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Search your library for a nonlegendary card, put that card into your graveyard, then shuffle your library.
1 week ago
Self-mill yes, opponent mill no. You'll want plenty of self-mill to fuel Nethroi along with lots of ramp since Nethroi is 7 mana to mutate.
Culling Ritual is a powerful card in multiplayer Commander that also provides ramp for Nethroi. Songs of the Damned goes well with self-mill + lots of creatures for ramp especially since Nethroi has 6 black mana in it's mutate cost.
Body Launderer and Karmic Guide are two good creatures with self-mill and they combo with a sac outlet such as Viscera Seer for infinite scry/loot. Activated Sleeper is an underrated 0/0 creature who also combos with Karmic. Braids, Arisen Nightmare is powerful draw in multiplayer Commander when sacing your own creatures helps you.
2 weeks ago
Ya unfortunately this latest didn’t seem to add much in the way of cheating out artifacts other than Mishra, Tamer of Mak Fawa, but the artifact creatures it added seem pretty solid.
If you want some early game reliability and speed you could try out Mind Stone and/or Talisman of Conviction in place of Pentad Prism since they don't run out of uses. And I know you're running a couple of Ornithopters as a cheap way to combo off with Trash for Treasure but I think you might actually be better off using Ornithopter of Paradise in its place. I also like what you’re doing with Unmarked Grave and if you want to go with a more equipment artifact route then you could always add in a couple Stoneforge Mystic, but then you’d probably just be running into the same problem you’ve stated with your deck just feeling like a slightly weaker version of a different archetype.
Hopefully this helps!
2 weeks ago
Hey, you're welcome.
You're right, a high avg. CMC hurting gameplay can be deceiving if you have reanimation. To help reanimation be more of a factor consider adding some cards that can search for and put card(s) of your choice from your library into your graveyard?
Unmarked Grave is two mana to tutor for and put Wurmcoil Engine or Triplicate Titan into your graveyard, Buried Alive can get both of them, that's better than potentially drawing them especially Triplicate. Or get Razorlash Transmogrant to get this guy going. A reason to play Vile Entomber is Biotransference making it a potentially repeatable effect that can get any card. Entomber can get Bolas's Citadel.
- Cast Retriever, trigger Mirrorworks to copy Retriever.
- In response to Mirrorworks trigger sac Retriever with Altar.
- Resolve Retriever die trigger returning any artifact to hand and trigger Imotekh.
- Resolve Mirrorworks trigger, pay floating from Altar, creating a Retriever copy.
- Sac Retriever copy with Altar, returning Retriever to your hand and trigger Imotekh.
- Sac Retriever with Altar, recur an artifact and trigger Imotekh.
- Sac Trawler, recur Retriever and trigger Imotekh.
- Sac a Necron, cast Retriever, sac Retriever, recur Trawler and trigger Imotekh.
- Cast Trawler and repeat.
This combo you need to make it infinite, for Retriever and for Trawler to repeatedly cast them from your hand. By sacing one Necron each iteration of the combo makes an extra , making for infinite Necrons also makes infinite colorless mana. Workshop Assistant and Junk Diver are other artifact Retrievers who can replace Trawler in the combo.
You still have four cards to cut, consider these four? A direction to consider for cuts is further reduce the mana curve? Traxos, Scourge of Kroog is just a beater, all the other 4 drop artifact creatures here do something else as well as being a beater because of menace. Ghouls' Night Out, you don't need this effect with a 5 mana spell that isn't an artifact.
Batterskull is just a beater and it has a very high equip cost which you can't reduce to use it after the Gem is removed. The life gain from Batterskull could be helpful especially with Bolas's Citadel and Anrakyr the Traveller, but I wouldn't play a 5 drop to get life gain when you can gain life from other much lower mana cost sources. Resurrection Orb is another source of lifelink that also has a high equip cost, but Orb is much better for overall strategy here than Batterskull.
Sceptre of Eternal Glory and The Golden Throne are better ramp than Solemn Simulacrum. A reason to cut Solemn is having lots of four drop ramp is not where you want to be with ramp, 0-2 CMC, some 3 CMC ramp is better for gameplay. Mind's Eye is better 5 drop than Ghouls' Night Out and Batterskull, but Eye could also be cut for lower mana cost draw.
