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Phyrexian Reclamation Discussion
1 week ago
Hey, another allstar one drop is Phyrexian Reclamation . It combos with Radiant Solar 's discard activated ability and Sefris to venture into the dungeon two times each turn for three mana. Reclamation can also help to setup Tortured Existence by recurring a creature to your hand to discard. Moon-Blessed Cleric can tutor for either of these enchantments as well as Rooftop Storm and when she dies get her back with these enchantments.
Use Master of Death as a creature for continuous discard with Existence and it can return to your hand from graveyard at your upkeep to keep rolling with Existence or other effects. Equip Sefris with Zephyr Boots to give him flying evasion and with Master of Death a way to venture on your turn when you discard it. Giving flying to Sefris can make him a potential source of threating Commander damage especially if you keep going into "Storeroom" room to make Sefris bigger.
Viscera Seer combos with Reassembling Skeleton and Sefris for two mana to venture on each players turn. Can also use Seer + Skeleton with Radiant Solar for lots of venturing. Compulsion with Sefris costs two mana to potentially venture on each players turn.
Good luck with your deck.
2 weeks ago
Hey, good budget upgrade of the precon and nice work in progress.
Some budget interactions to consider adding that let you trigger Sefris to venture into the dungeon on each opponents turn resulting in a lot more venturing quicker.
- Tortured Existence + Master of Death
- Reassembling Skeleton + Viscera Seer
- Phyrexian Reclamation + Radiant Solar
Tortured Existence is powerful with Sefris because you can activate it at instant speed on your opponents turns to discard which is what makes it an excellent source of repeatable venturing. Existence lets you discard a creature to then recur a creature, but you can recur the same creature you just discarded. The act of discarding the creature is part of the cost of the ability which happens first and then after that you choose a creature in your graveyard to return to your hand which can be the creature you just discarded. For one black mana on each player's turn as long as you have a creature in hand you can trigger Sefris to venture into the dungeon.
Master of Death goes well with Existence because you can return Master to your hand at your upkeep for only 1 life. As long as you do this then you have a creature to discard with Existence. Existence can also setup Sefris's second ability to reanimate a creature and do this on an opponent's turn. You can discard a creature at instant speed which triggers Sefris to venture, setup reanimation and complete a dungeon to then reanimate the creature you just discarded.
Reassembling Skeleton + Viscera Seer for two mana on each players turn trigger Sefris to venture. Seer sacs Skeleton and you pay two mana to return Skeleton to the battlefield and repeat on the next players turn. Add Pawn of Ulamog to reduce the cost of returning Skeleton to the battlefield to one black mana. Skeleton and Master of Death are both good creatures with sac outlets because you can get them back.
Pair Radiant Solar with Skeleton + Seer for more ways to venture during your opponents turns, each time Skeleton enters the battlefield.
Phyrexian Reclamation + Radiant Solar lets you venture twice on each player's turn for 2 life + three mana. You activate Solar to discard it which triggers Sefris to venture as well as venture again. Then recur Solar with Reclamation and do it again on the next player's turn. The gaining 3 life from Solar's activation helps to pay for Reclamation. Add Hama Pashar, Ruin Seeker to complete Lost Mine of Phandelver on each players turn for 2 life + three mana.
Good luck with your deck.
2 weeks ago
After further testing and time to parse through the upcoming Forgotten Realms regular and commander cards, I think you're right about the "discard hand, draw 3" model. While it sometimes works, it takes far too much commitment and loss of control to rely heavily on. I will keep Ox of Agonas as I still think its Escape mode is pretty great, but Anje's Ravager and any others are out. I'm also putting Stinkweed Imp back into the deck because being able to process 5 cards without spending mana, just a draw, is powerful.
I think for now, I should tighten my sources of card advantage. Though it adds a bit more consistency to have more smaller looting cards like Thrill of Possibility or the aforementioned Anje's Ravager , I could just be using those slots for more powerful cards that actually impact the board or are otherwise useful while consolidating the draw power to the heavy hitters like Magus of the Wheel , Vilis, Broker of Blood , or Disciple of Bolas for example. Specific tools and answers will be handled by the tutors I was adding anyway and the general system will be greased with odd cards like Squee, Goblin Nabob and Phyrexian Reclamation .
Everything else needs to be playtested rather than theorized about, but I think it's safe to say this is a core part of the deck that I should reconsider and upgrade. I'd also like to put forward the new Warlock Class as a possible replacement or partner to Archfiend of Despair and the possibility of Heartless Hidetsugu .
I'm also interested in the new Hurl Through Hell , Fevered Suspicion , and Orcus, Prince of Undeath . The former two I'm more optimistic about, and am willing to sacrifice a little reliability for their potential and because they look like a lot of fun, but I suspect Orcus will be one of those cards that look a lot better on paper than in practice.
