Grafdigger's Cage

Grafdigger's Cage

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Grafdigger's Cage Discussion

bryanedds on Need Two Stax Swap Cards …

1 day ago

Hi!

I have a staxless cEDH Godo deck, and I'm working on a swap card list for the rare occasion I want to take it to highest level -

Godo for Shodo

Which two of this deck's cards could I swap out to complete this list -

YamishiTheWickedOne on Sexy Vampires

2 weeks ago

Once you're comfortable with the deck, we should start looking into constructing a sideboard.

4x Nihil Spellbomb is some of the best graveyard hate around, followed by Grafdigger's Cage and Ashiok, Dream Render or if 3 mana isn't a problem, Go Blank.

Artifact hate is a little more tricky without red, I'll get back to you on that.

For anti-tokens, good options are Ratchet Bomb, Engineered Explosives, and Liliana, the Last Hope.

Anti-Tron and/or anti-land: Damping Sphere, Fulminator Mage.

Card that does a little bit in a lot of matchups: Pithing Needle

Extra planeswalker hate: Vampire Hexmage and a bunch of other stuff printed recently like Murderous Rider.

Extra hand disruption against combo decks: Duress, Surgical Extraction

Anti-Hatebears: Torpor Orb

And there are plenty of other options. Artifacts are particularly useful if you need a card for certain matchups that your color (monoblack) isn't good at handling on its own.

hiddengibbons on Poly ramp

2 weeks ago

Because of the prevalence of Grafdigger's Cage, I’m not sure how competitive this would be. It’s more of an experiment in how quickly and consistently a deck of this type can do what it’s designed to. Artifact Mutation would be dynamite in the sideboard, but it’s not modern legal at this time.

BEDECK on Poly ramp

2 weeks ago

Maybe keep it in the sideboard? Bear in mind Grafdigger's Cage actully hurts you. I had the (dis)pleasure of finding that out mid-tourney

BEDECK on Emrakul Griselbrand Avacyn Shadow Resurrection

3 weeks ago

Hmmmm. Are you really ok with all the life loss? If you happen to need to go Fetch Land > Blood Crypt > Faithless Looting > Lotus Petal > Reanimate you lose a ton of life...

I was thinking you could build the "traditional" BR Reanimator but with Emrakul (without Street Wraith, Bauble, Cabal Ritual and Simian Spirit Guide). The traditional version has a 60-80% consistency of a turn1/2 combo already.

If you choose to do so you would have 16 free slots. You could go with 4 Exhume, 4 Collective Brutality for some counterspell protection, 4 other creatures of choice that you like and 4 Thoughtseize.

I'm speaking from the veteran BR Reanimate player perspective that the opponent will usually have something to deal with you. Usually it is Karakas, Innocent Blood, Sudden Edict, Liliana of the Veil or a counterspell or something. Sometimes you can even lose because their creatures alone are faster than you (if you lose 16 life reanimating stuff).

So adding some other options as a "toolbox" could be good. Big beater creatures that mess up their plans are nice.

Sideboard

About the sideboard I was thinking the Wastelands may not be too effective.

If you are worried facing against troublesome Lands deck, I would recommend Magus of the Moon (since you can tutor and reanimate it). For creatures, usually a simple Pyroclasm does the trick. If you want to be fancy there is also Firestorm that may enable your combo.

For interaction you'll usually be worried about opposing Grafdigger's Cage, Leyline of the Void, Rest in Peace, etc. So to counter that you can either splash another color (white/green) or deal with it the same way Mono Black Reanimator deals with it: Ratchet Bomb and Feed the Swarm.

If you see too many counterspells it is always nice to have cheap good old Duress.

I think Engineered explosives was a nice touch. Just as By Force.

I think you can have a more effective 'change the target' effect with Ricochet Trap with all the blue in Legacy.

Blast Zone is interesting, but with so much Wasteland in the format it becomes unusable quite often.

I don't know what decks you are playing against and maybe it already works just fine in your meta/playgroup...

But I'm a BR Reanimator player of 6-8 years with it and I wanted to give some insights :V

sitri_ on Kinnan cEDH

3 weeks ago

Isn't Grafdigger's Cage a silver bullet against this deck? Why is it in here?

DawnsRayofLight on Eldrazi Tribal/Tron (Help is Appreciated)

1 month ago

@lalalalala: it is definitely getting there. I am going to make some suggestions:

I know this is going to be like "wow now I am running the same Tron as everyone else" but Karn has always been one of my favorite planeswalkers and he is ideal in a list like this

I might run

3x Karn, the Great Creator

2x Karn Liberated

1-2 Ugin, the Ineffable

1-2 All Is Dust

3-4x Golgari Signet or Talisman of Impulse

1x Blast Zone

1x Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth

(for the lands maybe drop a crossroad or two? test the deck and if you feel you are not getting lands consistently enough run 22 or 21, a lot of the TRON lists similar to yours run only 17)

Cards to Drop:

Eldrazi Mimic: It is nice to have a 2 drop but he isn't that strong, if you want an early drop you can run Walking Ballista or Matter Reshaper

Conduit of Ruin: You can maybe be fine with 2 but 4 isn't necessary, I am honestly not a fan but it does at least fetch your big boys, but you may have enough dig with the Ancient Stirrings to drop it altogether. Wurmcoil Engine may be a better 6 drop

Titan's Presence: you may have enough creature removal with Kozilek's Return and Warping Wail. It also gives your opponents information about what you may have in hand. You could drop them to run other cards.

Set up your sideboard like this (for use with Karn)

3x Chalice of the Void: Seriously a good card, I was onto this long before it started getting put in Tron, maybe consider a 1 of in the main to, but basically it allows you to halt a lot of annoying decks in their tracks: affinity, infect, storm, they die to this card. I sided it in one game against an affinity player: played 1 for 0 then the next turn dropped another at 1 and he scooped.

1x Ensnaring Bridge

1x Crucible of Worlds

1x Relic of Progenitus

1x Grafdigger's Cage

1x Pithing Needle

1x Torpor Orb

1x Wurmcoil Engine

1x Ratchet Bomb

1x Trinisphere

1x Blightsteel Colossus: Martyr of sands is making a comeback

2x Wilt: just to counter Blood Moon

Maybeboard for the side

1x Oblivion Stone

Hope this helps!

DigitlViking on Serra's Descendants, competitive Angel Tribal

1 month ago

darkmus I did not forget about the testing of Mask of Memory. In the end, I did not like it so much since it wasn't overly consistent for me going against a bunch of removal. I gave Sign in Blood a shot as a two of and that wasn't too bad. The 2 life was pretty negligible. Then for fun I decided to give Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip and that is the one that I liked the most. I don't think it flipped in nay games and being able to draw at will if I had nothing else happening did come in handy.

Also, for what it is worth, I also threw in three Grafdigger's Cage over Rest in Peace (mostly because I didn't have RIP) and that seemed to work out pretty well in my matches last night.

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