Very well built deck, I like it a lot. Thanks for taking the time to check out my standard deck at the moment, and I like the criticism. I'll certainly add timely's into the sideboard, and I'll attempt to figure out what to take out for the Doomed Traveler .
Onto your deck though. It seems like you have anticipated every deck list and I have played against a few variants of this deck, mostly the U/B one with images. I do have to say that I like the way this one plays. Falkenrath Aristocrat seems cool in my book because its likely they will do whatever they need to in order to block the 4 coming in, you sac a creature making it indestructable, and you now dealt them at least 2 life lost from Blood Artist . This build is very balanced, however I can't be sure how much I really like the Diregraf Ghoul . It has been played against me so many times, and I never see it as a threat, more of a turn 1 Gravecrawler pylon. This deck seems like you need to use the bandaid strategy in regards to Blood Artist , rip it off as quick as possible, and it might hurt initially but in the long run its wayyy less painful than drawing it out as long as possible and just get it over with lol. Its the same with card:Geralf's Messenger, once you come to the realization it is going to do this much damage to me regardless, its better to have 5 life lost now than after two turns of it swinging as a 3/2 and scrambling to figure out what to do with it. +1 from me, and good luck!
July 6, 2012 5:46 a.m.
Because Falkenrath Aristocrat does the same thing, only she does it better.
July 11, 2012 2:07 a.m.
I'd highly suggest adding either Distress (or Duress when m13 comes out) as it is pretty much the only way Rakdos can effectively deal with enchantments, some of which can be a real pain, such as Oblivion Ring , Intangible Virtue , card:Curse of Death's Hold (and if you are my deck, card:Druids' Repository).
Torch Fiend while fitting in your deck given blood artist, torch fiend can be a risk as it's ability can be responded to at instant speed with a Gut Shot , Tragic Slip , etc. Given the fact that it is sideboarded, you are only going to make room for it in your 60 if you really need it, to perhaps stop Sword of War and Peace going on a Invisible Stalker or a Lashwrithe going on a Phyrexian Obliterator . Distress in duress would help here too, but perhaps Manic Vandal would be a better way to go (unless you are randomly facing Torpor Orb ). Manic vandal doesn't work with blood artist as well I suppose, but being human, it actually would make your falkenrath aristocrat bigger.
A card that would be extremely fun for the sideboard: Act of Aggression . Unlike most "gain control of target creature" sources, this one operates at instant speed, so you can steal that Phyrexian Obliterator and use it as a blocker, then just sack it with falkenwrath aristocrat, that's pretty much an auto scoop from any opponent haha! Or go ahead and steal that elesh norn that has put a stop to your fun, attack with it, then equip mortarpod and sac it.
It really wouldn't hurt to put some form of hard removal like Doom Blade for safety purposes. Thankfully tragic slip has a much higher chance of killing big creatures in this deck than others, but even still... it makes me feel vulnerable playing black without one or two guaranteed kill spells.
On the off chance you aren't aware of the interaction between phyrexian metamorph and geralf's messenger. When The metamorph copies an undying creature and subsequently dies, it comes back with a +1/+1 counter but it is no longer the undying creature, so you can copy whatever is on the board now. Which means it's ok to copy the messenger in the early game, then when something more juicy comes out, simply sac it and copy the new thing
July 11, 2012 5:29 a.m.
I like the deck a lot
I play 4 color pod and i think it would be an interresting match up because i have lots of answers and acces to some life gain.. i d be interrested to build a deck like yours but wonder how it would do against other pods... we are 3 pod player out of 15 person... 2 friends are also playing miracle deck with terminus... that could also be problematic depending on the draw... zombies are faster in this case and they don t gain life so i guess it s quite possible to win often...
How does the deck go against those
Speaking of pods... do u think this deck is better than the zombie pod list floating around... i m also considering this one but it would feel less original and i m trying to get away from my pod obsession
July 11, 2012 8:48 a.m.
What about card:Geth's Verdict? It's very good against saint of asshole in Delver decks. Especially with a tragic slip combo.
July 14, 2012 11:49 a.m.
I considered it, but it's not worth the spot. I'm not always going to corner the one creature I need it to kill and Geist of Saint Traft never scared me. He is too slow, and it means delver tapped out, giving me a chance to cast spells freely, which will cost them.
July 14, 2012 8:34 p.m.
@ Honey Badger:
1) Duress isn't in there because there aren't any enchantments that scare me. Even card:Curse of Death's Hold doesn't phase me, seeing as at that point the control player's life total should be within card:Geralf's Messenger/Brimstone Volley range. Distress costs too much. I don't want to waste a turn casting it (I play Despise turns 2-4) Wurmcoil Engine and Vorapede are the two cards I am the most afraid of.
2) I agree and disagree about Torch Fiend . He is an experiment. Like I said, I want to lower my opponent's life total as quickly and effectively as possible. A hand full of Smelt doesn't do that. With the fiend I can get two power if I need it, or a morbid trigger, OR an artifact killspell. The double red for play-sac is annoying though, and it may not pull through when I need it. I might try Manic Vandal , as that does have a little synergy with the Falkenrath Aristocrat s.
4) I already added Act of Aggression x2 to my physical deck's SB, and updated this list. I noticed how cute that card was too.
5) I have never had a problem with the morbid trigger from Tragic Slip, and this deck has seen 4 20-or-so person local tournaments.
July 14, 2012 8:43 p.m.
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|Date added||4 years|
|Last updated||4 years|
This deck is not Standard legal.Highlight illegal cards
|Illegal cards||Mortarpod, Phyrexian Metamorph, Blackcleave Cliffs, Fume Spitter|
|Folders||Tier 1, Me Likee, Favorites|
|Top rank||#13 on 2012-07-11|