Creature — Human Wizard
, , Exile two cards from your graveyard: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.
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Grim Lavamancer Discussion
2 weeks ago
Hub suggestions: Drop Chaos, add Turbo Fog
Card suggestions: Ethereal Haze prevents noncombat damage from creatures, if you see Grim Lavamancer or whatever. Elixir of Immortality can replace Blessed Respite , since you have a lot of Fog effects already. I would switch the Pure Intentions with two Leyline of Sanctity in the sideboard.
1 month ago
For sideboard options Blood Moon , Shattering Spree , Roiling Vortex and Molten Rain are good. Blood Moon and Molten Rain against greedy mana bases and Tron, although Blood Moon is much better against Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle decks like Scapeshift and Amulet Titan. Shattering Spree is better than Smash to Smithereens against mass-artefact decks like AsmoFood while Smash to Smithereens is better against Chalice of the Void so you might want to run a couple of both. Roiling Vortex is something I'm a big fan of as a meta pick, it hits the cascade cards and Mishra's Bauble hard, is lifegain hate against cards like Batterskull while also giving some damage over a longer game. You can use Alpine Moon for a budget option for Blood Moon, although it is worst in general.
As for the maindeck, I second the recommendation for Light Up the Stage , probably cutting the Searing Blaze as 16 lands + no fetches means that it is often going to be dead without landfall, even if it is really good against creature decks early. I would also give a look at Grim Lavamancer as a source of repeated burn.
4 months ago
If you're trying to maximize the number of 3-mana-for-1-damage cards running around in here, which most Legacy Burn decks probably ought to, I'd also recommend Rift Bolt ! Since you're always just pointing it at your foe's head, Suspending it still means 3 damage for 1 mana every time - you just gotta wait a turn. I'd venture that it's a more reliable card than Collateral Damage or Reverberate. Skewer the Critics is another solid 3-for-1 with the easy condition of playing it the same turn you played another burn spell: probably this fills the same role as Reverberate but for one less mana!
I find decks like this also never mind a touch of recurring damage where they can afford it. Grim Lavamancer is a natural, being only one mana to play and use and making all of your spells hit for another 1 damage. Sulfuric Vortex is a decent top end that can finish your foe off while also shutting off lifegain, and Cursed Scroll gets around Protection from Red while giving you a continuous source of damage once you run your hand out and your foe isn't quite dead yet.
4 months ago
Aside from Outcast tokens and the Mimic, you only have 4 dragons to top out at. Most Gruul dragon packages I've seen run in the 8-12 range. Some popular inclusions are Thunderbreak Regent , Glorybringer , Harbinger of the Hunt , Scourge of Valkas , Mirrorwing Dragon , Terror of the Peaks , Lathliss, Dragon Queen , and the odd Steel Hellkite . Personally, I'm a fan of going for multiple attacks with Hellkite Charger and Savage Ventmaw . The new Leyline Tyrant might have some role in such a strategy, but I haven't had the chance to test it. The first two cards I'd cut would probably be Wolfir Silverheart and Grim Lavamancer . The former is undeniably powerful soulbonded to a double-striking dragon, but for 5 mana, it may as well just be another double-striking dragon itself. As for the wizard, I get the impression its ability will act like a 1 mana tax that distracts from casting your bombs. Even if you can afford to activate it often, a lack of fetchlands (even if they're budget alternatives) will limit its potency.
Otherwise, you have a couple of cards that have stronger replacements in modern. Titanic Growth is worse than Phytoburst at least some of the time, although I'd prefer 1 cost versions like Might of Old Krosa , Groundswell , Blossoming Defense , or Vines of Vastwood anyway. Similarly, Run Amok could probably be Rancor if the trample is important. As long as you're still interested in playing around with the graveyard, Traverse the Ulvenwald could be a neat replacement for Track Down that lets you literally track down your singleton dragons. Adventurous Impulse and Oath of Nissa are less powerful but less demanding options. Shackles of Treachery likely represents a mechanic you don't even need in the deck, but if you want an Act of Treason , I've had pretty decent success with Kari Zev's Expertise . The last cards I'll suggest are just some other dragon synergy tools. Draconic Roar is an amped Lightning Strike , Dragon Tempest can be a much cheaper Warstorm Surge if you're pumping out enough reptiles, and Frontier Siege offers flexibility between ramp and control. Finally, there are the spirit dragon lands if you think those would be useful.
