Dismember

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

Dismember

Instant

( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

Zarthalius on mono black vampires

3 days ago

Really cool deck! I've always liked lifegain and deathtouch. So, here's what I can offer:

You’ll want to lower your mana curve. You have a lot of 5 drops; without ramp, the deck seems too slow. The game, if uninterrupted, should end within 6 turns.

I'd drop Anowon, the Ruin Sage. Being a 5 drop, an "easily" removable creature, and a "beginning of your upkeep" trigger, he is too slow. You could maybe keep 1 if you only had 2 Bloodlord of Vaasgoth.

I like Bloodlord of Vaasgoth with all the lifelink. He’ll make early drop creatures more relevant later game. I’d only include 2 of him if you’d like to go a more aggro route; maybe include 4 of him if you’d rather delay the early game with removal and play the later game.

With Captivating Vampire, “tap five” feels really expensive without some vampire token generator. However, I guess each time you steal a creature, that creature could be tapped too (kind of) costing you 1 less each time. The “lords” +1/+1 for 3 mana is always good in tribal decks. I’d probably only include 2 Captivating Vampire and then find 2 lifelink vampires for 2 or 3 mana. Maybe Vampire of the Dire Moon for the early game meat shield. She really can slow down the early game.

I'd replace Child of Night with Gifted Aetherborn. With deathtouch, you can move into a “bad touch” (deathtouch + trample) strategies or a “ping” strategies like deathtouch + Viridian Longbow. That bow will also allow you to ping the player enabling Bloodthirsty 3. That blow has a high equip cost but could be versatile for you.

I see what you’re trying to do with Skeletal Grimace. This is mono black, you could also consider the reanimation strategy; a couple Unearths for the lower costing creatures, maybe 1 Zombify for the 5 drops.

You should have 4 Dismembers. With all your lifegain, that removal card is really good. It’ll even remove indestructible creatures. You probably want 2 or more Feed the Swarm in the main deck instead of any Doom Blade. It’s more versatile and you have the life gain to compensate for its drawback. I’d probably go with 4 Feast of Blood if you add more 1 and 2 drop vampires. All this removal may be good enough to delay the early game then setup with big vampires later.

Your going to want card draw. May I suggest replacing Demon's Horn with something like Read the Bones.

DryadArborGoesInCreaturePile on Vorinclex +1/+1 Theme EDH

3 weeks ago

A tiny bit more removal would be nice, I think Dismember might be something to consider, Dramatic Entrance might be plausible with some of the high cost creatures.

Bulldawg1310 on Competitive Colorless

1 month ago

i would implore you to add Dismember and basic swamps. right now, your dead to boseiju completely. just giving you a heads up as a fellow eldrazi player.

pea_body on -1 Counters

1 month ago

wallisface Thanks for the advice, I have been playing this deck with only Archfiend of Ifnir and often struggle to keep it in play long enough to trigger its ability and should have foreseen the problems of running twelve 4+ mana cost cards.

Obviously, I should change out the 4x Splendid Agony, but would replacing Archfiend of Ifnir with Black Sun's Zenith be an okay change?

In my actual deck at the moment I have Dismember and Tragic Slip to easily kill creatures. I assume that it would be okay if I replace Wasteland Scorpion and Nezumi Bone-Reader with those if I replace Archfiend of Ifnir.

Random card replacements

Again thanks for the ideas! I'm just playing against friends so I can't make it too good if you know what I mean. :)

ThisIsMyAccount on 101% Mono Black Burn

2 months ago

Pain's Reward deck? lol

For real though, I think Cast Down not hitting legendary creatures is sort of a big deal because of Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Omnath, Locus of Creation seeing so much play. Maybe Bloodchief's Thirst, Murderous Rider, Profane Command, or Dismember fit the budget?

Then, I would say you want a more creature focused deck if you're playing Zulaport Cutthroat or to just drop that card for more spells like Smallpox or something. I think playing more creatures along with Warlock Class could be fun, though. You could throw in Ruthless Ripper, Vicious Conquistador, Spawn of Mayhem, and maybe even Reaper's Talisman to just be really aggro with the creatures.

Finally, I think Soot Imp and/or Killing Wave could work for the sideboard.

wallisface on

2 months ago

Just read through your second tourney breakdown.

  • Against Rhinos i think you’re in a rough spot, as you have to mulligan really aggressively to a winning hand. Personally i’d be mulling to 4 looking for either Chalice (buys you a bit of time on X=0), or natural-tron alongside either All Is Dust or Karn, the Great Creator. Karn being able to immediately cast/resolve any of Trinisphere, Ratchet Bomb or Engineered Explosives cando wonders - and from there Karn should survive long enough to get something else to win you the game. The problem is that the specific-tron draw is super unlikely, so you’ll be mulling for Chalice most of the time versus this deck.

  • Calibrated Blast can be a bit rough. I think an early Thought-Knot Seer can be great, other than that just try an be as aggressive with damage-dealing as possible and hope they lose-to-themselves (the deck is horribly inconsistent). If you can cast Witchbane Orb its a free win.

  • Voidwalker matchup i’m not too familiar with, but i’d say running more mainboard Dismember would be your best option here. This feels like a matchup where you just need to swing with big creatures fast, so i’d prolly be boarding-out the Chalice post-sideboard (assuming there was anything to swap them with). Karn, the Great Creator feels like the best thing to have in hand because Voidwalker has no reason to take it, and setting up Ensnaring Bridge probably just lets you durdle along for an eventual massive Walking Ballista.

Overall I wouldn’t get too beat-up about these losses, all 3 of those matchups look like they’d be slightly in the other decks favour, and presumably these players also have played a lot more with their builds than you have with yours. Over time I think these matchups should feel less-scary (though they are undoubtably all still reasonably scary for E-Tron to face).

Apollo_Paladin on 101% Mono Black Burn

2 months ago

@ Bulldawg1310

Bond of Agony has an X-cost, but the life payment is an ADDITIONAL cost, not a supplement to using mana (like Phryexian mana costs on stuff like Dismember). You still have to pay X colorless to fire the spell, and then you lose life equal to X; so no this is not a Turn 2 crusher.

That would be ridiculous haha ;)

keizerbuns on Harrison's Life Spend Deck

2 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions kamarupa!

Solemnity would be a really cool and although I’m not sure how it would prevent me from spending my life, it would prevent me from using my Font of Agonies and from putting counters on my Spawn of Mayhem.

I do really like Spoils of the Vault but I feel like there’s a very high chance that I would just end up killing myself with it way too often. I could give it a try though.

I agree that Dismember is a better removal spell than Rage Extractor, I just really like rage extractor.

Thanks for the comment! I appreciate the help :D

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