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Pawn of Ulamog
Creature — Vampire Shaman
Whenever Pawn of Ulamog or another nontoken creature you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add to your mana pool."
2 weeks ago
Lucrative1020 - I really like some of the potential combos you have going on with the deck. Lots of token creation paired with some cards that pump when sacrifice occurs and the heavy hitting Dictate of Erebos in a sac deck is killer. I am dabbling in a vampire aristocrat themed deck as well at the moment (Sucks to Suck (Aristocrat)) and really like the idea of adding Pawn of Ulamog as that would potentially give me more creatures to sac...had not that of that as a contender so thanks! I am jsut imagining sacing tokens with Cordial Vampire in play for a quick powerup and mana generation...
In regard to your deck, how often do you actually get to use Dictate of Erebos or Mycoloth? With Dictate, that is a wincon for sure but pretty high CMC and only running 2 copies will be pretty rare to see it in a game. The same is true with Mycoloth and it does not have the same protection as being an enchantment. Had you considered maybe adding Parallel Lives as a way to generate more tokens to sac?
1 month ago
Thank you for the suggestion, Pawn of Ulamog was initially included in the deck, however as new cards were released and it became easier for me to look for 1 or 2 cmc cost creatures that created one or more tokens upon their death, that particular card ended up being cut.
He does add value but im my opinion not enough for me to swap him out with anything at this time.
As for Midnight Reaper and Grim Haruspex you are correct in stating why they aren't in the deck. This being a token focused deck I really didn't want to include such cards that don't trigger when a token dies.
1 month ago
I don't usually use very many (and none in Dimir), but Modal Dual Faced spells with a land on the back (Malakir Rebirth Flip for example) are really good in decks that want to run a higher land count, as these offer you a so-so spell when you don't need a land, and a land when the spell is unplayable. 40 is a lot of lands, I only have 1 deck with more, and that's a dedicated landfall combo deck, so I'd try to run at least 4 MDFC lands. The good ones tend to be really pricey, but some are affordable.
Resculpt and Ravenform are good ways in Dimir to Exile a creature (which does matter sometimes) or to deal with an artifact permanently (Karn aside). I think both are fairly cheap. I wouldn't hesitate to run Resculpt over Go For The Throat, who cares about a 4/4 in Commander? The 1/1 is even less relevant.
If you want a low budget Zombie that is recursive (and can bring back your Midnight Reaper for example) is Haakon, Stromgald Scourge. Haakon's main asset is that he has to be exiled, and some decks don't come prepared to do that, or don't want to expend the card on such a weenie. Anyways, any Knight that can be cast for colourless (Universal Automaton, but also Ashes of the Fallen or Maskwood Nexus can make other 1 drops into knights) will go infinite with a sac outlet and Pawn of Ulamog or Sifter of Skulls. Not sure if that's enough Zombies, but there are other Zombie knights. You can also tutor for various pieces of this kind of clunky combo with Transmute cards, most of which are cheap.
2 months ago
My Meren deck is very much eager to get her out early, and will likely recast her if necessary, so I run a lot of creature ramp. My deck isn't cEDH, so it can afford to spend turns ramping and filling out my board, and I can usually use her ability from the turn she enters. It probably is better in competitive play to not care as much about having your Commander out. That said, I think I would be more cautious about milling myself if I didn't consistently have Meren out during games, I'm not sure how else those cards are working in your favour? I'm not seeing all that many payoffs for having a big graveyard, I could be missing some though. Anyways, that could free up quite a few cards, you have a lot of mill effects.
While both Vorinclex and Sheoldred are good creatures, I would expect both to fall off in value as you get to higher power. The big issue is their high MV, they are very tough to cast and removing them isn't especially difficult. Meren will have a hard time bringing back either for you, especially if you're not farming XP like I do.
