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Dark Ritual Discussion
20 hours ago
Maybe change the format to "Casual" if you're going to run Dark Ritual ?
1 day ago
I'm sorry to inform you, but this deck is already out of modern. Dark Ritual is banned in modern.
5 days ago
Hey, nice version of Scarab, great first attempt.
Some upgrades within the budget to consider:
- Wonder > Grimoire of the Dead
- Windfall > Ancient Excavation
- Diabolic Intent > Exsanguinate
- Relentless Dead > Noosegraf Mob
- Graveborn Muse > Liliana's Reaver
- Arcane Signet or Talisman of Dominance > Commander's Sphere
- Arcane Denial > Countersquall
Wonder can give all your creatures flying including Scarab. It's great with Buried Alive and Entomb to tutor for it and put it into your graveyard. Grimoire has a powerful ability, but it's painfully slow, needing four turns before you can sac it. Scarab's ability can be used on your opponents' creatures in their individual graveyards and Windfall is a wheel which makes all players discard their hands and draw cards filling up their graveyards with potential creatures to exile. Windfall is one of the best blue cards in Commander.
Diabolic Intent is another tutor that can search for any one card. Exsanguinate is a fine card, but Torment of Hailfire is better and I don't see a need for both. Relentless Dead is a good two drop Zombie and there's not a lot of two drop options. Mob is lackluster for a six drop compared to the other six drops such as Titan and Mikaeus. Graveborn Muse is very good repeatable draw with Zombies and Scarab's upkeep trigger can gain you life that you loss from Muse. Reaver is fine, but not as impactful as Muse.
Whenever you can play a two drop mana rock in place of a three drop then this change can speed up gameplay. Arcane Signet is new in the ELD Brawl precons which right now can be hard to find, but you can buy it as a single online for less than $10. Arcane or Talisman of Dominance can make black mana the turn you play it which can be helpful with so many low mana cost Zombies. The single draw from Sphere is nice, but there's lots of three drop Zombie Lords here that would be a better three drop play then Sphere.
Denial is a two drop hard counter with only one in it's mana cost making it good with a heavy black manabase.
Others upgrades to consider:
- Lim-Dul's Vault > Pull from Tomorrow
- Dark Ritual > Vanquisher's Banner
- Ponder > Consuming Aberration
- Animate Dead > Havengul Lich
- Murderous Rider or Hero's Downfall > Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
These last upgrades to consider are cutting high mana cost cards and replacing them with low mana cost cards to speed up gameplay. The five drop spot has a lot of options with Scarab as the go to play having lots of other five drops can hinder gameplay since you don't really want to play them over Scarab and having a hand full of five drops doesn't help. Good luck with your deck.
2 weeks ago
Some Shrieking Affliction or even The Rack would probably fit in this deck, as you've got a heap of discard effects in it. Hymn to Tourach is maybe not casual friendly, but it's really nasty, nasty enough to win the odd game by itself nearly. I think Appetite is an odd card to use if you are running 4 of a card to animate from the opponent's graveyard, and I would sub something else in for it probably. A few Dark Ritual wouldn't hurt, and they are pretty budget.
2 weeks ago
squadcarxmar, thank you for the suggestions! I had this idea for a semi-casual extort deck for a while and I am still in the process of finding ways to make it fun for everyone >:). Isochron Scepter definitely sounds fun... I could also see a synergy there with Dark Ritual as a psuedo-ramp + extort trigger... Sounds very cool. Eldrazi Displacer does sound a little harder to make work, as it would require some very specific land or mana rock requirements, but I like the idea.
2 weeks ago
To make the game last against aggro strategies you could use Ratchet Bomb as your holy hand grenade (it can get rid of tokens the same turn you cast it, or creatures with converted mana cost 1, 2, 3, relatively fast), or else, you can use Sunscour , although I would put it in the sidedeck because you may play against decks wihtout cratures -thats why i prefer Ratchet Bomb -.
You can also use Runed Halo on yourself. It can prevent black cards with "sacrifice" mechanics, or prevent the damage of a creature full of auras, and help with repetitive red cards focused on life damage.
I recommend Angel of the Dire Hour , and make sure you have 4x Resplendent Angel , after all, they can decide the game all alone. You can also have more Shalai, Voice of Plenty if you think it is necessary, although Voice of All with deathtouch ir more elegant.
Adding an extra color you could also think to exchange all your artifacts for board wipe strategies like Akroma's Vengeance , Merciless Eviction along with the Brave the Elements strategy (to save your creatures). And maybe Profane Procession Flip, Kaya's Guile and Vindicate .
You could also find better lands to match this deck. You are only using "plains". I know it demands some researching, but you gonna have to do it sooner or later.
After this you could focus on a sidedeck against discard, blue counter, or something else. Like Luminarch Ascension , which is already there, and more cards related with the graveyard.
3 weeks ago
Very risky, but Rain of Filth in case you absolutely need extra mana.
Dark Ritual occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 1.2%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.08%
UBR (Grixis): 0.69%