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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Each opponent loses 3 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
5 months ago
Hey, figured I would return the favor and drop a comment on your Vito deck here, I also see a couple of cards that I had in my initial list that I took out that I thought I'd share my thinking on in case it's helpful!
I was initially running both Corrupt and Consume Spirit in my Vito build but ended up taking them out because they seemed to be taking up room without having the ability to put a lot of pressure on the entire board or close out the game in a pass. On the one hand they are attractive options because they allow you to potentially kill off a single player who might have a problematic board state but they would have to have low life or you would have to have a lot of mana to pull it off. I chose to run Exsanguinate instead as it has huge synergy off Vito by hitting every player, playing it for x = 5 returns 15 life to you and deals a total of 30 damage to group, with 20 focused on a single player. It is, admittedly, like $7 right now so if that's a barrier you could consider Blood Tithe, it won't win you the game but 4 mana for 9 life and 18 damage to the board is a decent trade or Smitten Swordmaster might be workable for big value if you fancy taking a knight tribal bend to your creature list, I think they're like $0.25 each.
If the X cost, single targets are appealing to you a bigger ramp package might be helpful which can be tough since Crypt Ghast is apparently $10 these days. For one shot mana Bubbling Muck can be helpful and is maybe $2, Crypt of Agadeem could work after a board wipe for like $4. Maybe...Phyrexian Reclamation x Burnished Hart and/or Wild-Field Scarecrow, has some synergy with other cards too. Ramp in Mono Black is tough on a budget!
Other thought was you have a lot of targeted removal in sorceries, there are always a million options for creature removal in black but you are limited in ability to leverage them if you can't cast at instant speed to respond to an attacker or to remove a combo from the board on another player's turn. Maybe consider Doomblade, Victim of Night, or Tragic Slip as low cost alternatives!
Good luck with the build!
5 months ago
I would recommend removing Divinity of Pride. While you can spend all black mana on it, the white in the mana costs gives it a white-black color identity. Unless you can rule 0 it in with your play circle, the card is illegal for your deck.
Have you considered Blood Tithe? Not as flexible as Exsanguinate in terms of casting, but will cost you less when dealing damage to an opponent if your Commander is on the battlefield in a four player game.
Also, May I recommend finding a spot for Font of Agonies? Not only will this bring your average mana cost down a tad, but with all the opportunities to pay life in your deck it may prove useful to have a reusable way to kill creatures.
Thank you for reading me out. I hope this helps. Happy Hunting!
1 year ago
Have you considered Blood Tithe ? It hits all your opponents at once and gains you life from it.
Another card you may want to consider is Emissary of Despair . If your opponent has any combination of Darksteel Forge , Mycosynth Lattice , and Padeem, Consul of Innovation on the battlefield it may be your only shot at staying in the fight.
2 years ago
2 years ago
Mirror of Fate could be neat here. It lets you reuse cards exiled by Yawgmoth's Will. You can even recur the Mirror itself this way. There is a wombo combo here alongside Will + Bolas's Citadel + Tendrils of Agony . Not that you need another combo haha. But it could be fun to switch things up if you get tired of Glacial + Dreams, or wanna keep your opponents on their toes.
These cards seem like they might have a home here or in a similar build: Necropotence , Soul Spike , Spinning Darkness , Blood Tithe , Sorin's Vengeance , Sovereign's Bite , K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth , Skirge Familiar
3 years ago
Thanks for the suggestions! I thought about it more, and did end up removing Consume Spirit . Thanks for the advice; I was holding onto it because it can target either a player or a creature, and as a bonus it gave me life. Still, it could potentially end up being more expensive than Mortify and Blood Tithe combined if thats what i'm going for. As for Suture Priest , she did have me thinking for a bit; but I don't think i'll be adding her. I built this as a theme deck centered around vampires; you'll notice every card in the deck talks about vampires or Sorin in some way, and she doesn't fit in in that regard. Another equally big reason is that I have cards like Malakir Bloodwitch and Feast of Blood . While there are only a couple of cards like that; adding in a card that is isolated in such a way can hurt the strat; especially in a 60 card deck. I will be adding Blood Seeker though, he'd be a very fun addition :) I just have to figure out where to place him, this deck is struggling a bit to get down to 60 cards :3
3 years ago
You can lose life a number of ways, including being dealt damage, paying life, and cards that straight-up say you lose life (like Blood Tithe ). The Wanderer only stops you from being dealt some damage, but the cards you listed above don't deal damage.
If you controlled a Platinum Emperion then you wouldn't lose life from an opponent activating abilities that cause you to lose life, and you'd be unable to pay life.
3 years ago