Pawn of Ulamog is less mana than Sifter, Bog Initiate can make your colourless mana sources make Black, which can help (but is otherwise a bad card, but rarely terrible). IMHO there are better Hulk Piles you could be fetching out, I think a lot of competitive decks like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Walking Ballista to generate infinite death triggers. I've seen people using Disciple of the Vault, Lesser Masticore, Viscera Seer and Melira, Sylvok Outcast to win on the spot from a single Hulk pile regardless of what you've got out. Such a deck has less redundancy I suppose. My deck usually digs out infinite death triggers off the first Hulk Pile and then uses Meren to recur the Hulk and win on my end step, my pile uses Gravecrawler, Carrior Feeder and Pitiless Plunderer, but I have tons of other paths, especially if I have two or more uses of Hulk. I'm sure there are tons of other piles, and part of the fun is just building whatever you want, but just pointing this if you want to get more competitive.
cEDH almost never runs Enters Tapped lands, they are anathema to the format, with decks running stuff like Mana Crypt, Jeweled Lotus, Ancient Tomb alongside Sol Ring to speed their deck up instead. They also tend to run the G dorks like Llanowar Elves, there are 3. You could shave some lands period, maybe 2, especially if you add in some 'fast mana'. You probably want ~15 ramp sources, maybe more in cEDH.
2 months ago
If you want a cheap source of bodies, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge can reanimate any knights, including Changelings. If you Final Parting for Haakon into the Yard and Nameless Inversion you can recast Inversion for 1B as many times as you want, potentially killing lots of stuff. If you use Haakon, you should look at ways to discard him incase you draw into him. I have run Avenger en-Dal to decent effect. Bloodsoaked Altar is a sneakily good card if you can stand to discard. Body Snatcher isn't super-cheap, but it's a ton of value and can discard Haakon. Bog Witch can turn any card into a Dark Ritual, which helps since your deck has a lot of Black costs. Devout Witness is handy if you don't want to run Disenchant because you need more creatures. Icatian Crier makes 2 bodies fwiw. Skirk Ridge Exhumer makes nifty bodies. The Restoration of Eiganjo Flip not only makes bodies and discards, it also can recur something small, it can even ramp you if you recur a land. Undertaker is much cheaper than Tortured Existence, it's not as good but it's still solid. This isn't an exhaustive list, but these are some options if you want to try out Haakon.
If you use Haakon and something like Pawn of Ulamog or Sifter of Skulls, a sac outlet and Universal Automaton to get infinite death triggers. If you use a Knight that costs B to cast, there is Bog Initiate to fix. There are better things you can do than this, but this is pretty budget. If someone tries to exile your combo pieces, you can always sacrifice them to send them to your graveyard instead.
Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire is a pretty reasonable tutor, and if you need to, you can find an effect for someone else to use (hopefully to your benefit, like a board wipe or removal spell). Eye of Vecna is nice cheap card draw. Strands of Night is a cheap repeatable recursion source, something that is worth a look. Casting of Bones is pretty solid draw if you can count on having creatures you want dead, 3 cards is a lot for 3 mana.
2 months ago
I haven't had a chance to play the latest iteration, however I am hesitant to add to many cards that fetch land when I am already rocking Sakura-Tribe Elder, Yavimaya Elder, Viridian Emissary, Satyr Wayfinder and Farhaven Elf. On top of that, I also have 2 enchantments generating Eldrazi spawn and Pawn of Ulamog, all of which are sacrificed for colourless. However, if I do need to add another, the Dawntreader Elk certainly ticks the boxes.
2 months ago
Pawn of Ulamog does stuff and things sometimes. I normally pair him up with combos but in this deck it looks on theme. I notice youve excluded Midnight Reaper and Grim Haruspex, I assume this is because you are avoiding triggers that dont work with your tokens, but since this guy also creates a token when he dies, it might be worth considering. He costs an extra mana, but you always get it back.
2 months ago
Especially when I have other back up combos, for example with Teysa, Orzhov Scion, Pitiless Plunderer, a sac outlet and one of my recursive creature (Bloodsoaked Champion or Reassembling Skeleton) I have infinite death trigger, It also works with Teysa Karlov or Pawn of Ulamog instead of Teysa, Orzhov Scion, and even if it's not infinite without Pitiless Plunderer it is still 2 death triggers for each black mana I have