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Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Vinelasher Kudzu.
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Vinelasher Kudzu Discussion
3 weeks ago
Nice, simple idea for modern. I think the secret to running budget black decks are a lot of hand disruption and a stable manabase. If you can find some of the more budget b/g lands, that will help. Llanowar Wastes, that sort of thing. Scythe Leopard, Gatecreeper Vine and Liliana's Elite are likely to underperform compared to some other dirt-cheap options.
General advice- go heavy on one colour so that you can pack your deck with cards of that colour then leave the other for later in the game, where you can afford to be paying mana with lands that come into play tapped.
This means either early game black (hand/board disruption) or early game green (Elves of Deep Shadow/Sakura-Tribe Elder). What you choose to focus on can then inform the cmc and gamplan for the rest of your cards. Either way, lots of 1 and 2 drops will help you survive.
I'll start with disruption options- Vendetta, Victim of Night, Smother, Geth's Verdict Bile Blight etc for creature removal, Duress, Black Cat, Ravenous Rats, Rotting Rats, Nezumi Bone-Reader and Thoughtpicker Witch for hand disrution are all solid choices that match your game plan.
Interesting or efficient creature options Rot Shambler/Mortician Beetle (growing threats), Zulaport Cutthroat/Blood Artist (lifedrain and victory without attacks with a sacrifice outlet), Dross Harvester (bolt and path resistance), Ogre Slumlord for rat tribal combo , Pawn of Ulamog/Sifter of Skulls for more tokens, Quirion Dryad/Vinelasher Kudzu for growing threats Bloodthrone Vampire/Indulgent Aristocrat/Carrier Thrall for vamp tribal, Nest Invader for more token/ramp, Boneyard Wurm/Satyr Wayfinder/Graveblade Marauder/Nighthowler/Splinterfright/Gnarlwood Dryad are all fairly functional for a more graveyard-reliant setup, and Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a cheap and functional manland.
Sideboard options Elvish Eulogist(in an elf heavy list) Elvish Hexhunter Vampire Hexmage Bottle Gnomes Dryad Militant Delirium Skeins etc. There is a lot out there in these colours.If a lot of cards are ending up in the graveyard as the game draws out, spells like Hooting Mandrills, Gurmag Angler or Become Immense start becoming more valuable.
The question is always going to be what is my opponents plan, and how do I stop that- are my opponents playing Rest in Peace or smilar to deal with graveyard shenanigans, will they kill me before I kill them as every card in their deck is effectively Lightning Bolt, or will they be able to Remand all my spells while they hit me with Delver of Secrets Flip. Things that disrupt their plan are usually good, especially when they help your plan.
There are a lot of cards to much around with and play- I'd reccomend testing online before going hunting for things specific, focus on a single strategy when picking cards and if you choose to go less-budget, focus on lands first. Reliably casting spells is the core of the game.
1 month ago
60 cards mainboard. You play the best 60 cards for the strategy you have chosen, anything more means that you are bringing less than the best cards, and you are less likely to draw your very best cards. Reduce deck size to 60, it is always better.
Variance is not-so-great. If you bring a lot of 1- or 2-ofs, you have a hard time relying on drawing the same cards often, and thereby also winning through the better synergies of cards. Pick what you consider your best cards, and make sure you play 4 of them.
modern has certain stables, and you have to build your deck with respect for that. Lightning Bolt is a very real thing. So is Path to Exile and Fatal Push. On the other hand, counterspells isn't a common problem. Discard spells like Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are to be expected. Fetchlands are common, and enables 3-colored decks. Considering this: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/format-staples/modern you can more or less form an idea of what you are going to run into.
Fast modern decks have you dead by turn 4. You need to have a plan for how to avoid this. You also need to plan for combo decks, that win out of the blue also in turn 4. And for decks that makes games go long, and win by 2-for-1'ing you over and over.
sorry about this, but there are very few cards in your deck that would be worth anything in any actual modern meta. Why bother with Cast into Darkness, when you could have Doom Blade (for budget), Fatal Push or Abrupt Decay? Why so many Netcaster Spider - is that the creature you want to draw in every game?
Perhaps there is a deck, that could be built around landfall, and include Scute Mob and Vinelasher Kudzu. If you hope to make anything like that, you need ramp (to play more than none land each turn) and multiple copies of the cards you want to play with this concept.
You have quite a few creatures that cost 4 or more mana. 4 is a turning point in modern - cards that cost 4 should be able to turn the game around on the spot (like Supreme Verdict or Cryptic Command). How many of your 4+ cmc cards can you say that about?
1 month ago
Hi, Vine Trellis is probably my suggestion, as its an almost flat improvement. If you have the multicolour fixing mainboard, Flamekin Harbinger could help fetch avenger, alongside a single mountain to cast it from terramorphic. It could also fetch Bloodbriar, should you chose to use it. Draw in green is tricky- if you were running more Vinelasher Kudzu I'd suggest Inspiring Call, but with pure ramp cards like Edge of Autumn, Explore, Elvish Visionary, Manamorphose, Rites of Flourishing, Snakeform or Harmonize are likely to perform better. Genesis Wave is an archetype unto itself, Howling Mine/Temple Bell have obvoius drawbacks. Tower of Fortunes might work if you can power it, but will be tricky to do so.
