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Land — Swamp
(: Add to your mana pool.)
Leechridden Swamp enters the battlefield tapped.
, : Each opponent loses 1 life. Activate this ability only if you control two or more black permanents.
Leechridden Swamp Discussion
3 weeks ago
- Army of the Damned
- Beseech the Queen
- Black Market
- Bolas's Citadel
- Bontu's Monument
- Burnished Hart
- Cabal Ritual
- Caged Sun
- Command Beacon
- Crypt Ghast
- Culling the Weak
- Diabolic Revelation
- Dictate of Erebos
- Extraplanar Lens
- Font of Agonies
- Gilded Lotus
- Increasing Ambition
- Karn's Bastion
- Leechridden Swamp
- Magus of the Coffers
- Massacre Wurm
- Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
- Mortuary Mire
- No Mercy
- Read the Bones
- Rise of the Dark Realms
- Scheming Symmetry
- Solemn Simulacrum
- Temporal Extortion
- Thaumatic Compass Flip
- Thran Dynamo
- Toxic Deluge
- Tragic Slip
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- Worn Powerstone
4 weeks ago
2 months ago
I generally agree with riddlemtgnerd, except concerning the Phyrexian Obliterator . In my experience, Phyrexian Obliterator tends to stay back as a powerful blocker and doesn't typically get removed RIGHT away. Unlike cards like Serra Ascendant , Phyrexian Obliterator is much more powerful as a blocker than as an attacker. It is also not a combo piece, so people don't tend to feel obliged to kill it until they feel you're threatening a lethal attack. However, meta varies -- play test is the best advice I can give.
One enchantment I strongly recommend considering is Words of Waste . Paired with Erebos, God of the Dead 's draw-ability, this card can become back-breaking. Similarly, running something like Raven's Crime allows extra lands you draw to become a problem for your opponents. When I ran Erebos, God of the Dead , I ran Null Profusion with Raven's Crime with great success.
Speaking of lands, I think you're running too many. Generally, I don't advise running more than thirty-five, and thirty-three is good enough for most decks. This is because a lot of decks I've seen are heavy on the ramp. Charcoal Diamond and Coldsteel Heart are excellent includes I don't see on your list, and they don't cost you a kidney like Mox Diamond and Mana Crypt would. Mind Stone is in your Maybeboard and should be brought in; Thought Vessel is similarly good, but is significantly more expensive. In the vein of ramp, if you choose to run Extraplanar Lens , you should be running Snow-Covered Swamp s instead of regular Swamps. This will make only Snow-Covered Swamp s tap for extra mana, and essentially makes the Extraplanar Lens one-sided. (Of course, if your meta is heavy with this trick, running regular basics is better to achieve the same effect.) I don't think Leechridden Swamp is much better than a basic Swamp ; when it works, its effect is minimal at best, while coming into play tapped is a big drawback. Lake of the Dead is a good land in mono-black, though it has gotten expensive recently. I don't like Volrath's Stronghold , as it costs you a draw to get the creature back to hand, and a reanimation package is frequently just better.
I definitely recommend bringing Night of Souls' Betrayal in from the Maybeboard. This card is excellent at hosing opposing dork-strategies, and there're a bunch of decks running a bunch of X/1s you can mess with. I've seen elf decks just scoop when I cast this card. Beseech the Queen is another card I recommend bringing into the main deck.
Smallpox is a good card in most mono-black decks, especially early-game when Erebos, God of the Dead isn't a creature yet. Pox is a similar card I've had limited success with; use it at your own risk.
Love the value Yawgmoth's Will ; every list I run it in is a storm deck, and it's sorta refreshing to see it in a non-combo context. If you're running it, consider Cabal Ritual in addition to your Dark Ritual , Lotus Petal and, if you have access to it, Lion's Eye Diamond . These all can make the Yawgmoth's Will significantly more powerful.
Reanimation packages are also good. Have you considered running Buried Alive or Entomb with a Reanimate , Animate Dead , Dance of the Dead , Necromancy or Exhume ? This would let you power out Sheoldred, Whispering One or Razaketh, the Foulblooded relatively easily, or better yet, if you bring it out of the Maybeboard, cheat out a Myojin of Night's Reach early game.
Cutting down on your creature-count would let you run something like Tainted AEther to mess with your opponents' ability to summon creatures; if you like having a lot of creatures yourself, consider Pontiff of Blight to help with your life-drain theme.
Right. I'ma go to work -- good luck man! Lemme know if you need more help.
3 months ago
Erebos, God of the Dead is a fun general -- good luck!
