Escalate - Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode beyond the first.)
Choose one or more -
-Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
-Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
-Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
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Collective Brutality Discussion
1 week ago
TransMarx Thanks for the thoughts! This is a different direction than what I've been going in, but I'll give it a try and see if it works better.
I've never dropped below 3 Archon of Cruelty , that thing is insane when you don't pay full price. I've been looking for replacements for It That Betrays (killer with haste, vulnerable without it), and both Ashen Rider and Terastodon were on the short list. It's probably time to make that change.
Bone Shards is great and worthy of at least a sideboard slot, if not main deck. Liliana of the Veil comes down when this version of the deck wants to be dropping its finishers, but I'll try it alongside your suggested line. I tried Unmarked Grave for a while, but there was only enough space for so many MV2 graveyard fillers, and Collective Brutality and Thrilling Discovery did enough in initial testing to make the cut. I'll revisit it, since it will help reliability, but in the end it's a one-trick pony. If Dark Ritual ever shows up in Modern (not gonna happen), Unmarked Grave would be jammed in immediately.
3 weeks ago
Here's A Metagame Sideboard Guide Niv to Light In: 2 Despark , 1 Despise , Languish Niv to Light Out: 1 Collective Brutality , 3 Fatal Push Spirits In: 1 Settle the Wreckage , 2 Despise , 2 Languish Spirits Out: 1 Duress , 1 Agonizing Remorse , 1 Knight of Autumn , 2 Grim Flayer Pheonix In: 1 Despark , 1 Agonizing Remorse , 2 Damping Sphere , 2 Rest in Peace Pheonix Out: 2 Fatal Push , 2 Abrupt Decay , 1 Collective Brutality , 1 Liliana, the Last Hope Jund In: 2 Knight of Autumn , 2 Rest in Peace Jund In: 2 Collective Brutality , 2 Gilded Goose Dimir Control In: 2 Knight of Autumn , 2 Agonizing Remorse Dimir Control Out: 4 Fatal Push Coco In: 2 Languish , 1 Settle the Wreckage , 1 Knight of Autumn Coco Out: 1 Gilded Goose , Liliana, the Last Hope , 1 Collective Brutality , Agonizing Remorse Pyromancer In: 2 Rest in Peace , 1 Liliana, the Last Hope Pyromancer Out: Agonizing Remorse , 1 Duress , 1 Gilded Goose Stompy In: 2 Despise , 1 Settle the Wreckage , 1 Languish , Liliana, the Last Hope Stompy Out: 1 Duress , 1 Agonizing Remorse , 1 Tireless Tracker , 2 Collective Brutality
1 month ago
if its a casual deck you can do anything without a worry, if you want it to be a competitive list you would need to see at cards like Inquisition of Kozilek , Duress , Thoughtseize , Agonizing Remorse , Collective Brutality for hand disruption, Smallpox maybe probably not, for creature removal you would want to go low as well like Fatal Push , Dismember , Deadly Brew . you mostly would want to drop the avarage cmc of the deck, cards that dont help your game plan or wont do anything till 3 turn after cast will just hinder you, eg: Descent into Madness . cards that you could change that fit better that cards you already have are: Driven , Infuse with Vitality creatures that are good by themselves and cheap and could give you access to other game plans are: Putrid Leech , Lotleth Troll , idk Sarulf, Realm Eater ?
mostly focus on droping the cmc, after that go for cheaper removal and creatures, modern is a fast format for the most part.
2 months ago
From your current sideboard i would only keep the 3x Feed the Swarm - its a great card for creature AND enchantment matchups.
Seeing that you run Agadeem's Awakening Flip i would surely play some creature based hate cards.
- 2x Blight Beetle - hates out heliod, humans & hardened scales & decent blicker against green fatties like Tarmogoyf , Elder Gargaroth , Tireless Tracker ... etc.
- 2x Yixlid Jailer - good grave hate
- 2x Plague Engineer - against tribal, tokens (and bloodghast)
For the rest 6x slots i would play:
- 2x Ashiok, Dream Render - good against grave decks,tutor decks (tron to a degree, titan, heliod, STORM ...etc.)
