Choose one - Until end of turn, whenever a creature is dealt damage, destroy it; or until end of turn, whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller loses life equal to its toughness.
Entwine (2)(Black) (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
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Shriveling Rot Discussion
6 months ago
I just went through your deck real quickly and tried to pick out some cards I thought didn't quite fit with the theme of the deck. Torbran, Thane of Red Fell, Liliana's Reaver, Hammer of Ruin, Lobe Lobber, Manriki-Gusari, Mirror Shield, Sharpened Pitchfork, Umbral Mantle, Wolfhunter's Quiver, The equip cost is way to high. Terminate, You shouldn't need this card with all your deathtouch. Inferno Titan, Agent of the Fates,
I saw a lot of cards that would give creatures first strike or double strike. I don't think you need so many. Try cutting some of them out. Also it might be a better idea to focus a bit more on getting -1/-1 counters on creature for the card draw from you commander. Murderous Redcap would probably be able to drawing a couple cards for you. And you might want to look at the persist ability.
Here is a link to a deck I made that is a death touch tribal kind of idea. It's not perfect but it might help you with some ideas. And the commander might work in the 99 of your deck. https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/they-said-it-would-never-work/
8 months ago
My favorite are the three that skip damage prevention and redirect instead. Thereby allowing your opponents to take lethal commander damage from their own commander. Although that is a rare occurrence unless you pump their creatures first. Reflect Damage, Mirror Strike & Glarecaster.
I love these effects so much that the first deck I built ended up being split into 3. Each emphasizing different mechanics The bigger they are, the better they fall damage and spell doubling with Deflecting Palm, The Game of Houses (Daes Dae'mar) a more political redirection where I work on building up my opponents creatures and trying to take them out with commander damage from their own commanders, and a Stuffy creature based one with Feather at the helm which I just realized I never added to tapped out. Check them out if you'd like!
10 months ago
There is a Mirrodin version of Ornithopter, by the way.
You might consider some of these cards:
All just for Mirrodin flavor and the Dross itself. All of these cards have had printings in a Mirrodin set.
10 months ago
I like what you've got going so far, but it needs a little streamlining...a little focus. We're going to take a look at how many cards do these things you want to do in your description. Sorry if this gets a little long winded...
If you're going to be giving deathtouch, it would be great to have more creatures that would really benefit from it. To me, that's either more of Kelsien's type...'pingers' as my playgroup calls them...such as Blood Cultist, Goblin Sharpshooter, and Deathbringer Thoctar, OR it's some giant nasties such as Chandra's Incinerator, Inferno Titan or Sun Titan, (but only if they work with the deck). Of the creatures you currently have, only Kelsien and Kalmne really do anything neat with deathtouch, meaning multiples of deathtouch cards are kind of wasted.
By adding more ways to find our deathtouch, we add ways to find other useful things too, and trim the worse deathtouch cards. We can replace things like Gorgon's Head and Flail with Heliod's Pilgrim and Open the Armory, we gain access to way more options, both if we do or do not need deathtouch at the moment.
The Mardu colors are amazing at killing things. Your deck should be able to mow down normal creatures without much problem, so removal that just 'destroy target creature's something is not what we want. You've already got some great exile options, but those are also excellent at dealing with other things, so I'd like to suggest the tried and true Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile, as well as Crackling Doom for really troublesome creatures. Despark and Generous Gift take care of everything else, and bonus points, Gift gives another creature for you to snipe. Shriveling Rot plays right into your strategy as well.
Like your deathtouch, I would really look at the quality of your reanimation. Is it better to have just a few really good pieces and consistently draw/tutor into it, or a lot and find that there isn't anything worthwhile to reanimate (I've been there)? A lot of these cards cost a bit of mana as well, so I would play some more mana rocks and card draw to help you get online faster. Signets like Rakdos Signet that come down before Kelsien are especially good (and I often run my rocks with Daretti, Scrap Savant, so I can turn them into important artifacts my opponents have destroyed later on). Black Market will also get us there in the long run. I like Torbran, Thane of Red Fell to really bulk up our 'ping' damage, and Sigarda's Aid just because it's awesome. Finally, Thrilling Encore does exactly what you want in this deck, and can even surprise your opponents after a board clear.
