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Army of the Damned
Create thirteen tapped 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.
Flashback (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
1 month ago
Hey 77hi77! I love the angle you are going for with the deck, the "playing like a demon" role. I really like the token subtheme, and it feels like you could lean into that even more to give you more breathing room to swing with Rakdos. With more emphasis on a token subtheme, you wouldn't set your board back as much when you swing with Rakdos for "revenge" when your besties turn on you. Instead of resource denial, he'd play as incentive for others to leave you alone OR ELSE. Flavor wise, the legion of tokens would represent your minions that are sacrificed to get what you want.
Burn Down the House, Dance with Devils, and Devils' Playground would fill out the devil token subtheme you have going on, and Asmodeus the Archfiend, Fiendish Duo, Mayhem Devil, and Sin Prodder add even more devil synergy that aligns with the deck goals.
Army of the Damned, Carrion, Curse of Opulence, Dreadfeast Demon, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Wand of Orcus, and Infernal Genesis are all great token cards that fit the infernal theme. Baeloth Barrityl, Entertainer plus pump effects means permanent goaded enemy creatures and treasures for you to ramp with or sac to Rakdos as long as he's on the field. Speaking of pump, Arterial Alchemy can increase the power of your creatures, makes 4 permanents to sacrifice, and gives the deck even more draw power. Bloodthirsty Blade is a great demonic artifact to gift to problematic creatures. Black Market Connections gives you ramp, card draw, or tokens depending on what you need at the moment. Bite of the Black Rose is a super fun "choose your doom' flavor card. Head Games is a terrific demonic deal- while searching their library, see what deals they're willing to give you in order to get what they want. If they don't make a deal with you, they pay the price.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Rakdos's abilities are not targeted abilities, so Wyll's Reversal cannot copy Rakdos's sacrifice triggers. Likewise, you can copy Rakdos's on attack ability, but it will just make YOU sacrifice half your permanents again. Since Rakdos's ability does not target, so new targets cannot be selected for it; copying his abilities just does it again to the same person it would already affect. Additionally, Rakdos's abilities have separate triggers- one that triggers on your attack and one that triggers on dealing damage to an opponent. So you do have to deal damage to an opponent to copy the opponent sacrifice ability with Strionic Resonator or Lithoform Engine. That being said, Maze of Ith is an ability that goes on the stack when activated, so it can be responded to with cards like Bolt Bend, Not of this World, Deflecting Swat, etc. Maze of Ith and instant speed interaction usually targets too, so Lightning Greaves/Swiftfoot Boots help a lot with that too.
1 year ago
I never got around to buying the cards needed for this deck. I was worried it was not good enough and put this project on the back burner in case I changed my mind. Now today, after reviewing the deck, I decided that I did not have enough interaction and that some cards still feel a bit too expensive or slow. These changes should hopefully help rectify those issues.
Previous changes: -1. Aetherspouts - replaced with Noxious Ghoul. I determined that Noxious Ghoul did not have enough impact for its mana cost. Instead I shall be using Counterspell. -2. Eater of Hope - replaced with Corpse Harvester. I determined that Corpse Harvester was too expensive and too slow to make an impact, seeing as it needs to survive an entire turn in order to be used. I really liked it, but my deck needs more interaction. Instead I shall be using Arcane Denial.
Additional precon card swaps: 1. Gravespawn Sovereign - replaced with Negate. 2. Ravenous Rotbelly - replaced with Dispel. 3. Army of the Damned - replaced with Unwind This spell really hurt me to remove as I love it very much. Just too expensive and slow. 4. Dread Summons - replaced with Reality Shift. 5. Curse of the Restless Dead - replaced with Thought Vessel. 6. Swamp - replaced with Reliquary Tower (already owned one, figured, why not?)
1 year ago
1 year ago
Amulet of Vigor is in 13724 decks, that's 1% of 1374339 decks according to edhrec.com
Amulet of Vigor is 1 mana. If a permanent comes in tapped under your control, Amulet of Vigor untaps it. Boros Garrison? Untap it, Reshape the Earth? Untap them, Cultivator Colossus? Untap them, Army of the Damned? Untap them, Karametra, God of Harvests? untap them, Scapeshift? Kodama of the West Tree? Vesuva? Boundless Realms? Zombie Apocalypse? Nevinyrral, Urborg Tyrant? Traverse the Outlands? Splendid Reclamation? Do I need to keep going? Are there other things I need to mention?
By its self, it's worth it, to make your lands come in untapped. It's ramp no matter what. Do you disagree? Or do you think we should be putting this in every deck? Of course there is a few exceptions. So put it in 90% of decks.
1 year ago
You are right that X would have to be 0, so Torment of Hailfire has no chance of being used in this same way
1 year ago
wallisface I think that Rakdos zombie person is intending to cast Army of the Damned by way of Wildfire Eternal, and that’s actually why I was asking him about how he intends to cast Torment of Hailfire. Correct me if I’m wrong, but would default to if cast that way and render the spell worthless right? I was…hesitant to say that in my comment though in case I was wrong, or if he had some other way to use the spell I wasn’t aware of.
1 year ago
your curve is pretty high, modern decks typically can’t justify more than 3-4 4-mana cards, and often run nothing higher than this. You’ve got a whopping 10 4-mana cards which is waaay too much, it’ll lead to really slow/clunky draws.
Adding to the above, you have absolutely zero chance of casting Army of the Damned.
You really want at least 8ish 1-mana cards. Having nothing to do turn-1 basically means you’re starting the game 1-turn behind your opponent.
it looks like you’ve focused really heavily on zombie-lords, but i’m not sure that’s the best application for zombies. As far as making a deck of “big dumb lords” to swing with, Merfolk is probably the only tribe that does this well. Zombies only real niche is being able to swing quickly and aggressively, while benefitting from death-triggers… i think you would be better trying to gear the deck towards the tribes strengths, instead of just slowly group-pumping everyone.
As far as competitive rakdos-zombie decks go, this list here is a good example of what performs well for the tribe. It should be pretty easy to re-jig to your budget. But hopefully this gives you inspiration for your own brew.
1 year ago
So there's a competitive combo version of Jeleva and then there is fun Jeleva. I'm going to make suggestions based off what I think of as being more leaning towards the fun. The general idea I have in my head is to get some high cost spells exiled and cast them for free off her trigger. I haven't played much spellslinger pretty much ever but here's what I dug up. Not sure what your budget is though.
I'd also get some more protection for Jeleva. As each time she dies and is cast again you'll lose access to everything previously exiled. Not the worst thing but it can be nice to hit a few of the spells before having to recast her. Lightning Greaves, Whispersilk Cloak, Clout of the Dominus.
Do you have a clear vision of how the deck wins? Regardless the deck looks fun!