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- Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank
- Bloodchief Ascension + Nemesis of Reason
- Bloodchief Ascension + Duress
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent lost 2 or more life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Bloodchief Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.)
Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, if Bloodchief Ascension has three or more quest counters on it, you may have that player lose 2 life. If you do, you gain 2 life.
_Kane_ on Karlov of the Ghost Council
3 weeks ago
Orange+ on Horobi and the Wailers
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the comment :)
I dont have any immediate ideas for a 150$ build, but I guess you could consider adding some black staples. There are also some pretty decent death trigger cards that I dont play. There is probably much more interesting ways to add to the deck than introducing more staples (and making the deck much more similar to everyone elses), but finding good original cards is a harder process :)
Death trigger cards: Grave Betrayal, Massacre Wurm, and Revel in Riches.
Black staples: Cabal Coffers, Crypt Ghast, Cabal Stronghold, Vilis, Broker of Blood, Lightning Greaves, Skullclamp, Reanimate, Exhume, Dance of the Dead, Animate Dead, Necromancy, Grim Tutor, Bloodchief Ascension and Phyrexian Arena.
Best of luck!
legendofa on Sheoldred Reanimate
1 month ago
Tempo is basically the pace of the game. Slower, more attrition-y decks want to extend the game and gain value over time, which is where I think this deck is trying to be. Compare that to a high speed, high damage deck that tries to do as much damage as possible as quickly as possible. What I mean by saying those cards keep your tempo up and your opponents down is that they represent threats, while also disrupting your opponents' strategy by forcing discards and damage.
The mana curve is a measure of how efficiently you use your available mana each turn. A low-curve deck will be more aggressive and try to win in the first few turns. A higher curve will try to extend the game to get to its best effects. The idea of playing "on curve" is basically that you play a land and use all available mana that turn. Turn 1, play a land and spend 1 mana, T2 land + spend 2 mana, T3 land + spend 3 mana, etc. It's important to balance the amount of mana you have with what you can do with it--if you're consistently leaving mana unused, or if you regularly don't have enough to cast your key spells, you need to rebalance.
EDH games tend to run longer, so there's more opportunity to get to higher mana values, and I see a lot of single-use 2-mana cards in this deck. Once your Elderfang Disciple or Virus Beetle or whatever does its thing, it's basically relegated to the role of chump blocker. My suggestions, especially the enchantments, aim to give this deck a way to use and reuse them, so you can get more value out of them. Self-destructive cards like Crypt Rats and Fleshbag Marauder also are worth using more than once.
As another thought, there's a lot of counter manipulation, but only Liliana of the Veil, Undying Evil, Undying Malice, Blightbelly Rat, Oriq Loremage, Bloodchief Ascension and Contagion Engine actually use or create counters, unless I'm overlooking something. There's as many or more ways to move or add counters as ways to actually get counters. I'm not sure what role Power Conduit plays in here.
At this point, I should probably mention that I'm not a high-end EDH builder; I have a lot of gimmicky decklists and just design around whatever catches my interest at the moment. Still, I hope my suggestions and advice keep your wheels going!
ClockworkSwordfish on Sphinx Zombie Mill
1 month ago
Undead Alchemist is a very fun card - I've tried building around it myself in the past! If you lean a little more in the zombie tribal side of things, one card I've found works beautifully with him is Lich Lord of Unx: he mills your opponent for each zombie you have, which means even more zombies from the Alchemist for the next activation! The Lichlord also plays nicely with Mindcrank, which basically makes him get milled for twice as many cards.
Duskmantle Guildmage isn't a zombie but provides a great backup way to kill a foe off with all the milling going on and is an instant win with the Mindcrank. It's definitely a pricier card, but if you can find room for Bloodchief Ascension, it's a very deadly card when you're mixing mill and life loss like this!
K1ngMars on "Library.exe has stopped working" | Phenax Primer
5 months ago
Hi Syndras, thanks for the comment and sorry for the (very late) reply.
Regarding Bloodchief Ascension, I agree with you with both observations: in fact, I tend to never play that card on turn one as all my opponents will just start attacking me. However it happens sometimes that I am able to get some form of large blocker early on against aggro decks, at which point they are forced to attack else where and "gift" me one or two counters. I can rarely get the enchantment to three counters, as that generally means I immediately win/kill someone, but that speaks to its undoubted power. Moreover, it is a good lightning rod for removal, for just one . Do not forget, that due to how life exchange works, Tree of Perdition's effect meets the condition of "life loss" required by Bloodchief Ascension, so long as the opponent we are targeting has at least 15 life.
As for Ruin Crab, albeit being powerful in 60 card formats, it is generally too little too late for commander, at least in my opinion, unless you start looping large amounts of lands, something probably more suited for a Muldrotha, the Gravetide deck.
Regarding Bitter Ordeal, actually the main issue is that Gravestorm counts each permanent put into a graveyard this turn, but milled cards, despite featuring permanent card types are not permanents since they do not go to the graveyard from the battlefield, and as such do not count towards Gravestorm. Moreover, as you already said, due to my playgroup's additional rules, this card is not playable as it would count as a "reverse tutor".
Captain N'ghathrod is certainly interesting, as it could provide incidental advantage to the 5 Horrors in the deck. However, the most important effect would be its last ability, which albeit powerful, would probably suffer from the same fate as Wrexial, the Risen Deep. I will keep an eye on it, I could try it out and see how it performs, thanks for the suggestion.
Syndras on "Library.exe has stopped working" | Phenax Primer
7 months ago
I've got a Phenax deck since 3 years now (mostly thanks to this primer) and I've got one recommandation and question : How do you manage to resolve the Bloodchief Ascension as we are usually not attacking, ok there is Syr Konrad, the Grim or Duskmantle Guildmage to trigger it but I feel like it's heavily reliant on your opponents. It probably works in your playgroup but whenever I play it, I become the archenemy (even if it's turn 1) because they know that when it's going to be online, it will be really difficult for them to kill me and prevent me from killing them. An alternative/recommandation at the same cost may be Ruin Crab. P.S. I love the legacy combo <3
trobaldo on phenax God of the mill
8 months ago
deck disassembled for following cards: Jace, Memory Adept Counterspell Cyclonic Rift Bloodchief Ascension Memory Erosion Mind Grind Rise of the Dark Realms Traumatize
legendofa on Mill Flayers
9 months ago
Welcome to the club, Raijin1989!
For being a first deck, this is very solid in its focus and balance. I'm also impressed with your available cards, like Mana Crypt, Force of Will, The Meathook Massacre...
If you want an instant mill win condition, Mindcrank and either Bloodchief Ascension or Duskmantle Guildmage can knock out an opponent on the spot. If you manage to get all your opponents to lose life or put a card in their graveyard at the same time, you just won.
If you want to disable a graveyard-focused deck, Eater of the Dead is very good, but I don't see a way to tap it on demand. Something like Hermetic Study/Psionic Gift or Banishing Knack/Retraction Helix could push it even further. Alternatively or supplementary, Tormod's Crypt can wipe out a problematic graveyard immediately.
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