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Vraska, Relic Seeker
Planeswalker — Vraska
[+2]: Create a 2/2 black Pirate creature token with menace.
[-3]: Destroy target artifact, creature, or enchantment. Create a colorless treasure artifact token with "T, Sacrfice this artifact. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."
[-10]: Target player's life total becomes 1.
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Vraska, Relic Seeker Discussion
2 days ago
I picked Ritual of Soot over Plague Mare because against the decks where I need to wipe, my creatures have been burned down anyway. The Vraska's Contempt for Murder are a done deal, just got to pull them now. The Vraska, Relic Seeker is a good idea. I might trade one of the Vivien Reid's for her.
p.s. When you lose enough games vs a card, principles go out the window!
5 days ago
6 days ago
So in my playtesting, I have found that Ritual of Soot is the best card in the list and that Status / Statue is quite weak. So maybe trade in a copy of Status / Statue for the fourth Ritual? Also I find the Standard format to be very aggressive right now, being about 12-15% RW Aggro/Mid-range along with the Stompy decks. I have had success with 27 lands and 2-4 copies of Chemister's Insight. Also, Vraska, Relic Seeker is a perfect win-condition, I use three copies. On that same tangent as worrying about aggressive strategies, I have prioritized for my removal to hopefully be capable of answering Lyra Dawnbringer as well as Nullhide Ferox, so I am running a singleton Walk the Plank as it is low-costed enough to interact early-game and also cheap enough to manage paying the additional cost for the Ferox while being capable of killing Lyra and other legendary threats, unlike Cast Down. If you run the Black to support it, I find it fantastic.
6 days ago
i think the Walking Ballista is better than hangerback in here.
Have you thought about Thought Scour to help fuel your graveyard for Grim Flayer and Tasigur.
Liliana, the Last Hope is good in the side if you have any.
More board-wipes in the side think would be good since your going control.
Surgical Extraction would be good in the side
Traverse the Ulvenwald really good if you go more into your graveyard since you have Grim Flayers
Vraska, Relic Seeker is a good walker you may like
6 days ago
6 days ago
Hey, mono black midrange has many good cards for post rotation. I suggest Ravenous Chupacabra, Plaguecrafter, Doom Whisperer and The Eldest Reborn. These are four powerful cards for a midrange strategy. You already have 4x Contempt and Isareth which is great. Two drop options that can give you value are Dusk Legion Zealot and Seekers' Squire. Dead Weight and Cast Down are good early game creature removal. Find / Finality is a good card for recursion. Find can be cast with only black mana and recurring any two creatures from your graveyard for two mana is value.
Current black midrange decks in Standard are turning toward Golgari instead of mono black because recursion can be much better with Golgari. Overgrown Tomb and Woodland Cemetery, green gives lots of good options that mono black can't provide mostly both sides of Find / Finality, Golgari Findbroker, Assassin's Trophy, Vraska, Relic Seeker, but also Wildgrowth Walker with the explore creatures (Merfolk Branchwalker, Jadelight Ranger, Seekers' Squire).
1 week ago
Hey, consider midrange instead of aggro if you want to utilize the graveyard with Golgari? I suggest midrange instead of aggro to build around four cards with synergy: Find / Finality, Golgari Findbroker, The Eldest Reborn, Ravenous Chupacabra (in control matchups swap out for Plaguecrafter). I think if you want to play aggro with Golgari than play Green Stompy splashing black: Llanowar, Collector, Thorn, Harpooner, Champion, Ferox and Ghalta.
The midrange graveyard Golgari engines are Find/Findbroker and Findbroker/Reborn. These engines can get back creatures(s) or with Findbroker any permanent. Find can recur Findbroker. Reborn can reanimate Findbroker which then lets you recur Reborn. Findbroker can recur Reborn. Ravenous in this case becomes a very powerful creature removal spell because it's a creature, you can keep recurring it. Like Ravenous you can use other utility creatures and keep recurring them: Plaguecrafter, Thrashing Brontodon/Reclamation Sage, Plague Mare, District Guide/Elvish Rejuvenator, Deathgorge Scavenger, Burglar Rat, Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, etc. Most of these can be in the sideboard and the recursion makes these very good sideboard creatures. The same can be said for good permanents that Findbroker can recur: Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Vraska, Relic Seeker, Field of Ruin (also good with Glowspore).
