: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb.
, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.
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Ratchet Bomb Discussion
1 week ago
Update for 2021:
Stonework Packbeast ? hmmm
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
depending on what u use Warping Wail i would suggest Dismember or Spatial Contortion as a better removal spell, Walking Atlas is not good enough so u can replace it for Chalice of the Void , Ratchet Bomb , Mind Stone something like that
3 weeks ago
I've played a bunch of mono black in modern. It is great for FNM, but will probs never put up tournament results.
The deck lives on sideboarding and the sheer variety of options available - your opponent has no idea if you are aggro, midrange grindy or combo until turn three or four. This means that published decklists and scouting in major tournaments strips away its biggest advantage.
Cards to mess around with;
Stromkirk Condemned and stuff like Zombie Infestation lets you play with discard synergies - pitching your hand then casting symetrical discard, or getting back demigod.
Lashwrithe If you want an equip in mono black on a budget, it is this. Its scary on its own, strapped to a nighthawk it boosts your life total to massive levels.
Sign in Blood - draw two is good. Two damage is good to finish an opponent sometimes too.
There are a bunch of 'return to the battlefield' 1 drops that can help create tempo by flooding the board and provide fodder for sacrifice effects - Bloodsoaked Champion , Dread Wanderer , Tenacious Dead etc.
Finally, play to mono-black's biggest advantage, reliability. Lots of decks focus on hands that can 'just win the game', mono black does an amazing job at getting a hand that is 'better than the opponent'. Not an incredible hand, but a little disruption and a lot of 'good cards', no chance of getting mana screwed, and far less need to mulligan.
2 months ago
Well, you may want to link your deck list or at least tell us what your sideboard is now.
If you're struggling with artifacts your only good option is going to be Ratchet Bomb .
As for a replacement for Blood Moon ..well, that's a bit rough Field of Ruin or Ghost Quarter can help a tiny bit but it's not the same. More hand hate is probably the route you should go. Duress , Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek have always been all stars for me.
6 months ago
You're right about this. Blast Zone's "," ability lets you choose how many counters you put on when activating it, as long as you're able to pay the cost for whatever value of X you choose. There's nothing in the game rules or the card's text that restricts you to only placing one counter at a time.
6 months ago
I suggest: Chalice of the Void or possibly Trinisphere > Hex Parasite, Wurmcoil Engine > Elixir of Immortality, and removing a number of artifacts for regular sideboard cards, such as Nature's Claim and Confounding Conundrum or Leyline of Sanctity. These spots really just depend on what you think you're going to have trouble with, but I think Nature's Claim is definitely an include. You might also consider Sundering Titan.
I would remove Witchbane Orb, Ratchet Bomb, and Pithing Needle as artifacts that are probably too specific to see much use (not sure why you'd need both Needle and Spyglass for example). Possibly also Paradox Engine but I'm not sure if you can "go off" in a meaningful way.
6 months ago
Hey StoryArcher, I like your list. It reminds me of my old Mono-Black devotion deck. Over the years I played many, many games with it, and I learned some tips I would like to share with you. I don’t see the budget tag, so I’m going to give my recommendations regardless of price.
First of all, your mana base needs fetchlands. I run at least 6. This will thin the deck, and in the long run this makes a statistically significant difference on your card draws. You should also run at least 2 Castle Locthwain for additional card draw. A single Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth will help when you don’t want to pop a fetchland to save life. Once you add fetchlands, this raises the question, why not run a Black/X dual land like Godless Shrine that you can fetch if you need? But I’ll get to that later.
Next, the Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx serves no real purpose and you should cut it. It will slow you down when you need the black mana, trust me. In a competitive modern setting, you want to hit every land drop with this deck so you can hit a turn 4 Obliterator or Kalitas. The Shrine slows you down and only helps during the late game.
Next, your mana curve is too high, and all the 3-drops will only slow you down when you need early game plays. 4 Riders are excessive, I would drop 3-4. You could run Gatekeeper of Malakir instead for indirect removal, and Fatal Push or Bloodchief's Thirst for targeted removal. You really need at least 4x 1-drop removal spells mainboard. Erebos is also not as useful as a 4th Obliterator, which should be viewed as the staple of the deck. The Messengers are slow because they enter play tapped. I would prefer the 4th Vampire Nighthawk, or consider Nighthawk Scavenger instead or in addition to the other Nighthawks. Ayara is interesting but ultimately doesn’t further your goal of aggro.
Another option is running 4 Dark Confidants instead of Arena for more card draw, if you reduce the number of high-mana cost cards. This may seem risky, but with all of your life gain, it will balance out and you will gain tremendous card advantage. Arena is too slow for Modern. You might as well run Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper instead for instant draw.
I know it seems counter-intuitive, but the focus on devotion should be secondary. That’s where Gary comes in all on his own. You don’t need Tymaret or Nykthos, which ultimately do not further your goal of aggro.
Like I said earlier, if you run fetchlands, a couple of Godless Shrine, and maybe even Silent Clearing for more draw, you can have access to critical removal like Path to Exile, Rest in Peace, Disenchant\Revoke Existence, etc, without compromising the feel of playing Mono-Black. I came to this point after realizing that I needed support that only White could offer. My version is more control oriented with Liliana of the Veil and takes advantage of the White mana for Lingering Souls. Check it out if you like:
Hope this helps! :)