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Creature — Skeleton Warrior
When Tenacious Dead dies, you may pay . If you do, return it to the battlefield tapped under its owner's control.
8 months ago
GrimlockVIII I don't play pauper so I can't really speak to that format, but I think the extra 1 mana in it's reanimation ability will prevent it from working it's way into commander decks looking to abuse Reassembling Skeleton combos. The fact that it can't combo with both Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar really hurts. I think I'd still run Tenacious Dead and Nether Traitor as back up options to Reassembling Skeleton over this new card.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Sooo what do you want for this deck? Do you need token producers? If that is the route you want to go down, there are some other cards you should look at:
More aristocrats. You are in the right colors for these, so this shouldn't be hard to fill out. Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Falkenrath Noble; I think there might be some red ones that make the creature itself deal damage to any target? If so, those should be an auto include what with the assassins having deathtouch.
As far as actual tokens go, it seems you mostly have one-off effects; if you want more of these, you should look for cards that get you tokens with a high amount of efficiency. If you had enough mana rocks and stuff like that I would suggest Kuldotha Rebirth, but for now I don't think that is going to do it as often as you want. Probably you want stuff like Krenko's Command, Dragon Fodder, Hordeling Outburst, etc. for this category.
In terms of token producing that recursively gives you value, I would suggest Assemble the Legion for sure; also, maybe Ophiomancer (expensive but very good with a sacrifice outlet) and any of the Goonies would be good, though technically they aren't tokens, they just come back a lot (Reassembling Skeleton, Nether Traitor, Bloodsoaked Champion, Bloodghast, Tenacious Dead, either Squee would work). If you really do want tokens to come out and be there at the same time and start to build up a board state with them, you should probably use ... well, I dunno, you're in white. Figure it out.
Also, one last thing: Cathars' Crusade.
In terms of what to cut, I would look reaaally hard at the top of your curve. I would probably drop Gravewaker at least. I think Necrotic Hex is probably good in your deck, because you have so many creatures, but just in general I think it's better in a deck that actually cares about either the word "sacrifice" or the zombies for being zombies rather than the zombies being bodies. Lena seems bad here, I don't know how many nontoken creatures you'll have. I think Crush Contraband could get cut for more efficient removal, maybe Anguished Unmaking or Utter End if you want a budget version. Moan of the Unhallowed is ... straight up bad I think.
Let me know if these were helpful or if you need more cuts.
1 year ago
I like the list, seems like a lot of fun.
Maybe more creatures that can recur along the lines of Tenacious Dead? Gravecrawler, Bloodsoaked Champion, maybe Gutterbones I suppose that's to your hand but at least Judith and a lot of other effects in your deck enable its return ability. I could be wrong but I can see the engine running out of steam if you miss out on your Reassembling Skeleton to enable consistent use of your sac effects.
But the deck looks very fun and fast, cheers.
1 year ago
A secondary theme for the deck could also revolve around Tinybones, Trinket Thief and a few discard spells. +1 though. Cheers!
1 year ago
Thank you both for the suggestions! Sorry for the delayed response.
carpecanum : Tenacious Dead could work, though not a big fan of the recast condition. I'll try it a bit. Ninjas sounded interesting but there doesn't seem like there's any good ninjas that'll fit in the deck. I think Breeding Pit is a too mana hungry for this deck.
RNR_Gaming : Untappers are usually strong but I don't think they'll fit well in this build. I only have three creatures with a tap ability so it'll feel bad if Ayara dies too much.
1 year ago
Any black ninjas would enter the field then you could recast the creature they ninjitsu'd off of.
Maybe Breeding Pit?
2 years ago
You are going to need more than 12 lands. Whenever I build a deck, I always start with 40 lands and then for every 3 pieces of ramp, which for a mono black deck would be a mana rock or swamp doubler or ritual spell like Dark Ritual, I remove a land.
Please retune the deck with 12 non-land mana sources and 36 swamps for starters and you can think of non-swamp lands you want to include later.
My suggestions for those sources are any 12 of the following, depending on your budget:
Songs of the Damned
Cabal Coffers <- could replace a swamp
Pristine Talisman <- defiantly want that
After that you've got the commander, which takes up 1 card slot, so that leaves you with 51 cards to choose from.
I see the bare beginnings of either an aristocrats or a reanimator deck. In my opinion you should push more for aristocrats. It can draw you tons of cards and gain you quite a lot of life. There's no harm in keeping some reanimation spells in there though.
You want a good number of sacrifice outlets. I haven't heard of what a hard number should be so I'd shoot for at least 5. Here's a list of some that I remember off hand:
Infernal Tribute <- has a funny synergy with Spine of Ish Sah
Altar of Dementia
Disciple of Griselbrand
Lampad of Death's Vigil
For this strategy you'll need recurring creatures or token generators
Bridge from Below
Open the Graves
Blood Artist is a staple
Plunge into Darkness is something you might want for the pure lifegain of 3 per creature you sacrifice. Not sure that you want to use the "exile a bunch of your deck" too often.
Shadows of the Past
and so forth. I'd look through some already built aristocrats decks to see exactly whether you want to take that strategy.
Oh yeah, for utility lands I'd choose any of the following within your price range:
Geier Reach Sanitarium