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Any suggestions on streamlining or the biggest threats to the deck that aren't Boros aggro (I think I've got that mostly covered just with the Crusaders) would be fantastically appreciated. Sideboard suggestions also are very helpful. Thank you in advance!
I would recommend dropping the Phyrexian Vatmother for a playset of Hand of the Praetors . It will boost all your creatures' power and also make a way for non-combat damage. Also, cards like Ratchet Bomb , Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon , Wurmcoil Engine (for life-gain), or any much needed kill spell can all be searched up by Diabolic Tutor , that single card allows you to run several 1-ofs (of said cards listed above) and grab them whenever needed.
And I'm not a fan of Duress unless people at your meta run non-creature decks, I believe Despise is much better. That and Mutilate is good, but I'd rather prefer card:Black Sun's Zenith if your budget allows.
It can be very good, I just think it needs a touch of work still.
When it comes to Phyrexian Vatmother vs. Hand of the Praetors I like both but I rarely have more that two creatures on the board unless they have no way of withstanding me. The direct Poison counter passing is nice and I'll give it a shot.
Between Duress and Despise I honestly picked off of a 'saw it first' basis and figured I'd go back later. The only time I can see Duress being more of an upside is if they have Mana Leak or a Sword which is pretty common. There have been plenty of times, though, where they have a hand that looks like 'Delver, Phatasmal Image, Phantasmal Image, Augur of Bolas' and I don't get to do anything.
The main problem I've had with Diabolic Tutor is that they will frequently let me cast it and then counter my other card which is approaching a 3-1 just based off of time spent and mana invested to get there. I may give it another shot though. I'll probably give card:Black Sun's Zenith another go around. I went with Mutilate because of its fixed cost but that likely won't be an issue.
Thanks for the suggestions, very much appreciated!
Oh, and one more thing I mentioned is that Hand of the Praetors is a zombie so If you get a few Cavern of Souls they can't try to counter any of your main creatures. I just noticed the Mimic Vat which in my opinion, has OUTSTANDING synergy with Hand of the Praetors .
It's a good deck and I think it'll perform, it's just a matter of what your meta looks like.
|Date added||1 year|
|Last updated||1 year|
|Legal formats||Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Commander / EDH, Modern|
|Illegal cards||Black Sun's Zenith , Despise , Hand of the Praetors , Go for the Throat , Phyrexian Vatmother , Necropede , Inkmoth Nexus , Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon , Phyrexian Crusader , Ratchet Bomb , Dismember , Mimic Vat|