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- Excactly when does a player die?
- Dread + Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker + Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts - Can an opponent sacrifice the creature that dealt the damage? Will I always get a token from Teysa?
- Does No Mercy destroy creatures that deal damage with abilities?
- Does No Mercy trigger before Lich's Mirror?
- Interaction between Death Pits of Rath and No Mercy
Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it.
3 weeks ago
No Mercy is a fucking bomb of a card, I am infatuated with that inclusion. I also wanted to recommend:
1 month ago
How do cards like No Mercy work when we share a life pool? If my opponent specifically attacks my teammate, not me, and deals damage, does that count as damage to me since we share the same life pool? Does that then trigger No Mercy?
Here is a link to the deck (https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/two-headed-control-nightmare/?cb=1666990945) in case you wanna check it out. It's a work in progress and recommendations are appreciated! FYI it's for commander style two headed giant matches at my LGS. It's intended to be a weird Full Support deck.
1 month ago
Cascading Cataracts would be really useful.
2 months ago
3 months ago
If you're running dread, you may also like No Mercy. It's basically the same, but cheaper and not a creature so it's harder to remove.
Lastly, I really like goad effects to make sure people attack instead of attacking no one. Disrupt Decorum and the impetuses are pretty good for that.
3 months ago
I'm just happy to see you running x4 Hymn, it's a very 'go to hell and get fucked' kinda card, it can and does just win games. If you're playing casual you could consider a Mind Twist, which is banned for some reason while Hymn is fine. I playtested with Mind Twist for awhile, and I found that while it was sometimes a worse Hymn, it was also sometimes a game ender when I can hit an opponent for 4 or more cards.
When I see you running Spawning Pool, I feel like you should probably run Phyrexian Totem if you want a creature that can actually attack. It's very good with Edict effects, like Innocent Blood, but it's especially juicy with Smallpox, it's type is ignored and it can easily make up for losing a land. If you want Spawning Pool as a blocker then I'd run Mishra's Factory, which can block as a 3/3 for 1 mana, and can swing as a 2/2.
I wonder if you shouldn't toss in a Reliquary Tower to go with your Necropotence/Ivory Tower, it's one thing to gain 3 life at your upkeep, but gaining 10 or more sounds pretty tempting.
In my Pox deck, I found I preferred running No Mercy over Damnation, it's vulnerable to interaction but is a bigger effect over the course of a game if it doesn't go away. I played it with Mishra's Factory and Phyrexian Totem, so there was a good reason to not throw away your blockers if you can't deal with those annoying non-creatures. Damnation would clear the board once, but No Mercy makes small swings usually not worth it, making it a card I can just throw down when I have the mana, I don't need to manage the board like a wipe will require. All that said, there are definitely situations where you'll want Damnation and No Mercy is dead cardboard, but I feel like you've got space for some of each in your sideboard.
I'm not sure if it'll go up or down over time since it's in Standard I gather, but Liliana of the Veil is a heck of a card in a deck like this. She's good enough that you could consider The Rack as a clock.
3 months ago
Hey, if you want to stop No Mercy then consider Cathar Commando? It's a budget creature so it can be reanimated or recurred with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel as well as other ways which I will mention in my next comment :)
If your getting Jumpstart packs there's several cards to look for other than Exquisite Blood:
- Witch of the Moors
- Phyrexian Reclamation
- Sheoldred, Whispering One
- Blood Artist
- Selfless Savior
- Speaker of the Heavens
- Phyrexian Tower
- Drana, Liberator of Malakir
I believe in using my money getting singles to build my decks not on $5 packs, but if you enjoy cracking Jumpstart packs look for these cards. Selfless Savior and Blood Artist are uncommons, you might have these cards.
If you're interested in Exquisite Blood then maybe you want to make your deck more combo? I don't think Exquisite is worth $18 since with $18 you can make several upgrades not just one card. For $18 you can make close to 20 card upgrades. Even if you're playing casual having a combo to win the game is helpful. Just don't combo off right away, let the game build up, have fun and then boom.
- Vizkopa Guildmage
- Children of Korlis
- Bond of Agony
- Tainted Sigil
- Mischievous Poltergeist/Wall of Blood
- Revival / Revenge(Revenge)
There's no budget alternative card for Exquisite Blood, but you can mimic the outcome of what the Blood combo does with budget cards. By making yourself lose a lot of life and then gaining the life you lost right back.
Vizkopa Guildmage's ability is like Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose/Sanguine Bond except it's more powerful because it affects each opponent all at once not just one opponent. It however costs three mana to have the effect until end of turn. The combo is to cast a spell or activate an effect to lose a lot of life such as Bond of Agony where you can control how much life you lose which then makes each opponent lose that same amount of life. When you lose the life then sac either Children of Korlis or Tainted Sigil to gain all that life back. This then triggers Guildmage to make each opponent lose that same amount of life again, most likely killing each of your opponents for having 0 life and you win the game.
Children of Korlis is a good card for gaining life because it looks at all life you lose for the entire turn. You can gain a lot at one time after a big attack from opponent doing combat damage to you or a small amount, you choose. It's a one drop creature who can be reanimated or recurred to repeat this effect, great with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel. Outside the combo if you're paying a lot of life for draw such as with Greed then Children can help to gain that life back.
In my last comment I mentioned you can get quality from filler creature cards you play with Infantry Veteran as example of not quality. Children of Korlis and Selfless Savior are examples of quality budget one drops. Mischievous Poltergeist/Wall of Blood's ability can be paid as much as you want, each time losing 1 life, but it's not a good card outside the combo. I suggested it because it's a creature who can be easily reanimated or recurred which can be helpful to more easily combo or repeat the combo. If I was playing this combo I would play it for that reason.
I'll continue with more advice in another comment later.
3 months ago
One more thing multimedia , what other removal spells do you think fit well in this deck. I realized today that I have 3. My favorite opponent just picked up a No Mercy to drop in front of my small army of fliers and made me reevaluate my contingency strategies. I can pop in an Afterlife or a Disenchant , but it would be nice to have something that does both. Whatcha think?