Greetings!

I've been playing MtG off and on for about 20 years. Black is my favorite color, Zombies are my favorite tribe, and Modern is my favorite format. My hobby is tinkering with competitive builds which utilize the strongest aspects of Black - Control, disruption, graveyard interaction, reanimation, sacrifice, etc.

I avoid playing online and own my decks in paper. Nothings beats sitting down, handling real cards, and playing against a live human being!

The Modern decks I am currently running are:

TWIN LILIANA CONTROL (Ultimate Black Devotion) (the most brutal and reliable Modern deck I own - essentially Mono-Black devotion featuring Phyrexian Obliterator and splashing White for removal),

KAMIKAZE SHADOW RACK (Suicide Black) (the most fun of all my decks because it puts both players on a timer and requires great skill to pilot - 10 Rack featuring Death's Shadow),

ZOMBIE FACTORY (Esper Zombie Tribal) (my most reliable zombie aggro variant which functions against graveyard hate - featuring Aether Vial and Skaab Ruinator),

GRAVE BLASTER (Sultai Reanimator) (an explosive and unpredictable self-mill zombie variant that annihilates decks with no graveyard hate - featuring Vengevine),

SCOURGE BOLT (Mardu Suicide Burn) (an aggro-burn variant designed to utilize Scourge of the Skyclaves and Death's Shadow),

FULLMETAL ALCHEMISTS (Blightsteel Combo) (for when I want to relive my old Tinker days - featuring Kuldotha Forgemaster and Blightsteel Colossus), and

AURELIA’S AVENGERS (Boros Angel Tribal) (I designed this build for my wife to compete against my Black decks, and it’s very effective - featuring Resplendent Angel and Aurelia, the Warleader).

Besides Modern, I am currently running 2 cEDH decks:

TINYBONES: TINY PUNISHER (Mono-Black Stax) (featuring Tinybones, Trinket Thief and focusing on hand-discard and graveyard exile), and

KAALIA'S CATACLYSM (Mardu Aggro Stax) (my hybrid aggro/stax build featuring Kaalia of the Vast).

It’s been a while but I dove back into Standard. Check out my latest attempt, which I have updated with Zendikar Rising cards:

LILIANA’S EMBRACE (Rakdos Reanimator - ZNR Update) (featuring Archfiend's Vessel and Liliana, Waker of the Dead).

I have also updated my Legacy Reanimator deck:

INSTANT DEATH (Ultimate Reanimator) (which can achieve a turn 1 kill by reanimating Maelstrom Wanderer and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight).

So far I have designed 5 decks which have reached #1 on T/O, plus 8 other decks which have broken top 20. I appreciate any comments or suggestions. My decks have improved over the years thanks to the great suggestions from fellow T/O users.

I am also happy to help if you have any questions for me!

Sultai_Sir says... #1

Hey man, thanks for upvoting my deck! I always appreciate it.

October 4, 2020 2:05 p.m.

Doombeard1984 says... #2

Hello zAzen, thanks for the upvote on my sliver edh deck. Much appreciated. Dont know if you dabble in a bit of commander, but if you fancy giving a critic, inwould welcome the opinions. Thanks

October 4, 2020 9:08 a.m.

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#1

Also, it just occurred to me that a full set of Aether Vial may help with speed. You can get it to 3 counters, then cheat in your 3-cost fairies, which leaves your mana open for instants/sorceries. The Vials are great 1-drops, but are only useful if you draw them during early turns. You may not want to go in that direction, but it’s worth mentioning :)

October 30, 2020 9:44 p.m.

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#2

Hey Balaam, this looks great! I love Ferngully, it’s one of the greatest animated movies ever. My only suggestion would be changing the mana base slightly. I like running at least 6 fetches to search for what you need and thin the deck. The life-loss is minimal. The Secluded Glens may come in tapped from time to time, so I would cut a few. I know we’ve talked about this before, but I’m a fan of Darkslick Shores, which helps ensure you can meet your mana requirements within the first 3 turns. A couple may work well, maybe a 2/2 Glen/Shores split. I would also cut a few Mutavault since they sometimes mess up your plans when you need colored mana. I’d also run a couple Cavern of Souls to help against counterspells. :)

October 30, 2020 9:37 p.m.

Hey Icaruskid, thanks for the +1 and nice comment! I like your list too. I have a few suggestions -

I think you should run more graveyard-hate. I only see Planar Void, but you need more ways to wipe your opponent’s graveyard. If your graveyard gets wiped too, that’s fine. Some deck types love it when you discard their cards for them, like The Gitrog Monster and Reanimator decks, and those decks are your main weakness. I’ve learned this from other T/O users who saw the same problem with my deck. You need to be able to draw more options without having to tutor for them all the time. Cards like Leyline of the Void, Tormod's Crypt, Cremate, Cling to Dust, Nihil Spellbomb, Soul-Guide Lantern, Relic of Progenitus, etc.

Another card I really like is Praetor's Grasp because it allows you to take out the card you think your opponent needs the most for their strategy. It has served me well several times.

Also I think Peer into the Abyss is expensive mana-wise. I would swap it out for Ad Nauseam, which is more effective and cheaper (mana-wise and now price-wise after it was reprinted).

Happy Halloween! :)

October 30, 2020 2:19 p.m.

Thanks Balaam__!! You’re right about Relentless Dead being a good fit for this build. It would be really sweet to use it to sneak a Skaab Ruinator onto the battlefield (without worrying about blue mana and its additional casting cost). I’m not sure what to cut for it though!

October 25, 2020 5:11 a.m.

