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Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may have Vicious Shadows deal damage to target player equal to the number of cards in that player's hand.
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Vicious Shadows Discussion
5 days ago
Definitely Add Show
Possibly Add Show
- Forge of Heroes
- Preyseizer Dragon
- Hound of Griselbrand
- Ion Storm
- Curse of Stalked Prey
- Cyclonic Rift
- Mark of Mutiny
- Sower of Temptation
- Conquering Manticore
- Dragonlord Silumgar
- Aura Thief
- Puca's Mischief
- Infernal Tribute
- Claws of Gix
- Viscera Seer
- Ogre Slumlord
- Open the Graves
- Pawn of Ulamog
- Sifter of Skulls
- Falkenrath Noble
- Power Conduit
- Palace Familiar
- Surveilling Sprite
- Ogre Battledriver
2 weeks ago
This looks far better; we have a defined theme now and I see some more staples in (dorks). However I'd like to address few likely weak spots.
First thing that got my attention was the relatively high average cmc. This is a casual deck and higher-than-usual avg cmc is to be expected of course. But in my suggestions I'll keep in mind fostering a healthy curve and prioritize low-cmc cards.
Dragon Broodmother- this is a neat, but a very slow engine. If the deck works perfectly as intended, there are still cooler options. Plus 6cmc for such slow effect is a lot.
Ghoulcaller Gisa - again, neat but slow. At 5cmc there might be better options available to you. First similar thing that comes to mind is Open the Graves which would give you tokens more reliably (being a triggered rather than an activated ability stapled to an enchantment rather than a creature) and that doesn't have summoning sickness.
Sheoldred, Whispering One - probably the best expensive creature you have. My concern is that in order to get to 7 mana and stay alive long enough for Sheoldred to matter, you must have game in a state where, frankly, SHeoldred isn't much of a factor.
Stalking Vengeance seems awfully expensive TBH. That ceiling is something, but IMO it's too greedy.
Vicious Shadows - 7 mana to do something in case you have a removal and an opponent has significant number of cards in hand? You can comfortably throw in a blue moon somewhere in that chain of events...
Essence Harvest - goes well with the theme, but ultimately doesn't do much
Fungal Sprouting - cute, but the fact that it's useless when you're down makes it a no no in my eyes.
Now some suggestions;
Fecundity - seems like a cool way to draw extra cards
Skullclamp - in here it says ": draw 2 cards". Yes please.
Fling/Thud - these effects seem like they could/should be your bread and butter. Worst case scenario they're pw/creature removal with sac outlet. Best case scenario they are capable of taking down players.
Sidisi, Undead Vizier- tutor on a stick is usually good if you have creatures to sac. In a vacuum it's a Demonic Tutor that gives counters to Kresh. Best case scenario you have a sac outlet and get a complimentary 4/6 deathtouch to fool around with.
Smothering Abomination - draw engine on a stick. Seems good.
Birthing Pod - it kills stuff plus it tutors. And it's repeatable. What's not to like?
Evolutionary Leap - sac outlet that gets you more creatures.
2 weeks ago
Also, after looking at the decklist, while your curve is extremely low (which is great), i noticed a severe lack of ramp card in the deck, and an abundance of lands. I would think about cutting down to 34-36 lands, and replacing those cut lands with ramp spells. I personally recommend:
I would also like to recommend a few cards that would be a great fit here for your strategy:
Impact Tremors:Is a cheaper form of Purphoros. Definitely belongs here.
Warstorm Surge: See Impact Tremors
Fanatic of Mogis: A great ETB dude to help burn your foes even more.
Goblin Bombardment: a great card to use for your tokens. They etb, burn everyone, then you can sac them to burn them even more.
Vicious Shadows:Similar to Goblin Bombardment but can end games.
Rage Thrower: See Goblin Bombardment and Vicious Shadows
Flameshadow Conjuring: My absolute favorite card. It double the productivity of most of your deck and will absolutely destroy people in this deck.
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle: a no-brainer here.
Kher Keep: a good way to make a token.
Overall, cool deck idea. I hope these suggestions help!
3 weeks ago
I also really like Cauldron Dance too, especially with the built in sac and ETB triggers - let's you get 3 ETB's in one creature (first play, cauldron dance, replay) such a great value card for Kresh, and I can see it being super fun in conjunction with Deathrender, other recursion/ETB. I guess Cauldron Dance just hasn't made it into mine because of there not being quite enough, and the casting cost. I don't believe Deathrender is necessarily better than Caldron Dance because the caldron does something so unique.
I had been thinking of Warstorm Surge in a version as well. aActually I'm considering a Kresh token deck that I'll share with you if you're interested when I've got the bulk of it together, but I don't think Ghoulcaller Gisa made it onto that list and Ogre Battledriver is also a fantastic addition. Korozda Guildmage and Carrion can both get a large amount of tokens out fast with Kresh, the Carrion wouldn't work with Warstorm Surge. I'll have to review my list when I get the chance, but I feel there's 1-2 others. My other idea is continuing on with the with that theme is the Warstorm Surge and adding Purphoros, God of the Forge type mechanics. But that's a whole other focus.
Maybe Vicious Shadows could be a great addition here?, though I haven't reviewed the mana curve yet.
Rite of the Raging Storm is a fun favourite for me in Kresh.
I really like the recursion focus here. It could be quite fun and I'd like to do a built of this style at one point.
I'd be interested to hear if you have any ideas for my Mutiny & Martyr version of Kresh.
Commander / EDH
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3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Brooo if you add Vicious Shadows to this you can go OFF with your sac outlets!
1 month ago
C'mon, Wrath me brew!
Oh man! I was looking at building a token Kresh the Bloodbraided and I think this has provided me with some of the missing win-cons and synergies for interaction. Fantastic!
I agree with Heisenbrain, though many of those will be putting taking it higher than you guys are aiming for with the budget aspect. I'll definitely be including some free sacs like Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder and Bloodflow Connoisseur, maybe Bloodthrone Vampire. These will be especially good for turning Vicious Shadows into a turn 7 game ender. I've Altar of Dementia already in there as well a few other mill tactics.
Thanks for this, commandersbrew, and for the great episode with some helpful insights on removals/wraths!