Polishing Animar and Karador

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Posted on Jan. 9, 2019, 4:14 p.m. by TheGreatGastly

I'm currently trying to fine-tune a couple of decks that I've been working on. These things are my babies, and I've gotten to the point where I feel like I've got all the cards I need... I just need to figure out which ones are essential, and which ones are holing me back.

Karador- I'm not really wanting to go full-on combo with this deck right now. I'm hoping for a more interactive, splashy build using cards like Yosei and Kokusho. I find that it does move pretty slow, and I would like to be generating better card advantage. If I happen into a Reveillark combo, that's okay. But no Boonweaver.

Animar- This deck works really well sometimes, and not at all other times. I'm going for the standard Animar strategy of abusing ETBs and dropping fatties. I want this thing streamlined and fast.

I'm not looking to spend a lot more money at this point. Cards listed in my Maybeboard are cards I currently own, and I would prefer add suggestions from there. I know I can upgrade my lands, add those good black tutors to Karador, and give Animar a few more Eldrazi Titans, but I really don't have the budget for it.

bushido_man96 says... #2

For Karador: consider adding Fecundity, Viscera Seer, and Vampiric Rites for more card draw. I think Ramunap Excavator could go, because I don't see how it helps you all that much, but please explain to me if it does. I think you could cut Twilight Prophet, too. I can see how it would be useful, but all can see how it doesn't add much to what you want to do. You could maybe cut Animate Dead, Dread Return, and Unburial Rites as well. If you want to keep them, then I'd consider running more reanimate cards instead of just those three. Otherwise, just let Karador handle that part of the deck. Tortured Existence is another card to consider to help with Karador synergy.

For Animar: Consider more creature ramp, adding mana dorks like Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, etc to ramp out quicker. Zendikar Resurgent could be helpful, as well as Lifecrafter's Bestiary (for both decks). Also consider adding the Signets to help with mana ramp and fixing. I'd drop Hardened Scales. It would be a great card if you had a +1/+1 counter focus, but you don't appear to have that, so it must just be there for Animar, and you can't really tutor for it, and really isn't necessary for your deck to do what you want.

Hope that helps some.

January 10, 2019 9:46 p.m.

ThaneGarrus says... #3

I think this Karador primer is just what you're looking for, I really like how its constructed to be interactive and grindy but also have the option of comboing off if you're facing a rough board state or hyper competitive players at your lgs

Black in karador really gives you access to the best creature based sac outlets that synergise well and can be easily tutored for. Hence you should definitely fit in Viscera Seer

January 11, 2019 4:32 a.m.

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January 11, 2019 7:21 a.m.

ennidencher says... #5

January 11, 2019 7:31 a.m.

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