Decree of Pain

Sorcery

Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated. Draw a card for each creature destroyed this way.

Cycling (, Discard this card:Draw a Card.)

When you cycle this, all creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

Guerric on [Primer] Casting the Mythal *Update*

2 months ago
Finally with Neon Dynasty we have some a new addition! Ruthless Technomancer is here to stay, and add yet one more way to perform the Rite of Endless Sacrifice (infinite combo; see primer). This was welcome, as there hasn't been a worthy card for this deck since Kaldheim gave us the powerhouse uber-tutor and combo-enabler that is Pyre of Heroes. This one doesn't disappoint, and also can just provide some ramp and recursion when we aren't ready to combo off. I've updated the primer with how to do the combo with Mana Echoes. I believe you can also do it with Bloodline Necromancer, but I haven't quite got my brain around that one yet, and I'll update if and when I do! I also made one other marginal update, and may due a second one with some other minor tweaks soon.

1) Anathemancer OUT Ruthless Technomancer IN

Ruthless Technomancer is amazing for all of the reasons stated above and more. It's just a must play for the deck. Shout out to beastmenwarrior for drawing my attention to it while I was heavily focused on updating my Yuriko deck with cards from this set. I have a beautiful foil version of Anathemancer, but unfortunately its probably the weakest link. It really only combos with kicked Rite of Replication to win outright, whereas Supreme Inquisitor can work with any infinite token generator to win the game. Other than that it can provide some chip damage, but that doesn't cut it as much most of the time.

2) Decree of Pain OUT Toxic Deluge IN

This one is pretty straightforward. Toxic Deluge comes down much earlier and gets around indestructible and other annoying mechanics like that. This deck is fast and we always have something to do with our mana, so tapping out to wipe the board, even if it nets us a bunch of cards, isn't what we want to do here. I'll probably pop decree into my planeswalker deck where the draw might help more, but its just too slow for this deck.

Guerric on [Primer] Casting the Mythal *Update*

2 months ago

I probably will make some updates to the deck soon, including likely putting in Ruthless Technomancer since he seems to synergize so well. It's been a while since we've had a playable card for this deck, so I'm glad Neon Dynasty delivers! Thanks to beastmenwarrior for passing on the good news! I'll confess that I've been so focused on updating Yuriko that I missed this piece.

I'll also likely put in Toxic Deluge for Decree of Pain and try out Patron Wizard in place of Voidmage Prodigy, which I've long wanted to do. I'll post more info and update as I change things!

legendofa on New EDH mechanic - Treachery

2 months ago

This particular card would allow 29 additional cards, as of right now. The "Destroy target creature." ones generally have very high mana costs for their effects, and Decree of Pain, Blood on the Snow, and maybe Deadly Tempest look like they would be the most useful board wipes to add, to my eyes.

I think this could work as a house-ruled custom commander; it doesn't seem to be too overpowered. I'm not quite sure how it would work with Liturgy of Blood, though, and as others have mentioned, it does add another wrinkle to color identity rules. The difference between this card and Partner, ~ can be your commander, etc. is that while they might mess with other rules, they don't mess with color identity.

As long as everyone understands the restrictions on what can be added, this seems fair.

jamochawoke on Teach me how to Sluggy

3 months ago

Other good cards to hurry up the deaths of other creatures with slime counters on them would be the -/- cards black gets and some of the other boardwipes Massacre Wurm, Massacre Girl, Languish, Toxic Deluge, Black Sun's Zenith, Decree of Pain, Life's Finale, Plague Wind, or Killing Wave.

SirYupp on Olivia Voldaren

6 months ago

Pretty good starting point, one of the things to keep in mind in Commander though is generally, you're expecting a 4 player game that lasts a long time, so you want to prefer cards that can have major impact in the early game or the very late game, something like Act of Treason is pretty limited in terms of when it will be really useful, cards with similar effect but with more power or flexibility (one of which you found in Insurrection) will serve you better in most games. Consider instead something like Harness by Force or Captivating Vampire.

The other thing to consider is ideally, if you're stealing creatures from your opponents, you want to make sure they don't get them back, Indulgent Aristocrat and Yahenni, Undying Partisan are good examples, but ideally you want as many of those sort of effects as you can fit in, Viscera Seer, Bloodflow Connoisseur, and Immersturm Predator are all decent vampire options, though you also can find things like Carnage Altar that can give you some extra value from your steals.

