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This is my first attempt at creating a standard mono-black deck. It is built around Phyrexian Obliterator (a favorite of mine) and Phylactery Lich (too interesting to leave out). The deck features lots of artifacts which I believe compliment both its namesake, and the Lich admirably.
So far it has proven to be quite versatile and loads of fun to play.
I would like to find a way to get an extra land on the field before turn 4 and could use some advice on how to maximize my sideboard options.
Any and all input is greatly appreciated.
I really like the idea of adding Lashwrithe but as with so many other awesome additions, I'm having trouble deciding what gets cut to make room. Any suggestions?
Sphere of the Suns is a great idea. I'm going to try to find a good way to slide that in, although, another 4-of would probably mean cutting more of the equipment which have really been necessary for me to maintain late-game power.
Ring of Xathrid is a nice card but ultimately the +1/ +1 it gives each turn is really just too slow to be significant in a deck where I have so many power equips already. As to the regeneration it allows, I just don't think I'd need it very often. The Lich is indestructible and destroy effects really don't seem to threaten the Obliterators too frequently. Once in a while I see a Day of Judgment or a card:Life's Finale but between Nim Deathmantle and Diabolic Tutor , I find myself recovering very quickly, especially when I have a Lich out.
The only thing i could think of adding or possibly even side boarding is Tragic Slip . Tragic slip and card:Geth's Verdict make a pretty good combo since tragic slip is not damage, its -x/-x and Geth's verdict lets them pick their own creature, but then gives you morbid... Not to mention Geth's verdict is something i would almost run main deck instead of doom blade. It deals with hexproof, pro black, and anything else they might do to keep their one strongest creature alive.
pappasmurf91, the hexproof given by the Swiftfoot Boots goes a long way to protect against Oblivion Ring s, Vapor Snag s and other such annoyances. Before the addition of the Swiftfoot Boots, I only had 5 cards which really guarded against W/U, which may seem like enough but it simply wasn't. Swiftfoot Boots gives me another solid layer of armor for my otherwise very vulnerable heavy-hitters. Nothing brings this deck to its knees like bouncing a triple-equipped Phyrexian Obliterator back to my hand. The strict mana-curve and complete lack of ramp doesn't often allow for speedy recoveries when facing a loaded battlefield.I will try to get Sorin Markov in as a 1-of after this coming FNM. I want to see what I end up using the most with this week's current changes.
Sphere of the Suns compliments Phylactery Lich nicely, and lets you ramp into Obliterator. Lashwrithe seems like a solid fit, and you should try using Essence Harvest in tandem with your fatties.... the life-swing is tremendous, and is killer when combined with Lashwrithe . The Planeswalker: Liliana of the Dark Realms thins your deck of additional swamps (paving the way for quality draws) and guarantees a land-drop every turn. The Swiftfoot Boots are great in this deck letting you swing with hasted fatties, and protect them from removal while providing a cheap artifact for the Lich. Have you ever considered Rusted Relic ? It's just another cheap Juzam Djinn with little drawback considering the heavy artifact count,,
Just posted a couple final changes before I lock this thing in for the coming FNM.
Slid a single Lashwrithe in to see how it fares. I don't like that it costs as much as a Phyrexian Obliterator however, if it performs well, I already have a 2-of picked out for it. It has been by far the most recommended artifact and I'm anxious to see how it fits.
Shuffled some sideboard around so now i will main-deck one each of my mythic swords. Having all 3 to choose from off a tutor is fantastic and they all look great in an opening hand.
Let me know what you think of the new list.