Maybe Dismember as I've yet to see it work in the deck yet... As of now though I do not have the money for Inquisition of Kozilek or Thoughtseize, as I am leaning more towards aggro than control faeries I still cannot deny the versatility of these discard cards.
4 months ago
Looks like a pretty good deck! Allies are a lot of fun. You might want to try Isolated Chapel instead of some of the basic lands. Oath of Gideon is a great card for putting down ally tokens as well as helping planeswalkers and costs less to cast than Allied Reinforcements. If you want to drop some ally tokens on an opponents turn to gain some life before combat damage, Join the Ranks is just like Allied Reinforcements except it is an instant. For removal I'd suggest Path to Exile and Tribute to Hunger. Path to Exile is a great one drop instant that removes creatures even if they have "indestructible" and Tribute to Hunger is great for getting around "hexproof" and "protection" as well as gaining you some life. In an ally deck you don't really want your creatures to die at all if you can help it so I don't think that Bone Splinters is a great choice for this deck. You might also want to try out some one drop creatures for early damage. Hada Freeblade is great for this because he can swing for damage early in the game as well as grow to be very strong over time. Nice deck overall!
5 months ago
Some suggestions for Modern- Infect and Bogles are very good at playing around targeted removal, especially when it's 3 CMC. To get around this, you may want to sideboard or even mainboard a few sacrifice effects. Good ones include Gatekeeper of Malakir, Tribute to Hunger, Geth's Verdict, and (budget permitting) Liliana of the Veil. Cool deck
5 months ago
Feast of Blood (dependent)
6 months ago
Like the tribal vamps. I got a similar list I play casual legacy with, but not nearly as refined as this! I missed the sacrifice sync and I think I'll order a set of Tribute to Hungers and a couple Anowon, the Ruin Sages. Really sweet brew and thanks for the unintended suggestion :D +1
PS. Though I suggest Drana, Liberator of Malakir. It's pretty crazy with my LGC vampires!
6 months ago
Much more concise, and the win con is much clearer and more attainable. The deck definitely has more consistency. Just a few suggestions, and at this point its more down to personal taste and how streamlined and optimized you want the deck to be, since you already have an attainable win con.
Bloodline Keeper Flip is a great card and can be what is called a "good stuff" card, or a card that can be good on its own. However, it only really shines in a Vampire tribal, where you have a lot of vampires to benefit from its flipped form Lord of Lineage Flip. That being said, it could provide an additional threat and maybe alt win con for the deck.
Wall of Limbs is okay, but its mana ability costs way to much for you to be able to consistently use it. It is a good defensive option for you though. There are a lot of different cards you could add in, but they kind of depend on what route you want to take the deck in.
I'd also suggest adding some removal like Doom Blade or Murder, just to deal with threats. Additionally there are cards like Tribute to Hunger and Tendrils of Corruption that are less reliable removal but give you life.
6 months ago
I love Sanguine Bond so I'm going to take a crack at helping out this deck.
I'm assuming you're new to Magic and don't have access to a ton of cards, so I'll keep it pretty budget, even though there are a TON of cards that could benefit this deck longterm if you really like it and want to make it competitive, such as Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor like Triton suggested. Also try to establish a format you're playing in. If its casual, that's fine, it just helps out knowing what cards you can work with when building and advising on a deck.
First the basics, the deck is kind of all over the place. You have a lot of cards that don't assist the win con, or what you're main strategy for the deck is, which is using Sanguine Bond to deal damage or going infinite with Sanguine Bond+Exquisite Blood. So cull the herd, cards like Duty-Bound Dead don't contribute to your win condition at all, and should be replaced with something that can benefit the deck more.
Creatures:I'd say go for the lifelink route, as it will trigger Sanguine Bond and also help sustain you longer, which is essential in this type of deck while you are setting up your combo. You already have some creatures such as Insatiable Harpy, but there is a ton of cheaper and all around better creatures that can do it better. Vampire Nighthawk Def. this guy, run 4x. He is value for days.Child of Night Classic Monoblack creatureMourning Thrull Not explicitly lifelink, but the same effectDivinity of Pride is excellent in a lifegain deck, and could potentially be an alt win con
Spells:You need to run more then 1 copy of Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood if you want to have any hope of getting those cards out consistently, and consistency is the hallmark of a good MTG deck. So run several copies, maybe not 4 of each unless you are REALLY committed to the combo, I'd suggest 3 Sanguine Bond and 2 Exquisite Blood, and then add from there if you still have trouble getting them out.You can Tutor for them with Diabolic Tutor, a budget Vampiric Tutor or Demonic Tutor.
Also, I'd run more dedicated removal. Doom Blade, Murder, Flesh to Dust are all great mono black removal and budget friendly.Tribute to Hunger can be good for this deck, but is much more situational. Tendrils of Corruption and Exsanguinate both have the potential to be devastating.
Ditch cards like Banewasp Affliction, Molting Snakeskin. They don't add much to the deck. Essence Feed is just way to expensive for its effect. Swap out Golden Urn, Demon's Horn, and Staff of the Death Magus for more Whip of Erebos, or add in Chalice of Life Flip or Elixir of Immortality.
-Unless you're really set on Liliana of the Dark Realms, she doesn't add much to the deck.
- Also, run 24 lands, maybe 23 if you can consistently get out the Bonds, but they are both 5 cmc, so you're Average CMC cost is high. This means you need the land to be able to play them. You could run some non basic lands such as Ghost Quarter to help thin the deck, or something like Radiant Fountain to give you that much more life, but don't run too many of these. And if budget isn't a concern... well there are ton of pricey lands that could really speed up the deck.
One more note, and that is the Mono Black deck. This deck can really benefit from splashing White. Like really benefit. White has so many options available for lifegain its ridiculous.
You can check out my Vampire tribal Sanguine Bond deck here if you wanted to see something like that:
And there are a lot of other more competitive versions of this deck that could really assist you should you want to up this into higher territory.
Wow I wrote a lot, but Black/White is my favorite color combo and was the first deck I ever made, so it holds a special place to me. Hope that I helped, and don't hesitate to ask any questions!