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1 month ago
I'd recommend starting with the foundation, your lands and mana base. It's what allows you to cast spells and ultimately do all the things you want to do. Expand your options of dual color lands (Command Tower or Temple of Malady) and find some affordable mana rocks. Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, or Golgari Signet would do nicely. Mind you these are affordable options that can be easy upgrades.
As you play your deck in games you'll figure out a direction that suits your play style.
3 months ago
Welcome to the club, JHM921!
For this deck, I see a focus on getting Sarevok, Deathbringer as big as possible, but I also see some bits and pieces that I think can be switched out. Cards like Butcher of Malakir and Grave Betrayal would work better in a more graveyard-focused deck than what I think this deck wants to be. There's some ramp and mana modification, with Nature's Lore, Sakura-Tribe Elder, and similar cards, but I think some more early cards like Elves of Deep Shadow, Golgari Signet, and Elvish Mystic would help accelerate early game into mid game.
Virus Beetle, Ravenous Rats, and Festering Mummy are all kind of underwhelming in this deck. If you want to force discard, you either want to affect every opponent or choose the discard yourself, and Festering Mummy just has too small of an effect that the deck doesn't really have ways to capitalize on. I recommend adding some more targeted permanent destruction. Depending on how much money you're willing to spend, Nature's Claim, Maelstrom Pulse, Abrupt Decay, and Assassin's Trophy are all viable.
Since your commander is a big part of your win condition, you need to be able to protect it. Regenerate effects like Golgari Charm or Wrap in Vigor, indestructibility from Tamiyo's Safekeeping or Heroic Intervention, or simple unkillable-ness from Supernatural Stamina or Undying Malice will help keep Sarevok fresh and deathbringing.
Look through your deck, and for each card, ask yourself, "Why is this card in here? Does it advance my win condition? Does it remove an opponent's specific threat or problem? Does it protect my board?" If the answer to any of these is no, then it can probably be replaced with something more directed to this particular deck.
For some more specific suggestions, I assume Cloak of the Bat is to make Sarevok harder to block. I would switch that for something like Whispersilk Cloak. You don't have a solid Vampire base for Indulgent Aristocrat, and the Vampires you do have don't contribute much to your winning strategy, so I would save the Vampires for another deck.
I think if you tighten up the focus, this deck will become very solid. Happy brewing, and above all, have fun!
3 months ago
Hey, good start on a low budget. I think you can optimize what you currently have even more since there's 16 high mana cost cards here.
Some advice to consider, fill the rest of the deck spots with one, two or three CMC cards since the high end part of your deck is done? One drop budget creatures who can sac themselves are excellent support with Meren.
Viscera Seer and Carrion Feeder are sac outlets which could use more of those to get experience counters. There's not much draw here that Meren can take advantage of. Consider more repeatable draw when you sac creature/creature dies?
Morbid Opportunist can trigger on an opponents turn if any creature dies not just your own creature. Body Launderer loots each time a creature you control dies, helps to setup Meren reanimation. Can also get more draw from single effects.
Budget one drop mana dorks can be ramp who can be saced/die later on for experience counters.
Good luck with your deck.
5 months ago
Forced Adaptation feels too slow for me in a deck like this. Compare to Hydra's Growth - you're not going to be casting either til turn 3 at least anyway (as you have no targetable 1-drops). On turn 3 with Hydra, you'll swing +1 counters, then turn 4 you'll swing with +2, then +4.... I know the point of Forced Adaptation is that no one can ever take those counters away from Skullbriar, I just would prefer running some form of graveyard recursion akin to Phyrexian Delver, rather than simply turning your commander into an even bigger removal magnet.
The deck also looks a bit lacking in mana ramp, which you'll very much need since you're going to be racking up commander tax. A few good budget options - Arcane Signet Rampant Growth Coldsteel Heart is an upgrade over Moss Diamond Golgari Signet Talisman of Resilience Gyre Sage
As far as draw goes... I love the Colossal Majesty type effects. Garruk's Uprising, however, seems like a weak choice to me. There are only 5 creatures (6 if you buff your commander a little) that will trigger its third ability, and likewise its first ability has a decent chance of being unusable when you draw the card. Its trample ability is great, but I think there are probably better ways of accomplishing that in the deck already. I would honestly cut this for something like Deeproot Champion, which would be awesome with how many non-creature spells you have.
