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Thanks for the suggestion hungry000, you're right about Tidehollow Sculler. I couldn't make them fit in the main deck. I'm going to squeeze them into the sideboard instead.
August 13, 2018 10:43 p.m.
Maveryk and PhyrexianPreator, thanks for the suggestions, but I think you guys are not seeing the synergy I'm trying to accomplish with Plague Belcher and Blasting Station. I want to sacrifice my Gravecrawlers and Stitcher's Suppliers to trigger the self-mill, and I can trigger life-loss with Diregraf Captain and Plague Belcher. I run so many Stations because they can be discarded with self-mill, and I'd like to come across at least one during the late game if I have a Crawler on the board.
Here's an example of how I can get a combo going with the Crawlers and Stations - with a Wayward Servant or Captain/Belcher, I sac the Crawler for 1 damage, and trigger 1 life loss. If two Servants/Captains/Belchers, that's 3 net life loss for 1 mana. So if I have 3 mana available, I can inflict 9 net life loss...etc. And Aether Vial makes it easy to play Captains/Belchers without using mana.
I've avoided Endless Ranks of the Dead because it is too expensive at 4 mana for this low-mana build, and it is too slow for my taste.
Also, I'm not a fan of Unbreathing Horde. It comes into play as a 0/0, and creature cards in my graveyard won't stay there for too long. That's why I'm running the Skaab Ruinators and Prized Amalgams.
August 10, 2018 3:57 p.m.
Thanks for the comment antonioji, I definitely see your points.
I made room for Lightning Bolts, but I'm hesitant to drop Tormenting Voice completely. And I'm attached to Hazoret the Fervent - a single copy won't show up as often as running two, and if I draw the second copy, I can always discard it. The Voices and Hazoret don't necessarily conflict, because odds are I can use one or both of the two cards I drew and still trigger Hazoret. Or I can discard a card with Hazoret's ability.
Regarding Kolaghan's Command, I ran a couple copies in a previous version of this build, and it didn't work as well as I thought it would. But I'll consider making room for it again.
August 10, 2018 2:42 p.m.
SirChris39 and Zazmage, thanks for your comments and +1!
Zazmage, sounds like you and I are on the same page. I think this self-mill variant is is both more resilient and mana-efficient than a straightforward lord-based zombie build.
I'm still not sold on Phylactery Lich. Losing an artifact and Lich to a single artifact-hate spell is pretty rough.
You're right about Lost Legacy, I'm actually already running two on the sideboard for the reasons you mentioned.
OldScarecrow, regarding matchups, I haven't played Standard in a long time, so I'm out of the loop. I've tried to design the sideboard to help against general deck types. Against control, Duress and Desecrated Tomb, and Liliana's Mastery if you go up against heavy removal. Against weenie/ramp/mirror, bring in Yahenni's Expertise and Settle the Score. Against burn, bring in Battle at the Bridge.
August 9, 2018 10:20 p.m.
Thanks BiomancingTerror! I agree about mardu, it's definitely an under-utilized color combo with lots of synergy.
I chose Tormenting Voice over Cathartic Reunion for two reasons - First, the former requires discarding one card, and the latter requires discarding two. I found that the second card was always a card I didn't want to dump, or I only had one card to discard. So the Reunions often ended up as dead cards in my hand. Second, I like the concept of a tormenting voice over the concept of a reunion for the "revenge" theme of the deck.
As far as Graven Cairns, the mana base seems to be pretty consistent already, but I'll consider it, thanks
August 9, 2018 1:20 p.m.
Thanks for the suggestion johnny1242000! I'll consider making room for Archfiend of Ifnir. I'm trying to stick to zombies or zombie-generators, but I may make an exception for the Archfiend.
August 7, 2018 10:07 p.m.
Thanks for the suggestions PhyrexianPreator. I hadn't considered Bridge from Below. Since my mana curve is so low, I avoided Leyline of the Void and chose Surgical Extraction for sideboard graveyard hate. It's an interesting combo, I'll test it.
August 6, 2018 11:14 p.m.
Blasting Station seems to work really well so far and has a variety of uses. It helps me sac Gravecrawler to bring it back and trigger Prized Amalgam and Vengevine. It's a great plan-B wincon because I can sometimes deal 5 or more damage with it on a single turn. It untaps even on opponent's turns, so I can use it to sac a creature that would die anyway. But I'm still conflicted over main-decking Maelstrom Pulse.
July 27, 2018 2:53 p.m.
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