2 weeks ago
Hey, I tried to post a comment at MoxField, but it didn't work because I think the comment was too long. I kind of have a problem with long comments :)
Instead I'll post the comment about your Scarab deck here.
Nice updated version of Scarab. To answer your question because you have Phyrexian you could cut Ashnods. Although, I don't think I would since Ashnods is better than a few cards here because it's a combo piece and the ramp can help to pay for Scarab's embalm. Dementia being a win condition for opponent mill or repeatable opponent mill throughout the game is nice, but it's dangerous as self-mill enabler because you risk milling nonZombie combo pieces which you currently can't reanimate or recur. Honestly, I would play all three of the combo artifact sac outlets because of so much self-mill you don't have control of.
Because of self-mill Academy Ruins would be worth including to recur Phyrexian or save Phyrexian when in graveyard from being exiled. Since it's a land it doesn't take a valuable deck spot for this effect. One of the main reasons to play Phyrexian Reclamation is it can save creatures especially Gravecrawler and Wonder at instant speed from being exiled by graveyard hate which can be a big problem. Mystic Sanctuary is helpful since it's an Island for Wonder and as a bonus it can potentially recur an instant or sorcery which is good with self-mill.
- Ashnod's Altar --> Necromantic Selection
- Academy Ruins --> Temple of the False God
- Phyrexian Reclamation --> Training Grounds
- Mystic Sanctuary --> 1x Island
Temple of the False God is not a good land here because without Urborg it's unable to tap for mana until your turn five or six and that's if you make all your land drops. Necromantic Selection is a high CMC card that you don't really need because you have Kindred Dominance which is the same mana cost, but more powerful board wipe effect especially with Zombie tokens.
Training Grounds can be a powerful card for combos, but it's not doing that here therefore it doesn't do enough only affecting three creatures: Scarab, Cryptbreaker, Accursed. I don't think it's worth taking a deck spot for Grounds just to reduce the cost of Scarab or be able to reduced cost of activated abilities of opponent's creature you may embalm. Ashnods mimics what Grounds does by sacing a creature you make two colorless which can be used to help to pay, better yet to cast or activate anything else.
By increasing your budget then you could add other black tutors and more tutors are very helpful when you want an artifact to combo. Diabolic Intent and/or Profane Tutor are two more two drop tutors to consider adding. Consider more tutors that can get Wonder or Gravecrawler such as Entomb or Unmarked Grave ?
Shambling Ghast is a new one drop Zombie for combo with Rooftop + Havengul because when it dies it creates a treasure. With any sac outlet such as more convenient Carrion Feeder Ghast mimics Phyrexian Altar . With Rooftop, Feeder + Ghast can replace Phyrexian and being able to remove one nonZombie combo piece from the combo with Havengul is a huge upgrade. Ghast + Phyrexian combos with Havengul without needing Rooftop for infinite casts/dies/leave graveyard of Ghast which can make Havengul combo faster not needing six drop Rooftop.
- Shambling Ghast --> Solemn Simulacrum
Acererak the Archlich is another new Zombie for combo with Rooftop since you don't have to enter Tomb of Annihilation dungeon instead you can enter one of the other two dungeons which results in bouncing Acererak back to your hand to cast again for free and repeat. Instead of venturing into Annihilation you can enter one of the other two dungeons and go to their rooms for value as many times equal to cards you have in your library. Lost Mine of Phandelver has Dark Pool room which as long as you have more cards in your library than each opponent has life can be a true win condition.
The way the Dungeons work is once you have completed one you can then right away venture back into that same dungeon again which lets you repeatedly enter Phandelver and it's rooms. In this combo with Phandelver each card in your library equals in order: 1 scry, 1 treasure, gain 1 life and each opponent loses 1 life, draw a card, that's powerful. Storeroom room instead of Dark Pool room can make Scarab huge for a big Commander damage attack.
Acererak the Archlich --> Loyal Subordinate
Pair Gravecrawler with a sac outlet such as Feeder and it's ability to leave your graveyard with Tormod, the Desecrator for another repeatable Zombie token source to create a 2/2 Zombie for one black mana as many times as black mana you have to really fuel Scarab's upkeep trigger. This combo makes infinite tapped 2/2 Zombies with Phyrexian + Gravecrawler that forces an opponent to wrath the board or you win at your next upkeep. Tormod also triggers when you embalm your own creatures with Scarab.
- Tormod, the Desecrator --> Overseer of the Damned
Zombie Master is a Zombie evasion source, pair it with Urborg. Wonder will be a target for graveyard hate when it's in your graveyard therefore having other evasion sources especially from a Zombie is helpful.
