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Graven Cairns Discussion
2 weeks ago
Hey, you're welcome :)
I don't want to discourage you by suggesting to add so many cards and cut so many cards. You have a really good plan for when you get Rakdos onto the battlefield, but the problem is you haven't included many ways to cast Rakdos. Because can only cast him if an opponent loss life for the turn. You have a great late game base of creatures, really good, but there's not very much, if any, early game plays to make. Commander decks want three plans at various stages of a game. One for the early game, one for the mid game and one for the late game. Right now you have planned out the mid and late game well, but have neglected the early game. My advice is sacrifice some mid and late game cards for early game cards.
Some examples of different plans for each stage of the a game.
Early game (ramp and pingers):
Mid game (Rakdos and reanimation):
Late game (Eldrazi and other big creatures)
In my opinion it's better to have a lot more early game plays then mid and late game. The early game plays should help to setup and get into the mid and late game. Low mana cast reanimation/enablers is an an example of early game plays that can be just as good as a mid/late game plays. Tutors are an excellent bridge between each stage of the game because they let you get a certain card for what ever stage you're at and in of need at the time.
As I said in my last comment I think you can cut quite a few of the big creatures and replace them with more early game cards that let you interact with Rakdos faster.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Cinder Barrens
- Bloodfell Caves
- 1x Mountain
- 1x Swamp
- Chainer, Dementia Master
- Garna, the Bloodflame
- Geth, Lord of the Vault
- Greven, Predator Captain
- Hythonia the Cruel
- K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth
- Massacre Girl
- Overseer of the Damned
- Soul of Innistrad
- Tetzimoc, Primal Death
- The Haunt of Hightower
- The Scorpion God
- Fated Return
- Blackblade Reforged
- Whispersilk Cloak
- Loxodon Warhammer
- Sword of Truth and Justice
All these cards are by no means bad, they're just in my opinion worse than the other cards here. In my last comment I listed about 20 cards for you to consider adding most except Heartless Hidetsugu and Artisan of Kozilek were one to three CMC. Which included pingers ( Spear Spewer , etc.), mana rocks ( Rakdos Signet , etc.), reanimation/enablers ( Doomed Necromancer , Buried Alive , etc.) and instant removal ( Chaos Warp , etc.).
40 lands is a lot of lands, consider cutting some for additional mana sources (mana rocks)?
I think you're better off adding mana rocks then having lots of lands and equipment. I think it helps your deck more to have color fixing and ramp then equipment. Mana rocks are excellent early game plays. Equipment are mid to late game plays and they only do something if you have creatures on the battlefield who can attack. Rakdos or Sin Prodder could be good sources of a creature for equipment, but equipment overall is not doing much here. Because of mana cost for Rakdos then mana rocks that can make colored mana are more desirable then ones that can't. However if you have the powerful mana rocks that only make colorless mana ( Sol Ring , etc.) still play them because they're some of the best cards in Commander.
Lots of basic lands can be problematic when the main casting cost you're trying to make is for Rakdos. Some other playable Rakdos dual lands to consider adding:
3 weeks ago
Hey, you definitely like high mana cost cards (5 CMC plus). There's 28 here!
How do you expect to be able to cast Rakdos? Consider more cards that make an opponent lose life? This deck will have a difficult time functioning without having Rakdos on the battlefield, being able to reduce the casting cost of creatures. With a 4.9 avg. CMC even being able to cast Rakdos is going to be a problem.
My advice is focus much more on the early game and much less on the late game. You don't need 25 high mana cost creatures for Rakdos, it's overkill.
Cards to consider adding:
- Rakdos Signet
- Talisman of Indulgence
- Cryptolith Fragment Flip
- Spear Spewer
- Sin Prodder
- Nettle Drone
- Vial Smasher the Fierce
- Lobber Crew
In the early game you want to make it easier to cast Rakdos this means mana rocks that can help make mana for his difficult casting cost and repeatable pingers to be able to make your opponents lose at least one life to be able to cast Rakdos.
Heartless Hidetsugu can reduce a ton of colorless mana with Rakdos with one activation. Use this reduction to free cast Eldrazi (Ulamog and Emrakul). Artisan of Kozilek can be reanimation and Void Winnower is also good. These Eldrazi are really the only high mana cost creatures you need because lets face it there's not a lot of other creatures that can even compare in power level.
Other high mana cost creatures of the ones here to consider keeping are: Ilharg, the Raze-Boar , Sidisi, Undead Vizier , Urabrask the Hidden , Etali, Primal Storm , Archfiend of Despair , Vilis, Broker of Blood , Sheoldred, Whispering One . This is a base to consider:
There's beginnings of a reanimation strategy here with Chainer, Nightmare Adept . Reanimation is a good a backup plan to be able to get big creatures onto the battlefield without Rakdos. Reanimation needs two parts: enablers to get creatures into your graveyard and the actual reanimation to cheat them onto the battlefield. Consider expanding on each of these parts?
- Faithless Looting
- Buried Alive
- Apprentice Necromancer
- Doomed Necromancer : included in Merciless Rage.
- Animate Dead
The Necromancers are good with Chainer. Discard a big creature than cast one of the Necromancers from your graveyard, it gets haste, sac it to reanimate the big creature you just discarded.
Other cards to consider adding:
- Sol Ring : included in Merciless Rage.
- Graven Cairns
- Dragonskull Summit
- Ash Barrens : included in Merciless Rage.
- Smoldering Marsh
- Eye of Ugin : Eldrazi tutor.
- Anger : haste enabler.
