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Yawgmoth's Bargain Discussion
2 months ago
You’re playing such weird and random cards that are not good...
Leyline of Anticipation is not worth running. At all. What’s the point in playing your moxen on their turn?
2 months ago
The problem with the wheel decks is that they can win a counter war in one iteration but they have to stay perfect until they pull their finisher. All the while counters are being reshuffled so they aren’t exactly being exhausted.
Daveslab2022 adding the lands definitely improves the game against Mind Funeral. My next contention is the Leyline of Anticipation decks. That’s been a key part of making my D&T list and enchantment prison list remotely competitive on the draw. Dredge already follows the ‘mull to Bazaar’ rule. Bring in Serum Powder. Could be feasible at giving the slow decks the leg up as they don’t need critical mass like the combo decks.
Peer hasn’t worked out as well as the wheel decks. I tried it with Bolas's Citadel and Yawgmoth's Bargain as well but they weren’t working out. Could need more tinkering. But I’m throwing out an idea. I’m just seeing what could be done. When I started tinkering with the notion, I wasn’t looking to make a statement but rather to pose a question. Would one deck take over the format? Or would it be such a die roll that it didn’t really matter? And do the cards exist to bend that die rule?
2 months ago
It's like having Yawgmoth's Bargain as your cmdr and that's banned too. Paying 1 life for 1 card is busted.
2 months ago
I’m a returning mtg player who played Alpha-Tempest and only recently came back to the game. I never read any of the lore or books or however else backstory or exposition was dispensed. Can someone give me the condensed version of who/what Yawgmoth is? I only recognize the name from specific cards like Yawgmoth's Will, Yawgmoth's Bargain, Priest of Yawgmoth etc.
4 months ago
dbpunk TCGPlayer won't let you list any of those cards if you try. It was not the thousands of card shops that decided to remove them, it was someone at Wizards forcing the largest hub of magic sales to pull the plug for no good reason whatsoever. You can still buy and sell cards like Yawgmoth's Bargain despite it being banned in all formats, these cards, this history, is being erased. Think back to that meme of the dog in the house that's on fire saying "this is fine", then look in the mirror please.
4 months ago
First things first, good choice! The Scarab God is an extremely fun and powerful commander, so I believe you're gonna do well in the tournament. Your decklist seems pretty solid, especially considering the budget restrictions. A couple of general advices would be to include as much mana ramp as possible as your commander's ability is very mana intensive, and as many instants as you can considering you can use the Scarab's ability at any time. This way, you'll be able to play a very interactive game. Here are a few specific considerations:
I'm not a huge fan of Bontu's Last Reckoning. I don't know if you have tested it enough, but having to basically skip two turns to have the board cleared is a terrible deal. If the better boardwipes are out of budget, you can consider Crux of Fate, Decree of Pain, Languish and Life's Finale (which has nice synergy with your commander, although it costs a bit too much mana).
Walk the Plank is also a little suboptimal, as it's sorcery speed (which is a nonbo with your commander). There are plenty of instant speed removal spells to choose from, like Cast Down, Dismember, Go for the Throat and Victim of Night.
I'm also not a fan of symmetrical draw effects like Howling Mine, because giving extra cards to your opponents is very dangerous. Maybe a more traditional draw spell would be more appropriate.
I think you are aware, but Yawgmoth's Bargain is unfortunately banned in our format.
Personally, I would include a slightly more prominent token subtheme to get the most value out of your commander's first ability. You can consider cards like Dread Summons (good for milling your opponents' creatures AND create some tokens), From Under the Floorboards (even when you are unable to cast it for its madness cost, three 2/2s for five mana is an ok deal) and Open the Graves.
Awaken the Erstwhile is amazing in this deck, as it fills every graveyard with -hopefully- creatures to copy as well as provide some 2/2s.
Every graveyard-based deck should have a decent number of free sacrifice outlets, and while I see you included some, I think you are still missing the best one for this kind of deck: Altar of Dementia. Apart from the amazing utility of being able to sacrifice a creature in response to an exile removal spell, it has the huge benefit of fueling your (or your opponents') graveyard for your commander. At some point during the game, depending on your board state, it can even become a win condition. Ashnod's Altar is another one I would include.
Considering your commander's ability is at instant speed, I would include Vedalken Orrery (if it's not our of budget) and Leyline of Anticipation to be able to play your spells on your opponents end steps, in case you didn't use the Scarab's ability.
Good luck for your tournament and keep updating this list!
4 months ago
cheffireball thanks for the suggestions! Yawgmoth's Bargain is a great card, but it costs 6 mana... and we have better things to cast for cheaper cost. Dark Ritual is sweet, but we only have 2 black cards to cast, so the mana may go to waste, since we have so many mana accelerants already. I may try Bargain however...
8 months ago
This same type of thread has been kicking around online pretty much since Thassa's Oracle was spoiled
- Lets you get ETB and LTB triggers from any creature for
- Instant Speed
- Lets you tutor for 6 different cards, or 5 different cards, or 4 different cards, or 3 different cards, or 2 different cards, or 1 card
- Able to create loops from the creatures you pull by utilizing cards like Phyrexian Delver Body Snatcher and Body Double
- Expensive to cast but easy to reanimate or cheat into play
Yeah banning either one helps a lot, but nobody plays Flash -> Rector seriously, and even if they did it isn't more or less broken than many other combos. Flash for Rector usually means you're pulling Omniscience. Since Yawgmoth's Bargain is banned in the format, you don't really have a good easy line with Rector that doesn't involve more cards in hand. If you Flash -> Omniscience, your combo is actually a 3 card combo as now you have to have an outlet card. Also consider how absurdly low quality Omniscience is outside of comboing, and how having it in your hand makes your combo brick out completely. I know people like to say this is the reason to get Flash over Hulk, but it will see 0 play if Hulk is banned and flash isn't.
Also consider the usefulness of Rector and Flash casually. Rector is a dead draw outside of combo and so is Flash. Hulk decks don't run enough ETB or LTB effects to make casually popping a flash worthwhile, same for enchantments as other outs for Rector. Also consider the commanders. Resolving Flash -> Rector doesn't do much with Thrasios + Tymna. You can't nab an enchantment to give infinite Thrasios activations and draw thru.
I think people really underestimate Hulk for some reason. Every single combo with creatures can be put in the context of flash hulk. Any new speed cards or cheat into play exacerbate the problem. Flash certainly can be problematic for future printings, but realistically Flash combos with one card in a busted way. Hulk has so many different combo options available its pretty ridiculous.