7 months ago
8 months ago
To address your general speed problem, you are running 33 lands and 6 ramp with an average CMC of 3.57. This is entirely too mana light in my opinion. In my Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deck I also run 33 lands, but have 11 ramp and an average CMC of 3.10. The ramp that I run that isn't in here is: Birds of Paradise, Devoted Druid, Llanowar Elves, Golgari Signet, Three Visits, Nature's Lore, and Wild Growth. Farseek always puts the land in tapped, so I run Three Visits and Nature's Lore over it since they grab the same duals. I'm not sure why I don't have STE in my list, though it runs well enough that I am not looking for more ramp. Since your average CMC is higher you may want to go with 13 ramp and just keep the ones you have and add all 5 of the additions.
To help with having sac fodder you are going to want creatures that recur themselves. You already have Reassembling Skeleton, but undying and persist would also let you recycle creatures for multiple activations. Puppeteer Clique, Rendclaw Trow, Woodfall Primus, Young Wolf, Strangleroot Geist, Geralf's Messenger, and Butcher Ghoul are all fine includes in a deck that wants to kill off it's own creatures in some way. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed will also grant all of your non-human creatures undying.
Burst card draw can be achieved with the black cards for life sorceries (Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, Read the Bones, Ancient Craving). You can sustain card draw with Smothering Abomination, Phyrexian Arena, Skullclamp and Necropotence.
The following topics will help improve the deck in terms of pure strength, but may not be how you or your playgroup is wanting to play magic. Everyone's idea of fun is different, so I am going to include the suggestions in case they are something that both you and your group find acceptable.
Above some cards were mentioned that have the possibility to combo with cards already in the deck or with each other. Each card however is good in its own right and does not have to be used in the combos. If you are willing to go combo with the deck I will further explain these and also add some other cards specifically for the purpose of combos.
Yawgmoth and two undying creatures create a loop where you sacrifice the undying creatures in order to put -1/-1 counters on each other. It costs a life per iteration, but would give you the death triggers for your commander and for Gutter Grime. Adding in Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, or other similar effects gains you the life back and turns the loop into a win condition.
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and any of the persist creatures allow for infinite sacrifice loops as the creature will come back with alternating +1/+1 and -1/-1 counters. Walking Ballista and Triskelion combo with Mikaeus and allow for infinite damage loops, in the case of Ballista you need a sacrifice outlet though. Things that enter with -1/-1 counters or that allow you to remove their +1/+1 counters for other reasons will also have similar interactions without the infinite damage.
With Devoted Druid you can add in Quillspike for shenanigans with infinite power Quillspike via tapping for green, untapping by putting a -1/-1 counter, adding power by paying green and removing the -1/-1 counter. This can be done with necrotic ooze as a 1-card combo if both pieces are in your graveyard. You can also get infinite death triggers by repeatedly killing Devoted Druid with Mikaeus out by activating the untap ability when she is not tapped.
Instead of card number advantage from drawing you could get card quality advantage from tutoring. In Golgari you have access to the best creature tutors and the best all around tutors available. Eldritch Evolution, Green Sun's Zenith, Worldly Tutor, and Finale of Devastation for creatures. Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, and Grim Tutor for all around.
9 months ago
This should get you going
Mana fixing and Forestwalk Enabler-
Land count should come up closer to 33.
11 months ago
My general build is as follows, and let's pick on Jund, assuming EDH.
- Mana Crypt
- Sol Ring
- Arcane Signet
- Gruul Signet
- Rakdos Signet
- Golgari Signet
- Coldsteel Heart
- Fellwar Stone
- Mind Stone
- Coalition Relic
And if I play outrageously high curves, like MV average +4.5, I make room for all 14. Some decks run 30+ mana sources because I have enormous plays to make and that's how I stay ahead of the game. Everybody laughs when you spend 3 turns casting nothing but rocks and dorks, but nobody's laughing when the table is cleared and the game is won on Turn 6 - turn 8.
And the nice thing is that in the event of a Cyclonic Rift, you can generally pay mana to get mana and dump your rocks on the field and keep your hand. Takes a turn to recover, but you skip discarding down to hand size.
Less colors = less signets = more moxen
I don't play 4-5 colors. Too much balancing to consider. I ran a 5c Golos God tribal deck and hated it. Could never land enough permanents to hit devotion quick enough. Ended up a sitting duck for like 6 or 7 consecutive turns, then I'd finally get a few Gods online and would be forced to hold them up as blockers.
Then Golos got banned, lololol