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Finally added a sideboard. Tossed in two copies of Increasing Savagery for games that tend to drag on, and two more Sever the Bloodline'' to counter decks that don't have many cheap spells (thinking big control here). Against control, I'd probably SB in 2x Sever and 2x Savagery in place of 3x Abrupt Decay and 1x Rancor .
Desecration Demon was included for a few matchups. It's again ideal against control, and would replace the Primordial Hydra s there; I love the Hydra, but control can take care of the Hydra too easily. The Demon, meanwhile, has better odds of getting a big swing off or at least taking out a couple chumps for me. The Demon is particularly nasty against midrange decks (particularly jund, that wants to rely on Bonfire of the Damned , which would have a harder time putting away a 6-toughness creature).
Crushing Vines is included to counter decks with heavy focus on fliers (especially if they're using something like Rakdos), but also to nuke artifacts. The big concern here is Grafdigger's Cage , which can flub up this deck's plan pretty significantly. Abrupt Decay hits those decks pretty hard, but the Vines certainly help. I also put another copy of Abrupt Decay into the SB for this same reason. Against something like Delver or a really aggro deck featuring fliers (so, nine times out of ten, Delver), I'd side in three Crushing Vines in place of 1x Increasing Savagery and 2x Sever the Bloodline . If I thought I needed it, I'd also throw in the fourth Abrupt Decay in place of a Rancor.
Finally, Deathrite Shaman is good against a couple of matchups. It hurts anything heavy on Snapcaster mages, which means it also targets Delver, it does well in matchups against other decks using the grave, it provides extra damage and extra life, and it's just a generally amazing multitool. If I want a little more consistency against decks that can pump out damage pretty fast, I'll probably swap this guy in for the Gravecrawler (they're great, but not being able to block sucks).
@Long_Con: I originally considered going with some undying creatures, like you did, but I found the synergy between Scavenge and Undying was undesirable (or, rather, the lack of synergy was). Champion of Lambholt was a strong contender, but it got edged out by the Hydra (which can in this deck be played as a 3-drop with few problems).
@SquidMonk3y: I'll try and take a look
I have definitely been considering the Hydra since realizing the potential with the Menace!
Only playtesting will tell... I also have a couple of other Golgari builds, with a hint of blue in them. Lotleth Gravebeats and Ruinator-Troll. Both of them employ Lotleth Troll in ways that I found don't synergize with Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord .
SquidMonk3y: Proliferate is entirely rotating out, unfortunately! OR else I'd be building an card:Azor's Elocutors deck reeeeeeal fast!! (Still might!)
Gravecrawler -2, Dreg Mangler +2, possibly? I run a similar deck, called Counters gonna Count, and I used to have Gravecrawler s in it, but I took them out because they were underperforming. Dreg Mangler works way better. I also took out Lotleth Troll , but I think it works okay for this deck.
The only other thing I would reccomend is Increasing Savagery , it works awesome in my deck and has won me many games. Good luck, and good job!
Necropolis Regent is also way above this deck's curve, and as Long_Con pointed out, too black-intensive. It's actually meant to be played as a pretty fast aggro; what attracted me to the design is that Scavenge and Primordial Hydra give it legs for the long game that most aggro decks don't have access to.
Lotleth Troll is key in the deck. It has amazing synergy with Slitherhead, Grave Crawler, and (obviously, given the deck's theme) Corpsejack Menace.
I decided not to go with Undying creatures because of the anti-synergy with Scavenge and Lotleth Troll. Young Wolf was in an early version of the deck, but I find Gravecrawler outperforms it by far.
I am thinking of going 3-2 on Abrupt Decay/Sever the Bloodline. Bloodline, actually, is turning out to be a real trump card in playtesting. I considered Murder but the flashback on sever and the ability to nuke tokens is winning me over.
I considered Blessings of Nature, but ultimately decided that I needed it less than Increasing Savagery ; when I want to put more counters on my creatures, scavenge works fantastically, as well (which is why there's only the one Savagery in the basic deck set-up).
Hunger of the Howlpack was nice but I couldn't justify dropping anything for it; I find Rancor , in general, is much more reliable and gets the damage out sooner (yes, Hunger has great synergy with Corpsejack, but I don't want the deck to be good half the time and only great when Corpsejack shows up).
Champion of Lambholt was actually another really strong contender, and in the end it was a competition between it and Dreg Mangler . The Mangler won out for its haste and its long-term viability with scavenge.
@dorksied: Don't forget that the Mangler has Scavenge, which is huge. Think of each Mangler as having a mini-Increasing Savagery stapled to them. The Champion feels like it's slower than this deck wants.
@MattGgator: The rings are cool, but unless I'm vastly underestimating them they're probably too slow for standard.
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