Dire Tactics

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Dire Tactics


Exile target creature. If you don't control a Human, you lose life equal to that creature's toughness.

multimedia on Liesa final

4 weeks ago

Hey, nice version on a low budget. You have good deck building skills on a budget.

Consider Talisman of Hierarchy as 99th card or an upgrade for a Diamond? Orzhov Signet is another mana rock upgrade for a Diamond. Commander's Sphere is upgrade for Cluestone. Angelic Accord is an Angel token source upgrade for Moonsilver.

Sigarda's Vanguard gives Liesa double strike when she ETB and when she attacks. Karmic Guide can reanimate any creature in your graveyard even a black creature. Emeria Shepherd is powerful repeatable nonland permanent reanimation when playing so many Plains. Pair Shepherd with Wayfarer's Bauble.

Liesa, Forgotten Archangel has lifelink, can shut down some opponent strategies and can be repeatable creature recursion. She's good enough to add some creatures who can sac themselves for value especially removal and protection such as Cathar Commando and Selfless Spirit.

Angel of Despair is powerful ETB removal. Angel of Sanctions exiles something when it ETB. Admonition Angel can be repeatable exile. Palace Jailer is more monarch as well as opponent creature exile. Vindicate and Dire Tactics are some budget removal upgrades to consider.

Caves of Koilos, Shineshadow Snarl, Shambling Vent, Temple of Silence, Vault of the Archangel are some budget land upgrades to consider.

Good luck with your deck.

The_Fallen_Duke on

5 months ago

Not that it will affect the deck by any means, but why did you chose to run Dire Tactics in a deck without any humans? Doesn't that give an unnecessary downside compared to something like a Doom Blade or Swords to Plowshares?

Crow-Umbra on Musashi's Mosh Pit [Primer]

7 months ago

Thanks for the additional suggestions Rolska! Here are my quick thoughts:

  • I like Baleful Mastery, and don't necessarily see the reduced cost as a drawback. In the times I've used it, I usually give the draw to one my opponents that's either in last place, or someone that can also dig for answers/removal to threats on the table. I try to make that aspect of Baleful Mastery "collaborative" if possible. Dire Tactics is cool, and if it did replace another piece of removal, maybe Infernal Grasp instead? I prefer to have Exile removal when possible to hose Grave Yard strats and indestructible creatures. We don't have many planeswalkers in my meta, but people rarely run planeswalker hate because of that. After a quick look, 10 of the 24 creatures in my deck are Human (Isshin included), with possibility of making Human tokens.

  • Unquenchable Fury is great, and something I'll likely slot in on my first round of upgrades after I've played the deck IRL a few times. I have the deck in my Considering List in the Moxfield version of my deck list. I have a hard time letting my TappedOut profile go, and Moxfield doesn't have a deck-cycling feature lol

I'll take a look at your deck and see what you're cooking up. Thank you again for your suggestions and input.

Rolska on Musashi's Mosh Pit [Primer]

7 months ago

I've got a few more suggestions for you.

  • Instead of, or in addition to, Baleful Mastery have you considered Dire Tactics ? Most of the viable attack triggers we run in your deck and in my budget version (shameless self advertisement) are humans, including the man himself. This means that, besides the mana cost being slightly more restrictive, Dire Tactics's downside is almost a non-issue. Assuming both Baleful Mastery and Dire Tactics are in their optimal and worst case scenarios, it seems like Dire Tactics has it. Unless of course you don't have the specific combination of mana. Baleful does hit planeswalkers though, so that might just be up to a local meta thing.

  • Unquenchable Fury was leaked a while ago, but not put into the database here on Tappedout so I didn't suggest it. However, this hits Reliquary Tower users and Blue decks really hard upon the declaration of attack. It also recurs itself to your hand. With as close to colorless manacost as possible. Awesome card.

Optimator on Scrubs

9 months ago

I would replace Mortify with Vindicate or Despark or Crush Contraband. Anguished Unmaking too, if you're feeling like spending. Dire Tactics might be worth noting since Sisay is hooman.

rb701 on Clerical stuff

1 year ago

it's a good concept, but there's only a limited amount of removal. i would suggest putting in some Mortify's for the quick kill and replacing the Path's with Dire Tactics. competitively-speaking, Path to Exile has the same problem as Assassin's Trophy; it was highly valued until it was found that trading a creature for resource was not good

zapyourtumor on Orzhov - Finding Faith in Cleric Tribal (WIP)

1 year ago

Proclamation of Rebirth has been outclassed by Abiding Grace

Vanishing Verse is not that good, better a sideboard card since there are a lot of colorless and multicolored threats in the game. 4 is definitely too many if any. Dire Tactics is also bad so I wouldn't even consider it. 2-4 Vindicate and/or Prismatic Ending should hit most targets that Path to Exile and Fatal Push can't.

berserkerazn on Queen Marchesa

1 year ago

I spoke to iamhikari:

Plan: Pivot towards aristocrats, lower the CMC, maybe more taxing. Though I think going more into the Monarch theme might be more fun/unique. We can try this first:

For starters:

-1 Beseech the Queen
-1 Deliver Unto Evil
-1 Wild Ricochet
-1 Call the Coppercoats
-1 Assemble the Legion

Mana fix and ramp:

-1 Worn Powerstone
-1 Gilded Lotus
+1 Exotic Orchard
+1 Talisman of Conviction
+1 Wayfarer's Bauble
+1 Talisman of Hierarchy ...can also +1
Talisman of Indulgence , but it's slightly pricier.

Expand reach and lower CMC of your removal:

-1 Return to Dust
-1 Terminate
-1 Comeuppance
+1 Chaos Warp
+1 Generous Gift ....alternatively there are some 2 mana removal cards in Strixhaven that might be fun to try out.
+1 either Path to Exile or the cheaper Dire Tactics
+1 Soul-Guide Lantern

Fun monarch theme and control: +1 Court of Grace
+1 Court of Ambition
-1 Black Market
-1 Ixalan's Binding

Pivot to Aristocrats:

-1 Neheb, the Eternal
-1 Thief of Blood
-1 Tectonic Giant
+1 Cruel Celebrant
+1 Syr Konrad, the Grim
+1 Bastion of Remembrance

Still need to deal with your creatures and maybe do some more token generation or something. I'll keep thinking and get back to you.

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