Poison the Cup

Poison the Cup

Instant

Destroy target creature. If this spell was foretold, scry 2.

Foretell (During your turn, you may pay and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

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Poison the Cup Discussion

Coward_Token on Live Long and Prosper

2 months ago

'lo there.

Kinda slow, but Dream Devourer ? Lets you dump spare mana into foretelling things that can later be cast with Prosper present. On that note, Poison the Cup is pretty decent here.

Chutney_Shining on Top of the Deck To Ya

2 months ago

Hello stranger, whom I have never met! Awesome concept! Some ideas that come to mind for refining this:

I think your mana curve is super high compared to the number of lands you're running. Since mono-black doesn't access to a lot of ramp, I'd suggest switching out some of your higher costs sorceries, such as Gruesome Discovery , with something like Duress . Similarly, I think that life gain cards like Increasing Ambition are too high costed, and don't really support your overall strategy. I'd suggest replacing with things like Raven's Crime , which you can retrace, or Dying Wail which offer better timing and utility.

Similarly, I think Headhunter and Hypnotic Specter probably have better synergies than your rogues. I really like [card:Black Cat], but think we could do more to trigger it on our terms. Carrion Feeder could be a cool addition, as could Legion Vanguard or Malevolent Noble .

Fiend Artisan is spendy, but would be such a powerful tutor and likely game ender in this build. Hell's Caretaker and Golgari Guildmage are significantly less powerful, but still allow you to exploit repeated triggers of your cats and Sangromancers. If you preferr an enchantment approach, Malevolent Awakening also works well.

I would definitely suggest upping the number of Painful Quandary , and definitely increasing the number of lands you're running to 20-22. I also think 4-8 removal spells, such as Murder , Doom Blade , or Poison the Cup would help respond to enemy threats and interruptions. I'd reduce the number of sorceries to make room - the looping creature threats have more of a long term board presence.

If budget weren't a consideration, a couple of copies of either Massacre Wurm or Sheoldred, Whispering One would make great finishers.

I hope this helps!

Kukkakaali on Tuhmeliinit Cube

4 months ago

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Sorin_Markov_1947 on Heads I win, Tails you lose

5 months ago

I think this deck lacks identity. From what you've said, you're trying to be an Orzhov lifegain deck, but there are so many cards that don't fit with that plan and/or don't bring a lot of value to the table. We should also probably just make this a Clerics deck (with Angel of Destiny), as that fits the lifegain build and packs extra synergy.

First, I think Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose should be a four-of in the deck. He's just so good in a lifegain deck. Righteous Valkyrie should probably be in here as well, as it helps gain life and provides a buff when you do. Speaker of the Heavens should also be a four-of, as it gains some small life and when you hit 27 starts really giving value! If we're going Clerics, Orah, Skyclave Hierophant is a good idea.

As for cards that don't give a lot of value, Dream Devourer , Firja, Judge of Valor , Giant Killer , Skemfar Shadowsage , Invoke the Divine , Light of Hope , Revitalize , Poison the Cup , and Pacifism all probably need to go. There are better options for what most of them do, and the rest you don't need the effects of. Doomskar too, because you're a deck that likes a full boardstate (lots of creatures) so you don't want to be wiping the board almost ever.

There were several removal options in what I pointed out. Bloodchief's Thirst and Heartless Act are good replacements, but you don't want too much removal, you should be focused on your own board most of the time.

Don't forget as well that having a list of mainly 1-2x cards won't make for a consistent deck. Ideally, you have as many of your good cards as possible.

Those are my initial thoughts. There's some value lost in the list even after those edits, but it's a good start, I think.

Sorin_Markov_1947 on Kaldheim Golgari- Go Elf Yourself

5 months ago

Not a terrible list. There are some subpar cards in here though, although I'm sure some of them fit the "legendaries I like" bill and so that's just down to fun vs winning.

Forever Young is not usually great recursion. It seems good, but it messes with your draws. You'd rather just have other cards drawn or spells that bring creatures back onto the battlefield. The two runes are just kind of okay. There's no obvious downside, the power level is just a tiny bit shy of where cards should be in Constructed formats. Tajuru Blightblade is also low power. You want something with abilities that will benefit the rest of your deck, not something that trades with anything that blocks and leaves with no other value. Jaspera Sentinel is a little slow, and there are better elves to look at for an elf deck. Sarulf, Realm Eater is very slow for a sweeper and hits your own creatures as well, most of whom in the elf package are small. Sculptor of Winter is decent ramp, but you don't need it. An elf deck should be fast and aggressive, and in this one you can have your larger creatures as a backup plan later.

For elves you should be looking at, Skemfar Avenger , Elvish Warmaster , Wildborn Preserver , and possibly Canopy Tactician are all good.

Poison the Cup is subpar removal. Heartless Act and Bloodchief's Thirst are better.

Sorin_Markov_1947 on

5 months ago

Rule of thumb: 1-2 ofs shouldn't be most of your deck. Have core cards and play lots of them. You want your deck as consistent as possible. Even if that means playing 3 Garruks and occasionally having one stuck in your hand.

Liliana, Death Mage is just terrible.

If you have a wishboard, Fae of Wishes needs to be a four-of. It's not worth losing an entire sideboard for one card in a sixty card deck, unless it's bo1 and you don't use your sideboard anyway.

What's Crystalline Giant 's purpose in the deck?

Poison the Cup is subpar removal. Heartless Act , Bloodchief's Thirst , Soul Shatter , and (situationally) Eliminate are all better.

It's not worth having the versatility of the white cards if you can't cast them without The World Tree . Especially because most of them require double pips, so just a Replicating Ring doesn't cut it, and you want to be casting them before you have 6 lands (or 7 for the Orrery). Doomskar is overrated anyway, use Extinction Event or Blood on the Snow as a sweeper that's in your colors.

4th Cultivate > Migration Path .

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