Raven's Crime

Raven's Crime

Sorcery

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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Raven's Crime Discussion

zapyourtumor on 8 rack grief

2 months ago

I've been playing a Grief 8-rack build for some time and I have some comments on your build that I hope you find helpful.

For one thing, Feign Death is strictly worse than Undying Evil, except with multiple copies on the same creature. More about the creature/flicker package: If you flicker a Kroxa with Ephemerate the rebound is wasted since it still dies either way. And you don't have a further target if you topdeck another flicker spell/undeath spell later. Also, you have to wait until t3 to get any value from the flickering. This is why I suggest running a creature like Burglar Rat or Elderfang Disciple instead. Also, you have 10 flicker cards but only 8 creature targets. While the flicker cards are dead cards by themselves, the creatures aren't, which is why I advise going down on the flicker cards and going up on the creatures.

For the discard suite, you currently have 12 targeted hand disruption spells, 4 Grief, IoK, and TS. This seems really overboard for me, since those spells tend to be bad late-game topdecks (and this deck aims to put the game into topdeck mode asap). I suggest cutting down some on those and putting in some Blackmail and/or Raven's Crime. Also Liliana of the Veil is a really powerful card in any 8rack build. I'd move them from the sideboard to the mainboard, leaving up more space for hate cards in the sideboard.

About the manabase. You also have barely any lands. Even without Smallpox, 18 lands is really low. I would recommend 20 at the bare minimum. Not sure why City of Brass is there either. And you have 4 Urborgs and no fetches. For a three color deck, CoB should not be needed and I highly recommend you go with a fetch shock manabase with Bloodstained Mire and Marsh Flats (and maybe one Savai Triome. Mishra's Factory is also generally better than Mutavault.

Using Ensnaring Bridge to defend against creature-based strategies is a complete nonbo with the deck's strategy of attacking with Grief and Kroxa. You also have no spot removal in the entire deck, which means it is really difficult to deal with creatures you want to remove that don't attack. I suggest swapping out the Bridges for some spot removal. Also you're in mardu colors which means you can run Prismatic Ending along with Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push.

About the sideboard: Feed the Swarm is played in most monoblack lists because it is the only enchantment removal in monoblack. You're mardu, not mono-B, which means you have better options like Fragmentize, Fracture, Rip Apart, and Prismatic Ending. Grafdigger's Cage completely shuts down all of your Kroxa, Feign Death, Malakir Rebirth antics which makes it a terrible choice for graveyard hate. One sided hate like Soul-Guide Lantern and Leyline of the Void would be much better choices here.

zapyourtumor on Golgari dredge

2 months ago

Why Bonehoard over Boneyard Wurm? The latter counts as a creature, helping buff the other creature-cards-in-graveyard beaters.

Grist, the Hunger Tide produces tokens+self mills, removes pesky permanents, and also acts as a second wincon with Jarad to give the deck some late-game reach.

Unearth can get back a Grist, Splinterfright, Boneyard Wurm, or Nighthowler from the yard that you milled.

For cuts, I'd probably cut more noncreature spells since the whole deck is "creature cards in graveyards matter". I'd start with Life from the Loam and Raven's Crime, and maybe some Village Rites.

KoRnF3wzed on BW Blink Rack

3 months ago

Honestly I wouldn't run Syphon Life in the side unless you're running at least 4x Raven's Crime and 1x Dakmor Salvage in the main as being able to lock your opponent into discarding a card per turn is very strong in rack races, but the ability to turn that into Gaining 2 life against, say, burn, is very powerful. When I ran Smallpox 8-Rack MonoBlack, I ran 22 lands, and still found not enough, Flagstones of Trokair definitely helps a lot of that, but if you're needing lifegain, run Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , (with Rest in Peace , her Ult basically wins you the game).

zapyourtumor on BW Blink Rack

3 months ago

raefgall Blackmail is indeed a pretty good card here, it's just that my list is super tight already. If I had space I would probably put in a third Raven's Crime first, then fourth lili. When I first saw Syphon Life I was really skeptical, since it requires three lands (which doesn't always happen in a smallpox deck) and doesn't have much payoff so I thought it wouldn't be great against aggressive decks. However I've heard it mentioned enough that I'll try one in the sideboard. It's just that I'm not sure how good it is since this deck also has a really greedy manabase with only 21 lands (while most Smallpox 8rack decks run 24), and I think a fourth affliction might be better for racing opponents.

lagotripha on Hell's Kitchen

3 months ago

I like the deck, but a few quick goldfishes have left a lot of draws feeling awkward - something like a little more draw/discard would go a long way. Definitely deserves some tinkering. Something like Key to the City or Collective Brutality would be my go-to 1-ofs, possibly Raven's Crime to improve the control matchup?

It feels close but not quite there. Something in the lands, or 1-ofs should take it the rest of the way.

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