- Zombie Master --> Liliana's Mastery
1 month ago
why: I like the love curve, regardless of returning three spells im gonna play with it in place of deathcloud I feel its more on curve and less win more
why: strictly better also good synergy with Living Death
1 month ago
Thanks for the support! I'll try and take a look at your own list when I have the time if you want some suggestions there as well.
First, Shenanigans ! I had it in the list for a while as a stand in for Golgari Thug (who's pricey for an uncommon) and it performed...better as discard fodder than as artifact removal. Ingot Chewer does a lot for this deck and is much more abusable and cheaper to cast (9 times out of 10 you evoke it).
I essentially only have room for 3 expendable single-target removal slots after all the synergistic options like Shriekmaw . Between Baleful Mastery , Bedevil , Chaos Warp , Rakdos Charm , Vandalblast , By Force , and Shenanigans itself (for examples), I prize the exile effect and mana efficiency on Baleful Mastery first and foremost (if you're wheeling frequently with Magus of the Wheel or even Ruin Grinder a single draw is irrelevant), with Chaos Warp acting as another non-destruction removal piece that isn't restricted on what it can hit. All of that covers creature removal quite thoroughly, so I looked to dedicated artifact removal next.
I chose Vandalblast over any other targeted artifact removal due to the popularity of Osgir, the Reconstructor and Voltron-style Sword of X & Y equipment decks. A non-targeting wipe is significantly stronger against artifact decks like them vs. an incremental single-target destruction effect like Shenanigans. If you don't have a go-wide artifact deck like Osgir in your play environment, feel free to use Shenanigans over Vandalblast and reap some extra discard synergy in the meantime.
For Ilharg, the Raze-Boar I wanted a threat to work as an independent backup plan from the graveyard. The best response a graveyard deck can have against grave hate is to practice moderation, and Ilharg attacks on a similar angle to Sneak Attack without adding to the graveyard unnecessarily. The vast majority of ETB effects in the deck are valuable and worth repeating over and over again, while Ilharg itself is a hard-to-remove threat in its own right. If you are having trouble with needing creatures in hand to abuse, I would highly recommend Phyrexian Reclamation ...so much so that I wouldn't even suggest running Sneak or Ilharg without it!
And trust me when I say that sneaking in a Master of Cruelties off of Ilharg is a devious play that is guaranteed to turn heads and take names!
1 month ago
I'm not sure what your playgroup consists of, or what your budget is, so I'll just rattle off some cards and (if needed) their budget alternatives, as well as what I would suggest replacing.
Chromatic Lantern in place of Everflowing Chalice : Lantern fixes your lands that tap for colorless (or cabal coffers before you get it going), and keeps you from getting wrecked by Blood Moon by giving your "Mountains" the ability to tap for black.
I already see some other great cards in your maybeboard: Dark Confidant , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Thoughtseize , and Necropotence among them. Confidant is "draw" without the "draw", which can be an important distinction for certain cards (cough cough Chains of Mephistopheles cough cough Nekusar, the Mindrazer cough cough). Gary is an alternate wincon and also replenishes your health after you drain yourself with your own cards. Thoughtseize basically is "I want this card in your hand" with your commander, and Necropotence is just a broken card that gives you more cards than you can cast.
I feel like your deck may be missing some draw power, so I would suggest Geth's Grimoire , the previously mentioned Vilis, and Howling Mine / Mikokoro, Center of the Sea . With all the discard potential, these last two shouldn't be a problem if your opponents get a couple cards!
For any combo of the above suggestions, I would consider cutting Living Death , Death Cloud , Tangle Wire , and Mindslicer . My reasoning for these four specifically is that they are too mana costly and also negatively affect your boardstate in a way that doesn't put you ahead.
Lastly, I have some land suggestions that I am unsure what to cut for because you already have a decent selection. High Market is a great land, along with its alternate, Miren, the Moaning Well . Deserted Temple can be an extra Cabal Coffers or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx . If you like to take risks, you could include Dark Depths for the classic Vesuva / Thespian's Stage combo!
1 month ago
Hey, well done. I also play Kaalia on a budget.
Dragon Tempest is a two drop haste enabler for Kaalia and bonus interaction with Dragons. Phyrexian Reclamation is repeatable creature recursion especially for Kaalia to avoid Commander tax since she's going to die. Exotic Orchard , Caves of Koilos , Battlefield Forge are three budget land upgrades.
Bloodgift Demon is a Demon for repeatable draw and at 5 CMC you can realistically cast it. Mask of Memory is helpful repeatable draw because Kaalia and lots of other creatures here have flying that can also setup reanimation/recursion. Seize the Spoils is draw, ramp and reanimation/recursion setup. Angel of the Ruins is nice removal with an Angel body and you can discard it to search for a Plains to setup reanimation/recursion.
If interested in any of these suggestions I offer more advice including cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.