1 year ago
I love creatures that can ping for damage, and the only thing that makes them better is giving them deathtouch so that damage is lethal.
Archetype of Finality is a bit costly, but it does remove deathtouch from your opponents' creatures which can be handy.
Ankle Shanker isn't as great, but at least it shouldn't die since you can clear all the blockers.
Death Pits of Rath can definitely backfire, but it can also cause a lot of havoc depending on the board state and what you're facing.
Shriveling Rot is just amazing. You either get deathtouch, have it and now make your opponents lose life, or entwine for both.
Vault of the Archangel is nice since it's a land and harder to get rid of. IT also gives you lifelink which can be handy (though, you won't be gaining that much life).
Vraska, Scheming Gorgon is a good way to get ganged up on. If you ever use the ult, enjoy the win, but it's also a sure fire way to make everyone target you.
2 years ago
Shriveling Rot has an aikido angle to it but it's probably just clunkier than Rakdos Charm & Backlash since it requires removal, and people relying on infinitive sac combos can probably just stop for the turn. Still, it hasn't been mentioned so maybe someone can find a place for it.
2 years ago
Brion Stoutarm of course. Slave of Bolas. I'm curious to what exact effects are you looking for because. If you have a scary boardstate of creatures facing you cards like Shriveling Rot in respose to a board wipe can do some serious damage. Also Vicious Shadows.
3 years ago
Needs more Rat Colony
With only 6 Relentless Rats you need half of your total number on the battlefield to even make them 4/4s. Most of the time they will be 3 mana 2/2s. You need a critical mass of Relentless Rats--at least 20. If you want to dedicate only a small portion of your deck to the Relentless effect, then Rat Colony is much better; unlike Relentless Rats it benefits from any rat you control, including Marrow-Gnawer's tokens. Pack Rat is also superior if you have many non-Relentless Rats.
Rat Colony is strictly better than Swarm of Rats. It's also generally better than Bog Rats, Carrion Rats, Muck Rats, Nezumi Cutthroat (fear isn't worth a large power loss and "can't block", especially when Marrow-Gnawer provides fear), Pestilence Rats (Rat Colony gets +2/-2 under most conditions and costs 1 less), and Earsplitting Rats (not enough graveyard/discard synergies).
I'm not sure how Shriveling Rot serves the deck.
There are two Cabal Strongholds, so one needs to come out. Cycling lands--Barren Moor, Polluted Mire, and Desert of the Glorified--hedge against land-heavy draws. Some cheap utility/value lands like Zhalfirin Void, Encroaching Wastes, Mystifying Maze, or Temple of the False God might be good over some number of Swamps too.
Phyrexian Tribute -> Scour from Existence, Unstable Obelisk. I know black is bad with artifacts, but there is a reason Phyrexian Tribute is in 55 edh decks, and the other two are in over 5000 each, and it isn't just color restriction. They cover all five permanent types instead of just one, including the equally hard-for-black enchantments. Requiring two creatures to sacrifice, Phyrexian Tribute isn't even always easier to cast, and it's effect is far less flexible.
Speaking of Unstable Obelisk, more mana ramp would be prudent, like Wayfarer's Bauble, Mind Stone, and Commander's Sphere. Bontu's Monument isn't Jet Medallion, but is still worthwhile with 27 creatures.
I don't think there are enough graveyard synergies to make Living Death appropriate.
Night Dealings is slow, does nothing if the battlefield isn't somewhat favorable, can potentially get removed, makes you reveal, and can't get lands. Razaketh's Rite and Mastermind's Acquisition tutor with no fuss. If you want slow, multi-card tutoring, Diabolic Revelation, Demonic Collusion, and Increasing Ambition are reliable options. Although none feature Nezumi in their art.