Overwhelming Remorse could be cut for Canoptek Tomb Sentinel? The cost reduction of Remorse can be good, but very situational. The potential repeatability of Canoptek since it's an artifact creature to reanimate is better and Canoptek can exile any nonland permanent which is very helpful effect to have in mono black.
2 weeks ago
keizerbuns If you want a progress update, BRO doesn't add as much as I hoped, mostly adding reanimator payoff options. I have the actual construction going on in a private deck copy, so it's not visible here, but my current thoughts are to add Unmarked Grave (which can find artifacts); try mainboard noncreature artifacts like Kaldra Compleat, Possessed Portal, and Portal to Phyrexia; evaluate and trim down the payoffs; and change the early game to use Treasure. Reliability and speed are top priorities right now, but it keeps feeling like a weaker version of Persist -> Archon of Cruelty.
If you have any further thoughts, I'd appreciate the help!
1 month ago
Skysurfer while true, it doesn't work toward getting things into the grave. Now, if it went to the grave instead of the bottom of library, it would be amazing. Founding the Third Path is the only way it would be cast from the grave and between Persist Unmarked Grave and Smallpox there are already plenty of targets
1 month ago
The stained glass art for Rivaz is beautiful. Definitely one of my favorites from DMU.
3 months ago
TheSnuggleLord Great weekend here! Hope yours was as well, always fun to finish up some decks and get to test them out. After reading through this latest comment, I immediately realized some changes cards I should swap for ones that I was wanting to try that I, quite frankly, just forgot had already gotten here in the deluge of other TCGPlayer orders (thank God for the cart optimization, but holy hell it keeps my mailbox full).
I gotta say, I do love the broodlings. But saving that one mana is absolutely worth it. I might end up sideboarding them for now, just to see if there is a situation, I might want both in the deck. Although with the last few games, I don't think that'll be likely. With Drudge Skeletons, it just really comes down to hardly ever finding it worth it to save that one mana to block with them and regen. Crypt Rats gives me a bit of a nuke option for token decks and is a nice addition to the abilities Necrotic Ooze can access if the rats are sacked or just milled and aren't worth pulling out of the grave.
At the moment, I'm also testing having Unmarked Grave in place of Cling to Dust (a card a found myself using more often for draws than anything else, and can't really justify an entire slot just for one card draw per game), Rune-Scarred Demon in place of Harvester of Souls, Viscera Seer in place of Okiba Reckoner Raid Flip, Buried Alive in place of Gravedigger (With all the graveyard pulls I have, one to the hand for a 4 drop didn't seem to justify its place, even if it can be pulled itself from the grave), and Haunted Crossroads in place of Unhinge (a card that just never seems to have a good time to use for the cost).
Haha, yeah, I've been learning the hard way about the struggles of mono black against graveyard hate. The game's I've done the best against the deck with it really have come down to just trying to maintain board control. Something that has been hard against token heavy decks, but I'm hoping having another answer, in the form of Crypt Rats, will help with that side of things at least. I'm for sure going to keep my eye on the new cards next month. Excited to see if anything would fit in this deck, or any of the others I've started working on.
I honestly had no clue so many of the cards had art that directly tied into lore from the mtg universe. I spilled down a small Rabit hole after reading your comment on that, and holy heck it's so cool to see. Really does add an entire new layer to consider when deck building!
3 months ago
Dark Deal and Unmarked Grave look fantastic! I'll have to see what I could swap them in for. I had considered Blood Pet, as I have a fair few of those around. But regen for a blocker (at least in my limited playtesting) seemed to be more practical, as I've actually not had a mana starved game in 5 or 6 runs now. I did swap out Arcane Signet for Nyx Lotus, as I feel that the extra 2 mana cost is worth the trade off in a mono deck like this. I also swapped the Ghost Quarter for a Myriad Landscape, as I also feel that the potential for using its sacrifice is more likely to come into play than me destroying a land, at least in most scenarios. Other updates I went ahead and made with the cards I already have are removing Dredge and Malefic Scythe and tossing in Maggot Carrier as well as Heirloom Mirror Flip. That last one I'm not as certain about, so I'm considering taking it out in place of something else. Unmarked Grave is for sure top of the list to add soon.