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#5

Hey AT23, I like your deck! I have a few suggestions -

Since you are losing a lot of life from the fetchlands, Thoughtseize, Dark Confidant, Bitterblossom (4 copies may be too many), etc., you could run Death's Shadow as an additional finisher. If you dip more into burn with Bump in the Night, maybe even Scourge of the Skyclaves would work. Shadows would add more late-game power other than Kroxa.

I would also drop the Magus of the Moon and run a full set of Blood Moon. I know you’re trying to run multiple versions of this effect, but you may end up with a lot of dead cards, and the Magus is more subject to removal (Anger of the Gods, etc).

A way to help with dead cards is Seasoned Pyromancer to help cycle through your deck. Street Wraith also helps draw cards if you embrace the life-loss.

October 25, 2020 3:12 a.m.

Hey mtgplayer100, thanks for the suggestion. I’ve used Lurrus before as a companion, and the only reason I’m hesitant to include it is because of its companion cost - (3) to put it in hand, then (3) more to cast it. Since I average 3 mana per game, it would take 2 turns of no activity to actually cast it, and then an additional turn to cast a creature from my graveyard. That’s 3 lost turns of no damage-dealing. That delay could potentially be fatal for this deck.

Goblin_Guide, me too! Playing it requires perfect decision-making. It’s like walking a tightrope. One wrong move and you fall off! But that’s what makes it fun to play.

October 22, 2020 5:15 p.m.

Thanks for the suggestion and +1 cyeRunner! I’ll consider Lightning Skelemental, but I think the focus should remain on burn and self life-loss to build up the Scourges and Shadows. I feel like Skelemental is better for Rakdos 8-Rack decks which focus on hand discard. I can imagine that deck running Scourges, 8-Rack, Bolts, and cards like Thoughtseize, Bitterblossom, Kolaghan's Command, Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger, etc.

October 20, 2020 midnight

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#8

Although it’s very tough to narrow it down, my favorite art includes Phyrexian Obliterator, Death's Shadow, Damnation, Tinybones, Trinket Thief, and the newest full art version of Kaalia of the Vast.

October 16, 2020 5:53 p.m.

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#9

Thank you for the upvotes!!! :D

October 15, 2020 4:42 p.m.

Since my last posts were not helpful, I tried doing some research to see if I could actually come up with something useful, and I did, albeit janky.

Firstly, Blazing Volley only targets the opponent and kills un-buffed spirits. So you may want to run several copies in the maindeck or sideboard.

Secondly, the most accessible spell in Pioneer for neutralizing flyers is Gruul Charm, so if you really think spirits are that problematic, you could run 3-4 of them on the sideboard, and maindeck some green mana, like Mana Confluence, Stomping Ground, Overgrown Tomb, etc. Maybe even some cycling lands like Sheltered Thicket. Janky, I know. But there aren’t many options for Rakdos in Pioneer to deal with fliers.

October 14, 2020 8:07 p.m.

Oops, wrong format hehe! Nevermind.

October 14, 2020 5:43 p.m.

Besides Pyroclasm which will kill your own creatures, Corrosive Gale seems like a good solution. You can pay 2 life to cast it, then spend the exact amount of mana you need to kill all the flying spirits at once.

October 14, 2020 5:41 p.m.

Hey Profet93! Thanks for the comment. Praetor's Grasp is great. I have had the opportunity to use it a few times, and it has practically won me the game each time. Taking out your opponent’s most important combo piece can be devastating.

It’s a tough choice between Snuff Out and Dismember. I went with the former because it almost always costs 0 mana to cast, and my meta has very few other Black decks. This deck is very mana-tight and every single mana counts. But ultimately it’s a judgment call, and Dismember would work too.

October 13, 2020 12:27 a.m.

Hey LordKunai, thank you! I am happy to offer my opinion.

  1. Dismember is an excellent card in general, but I think I’m running enough removal for now.

  2. Darkness was in an earlier version of this build, but I found that I would rather have a discard spell then a stall spell that only lasts 1 turn. Plus I prefer using enchantments to lockdown creatures, or board wipes to remove multiple creatures at once.

  3. Liliana's Caress and Megrim are good options, but I chose to exclude them because I would rather run discard spells to reduce the opponent to 0 cards in hand. This seems counter-intuitive at first, but the goal of this build is to take advantage of Tinybones’ abilities, and Caress/Megrim do not promote that objective.

  4. Sudden Spoiling is interesting, I am not familiar with this card. However I would rather run Dismember or Bontu's Last Reckoning instead. I’d rather remove creatures than neutralize them.

  5. Torment of Hailfire is great when you have enough mana to win in a single turn. In other situations it ends up being a dead card. It was in an earlier version of this build that also ran Crypt Ghast and had a focus on ramping.

  6. In this latest version I avoid creatures (other than Dark Confidant) to focus on my primary objectives. Plus I’m running lots of board wipes and cards like Noetic Scales, and I don’t think the Ghast is cost effective if I play it for 4 mana, then only get a few turns of use out of it before it dies.

October 12, 2020 11:46 p.m.

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SCORE: 56 | 41 COMMENTS | 3670 VIEWS | IN 14 FOLDERS

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SCORE: 20 | 4 COMMENTS | 613 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

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SCORE: 24 | 7 COMMENTS | 1700 VIEWS | IN 5 FOLDERS

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SCORE: 46 | 28 COMMENTS | 6107 VIEWS | IN 11 FOLDERS

TWIN LILIANA CONTROL (Ultimate Black Devotion)

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SCORE: 33 | 23 COMMENTS | 3733 VIEWS | IN 10 FOLDERS

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SCORE: 23 | 6 COMMENTS | 2172 VIEWS | IN 10 FOLDERS

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