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|Khans of Tarkir (KTK)||Uncommon|
|New Phyrexia (NPH)||Uncommon|
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Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a creature or planeswalker card from it. That player discards that card.
2 days ago
I think you need a sideboard. Unless you don't intend on playing with one, I'll throw you some suggestions. Since you're on a budget, I'll consider that in my card choices too:
3 days ago
The reason you are struggling to make this deck work is that it has at least two different plans, none of which it can fully support. Outside of this your deck has a glut of four drops and only eight spells which cost less than 3 mana, this is not a good curve as it means you do very little until turn three or four.
It is often repeated that you need to have a clear plan for your deck to function. You have a part of a punisher style deck with cards like Torment of Hailfire or Temporal Extortion then you have a Soulflayer plan with Xathrid Slyblade and other creatures to feed it. You need to pick one of these ideas, you can play a mono black punisher style deck, but it needs a discard package Duress and Despise for example as well as Dash Hopes and Sword-Point Diplomacy but everything in the deck needs to be focussed on helping your plan or keeping you alive. A Soulflayer deck is also possible, I run a variation on MonoFlayer at the modern night locally on occasion and can win rounds.
In summary; make a plan and watch your mana curve. I hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.
3 weeks ago
Hey , thanks for the reply! The meta is extremely creature heavy. That's why I'm running Harsh Scrutiny in the mainboard (which I might replace with a Despise instead), with a third Duress in the sideboard to swap out when needed. We calculate based on the price on MTGGoldfish and I'm at $102 right now (https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2290506#paper), so you're probably right about Inquisition of Kozilek
We only have one burn-ish deck (which also happens to be me running a mono-red prowess variant), so I feel like lifegain can live in the sideboard for now (e.g. Pulse of Murasa & Spike Feeder ). I chose Grisly Salvage over Pulse of Murasa because I was getting mana-screwed pretty regularly. The cheap land package is really difficult to do in these particular three colours. But, Grisly Salvage is a card that I can use when I need to grab a land or when I want to grab a potentially game-swinging threat. And, I feel like since I'm not running fetches or anything that tosses things into the graveyard Pulse of Murasa will only grab low-cmc creatures that I had played earlier in the game rather than massive hulks that can swing things in my favour. That being said, Pulse of Murasa may be better in the late game, but worse in the early game (which is where I have trouble).
As for Aether Hub , I've felt like it's value is extremely dependent on getting Winding Constrictor or Glint-Sleeve Siphoner out. If you are desperate and have to use its energy counter, Aether Hub can be a dead land due to the high number of coloured spells in the deck. That's why I cut one. But, when it goes off, it really goes off! TBH, the land base is where this version of the deck really struggles (as well as the reliance on the Winding Constrictor / Glint-Sleeve Siphoner combo). So, any additional thoughts on these issues would be super helpful!
Bristling Hydra is a super interesting addition and might help with my Aether Hub problem. I'm worried it might be a bit slow and isn't a big enough payoff in the 4cmc slot. Greenbelt Rampager might also work in here. I honestly am not sure about either of those. I'll give it a shot either way!
Champion of Lambholt might also be a bit slot. On turn 4 and beyond, the plan is basically to play one big creature a turn (hopefully). So, I feel like Champion of Lambholt won't grow fast enough. I think you recommended Managorger Hydra in a comment thread earlier. Do you think either of these is better than Sprouting Thrinax in this deck?
Also, do you have a preference between Phyrexian Revoker and Pithing Needle ? I guess the threat and the ability to grow Scavenging Ooze with Phyrexian Revoker isn't worth the vulnerability it has as a creature. Pithing Needle is probably the better choice.
1 month ago
Forgot to say, if you insist on keeping the Harsh Scrutiny (as a budget fill-in for Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek), you should take a look at Despise . You lose scry 1 but are able to hit Planeswalkers as well as creatures. Duress is probably better than both, though, since you have Terminates (or Smallpox , should you decide to use them).
2 months ago
Hey!! First of all, Dark Ritual Is banned in Modern. You should cut Quest for the Nihil Stone for The Rack which is more consistent. You need discard cards xddddd. If you are playing on a budget use Despise and Duress . For creatures you can use Gurmag Angler which is really good and cheap. You need removal, try Fatal Push or Murderous Cut and Cast Down . Liliana of the Dark Realms don't do really much. Hope this suggestions help you!!
5 months ago
I recommend running cards like Duress Despise or Inquisition of Kozilek These cards will let you choose what your opponents discard, which is more advantageous than your opponent discarding their least valuable card every turn. Also, if you're going against any blue control decks i just learned about this fun card Dash Hopes for your sideboard.
5 months ago
It might be worth it to splash G and/or B. G gives you access to 2 very powerful cards, those being Birds of Paradise and/or Noble Hierarch . If you are going the Bant version, I'd suggest Noble Hierarch because of the exalted trigger, whereas Birds of Paradise is better for the 4 color because you can get all of your colors including black. Splashing B gives you access to not only a Flashbackable Lingering Souls . It also gives you access to better midrange spells, the being Fatal Push , Duress , Despise , and Inquisition of Kozilek . You also need, Need, NEED to have Path to Exile in any white deck. Its probably the best removal in the game right now and any white deck not running it, is doing something wrong.
5 months ago
Thanks for the comments everyone! Blossoming Defense is definitely going in the deck, I haven't been able to find one for some reason, guess I'll have to order it online. As for whether or not the deck can be competitive, I would agree that in a full competitive meta that this deck might have some issues, but so far in local tournaments, Skullbriar has gone undefeated (6-0) so it can at least hold its own against other fairly competitive decks. Now to the card recommendations:
-I definitely prefer Toxic Deluge to the Languish I have in the deck (I'm also working on getting a Damnation ) -I'm not a big fan of putting in Fatal Push (not running sac outlets to trigger Revolt), Beast Within (creates a blocker), or Bane of Progress (mana cost is high) -I wouldn't mind dropping Reclamation Sage for Natural State -I already have a Dismember in the deck (love that card) - Cursed Totem is going in for sure as well as Vendetta - Tangle Wire has actually been one of my favorite cards to play in the deck, I can stack the triggers at the beginning of my upkeep so that I always tap 1 less than my opponents and it can also target itself so i can tap another 1 less. This is really good at stalling the game once I have Skullbriar out so that they can't create blockers while I keep swinging every turn -Finally, while I agree that some of the hand hate and removal spells aren't the greatest, where this deck excels is the quantity of these in the deck to the point where i can consistently have my opponent top-decking and creatureless ( Icy Manipulator , Blackmail , and Despise will all probably come out as I get better cards though)
Thanks again, you guys made some really good points and I'll be buying some of those cards later today!
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