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This second edition in my Perfection series of standard budget decks, combines the cipher and extort mechanics to exude constant pressure on the opponent. Extorting will serve as the main win condition for this deck, and I believe will be sustainable and reliable in competitive Standard MTG.
For those of you who have seen my first Perfection deck, Perfection of Milling, it was far from perfect when I first built it. It is not yet perfect, nor will it ever be, but it is competitive, even against some of the top decks out there. This deck is in same position, and will rely on your comments to become competitive. With that said, as always,
All suggestions, comments, and +1's are welcome!
The following changes have been made following the release of Dragon's Maze. They will be in the form "old card ---> new card"
Due to a lack of performance (and many people have advocated for this), I've decided to drop Crypt Ghast for the time being.
In its place, I have added Dark Favor . I am open to other suggestions though.
Due to inconsistencies and troubles in playtesting, I have made the following changes:
Following discussions in other decks, I'm looking to replace Drogskol Reaver and Cyclonic Rift . The Reaver costs way too much to ever hit the table, and the Rift never gets overloaded, making it useless as well. I was thinking of either some ramp, or Mentor of the Meek (which tempest has urged me to add for a while). I'm open to any suggestions!
@ hamiam -- Thank you for the feature, I really appreciate it! Do you have any suggestions regarding what I've mentioned above? If you ever want me to check out a deck or anything, let me know!
i would say that the pontiff should be a 3 of. you don't have a lot of extort creatures. this guy also has a power of 2 for Mentor of the Meek and a high toughness to block a good amount of the creatures in standard instead of taking a beating to keep your extort creatures alive. and there are always games when you get mana flooded...
@ reawkwian -- Linking cards using double brackets drastically helps when giving suggestions. Search Warrant is a little slow, and I usually have enough lifegian through extortion. I think I will be adding Mentor of the Meek for some draw, and Supreme Verdict wound hurt more than help in a creature heavy deck like this one.
@ Tempest -- I wonder where you got those guidlines :P Pontiff of Blight would definitely go in as a three of, but he does cost 6. I had a lot of trouble casting the Reaver and overloading the RIft, so I'm not inclined to add another high CMC card. I was thinking of adding 3 Mentor of the Meek s and maybe a fourth Lingering Souls ?
@ Tempest -- I think I might up him to 3, 4 seems a little excessive but I very well could be wrong. Ajani is also nice, but I'll only acquire him in paper if I get a good deal. Anything thoughts on smoothing the curve out even more? And what's your opinion on Thrull Parasite ?
@ ThEdUnCeCaP -- Being a budget player doesn't necessarily mean that every card is a cheap dollar rare. It just means, at least in my opinion, that you cap yourself on a price limit for each deck you make. Whatever fits in my $50 budget for standard decks is fair game.
@ Tempest -- Was curious to why you didn't mention that - I'll make the change.
Wanted to stop by and say that you've done an amazing job with this deck. It's an incredibly fun deck and I love it so much I thought I would try to get some suggestions from you on how to improve it, if the budget wasn't so tight. Any obvious things that come to mind other than dual lands? Thanks a lot and keep up the amazing work!
@ Gullo -- Thanks! I honestly don't think there's anything this deck needs that's more expensive. Tamiyo and her emblem could be helpful with extorting, and Geist of Saint Traft is a low-CMC game finisher. Neither of these are necessities and they aren't cards I wish I had room in the budget for, but I'm sure they could help.
What about Twilight Drover , Treasury Thrull and Way of the Thief or Holy Mantle ? Or adding Nightveil Specter ? Just tossing around ideas, I haven't had a chance to play with this setup, but those are some cards that seem possible at first glance... I would definitely have Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts in mine though...
@ Tempest -- Agreed, but what to remove?
@ xWickedxOne -- Teysa isn't bad, but I've just removed another 7 CMC card from the deck because it never got played. I think the only things that I'll be adding are more 1-drops and/or another cipher card (although there aren't really any good ones aside from Hands of Binding ).
Just my thoughts anyways...
First, thank you for putting in the effort to help me with this deck! I really do appreciate it.
As far as one drops go, I think I'm most likely to include Dutiful Thrull or Doomed Traveler . Three of them sounds good, and dropping one Kingpin's Pet sounds good. I don't want to drop any Hands of Binding because it's extremely helpful in the games I play with this deck, and because this deck was originally support to combine extort and cipher; HoB is the only card left in the deck with cipher.
What do you guys think?
Why Dutiful Thrull over Doomed Traveler ? I was play testing and without mana ramp, it's hard to decide whether to use the mana for mentor of the meek, extort, or regen. Regen would help you keep it alive so you could use HoB on it, but the extra token triggers mentor and doesn't require and mana. It's like either paying one black mana to keep the creature alive, or one of any (blue since its not in extort) to draw a card and still get another 1/1.
|Date added||8 months|
|Last updated||5 months|
|Legal formats||Commander / EDH, Extended, Legacy, Modern, Standard, Vintage|
|Top rank||#4 on 2013-03-24|