Searing Blood deals 2 damage to target creature. When that creature dies this turn, Searing Blood deals 3 damage to that creature's controller.
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Searing Blood Discussion
1 month ago
I aggre that pushing eidolon to sideboard is a good idea. However, I would keep Searing Blood. I use it quite often in my aggro decks, and it is great against white aggro decks.
1 month ago
i'd love to bring both those cards into the deck i'm just not sure what to take out. rn i'm thinking of dropping Shard Volley for The Flame of Keld and pushing Eidolon of the Great Revel to the sideboard to make room for Runaway Steam-Kin in the maindeck. maybe dropping Searing Blood out of the build completely ?
6 months ago
thanks for the suggestion as Searing Blaze is kind of inconsistent with the landfall trigger and Searing Blood is a great replacement the only reason I am not playing it is because multiple people at my LGS play death and taxes or strategies built around things like Carrion Feeder or other instant speed sac outlets so in the end for me at least Searing Blood is usually less consistent than Searing Blaze
also thank you for the sideboard suggestions I will definitely take a look at them
6 months ago
I've generally found Searing Blood to be better than Searing Blaze in most cases. There's some edge cases like vs blink decks where people will flicker their creatures in response to Blood so they don't take any damage, but that's super rare (you're more likely to run into something like Blossoming Defense that will mess up your day to be honest). Blaze requires a land drop to be fully active and actually get that 1 mana for 3 damage you want so even if it's an Instant it's not hitting for full on their turn...
That is unless you run a fetchland for mountains. The mountain will come in untapped unlike a shockland and you'll be able to trigger that land drop whenever you want. You're basically paying 1 life to unlock 4 more damage and a guaranteed 3 damage on the opponent, but you also have to withhold a land drop for it which can be annoying if you needed that mana on your turn.
9 months ago
Thank you so much for your insight, ellie-is!
My original decklist had 2 Guttersnipes but I actually just took them out earlier this week. In the games I've played so far, I've found that it very consistently gets removed immediately and at best, I've only been getting in 1 or 2 spells. This is even worse in multiplayer where there are 3 other people that prioritize getting rid of it as soon as it drops. Sinking 3 mana to get it out and resulting in little or no value has been really rough and has straight up lost me several matches. I tried sideboarding it but I ended up cutting them to afford that Searing Blood and an extra Incinerate.
The inclusion of Lava Dart is really interesting though and would pair very well with more trigger-based creatures like Guttersnipe. I do think that that build would have more explosive potential but it would also be easier for opponents to throw it off track. I will definitely have to think about it!
I agree, Landslide is terrible in multiplayer! I basically have to have at least 2 sideboard cards so I can swap them out for those matches. In regular 1v1 though, it can do a lot of damage and close out games in tight spots! I really want Flame Rifts instead of Searing Rays but they are just a little too expensive to include with this configuration. I do really like how the current build does not require any creatures to function. It is really nice if I can get an Electrostatic Field or Thermo-Alchemist out to chip in damage while also blocking any aggro creatures but the deck still functions fine without them. You are right though, adding 2 more alchemists might be really nice too...
I do reeeally like Rolling Earthquake and they have been an absolute bomb in the matches I have played! They used to be side-boarded for multiplayer only but they have actually been wrecking it in 1v1 as well. I would just swap them out for regular Earthquaketo save on money but they also actually run $.69 from the site we've been using which is the same exact price I got Rolling Earthquake for, surprisingly.
I do really like Satyr Firedancer as a sideboard option - maybe I can shift some card around to include it!
And thank you for your thoughts on the nonbasic lands. I agree as well - the price is just so tough to get as it is and I would rather spend anything extra on an adaptive sideboard :)
Thank you again for all the suggestions! I have a lot to think about!
9 months ago
Have you tried Guttersnipe Yet? I think it might be a solid addition, even if you only run a couple of them! On such a tight budget you're probably not going to be consistenly winning turns 4-5, so it's okay to spend turn 3 setting up by playing it if it means every spell you cast after that will hit twice as hard (and that's a huge difference if you're playing 3 or 4 burn spells the next turn!).
But most importantly: I'd add 4x Lava Dart! Depending on how your playtest has been I'd remove either one of the sorceries or Shock. While Lava Dart's single point of damage is nothing amazing on its own, it's amazing for creature removal and as triggers for all your creatures. And once you cast it, you can flashback it by sacrificing the same mountain you've just tapped, getting twice the triggers (or you can flashback it later in the game when the opponent has already forgotten about it). It might not seem amazing but once you try it you'll probably never want to go back. It's an amazing tool for closing out a game in a deck that likes it when you cast instants! And killing all of your opponent's mana dorks early on will help you reach the turns you need to reach to win with your deck.
Also, the creatures, and Guttersnipe included will be great for multiplayer and it might be worth removing Landslide to focus on them :) Unless everyone is running the same color, Guttersnipe will deal a lot more total damage to your opponents over time than something like Searing Rays ever could.
Finally, if your budget allows for it I'd add more Searing Bloods! You can cut lightning strike for it, and if you need things to cut for budget reasons I think it'll be okay to let Rolling Earthquake go. And Satyr Firedancer from your maybeboard is a great sideboard card against creature-heavy decks!
Edit: Also, I wouldn't worry about adding nonbasic lands! I'd definitely recomend them outside of such a tight budget, but their advantage is really very small most of the time and such a tiny advantage wouldn't justify needing to cut other, more important cards so you can fit into the budget!
