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Each player puts a creature card from his or her graveyard onto the battlefield.
2 weeks ago
Phyrexian Delver so we can get a sac outlet like vicera seer off of our first hulk trigger.
2 weeks ago
Hey man! I always like Esper. Here're some suggestions; feel free to ignore any or all of them:
In your description, you say you need help with win conditions. I think it's important to keep in mind, if you don't already, that too many win conditions will actually hinder your deck. This is because with more discrete combos, you raise the number of 'dead' draws in your deck; drawing half of two combos that don't go together makes Jac a sad boi. So while I do agree you could use more win conditions, I think only adding another one or (maybe) to is probably the best route.
In the spirit of (1), you may find that having a powerful reanimation package can be one of the secondary win cons you're looking for. Tidespout Tyrant used to be one of the top reanimation targets in legacy (maybe it still is -- I don't understand that format anymore), and running him will let you draw Animate Dead sans Leonin Relic-Warder and still have a good shot at winning.
To that end, you should run Entomb and Buried Alive . Tutoring to the 'yard not only puts your Leonin Relic-Warder right where you want him, but also your Sheoldred, Whispering One /any other reanimation targets you may want. There're some other reanimation spells to consider, some that work with Leonin Relic-Warder and some that don't. Consider: Reanimate , Exhume (if you wanna get spicy), Dance of the Dead and/or Unburial Rites . Unburial Rites is one of my favorite cards, especially since you can tutor it with Entomb .
I think Path to Exile is strictly worse, in EDH, than Swords to Plowshares . Ramping an opponent in a format where everyone is doing busted stuff is dangerous, but giving them six or more life points may be irrelevant, especially since this seems to be a combo deck.
Your Brainstorm is good, but it'd be better with more shuffle effects in your deck. While Prismatic Vista and the other generic fetches (see Marsh Flats , etc.) can be very expensive, slow fetches like Flood Plain and/or Bad River are fine alternatives.
In addition to your Brainstorm , I cannot recommend Ponder and it's lil' brother Preordain highly enough. These two may not look like much, but being able to dig to what you need and past what you don't for one mana is a pretty great feeling. I run them in all my blue decks, and (with very limited exceptions) always like drawing them.
You've got some pretty good rocks, but there're ways to improve your ramp base. I've been very impressed with the talismans ( Talisman of Dominance , Talisman of Hierarchy and Talisman of Progress ) as slightly-better signets, and it's important not to discount Thought Vessel , Everflowing Chalice or Mind Stone .
You have some very powerful artifacts: Bolas's Citadel , Thornbite Staff , and Lifeline all seem like game-changers in this deck. Consider running Whir of Invention to get them out when you have the mana. Reshape or, if you're rich, Transmute Artifact are also good. Non-to-battlefield tutors, like Demonic Tutor , Enlightened Tutor or Vampiric Tutor are good, but expensive; like with fetch lands, there're other, more accessible options. Consider Diabolic Tutor , Lim-Dul's Vault , Beseech the Queen and/or Dark Petition , which are all fine tutors in themselves.
If you don't have fundamental issues with counter-magic, you should run some -- it'll protect you and your combo. Gold-standard counters ( Force of Will and Mana Drain ) are expensive AF, but you can consider other perfectly powerful options as well. Counterspell is good, and I've been very impressed with Spell Snare (which counters an overload-ed Cyclonic Rift REALLY nicely). If you've got Ad Nauseam players like me in your play ground, Dispel can be a worthy inclusion; Dovin's Veto is another combo-breaker for high-power tables.
To return to (1-3), you may want Aetherflux Reservoir as another win condition since it combos so nicely with Bolas's Citadel . If you can get a Sensei's Divining Top in the mix, things get nutty pretty quick.
Right. That's all I got. Good luck!
2 weeks ago
Hey nice deck; I love graveyard builds.
Maybe Exhume would be good for an early-play for ya. I use it to devastating effect in my speed dredge build. Give it a look down below if you want some more ideas perhaps; but I like the direction you went here.
Budget Speed Dredge: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/budget-speed-dredge-two-5-card-golden-hands-1/
1 month ago
There's a few cards that I would suggest for your deck since you're mono-black. Gauntlet of Power and Caged Sun are both amazing ways to ramp, and both buff your entire board. Bubbling Muck is almost always better than Dark Ritual . And if you're running snow-covered swamps, I'd take a look at Dead of Winter .
There's also a bunch of really good reanimator/aristocrats stuff I feel like you're missing. Corpse Connoisseur is an amazing way to dump creatures into your grave. Pitiless Plunderer has a great death payoff. Life's Finale lets you look through an opponent's deck for reanimation targets. The upcoming Syr Konrad, the Grim looks crazy for this deck. And lastly, Sidisi, Undead Vizier is an amazing, recurrable tutor.
1 month ago
At least in the playgroup I use this deck in, Enchantment hate isn't super-common, but it's definitely not unheard of either. There's an array of 1 and 2-mana instants that an opponent can use to smite one off in the event I'm playing against a deck that includes it. Since Annihilator is the crux of the win strategy, that'd be unfortunate in gaining the upper hand.
