July 15, 2018 12:12 p.m.
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.
As stated above, black is extra good at sacrificing things, so Golgari is a safe bet.
July 15, 2018 4:56 p.m.
Shadow63- Mortician Beetle is a great suggestion.
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.
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.
July 16, 2018 9:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
July 17, 2018 10:34 p.m.
July 22, 2018 9:03 p.m.
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?
July 22, 2018 11:28 p.m.
July 23, 2018 9:25 p.m.
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.
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. =)