Heartless Act

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Heartless Act


Choose one —

  • Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
  • Remove up to three counters from target creature.

jdogz32 on Obliterate

9 months ago

Your decks extremely heavy for only having 21 lands. I'd recommend going up to 24. I'd take out Cabal Stronghold in order for you to even break even on it you'd have to have 4 swamps in play and your deck only has 6. I'd also take out any land that enters the battlefield tapped. As heavy as your deck is with no form of ramp you can't afford to be waiting for lands to untap just to make your opponent lose a life. So I'd take out Piranha Marsh I'd also take out Mortuary Mire.

As slow as your deck is I'd add cards like Thoughtseize Inquisition of Kozilek or Duress taking your opponents best cards early game will really help give you the time you need to set up. I'd also replace Victim of the night for either Fatal Push or Heartless Act hope this helps

nuperokaso on Ninjas and Rogues

1 year ago

Remember that you are an aggro deck. As such, you want to lower your mana curve. You don't want to give up on card advantage, but you are willing to ignore life gain and pay some life instead.

itsbuzzi on Custom Mechanic: Spotted

1 year ago

legendofa: Was thinking of only really applying 1 Spotted counter per creature kind of like renown from Origins but multiple counters could be on a creature yes and could also have some design space.

As for removing counters I feel there isn't a lot of ways to generally remove counters other than the rare case with a card here or there so maybe a more uncommon way to simply remove multiple counters like the 2nd ability of Heartless Act could work.

The reasoning for At the Forefront's wording is 2 fold: You either get multiple Spotted counters or you get a pump spell or a little of both. Any creature you control that you choose can't get a counter but can get a pump. Creatures you don't control can get either but generally you would not give them the pump.

Wasn't sure about Go for the Kill but wanted an effect like that. Perhaps wording to change the creatures type to planeswalker with starting loyalty equal to it's toughness. That seems like a better way for that card to work (Edited card now)

Delphen: I like the damage dealing ability! Maybe some wording like:

Naga Battlemage Show

I just made the creatures fight each other to save some text space and gave the creature Spotted so if the opponent changes targets the new target gets a spotted counter. However due to the way the card is worded there is no way to put the first spotted counter onto something.

otttism on

1 year ago

Love the deck idea, a few things I noticed.

Most decks I’ve seen that play 3 or more colors only run 1-2 “triome” lands. They are great, but having 4 of Xander's Lounge could slow you down late game when you don’t wanna draw a tapped land.

Heartless Act is great removal but having turn one Fatal Push is key against the low to the ground decks.

I have been trying to make Search for Azcanta  Flip work since I started playing pioneer and the consensus I’ve reached is the same. It feels too slow.

Strategic Planning is a good card for graveyard strategies so maybe look at Impulse to replace it if you are looking for card selection. It digs one card deeper and it can be done at instant speed.

I’ve seen Memory Deluge used in most UW control decks and it has worked out great for them when it comes to card selection.

Lastly, Collective Brutality may seem rough but its flexibility is what makes it a great sideboard card. Maybe reducing the number of them and placing it in the sideboard will help show their potential.

Hope this helps out! Love the deck idea and hope to see other control decks get some traction.

TheOfficialCreator on

1 year ago

Void Snare, Disperse, and Brazen Borrower are great ways to take advantage of Dementia Sliver's effect.

Praetor's Grasp and Inevitable Betrayal are also good. And Thoughtseize

Finally, Damnation can net you a very strong effect on the field with all your reanimation effects, and Murder is not a very good removal spell. I would consider Snuff Out, Doom Blade, Heartless Act, Infernal Grasp, Walk the Plank, Victim of Night, etc.

Memphismaymagic5 on Lots of exile

1 year ago

Cool deck! You can consider Fatal Push over Murder, it's a lot cheaper and also hits almost everything in the Modern format. Other than that, you can consider Heartless Act, Power Word Kill of Infernal Grasp because they are all cheaper and faster than Murder and this is what you want in Modern.

Rewind also feels a bit slow so cheaper counterspells like Counterspell or at least Mana Leak are also better in the format.

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