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Greed Discussion

LittleMy on Tribal Vampires Help Wanted

1 week ago

I saw another comment say this, but stressing it, Phyrexian Arena can be replaced (and same with Greed). For an enchantment that can be removed, same cost as Necropotence which you have included and doesn't generate nearly the same amount of value? Personally, I'd rather slot in a card like Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper, or for doing double duty, Castle Locthwain (and considering you're Mono Black, having it come in untapped shouldn't be an issue) These also are more on demand, situational impulse draws for when you really need them.

I'm a huge fan of mana doublers, and I personally don't like Extraplanar Lens. While I understand the upside, I can't get past the exiling a land. I think that's too much of a downside. On the flip side, two mana doublers I like, Crypt Ghast and Magus of the Coffers, do double duty as blockers/attackers, and all for more mana, and you keep a land. I see you have Nyx Lotus in your maybe board as well, and I'd even say slot this in over Extraplanar Lens.

While Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic both are decent anthems, they don't offer possible utility like other cards can. Considering you're running a lot of vampires, I'd recommend slotting in two other cards for them. Veinwitch Coven brings back cards from the dead when you gain life, which seems often. Return combo pieces, big threats, or mana helpers. And if you are still concerned about card draw, Champion of Dusk.

You already have a lot of tutors, Brainspoil might be pushing it, unless there's a combo that I am not seeing. To be more dynamic, I'd recommend Go for the Throat or Doom Blade depending on your meta. Having cheap removal at instant speed can be the difference in a game.

Charcoal Diamond I'd highly recommend switching out for Arcane Signet as this does not come in to play tapped and can be used immediately.

Door of Destinies or Coat of Arms I'd also highly recommend. They're fantastic tribal anthems and I'd argue puts in more work than Herald's Horn. I say that because I like the philosophy of, "the best healing is damage" or "more damage, less dead" (and also Coat of Arms with a full board and constant threat replacement with Veinwitch Coven is terrifying)

Hope this helps!

bushido_man96 on Tribal Vampires Help Wanted

1 week ago

I would consider some different card draw options. Simple ones like Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, and Ambition's Cost are effective. I really like a card like Plumb the Forbidden, especially in response to a board wipe. Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip is an underplayed card in my opinion. It's not as good as Greed, but it might be better than Phyrexian Arena.

If I were looking for cuts, I'd be curious about the performance you've gotten out of Skeletal Scrying, Soul Foundry, and Well of Lost Dreams. The well seems like it's really good in any lifegain deck, but to get a big bang out of it, you've got to always keep a lot of mana open, and be gaining life. Perhaps you've made it work well for you, though. Let me know your thoughts on these.

DemonDragonJ on Fires of Purgatory

1 week ago

I have replaced Greed with Fleshtaker, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 4.10 to 4.06, because, as awesome as Greed is, Fleshtaker is a better match for this deck, as it is an additional sacrifice outlet.

DemonDragonJ on Reap what is Sown

1 week ago

I have replaced Greed with Ravenous Squirrel, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 4.06 to 4.02, because, as awesome as Greed is, the squirrel is a better match for this deck, as it is an additional sacrifice outlet.

DemonDragonJ on How Good is Greed in …

1 month ago

FartSeize, Damnable Pact is an excellent card, but it is a one-time effect, whereas Greed can be used repeatedly.

zAzen7977 on WILLY’S ZOMBIE COMBO FACTORY [cEDH Primer v.2.0]

1 month ago

Thanks Profet93!! That makes two of us! O_o lol

Hey TypicalTimmy, challenge accepted! Willy hungers and needs more willing victims. Get over here!

You bring up good points about counterspells and tutors. With this deck I tried to do something different than my previous combo-centric builds. The older version of this deck is linked in the description above and I run a lot more draw/tutors and less actual zombies. Also check out my K’rrik Doomsday deck for a Mono-Black deck that goes all-or-nothing with combos.

With this deck I want to be able to win even if my combos or Willy are neutralized somehow. So I have numerous back-up strategies depending on my opening hand. It’s like a puzzle, and it takes practice to know which hand to keep and what to tutor for. I am still getting the hang of it.

Since Willy generates tokens when my zombies die and needs zombies as fodder for his sac-to-draw ability, I went for a secondary token theme. Plus it feels more thematic to me. I am usually one to go with pure efficiency over theme, but in this case I tried to balance efficiency and theme to retain the feeling of a straightforward Zombie swarm deck. So the result is a deck that is very unpredictable for the opponent. It’s hard to know what I’m planning and I can pull a combo win from out of nowhere.

Your suggestions of Lich Lord of Unx, The Scarab God, and Greed are good, but each is a little expensive mana-wise. The Lich Lord is good when I can generate lots of mana or have an infinite mana combo, otherwise it’s an expensive 1/1 token generator. I’m not counting on always finding an infinite mana combo. Scarab God is slow since it’s ability doesn’t kick in until the upkeep after it’s played, and in my experience it gets slapped with removal the second it comes down. Greed is a less efficient Necropotence, I would rather run something like Rhystic Study. Regardless, thanks for the suggestions!

DemonDragonJ on Mind Over Matter

1 month ago

I have replaced Greed with Smothering Tithe, because, while Greed is an excellent card, Smothering Tithe is a better match for the controlling theme of this deck.

LinkOpensChest_wav on Vampiric Rites and Vampiric Wrongs

2 months ago

All good calls! I do have Greed in my binder too, and it's a good card. Definitely need to keep my grip full of vamps! You've given me a lot to think about, some that will go in my deck for sure. I think typically the rule of thumb is, what - 10 ways to draw cards in a Commander deck?

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