Legendary Creature — Ogre Shaman
Tap: Heartless Hidetsugu deals damage to each player equal to half that player's life total, rounded down.
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Heartless Hidetsugu Discussion
1 month ago
Thanks for the response Profet93. I'll explain some of my choices here.
My idea with Svella, Ice Shaper was a way to dig for Primal Surge and play it for less than 10 mana. She might not be the best but I figured she would draw less removal than most other threats in the deck. I would much rather have a card that can just tutor for Surge but I can't find one that is a permanent in G or R. Svella is definitely a flex spot, meaning I can remove her for a better option but I do like being able to tutor it out with Woodland Bellower and Imperial Recruiter
Tajuru Preserver is in here mainly as defense against the Tergrid, God of Fright Flip deck in my playgroup but also useful against a lot of other common removal in my meta. I would like to keep this card in the deck and the fact I can tutor it out with Woodland Bellower and Imperial Recruiter make it better.
For Goblin Bombardment I was just looking for a free sac outlet that can be out when Primal Surge resolves. I need a sac outlet because once primal surge finishes resolving the Azami, Lady of Scrolls player will just make me draw a card and lose the game. I know I don't have to cast the whole deck but the Azami player would likely be able to make me draw a bunch of cards anyway. My plan would be to sacrifice a bunch of creatures in response to the draw to kill the player with Stalking Vengeance 's ability. I'm not opposed to cutting the card but I would need another sac outlet that does not draw me cards to take its place. I considered Greater Good but it doesn't help me after Surge resolves.
Klothys, God of Destiny is a bit slow, I see your point. Most cards in the damage category I am trying to have them do double or triple damage each time and she can also ramp me if I need to get that primal surge out faster. I do like to have some form of graveyard hate in every deck and being able to tutor for with Woodland Bellower is a nice benefit. I would consider removal for something better.
Shivan Gorge is only in the deck for 1 reason, Bring players to an even life total when I need them to die from a double damage Heartless Hidetsugu . I would consider replacing it but I prefer to have at least one card to be able to hit everyone for 1 damage and at least one way to tutor for it.
My optimal primal surge scenario would be one where lets say it resolves and I play my entire deck but opponents have such high totals I can't kill them all from the triggers or maybe they were in an order which doesn't allow me to do so. I would be able to attack a player or two with a bunch of hasty, trample, deathtouchers that give poison counters so only 5 creatures would need to get through per player. if that wouldn't work or if a Fog happened I could sac a bunch of stuff and kill off everyone with Stalking Vengeance and if for some reason someone survived I could sac Rooting Kavu and shuffle them all back in. I don't have him in the deck yet because I can't figure out a way for people to do a whole lot with only a bunch of mountains because of the Blood Moon and/or Magus of the Moon that would also be out.
I moved my maybeboard to be viewable so take a look at it and let me know what you think would be best to go in place of these cards. I appreciate your input.
3 months ago
I'm not sure of previous versions of this deck, but I have some cards I think you should add, plus some cards I think you should either just consider replacing or simply just take out. We'll start with the ADD list.
Earthquake and/or Rolling Earthquake (You already have an effect like this in Subterranean Tremors , but this also hits players, so you'll deal EXTRA damage on top of the extra damage from the commander.)
Starstorm (An effect like many others, but this one has cycling.)
Fire Servant (It's not the cheapest creature, but it has an ability that you might want more of. You can always use more damage doubling.)
Mana Geyser (Look, it's just a good card to get a lot of mana quickly. Not super necessary, but it's fast mana in R)
Heartless Hidetsugu (I'm just suggesting this one because cutting your opponents down to 20 is great and makes killing them easier.)
Seething Song (Fast Mana good.)
Seize the Spoils (I noticed a lack of card draw, and this is a pretty neat mono-red card draw spell.)
Endless Atlas (Again, card draw, and it's cheap and consistent.)
Genesis Chamber (Yeah, it requires your opponents to be playing creatures a bit, but it makes it just that much easier to kill them. Plus the Myr generated are all 1/1s, so they will easily let excess damage through from the rest of the deck.)
Sanctuary Blade (A little expensive on the equip side, but this is another consitent way to give your commander pro-red.)
Chandra, Awakened Inferno (Her + kills your opponents faster, her - does what you commander wants, her -X is neat. I think she's all around a great inclusion.)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance (Okay, so now is where I admit that you only had 1 planeswalker and I talk about how much I like Planeswalker cards. I think they're cool and fun. This specific one is great beacause she either gives you mana or draws you a card, essentially. Her two differ +1's are really the only reason, but her ult is something your opponents wont want to have go off, either.)
