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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
2 days ago
3 weeks ago
I like this deck! +1 from me. Vicious Shadows seems interesting, but can whiff if that player lacks cards in hand. Sarkhan Vol or Vraska, Relic Seeker are 2 cards that will help your deck. Jarad's Orders is another suggested cut, because the deck doesn't care about filling the graveyard. Consider Phyrexian Arena or Golgari Findbroker . In my Prossh deck, I have Gatecreeper Vine because I needed something for 2 mana.
1 month ago
You should consider Rite of Replication . If you kick it, you can spawn 5 more Reaper Kings which will all trigger each other before they die to the legend rule, giving you a ton of free vindicates.
Combo that with some sort of mass death trigger like Vicious Shadows and you have a game ending depending on the board state.
I'd also recommend looking at some land ramp and some card draw. Definitely important to have in any deck.
1 month ago
Though our colors and budgets are a bit different, I might recommend you look at my Home alone deck, which features a similar strategy using Thantis, the Warweaver instead of War's Toll . My deck is a bit different; it's based less on not being attacked, but on forcing people to attack you and then punishing them for it; but the general ideas are the same.
Of immediate note to me is Vicious Shadows . People tend to see this card and read "when a creature an opponent control dies, that creatures controller takes damage equal to the number of cards in their hand." But it's not that. It's any creature, and it's target player. With a card out like war's toll, you should have some options.
Stuffy Doll is a really fun card to look at, and like vicious shadows, it gives you some political power. Watch people attack you with a single creature, knowing you'll block it and hurt a mutual foe. It also pairs really well with red murder spells Blasphemous Act and Star of Extinction . I'm noticing you don't really have board wipe spells here; those two and also the white Wrath of God are good choices.
Archetype of Finality gives every creature you have death-touch, making every blocker you have extremely capable.
Blood Reckoning is a good for making people not want to attack you.
Grave Betrayal is very, very good.
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is a creature that is incredibly good.
1 month ago
2 months 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 months 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 months 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!
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