Black spells you play cost less to play.
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Jet Medallion Discussion
2 days ago
In a word: spicy.
Consider swapping a swamp for an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to maximize your Cabal Coffers, and adding in Geier Reach Sanitarium would play into your discard theme. I would replace Fabled Passage with it.
While your commander also give your cards, I would still get up to ten sources of card draw. For a repeatable discard engine, I would suggest Phyrexian Arena, Sign in Blood, Read the Bones, and Night's Whisper and the king of all black card draw, Necropotence. Necro might not play nice with your own discard, but I don't think you rely on reanimation enough for it to be an issue.
I really like this deck and hope this helps! +1
4 days ago
Like: "When X enters the battlefield, choose two colors.
Spells you cast cost one mana less of one of the chosen colors."
This would make it better than a standard mana rock, it is less effective in reducing cost than both the Jet Medallion (considering cost) and Seal of the Guildpact. However this can aid where neither of those can and at the very least it will reduce the cost by regardless of the spell you cast.
1 week ago
Add in some useful mana rocks to speed things up, that aren't too outrageously expensive:
Thought Vessel if you've got a few extra doll-hairs sitting around.
I'd also cut Tendrils of Corruption and Corrupt(no more synergy with the Tomb), Revenge of Ravens or Blood Reckoning(is one life really that much when you've got so many other of these effects?), Mindcrank(this card is so much more fun when Duskmantle Guildmage is around, and I don't know about you, but my playgroup loves to have good stuff in the grave, so they can CHEAT it out for cheap, so unless Mill is something you really want to strive for, it just seems clunky to me, especially when more ramp is needed). And maybe cut Ambition's Cost-?? It just seems really expensive, Mana-wise, for more drawback than usual.
Funky_bunch any more useful tips?
2 weeks ago
Whip of Erebos -> Nightmare Shepherd The whip looks better than it actually is. I don't usually attack so the "lifelink" aspect is basically useless. The reanimation effect is too expensive, The Shepherd looks more efficient at what it is supposed to do.
Phyrexian Altar, Tombstone Stairwell -> Ashnod's Altar, Nim Deathmantle The point here is to include an infinite combo with creatures like Sengir Autocrat, Weaponcraft Enthusiast and Chittering Witch. Basically you can keep recasting the creature thanks to the Nim Deathmantle by sacrificing the tokens to the Ashnod's Altar. With a Blood Artist effect on the table is game over. Not the most efficient combo in here, but a solution that may become the backup plan.
This is the closest built from the final version of the deck i had in mind when i started building it. The last two changes would be Phyrexian Arena -> Necropotence and Necroskitter -> Contamination. I don't know If i want to get there because this deck looks pretty good imo as it is now.
3 weeks ago
Your list is looking really good! You have pretty much most of the classic Aristocrats pieces in. Your creature list is spot-on IMO. I love how much removal you have.
A couple of suggestions here though. I am going to assume you're on at least something of a budget. If you're not, hit up EDHREC for more powerful suggestions, of course.
I would recommend a bit more ramp. You're sitting at four ramp pieces by my count, and Bontu's Monument and Ashnod's Altar are a bit questionable as true ramp. They're definitely good and worth their slots--don't get me wrong. I'd recommend at least eight ramp pieces in almost any deck. Some good includes would be Wayfarer's Bauble, Charcoal Diamond, Star Compass, Myriad Landscape, Prismatic Lens, Mind Stone, Worn Powerstone. With a bit of money you have Arcane Signet, Coldsteel Heart, Jet Medallion, Crypt Ghast, Magus of the Coffers and Sword of the Animist.
I wouldn't really recommend Altar of Dementia unless you can infinitely loop sacrifices and make it a win-con. If you just want free sac outlets; your commander, Ashnod's, Woe Strider, and Carrion Feeder should do the trick and give you value in return that you can actually use. Same with Ayara and stuff. Culling Dais and Spawning Pit are decent. One of Yehenni's biggest strengths is having a free sac outlet in the command zone.
Speaking of your commander, one of the reasons to run Yahenni over other mono-Black aristocrats commanders is the threat he/she turns into. I would recommend a few pieces of equipment to help end the game. Loxodon Warhammer, Blackblade Reforged, Lashwrithe, Trailblazer's Boots, Prowler's Helm, and of course Swiftfoot Boots are all good choices. Lots to choose from here but these are great for their price. Obviously there are all the Swords and Jitte and stuff if you have the cash or have them in your collection.
3 weeks ago
To be honest, I'm not much of a fan of Ancient Craving or Ambition's Cost. They're nice to refuel after you play Vilis but otherwise aren't worth the cost imo. Falkenrath Aristocrat and Deathgreeter don't seem to have the support to be very impactful either, and I imagine you could use more rocks. Charcoal Diamond and Jet Medallion seem like good inclusions from your maybeboard. Speaking of, Lord of the Void and Twilight Prophet are also sweet cards that you might want to swap in; if you can get them to stick they're both terrific.
1 month ago
Ramp is also something you may want to check out more. Maybe consider some of the following:
1 month ago
Charcoal comes in tapped and that's no good. We want our ramp to be fast so we can get to our plays faster.
Dynamo is costly for a rock and shares a mana cost with Doctor Moth, creating conflict between the two. Assuming you have 4 mana open let's say turn 3, would you rather cast a mana rock, or the good Doctor? Alternatively for 4 mana you could be reading "charts" and operating on a patient. Dynamo is just awkward in that when you could be casting it, you could also be making impactful plays instead. It's also a pretty big removal target.
Nyx Lotus is the worst of both worlds. It costs 4 mana AND comes in tapped, so you don't even get the 3 Dynamo would give you. Its production also entirely depends on how well you're doing, which could be not so good. Finally, it's an even bigger target than Dynamo, and if it gets blown up you basically just skipped your turn if you tapped out to cast it.
I'd recommend any manner of 2 cmc ramp as solid replacements. Jet Medallion and Mind Stone are already acknowledged options, but there's also Fellwar Stone and Everflowing Chalice. Additionally, if you can swing it Extraplanar Lens is pretty killer in mono decks. Couple it with snow lands and it's dirty asymmetrical ramp assuming nobody else is running the same snows as you. It's not a budget option by any means but it's still an option.
I like your deck and its theme. :^) Hope this helps.