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Whenever one or more nontoken creatures die (be put into the graveyard from the battlefield), create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token with decayed. This ability triggers only once each turn. (A creature with decayed can't block. When it attacks, sacrifice it at the end of combat.)
4 days ago
Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist will help to streamline your mechanic while reducing your costs. Bone Shards, Village Rites, Deadly Dispute all have an additional cost of sacrificing a creature which also factors into your theme. Morbid Opportunist helps to draw more on your triggers while Ghoulish Procession helps to extend each body for extra triggers/damage. Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia also has value here in that he can allow you to gain life and drain life.
Also, welcome to the game!!
5 days ago
If you are trying to make this more competitive then there is a bit I would cut from your deck. Here are some of my thoughts about some of the cards you are running that may need to more consideration to how your deck is crafted. You can see suggested cards towards the bottom.
Automated Artificer - Not that impactful of a card for your deck as most your artifacts that it could help you ramp are already cheap to cast, it doesn't have a good place here.
Kami of Terrible Secrets - The size of the body for cost situational card draw would make this a cut. Better cards to be running that can give you better value.
Karn, Living Legacy - While your welcome to run the card, this is more a meme then a serious play card I would imagine. It doesn't do anything impactful to the board and the mana rocks it generates are that useful to your build. Trying to go the keep +1 to get to ult seems like a hard reason to want to keep.
Jodah's Codex - This is expensive card draw to be playing and would not trying running this card unless you are trying a domain build where the draw becomes free.
Dragonspark Reactor - is a cool card, but I don't think you are using enough cards that are artifacts to warrant this in deck unless you make changes.
Ghoulish Procession - seems interesting, but you may want to trim this to make room for more artifact based cards to get better synergies.
Patchwork Automaton - If you wish to run this, then I would suggest adjusting your deck to run at least 20 artifacts that you can cast for the trigger.
Cards you may be interested in using are that are seem as "staples" to the rakdos artifact deck are: Experimental Synthesizer, Bloodtithe Harvester, & Voltage Surge. These offer you card advantages that work well with the anvil and also have some flexibility in their use.
From the new set I would say check out Garna, Bloodfist of Keld. This lets you get some extra burn to your opponent if you creatures die outside of combat, but you get extra card draw bonus for each creature that dies in combat. Please note that you could sacrifice your artifact creatures to Oni-Cult Anvil after damage step if they survive before leaving combat if you need that draw.
If you have any questions about the suggestions or comments please let me know and I will try to help.
1 month ago
I don't have any experience with Historic, but could Shambling Ghast get in here? As a Zombie that begs to be sacrificed, it feels like it would fit in well.
1 month ago
That's kind of an interesting pick for a swap martinant365. I think Marchesa, the Black Rose is cool and am considering her as a potential deck transition for Anhelo, but I don't think she fits all that well in the 99 for Anhelo.
Marchesa wants to play more aggressively, and swing with creatures each combat. Anhelo tends to lean more spellslinger, and utilizes a smaller creature base and token producers to create fodder for Casualty 2.
I noticed your deck is missing some token creators that can be really helpful for an Anhelo deck. Some helpful ones are:
- Ghoulish Procession
- Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia
- Black Market Connections - Another pricey upgrade, but worth it in a deck like this.
- Curse of the Restless Dead
- Poppet Stitcher Flip
- Cryptic Pursuit
- Faerie Artisans - A pricey upgrade, but a personal favorite of mine for stealing Enter the Battlefield triggers
- Talrand, Sky Summoner
- Deekah, Fractal Theorist
I would also generally recommend swapping some of your sorcery speed removal and interaction for more instant speed stuff. Instant speed removal combined with consistent token generation can help you remove multiple permanents per removal spell, which is really what Anhelo's specialty is.
