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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a permanent.
Whenever Greater Harvester deals combat damage to a player, that player sacrifices two permanents.
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Greater Harvester Discussion
1 month ago
I think Midnight Oil could work here? You could also politic and steal creatures permanently with Endless Whispers. Another interesting creature in this deck could be Greater Harvester; you get a little Bontu every upkeep.
4 months ago
First off I want to say thanks for your reply and interest in my deck. I'd like to take a second to follow up on your thoughts and say why I wanted to try what I did.
"You have some cards that don't add enough to your gameplan" section. 1. Greater Harvester probably isn't good, and I am willing to admit its something I put in here as a pet card. The general idea I had behind harvester being a sac outlet for flagstones (originally a 4 of) and any other random permanents I might want to lose. The upside I did see is that it will generally require a 2 for 1 to remove and if it happens to deal combat damage, all the better.
Regarding your suggestion of World Queller , it was a card I didn't even know existed. I like it and will consider it for future versions of the deck. Ideally, I would like the deck to be primarily black based with a small amount of white, if possible.
Tergrid is just something to help break the symmetry of braids. I intend to use this primarily for the front side, but I've considered the back side if I ever wanted to try and go in a full pox or even Death Cloud style of build.
Thalia taxing me a lot is a pretty accurate point. The only reason I really like thalia is for it's ability to block and slow an opponent down.
I just went with leyline for the free aspect. Your suggestion of virtue is probably better, because I do want something to make my creatures reasonable clocks. It also helps against things like Plague Engineer .
I got nothing on this one...just figured it fit the token theme.
Coffers doesn't have any real point, but I think about it like a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx . Maybe I should consider that.
Crucible is there to leverage braids some more. Side note, I meant to work in a Silent Clearing or two for card advantage.
"You should probably have more early game resource denial, lower your mana curve, and have more pieces that break symmetry" section.
I like smallpox, but always feel like it would destroy the things I want to keep on board.
This started as a 4 of, but I started trimming it back since I did not have a lot of plains in the deck.
Probably worth adding as pw pressure and synergy piece.
I don't mind having 4 since I really want to draw it and can sac/replay the next if needed.
No real thoughts on this one. Gut feel is maybe 1-2 as a suppliment to bitterblossom.
"Your only early game disruption is Thoughtseize. This is definitely not enough." I think this is a pretty fair point to make and the one thing I was certainly feeling poor about posting this build. I will probably work some of those suggestions in somewhere.
Sideboard stuff, I'll consider after I get a decent main deck and feel for what I might need from there.
4 months ago
I've always wanted to build a braids modern deck, but casting a 4 drop in a smallpox deck always seemed a bit risky to me, while running braids without smallpox always seemed too slow. Here are my comments on your list:
You have some cards that don't add enough to your gameplan.
1) Greater Harvester looks cute, but it sucks. A static ability that only affects you, while the only way for it to cause your opponent to sacrifice stuff is to deal combat damage with a 5/6 vanilla creature without any evasion or trample or anything. Even with Braids wiping your opponent's board this card will definitely hurt you more than them. World Queller is still pretty expensive, but has a much nicer effect that lets you choose the permanent type. I probably wouldn't run either but having another 5 cmc Braids is cool.
3) I know you run Thalia, Guardian of Thraben to tax your opponents and make it even harder for them to cast spells along with braids, but you have so many noncreature spells that it's probably not that good here either.
4) Leyline of the Meek synergizes with your token plan, but doesn't help you stretch out the game, deny your opponent resources, or create more tokens for yourself. If you really want to play something to buff your tokens I'd use Intangible Virtue , but I don't recommend it.
5) Timely Reinforcements definitely doesn't fit here. There's a reason it usually isn't played in decks with a lot of other token producers - because then its effect would be useless. Add in braids wiping the opponent's creatures and it becomes even worse. 4 Souls + 4 BB already seems like a good token package to me. It could maybe be a one-of in the sideboard though against hyper-aggressive decks.
6) Cabal Coffers is very questionable, since your land count is probably not going to be that high. If you are going to keep it, definitely add more Urborgs. Also 25 lands is a little high even for a pox deck like this one, I think 24 is the perfect number.
