Bontu's Monument

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Bontu's Monument

Legendary Artifact

Black creature spells you cast cost less to cast.

Whenever you cast a creature spell, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

legendofa on Ziatora Calls Upon the Demons

14 hours ago

NV_1980 Good thoughts, thanks. Bontu's Monument and Mana Echoes have been underperforming recently. Chromatic Lantern is worth a shot. Black Market Connections seems like the best new option, as far as card draw goes, so I'm going to try that alongside Phyrexian Arena.

NV_1980 on Ziatora Calls Upon the Demons

1 day ago

I would probably replace Bontu's Monument with Chromatic Lantern (mana-fixing can be so incredibly useful in multi-color decks). Maybe also add a few more draw options (cheap-to-cast ones, like Phyrexian Arena) because the deck seems to be lacking a bit in that department.

itsbuzzi on A Draining Aristocracy

2 months ago

Welcome to the format and nice budget list! I've seen a slightly upgraded version of this adding Green for Renegade Rallier and Kaya's Ghostform for an infinte combo. Adding green allowed them to play Collected Company to find the pieces easier. All you need is a sacrifice outlet (they ran Cartel Aristocrat along with Woe Strider). You have Kaya's Ghostform attached to Renegade Rallier, sacrifice the Rallier, it triggers the enter the battlefield trigger you attach Kaya's Ghostform from the graveyard to the Rallier and repeat along with a creature like Zulaport Cutthroat to deal damage while doing it.

It's a pretty cool deck I would suggest at least another sacrifice outlet as you only have Cartel Aristocrat and Priest of Forgotten Gods that has to tap to activate. There is most likely another combo with Bontu's Monument and Oathsworn Vampire as well. Honestly the rest of the deck and the sideboard look pretty good.

I think I found another if you ran Liliana, Untouched By Death and Shambling Ghast activating her ultimate then continually sacrificing Ghast and casting it again.

Metroid_Hybrid on Lucky 13

2 months ago

I co-sign almost everything ldvatwa said, but I'm here to take it a step further..

I agree on cutting Leaden Myr, Tree of Perdition, Triskaidekaphobia, and Skeletal Vampire. I'm also wondering why Sever the Bloodline is here; do your friends play a lot of tokens too?

Adding Bontu's Monument is a good idea, but have you also thought about Mycosynth Wellspring & Ichor Wellspring as well?

You lack only one of the upkeep token generators in Mono-, that is Dreadhorde Invasion. Despite that, you otherwise have all the token generation in the world for . A couple of stax pieces like a Contamination & Smokestack, etc., could easily slide into here without changing very much at all..

Speaking of Mono-, is there any particular reason you are not running Necropotence and/or Bolas's Citadel?

Finally your land situation. I think you will want to cut down on your non-basic utility lands. Even though you are running Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, you will want to maximize your Swamp-count to consistently get the most out of Cabal Coffers (and goes triple for Cabal Stronghold), or if you even want to consistently play your Everglades & Lake of the Dead!

I would cut Barren Moor, Hagra Broodpit  Flip, Malakir Mire  Flip, Phyrexian Tower, and Vesuva; all for basic Snow-Covered Swamps... and maybe a Karn's Bastion since you are running several Planeswalkers..

ldvatwa on Lucky 13

2 months ago

I like the theme of cutting people's life totals in half or bringing them to a certain number. I think it would work well, but there's a few that I feel like could be swapped for more situational cards that might benefit you.

Leaden Myr is nice ramp that's also a creature, but you have a ton of token creation already. Why not have that be a Mind Stone or some other one/two cost ramping artifact?

Even though you're running Tree of Perdition, I'm still not sold on the incremental life loss that Triskaidekaphobia offers. It seems like a neat trick to pull it off, but I'd rather go for consistency when you already have a lot of cards that cut their life total in half. Perhaps Bontu's Monument? Over 1/3rd of your deck are creatures and the life loss AND the cost reduction to your creatures/Keskit, the Flesh Sculptor seems pretty solid.

Lastly, I'd just swap Skeletal Vampire for Grave Titan. I've never had good experiences with Skeletal Vampire in that it's usually targeted for the possible creature generation, whereas Grave Titan is a better body, better defensively, and can net an equally large amount of tokens.

multimedia on Infectious Invasion

2 months ago

Hey, good start. To help with deck building add 36 lands, even just basic Swamps to start, to see how many deck spots you have left to fill? How about the name Infectious Invasion?

Other areas to help improve gameplay are more ramp sources and more draw sources. Sheoldred is 7 mana you'll want ramp to consistently cast her as well as cast many high mana cost infect creatures. Dark Ritual, Defiler of Flesh and Culling the Weak are good, but consider more?

Black does well with mana efficient draw for the cost of life or a permanent. Weatherlight Compleated looks to be powerful, but slow and Phyrexian Rager is subpar, consider more draw?

Infect gives poison counters to players when any type of damage is done by the creature with infect, not just combat damage. Vindictive Vampire when it has infect gives each opponent a poison counter when a creature you control dies.

Good luck with your deck.

amarthaler on Bloodline Bloodbath

6 months ago

I like what you have going here - which appears to be some upgrades to the 2017 pre-con. I also did this and can tell you that upgrading the lands is a game-changer in regards to putting vampires onto the battlefield quicker. But as you know, lands are expensive.

Some cheaper upgrades I'd recommend are: Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord, Embercleave, Vanquisher's Banner and Bontu's Monument. I threw those in my upgraded deck and they're very useful.

Here's a link to mine if you'd like to peek at it for ideas. Again, ignore the price tag because I upgrade all of the lands with cards I already owned.

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