, Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Culling Dais.
, Sacrifice Culling Dais: Draw a card for each charge counter on Culling Dais.
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|Double Masters (2XM)||Uncommon|
|Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2)||Uncommon|
|Scars of Mirrodin (SOM)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Culling Dais Discussion
3 weeks ago
Blasting Station, Culling Dais (at least the charge counters are worth something), and Phyrexian Altar are some other options you could consider for Mana-free creature sacrificing to activate your Myr.
In my opinion, you definitely don't want to have to pay mana AND sacrifice a creature for an effect; there's plenty out there that will let you just sacrifice one for free since being able to kill your own Myr is the primary goal here.
1 month ago
@DemonDragonJ, on that basis you should run the Otherworld Atlas as the other two fail pretty hard to draw you more than one card per turn. With Culling Dais you can proliferate once per turn, but that only amounts to drawing one card per turn. If you want to effectively draw two cards per turn you'd need to be sacrificing a creature to it every turn while proliferating too. I noticed you have other proliferate sources in your deck, but if you don't have them on the battlefield with your commander out the card draw will fall below your standards. You also can't draw the cards right away either as you have to let it sit for as long as you'd need it to. If I had to pick a delayed build-up draw effect I would rather run Barrin's Codex or Pursuit of Knowledge even though they cost more mana.
Mindless Automaton I think is also the worst of the three as you'd need to put 4 counters on it every turn just to meet your card draw standards. While you can get the card draw right away without losing the Automaton it seems like much more work than running the Culling Dais.
I would run Otherworld Atlas, however; if the Atlas turns out to not meet up with your liking I would instead switch it out for Soul Diviner as I feel it would reliably draw you more cards in an average game than Culling Dais or Mindless Automaton would. Perhaps I might run Pursuit of Knowledge over the Diviner, but having something that doesn't draw you the cards right away can make it feel slow and clunky. That said if you compare Pursuit of Knowledge and Otherworld Atlas they both would draw you 5 cards after two turns being on the battlefield. (Keep in mind skipping two draws makes Pursuit of Knowledge provide a pay off of 5 cards drawn.) So the downside to one is you let your opponents draw extra cards along with you and the downside to the other is you can't draw anymore cards afterwards.
1 month ago
I have a copy of Temple Bell in nearly all of my EDH decks, because it is such a great card, but, for my Atraxa deck, I am considering replacing that card with on that uses counters, and, thus, will be amazing in that deck, but I am having difficulty in deciding which card to use, so I shall ask the other users here for their advice.
The first, and most obvious, card that I am considering is Otherworld Atlas, because it is very similar to temple bell, but its only problem is that I worry about enabling my opponents to draw a large number of cards, although I suppose that that could be remedied by not putting too many counters on it. I may not control a Reliquary Tower at the same time as the atlas, plus, three or four counters should be more than sufficient for each activation of the atlas, and one more bonus is that my opponents will be reluctant to attack the player who is providing them with such great card advantage.
The next card that I am considering is Culling Dais, as it requires very little investment for a potentially major profit, but it has several drawbacks: first, this deck does not have a great number of cards that generate tokens, so getting the first counter on the artifact may be difficult; second, it must be sacrificed to activate its ability, so it provides its cards all at once, rather than in small increments, and, again, I may not have a Reliquary Tower when I activate it, which would obviously be a problem.
The final card that I am considering is Mindless Automaton, which has the advantage of being a creature and also an ability that is easily repeatable, but the only reason for which I have not already added it to my deck is that replacing temple bell shall mean that there shall be one less non-creature spell to trigger the ability of Flux Channeler, but I wonder how often that shall actually be relevant.
What does everyone else say about this? Which card should replace Temple Bell in my Atraxa EDH deck?
1 month ago
You are going to need more than 12 lands. Whenever I build a deck, I always start with 40 lands and then for every 3 pieces of ramp, which for a mono black deck would be a mana rock or swamp doubler or ritual spell like Dark Ritual, I remove a land.
Please retune the deck with 12 non-land mana sources and 36 swamps for starters and you can think of non-swamp lands you want to include later.
My suggestions for those sources are any 12 of the following, depending on your budget:
Songs of the Damned
Cabal Coffers <- could replace a swamp
Pristine Talisman <- defiantly want that
After that you've got the commander, which takes up 1 card slot, so that leaves you with 51 cards to choose from.
I see the bare beginnings of either an aristocrats or a reanimator deck. In my opinion you should push more for aristocrats. It can draw you tons of cards and gain you quite a lot of life. There's no harm in keeping some reanimation spells in there though.
You want a good number of sacrifice outlets. I haven't heard of what a hard number should be so I'd shoot for at least 5. Here's a list of some that I remember off hand:
Infernal Tribute <- has a funny synergy with Spine of Ish Sah
Altar of Dementia
Disciple of Griselbrand
Lampad of Death's Vigil
For this strategy you'll need recurring creatures or token generators
Bridge from Below
Open the Graves
Blood Artist is a staple
Plunge into Darkness is something you might want for the pure lifegain of 3 per creature you sacrifice. Not sure that you want to use the "exile a bunch of your deck" too often.
Shadows of the Past
and so forth. I'd look through some already built aristocrats decks to see exactly whether you want to take that strategy.
Oh yeah, for utility lands I'd choose any of the following within your price range:
Geier Reach Sanitarium
3 months ago
Its hard to recommend many cards since you didn't purchase any new ones and you said you want the theme to be vampire tribal. That said, I would consider cutting the following cards: Bloodcrazed Paladin Champion of Dusk Disciple of Griselbrand Paladin of Atonement Priest of Forgotten Gods Wurmcoil Engine Zulaport Cutthroat Harsh Sustenance Consecrate / Consume Single Combat Culling Dais Seer's Sundial Whispersilk Cloak Bastion of Remembrance
Cards to look at adding: Mind Stone/Fellwar stone/Worn Powerstone/any mana rocks Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle Etchings of the Chosen Call to the Feast Bloodthirsty Aerialist Viscera Seer Vindictive Vampire Bishop of Binding Arvad the Cursed Despark Heliod's Intervention Altar's Reap Mace of the Valiant Well of Lost Dreams
4 months ago
I'd definitely drop Implements of Sacrifice and Treasure Keeper, and recommend dropping Cathodion, Order of Whiteclay, and Feldon too. Seems like it could use more sac outlets like Arcbound Ravager, Goblin Bombardment, Culling Dais, Dark-Dweller Oracle, Fanatical Devotion, Jinxed Idol, Krark-Clan Shaman, and Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer. I'd also think about any of the creatures that make Treasure when they enter or die, Brass's Bounty, Smothering Tithe, Hangarback Walker, Hoarding Dragon, Scrapyard Recombiner, Servo Schematic, Bloodfire Infusion
5 months ago
7 months ago
Dictate of Erebos is still a game effect requiring you to fulfil it (sacrificing a creature). You can't sacrifice a creature to both that requirement and a different one (cost of Culling Dais). Raging_Squiggle's vending machine analogy is an excellent example.