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Fain, the Broker
Legendary Creature — Human Warlock
, Sacrifice a creature: Put two +1/+1 counters on target creature.
, Remove a counter from a creature you control: Create a Treasure token.
, Sacrifice an artifact: Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying.
: Untap Fain, the Broker.
7 months ago
As someone who has a Vilis, Broker of Blood deck in the rotation of decks that I play with/against, I can speak from experience when I say that Vilis might actually be a bit TOO powerful. In the games I've played against him, he almost always becomes public enemy #1 as soon as something like Psychosis Crawler, literally any Tutor card or an unexpected Hatred shows up. Asmodeus the Archfiend seems to be a similar playstyle but not quite as "kill on sight" as Vilis is. I don't have any experience with Asmodeus, however.
Basically, if you want high power but a high chance of being targeted out of the game, Vilis is your best bet. If you want a lower powered deck that could potentially draw less attention from opponents that could play the same, Asmodeus would be a better choice.
On a similar note, Erebos, Bleak-Hearted might be worth mentioning. He cares about creatures dying and life loss. Could be pretty easy to tie the themes together.
If you went a route other than the life loss theme, maybe Fain, the Broker might be worth a look. Makes lots of deals by sacrificing stuff in exchange for other stuff.
7 months ago
I'm really enjoying Keskit, the Flesh Sculptor and Fain, the Broker in my cube as part of my artifact-aristocrat theme. They make Ichor Wellspring and Mycosynth Wellspring pretty good. Pair with Oswald Fiddlebender and a couple other tools like Servo Schematic, Implement of Malice, and the all-powerful Deadly Dispute for ALL THE ARTIFACT VALUE!!
9 months ago
Not terribly much
Dockside Extortionist - is almost a must in any deck running red thing is absolutely the best red card printed in the last 5 years
Fain, the Broker - may not have haste but he's doing everything you wanna be doing with this commander
The Ozolith - basically helps keep things around
Feed the Swarm - targeted enchantment removal!
Dauthi Voidwalker - is a freaking beast of a stax card and it's a beater
Immersturm Predator - not a huge fan of this 1 but works well with your commander
Juri, Master of the Revue - this is some spicy tech
Fairly sure MH was after Domineria so Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is a home run
Terror of the Peaks - value town city furniture
Opposition Agent - doesn't have synergy but dang is it good
9 months ago
Balaam__ Thanks for saying! I was pondering some +1/+1 counter spells, but black isn't exactly known for those, and it's hard to find one that feels worth the slot. Slitherhead has the added bonus of being good fodder to feed to Cavalier of Night or Fain, the Broker, and it's a one-drop so it can round out a Call of the Death-Dweller if you're bringing back a two-drop. Retribution of the Ancients also plays nice with Slaughter Specialist, turning counter into kills and kills into more counters.
11 months ago
Hey, nice casual budget version, but are undying creatures other than Mikaeus and Flayer really worth it?
Consider more enablers to get +1/+1 counters on your creatures?
If you're going for an attacking strategy then consider a few more fliers that have some added value when they die or when they ETB?
You have several high CMC creatures here, more reanimation and enablers could help.
Olivia, Mobilized for War is a +1/+1 counter enabler and an enabler for reanimation.
Some cards to consider cutting:
- Essence Backlash
- Kumena's Awakening
- Abnormal Endurance
- Pharika's Libation
- Butcher Ghoul
- Invisible Stalker
- Taurean Mauler
- Demonlord of Ashmouth
- Hound of Griselbrand
- Mer-Ek Nightblade
- Falkenrath Marauders
- Silumgar, the Drifting Death
- Blood Tyrant
- Sphinx of Magosi
Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
Fain, the Broker Is ok, but a bit slow. I would consider it in a budget list possibly, but I think there are generally better sacrifice outlets you could pick from.
Kalain, Reclusive Painter I don't like. you need to devote a lot of space to treasure production and there's really not a lot of cards that fit the bill on that end, and it's too limited to rely only on his own ability to make treasures. in a pirate focused list where you're making a lot of treasures it might be a better fit, but in general I wouldn't bother with it.
Plumb the Forbidden is definitely a playable card, I generally steer more towards creature based card draw like Baleful Strix, Watcher for Tomorrow and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician since they tend to provide better value over a game, but you could certainly play this as well. I have it in my budget list, although the price has gotten a bit higher lately.
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer Doesn't really do a lot here. I think it's a much better card in formats like legacy and modern than in commander and it doesn't really create the right kind of value for a marchesa deck the way I run it (aristocrats) he doesn't have evasion and is a fairly small body, so you'll probably find it hard to connect and so I think a lot of the time he's going to just sit around and do nothing.
1 year ago
1 year ago
Fain is a bit slow and durdley, but if you like it, then no worries. Hellcarver is... very high risk for minimal reward. I think Hellcarver is better suited in 1v1 formats like Modern. Depending on your playgroup, I imagine most people would let you roll the dice on Hellcarver's trigger, which can likely leave you without a hand or board state after.
If you're interested, check out my Prosper deck!