Whenever a land enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, that player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
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Polluted Bonds Discussion
1 month ago
betomindslav thanks for the upvote! Norn's Annex and Polluted Bonds are just too expensive for what they bring to the table imo. They also fall at 5 cmc, which we want to leave as empty as possible so we can drop Liesa when we get 5 mana.
3 months ago
cool deck! i kinda wanna build a stax deck myself (a cheaper and of lower power i might add) but not sure how many times my playgroup would let me play it....
but have you considered Polluted Bonds? it falls more on the groupslug side of things but since you have painful quandary you might be open to including it. it's a disgusting-ly effective card, and really buffers your life total in the long run. though it most likely will annoy your opponents even more! but i guess that's part of the enjoyment?
3 months ago
You don't have a ton of card-draw, and I also recommend at least eight pieces for almost any deck. Graveyard recursion, especially the good ones, definitely count as card advantage in my book, so Phyrexian Reclamation is great here, as is Whisper.
Grim Haruspex and Disciple of Bolas are on-theme. Thorn of the Black Rose and Custodi Lich are fun creature-based choices too. Some other classic choices are Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Promise of Power, Liliana's Contract, Syphon Mind, Castle Locthwain, and Read the Bones. Palace Siege is okay, especially if you feel you need more recursion. Diabolic Servitude is nice and repeatable. Victimize and Blood for Bones are a great rate. Oversold Cemetery is nice too, though pricey.
Greed, Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Skullclamp and Erebos, God of the Dead are really good but not cheap. Erebos, Bleak-Hearted, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, and God-Eternal Bontu would be decent as well. Bonus points for some being threats/blockers.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury is an interesting choice for card advantage--especially if you can recur him out of the graveyard over and over.
Dreadhorde Invasion is a great source of sacrifice fodder. So are Grave Titan and Bitterblossom but they're expensive. High Market is good in case your commander get's Arrested or turned into an elk or frog or the moon. Rogue's Passage could help end games once Yahenni is huge.
If you find you can't close out games between all the groupslug aristocrat cards and Yahenni's damage, perhaps a few auxiliary groupslug cards could tip games in your favor. Most of the good ones are very expensive though. Bloodchief Ascension, Painful Quandary, Polluted Bonds, Wound Reflection, and Palace Siege et al. Torment of Hailfire and Exsanguinate are classic finishers too.
As far as cuts go... I don't love some of the creature-based removal. I know it's good because you can sacrifice them later but perhaps Morkrut Banshee, Skinrender, and Anowon the Ruin Sage could be cut. I don't love Devour in Shadow and Drag to the Underworld. You should be set on removal even with those five cuts. Feed the Swarm is worth noting! Mortician Beetle is a bit win-more but is uniquely suited to the deck and worth keeping for now. Probably makes a good blocker. Geralf's Messenger is a bit weaker than some of the token generators and recurring threats too.
Also, I don't know if you care (few do) but if you want an accurate price calculation for your deck you should put the cards in the Sideboard into the Maybeboard so they aren't added.
4 months ago
I recently threw a Polluted Bonds in my yarok deck due to the high amount of Mana ramp in the format. You'd be really surprised at how much work it puts in.
5 months ago
If you have Risen Reef, Zendikar's Roil is a must include for a potentially infinite and always hilarious combo! Take out Brainstorm, that card is stupidly overrated unless your deck focuses on topdecking, otherwise it practically does nothing. I'd also recommend throwing in some landfall cards with the amount of ways you have to get lands onto the battlefield. Try out Tatyova, Benthic Druid, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Avenger of Zendikar, and Roil Elemental. I'd also recommended taking out Ponder based off the same reasoning of brainstorm, Steel Hellkite because it's usually not going to get through is too slow with much better targeted removal available to you, Briarhorn because I have no idea why it is in your deck, AEtherize because it is too dependent on the situation (go for Cyclonic Rift which just got the reprint), Barrin, Tolarian Archmage because the theme of your deck isn't bouncing and there are better removal spells out there, Gitaxian Probe because it just shouldn't be in this deck, Thought Scour due to the same reasoning of brainstorm and ponder, and Gray Merchant of Asphodel because your devotion to black doesn't seem like it would be that high to me. Here is a list of some better removal spells to consider, keeping the double etb triggers in mind: Ravenous Chupacabra, Reclamation Sage, Beast Within, Assassin's Trophy, Shadowborn Demon, Agent of Treachery
Also, I'd highly recommend more ramp in the form of the talismans/signets just so the deck can run more soothly, especially with your higher mana curve.
6 months ago
I really like that you are taking a different direction with Markov than most people! I have a couple cards I thought might be interesting to consider...
For general lifegain goodies, I really like Rhox Faithmender. It breaks away from vampire tribal but it might give your life-matters theme great support!
Here are a handful of syphon effects that you might want to consider as well: Exsanguinate, Subversion, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, Polluted Bonds, Kalastria Highborn, Indulging Patrician, Foul-Tongue Shriek, Epicure of Blood, and Cliffhaven Vampire.
Finally, if you want another way to turn all that life into fire-power, Aetherflux Reservoir can be a great way to blowup your opponents' face :)
6 months ago
Cool deck, I think as far as spot removal goes your pretty good, plus your commander does a pretty good job at that. I usually run 4 or 5 board wipes, in EDH boards can easily get out of hand that need to be taken care of. I don't usually run too much graveyard hate, however a few cards cant hurt.
Other things. Personally I would run more ramp and draw, In EDH your in for the long run and its important to keep a full hand and have enough mana to play all the cards you want to play. I usually aim for close to ten of each In my decks, however it can vary from deck to deck.
If you want to try any other cards Greed is good, Black Market is fun but doesn't benefit from exiling idk, Sangromancer is nice and can gain you way too much life, Polluted Bonds can gain you some pretty consistent life and shut down land decks pretty hard, Whip of Erebos, Alhammarret's Archive.
Your decks pretty good as it is, don't let all my suggestions tell you otherwise. I hope you have a blast with EDH, it's my favorite format by a long shot, and I hope it becomes yours too :).
6 months ago
One removal spell I've been adding into my decks more is Winds of Abandon. I know it's sorcery speed, but the versatility at hitting all creatures as well is just gravy. Pray I don't have Polluted Bonds on the battlefield when I do overload it.