Shallow Grave could be interesting to try, and yes I'm very much aware of Dark Ritual haha. The issue there is that with 3 mana the only (current) Graveyard-to-Play effect I can use it for in the deck is Exhume . By using Culling the Weak it allows me to pick from the vast array of 4-mana spells with that effect, Dread Return just happened to be my best available choice of cards that I had on-hand.
I'm still up in the air on whether to deviate from the concept of this deck of all budget cards. Entomb certainly doesn't apply (at least to my standard), but Buried Alive could be a solid choice. If I were to make this deck to play on MTGO I'd definitely include Entomb , but those are some really solid suggestions!
Thank you very much, sir! You've given me some things to ponder on this build for sure.
2 months ago
Hello! So a lot of my suggestions will depend on budget/card access; since I don't know what yours is, I'll just leave all of the suggestions I think of. Feel free to ignore me.
The first thing I think of when I think of a 'demon' deck is Shadowborn Apostle . With a critical mass of these lil' buggers, you can just tutor out whichever demon is good for any given situation. Pair them with Thrumming Stone for instant fun. To take that strategy a little farther, you might consider running Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker as your general. I know he's not a demon, but his synergy with the Shadowborn Apostle s makes him an honorary demon, as far as I am concerned.
Ramp is a premium in EDH. I notice you have a few rocks already in your deck; however, I think there're better ones you can run. In general, two-mana mana-rocks are going to be a lot better than three-mana mana-rocks, if only because once you're at three mana you typically want to be doing more than just ramping. I like your Jet Medallion ; consider Thought Vessel , Mind Stone , Charcoal Diamond , Coldsteel Heart , Prismatic Lens , Mana Vault , Mox Diamond and Mana Crypt . With as many artifacts as you have, Mox Opal is usually going to be online, too.
Land-wise, I must confess confusion as to why you're running Command Tower . If I am not missing something, it's a Swamp that dies to Wasteland , Back to Basics , Blood Moon , Magus of the Moon , Ruination , Dust Bowl and friends. I think you should replace it with a basic Swamp . Temple of the False God is a land I have mixed feelings about, as it isn't exactly the sort of land you want to see in your opening seven; that being said, it can be powerful late-game. Consider Ancient Tomb , as (since it was reprinted recently) it is at a relatively low price, and it can cast two-mana mana-rocks on turn one. Additionally, in mono-black, Cabal Coffers and Cabal Stronghold are very powerful mana sources. Pairing them with Deserted Temple works pretty well, too. Consider Lake of the Dead , Shizo, Death's Storehouse and Phyrexian Tower as good utility-lands. Also, you could probably use two to four more lands in your list. Twenty-eight is pretty much were I tend to bottom out on land-count, at that's when I'm running all the zero-mana mana-rocks.
Card-draw, card-selection and tutoring are all also very important in EDH. Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor are the gold-standard for tutors, though their prices tend to make them rather inaccessible. Scheming Symmetry is a good tutor if your general is out; similarly, Maralen of the Mornsong seems... worth trying. Presumably, someone is going to take thirteen and kill her, but she's probably pretty good anyway. Diabolic Tutor , which I see you run, is a good option; Dark Petition , Mastermind's Acquisition and Beseech the Queen also come to mind. In the vein of card-draw, consider Night's Whisper , Ambition's Cost , Read the Bones , Phyrexian Arena , Twilight Prophet , Staff of Nin , Ancient Craving , Sign in Blood , Necropotence , Harvester of Souls , Null Profusion , Succumb to Temptation and friends. Graveborn Muse is good even as just a second Phyrexian Arena if you only have one zombie out. If you pair Waste Not with Words of Waste , you can also generate card-advantage. Almost as good as card-draw is preventing your opponents from drawing cards -- unfortunately, in mono-black this is pretty much just Chains of Mephistopheles , which costs about as much as a used kidney these days. Usually I'd suggest Narset, Parter of Veils or Spirit of the Labyrinth .
In terms of removal, you typically don't want to settle for one-for-ones. In EDH, you're generally facing three opponents, which means you're facing three times the number of creatures/threats that you would be facing in a one-v-one. So trading a card for just one creature is often times just not enough. I don't think Ob Nixilis's Cruelty or Unholy Hunger are very good, for that reason. You may have more luck with Ashes to Ashes , Toxic Deluge , Damnation and the like... perhaps even Hex , though keep in mind you'd need six targets on the field to even cast it. Decree of Pain , Overwhelming Forces , Mutilate and Rain of Daggers are also worth considering. Black also has access to some fun pox-style cards. Innocent Blood , Barter in Blood , Liliana's Triumph or Smallpox can all be powerful in the early-game, if you're ramping with artifacts and don't have any important creatures out yet. Similarly, I should mention Pox itself -- this is easily one of the most brutal cards to resolve in EDH, right behind Ravages of War , Armageddon and Cataclysm . I haven't had much luck with it, but depending on your meta Pox may be a powerhouse.
