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Carnival of Souls
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you lose 1 life and add (Black) to your mana pool.
Carnival of Souls Discussion
2 weeks ago
I actually recommended Carnival of Souls not Cavern of Souls haha. I was gonna say there are plenty of creatures in here you could take out, but then again I see you're going for aristocrats so the high creature count makes sense.
I think these could be swapped out for better things: Ghostly Prison (you can just chump block with faeries), Propaganda, Merciless Eviction (exile seems like it would hurt you pretty badly, and you have plenty of removal/control already), Meloku the Clouded Mirror (mana intensive and deramps), Resurrection (kinda costly for this effect. Dance of the Dead does this way better in your context), Brainstorm (I know people recommend stuff like this, but to me it is all filler no killer. There are way more explosive draw effects for this general. heck you could Open the Armory for Skullclamp instead and set yourself up a nice draw engine rather than drop a dud like Brainstorm), Proper Burial (lifegain is mostly pointless if it's not weaponized or part of some value engine/loop), Cavalier of Gales (doesn't seem very impactful), Noble Benefactor (awfully risky)
2 weeks ago
And these: Sun Titan , Attrition , Mesa Enchantress , Ertai, the Corrupted , Starfield of Nyx , Hall of Heliod's Generosity , Seal of Cleansing , Hanna, Ship's Navigator , Black Market , Revel in Riches , Anointed Procession , Carnival of Souls
3 weeks ago
Wow this build is great for such a tight budget! You might like Secret Salvage and Heirloom Blade . Also Carnival of Souls , while risky, has strong potential to bring you to combo town. Grim Haruspex and Disciple of Bolas might be better than Night's Whisper and Sign in Blood, and definitely Slate of Ancestry over Tower of Fortunes IMO. Vanquisher's Banner would be sweet if your budget allows. Oh and Thornbite Staff makes infinite rats when equipped to your general!
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
I'd trade out
and put in a
Debt to the Deathless
. I run it over Exsanguinate in my Teysa because I don't mainboard my
and it helps me close out games still. So even if your Darkest Hour is getting countered/exiled/whatever you can have an easier time winning with that. If you slap a
it makes this even more insane. And Bracers is also already good on Teysa trading 3 tokens for 2 creatures rather than 1. Say you spend 7 mana on Debt, 3 on Vizkopa with Bracers, with 3 opponents in the game. That's 3 on Debt for 6 life but you'll gain 18 then Vizkopa activates twice and they lose 36. That's 42 life loss to each opponent. It can also work well whenever you gain a lot of life in a turn like Soul Warden and a token dump.
I would run Carnival of Souls since you already have Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant and if both are out, it's free black mana whenever creatures hit.
I'd trade a boardwipe for Merciless Eviction because it can handle indestructible and hexproof creatures with exile. The only downside is worrying about a counterspell. Also, maybe Storm Herd in place of Increasing Devotion ? I don't know how fast the decks you play against are but if you mana ramp enough Storm Herd usually has more value. Also consider Black Market for mana ramp in a Teysa deck.
I know I'm suggesting a lot but wanted you to consider some of your options, I know some of my suggestions don't really have something directly to take out with them. This deck seems very good and competitive I'd say.
1 month ago
Hi again wanted to get an idea of what criteria Edgar Markov doesn't meet within the guidelines for competitive play? Been working on the list for a little bit of time and wanted to see other than CA in the command zone, what he lacked in regards to making the competitive tab?
The Pulls towards the deck is it is a similar playstyle to that of the Sidisis, focusing on fast combo and reanimation. It has one of, if not the, largest amount of layered cards between it's Skullclamp and Razaketh, the Foulblooded lines, as well as the fastest razaketh the foulblooded lines, usually going off with between 0/2 mana usually. The Razaketh lines included also are able to win from 2 creature + 0 mana, and with the recent addition of Dockside Extortionist an alternative line for later in the game that doesn't rely on chaining 0 drops. This allows us to have a low curve and also plays post Ad Nauseam fueling, Carnival of Souls as well as Phyrexian Altar which layer with the Oathsworn Vampire combo within the deck.
The clear disadvantages of the deck being the number of "dead" cards we layer to form more redundancy within the list, as well as the lack of Blue which would supply cantrips and counterspells for the deck. This interaction suite of the deck is slowly improving with more printings of stronger cards as well as effects such as Mandate of Peace .
3 months ago
Carnival of Souls can also do it if you have Blood Artist / Zulaport Cutthroat and a sac outlet, but it is nowhere near as clean as just having Phyrexian Altar . I am sure there are other more convoluted ways to do it, but they almost definitely aren't worth it.
4 months ago
How good are Bitterblossom and Dreadhorde Invasion in this deck? It appears to be fast enough that I'm not sure they're providing you much advantage, considering you have to wait a whole turn for them to do their thing. I've not played the deck though, so maybe I'm overestimating your common win turn. Carnival of Souls costs life and is also symmetrical, which can be rough, but it does help you generate additional mana on the pivotal combo turn. When you're doing your Undying combo, for example, it adds mana every time a creature comes back in from the graveyard. This allows you to cast all of the cards your drawing to gain more life and keep going off or even opens up another alternate win condition like Exsanguinate . And again, Exsanguinate doesn't have to necessarily even be lethal to be good because it gain a ton of life without winning the game to let you draw more cards.
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