Pact of the Serpent
Choose a creature type. Target player draws X cards and loses X life, where X is the number of creatures they control of the chosen type.
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Pact of the Serpent Discussion
1 month ago
Though I'm curious why you aren't playing some cards, like Skullclamp Serpent's Soul-Jar Pact of the Serpent Harald, King of Skemfar and Sylvan Messenger , I like your list a lot, and it helped me come across some of the weirder cards like Alpha Authority . I just think you should cut Nissa Revane . At least in my playgroup, Wellwisher , being less vulnerable to flyers, is better, and the life-gain isn't that important anyway.
1 month ago
Cut: - Warped Landscape - Forsake the Worldly - Wilt - Rain of Revelation - Akroma's Vengeance - Cleansing Nova - Vastwood Surge - River's Rebuke - Font of Fertility - Hideous Visage - Garruk's Uprising
Add: - Wasteland Strangler - World Breaker - All Is Dust - Blisterpod - Decimator of the Provinces - Distended Mindbender - Elder Deep-Fiend - Eldrazi Displacer - Eldrazi Mimic - Eldrazi Obligator - Fathom Feeder - Oblivion Sower - Rapacious One - Thought Harvester - Sire of Stagnation - Tide Drifter - Vanquisher's Banner - Mystic Reflection - Pact of the Serpent - Blight Herder - Arcane Signet - Sol Ring - Thran Dynamo - Chromatic Lantern - Commander's Sphere - Fellwar Stone - Worn Powerstone - Coalition Relic - Hedron Archive - Path to Exile - Swords to Plowshares - Swan Song - Skyshroud Claim - Elemental Bond - Unified Will - Reflections of Littjara - Ugin, the Ineffable - Forsaken Monument - Pathrazer of Ulamog - Jodah, Archmage Eternal - Kozilek's Return - Crop Rotation - Chaos Warp - Painful Truths - Tempt with Discovery - Lightning Greaves - Court of Bounty - Cascading Cataracts
1 month ago
dritchie thank you for the comment and +1 :)
I really like this deck too and I try to update it from time to time,
as in any other deck that can have them color wise, those cards can be included:
Malakir Rebirth Flip, Sejiri Shelter Flip and maybe even Kazuul's Fury Flip.
And maybe this one too: Pact of the Serpent
1 month ago
I think these changes are an upgrade indeed !
Scapegoat however is a keeper. Incredible plays with this card ! You can use it as protection but also as an aggro play ! This card has won me games when i have Purphoros, God of the Forge on the battlefield!
Will check your Edgar Markov brew right away :)
Talk you later
1 month ago
Hey, well done on such a low budget. Less than $100 is impressive :)
Some $1-$2 or less budget cards to consider adding:
- Miara, Thorn of the Glade : she triggers when Elf tokens die.
- Pyre of Heroes : Elf Birthing Pod .
- Pact of the Serpent : mass draw with Elves.
- Llanowar Wastes : ETB untapped.
- Fallen Ideal : enchant Jarad to give him flying evasion to do Commander damage. Is a no mana cost sac outlet to make Jarad huge while also triggering Poison-Tip, Elderfang, Savra, Nightblade, etc.
- Paradise Druid : could replace a Swamp.
- Golgari Signet : could replace a Swamp.
- Lys Alana Huntmaster : another source of repeatable Elf tokens.
- Jarad's Orders : put an Elf in your graveyard and one into your hand.
- Temple of Malady
Cards to consider cutting:
- 3x Swamp
- Casualties of War
- Masked Admirers
- Golgari Germination
- Necrotic Wound
- Rhys the Exiled
- Uncage the Menagerie
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
I appreciate the passion and work that was put into this primer and hope you get some more recognition and comments for the work you put into it.
My main concern with your deck is that card draw choices, besides skull clamp, are far too modest. Minions' Murmurs and Pact of the Serpent , are all as much or less mana than your current card draw choices and will draw significantly more cards than with your current card draw. As more of a midrange deck Phyrexian Arena is a fine but I would replace Sign in Blood , Night's Whisper , and Read the Bones as even in commander generally I personally think they are pretty weak cards.
Besides that, I just wanted to shout out Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord as I think an amazing card for Edgar Markov EDH in general as it has so much utility and flexibility for its mana cost. As well with the Sac outlets you have Living Death is an awesome card that has so much utility from a one-sided board wipe, to a game finisher with artist effects and Malakir Bloodwitch ETB.
PS: Curious is Necropotence not in your deck because it's not allowed in your playgroup or a similar reason?
You can check out my own personal primer I wrote here, and would be happy to get you thoughts
1 month ago
I personally have not tried the full monte every one drop super low curve Edgar Markov list because I just love my own list I'm running right now so much, but that's not to say that I don't play a very aggressive list.
I think that the one drop full monte aggressive list should work very well in theory I have no criticism of any creature choices you run in the deck beside the fact that I think you should run Vampire Nocturnus since you have the mana base that he is fine and he is not to hard to trigger especially with fetch lands.
My main concern with your deck is that card draw choices, besides skull clamp, are far too modest. Minions' Murmurs , Pact of the Serpent , and Necropotence , are all as much or less mana than your current cards, and will draw significantly more cards than your current card draw. Additionally, if you can afford Vampiric Tutor , or Demonic Tutor they might also be good to replace your current card draw as Necropotence can fuel Edgar Markov Aggro nearly indefinitely.
Overall though the deck looks good, would appreciate it if you would check out my own list and would appreciate your thoughts.
1 month ago
Seems like a very good decklist to me honestly, would probably mostly run as is but would make a few changes that don't make too much of a difference. Here are a few ideas I wanted to run by you since I imagine you also have a lot of experience playing Edgar Markov.
Haven't actually tried running Scapegoat though mostly because I'm worried that you still lose too much momentum if you cast scapegoat to save your vampires. I would certainly still keep it as a board protection slot and probably run Flawless Maneuver . I think that leaving open the extra 1 to 2 mana to leave the vampires intact as opposed to in your hand is worth the price. Also, you get the added benefit that it's free when Edgar Markov is in play which is pretty great.
Toxic Deluge is a really good board wipe, though I feel like there is very little point in board wiping because if for whatever reason you need a board wipe in Edgar Markov that must mean that you are really losing, and all casting one is going to do is make you lose a little less. Also since most board wipe cases are against some go wide/tall green deck they probably have significantly more mana and will rebuild way better than you so board wiping is really a long shot. With all that said Living Death is an insane board in Edgar Markov, especially considering how many sac outlets you have in your deck. In my experience most times you play Living Death is a 5 mana one-sided board wipe that triggers all the benefits of the sac outlet in addition to death triggers. Their are very few times in my experience where it is actively bad to cast Living Death .
Lastly Phyrexian Arena seems to go against the grain of what your deck wants. As I understand Edgar Markov Aggro you want to end the game as fast as possible, but Phyrexian Arena wants the game to go long to gain the most value. For a card replacement, I have not got to play it yet but Pact of the Serpent seems like an amazing new card that gives you that massive burst of cards that lets you keeps the ball rolling after you dump your hand of vampires onto the board.
Overall though I think its a great deck and all my criticisms are very minor, I have my own personal decklist here would be happy if you checked it out and gave your thoughts on the deck. My personal list is not purely aggressive but I'm sure that you may have some valuable insights on the list.