Caged Sun (More Mana in mono-red.)
Pyroblast (Unless this is for a VERY SPECIFIC meta where you are going against mean U decks, this will be more frustrating in hand than useful, I think. Plus, color-specific hate like this just feels out of place in this format, unless, of course, your meta is particularly skewed a certain way.)
Red Elemental Blast (See Above.)
Tibalt's Trickery (Yeah, cool counterspell, but I think the deck should focus more on itself, personally.)
Wheel of Fate (There are better, and faster, ways to draw cards. I like the idea of this card, but in having played it over and over again, either it never actually resolves -like the game ends- or it just feels like a relative waste because people can see it coming and plan ahead.)
Lavabrink Floodgates (To be fair, I've never played with this card, but OH BOY does it seem bad. If you're not proliferating the counters, then this will NEVER go off if your opponents don't want it to, and they would never want it to with this deck, unless a board-wipe JUST happened and there are not creatures. So then it's just a 4-drop mana rock producing 2, and you can just replace it with something better like Caged Sun that will help you Earthquake for a win faster.
Arch of Orazca (I noticed in your mana base that you have 13 lands that tap for colorless. That seems like too many for me - it's almost the same number of Snow-Covered Mountain s you have. So I am recommending removing some. I get why this one is here, for the card draw, but this is SO EXPENSIVE. I don't even run it in my colorless Emrakul deck.)
Great Furnace (I like this card, I really do. I LOVE artifacts. But without any artifact synergies, this is more likely do get Shatter ed or Vandalblast ed than actually help you, and that'll feel bad. Just replace it with a Snow-Covered Mountain .)
Leyline of Punishment (I get that this is here to make it harder for your opponents to survive or heal up, but honestly, just play Heartless Hidetsugu or something else to keep life totals low. This one is often going to feel more like a do-nothing enchantment unless your meta is HEAVY life-gain.)
Treasonous Ogre (Fast mana, sure, but it seemed overall pretty meh to me in this deck. It's better at killing you than it is at providing mana in this specific deck, I think.)
Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor (The effect is important for making sure you opponents have creatures, but getting her to hit you opponents before they have blockers is going to be a challenge, and if you draw her late-game, then she's just a 3/3 blocker.)
Bonfire of the Damned (The miracle cost is cool, but most of the time I think you'd rather something like Earthquake that will most likely hit almost all of their creatures AND more than 1 opponent/opponent's board. Plus, if this isn't Miracle'd, then this is pretty trash in your hand.)
I'm sure I said add more cards than take out, and I know I said take out a couple lands, but not really add any, but I hope this is helpful.
4 months ago
Hey, well done so far on a budget.
An area to consider improving is ramp, especially two drop ramp.
- Arcane Signet : staple of multicolor decks in Commander.
- Boros Signet
- Talisman of Conviction
- Knight of the White Orchid
- Keeper of the Accord
- Starnheim Aspirant
- Mind Stone
- Thought Vessel
- Verge Rangers
- Cartographer's Hawk
- Nyx Lotus
- Worn Powerstone
Keeper and Rangers have nice repeatable effects that can help for card advantage for white. Keeper in my opinion is a $5 staple of white. The four drop spot on the mana curve has lots of good cards with Gisela thus more two drop ramp helps to cast these cards.
There's a disconnect between the low amount of lands to low amount of ramp to the high avg CMC of your deck. A 4.0 avg is high for a nongreen deck. With 4.0+ avg then you want to account for this with more lands and ramp to be able to cast cards. Consider more lands? 32 is low, consider 36?
- Command Tower : staple of multicolor decks.
- Battlefield Forge
- War Room
- Needleverge Pathway Flip
- Myriad Landscape
- Alpine Meadow : cards that can search for a Plains can search for Meadow.
Cards to consider cutting are 5 CMC or higher. Your goal is to cast Gisela and to help to do this it's best to use the early/mid game to ramp. Gisela is the high CMC card you want to cast more than others therefore having a lot of other high CMC cards is not helping to cast Gisela. There are some exceptions to keep such as Heartless Hidetsugu , Sun Titan , Aurelia, the Warleader , Elspeth, Sun's Champion , Assemble the Legion , Staff of Nin , Austere Command , but all the others could be cut to for more lands/ramp.