7) Crucible of Worlds does have nice synergy with sacrificing lands (and replaying Flagstones is pretty cool) but a lot of the time you would probably be sacrificing tokens instead. I don't think the card is that great here unless you have Flagstones of Trokair on the field, so if you need space for other cards I would recommend cutting these.
You should probably have more early game resource denial, lower your mana curve, and have more pieces that break symmetry.
1) Braids is a four drop, and doesn't have any impact on the board unless she survives a turn. You definitely need something early game that has a similar effect to braids. I don't think this deck can function without 4x Smallpox .
2) 4x Flagstones of Trokair . No questions asked. Also 2-3 Urborgs (esp if you keep Cabal Coffers). T1 Urborg, Inquisition/Thoughtseize into T2 flagstones + smallpox is backbreaking.
3) Bloodghast gives something to discard to pox, and you can repeatedly sacrifice it to braids as well. Nether Spirit is another option but I don't think it works well here.
4) Multiples of Braids suck, so I'd go down to 3 copies.
5) You could consider Sedgemoor Witch as a token producer instead of Bitterblossom. Not quite as sure about this one; it does something even if you only use the tokens to feed braids and gains life while BB loses life, but it also costs 1 more mana and acts as a juicy removal target. However, with braids on the field you already have removal targets so it probably isn't as much of an issue as it seems.
Your only early game disruption is Thoughtseize. This is definitely not enough.
1) I'd run 6-8 discard spells total between Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek . Honestly, In my opinion the best is a 4 IoK/2 Seize split, since IoK is better early game and you should be able to prevent your opponent from casting 4+ cmc spells anyways.
2) I understand that you are running Vindicate so you can blow up your opponent's lands, but you should definitely have some cheaper removal. I'd probably cut one and run 2-3 Fatal Push . Bloodchief's Thirst or Prismatic Ending could also work, just anything that isn't Path to Exile .
About the sideboard cards
2) Some boardwipes are probably needed, even though they don't synergize that well with tokens or braids. Without them, you'll just get run over by aggressive decks. Best ones are Damn and Bontu's Last Reckoning (first one is more of a 1-2x mainboard card, while second one is probably a 2-of in the sideboard).
1 year ago
There is a Mirrodin version of Ornithopter, by the way.
You might consider some of these cards:
All just for Mirrodin flavor and the Dross itself. All of these cards have had printings in a Mirrodin set.
2 years ago
3 years ago
Cards I'd cut:
Ashling, the Extinguisher - 4 mana with no evasion makes it very unlikely this critter will actually connect with players. I recommend cutting it for a better force-sacrifice effect like Innocent Blood.
Bloodbriar - It's selfish (it only gives itself +1/+1 counters) and it has zero evasion. Not worth it. I recommend Reyhan, Last of the Abzan in its stead; it has the same CMC and lets you move around +1/+1 counters all day.
Deadeye Plunderers - You only have two artifacts in the deck.
Demon of Wailing Agonies - Slow. Especially when your commander has CMC 6.
Gatekeeper of Malakir - BBB cost is really hard to get sometimes in BUG colors.
Glissa, the Traitor - Slow. She's neat and a good blocker but it doesn't matter because you only have two artifacts.
Labyrinth Guardian - This critter adds nothing to your strategy.
Marrow Chomper - Too slow.
Patron of the Nezumi - Not enough rats to make it worth it. Effect is meh.
Phylactery Lich - Same reason as Gatekeeper. Also you only have two artifacts.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari - She does nothing on her own; she needs other things to do her work which isn't good.
Utopia Mycon - Too slow.
I'll add more comments when I get more time to look over the next few categories.
3 years ago
How to play:
On the bench, ready to sub in!:
Phage the Untouchable: I feel like I should explain this one first. I know that it looks like you should be grabbing Phage every time, but I encourage you to think again. First off, by the time any of you who are inspired to make this deck actually do so, unstable will no longer be legal in commander (unless you're ultra-quick and super-cool). Therefore, the only way you'd be able to play this within your playgroup is by Rule 13, which essentially states that you can use banned cards in a casual setting only if all members of your playgroup agree to it. And if you slam down Phage every time, they're gonna start to not like you. Sorry if this section went on too long, but it had to be said.
