Help building a Bloodbriar deck

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Posted on July 14, 2018, 9:55 p.m. by Daarkest

I want to put together a Bloodbriar-based deck and I need help. What cards would work very well?

shadow63 says... #2

July 14, 2018 10:16 p.m.

EDedan says... #3

Nantuko Husk , Blood Bairn, Costly Plunder, Bloodflow Connoisseur Bloodthrone Vampire, Bone Splinters, Innocent Blood aka all of Golgari Aristocrats themed deck bcause synergy

July 15, 2018 12:12 p.m.

Gattison says... #4

Hey, you look familiar! =P

I've been obsessed with Brian for a couple months now, lol. The most important thing I learned in all my testing though, was this: don't mix cards that sac themselves (like Mogg Fanatic) with cards that need you to sac something else (like Collateral Damage). Maybe that's obvious to you, but it took me a couple go-rounds before I picked up on that.

If you dig deep enough, you can find synergies in all colors. Red's got stuff like Goblin Arsonist + Reckless Abandon. Or you could find self-sacrificers, like Wild Cantor.

As stated above, black is extra good at sacrificing things, so Golgari is a safe bet.

Mono-green could be strong. In addition to the Eldrazi-token deck of mine you saw, there's also stuff like Seal of Strength, Child of Thorns (which you already mentioned to me) and Llanowar Augur.

Even white and blue can join the party with stuff like Angelic Purge/Lunarch Mantle and Perilous Research respectively.

My friend eyes2sky and I have been discussing this guy a LOT lately, so if you need any more help, don't be afraid to hit either one of us up! And welcome to Team Brian!

July 15, 2018 4:56 p.m.

Daarkest says... #5

Shadow63- Mortician Beetle is a great suggestion.

EDedan- Innocent Blood and Bone Splinters are great sideboard cards.

Gattison- Nice to see you again lol. Wild Cantor seems nice. Also, Seal of Strength and Llanowar Augur seem awesome because not only does Bloodbriar get +3/+3, he also gets a +1/+1 counter out of it. I might do red because of the options. I’m glad to be a part of Team Brian! Thank you!

July 15, 2018 7:31 p.m.

eyes2sky says... #6

Brian is a really fun card to build around! I really like cards that get you 2 (a counter plus) things...thinking value for your mana. For example: Sakura-Tribe Elder, Tinder Wall, Fume Spitter, Abjure and Implement of Ferocity are just a few examples. If you're looking for more inspiration check out Gattison's: Bloodbriar Decks

July 16, 2018 12:05 a.m.

Daarkest says... #7

eyes2sky: Tinder Wall is great if I extend into red. I really like Sakura-Tribe Elder too. Thanks!

July 16, 2018 9:30 p.m.

Gattison says... #8

Another thing we learned in our testing: Brian needs a back-up plan. Since other than his ability to grow he's vanilla, he needs protection and strong support, or else the decks all seem to need a Plan B. Hence combining him with something like Mortician Beetle or Fling or Gurmag Angler is often necessary.

July 16, 2018 10:51 p.m.

Daarkest says... #9

Gattison- Fling is great for two reasons! I can use it with Bloodbriar in response to removal, or I can use it with him after combat to get the rest of the damage through for the win. And now I have a reason to play Tinder Wall. Thanks!

July 17, 2018 9:45 p.m.

Daarkest says... #10

Also, what're your thoughts on Crack the Earth?

July 17, 2018 9:46 p.m.

Gattison says... #11

lol, Crack the Earth is awesome! I didn't even remember that card!

It's a more versatile Innocent Blood, and seems better than Misguided Rage. If you were thinking Rakdos, I'd say Innocent Blood because it will also trigger Mortician Beetle. Since you're thinking Gruul, then Crack the Earth obviously, and maybe you could make use of things like Blisterpod, Goblin Arsonist or Bequeathal.

Also: Rancor is also excellent in Brian decks because you can enchant a chump, sac the chump, and then re-use Rancor on Bloodbriar or whatever else helps you win. All for a single a pop.

July 17, 2018 10:34 p.m.

Daarkest says... #12

While searching for Graf Rats and Midnight Scavengers for a friend, I stumbled upon Otherworldly Outburst. Thoughts?

July 22, 2018 9:03 p.m.

Gattison says... #13

My first instinct is to suggest messing around with Brian + Impact Tremors (and Furious Assault?) + Hissing Iguanar, maybe?

I've passed over that card when building around Brian before. Mainly because it seems too narrow. You only get one thing out of the card, another, single sac-fodder-body. Synergy is the name of the game here, and the "value" you get out of Otherworldly Outburst is that it is a big creature. A 3/2 for a single mana. However, now you must ask how you can get that to synergize with Brian?

Maybe instead of Impact Tremors, you could try a token-swarm, then Bioshift Brian's counters onto an unblocked attacker?

Didn't mean to wall-o-text you again, but Otherworldly Outburst and Impact Tremors are also pet cards of mine. =P

July 22, 2018 11:28 p.m.

Daarkest says... #14

Okay thanks so much. Sorry to keep bothering you but what about Insolent Neonate. Also I was considering Outnumber for sideboard.

July 23, 2018 9:25 p.m.

Gattison says... #15

It's no bother. Conversely, sorry for forgetting about this thread for a bit. =p =)

Again, it depends what you're doing with Insolent Neonate. Menace is useful. And the sacrifice obviously supports Bri-Guy, but can you make the discard portion work for you? If you're planning to supplement Brian with something like Hooting Mandrills, Gurmag Angler or even Sultai Scavenger, then maybe the discard can help. If you're not though, then I would personally avoid Insolent Neonate.

I'd still consider Reckless Abandon instead of Outnumber, simply because it's guaranteed stronger than Lightning Bolt and it triggers Bloodbriar. Or Collateral Damage if you need "instant speed."

On the other hand, if you still prefer the scale-ability of Outnumber, then perhaps Mob Justice or Massive Raid would be more up your alley, since they can target players as well as creatures. They do, however, cost more to cast.

When you're done with the deck, I hope you'll share it here with us. =)

July 28, 2018 6:21 p.m.

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