10 months ago
I have a lot of experience with mono-green Assault Formation in modern and legacy casual, so I'll toss in some of my thoughts.
Perfect curves certainly aren't necessary, but you should be able to accomplish something on each of the early turns of the game. More than just playing any old card, it should be something that fits in with your overarching gameplan. I agree with cutting Adventurous Impulse as a 1-drop for this reason. It can't get you Formation, Bow, or any other noncreature combo piece you happen to be running. I'd usually run a Llanowar Elves style dork instead in a ramp list. Still, in walls, I think there are even better options than that. My personal favorite is Traproot Kami since it adds an early defender to the pool and can become a serious threat with Formation if the game goes long. Plus, it works well with the lands-matter strategy that Oran-Rief Hydra is also part of. Other options I've had less success with are Jaddi Offshoot for life, Portcullis Vine for cards, and Saruli Caretaker for slow mana. On 2, Sylvan Caryatid, Gatecreeper Vine, and Wall of Roots are all ramp options, but you're probably fine with just Battlement and Vine Trellis. Wall of Blossoms, however, I view as a must-have if you want to maximize your mana without running out of gas. The ability to up the defender count while replacing itself is so good that I even run a playset of the slower Carven Caryatid too, but this could be excessive depending on the deck. The last defender I'll mention is Tree of Redemption. It's more expensive, both in CMC and in dollars, but it is an undeniable threat with Formation. Higher toughness also makes better use of tricks like Sheltering Word and Feed the Pack.
For the top end of the curve, you might actually be underestimating how much mana the ramp walls can net. With your current setup, you only need 2 of either Guardian or Battlement and 1 other wall to have 9-11 mana on T4. Removal is obviously the biggest obstacle to this being a reality but it seems like you're preparing for a counterspell-heavy meta in a big way. Either you use your protection on the walls and win with Formation when they stop your bombs, or they wait to remove the bombs and you have protection saved up to stop them. Honestly, it feels like you might have too much defense in the mainboard but I'll touch on that later. My point here is that you are likely to have more than enough mana to cast threats much more substantial than the Hydra, and that's without modifications to your suite of defenders. In the current version of my deck, it isn't strange to have a game like: T1-Forest+Traproot Kami, T2-Forest+Overgrown Battlement, T3-Forest+Wall of Blossoms+Axebane Guardian, T4-Forest+Genesis Wave for x=9. Oran-Rief Hydra is a totally fine card to top off at if you build around it, but right now I don't even see it being better than Terra Stomper in a lot of games (and Stomper even has built-in counter protection now that I think about it XD). To get more value out of the Hydra, I'd swap the cycling lands for cheap fetches like Evolving Wilds to double up on landfall triggers, and I might also consider some +1/+1 synergy cards in the vein of Hardened Scales or Hydra's Growth. On the subject of landfall, Vinelasher Kudzu is an interesting option that fits with the plant/wall cards, at least thematically. Mechanically, Undergrowth Champion, Rampaging Baloths, and Avenger of Zendikar are all probably better. I've already mentioned Genesis Wave, but some other options for finishers that I've seen are Archetype of Endurance, Hydra Broodmaster, Primordial Hydra, Vigor, End-Raze Forerunners, Colossus of Akros, pretty much any eldrazi, and any red x-spell that can target players. If you choose something with x in the cost, having Umbral Mantle or Freed from the Real to generate infinite mana is beneficial.
The last thing I'd like to talk about are your noncreatures. As I mentioned before, 4 countermagic blockers seems a little excessive in the main 60. I personally struggle much more with Path to Exiles, Fatal Pushes, and Searing Bloods than Counterspells on most days, so I'd usually prefer the Vines of Vastwood or the flexible Veil of Summer. However, I don't know what your meta looks like. If countermagic is a big problem, another way to get around it is to add in plenty of redundancy. Instead of running only 4 bombs, run 8 so 1 is more likely to slip through. Savage Summoning and Insist are fine answers, yet they run the serious risk of becoming dead cards if your opponent isn't playing blue. Of your instants though, Subdue seems to be the weakest to me. It looks like it will usually be a bad Awe Strike or an inverted Berserk that can't contribute to damaging the opponent. If you had cards to benefit from toughness outside of combat like Kin-Tree Invocation, it could at least serve a similar role to Glyph of Destruction in Wall of Blood/Rite of Consumption decks. The final card I might reexamine is Bow of Nylea. generally, mass deathtouch is at its best when you either have a way to force damage (like Lure or Thornbite Staff) or when you want to create a disincentive for your opponent to block (like when running a Curiosity deck. The thing about a high power is that it already allows you to kill multiple blockers and the thing about trample is that it already discourages single blocking. Deathtouch on such a creature is therefore a little redundant. Sure, it's better to have it than not have it, but it might not be worthwhile if it comes at the cost of 3 mana and a card. I'd want some concrete way to take advantage of the Bow's activated ability to justify running it. For example, my G/W enchantment lifegain deck from Theros standard used the gain 3 life ability to buff Ajani's Pridemate. In your case, the +1/+1 might be the best choice to build around since it can overlap with the Hydra's trigger.
1 year ago
itachi45: "Not to mention your spells can't go to creatures and me. You will spend every spell just trying to keep my creatures away and given protection spells, I will eventually get through." Searing Blaze and Searing Blood hit creatures and your life.
Usually Wild Defiance and Spellskite should be enough, otherwise you can also run Lifegain: Weather the Storm, Life Goes On, Feed the Clan or even Kitchen Finks to block enemy creatures and gain life.