ABellGargoyle Deckling

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Just looking through the deck, I am curious as to why you're only running 1 copies of multiple very strong cards that would make this deck great.

Disallow is the best counter to come out in standard in a very long time and it is worth taking all the slots of your counters just due to sheer power.

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is an absolute powerhouse in a deck like this with all these kill spells that would let him go off in a major way.

Liliana, the Last Hope is the best control planeswalker black has gotten in a very long time and if you have the funds I suggest her for sure.

Grasp of Darkness is underwhelming becuase it is hard to get double black mana by turn 2 to use it at its curve point.

You're very low on lands in this deck for a control deck. I have a template for Grixis Control in standard: Grixis Control Template

January 20, 2017 11:44 a.m.

Said on Baral Control...


Have you given any thought to using Metallurgic Summonings? With all the instants and sorceries you use it would be a powerhouse. Pair that with Part the Waterveil and you can't lose.

January 19, 2017 9:23 a.m.

@GlobalTactics I like your two ideas, but I have a better idea for a draw spell that works with the deck much better. Altar's Reap sacrifices a creature at instant speed for two cards and two mana, triggering a revolt trigger for cards.

January 19, 2017 9:03 a.m.

Said on Humans...


I like the deck, but I think you are a bit low on the lands. I would suggest 24 lands in this deck since it is lacking card draw except for Tireless Tracker. Also, Heron's Grace Champion is a clutch card, but I don't think it is clutch enough for a 4 of in the deck.

A card that is extremely strong in a humans deck would be Repel the Abominable. It gives your creatures protection while killing their creatures in blocks or attacks. Another suggestion would be Archangel Avacyn  Flip is an incredibly strong card in this deck giving you swinging power and indestructible in body form if you have the money for it, if not see previous suggestion.

January 13, 2017 11:28 a.m.

Said on Esper fun stuff...


Yahenni, Undying Partisan is very underwhelming in this deck as the only way he works is if Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet goes off, which is not every game. It is also the worst combo to have in your deck since Kalitas will be exiling the creatures instead... Better cards for this deck would be Noxious Gearhulk or Torrential Gearhulk for kill spells and more control which is the point in Esper.

I would go 2 Baral's Expertise and 3 Yahenni's Expertise in the main for the control. As for the kill spells and counters in main board, Negate is always a very situational card that can be determined later on if it is worth it, but Disallow will always be good for an unconditional counter. With copter leaving standard it will be more creatures than artifacts, in my opinion. Counters are always going to be meta-dependent. Declaration in Stone may be better than negate because you need more white and you also need some more control in case they get things on the field.

2 Sorin, Grim Nemesis, 1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, 3 Liliana, the Last Hope, and 2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar would be a good number of planeswalkers for the deck. Saying this, maybe you would get more mileage out of Oath of Jace than you would Baral, Chief of Compliance because you would get multiple scrys to be sure you get answers instead of praying you get answers and making them cost one less.

January 12, 2017 9:10 a.m.

Said on B/W Token Sacrifice...


In my opinion Sorin, Grim Nemesis would be a powerhouse in this deck because of the banning of the fast cards that did not let you get to him and the banning of Emrakul which just destroyed him late game.

I also have some suggestions for the main board of the deck to have you firing on all cylinders. I don't necessarily like all the board wipes and Cataclysmic Gearhulk is really only good against go wide decks which are far and few between. Marionette Master is a curve topper so there is not a need for four of them. I would also go down one in each of Sram's Expertise and Servo Exhibition to make room some more versatile cards. My suggestions would be Weaponcraft Enthusiast to get some more servos out on the battlefield and I would add one more Hidden Stockpile for the revolt trigger and scrying can get you to hit your game winning cards.

As for cards in the sideboard that may be awesome would be Anguished Unmaking to get rid of those pesky permanents that you cannot get hit with normal kill spells or board wipes. Another strong sideboard card for WB would be Declaration in Stone because it is great for mirror matches and is also really good at just taking out major threats. Lost Legacy is almost an auto include for the sideboard in any standard black deck to take out combos that just come out of nowhere. Finally, Skywhaler's Shot would be great in this deck because it will allow you to kill big threats while allowing for a scry for your combo.

January 12, 2017 8:45 a.m.


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Playing since Battle for Zendikar
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