Most EDH games are decided by card advantage. You're typically facing down three opponents, meaning you're facing down about three times as many cards as you yourself can produce. Thus, anything that can recoup card advantage through mass draw or multi-for-ones is a good addition to a deck. With Erebos, I had a lot of luck with Words of Waste . This is an instant-speed discard effect (through Erebos' draw ability) and mana sink for the end of your opponents turns.
In a similar vein, cards like Smallpox are good for cleaning up the board from early threats, as well as setting back your opponents. I don't see it played that much, but I've had good success playing it myself. Pox is another option, but it is harder to minimize its damage to you as well.
Depending on your card pool, you may want to consider running Snow-Covered Swamp s instead of Swamp s. This allows you to run something like Dead of Winter instead of Languish ; it's more mana-efficient and tends to have a bigger effect.
Black doesn't have a lot of options in terms of mana-ramp. I see you've included Crypt Ghast and Cabal Stronghold (both powerful), but you should also consider artifact ramp. Sol Ring is an auto-include in almost every EDH deck, and cards like Charcoal Diamond , Coldsteel Heart , Mind Stone , Thought Vessel , Mana Vault , Mana Crypt (if you proxy or want to sell a kidney) and Everflowing Chalice are great as well.
One combo I had good luck with while playing Erebos was Raven's Crime with Null Profusion . This allows you to essentially cycle any dead lands you draw by casting Raven's Crime from the yard, while also making an opponent discard. In the discard vein, you seem to have some good discard pieces in your list already. Including Geth's Grimoire makes these into card advantage for you, and Waste Not is a great value engine. Syphon Mind is both a mass-discard spell and a mass-draw spell.
In your land-package, I think you should cut Leechridden Swamp . A majority of the time, losing one life isn't going to be significant; furthermore, entering tapped is a severe drawback. Running a normal or snow-covered Swamp is better.
A few of your creature inclusions are questionable. Gifted Aetherborn , Pawn of Ulamog and Basilica Screecher are not likely to have much of an effect on the board, and Brain Maggot or Kitesail Freebooter likely should be replaced with more global and/or recurring discard effects.
I feel that a lot of your spot removal consists of one-for-ones. Consume Spirit and Corrupt are good when there is only a single threat on the board, but are simply not good enough if two or more opponents are applying pressure at a given moment. Damnation and Toxic Deluge are the best black board-wipes, though they can be very expensive; I advise Nevinyrral's Disk or Perilous Vault as budget considerations. The life-gain effects of Consume Spirit and the like are probably not necessary when you're running Whip of Erebos and Pontiff of Blight .
Tutors are amazing in EDH. Demonic Tutor is the gold-standard, though it is expensive. Diabolic Tutor , which you run, is functionally identical to Mastermind's Acquisition in EDH -- you may want to consider running the latter for redundancy.
Because of the draw-power stapled on Erebos, you may want to consider running cards like Mindslicer . You'll recover much faster than your opponents, and with things like Waste Not or Geth's Grimoire on the field its a real powerhouse. This would require a sac-outlet; Phyrexian Tower is a good option here.
4 months ago
Slip Through Space is a great card but I mostly use it just to "cycle" really. Sometimes it's great to pull of a combo with Master of Cruelties, but most of the time I don't need it. Swapping 2 of them for Chart a Course . Might swap the other two for Artful Dodge , would be very useful to have it ready for use in the graveyard.
Lastly swapping out a swamp for Leechridden Swamp .
6 months ago
Some cards to consider:
- Bojuka Bog : A must include in any black commander deck.
- Boneknitter : Utility, simple as that.
- Corpse Harvester : Out with the old, in with the new... and a swamp!
- Cryptbreaker : So much value in such a small package. Token generating, card draw, good in the early and late game... what is not to love about this card!
- Death Baron : A zombie lord with some extra punch Sure he doesn't get deathtouch himself, but all those 2/2 tokens that are now 3/3 deathtouch.
- Dread Summons : Ever seen those zombie movies with that big hoard that just keeps coming... that's this card. Gives you a bunch of tokens, and recursion bait for your commander.
- Endless Ranks of the Dead : Card title kind of says it all for this one. Obviously not the best in metas with wrath effects coming down every turn, but shines like a copper penny otherwise.
- Ghoulcaller Gisa : So take one creature, throw it under the bus, and get more...
- Grave Titan : Why this thing isn't a zombie I will never know. 6/6 for 6, deathtouch, and brings two friends with it AND when it attacks.
- Graveborn Muse : Card draw based on zombies, who is also a zombie!
