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The basic mechanic of this deck is to leave your opponent empty handed. This works for basic card advantage as well as triggering Shrieking Affliction .
Looking for any suggestions or advise regarding Standard viability.
+2x Desecration Demon+2x Liliana of the Veil- 2x Vexing Devil
Added some sideboard.
looks to me like vexing devil lost his ways and ended up in the wrong deck... (if he belongs in any)
correct me if im wrong,... but your plan is to keep yourself alive for long enough, so Shrieking Affliction and perhaps a miracle can finish them off, right?
now what happens when we drop vexing early,...
T1: you cast vexing,.. our enemy makes you sac it,...
EnemyT1: he cast random beater.
your gameplan is to make the enemy short on cards, but your right now in a position where he is doing the pressure... the removal you are using in this deck are all removal that trade 1 card for another, so you have no way to get ahead again... the next time you throw another spell that dont add to the board state, your just gonna make him pressure you even further....
i would add cards like Damnation or Flames of the Firebrand atleast you have a chance to get back into the race that way, cuz it might not seem like it, but this strategy is actualy trying to race,.. and im sry to say, but delvers are faster...
I'd take out Mental Agony . It's really slow.
I'd drop Hellion Crucible . It's simply not competitive enough for even a casual FNM. It's 9 mana and -1 land to give you a 4/4 haste.
You need more win-conditions to win with once your opponent is top-decking crap. Desecration Demon is okay, but it can simply be tapped down each turn until your opponent comes up with something like Oblivion Ring to permanently remove it.
Honestly, I'd use Auger Spree over Ultimate Price . For one more mana, you're killing 90% of the creatures you'll be running into in Standard, including Multicolored creatures. Also, Auger Spree kills creatures that could otherwise regenerate.
With how few creatures you're playing I'd say reduce the red a bit for some more swamps and 4 mutilate. They are an excellent way to stop aggro decks and wipe your opponent's board without really doing any damage to yourself (who cares if the rats die and odds are the demon will live through it- even better if your opponents looses all or most of their creatures). I'd be tempted to say drop red all together. Black has better removal and with so few creatures I feel like that's where all your burn will go anyway.
To be honest if you were going to splash any color I'd say green, deathrite shaman would love to be in this deck and could help if your opponent was playing a lot of flashback/ gravecrawlers/ scavange guys. You could also use treasured find to get your old spells back our reclaim anything you had to pitch for Liliana.
I agree with hooody about skullrend. Also I'd run gravecrawlers- they're beast and I found in playtesting your deck that there would be times where both the opponent and I would be out of cards and w/o shrieking affliction and maybe a rat/Liliana in play that nobody was winning that game anytime soon. Maybe swap the rats for black cats and run 4 gravecrawlers- who also don't mind being discarded to Liliana. I'd say
-4 ravenous rats-3 thunderous wrath-2 rakdos' return (it's pretty bad)
+4 black cat+4 gravecrawler+1 Liliana of the veil