Good luck with your deck.
5 months ago
So, is it 10 dollars per each 1 damage or 10 dollar per damage? So, if you do 10 damage does that add 100 dollars? Cause like...Heartless Hidetsugu + Furnace of Wrath + Dictate of the Twin Gods + Fiery Emancipation and well anymore than that and someomes going to have to cough up a few grand if it's 10 dollars per damage lol.
5 months ago
A couple of questions - Am I missing something? Doesn't Zo-zu affect you as well? Do you have a plan for avoiding the damage, or are you just going to take it and pay the pot (it is a good cause after all)? (Orbs of Warding or Urza's Armor might help?) Ruination would take out all of your snow-covered lands (they count as basic lands), although I see you can play them from the graveyard (taking repeat damage from Zo-zu). Watch out for Heartless Hidetsugu and Dictate of the Twin Gods together. Once I accidentally took out the whole table, myself included, with that one (forgot I didn't have Gisela, Blade of Goldnight out). It only works if you are at an odd life total, and no one else is, or you have a way to do 1 damage to them (which you surely will). Mycosynth Lattice is a non-bo with Blood Moon (although great with Vandalblast.) So I don't have a lot of specific advice, but just a few things to keep in mind. Good luck, and thanks for supporting such a great cause!
5 months ago
Hey, good start, but without an infinite combo you should forget about trying to get to power level 8 because 8+ level decks win with infinite combos. Without an infinite combo then power level 6-7 is the highest level you should go for. Not having black's powerful tutors or Fetch lands are other reasons the power level isn't higher. With DFC you only count the front side of the card in the decklist, the backside is not added. For example Shatterskull Smashing Flip goes in the decklist, but Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass doesn't.
My advice is if you want to make a good Rakdos Toggo deck than build around Rocks. Take more advantage of Rocks to get more value out of them. Cranial Plating fueled by Rocks combos with Chandra's Ignition and Fling effects to kill your opponents with burn. Inspiring Statuary and Rocks can make a lot of ramp for Comet Storm or Exsanguinate.
- Reckless Fireweaver
- Ghirapur AEther Grid
- Quicksmith Genius
- Valduk, Keeper of the Flame
- Hammer of Nazahn
- Fabled Passage
- Jund Panorama
- Grixis Panorama
- Guildless Commons
- Great Furnace
- Vault of Whispers
Some other cards to consider adding:
- Red Elemental Blast
- Chandra, Torch of Defiance
- Valakut Exploration
- Heartless Hidetsugu
- Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
- Price of Progress
Good luck with you deck.
7 months ago
paulogothic People choose to play commanders for several reasons including wanting to abuse their own unique abilities, filling a certain color combination they don't already have a deck of, or because the commander fills a certain role that no other commander can for their own particular vision of the deck.
Licia was chosen for that last reason; she fills a role that no other commander can fill for my personal vision of this deck. This deck, first and foremost, is a deck about spending life aggressively, even recklessly to gain advantage over your opponents in any number of ways (mana, card draw, direct damage).
With that vision in mind, most of the cards in magic that allow me to use and abuse life are White and Black. There just aren't that many red cards that allow me to spend life to gain an advantage. The most notable ones like Moltensteel Dragon and Treasonous Ogre I do include as they fit what I want to do with the deck. I would love to include more red cards that allow me to abuse life, but Wizards simply isn't designing any in recent years.
Go back through my revision history in the deck and you'll find I have had more red cards in the deck before like Soul's Fire , Treasure Nabber , and Heartless Hidetsugu to name a few, but as new, more efficient White and Black life abusing cards are printed I have to take a micro-efficiency look at the deck and I have typically been finding that the red cards do less then the White and Black cards do for my vision of this deck.
I'm always looking at new red cards with each new set that comes out, because I would like to include more red. For example, I'm quite eager to try testing out Wheel of Misfortune from Commander Legends. I believe it gives me an advantage as I don't mind taking the hit if I am the highest number. However, I'm not going to compromise the efficiency and general vision of my deck for any red cards if I find they don't work as well as I'd hoped.
That being said, while it may only have a few red cards in the deck - it certainly plays like a red deck. This deck is about being aggressive with your life spending and being able to recoup that life before your opponents can take advantage of your lower life. Your life total fluctuates wildly, the velocity of your card draw, life gain, and sometimes mana can be reckless, and you're typically the aggressor on the attack as well. It's a lot of fun and certainly feels Mardu to me.