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in my playgroup, there USED TO BE a Kothophed deck (now its a Teysa, Orzhov Scion deck) the problem is that the life loss actually becomes a huge problem (boardwipe? okay ill lose 15, draw 15 ... um)
there are ways to mitigate this loss (like Blood Artist) but most mono-black decks use the graveyard to their advantage, which kothophed cant really do.
liliana on the other hand can use the graveyard, and flipping her is rather easy. but she feels like more of a 99 then a commander.
May 16, 2017 5:32 p.m.
common staple? hardly, Ichorclaw Myr shows up once in a blue moon, and Corpse Cur is far too slow and grindy for infect. so i would drop those cards to sideboard (will help with affinity and those rare infect creatures, but those dead draws against infect make the deck worse against its ideal matchup)
and the many small blockers doesn't fair well against trample/unblockable strategy that infect typically runs to connect with damage, and the small blockers make Deflecting Palm worse. could be fun to run Archetype of Aggression to make trample an non-threat, and (if its in the budget) Spellskite to redirect their buffs. which gears the deck towards removing their fangs, rather then hoping you can survive them.
it might be better to gear the deck towards non-targeting and targeting removal/burn.
May 15, 2017 6 p.m.
Rakdos Carnarium is both kinda too slow, and quite a double edged sword in modern (especially with no basics, and lots of tap lands) maybe just swap it for Swamp so your not locked out of black mana against Blood Moon and arn't destroyed by Fulminator Mage (will also speed the deck up)
May 15, 2017 12:40 a.m.
why is Eldrich Evolution in the deck? it doesn't help slither/pod become champion and doesn't help you cheat eldrazi.
also why no Elder Deep-Fiend? seems like a good way to lock them down while ulamog exiles their deck (especially with champion skipping cast triggers) and uses a tapped champion as bait (win/win).
with kiora and nissa in the deck, you may want more ramp ... like Naga Vitalist/Druid of the Cowl etc allows for champion/kiora on t3 and a stronger nissa sooner.
May 14, 2017 4:43 p.m.
why is Oketra the True in the list? with mostly legendary creatures its almost impossible to attack/block and when you can ... your probably already winning. (unless your 3+ consists of mostly oketra tokens, then your probably way behind) so more board wipes (like damnation) would be a better use of that slot.
May 13, 2017 12:34 a.m.
not sure how your creature base helps with infect, most of them are too small to have any impact.
also aside from using burn/reflect spells, how do you win?
May 12, 2017 7:18 p.m.
oketra is just kinda a card in the deck, if you have three or more creatures, the taxing nature of the deck is probably running smooth and you don't need her to win. If the deck is being suppressed then pumping resources into her ability is probably a losing battle. Especially when your deck generally wants things do die.
Bontu gives a sac outlet(life gain/drain) and attacks/blocks from either players kill spells and your own sac outlets and most importantly has evasion (menace) so she can push through damage where oketra can't. Bontu is also the only god who's animate is triggered event, rather then a static effect something your opponent can manipulate.
similarly Bontu's Monument, but the monuments may not be suited towards a deck that primarily wants to make tokens. but Angel of Invention is a solid choice (anthem+bodies and curves well with Anointed Procession)
May 10, 2017 11:09 p.m.
first off, Cliffhaven Vampire reads "whenever you gain life" not "for each life you gain" ... so Blessed Alliance only triggers the vampire once. (so gain 4, they lose one) ..... which is good seeing as most lifegain in the deck seems to be individual gains of life (priest, zulaport etc)
The deck seems to want more tokens, so drop cards like:
Thraben Inspector clues are nice, but your deck wants to be faster, and make actual creature tokens
Oketra, more of a winmore card then anything else.
Liliana, well she might make the cut, but shes a bit slow if you wanna make tokens, and her -3 doesnt really have any good targets, and the + makes a zombie, but if thats the goal, there are better cards.
not sure if Start / Finish is worth it either, but its an okay card.
for cards like
Weaponcraft Enthusiast(3 bodies, maybe 5)
Yahenni, Undying Partisan(free sac triggers)
Sram's Expertise(3 bodies+other spell)
also while having tokens makes cards like Bone Splinters viable, cards like Fatal Push and Never are going to be more powerful in most cases. (and kalitas is always a good sideboard card, does all the things your deck wants lifegain+tokens)
May 10, 2017 10:07 p.m.
Marionette Master can help fill the missing 2x slots in the mainboard and provides a non-fling/less counterable way of winning.
May 7, 2017 11:14 p.m.
interesting, do you even plan to cast brohan? feels like Numot is a better general for this level of durdle/combo (does kinda feel like its a pile of good stuff trying to do too many things)
May 7, 2017 10:51 p.m.
why Bushi Tenderfoot/Dryad Militant? tenderfoot seems too hard to flip under most situations, and militant seems to just lessen the impact of the human tribal cards in the deck (for an ability that doesnt really do much unless your playing against Past in Flames)
also while its pure shenanigans, Stormfront Riders may be worth a look.
May 7, 2017 6:53 p.m.
Mox Opal, Infernal Plunge and Battle Hymn could provide some possibilities, but would shift the deck into a more affinity direction with Memnite, Ornithopter, Myr Moonvessel etc to help opal/plunge/hymn get online asap.
May 7, 2017 12:36 a.m.
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