Let me know if you have any questions and good luck with your build!
6 months ago
Maybe Grim Lavamancer to control your GY? Gotta keep the random in check
6 months ago
Before worrying about sideboarding, I'd focus on getting the main down to 60 cards. The closer you are to the minimum deck size, the more likely it is you'll draw the best cards in your deck. In this case, it looks like you want to build a party deck with Haktos the Unscarred as one of the bombs. The first thing I'd do is identify which cards are actively working towards that end or are particularly efficient. If something doesn't fit those descriptions, cut it. If it does, try to acquire multiple copies of it. For example, Gore Swine isn't doing anything here that a party member couldn't do better, so I'd remove it. Compare that to Expedition Champion who has more stats for the same cost and actively synergizes with the warrior theme, so having 4 of him wouldn't be bad. You can apply that logic to the entire deck. Practiced Tacticsis better than Sandblast. Suspension Field is more cost effective than Skybind. And so on.
After thinning the deck to its strongest options, then I'd focus on upgrades. Seek out other decks with similar goals and see what they're running. You can then endeavor to purchase the best cards you see in such examples, budget permitting. I don't know much about Boros party, but a quick search revealed Archpriest of Iona, Grotag Bug-Catcher, Stonework Packbeast, Squad Commander, Journey to Oblivion, Kargan Intimidator, Luminarch Aspirant, Relic Axe, Goma Fada Vanguard, Robber of the Rich, Tazri, Beacon of Unity, Fissure Wizard, and Seasoned Hallowblade, and that's only looking at standard. Modern brings even more options, particularly for Boros warriors. Arashin Foremost, Boros Reckoner, Mardu Woe-Reaper, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Obsidian Battle-Axe, Grim Lavamancer, Jeering Instigator, Fire-Belly Changeling, Grand Abolisher, Mirror Entity, Bygone Bishop, and Selfless Spirit all come to mind.
7 months ago
6 and 5 mana cards will be hard to cast in a list with 17 lands, so I would cut them in favour of more burn. In terms of upgrades to make the deck faster: Cut the tarfires for Skewer the Critics, the charmbreakers and double visions for 4 copies of Light Up the Stage, the stormblood berserkers and 1 torbran for Monastery Swiftspear, the electrostatic fields for Chandra's Incinerator, guttersnipes for Searing Blaze, the shocks for Rift Bolt, the pillars of flame for Goblin Guide, the last torbran and the chandras for 2 Grim Lavamancer and a mountain, and finally, 6 mountains for 4 Sunbaked Canyon and 2 Ramunap Ruins. Those upgrades make the deck pretty competitive and capable of winning very quickly, but they do make the deck less fun and interesting, as all it does it throw burn spells at your opponent.
8 months ago
I think they were talking about the price of the card being a little steep not the mana costs to play or activate.
As already mentioned, it is unlikely that Razor Pendulum will change the outcome of any game you are playing and you have zero control over the damage the card provides. Replacing it with any form of repeatable and targetable burn is a better idea than that card. Especially if you go with the assorted Chandra planeswalkers or any card with an activated burn ability like the lavamancer or scroll.
There is a giant pool of cards better than the razor to help burn decks win games. Stuff like Double Vision, Pyromancer's Gauntlet, Staff of Nin, Thermo-Alchemist, Guttersnipe, Torbran, Thane of Red Fell, Tectonic Giant, and Firebrand Archer and many more. There are a lot of choices depending on the deck and format that are better options than that Razor Pendulum.