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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
4 weeks ago
If you're building to counter a Dragon deck, and you want to keep a deathtouch focus, I recommend adding either more removal like Doom Blade or deathtouch-y fliers like Vampire Nighthawk or Battlefly Swarm. As it stands now, you don't have a lot of interaction--Duress and Victim of Night are good starts, but you don't have many ways to deal with an attacking 4/4 or bigger flying creature, and Power Word Kill does nothing to Dragons.
As another addition, Hooded Blightfang turns your deathtouch creatures into life drain. Since you're not beholden to a format right now, Dark Ritual gives you a shot of mana to get to your more important cards faster.
4 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
How are you using Pain Magnification? I see the intent of turning damage into discard, but none of your sources deal 3 damage at a time. As an example, if an opponent discards two cards to Teferi's Puzzle Box while you have Liliana's Caress out, it deals 2 damage twice, not 4 damage once.
4 weeks ago
Hey mememan3310. First off, welcome back!
Some amount of removal is always necessary. Combo and Flying can be tough match-ups for Mono Black without enough discard/removal. 3-4 Fatal Push and 1-2 Murderous Rider are good options with 1-2 copies of Infernal Grasp I like 6-8 hard removal spells as Mono Black is typically a Mid-Range deck. Don't sleep on Gelatinous Cube either. I've stolen plenty of games with that card.
I would stick with 4 Duress and probably cut Agonizing Remorse since the only thing you really need to hit with discard in Mono-black are Non-creature spells. If you want something more versatile, Thoughtseize is your best option.
Sword-Point Diplomacy is a cute card draw spell, but they probably just let you draw the lands or irrelevant cards, (i.e. creature removal against planeswalkers). I personally prefer Sorin the Mirthless or Reckoner Bankbuster for card draw. Unwilling Ingredient is another pet favorite of mine although probably not what you should be running.
I know a lot of people run Evolved Sleeper The card just doesn't resonate with me. It often dies to removal after you've already sunk your mana into it. It reminds me of Hexdrinker in that it can be great if you max it out but getting there uninterrupted is difficult to pull off. I prefer Concealing Curtains Flip and Knight of the Ebon Legion in the 1-drop spot.
Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Invoke Despair are two really solid finishers in Mono-Black. If you can swing Liliana of the Veil and Sheoldred, the Apocalypse you won't be disappointed.
There are so many good cards in Mono-Black that it is tough to squeeze everything in sometimes. 22 Lands seems too low. A single Takenuma, Abandoned Mire, Field of Ruin, and Hive of the Eye Tyrant are worth looking at as utility lands. I'd try to get 24-25 lands in there since most of the powerful Mono-Black spells fall in the 3+ MV range.
1 month ago
Good deck! I made a similar archetype a while back, though I didn't have the lifegain components as much.
You might want to play around with Glory-Bound Initiate, it has some really strong synergy with Herald of Dromoka. You're essentially attacking with a 4/4 lifelink every single turn, possibly even a 5/4, which is super powerful, even moreso if you can get double strike on it.
Mardu Strike Leader could be pretty helpful, though I concede it's a little bit slow for the gameplan you're using.
I would get rid of the Dutiful Attendants, you're already able to use Revival / Revenge to bring those creatures back at instant speed without having to wait for the Attendant to die, which is way more powerful.
Lastly, when you're working on building your sideboard, I would consider:
- Despark, a good and cheap removal card for certain situations
- Go Blank, a good tool against graveyard decks
- Lifebane Zombie, a good tool against green and white that also comes on a warrior
- Duress, a good way to fight combo decks
Good build so far, I'm excited to see where you take it!
2 months ago
2 months ago
Dominaria United has some nice new cards out. Joint Exploration is an improved Growth Spiral that lets us scry 2 before drawing. The Cruelty of Gix just adds to the flavor of the deck, and acts as a Duress + Imperial Seal + Reanimate (but can also steal from other's graveyards, like the one we filled with the Duress effect). Going to try it out!
3 months ago
If there's one thing I know, it's how to make discard happen; have been known to use a Wheel & Deal Nekusar, the Mindrazer EDH deck.
In colors you have:
- Pain Magnification
- Kederekt Parasite
- Rain of Gore
- Kolaghan's Command
- Liliana's Caress
- Shrieking Affliction
And probably so many more that I've forgotten. If I give it enough time, I might be able to find "retro" framed discard-specific cards.. but that sounds like fun. I'll update you if I cross any!