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Savra, Queen of the Golgari EDH deck.
Built in real life and it works swimmingly. Reminder to self to add some cards: Disturbed Burial , Corpse Dance , Carrion Call , Corrupted Harvester , Dross Hopper , Flesh Allergy , Fume Spitter , Putrefax and Slice in Twain , Sylvok Lifestaff , and to get the Grave Pact back: Dowsing Shaman , Nature's Spiral , Reclaim or Restock , and Rofellos's Gift .
Each card has some synergy with Savra by either making creatures, sacrificing creatures, or bringing back the creatures you sacrificed.
Blood Speaker is a good creature to tutor. Not only is he a black creature that can sacrifice itself, but he can get your Demon of Death's Gate , which can sacrifice 3 creatures to come in early. With Savra in play - that means each opponent is going to sacrifice a LOT of creatures.
The one thing I wasn't able to get into this deck was the ability to toss a big creature in the graveyard for some reanimation. Since I'm running Dread Return and Zombify , I thought it would be great to have a Terastodon in the yard by turn 4, but cards that discard don't seem to fit in the deck. The only close swap I could have done would be to take out Malevolent Awakening and replace it with Tortured Existence , but you lose the sacrifice aspect, which the deck relies on. Since the deck needs a creature to sacrifice AND a sac outlet, I have to accept the fact that reanimation is for another deck.
Please comment if you have ideas, and as always, include what you would take OUT to put your suggestions in, which as we know is the difficult part.
Well, since EDH is basically a battle of resources and attrition, I'd stock up some more value cards. Cards that advance your board and give you some additional advantage. Like Deadwood Treefolk , which happens to combine pretty well with cards like Gleancrawler , or a Eternal Witness /Hag Hedge-Mage type of card. In addition, I noticed that tutors are extremely good in EDH. So stock up on those. Play cards like Night Dealings and revel in just how great that card is in EDH, especially if you happen to play it with the Beacon of Unrest . Also, you may want to play some cards that disrupt your opponents in other ways than creatures. It never hurted me to be playing some discard, even if it is a lowly Thrull Surgeon
Anyway, that's just general advice, more specific advice would be to add more targets for the bloodspeaker, like Xathrid Demon , or Kuro, Pitlord (which is great if you have 40 life to spend), or card:Kyoki, Sanity's Eclipse if you add some more spirits/arcane. And of course Nameless Inversion and other changelings in your colors. Otherwise, he's not worth the mana you're paying for him, and you might as well swap him out for a Diabolic Tutor .
I'd also cut the the Darkest Hour , because it is pretty bad with all the nonblack removal you're running. You're always going to better off to cut it for the must have EDH cards like a card:Nevinyrral's Disk. And with all those sweet lands you're playing, you may want to consider playing non-basic land search(Reap and Sow ...and cut one forest for Yavimaya Hollow . Other than that, it looks pretty fun to play...There's not too many cards in it that get outclassed in the long game either.
Looking good looking good...
Darkest Hour is there because I sometimes found myself with an Ant Queen or Mycoloth producing large amounts of tokens...but they are green. They do not trigger Savra's Grave Pact ability, which is the theme of the deck and which eliminates all of everyone's creatures. If the time is right, I play it. If one of my removal engines is online and Darkest Hour would disrupt it, I wait until it's a better time because the Savra engine is the best removal of all - especially for Eldrazi and Indestructible creatures.
Last night while playing this deck I found a wonderful little combo - Doomgape on the board, and I sacrifice Lord of Extinction to gain 20 or so life, then also during the upkeep use card:Volrath's Stronghold to put the Lord of Extinction back on top of my library, then draw it and play it again. Each turn I gain life equal to the number of cards in all graveyards (which is a lot), while also using Savra's Gravepact ability (for free since the creature is green AND black). It was pretty nice until someone cast Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker , took Lord of Extinction and everyone ganged up on me. It was a lot of fun though. I did notice that the deck cannot destroy lands, except with Ghost Quarter . I think I should put more LD in here because Maze of Ith and The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale were causing me attacking problems.
I will also add Yavimaya Hollow . What a great card.