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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Draw two cards.
1 week ago
Starting with mana, you only have 44 sources. I would recommend going around 47. Sapphire Medallion and Jet Medallion are a lot better than the monuments, although more expensive. You want to avoid 3 mana rocks like Dimir Locket and Commander's Sphere, you have better options in two mana ones. Add Coldsteel Heart, Fellwar Stone, Dimir Signet, Talisman of Dominance and at least one land.
Since mill and discard can basically act as card draw, you can run cards like Mire Triton, Stitcher's Supplier, Undead Butler, Palantir of Orthanc, and Fact or Fiction, as well as sacrifice based card draw like Corrupted Conviction, Village Rites, and Deadly Dispute. There's also always all-stars Black Market Connections, Phyrexian Arena, and Rhystic Study if you want to go that direction.
Some other cards to consider include Cryptbreaker, Geralf, Visionary Stitcher, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Lord of the Undead, Noxious Ghoul, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, The Scarab God, Distant Melody, Buried Alive, Diabolic Intent, Liliana, Dreadhorde General. You could probably replace similar cards with these if they are better.
3 weeks ago
I saw your forum post, and figured I'd leave my suggestions here:
Scapegoat - Can help with board protection for stuff you wouldn't want to die (mostly Carmen).
Bartolome del Presidio - Kind of like another Carrion Feeder. Helpful to have another free sac outlet that can also grow into a threat.
Plumb the Forbidden - Maybe can replace Village Rites or Corrupted Conviction. Excellent draw, especially when used in response to board wipes. One of my favorite uses was using it in response to a Living Death lol.
Fanatical Devotion - Another free sac outlet that can help you protect key creatures.
Curse of the Restless Dead - Could be another means of getting creature tokens to sac, even if you enchant yourself with it. I think this or Fanatical Devotion could replace Monologue Tax, which felt very underwhelming each time I played it.
Loran of the Third Path - Another helpful ETB removal with some upside for political draw.
Chittering Witch - ETB token creator with a bit of removal
Luminous Broodmoth - Helps recur your sacrificed creatures and turns them into more effective attackers/blockers, assuming they didn't already have flying.
Vito, Fanatic of Aclazotz - A value engine that cares about you sacrificing permanents.
I think you have a solid start so far in terms of trying to balance out sac fodder creation and sac enablers. Every meta is different, but I think with how prevalent Treasures and similar types of tokens are now, Carmen should get some incidental growth from other players, but will definitely require some testing in your local metas to determine that. I think having a decent amount of Free Sac Outlets to let you control your own sacrificing at instant speed should be helpful too, especially if some of those effects can help you protect Carmen, or at least replenish resources if she is removed.
2 months ago
Came here from reddit, I know you said you are looking for cuta but I have found that I really struggle to make cuts without seeing what better/more fun replacements would look like. Seeing better or more fun options makes cuts easier imo.
Alela's Huge Goads is my Alela deck and there's lots of fun pieces from there I would suggest, but you should take a look and see what feels fun to you! Cheap instants, especially ones that draw cards like Corrupted Conviction or Village Rites are both great because they make you a Faerie, draw two cards, and only cost one mana. I had tried a few different things with Alela, but low CMC instants really make the deck fun and allow you to put out a fairy each turn. To that effect, there's a lot of expensive cards CMCwise I would cut here like Faerie Slumber Party and Kindred Dominance. I had both in my starting list but expensive sorceries don't jive well with Alela and usually just kind of get in the way.k if you'd like any other suggestions!
3 months ago
Welcome to the club, Hundrumleek!
Bubbling Cauldron doesn't feel like it offers that much here. How many games has the life gain made a difference for you, where it actually bought you the time to win? Unless the life gain from Bubbling Cauldron regularly and reliably helps you win matches, I think that adding another source of pressure would work better.
Sticking with the "cheap sacrifice outlet" idea, life loss from Lampad of Death's Vigil or Vermin Gorger would offer another chance for Gutterbones to recur. Cabal Therapist or Nezumi Bone-Reader can force discards. While not Skeletons, these are "safe" and affordable options, if budget is a concern.
I also think you can safely cut one of the Skeletal Swarmings and add some more draw cards. Village Rites is another Corrupted Conviction, for example. This will help lower your mana curve and reduce early game dead draws. Since this deck is more control-y than ramp-y, getting SkeleSwarm before you can use it is just a dead draw.
Skeleton is my favorite creature type, and is my favorite color combination, so this sort of deck always gets my attention. Above all, have fun!
6 months ago
Blood Artist, Clackbridge Troll, Massacre Wurm, Slaughter Specialist, Feed the Swarm, Syr Konrad, the Grim, Gisa, Glorious Resurrector, Falkenrath Noble, Burnished Hart, Thrummingbird, Sangromancer, Vedalken Humiliator, Gulping Scraptrap, Village Rites, Feign Death, Sign in Blood, Vat Emergence, Victimize, Night's Whisper, Contagion Clasp, Wayfarer's Bauble, Neurok Stealthsuit, Grave Betrayal, Infernal Genesis, Kaya's Ghostform, Eternal Thirst, Mind Stone, Commander's Sphere, Charcoal Diamond, Sky Diamond, Dimir Locket, Undying Malice, Supernatural Stamina, Corrupted Conviction, Fake Your Own Death, Ravenous Chupacabra, Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, Defile
6 months ago
I understand the reasoning behind cards like Corrupted Conviction, but to me the bonus is not more than the cost. Drawing two off of one card, effectively going up 1 card in hand one time per include, is simply not enough to warrant a spot, even if it helps you proliferate. A card like Erebos, Bleak-Hearted lets you sacrifice your tokens and draw off of them, but does so more than once as a single card, and also could offer removal depending on the board state. Shadowheart, Dark Justiciar similarly has a higher ceiling because it's one card that can draw several more, and more than once, though I do understand these are not phyrexians and so somewhat less synergistic in that sense (but the instants/sorceries aren't phyrexian either, so I think the point is mute). I think cards like Ashnod's Altar and Krark-Clan Ironworks are incredibly synergistic here, as they provide the mana to activate your tokens while potentially also triggering the proliferate, I did not notice they were not in but would recommend them as well.
6 months ago
DareiJuxis, I completely agree about wipes. I was just curious which ones may synergize the best with Brimaz. Thank you for some of those recommendations. I put in Austere Command and Farewell on top of keeping Sunfall. I did think about putting in Basalt Monolith and Rings of Brighthearth to get infinite colorless mana in order to keep up with the amount of incubate tokens that are made.
I did add Greed like you recommended. The reason I kept things like Corrupted Conviction is the sac additional cost to the card in order to sac any phyrexian token I have to help trigger Brimaz. Would you recommend against that? Like an Ashnod's Altar in order to help pay for another to take its place?
7 months ago
Looking at all the cards from the new set, I’m not seeing anything jumping out at us. Corrupted Conviction seems good, but we cut a lot of those cards just recently. One mana for a sac and 2 cards sounds good though. Especially at instant speed. I don’t see any battles that work for us. I want to find a spot for Elesh Norn Flip because I love her but she definitely isn’t as optimal as other cards.
Additionally, loving all the new variants for our girl. I did get my hands on a serialized version. 071/500 over here. Anyone get there hands on a number??