In the Stax/Pox vein, you might consider Night of Souls' Betrayal . Doing away with some of your X/1s would make this a powerhouse, and it is an insta-kill against elf- or goblin-decks. In the right meta, Yixlid Jailer is good; though bear in mind it's a straight nonbo with Night of Souls' Betrayal .
I see you're running Leyline of the Void . Consider pairing it with Helm of Obedience . If you activate Helm of Obedience targeting an opponent while Leyline of the Void is out, the mill from the helm will be replaced with exiling the card. Thus, Helm of Obedience just makes the opponent keep trying to put the top card of their deck into their graveyard and keep exiling it instead. This results in exiling your opponent's library, and leaving Helm of Obedience tapped on the field. This combo only takes out one opponent at a time, is sure to draw a lot of hate, and requires several tutors to make it consistent, but I figured you might be interested in it. If you're good at politics (I'm not), it can be a pretty powerful A-Bomb.
In mono-black, you should consider a reanimator package. Buried Alive or Entomb combined with Animate Dead , Reanimate , Necromancy , Victimize , Dance of the Dead or even Exhume can get a fatty on the table real fast. Entomb -ing Lord of the Void turn one and Reanimate -ing him turn two (or even turn one, if you run Dark Ritual or Lotus Petal ) seems pretty good to me. Whip of Erebos is also a form of permanent-based reanimation, which has the added bonus of gaining you life.
If you're having trouble killing opponents, consider Helm of the Host . This'll add a new threat to the board every turn, provided you can keep one on the table. Bloodchief Ascension also puts down one hell of a clock. Doom Whisperer , Herald of Anguish , Carnifex Demon and Desecration Demon are all additional demons to consider.
Finally, in terms of what to cut: Start by looking for inefficient cards or over-redundant/unnecessary/underwhelming effects. Keep an eye on those cards when you play, and if you're often seeing them, wishing you could just discard them and draw another card, that's a card you should cut. It might be a baller effect, but if the cost is too high or the effect to narrow, it isn't worth running.
Good luck, man!
2 months ago
Running 12 creatures while everyone else is running ~24 doesn't make Living Death look statistically appealing, right? If I pivot this to a dedicated reanimator deck with a Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur include or somethin I would definitely go the Living Death mass-reanimation / Exhume route. Animate Dead is more in-line with this decklist I would think.
2 months ago
It would be good to remove Temple of the False God , thats not a very good card for your opening hand, its pretty much only good once you already have plenty of mana, and in an Orzhov sacrifice deck you'll want cheap creatures that may or may not even use colorless mana to summon. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse are similarly not good for much, you dont have a very big mana fixing issue to put up with in a two color deck so I'd replace those with some basics or some two color lands if your budget allows for some of the better ones. Field of Ruin , Ghost Quarter , and Tectonic Edge are also some cards to consider to help you deal with problem lands. The lack of a need to fix your mana would also lead me to replace Armillary Sphere , Journeyer's Kite , and Wayfarer's Bauble with some actual artifact ramp. Fellwar Stone , Mind Stone , and Commander's Sphere would be great for you. Now that mana is out of the way, Lets talk sacrificing; How are you going to do it and why? As for how, Right now your only way to sac creatures is your commander. that will make it hard to do if your commander gets taken, killed, or otherwise stuck in the command zone. you also want a little more variety as to the effects you get from sacrificing critters. Bloodsoaked Altar just came out with 2020 and it can very quickly make an army of demons out of low cost creatures or even spirit tokens. Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar also just fill up your mana pool for sacrificing creatures, which will help you cast even more spells. Of course, Yahenni, Undying Partisan can sacrifice creatures like there's no tomorrow and make for a very effective blocker. As for why you would want to sac a creature, you hit that pretty well with Grave Pact and Butcher of Malakir , you can force death triggers to proc for doing something that was already benefiting you. Pawn of Ulamog is a really nice death trigger and so is Black Market , and both of those will net you some serious mana if you let them. The best way I've found is to find cards with "when a creature dies" in the rules text, and there's too many of them for me to list here so I'll direct you to Scryfall.com to find more. Victimize is just one of many ways for sacrificing creatures to help your cause because it lets you get creatures back from the graveyard, and graveyard recursion is something I'd put a lot of thought into here. Eternal Taskmaster is pretty okay with it, and any effect that puts the card into your hand rather than onto the battlefield will dodge Graveyard hate like Ashes of the Abhorrent and Rest in Peace . Phyrexian Delver , Phyrexian Reclamation , Exhume , Animate Dead , and Reanimate are all very good ways to "recycle" your creatures. And of course, as long as you're putting graveyard recursion into your deck, cards like Final Parting , Entomb and Buried Alive are all much better tutors than they otherwise would be. On the whole, if you need to swap cards for new ones, start by cutting the cards in your deck that are CMC 4 or more. Cheap creatures hurt a lot less to sacrifice, and they make Heartless Summoning a much better card. any creatures with Enter the Battlefield effects would be my go to cards to sac and recur.
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