- 2x Bontu's Last Reckoning - fastes boardwipe in the format, you should only need languish in situations where you give up your board for better topdecking - in such situations, the drawback is minimal, while the cmc 3 means you can play it in time (for example even if you fail to hit land drops, or thalia is on the field ...etc.)
- 2x Damping Sphere - decent against storm, tron, izzet blitz, and the now OMNIPRESENT boros blitz.
In your maindeck you can do much better.
Viscera Seer is very underwhelming if you only have bloodghast to go with it - i would repkace them with 1x more fatal push, 1x targeted discard & 1x Vampire of the Dire Moon / Vampire Cutthroat / Shadow Alley Denizen (latter gives evasion).
And for now maindeckable lifegain is king, so contemplate running a number of Feast of Blood or Collective Brutality (i recommend the former, as its harder to partially fizzle with prowess & less punishing when countered)
And since you run fetches, i woul advise getting 1-2 Witch's Cottage for more recursion.
2 months ago
There are some straightforward options - the 'kill an enchantment' card patched a lot of holes. I've had success with Whip of Erebos and Mimic Vat , Collective Brutality , Raven's Crime , Ravenous Trap , Profane Command and so on, but right now lumimancer looks like its going to be flavour of the month, so 1 mana instant speed removal is the game. Fatal Push , or spice like Human Frailty . If you need to kill somewhat bigger creatures, Dismember does a lot of work answering those 1 drops.
2 months ago
Here are my thoughts - many of these have already been echoed by Balaam__ above.
Modern is a very fast format. Most miderange decks typically want to be running cards with cmc between 1-3, with a very few cards at cmc4 (look at Jund, for example, that only runs Bloodbraid Elf and then lots of low-costing cards). In that vein, I think you need to look at lowering your curve. I get that some of your cards can be cast for cheaper with Prowl, but I think you'd only want to keep the very best of these.
On the above note, personally I would drop Zareth San, the Trickster and Notorious Throng entirely. Their cost is waaay too high, especially in a deck with 22 lands, and they don't do enough to justify their spots. I would also drop a few Earwig Squad - it feels like you want to be playing either 2 or 3.... maybe mainboard 2 and have a 3rd in the sideboard against decks that you really need to disable?
I would echo what has already been said above that some good cmc1 cards would be very useful to the the deck. Consider Fatal Push , Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek . You probably want at least 8ish cards that are 1cmc so your first turn isn't wasted.
On the subject of lands, I would recommend swapping both Sunken Hollow and Rogue's Passage for both of Darkslick Shores and Drowned Catacomb . The Hollow just has too many scenarios where it's going to slow you down, and the Passage is both going to hurt your mana base, and be unlikely to get any benefits (you need 5 lands in play and nothing else to do, to make use of it). If the beforementioned cards are too expensive, i'd suggest just running basics over what's happening now.
If you have the money, I'd strongly suggest ditching Thieves' Fortune in place of Aether Vial . It'll make your deck multiple-times stronger than where it is now, and and also Vial will be able to slot seamlessly into any other future tribal-based decks you make, if that is your preferred way of playing. Another option for this deck in particular could be Bitterblossom . I do think Thieves' Fortune is probably a card you'd want to ditch, though perhaps this is a slot that could also be happily consumed by the beforementioned 1cmc cards too.
3 months ago
Straight up, I don't think I've ever seen a non-proxy Damnation cast in real life. Anyway, if you're struggling against some sort of elf combo, maybe add hand disruption to slow down or stop them. Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek are the classic picks, but I also like Collective Brutality and Harsh Scrutiny for more narrow applications. Or, if you're looking to punish the draw, Underworld Dreams or a splashed Notion Thief could be pretty funny, albeit less effective. A final suggestion might be type-hate cards. Plague Engineer naming elf and Crippling Fear naming vampire might get the job done but would probably require removing Ayara.
3 months ago
Thanks for the compliment. I have found that cutting Liliana of the Veil made the deck run more consistent. I decided that I will run two Phyrexian Arena Instead of four and will be putting two Collective Brutality for the final slots.
I feel like devotion is honestly missing one or two cards and then it will be a strong modern deck. Overall, I like your build. Reminds me of when I started with mono black.