Arguel's Blood Fast
, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have 5 or less life, you may transform Arguel's Blood Fast.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Arguel's Blood Fast Discussion
1 week ago
I think the deck is fine but I just want to give my suggestions for your consideration.
So, I would recommend you remove -2 Liliana, the Last Hope for +1 The Meathook Massacre and +1 Dark Prophecy. These cards are better for your devotion and are also more Strange and Unusual. You can also probably -1 land for +1 Inquisition of Kozilek.
Also, I think fitting in 1 or 2 Bitterblossom for the main or side so you can grind just a little better. Then, Tymaret, Chosen from Death plus Arguel's Blood Fast Flip can be an interesting combination if you are really committed to black devotion.
4 weeks ago
For card-draw, you will have a lot of expendables creatures thanks to the tokens, so you could use cards such as Vampiric Rites, Bankrupt in Blood,Blood Divination. In my Edgar deck, I also run Arguel's Blood Fast Flip and Vanquisher's Banner, which does everything you want from an aggressive tribal deck. A decent enchantment for when you start running out of gas later in the game is also Greed: and 2 life for 1 card I find a good rate.
1 month ago
Carrion Howler (just stack the ability as often as you wish.)
Cleaving Reaper (same as above)
And there are many more.
3 months ago
Some good enchantment-based card draw to note:
Kumena's Awakening - this would be an excellent choice on a budget. You should always have The City's Blessing. My favorite "not-Rhystic-Study" replacements.
Dire Undercurrents - amazing card but expensive. If I were you I would make this one of your first upgrades. Seems perfect.
Erebos, Bleak-Hearted is playable in this deck.
Dark Prophecy - the power is there, but might be difficult early.
Military Intelligence should be reliable. Great for two mana
Curse of Verbosity - I think it's kind of underrated. Should be good with your flyers and might take some heat off you. It's no Rhystic Study.
Rhystic Study duuuuhhhhh
Insight - huuuge upside, potentially useless. I love it though!
Monastery Siege - it's basically drawing half a card per turn for three mana, but can protect your creatures if it's that part of the game. It's all right
Verity Circle - Huge upside, potentially useless
Phyrexian Arena - one of the best, but the price tag may not be worth it in this deck since you're running blue and can easily take advantage of flying creatures
Court of Ambition - it should be easy to get The Monarch whenever you want with your flyers
Marchesa's Decree is all right. Probably better in other decks
Soul Ransom - might be fun to recur.
Teferi's Ageless Insight - might be good, better in decks where the commander draws cards. The power is there though.
Kindred Discovery - ridiculous power with a ridiculous price tag to match. It's not a "may" ability so you can easily deck yourself. Isn't that winning though?
Patient Rebuilding - statistically draws one card a turn. Potentially high ceiling, can also whiff. Better for decks with graveyard synergies. Animate Dead and Necromancy are excellent, and Dance of the Dead is playable.
4 months ago
I would consider some different card draw options. Simple ones like Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, and Ambition's Cost are effective. I really like a card like Plumb the Forbidden, especially in response to a board wipe. Arguel's Blood Fast Flip is an underplayed card in my opinion. It's not as good as Greed, but it might be better than Phyrexian Arena.
If I were looking for cuts, I'd be curious about the performance you've gotten out of Skeletal Scrying, Soul Foundry, and Well of Lost Dreams. The well seems like it's really good in any lifegain deck, but to get a big bang out of it, you've got to always keep a lot of mana open, and be gaining life. Perhaps you've made it work well for you, though. Let me know your thoughts on these.
5 months ago
Possible Budget Upgrades for Archie's Deck: Vampire Cutthroat, Vicious Conquistador, Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Pestilence, Killing Wave, Olivia's Bloodsworn, Shadow Alley Denizen, Voldaren Epicure, Knight of the Ebon Legion, Anje, Maid of Dishonor, Olivia's Attendants, Vona's Hunger, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, Exsanguinate, Pointed Discussion, Voldaren Estate
5 months ago
I can see a budget version of shadow being good, but the main engine for life loss in the expensive version is the manabase - fetches allow you to hold up 'pay 3 life' whenever you draw one without committing to it.
There are a few options to adjust for that - a grindier gameplan featuring cards like Arguel's Blood Fast Flip Castle Locthwain or Murderous Betrayal, or more immolating souleater style outlets. I've been a big fan of Plunge into Darkness for a long while.
6 months ago
I've been considering Urza's Incubator and it was in the maybeboard until recently. I go back and forth on it simply because it's not the most exciting card for me to play despite it's powerful effect. It is out of my price range but I happen to already have a copy, so it may very well end up in the deck
You are absolutely right that I need more card draw. I don't love Underworld Connections because it can only be used once a turn (at least in this deck).
I've been a little paranoid about Phyrexian Arena ever since I saw someone die to it. I know it's a little silly, but I like having full control over if/when I spend life which is why, even if they cost more life, Arguel's Blood Fast Flip and Greed are my preferred card draw sources that I need to make room for. I'm just agonizing over what to take out to fit them in.
I already have some idea what I should remove, but first I want to playtest more and I haven't been able to play MtG in some time.
Twilight Prophet is an amazing card and should be in this deck yesterday, but it is rather expensive so I am waiting for a day it will hopefully cost less.
Thank you for commenting!