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Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.
17 Swamps is definitely a bit low, even in aggro, and this deck delves more into midrange. I would increase it to around 20-22.
The first thing I would do is to make those cards that are important in the deck 3-4 copies of. Singletons mean that you aren't likely to draw a card at all, and you're not running tutors, so you need multiple copies of cards.
Looking at the deck, it seems like in general your strategy is life gain/loss, although there are some cards that don't really fit that theme.
If that's what you're going for, I would strongly consider increasing Blood Seeker and Vampire Nighthawk to 3-4 copies each. Blood Artist might be another card to consider playing. I would also run maybe 2x Crypt Ghast and 4x Thrull Parasite , I think. Extort would serve you very well in a deck like this.
Your removal cards need a bit of work. If you can get them, Hero's Downfall is awesome. Otherwise, I would increase the numbers of Murder . Dismember would be wicked with this deck. I would remove Shadow Slice , Vile Rebirth , Wring Flesh , Aspect of Gorgon , and Stab Wound .
I hope that helps!
Thanks for the tips! shadow63 I agree I should get tokens or something to sac with hour of need, although at the moment I push the board with a bunch of little creatures that I sac anyways.
skeletonlegion, Master of Waves is definitely a possibility, but at 4 mana and without good devotion for him in the deck, I'm not sure if it is worth it. Definitely with a right tweek I could see two being used maindeck. As far as the other suggestions, I don't think that Runner's Bane and Agoraphobia go with the way I want this deck to play. Remember this is supposed to be similar to mono-black aggro, but with access to Hour of Need to overwhelm to finish the game. lastly, Vile Rebirth plays well in this strategy, but the fact that it could be a potentially dead card makes me not want to play it.
Thanks so much for the suggestions, I'll be looking around for the sac outlets!
yes if your plan is just use your creatures and turn them into 4/4 tokens using Hour of Need , then you will want to get rid of the real expensive creatures that will just take up mana. You can use this mana to use control spells such as Runner's Bane and Agoraphobia . Use other token spawns such asMaster of Waves and Vile Rebirth to give you more creatures, which you can use to sacrifice into the 4/4 flyers. hope this helps!
Dredge in PDH is a valiant effort, indeed. I think you'd be better off with Nyx Weaver from Journey Into Nyx as your commander, though. Free milling on a 2/3 with Reach and the ability to reclaim a card seems like a direct upgrade.
I also think a few of your card choices seem a bit weird. The following in particular seem a tad underwhelming or like you searched for the word "graveyard" and included them just because:
Arachnus Web , Dead Weight , Stab Wound , Asphyxiate , Aerial Predation - This is a sad removal suite if you're boasting black. Consider direct upgrades in the form of Doom Blade , Terror , Diabolic Edict , Pestilence , Crypt Rats , or Evincar's Justice
Baleful Eidolon - I think you lack threats in this deck, not kill potential. While I think Deathtouch is quite potent against voltron-style decks, a lot of them will be in a hurry to give their commander evasion.
Just my two cents. I think board wipes like Evincar's, Crypt Rats, and Pestilence are perfect for your deck. Crush the board, then invite your creatures back onto the field for another go-around.
Best of luck!
Love it :)
Maybe add a Vile Rebirth ? I really like it. You target the other players graveyard, during their turn and after only the attackers have been declared. It's a surprise ambush zombie and for only 1 mana : )
Maybe 1 exta Korlash, Heir to Blackblade ? With one Korlash in play your Lord of the Undead can keep return the other one from your graveyard to your hand, each turn you can discard it again. 2 mana for 2 Swamps.
Some general advice: Always try to get some information out of the games you play. Watch your mana balance, you will soon notice, what you're lacking of. Watch your mana curve, try to get the right mix of cheap, mid-cost and expensive creatures, so you have possibilities in every part of the game.
Think of your goals. Basically, there are two types of decks: The first is quick and deadly and kills your opponent fast enough to prevent him from reacting. The second type controls your opponent, keeps him low until you have the spells you need to win. What type is your deck going to be?
Always stick to your goals, but don't be a slave to your theme. If something doesn't work out, don't hesitate to break your theme a little.
The problem with your little lifelink guys is, that they are too weak and can be blocked easily, so they won't get you the life you need. Mind Rot and Vile Rebirth is nice but uneffective when you play so few of them. Drop Cremate for more of them and more discard, that will also help you to make your Avatar cheaper. I'd also drop Honor of the Pure for you have only five creatures that would interact with it and even then the would only be 2/2.
I'd definitely go more for a classic black discard/destruction deck, because most of your funny spells in this deck are black. Then you can also play Sorin and Nighthowler.
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