- Have Mikaeus the Unhallowed and Triskelion out.
- Remove all but one +1/+1 counters from Triskelion to deal that much damage to target opponent.
- Remove the last +1/+1 counter to deal the last point of damage to Triskelion, killing it.
- Triskelion undies.
- Repeat from step 2 for infinite damage.
4 months ago
5 months ago
or the classic Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion
8 months ago
Lord0fHam Regarding your 1st question, there are two more combo finishers besides Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion . They are listed in the Maybeboard ( Repay in Kind + Lich or Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood + Soul Spike ). Although these combos are not graveyard based per se, they are very mana intensive and Skirge Familiar is pretty much mandatory to execute them. The Main combo line requires Skirge Familiar to be revived with Dread Return so it's hard to avoid being graveyard dependent. I think Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion is the most resilient of the combos since multiple cards can execute the combo in case you get countered ( Ever After , Living Death , or even Twilight's Call ).
Regarding you second question the deck doesn't have a good way to protect itself from being interrupted (due to being mono black and having the 4cmc+ condition). That being said, there are two scenarios
-Interruption before Belz's ETB: simply ramp until 8 and try again...
-Interruption after Belz's ETB: Discarding Dread provides you multiple chances to revive the duo in the following turns. Basically you can attempt a win one per turn for the following 2 turns (sometimes even more because Ever After goes to the top of your library if it resolves..) More details are given at the end of the "combo" section of the primer.
11 months ago
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed doesn't combo off with Walking Ballista . Mikaeus, the Unhallowed has a static ability that gives Walking Ballista a +1/+1. So you're better off running Triskelion . It's a combo called "Mike and Trike".
However, Walking Ballista is a mana sink so if you have infinite mana it's another way to win
1 year ago
There is a lot here. It is not that I think your deck is bad, just some options. Rakdos is my favorite guild and I have been considering a Rakdos deck for a while now.
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion combo is pretty good in this deck. Both cards help a lot on their own, Triskelion is colorless so you can potentially cast him for free on top of being able to trigger damage to cast Rakdos. Mikaeus can help recur you Eldrazi. If you do 6 damage in a turn ( 1 swing with you commander ) you can cast the combo for 3 black.
If you don't want to combo. You still may want to pick up more targeted clear. Bedevil and Unlicensed Disintegration . Kaervek's Purge is potentially another good one if a player is buffing their creatures.
Illicit Auction can generate a ton of value, either stealing good creature or getting an opponent to spend a lot of life.
You may also want to throw in a Burnished Hart . You can potentially use it as a turn 2/3 creature to get a swing in turn 3/4 to allow Rakdos cast. It also has the added benefit of potentially being cast for free.
Neheb, the Eternal also has some good synergy considering you have several X cost spells.
I forget the names but there are several lands that do damage upon entering.
Mogis doesn't especially synergize with the deck as his damage is during other players turns and you have so much colorless it will be difficult to get him to 7. ( Commander + Mogis does get 6 though )
Ramp: Maybe replace some of your lands with ramp. Tutors/Draw: I would try to squeeze in 2/3 more tutors and 2/3 more draw cards. Behold the Beyond can cause scoops if used on a turn where you have done ~10 damage. And 10 damage isn't too much in this deck.
A lot of this also depends on your play group.
1 year ago
For three main reasons. Mikaeus is just so useful outside the combo; two card instead of three; not reliant upon having cards in your library.
1 year ago
I feel like you can move away the board wipes and substitute with cards like Innocent Blood , Virtus's Maneuver , Dictate of Erebos / Grave Pact , Fleshbag Marauder / Plaguecrafter / Merciless Executioner
Personally I don't like PW. I think they're way to fragile against three / four other people playing against me.
One thing that always traps people is "any ramp is good" but in reality turn 1/2/3 ramps makes the difference so it's better to use cards like signets, Mind Stone , Charcoal Diamond , Moss Diamond , Star Compass . Personally, Semblance Anvil is doing god's work for me.
But overall I like your list and your mentality avoiding the boring Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion combo.
Glissa is an awesome cmd but Black and Green doesn't have a lot of cool interactions with artifacts like Blue and Red.
I'm posting my list soon so stay tunned if you want to dig anything xd.