Target player discards a card.
Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)
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|Modern Masters (MMA)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Raven's Crime occurrence in decks from the last year
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Raven's Crime Discussion
3 days ago
Land Tax is an auto-include if you never want to miss a land drop ever again. It also makes playing a turn 3 Blood Moon easy to work with. Makes surviving and using mass land wipes fun too. Goes great with Ghost Town if you never want to miss those triggers.
But Land Tax reaches Skullclamp levels of broken if you pair it with Scroll Rack, Tectonic Reformation, Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion, Necrogen Mists, Stronghold Rats, Raven's Crime or Seasoned Pyromancer with all the excess lands you can throw away. It even makes Sensei's Divining Top godly if you can shuffle your deck with Land Tax every turn before your draw step. (Even if there’s no more basic lands in the deck, that free shuffle can be great with SD-Top and Scroll Rack.) Without that extra oomph Land Tax doesn’t really bring much to the table late game, but it can feel like a Sol Ring in the early game if your deck runs a below average number of lands.
Juha on Bat Cave 2.2
5 days ago
Thanks for the comment lagotripha. I concur your point about hand disruption being a strong tool in mono-. However as this is an aggro deck and there's a need to discard cards for Zombie Infestation and Call the Bloodline to create tokens I can't see a way to squeeze Delirium Skeins or Raven's Crime in.
I'll definitely probably have the discards ready in my sideboard when I take this deck out.
1 week ago
If you are leaning into Alms of the Vein ,Gonti's Machinations can act as another four copies, so long as you are triggering it. The 'target player cause' is often awkward- playing a bunch of Bump in the Night variants is good, but without the 1 mana prowess shenanigans that red offers, its mostly a gimmick.
I have a mono black 'I've made all these things work' list (Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox), but I haven't kept it up to date- here it is to mine for ideas.
As a rule of thumb, I lean towards more hand disruption in mono-black. Its what the colour has the most efficient tools for, and removing key cards, or just lots of cards, is often enough to win against more intricate plans.
2 weeks ago
Invisible Stalker would be one of the best mutate target as it has both hexproof and unblockable. Unfortunately it has the pesky word "human" printed on it. So to make it work I would also need to run cards like Amoeboid Changeling. At that point I don't think he's worth it.
Flusterstorm and Swan Song are already in the list. The others seem too narrow on what they target to me. Although I hesitate to run it because of my cEDH experiences I might try Arcane Denial and see how it does in the deck. Also I have been thinking of possibly running Unwind and Rewind. With cards like Leyline of Anticipation and Kruphix, God of Horizons they can function fairly well as mana isn't as likely to go to waist.
Thanks again for the suggestions you have really helped me think through some things for this deck.
2 weeks ago
Invisible Stalker is definitely there. (I personally can't think of many more cheap CMC creatures myself, however, a couple cheap Aura enchantments which give hexproof such as Alpha Authority and Starlit Mantle could be used. Unfortunately it seems like I overestimated how many cheap hexproof creatures exist.
As far as cheap counter spells, I'm moreso talking about the CMC 1 counters, which are not too expensive and definitely exist. Good ones are Stifle, Annul, Dispel, Envelop, Flusterstorm, Spell Pierce, and Swan Song. (You'll definitely want to think about your playgroup for some of those).
Raven's Crime and Life from the Loam together is just a simple combo. Add Lands from grave to hand with Loam, use them to make your opponents discard with retrace. (You can also use Delirium Skeins or Mind Rake, or even Tasigur's Cruelty because of the dredge. Not necessarily a combo so much as cards that just generally synergize.
2 weeks ago
@ Reznorboy Thanks for checking out my deck and giving me some suggestions. Honestly this is a very early draft of this deck and might change significantly once I am able to play test it.
As far as cheep hexproof creatures I am already running Gladecover Scout, Slippery Bogle, and Silhana Ledgewalker. With my searching of gatherer the only other cheep hexproof creatures I see that seem worth it that I have been considering are Elusive Tormentor Flip and Troll Ascetic. Am I missing something? What hexproof creatures would you recommend I add?
Furthermore what cheep counterspells would you recommend? I know the free counterspells. But I already have them for my cEDH deck and those are going to be expensive to pick up another copy of. I might pick up a second Pact of Negation for this deck down the road though.
What combo are you referring to with Raven's Crime? I don't think I've seen that card cast in EDH and I have been playing EDH for around 10 years. I always like combos I have never heard of before.
I don't think I'm running enough graveyard recursion / graveyard matters to make Life from the Loam good. Do you think I should be?
Honestly I am not worried about competitive players. I have Tymna the Weaver / Thrasios, Triton Hero cEDH built as well as a Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle built in a way that is high tier EDH but not quite cEDH. If other players want to play more competitively I have decks that can do that.
I might cut Propaganda down the road but Leyline of Anticipation lets you hold up counterspells on opponents turns and then cast stuff on their end step if they don't do anything you need to interact with. I fail to see how Leyline of Anticipation is a pillow-fort type card. However I have been considering Seedborn Muse to take advantage of flash.
2 weeks ago
Personally, I think that if you want abuse mutate as much as possible, you should try to have a good number (maybe a third) of your creatures be cheap creatures with hexproof (like Slippery Bogle, yes, I know you have some already, but I really think the deck could use more) and try to only mutate those creatures and put them on bottom, and when you draw more creatures with mutate, 're-mutate' the monster again, so you're not losing advantage.
Then, I think you should play a few more cheap counter spells specifically to prevent board wipes, because board wipes usually don't target, to help protect you further.
I would also play combo cards like Life from the Loam and Raven's Crime. Obviously, if you're playing against casual players who don't want an unfair game, maybe not, but you never know when you'll run into more competitive players.
Personally, I would take out cards like Propaganda and Leyline of Anticipation that are more Pillow-Fort and Flash focused and replace them with cheap CMC ramp like Utopia Sprawl. No one really likes playing against Pillow-Fort anyway and a few cards here and there aren't going to synergize very well to help you win.
I think you should generally try to play cards that make the opponent(s) feel like they can win but don't actually allow them to.
2 weeks ago
berryjon You only dedicated a paragraph to Liliana's Caress and Megrim, but (despite being an artifact) was The Rack not worth mentioning here? Nor the fact that there is an entire modern and (if I'm not mistaken) legacy deck dedicated to this ability that black has? These decks take advantage of not only taking apart someone's hand, but punishing them further due to Shrieking Affliction and The Rack. Plus, we got a planeswalker that does all of this in one with Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage. Also, cards like Raven's Crime that can be allowed to cast multiple times but is still one mana. I'm curious as to your reasoning for leaving these out despite being huge impacts in competitive magic.