Ashling, the Extinguisher: This is mostly for if your opponents have a troublesome indestructible creature. Or also if you think that the art looks great.
Avatar of Slaughter: This one is for if you need straight damage, as it deals the most of any creature at 16. Maybe you're low on life and it has Loxodon Warhammer. Maybe you want to deal a ton of damage without killing them. I'm not judging.
Blightsteel Colossus: This one follows the same rules as Phage the Untouchable, only this one also protects against milling. Using this product may put at risk of winning, overzealous gloating and being banned. Administer at own risk.
Dragon Mage: Maybe you're secretly a group hug player. Maybe you're just low on cards in hand. Either way, this is a great all-around option.
Greater Harvester: It's like eldrazi, only you don't have to actually attack with it to trigger annihilator, meaning you also get some damage through.
Hellcarver Demon: An opponent is comboing out and you need to make one last defiant stand without actually winning. That's when you break out this boy.
Lightning Reaver: Why on earth did you sub in this! It's just in here because I like the art!
Lord of the Void: This is my go to benchwarmer. It makes you highly likely to win the game without actually guaranteeing it. My kind of card.
Necropolis Regent: This one actually works because +1/+1 counters stay between switches.
Rakdos the Defiler: Be sure to sub him in after declare attackers and blockers so that his attacking trigger won't activate, but his damage trigger will.
Raving Dead: If you want to do something but you don't want the game to end yet, this is a good choice.
Enemy forces and how to ignore them!
Now, subbing out is most effective if whatever you're replacing can get past the declare blockers step. Unfortunately, this is rakdos colors, so we don't have much in that respect. What little that's available is below.
Whispersilk Cloak: Definitely the best option we have. With evasion in both aspects, and the fact that equipment stays equipped makes this a favorable option.
Trailblazer's Boots: In commander, you can scribble out the existing text and say, unblockable. It saves time.
Prowler's Helm: If any of you frequenly go toe-to-toe with a wall tribal deck, please let me know, that sounds awesome. And if you want to make them happy, play this. They will be so proud of their soulless, empty defenders. They need the pick-me-up.
Panic Spellbomb: Yeah, it's not the greatest. Moving on.
Key to the City: Card filtering and unblockable? Please tell me the downside.
Hot Soup: Do not, I repeat, Not play this against a ping deck. It'll be like christmas came early for them.
Glaring Spotlight: I would tell you how great and good this option is, only I can't see the text from all this brightness.
Last random notes:
Planar Portal: This is the one case where it's superior to Planar Bridge. You see, Mary switches things in your hand, not on the battlefield, so with the bridge, they get affected by summoning sickness.
4 years ago
Cole6000 No worries. Yes, it's an actual deck that I've built. And it's actually somewhat playable in a casual group. Reaper King can actually be pretty oppressive if tuned up a lot, as his second ability can turn into multiple free Vindicates a turn. But I loved the card, and I wanted to build around it. So I used the farming theme was as mostly a deck-building limitation to keep his power in level with other decks in my playgroup as well as for fun.
Basically, the deck focuses on making creatures (through token production or graveyard recursion) that trigger Reaper King's second ability (through actual scarecrows, mimic scarecrows like Adaptive Automaton or Metallic Mimic, or using Conspiracy and Xenograft naming scarecrow to turn all your creatures into scarecrows that will then all be buffed by Reaper King and the mimic scarecrows) to wipe out your opponents' boards. As a bonus, you have a lot of things that can trigger upon the death of a creature -- Deathreap Ritual, Harvester of Souls, Compost, Reaper from the Abyss, Reaper of the Wilds -- or that can benefit from having things in your opponent's graveyard -- Scavenging Ooze, Night Soil, Teneb, the Harvester. There's a few sac outlets (High Market, Trading Post, Scarecrone, Greater Harvester, Mycoloth) to sac your own tokens or creatures when beneficial. And then there's ramp, support, and graveyard recursion cards to fill in the rest.
It's not very tuned at all, as that's kinda the point. There's several cards that could be swapped out for better or more powerful ones (for example, a kicked Rite of Replication on Reaper King results in 25 vindicates). But it's a fun casual deck. Hopefully that explanation makes sense. I'm happy to clarify anything--this deck has been a fun project of mine for a while.