1 month ago
Great looking budget deck, even after 5 years. I'd love to see an updated version with asztisanyi's suggestions and maybe even some newer cards. Ghoulish Procession comes to mind as it converts all non-token creatures into extra zombie fodder when they die, plus they're guaranteed to feed into Quest for the Gravelord if it's on the board. Effectively turning each non-token creature that dies into 2 or more counters with the potential for trades and/or an addtional 2 or more damage. Dreadhorde Invasion could also be a fairly decent zombie token generator, asuming you're not worried about losing life, and if the token is left unchecked it'll start regaining that life in the mid to late game. It also opens up the door to Amass cards. Untility cards like Callous Dismissal, Lazotep Plating, and Soul Diviner.
4 months ago
Welcome to the club, PaleBlueEyes96!
My first question is usually How much money are you willing to spend on this? There are options for everything from pocket change to the big spenders.
generally isn't great at generating and sustaining mana by itself. Dark Ritual, Bubbling Muck and High Tide, and Cabal Coffers or Cabal Stronghold can help boost your mana for a turn or two, and other artifact sources like Dimir Signet or pretty much any artifact with Dimir in the name can help with longer-term production.
Another approach that can help with your mana efficiency is reducing the mana curve. You have a lot of cards that cost 4-5 mana and not as many that cost 1-2. If you trim off some of the higher mana value cards and switch them out for lower-cost cards, this will also help. Bladestitched Skaab, Ghoulish Procession, and Ghoulcaller's Chant are some options to start with.
For card draw, this is one of the strengths of these colors. Necropotence and Phyrexian Arena are classics. You already have Distant Melody, which is good. Other sorceries and instants that might help are Sign in Blood, Notion Rain, Preordain, and Windfall.
11 months ago
Boogsbay Thank you for such a thorough comment and suggestions! You've confirmed my suspitions that this deck is too slow.
I was tempted to take out Cryptbreaker for Undead Augur but was being stubborn since I spent the money on Cryptbreaker already lol. But it makes sense to take them out. No use if I need to tap three zombies and the point of this deck is to constantly be sacrificing them.
Carrion Feeder was on my radar but I figured I already had enough avenues for sacrifice, but it wouldnt hurt to add more. Plus he gets bigger and can become a threat if not dealt with.
I would love some fetch lands, but my budget doesn't right now haha. But I can add it to the deck so that it is fully optimized. Good point with the Godless Shrine with the Castle Locthwain play. I didn't even consider that.
In my mind Geralf's Messenger and Gravecrawler are the ultimate zombie cards and represent everything that a zombiue deck should be. I also wanted some of him, but my budget also doesn't allow it unfortunately.
I liked the life gain that Wayward Servant provided, but I see Corpse Knight would be better. Not only would it enable triggers from Zulaport Cutthroat but also Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia. That's a potential 6 more triggers.
Again, I really appreciate such great feedback!
11 months ago
The deck looks good but seems somewhat slow. Some suggestions IMO would be:
Out 4 Cryptbreaker for 4 Undead Augur which gives a lot of card advantage with no life loss thanks to Zulaport Cutthroat and Wayward Servant. The problem with Cryptbreaker is that it needs 3 zombies to draw a card. The Augur also pairs great with Village Rites and Bone Shards for more card advantage. If any board wipe happens, you can sacrifice your zombies to Carrion Feeder to trigger the Augur to easily rebuild.
Out 6 Plains for Fetch Lands that can fetch a swamp (Marsh Flats is at it's cheapest)
Out 1 swamp and 2 Castle Locthwain for 3 Geralf's Messenger. With a smaller average CMC, you can cut a few more lands for more creatures. Keeping just 1 Castle is also good enough since Augur in the main deck gives more cards than the Castle's ability.
Unearth over Blasting Station if you already swapped out some land for Geralf's Messenger. These two, at the very least, makes the opponent lose 8 life; more with Cutthroat and Knight on the field. Reanimating other creatures is also another viable strategy to get out of a tight situation.
Ghoulish Procession over Jadar since it's a nonlegendary permanent that can potentially make more zombies to fuel an aristocrats strategy and trigger ETB and death triggers.