Gruesome Realization

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Pre-release Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Standard Legal
Standard Brawl Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Gruesome Realization


Choose one —

  • You draw two cards and you lose 2 life.
  • Creatures your opponents control get -1/-1 until end of turn.

Coward_Token on So basically dimir Talrand

6 months ago

"Let me know if you need help with cuts, I'm seeing a lot of them." Ooof, but have at it. I'm guessing you're eyeing Coalition Relic & Worn Powerstone? I like them, instead of the trending 2 mana-rocks, for the niche of MV 5 commander in particular since it means you can afford to miss an extra land drop.

Not really a fan of creature saccing stuff like Diabolic Intent here? Wanna keep building towards that critical nine.

A bit nervous when it comes to life paying stuff like Black Market Connections, no life drain to compensate. But sure, we're in a 40-life format, so that might just be cowardly.

As mentioned in the description, don't really feel like making a table police deck so less counterspells than you'd probably expect in favor of stuff that's versatile and/or hits everyone (e.g. Gruesome Realization).

Crow_Umbra on Obi-Wan Budget

1 year ago

The recent Aurelia Multiverse Legends reprint is such a huge benefit to budget decks. I know your overall budget is $75, but do you have a budget per card? I have a few suggestions within budget that I think could push your deck a little more without breaking the bank:

  • I think you can probably cut Heiko Yamazaki, the General and Raiyuu, Storm's Edge you currently have 5 Warriors & 3 Samurai in deck. From playing Isshin extensively this past year, you definitely want to be attacking with more than one creature per combat haha. Solo attacking usually only happens in early game or after recovering from board wipes.

  • Since you already have Duke Ulder Ravengard and Hammers of Moradin, you could lean a bit more into Myriad. Hammers of Moradin is one of my favorite cards in my list, and usually punches above its weight. Some other Myriad creatures you could include are Genasi Enforcers and Elturel Survivors.

  • To pair with Myriad and your creature token production in general, I'd recommend getting in some ETB damage effects like Corpse Knight, Impact Tremors, and/or Witty Roastmaster. This helps get some damage in "around" defenses, and softens up opponents even further for when your creatures connect.

  • I think Delina, Wild Mage could be an eventual swap/upgrade to Flamerush Rider. Yes, you can Dash out the Rider, but the copies that Delina makes are not Legendary, which can have a higher ceiling on doubling up those triggers you typically wouldn't be able to.

  • Karlach, Fury of Avernus could be a budget-ish (less than $10) swap for Raiyuu if you want another extra combat effect. Karlach doesn't even need to attack, she just checks if you are attacking.

  • Breena, the Demagogue or Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant could be potential swaps with Glint-Sleeve Siphoner. Both are a blast, and add some fun political wrinkles to games while helping you (and opponents) draw cards. They're high risk/high reward. Breena can help grow herself or your other threats, and Karazikar can help deflect aggro away with Goad.

  • Lastly, I'd recommend Gruesome Realization as a swap for Faithless Looting. Yes, Looting is cheap & has Flashback, but it isn't super helpful in this deck since you're not utilizing your graveyard as a resource. Gruesome Realization has helped me cut down other opposing creature token boards in a few games, or drawn me cards if I wasn't playing against those types of strats.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Overall your deck has decent synergy, but I think a handful of the suggested swaps can get it a bit more honed in. Hope you have fun with Isshin, he's a blast.

Crow_Umbra on [Retired] Sacrificial Symposium

1 year ago

Thank you for the suggestion RangerOfPower! I do like Jadar, I currently use him as a token producer in my Anhelo, the Painter deck. I'll keep him on my Maybeboard for now as I continue to make adjustments from play-testing.

I'm kinda considering cutting Presence of Gond, since I have a few different combo options as-is. I'm thinking of adding another 2 cmc ramp piece, or something like a Night's Whisper or Gruesome Realization.