Using cards that you're already playing here: Branchwalker, Jadelight, Glowspore and Vraska to put creatures and permanents into your graveyard and then use Find/Findbroker/Isareth/Reborn to get them back. Doom Whisperer or Underrealm Lich can be the finisher who can also put cards into your graveyard or who can be recurred with Find/Findbroker/Reborn. Whisperer is better than Lich, but much more expensive price if that matters.
Here's an example:
- 4x Glowspore
- 3x Branchwalker
- 4x Jadelight
- 3x Guide or Rejuvenator
- 2x Isareth
- 4x Ravenous
- 3x Findbroker
- 2x Whisperer or Lich
- 1x Izoni
- 2x Vraska Queen
- 4x Find
- 3x Trophy
Good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
Hey, rather than removing Supplier which is a good enabler for Troll instead remove Collector? The combination of creatures here is not the best with Collector. The explore creatures ETB with only 2 power only then do they explore and maybe get a +1/+1 counter. When they die they will have higher power which will help to grow Collector, but you shouldn't count on a growing Collector only by your creatures dying as this is too slow. Troll upkeep cost has anti-synergy with Collector other than having 4 power when it ETB which will grow Collector, but after that you're going to be most likely discarding creatures from your hand with Troll not casting them to grow Collector.
4x Llanowar, 4x Supplier, 4x Glowspore Shaman and 4x Troll. These cards give you good consistency of playing Troll early game as well as having more chances of creature fuel in your graveyard to power Troll. As you know you can use Troll's activated ability to discard a creature while its upkeep trigger is on the stack (as long as you have a creature in hand and two mana), but I think to consistently be able to pay Troll's upkeep cost you want both directions: cards that put creatures into the graveyard as well as creatures in your hand. I don't think counting on having creatures in your hand as the only way to pay it's cost is good enough. Branchwalker and Jadelight is not enough ways to potentially get creatures into your graveyard to fuel Troll.
Discarding creatures from your hand however just to then exile them to power Troll is in my opinion too much disadvantage if Troll dies. That's the problem with Troll if you successfully exile/discard enough creatures over a course of turns and Troll lives then it'll win you the game, but the more likely scenario is after discarding and exiling a few creatures your opponent will kill Troll as a result you're left with none to little hand and none to less creatures in the graveyard to interact with. This makes Troll too risky (a trap) in my opinion for tournament play.
At tournament level I don't think Troll is the better option for graveyard strategies simply because he takes away creatures from your graveyard which is card disadvantage and anti-undergrowth. Instead of exiling creatures to grow Troll I think getting back creatures from your graveyard is more beneficial. Golgari Findbroker and Find / Finality are card advantage with your graveyard; essentially making your graveyard another library to choose from and that's powerful.
These two cards are amazing with Doom Whisperer. He can fuel the graveyard/help to filter for or be recurred with either. Find and Findbroker also have good interaction with Vraska, Golgari Queen getting the creature or permanent back that you saced with her +2. Findbroker can recur Vraska. Find can recur Findbroker which just continues the cycle of taking advantage of creatures/permanents in your graveyard. Graveyard strategies that take advantage or can recover from Ritual of Soot I think are better than ones that don't. Wiping the board and then being able to recur your creatures while your opponent can't gives you a huge advantage.
Consider this example with Troll (combining the two graveyard strategies):
- 4 Whisperer
- 3 Findbroker
- 4 Troll
- 4 Glowspore
- 2 Izoni
- 4 Llanowar
- 2 Ravenous
- 4 Supplier
- 2 Vraska Queen
- 4 Trophy
- 3 Find / Finality
- 9 Forest
- 4 Overgrown Tomb
- 7 Swamp
- 4 Woodland Cemetery
Good sideboard creatures for a strategy like this are: Plaguecrafter, Reclamation Sage or Thrashing Brontodon, more Ravenous, Plague Mare, Deathgorge Scavenger, Midnight Reaper and Kitesail Freebooter.
Good luck with your deck.