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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Unmask

Sorcery

You may exile a black card in your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.

Target player reveals their hand. Choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

SufferFromEDHD on Tinybones, The Pickpocket

1 week ago

I agree with your assessment 100%. I liked this spoiler and am optimistic MH3 will be full of EDH goodies.

Noggin Whack tribal Hymn.

Unmask Grief #2.

Tourach, Dread Cantor potential upgrade to one of your common 2 drops.

Mindslicer full bins.

Hypnotic Specter and/or Scythe Specter fill the bin up in style.

jethstriker on turn 1 Iona, sheild of …

1 month ago

Some of my thoughts:

  • Griselbrand is a much better all purpose target than Iona. I recommend maxing Griselbrand count first before maxing Iona.

  • Collective Brutality is a swiss army knife for Reanimator. Its an uncounterable discard outlet, pre-emptively answers opposing countermagic and removal, kills problematic small creatures, finishes off weakened opponent, and at the very least gives back some life lost from Reanimate and Griselbrand activations.

  • Buried Alive is slow for Reanimator. If you really want this, maybe just run 1, but not the full 4.

  • Why is The Stone Brain in the deck? If you're worried of opposing card, I think you're far better off with discard like Unmask and Thoughtseize. They also doubles as a discard outlet if you really need to.

  • Also why casual? The deck is 1 card away from being legacy legal. Just replace Sol Ring with maybe Lotus Petal and you have a legitimate constructed deck.

DreadKhan on Power Word Death

6 months ago

Phyrexian Totem isn't the easiest card to use, but most deck don't use a lot of instant speed burn spells or Flash creatures so as long as you've killed off their blockers it's a solid attacker. It can also force the opponent to keep blockers home. In practice, since it swings for 5 it can be fine to lose a few things to it in my experience (provided you're already ahead that game), and in situations where you can't use it to attack it's still a mana source that helps you cast your Obliterators.

Haha, yeah, I don't know if there is anywhere local I can buy cards, it's such a niche interest here, but online stores can make it easy to find cheaper versions of cards, though you have to do online shopping (which I wasn't eager to do). I know of a few European and North American companies who sell tons of stuff, and I think TCGPlayer.com has sellers from all over, and you can set the site to restrict sellers to ones that will ship to your area (it used to be pretty buggy, I have less trouble with it now).

The nice thing about 1 drops is that they allow you to start pressuring the board early, and some of them have useful abilities like Deathtouch, which let them trade with your opponent's better creatures. If you're not sure that Deathtouch creatures are good enough (or evasive lifelink creatures, like Cutthroat and Vault Skirge), you can also try out cards like Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, or Ostracize, since you get to pick what they discard these can be incredibly useful for only B mana. The best of these is probably Thoughtseize, followed by Grief and Unmask, but Inquisition usually works well in a format where people hate using cards with MV higher than 3. Some more 1 drops you can consider are Cryptbreaker, which is a zombie tribal card that can make tokens and draw cards eventually, and Foulmire Knight, this has Adventure and can draw a card if you draw it later in the game, and a 1/1 Deathtouch can block fairly well.

Dark Ritual isn't quite an auto-include in every deck, but it's one of the best cards that's legal in Legacy, it's especially useful if you can use all 3 mana and can play it turn 1. In your deck as is, if you have Ritual you can play a Gatekeeper or Messenger turn 1, either of those is a fair bit of value that early, and Vampire Nighthawk is really good with Dark Ritual since you can start gaining life turn 2. It turns a Grave Titan in a turn 4 play, at which point it's a very strong creature when you're sneaking it out so early, and while it's unlikely, you can end up with 2 Rituals in your opening hand and play Titan turn 2. If you use 1 mana discard spells as well as Hymn to Tourach, you can cast both (for the record you should cast the Duress type effect before Hymn) turn 1 which should decide most games on turn 1. Dark Ritual is a key card in decks that are trying to be fairly competitive, so if you want to make your deck stronger it's a great card to consider.

With all your removal (and the discard you've got), have you thought about x1 or x2 Sangromancer? It's a 3/3 flyer for 4, which isn't terrible, but it can gain quite a bit of life while still threatening your opponent. I guess it'd be a creature version of your Incursion, it won't gain as much life but it'll deal more damage.

If you want something to accelerate your games there is Phyrexian Arena, which was printed into Standard again, so it's extremely cheap compared to a few years back. It's not the best draw effect out there, but drawing a card each upkeep is pretty good value if you're not playing the fastest games, this card is also good with Dark Ritual, but it will cost a bit of life over time.

Niko9 on Mono Black Budget Reanimator

1 year ago

Always fun to play big splashy creatures and never pay their mana costs : ) I'm asking because I'm curious, but do you often use Thoughtseize and Unmask on yourself to put creatures in the graveyard? That is very interesting to me if that's the case. I wonder if similar effects on bodies would be good, such as Rankle, Master of Pranks and Liliana of the Veil They're both kinda pricey, and I don't know, maybe you don't need them, I'm just throwing out ideas : )

Honestly, just playing Elesh Norn with no white mana gets a big thumbs up from me. That's how you know that your reanimating is lefit : )

Flooremoji on Modern Horizons 2 Spoilers

2 years ago

Here are my thoughts on the set so far:

Cabal Coffers reprint: Eh. Not like it's going to do anything in modern. Gotta please the edh players I guess, even in modern's premier set?

Counterspell reprint: No opinions on this one.

Yursi: More edh stuff. If it had haste it might be good enough, but as is it's not worth it.

Flametounge Yearling: Excelent design, might even be playable but I'm not placing any bets, esp since it'll shoot itself with no other legal targets. I imagine that'll get some people who weren't around when ftk was legal.

Thrasta, Tempests Roar: I mean... I'm not terribly excited about this card. Seems a bit strong, but it might be fine. Savage Summoning and Vivien, Champion of the Wilds are cards that exist but I doubt Thrasta alone would be enough to justify them.

Unmarked Grave: It's balanced, not much else to say there.

Profane Tutor: Possibly playable, but with ssg ban I'm not sure which decks even need this effect.

Grief: I like Unmask . What I don't like is turn one shock Godless Shrine evoke Grief, Ephemerate .

Rishadin Dockhand: I am a fan of this card. Seems like an easy include into merfolk decks, I don't know where else it will find a home though.

Timeless Dragon: It seems a bit slow for modern, bomb in limited I'd imagine. It's not unplayable though.

Dakkon, Shadow Slayer: I feel like I am underestimating this card whenever I look at it, so it wouldn't surprise me if it's powerful.

Diamond Lion is a great callback, it's not busted but it just might see play.

Brainstone is meh, just the way I like it. Don't underestimate it in artifact based decks though.

Urza's Saga: I wish this card didn't get printed, but here we are. At least playable in modern by my calculations (thank goodness it can't find Lotus Bloom ), but in formats with artifacts like Sol Ring it's pretty damn powerful, and it's also pretty free in many cases.

Reliquarian on shatterhulk budget

2 years ago

Okay hear me out, add Mages' Contest for the red counterspell no one will see coming when you're comboing off (if you have the mana, or if you can wait to have enough mana for counterspell backup).

I'm just saying, comboing off can get boring. But dropping a red banger like Mages' Contest when they try to stop your combo? Legendary.

As for a more serious suggestion, you could add Unmask as a way to clear the blue player of any counter magic before going off. It's also free to cast so it doesn't slow you down in that regard.

+1 upvote from me. Jund is sweet.

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