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Volrath's Stronghold Discussion
2 hours ago
Personally I think Pongify and Rapid Hybridization are excellent removal spells along with Reality Shift. Nature's Claim and Seal of Primordium are also pretty nice. Pact of Negation is also an incredibly effective counter spell.
Also Blighted Agent + Cranial Plating + Lightning Greaves would probably be an obnoxious way to take out opponents. I'd throw in Volrath's Stronghold if it starts scaring your opponents into removing it.
Interesting enough you have a Kiora's Follower If you equip it with Illusionist's Bracers it will generate you infinite mana of any color since it can untap a land and itself as many time as you like. Throw in a Staff of Domination or a Helix Pinnacle and you win the game.
Another way to generate infinite mana would also be Selvala, Heart of the Wilds + Umbral Mantle which would also make herself bigger giving you more and more mana. You can then use all that mana to infinitely pump all your other creatures with Umbral Mantle as well or use that mana for Helix Pinnacle or Staff of Domination.
Another combo would Geralf's Messenger + Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar which you can sacrifice twice to get 4 mana, reanimate with the mantle and repeat with each death causing your opponents to lose life.
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4 days ago
Arkheid - thanks for your suggestions!
Re Fungus Sliver, it grows my Slivers which is handy. I may end up cutting it. Dormant Sliver is tactics. I need to keep a hand so I can keep playing and Dormant Sliver offers me the chance to build a hand - I can easily sacrifice it when the time to attack comes!
Metallic Sliver I can see why it should be cut - I simply liked the idea of a generic mana giving me a huge creature!
I do think I will cut Leeching Sliver although it can get around damage prevention which is nice.
I am not fond of Mirror Entity. Many tribal decks locally have used it before and it gets insta-hated.
4 days ago
My first thought is that I'd drop all the lands that ETB tapped for no benefit. Temple of Malice, Bojuka Bog, Canyon Slough get a pass. Along with cards like Rocky Tar Pit and even Terramorphic Expanse/Evolving Wilds. When you're a mana hungry control deck, you can't afford to take turns off because your lands aren't untapped.
Illusionist's Bracers is totally worth taking a look at. You have several powerful vampires that would only be better with a double use of their abilities. Not to mention your commander. Always worth it.
Patriarch's Bidding might be worth looking at if you're not in a tribal heavy meta.
How about cards like Call the Bloodline and Stensia Masquerade to get some more utility for your vampires. Also, with Call, you can slowly stockpile your yard to get a huge swath of creatures with a mass rez, while defending yourself. Would also benefit to look at Skullclamp if you decide to go that route.
Enchantments will wreck you. Chaos Warp might be worth it to get past pesky ones that are locking you down. Red will give you all the artifact destruction you need, and I love Rakdos Charm for this and other flexibility.
Aggravated Assault seems weird in a more control oriented deck. It might be best to figure out if you want to go all in on attacking or build your vampires up over attrition...which reminds me Attrition, Grave Pact/Dictate of Erebos are super strong. Vampiric Rites can also help trigger the Pact/Dictate and get you some cards off your vampires/tokens.
Your deck is overwhelmingly black, so you can't go wrong with Jet Medallion, Ascendant Evincar or other cards that focus on the benefit to playing a single color. Like running Hero's Downfall over Dreadbore instant speed is going to be so much better, unless you decide to run Vedalken Orrery.
Okay, that's a lot of stuff, so I'll cap it off there. One last thing though, and this is kind of pricey so I get why this might not be in your deck: Volrath's Stronghold. It works great with Vampire Nocturnus by being able to chunk a dead vamp on top to get the boost when you don't have it naturally. Mortuary Mire can work in a pinch, but you only get one shot at it.
6 days ago
Reminder that it just says that counters can't be placed on players & permanents.
Counters that are already there will stay on.
In other words this has to come down early to have any real effect. I'm sure Meren and others can function with just 4-ish counters.
There's also Mirage Mirror, which has a lot of weird potential. Off the top of my head:
- Copies Cabal Coffers or Deserted Temple.
- Copies an opponent's Gaea's Cradle, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Serra's Sanctum, Volrath's Stronghold, or Academy Ruins.
- Copies Mana Vault, Grim Monolith, or Basalt Monolith, and then is itself again by the time your untap rolls around.
- If you have enough mana you can stack its copy effect to have it turn first into one thing, then another.
- You could even keep switching forever if you had infinite colorless already.
Not sure what I'd use it in, but it sure is neat.
1 week ago
Volrath's Stronghold? All of the Combo Payoffs with Infinite Landfall Triggers are creatures so I'm thinking the ability to get them or other creatures back would be useful, especially on a land. Also it keeps you from milling if it comes to that.
1 week ago
Needs fetchlands, at least the on-color ones (Arid Mesa, Marsh Flats, etc.) and Hall of the Bandit Lord. High Market and Volrath's Stronghold are good utility. Ancient Tomb is an upgrade from Temple of the False God. Baffled by the lack of both Sol Ring and Strip Mine, which are EDH staples.
Sword of Feast and Famine and Aggravated Assault can create an infinite loop that flat out ends the game. Waves of Aggression and Aurelia, the Warleader produce the same effect albeit on a non-infinite scale.
My list if you're looking to see how you might put everything together/what you might end up cutting.
2 weeks ago
About Paradox Engine its fcking awsome but you cant relay only that. Seedborn Muse isnt a sliver too, Thats why I play the Vizier of the Menagerie, has great sinergy with Descendants' Path and Sensei's Divining Top also if u add the Volrath's Stronghold has another sinergy