Crow_Umbra on Isshin, Two Heavens As One - Eiganjo Uprising v1.3

1 year ago

There's someone that I mutually follow on Moxfield that built a deck with Ria Ivor in the command zone. They shared with me that the deck felt very slow and clunky, even with consistent access to her. Basically felt like a lot of set-up for creating enough Mite tokens to likely paint a target on your back.

I've liked Gruesome Realization in some of my recent games with it. Most of the time I've used the Draw 2 mode, but I had a game a couple of weeks ago where I used the -1/-1 mode to kill off a Krenko, Mob Boss's growing board of Goblins. Thankfully most of them were small enough to take the hit. I like the flexibility to draw or have some anti-token tech.

I've also recently started trying out Braids, Arisen Nightmare and Seize the Spotlight. I run Seize the Spotlight in my Anhelo, the Painter deck for the copy potential, but figured it could have a spot here as a first main phase play, especially if I have group drain effects on board. Giving an opponents a choice can certainly be a double-edged sword, but I think it can make games fun for the communicative aspect, and players are essentially damned by their own choices.

KBK7101 on Isshin, Two Heavens As One - Eiganjo Uprising v1.3

1 year ago

Crow-Umbra Meant to get back to this a few days ago but forgot. Oops! lol

I don't think I've even drawn Ria Ivor in playtesting so far. Not in goldfishing or on Arena but as I was typing out something about her for the primer... I kinda came to the same realization you did. She's a bit clunky and unintuitive for token generation. Like, putting her trigger on anything that doesn't have evasion (most of the creatures in the deck) is kinda... just... a waste? Maybe not a waste but definitely not too exciting. The real possibility of just having her target get blocked just seems.... lame. I dunno. I feel like Battle Angels of Tyr would be much more beneficial in that spot and will probably make the swap the next time I update the deck.

Search the Premises is another card I'd want to swap out, but I'd like for it to be for more card draw. Any suggestions? Maybe Gruesome Realization?

Crow_Umbra on Isshin, Two Heavens as One

1 year ago

Solid looking deck! Have you had a chance to play it irl yet? In looking at your deck, I have a few suggestions:

  • Thundering Raiju might not be the best fit, mostly since you don't have many other means of making your creatures Modified with either +1/+1 counters or equipment. I'd suggest checking out Tectonic Giant as a potential swap. It's a little slower since it lacks Haste, but has some useful modes, one of which deals damage to each opponents.

  • Speaking of Haste, I'd suggest getting in some more Haste anthems, especially you have some higher CMC creatures which would otherwise be sitting ducks. I'm currently running Fervor, Ogre Battledriver, and Urabrask the Hidden in my Isshin deck. I like that Battledriver and Urabrask have some additional bonuses.

  • If you need more draw, I think Breena, the Demagogue could do a lot of work, and could be a potentially better fit than Phyrexian Dragon Engine  Meld. I know Dragon Engine has the cool factor of melding with Mishra, but Breena can draw a ton of cards, especially since opponents are less likely to remove it due to benefitting from it. It definitely makes games more dynamic with the added political layer. She can also be a source of counters if you decide to keep Thundering Raiju.

  • Plumb the Forbidden is another great draw spell, especially if you make creature tokens or want to have gas in response to a board wipe. Painful Truths is another solid option, and Gruesome Realization has some decent modal options.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Best of luck with Isshin, I hope you have fun piloting him! He's my favorite commander of the past year, hands down.

Crow_Umbra on Assaulting Horde

1 year ago

Happy to see another Isshin deck around. Have you had a chance to play the deck much irl? I have a few suggestions if you're open to them:

Breena and Karazikar are both gas for Isshin lists. They can make games much more political since opponents cam benefit, but you should benefit more. Opponents may be less likely to remove them right away due to that dynamic.

My Isshin deck is more token Swarm focused, but Plumb the Forbidden is a great response to boardwipes, since your creatures would die anyways.

Hope the suggestions are helpful. I'd be down to chat if you would like any more feedback.

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