- Infernal Caretaker : Mass recursion, either play them out, or discard them back for more effects.
- Liliana, Death's Majesty : Just an all around strong zombie planeswalker.
- Liliana's Mastery : Zombies + an anthem that won't be a big target for removal.
- Lord of the Undead : A low to the ground zombie lord with recursion on a stick.
- Noxious Ghoul : Sweeps out low toughness cards for things you're already doing. Just great value.
- Relentless Dead : A great early drop, and late game it serves as a sac target + recursion.
- Shepherd of Rot : Yes it hits you, but this can be such a major threat.
- Undead Warchief : Cheaper zombies, and bigger zombies. All in one convenient package.
- Awaken the Erstwhile : Disruption, plain and simple. Sure it hurts your hand too, but you are the one with all the zombie based anthems.
- Victim of Night : Doomblade 2.0, but hits black creatures.
- Sidisi, Undead Vizier : You'll have so many tokens kicking around to exploit that she's just a straight tutor, and if she ever hits the graveyard just use her again with Scarab God.
- Fleshbag Marauder : Hurts them a lot more than you, and enter the battlefield abilities are great with Scarab around.
- Josu Vess, Lich Knight : Solid 4/5 Menace for 4, got the extra 6 mana though and he brings friends who also have menace.
- Wonder : Flying zombies... yep, that's scary.
- Pull from Tomorrow : Nice draw on an instant with the added benefit to pitch something for Scarab to target.
- Price of Fame : Legendary killer + Surveil 2... love it.
- Sinister Sabotage : Counterspell + Surveil... love it too.
- Paradox Haze : You've got a couple effects that trigger on upkeep, why not double up?
- The deck currently seems to be going in two directions, you have a large zombie theme which I love, but you also have a minor mill theme which seems out of place.
- Advanced Stitchwing : Slow for what it gives, even on the bounce back it comes back tapped.
- Apprentice Necromancer : This is one I'm on the fence suggesting, it's a one use for one turn only.
- Grimgrin, Corpse-Born : This guy is beast, but he works best in a deck build around him.
- Lamplighter of Selhoff : Slow, for his effect.
- Merciless Eternal : He's not bad, just a lot better things to include in the 3 cost bracket.
- Phenax, God of Deception : Love this guy, really do, but he's out of place here because he's a mill guy who loves big butts.
- Relentless Skaabs : This guy does everything you don't want as he hurts your graveyard in order to even hit play.
- Servant of Tymaret : Slow with high cost. In order to make the best use of him you have to be attacking, and if the way isn't clear that means a 3 mana tax just for 1 life on each opponent.
- Spiteful Returned : Don't hate it, but better things out there.
- Stitchwing Skaab : Suffers from the same as Advanced Stitchwing.
- Undead Alchemist : This guy can go either way, but the way I look at him is generally people have more cards in their decks than life, so it's easier to take out their life.
- Vindictive Lich : This guy is fun, though for his cost there is a lot more out there.
- Exotic Orchard : Risky unless you know your playgroup always has one of your colors, otherwise it's just a colorless and a swamp or island would be just as good.
- Leechridden Swamp : Slows you down for a minor effect.
- Path of Ancestry : Phenax is the only other god creature, so even if you keep him in it's very slow for the benefit it probably will never get the chance to give.
- Coat of Arms : I love this card, I really do, but it's a calculated risk and I find zombies are usually too slow of it. Run up against a goblin or elf deck and this will do more for your opponent.
- Mindcrank : This is another I'm on the fence with as it pairs really well with Scarab.
- Vanquisher's Banner : Good card, though you're not casting all those tokens so you're only getting a bit of a benefit from it.
- Liliana Vess : Good card, out of place in this deck unless you are going heavier into the mill.
- Ob Nixilis Reignited : Just completely out of place for zombie tribal.
- Glimpse the Unthinkable : One of those mill cards, it suffers as a one of.
- Rise from the Grave : Expensive for effect.
- Ruthless Disposal : This isn't bad in this deck, but compared to Morbid Slip for example it lacks that added shine.
- Curse of Disturbance : So much politics, this is VERY meta dependent as to if players fall for the bait.
- Quest for the Gravelord : This can work out, but more often then not stuff isn't dying fast enough or it just gets pinged with early removal.
- Search for Azcanta Flip: More at home in a non-creature strategy.
- Torment of Scarabs : Most people can play around this with not too much fuss, and it gives all the choice to them. I'd prefer some targeted removal.
9 months ago
10 months ago
Leechridden Swamp occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%