All that said Traverse the Ulvenwald with Flamekin Harbinger and a mountain is probs the best choice- you'll have lands in the graveyard to trigger the two of them and they're lower converted cost than anything else, while Traverse the Ulvenwald is really cheap right now as standard is rotating.
1 month ago
Thanks for the Advice!
I usually play casual with my friends and family, so i do not have a lot of competitive experience.
But, as you mentioned, i have noticed that i have a pretty slow deck and its sometimes hard to overcome this difference in Tempo, as you call it.
The reason i have Sylvan Scrying in my deck is to get a Evolving Wilds in my hand for sweet 2 landfall triggers in 1 turn type of tricks, because i think it is a non-basic land card, therefore i am unable to tutor for one with Rampant Growth.
Also Vinelasher Kudzu looks really fun to play in this kind of deck.
I will try to get ahold of some cards you recommended to speed up my deck and hopefully keep winning while having fun! :)
1 month ago
I like this deck, but i feel like the card's you mana ramp to don't make the most of the land you have there are a lot of card's i would recommend to do this Khalni Heart Expedition is a great card for mana ramping 2 lands for 2 mana sign me up, Ulvenwald Hydra a creature with power and toughness equal to your land's with reach and let's you fetch another land, Akoum Hellkite let's you burn your opponents by simply bringing in land's, Avenger of Zendikar give's you creature's equal to the number of lands you control and pump them by bringing in land's, Bear Umbra pump's a creature and let's you untap all your land's, Dragonmaster Outcast Once you have 6 or more land's you get a 5/5 with flying each turn, Jolrael, Empress of Beasts once you get a lot of lands, animate them and finish your opponents off, Keeper of Progenitus let's your lands tap for double mana only problem is if your opponent is running red, green or white they could also get the benefit, Liege of the Tangle 1 card to animate all your land's as 8/8's this card is amazing, Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip let's you fetch a forest and then when it flip's can give you more card draw's, make a creature, or animate a bunch of land's, Nissa, Vital Force her +1 is to animate a land and her ultimate let's you draw card every time you bring in a land, Nissa, Worldwaker one of her +1's is to animate a land permanently, the other one is to untap 4 forest's and her ultimate let's you get EVERY land in your deck and animate all of them, Primeval Titan a 6/6 trampler that let's you fetch land's and not just basic land's either, Rampaging Baloths A landfall ability to get 4/4's, Scute Mob a one drop that once you get five lands get's 4 +1+1 counter's every turn, Sylvan Advocate a two drop with vigilance that once you get 6 lands get's +2+2 and does the same for all animated land's, Undergrowth Champion a landfall ability that give's this guy +1+1 and if he would take damage he just loses one of those counters, Vinelasher Kudzu if you get this guy out early he will be huge by the end of the game, Zendikar's Roil Every time you get a land you get a 2/2 good, for overflowing your opponent
1 month ago
Hey, there! To add more consistency to your deck, I'd recommend running fewer 1- and 2-ofs, and more 3- and 4-ofs. Stronger mana fixing is also recommended. I'd make the following changes:
- -2 Scourge of Skola Vale
- -1 Polukranos, World Eater
- -1 Death's Presence
- -1 Bow of Nylea
- -1 Inspiring Call
- -1 Genesis Hydra
- -1 Rampaging Baloths
- -1 Tuskguard Captain
- -2 Sylvan Ranger
- -1 Gyre Sage
- -1 Hydra Broodmaster
- -1 Heroes' Bane
- -2 Swamp
- -2 Forest
- +1 Scute Mob
- +3 Experiment One
- +3 Vinelasher Kudzu
- +2 Deadbridge Goliath
- +2 Renegade Krasis
- +3 Mistcutter Hydra
- +4 Jungle Hollow
2 months ago
Vinelasher Kudzu could be cut? just a big beater with no evasion
City of Solitude is another dosan
if you add putrid imp, maybe add a eldrazi titan so you can't mill out, maybe swap with the feldon's cane
Skirge Familiar is great! back up bloom and draws you card with the frog
2 months ago
I have to main things I think this list could improve on.
The first thing is the lack of ramp and the second thing is the lack of a seriously good early game. And i think there are some cards that can solve one of these problems and some cards that can even solve both. Gyre Sage ramps a lot in a deck relying on heavy-hitters and can sometimes even get in itself and Shaman of Forgotten Ways pushes out your 7-drops on turn 4 while providing a one-card-lategame-kill.
Cards like Managorger Hydra and Primordial Hydra can come out on turn 3 and are serious threats just a short time later. Anafenza, the Foremost hates on some of your opponents while also riding in along the assault. Vinelasher Kudzu can even hit the battlefield on turn 2. In addition to these cards I would just throw in Tainted Strike, Rubblehulk, Temur Battle Rage and Grafted Exoskeleton to end games quicker.
These would be my suggestions to start to make the deck more of a real threat to the other players before they really can start to deploy their gameplan. :) I hope they are of some use to you. :)