Single target removal like Terminate and especially Doom Blade are probably unneeded for you. If you need to kill a single target your plan is probably better focused on stealing it and sacrificing it instead. You probably are better off with a few more board wipes instead, if you do fall behind or lose place, you'll want a few more reset buttons. Kindred Dominance is an expensive but really powerful option for Tribal decks, Decree of Pain hits you as well, but it's a much cheaper card and great for if you're running out of gas in the late game. If you do want single target removal spells, again, you want flexibility, consider Bedevil, for just one mana more than Doom Blade you remove the restriction, and now can deal with much more than just problem creatures.

All in all though, like the list as a starting point, you'll figure out what you need and what you can cut best by playing the deck, so good luck!

bopple100 on

8 months ago

i would suggest adding more tutors. also get rid of your bad zombies as this is an infinite combo deck and not a zombie tribal deck. zombies is more the subtheme. if you want to go into the zombie tribal deck consider adding more lords like Death Baron and Lord of the Accursed. other than that I would add some more staples in black aristocrats like Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Viscera Seer, Bolas's Citadel, and Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact. Also just good black cards are Diabolic Intent, Necropotence, Carrion Feeder, Deadly Rollick, Grim Haruspex, Grim Tutor, Bastion of Remembrance, Butcher of Malakir, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Imperial Seal, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, and Decree of Pain. also Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion is a good combo. looks like a good idea but i would get rid of all those 1-2 mana zombies that have no effect of the game. enjoy the deck!

linksdeity on Help with Voltron protection and …

9 months ago

Hello,

Let's begin with evasion - because answers run out and might not even be there.

My favorite way to make Volrath unblockable is discarding Filth with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in play. I also love Rime Transfusion and having Snow Covered Swamps. Manifold Key does double duty by also untapping big mana rocks or other toys like Quicksilver Amulet. Dragon Shadow is a decent option, and helps most of the other big creatures. Whispersilk Cloak is obvious, as is Rogue's Passage.

Some less obvious plays are using instant speed board wipes via Vedalken Orrery to clear the field right before your turn so nothing is left to block - or similar instant speed board wipe effects like cycling a Decree of Pain. Things like Pestilence/Pestilence Demon can clear the field with little threat to a pumped up Volrath. You could include a Breaker of Armies, which would absorb all of your opponents blocking creatures or also be discarded to Volrath for 8.

Ok, then you have protection. Normal stuff like Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves. Volrath gains a lot of protection and evasion from the swords of X and Y. Light and Shadow is a must play. Feast and Famine is a very high recommend followed by Fire and Ice. Imp's Mischief is invaluable in redirecting removal or countering a counterspell. You can run Not of This World for a good counter. Veilstone Amulet is a good option for protection as well.

Really you want some protection but if you focus more on ramping, haste, evasion, and other ways to continue putting pressure and threats out then the odds are that you will find a way through. Command Beacon and Netherborn Altar can help Volrath be cheaper, or even cheated into play. Have some reanimation effects, preferably those you can use repeatedly like Strands of Night and Sheoldred, Whispering One. Artisan of Kozilek is amazing when you can hit 9 and bring another major threat out. If they "deal" with Volrath it just means they have less answers for Phage the Untouchable or Blightsteel Colossus, or the next time Volrath lands and swings.

Mtg_Mega_Nerds on Need Next-level Ayara, First of …

9 months ago

You need more ramp since you have a lot of expensive cards. For ramp you need: Arcane Signet , Charcoal Diamond , Jet Medallion , Nyx Lotus , Dark Ritual , Culling the Weak , Wayfarer's Bauble , Bubbling Muck . Take out Ugin, the Ineffable . I don't know why you have it, there are hardly enough colorless cards to make it effective. Also take out Josu Vess, Lich Knight , Abhorrent Overlord , and a couple more expensive cards that cost 6+ cmc. You also need to change your boardwipes. They are far too expensive to be effective. Trade Necromantic Selection for Shadows' Verdict , Deadly Tempest for Mutilate , Oblivion Stone for Soul Shatter . I would suggest Decree of Pain for Damnation or Toxic Deluge considering the deck price. Other cards to consider adding: Swiftfoot Boots , Defile , Phyrexian Arena , Sign in Blood , Read the Bones , Night's Whisper . Since you are already running good sac outlets, Exsanguinate and Torment of Hailfire consider adding an Infinite Mana Combo. Make these changes and the deck will be much faster and more competitive.

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