- Rakdos Charm : way to make opponents lose life, can reduce a lot of colorless mana with Rakdos or instant counter an opponents infinite creature and/or graveyard combo.
- Chaos Warp : instant permanent removal, included in Merciless Rage.
- Terminate : instant creature removal.
- Lightning Greaves : haste enabler, protection.
If you would like I can give you a list of cards to consider cutting. Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
In terms of budget lands, Graven Cairns is cheap because of multiple printings, and fixes both ways instantly. Foreboding ruins, dragonskull and a couple of these will run fine, even if it doesn't leave space for Ghost Quarter and friends.
When assessing lands its also worth looking at hate cards too- Blood Moon , Ghost Quarter , Field of Ruin etc. Mono red ignores them almost entirely, while the more colour requirements your deck has the more they are punished by them.
That said, Black/red offers a lot in terms of sideboard.
From Thoughtseize / Duress to Kolaghan's Command / Rakdos Charm , tech like Rain of Gore / Everlasting Torment and kill spells like Angrath's Rampage , Dreadbore and Terminate , there are a whole suite of tools that become available. If your meta calls for those tools it can be completely worth it.
In terms of strategy, that toolbox lets you take it to the midgame more consistently. If your idea of goblins is activating krenko, black red is where you want to be, because it can keep him on the field. If you want to rush as fast as possible, the question is whether Munitions Expert and the sideboard tools is good enough to be worth it. Siege as a 4 drop is more suited to a midrange 'value' goblins, which likes saccing goblins for direct damage- but its not the same deck.
1 month ago
Hey, there's a lot of hype around Anje and for good reason, but Chainer, Nightmare Adept is also excellent from the precon especially with Magus of the Wheel . Given the current budget I don't think trying to make your deck a cEDH version is in your best interest especially because of the manabase with 30 basic lands.
There's lot of good cards here, but the manabase isn't comparable. Consider adding some Rakdos lands? At least add the budget ones?
- Smoldering Marsh
- Foreboding Ruins
- Ash Barrens
- Tainted Peak
- Dragonskull Summit
- Graven Cairns
- Sulfurous Springs
- Jund Panorama
PaneledSmile40 makes a good point about adding cards that can let you play Anje quicker, even turn two. I think all his/her budget card suggestions for this are good and can replace the additional mana sources here especially the Diamonds, Grafstone and Chalice.
Glint-Horn Buccaneer can be a backup plan with Library of Leng . This two card combo with Anje and any madness card such as Fiery Temper can kill all your opponents with damage from Buccaneer. Buccaneer even without Leng is a good card with a repeatable discard source. Leng is a may ability which means you can still discard cards to your graveyard if you choose to, but having the option to put the card you discard on top of your library can be powerful.
Anje is a good reanimation enabler. You already know this because there's many reanimation spells here and you need reanimation for the Worldgorger combo. Consider adding more reanimation Apprentice Necromancer , Buried Alive and Rune-Scarred Demon ? Demon is a creature you can reanimate to tutor for other cards.
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Nice deck, seems strong, the only problem I see regards the lands. I would consider adding some of the following cards: Bloodstained Mire , Prismatic Vista , Canyon Slough , Graven Cairns , Blackcleave Cliffs , Foreboding Ruins , Smoldering Marsh , and maybe Sulfurous Springs ! If you find this helpful, please consider upvoting my deck, A Deal With the Devil EDH! Hope this helps, good luck on your deck, and have a nice day!
1 month ago
Nice Deck, Mishra is a cool commander! The only suggestion I have regards the lands. Lands are my favorite part of magic as weird as that seems, so I am very specific about them. If I were you I would consider the following types of lands: Fast Lands, Reveal Lands, Filter lands, Shock Lands, Battle Lands, Check Lands, and Fetch lands: These types include but are not limited to the following cards: Darkslick Shores , Choked Estuary , Sunken Hollow , Polluted Delta , Sunken Ruins , Blood Crypt , Dragonskull Summit , Bloodstained Mire , Blackcleave Cliffs , Foreboding Ruins , Smoldering Marsh , Graven Cairns , Steam Vents , Sulfur Falls , Spirebluff Canal , Fiery Islet , Cascade Bluffs , and Scalding Tarn . If you end up finding any of these lands helpful, I would appreciate if you upvote and support my commander deck: A Deal with the Devil! Thanks, good luck on your deck, and hope these cards help!
1 month ago
Add the Grixis land group: I would consider some of the following: Crumbling Necropolis Watery Grave Steam Vents Cascade Bluffs Sulfur Falls Sulfurous Springs Spirebluff Canal Scalding Tarn Drowned Catacomb Shivan Reef Graven Cairns Bloodstained Mire Sunken Ruins Dragonskull Summit Blackcleave Cliffs Prismatic Vista Foreboding Ruins Sunken Hollow Smoldering Marsh Blood Crypt Choked Estuary Polluted Delta
1 month ago
Lands are my favorite part of magic, so I'm quite particular about them. In a grixis deck, I would consider adding the following lands: Watery Grave Blood Crypt Dragonskull Summit Steam Vents Fiery Islet Bloodstained Mire Canyon Slough Graven Cairns Smoldering Marsh Sunken Ruins Drowned Catacomb Polluted Delta Sunken Hollow There are a lot more, maybe just look up "Grixis Lands" (Grixis means Red, Blue, Black) to find some more. In the meantime, I would use the ones above, because in commander life isn't always an issue, rather getting cards out with good lands.
Graven Cairns occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
UBR (Grixis): 0.59%
RBW (Mardu): 0.94%