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Return target creature card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to play.
Cycling (2) ((2), Discard this card: Draw a card.)
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4 days ago
Trtl - Apprentice lets you ramp into Razaketh, while Priest is a free creature.
Gigi - First, Deathmark is probably a meta card, so that can come out for Priest. Codex Shredder seems too mana intensive to be relevant and can be replaced with Sacrifice. Animate Dead and Dance of the Dead were probably meant to reanimate Sidisi, so they can be replaced with Unearth (to get a cheap creature to tutor again) and Bob.
1 week ago
1 month ago
Sidisi works really well with Brain Freeze, Mulch, Buried Alive, Corpse Connoisseur and Fact or Fiction. More mass reanimation like Patriarch's Bidding, Zombie Apocalypse and Balthor the Defiled would be fantastic, as well as cheap ones like Reanimate, Animate Dead, Unearth or Endless Obedience.
Since your deck is very proactive and therefore often needs a lot of mana on its own turn, 3cmc counters with small upsides like Dissolve and Scatter to the Winds seem weak here. Cheaper ones like Swan Song, Stubborn Denial, Arcane Denial, Delay or Counterspell are much better, since you can more easily keep the mana open to cast them once it matters.
Naturalize is a solid card, but with all the tokens you generate, Sundering Vitae should usually be the same effect for 0-1 mana.
1 month ago
Personally I have always loved zoo because of kird ape, so the archetype has a special place in my heart. Though with that being said, I've found that builds like this rely too heavily on hitting nylea's presence specifically to turn on domain, and without the presence a lot of draws for me lack a certain "umph". With the access to a swamp I've found that running 2-3Unearth really give the deck staying power for the games where you're just trying to hold on long enough to draw the presence.
1 month ago
This looks like a lot of fun, great to see these blasts from the past get used! One card that you might consider for ramp is Thran Turbine, could give you a free cycle each turn. As for lower CMC creatures, some that I think could be useful are Cryptbreaker, Stoic Champion, Ruthless Sniper, Cho-Arrim Alchemist, Pack Rat, Skirk Ridge Exhumer, Undertaker, and Devout Witness, since they get a different kind of value out of discards than cycling. Similarly, Key to the City and Smuggler's Copter can allow you to use discards for different kinds of value.
As far as other cards related to cycling go, did you consider Ash Barrens, Gilded Light, Stir the Sands, Unearth, Radiant's Judgment, Street Wraith, Viscera Dragger, and Pitiless Vizier? I'm not sure if those fit in perfectly, but they might be worth considering.
If you wanted to make all players discard but have you benefit more from it, you might consider cards like Oppression and Necrogen Mists. I also think Library of Leng is worth looking at, but it might not fit your strategy.
Do you think getting Hellbent is something you are looking to do with this deck? If the former, maybe something like Gibbering Descent, Asylum Visitor, Dark Suspicions, Grim Strider, or Hollowborn Barghest could be interesting. In either case, some card draw like Phyrexian Arena could be very useful.
Also, watch out for Stabilizer!
1 month ago
Just FYI, there are various Formats in MTG you can play. Standard, Modern, Legacy, Vintage, Casual, etc.
Standard is limited to only newer cards, Modern allows cards going all the way back to 8th Edition (July 28, 2003), and most other formats allow cards from any printing, barring banned ones.
Presumably you're playing casually (correct me if I'm wrong), and you have your deck flagged as Standard at the moment, and it contains a couple of cards that are not legal in Standard (because they're too old).
If you are playing casually, there's loads of good cheap cards you can get your hands on. Hymn to Tourach can be found in the $0.60 range and it's incredibly powerful in casual play.
Also a real quick rules note:
If she uses Act of Treason on your Nightmare, while it is under her control it will have power and toughness based on the number of Swamps she controls, not the number you do. So unless she's also running Swamps, that shouldn't be an issue at all.
she takes my cards and turns them against me using act of treason....i had my nightmare at 7/7 And she beat me to death with it
None of these are "must have" cards, but they're all inexpensive (<$2 each), and can be incredible in the right deck in casual play.
1 month ago
I'm curious exactly what you like with black here. Gets you a mediocre exalted effect and a mediocre unblockable dude, but I think blue is just a much better fit, as it gets you more and better unblockable guys, as well as better exalted, and can let you dig for more creatures.
Now on to replacements for Mind Rot and Doom Blade. And I forgot to mention, Duress is good, but you probably don't want to be running more than one or two in the mainboard, as it can be a completely dead card in certain matchups. Snuff Out is a potential option that can be cheated out for a big life swing. I also like Chainer's Edict because it's very good against Bogles decks, but it does struggle against stuff like aristocrats or stompy, really anything that has Young Wolf. Hideous End, Grasp of Darkness, or Victim of Night are all options here as well.
Past removal, there are some utility cards that could be good here. Unearth is great cause everything's low CMC. Night's Whisper or Read the Bones can stop you from running out of steam lategame. Maybe you could just run some solid creatures as well, Chittering Rats provides some sweet disruption and has a fine body. I'd look to cut your Guardians of Akrasa as well, as the card is pretty bad. I think you'd be better off with another solid creature rather than running one just because it says exalted on it.
1 month ago
Nice deck build.