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Whenever combat damage is dealt to you or a planeswalker you control, if Vengeful Pharaoh is in your graveyard, destroy target attacking creature, then put Vengeful Pharaoh on top of your library.
Vengeful Pharaoh Discussion
1 week ago
This is a great start for a budget Skithiryx deck!
You mention ramp, and budget, so here are some things I'd add to help in that regard:
First, add Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse , dropping Bad Moon and Rogue's Passage . You are running mono black, so lots of basic lands. The last thing you want to do when trying to ramp is draw a land - use these to help filter.
Consider add Thawing Glaciers if you can - same reasons as above. It is "slow", but each usage means you never miss a land drop and you're less likely to top-deck a swamp.
I'd drop Skullclamp - great card, but this deck doesn't really put it to the best usage. Better uses for the slot.
Look at Vengeful Pharaoh - this is one of my favorite budget cards for mono black EDH. Bulk in recursion, and deathtouch. Use this as a chump blocker, and never worry about it being killed :-)
You're short on sweepers. Decree of Pain is a budget friendly option.
Black Market gets NUTS in EDH. More mana. Budget friendly. Win-win!
I'll look a little more this evening and see if I can help more. It's far from budget, from take a look at my Skittles deck: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/skittles-25-08-12-1/
3 months ago
Deathtouch works wonderfully together with trample (you only need to asign 1 point of damage to the defender and trample the rest), so cards like Overrun would be a nice finisher in the deck. Revenge of the Hunted is a nice alternative/redundancy to Destined / Lead
Frist strike and deathtouch is also a broken combination: Glissa, the Traitor is absolutely badass because he already has the combo on herself and her triggered will help you retrieve some of your important artifacts. Equipments that give you first strike are also a good choice Chariot of Victory , Bladed Pinions , Sword of Vengeance ...
Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Pharika, God of Affliction create more deathtouchers. Hapatra may need some help to get through, but Pharika is pretty good on her own, your deck already has a lot of creatures, and it can be used also as graveyard hate if needed.
8 months ago
Splinterfright might replace some copies of Ghoultree since it keeps building your yard and has trample. Boneyard Wurm is similar cheap alternative but lacks the extra abilities. Grim Flayer , Satyr Wayfinder , and Glowspore Shaman could also be useful. A copy or two of Vengeful Pharaoh can be a good deterrent if it fits your deck. Gnaw to the Bone might be useful against burn or aggro. Grisly Salvage puts 4 or 5 cards into the grave instead of Corpse Churn 's 2, but it has a harder casting cost and you have a smaller selection of creatures to bring back to your hand. Lastly Tombstalker might also be an interesting addition. Best of luck man.
8 months ago
DRmagic2017 I've forgot about Fleshbag Marauder (although he is being used in my paper deck), will add him soon. Possessed Skaab has one very very big disadvantage - I can't recast him more than one time. Never thought about Jace, Unraveler of Secrets or any other, but it seems to be a good option. I think I can try this. Vengeful Pharaoh is too weak and heavy, I think, because the damage has to be dealt before he triggers.
8 months ago
Hello! Nice deck. What do you think about Fleshbag Marauder ? You may cast him again and again from your graveyard. I also use Vengeful Pharaoh in my Zombie builds but you need Entomb to put him into your graveyard as soon as possible. Possessed Skaab - Dralnu, Lich Lord 's younger brother, strongly recommended. And planeswalkers. I tested Jace, Unraveler of Secrets in several multi-player matches and he looked impressive: card draw + control. I really like this card. Good luck in brewing!
9 months ago
I too play a The Cranberries with an eyepatch - Gisa/Geralf EDH.
Couple zombies I love are
Gray Merchant of Asphodel - If you play with multiple opponents, its a great way to gain some life and take everyone down
Noosegraf Mob - great for zombie generation, a little pricey mana-wise, but if you are looking for 5 new 2/2 tokens, this works good.
Vengeful Pharaoh - I love this guy, he stops people from attacking you while he is alive, and while he is in your graveyard.
And i Like
Moonlight Bargain - you can filter your zombies straight to the grave and keep anything you like the looks of.
9 months ago
Darth_Savage While Phyrexian Obliterator might not be hard to work around, the problem is that it isn't the only things I have to work around.
While taking a 2 to the face because of Eidolon isn't much, taking 2 after a 10 damage combo due to Monastery Swiftspear Prowess + multiple spell shenanigans and could be the difference between winning or losing.
But you are right about Vengeful Pharaoh it's a dead card considering getting 3 of the same mana is hard for a tri color deck.
My point for my deck right now is to figure out answers for all the current deck archetypes, without sacrificing card economy. Hence everything being useable from the graveyard.
Against burn decks Sun Droplet to discourage burns until they can "burst me to death," and either damaging myself via Rekindled Flame if I have two sun droplets, prepping Ratchet Bomb for the inevitable Eidolon/Bedlam Reveler, or just gum them for life with Vault Skirge, forcing them to waste a spell on it.
Ulamog is there as both a failsafe against dredging myself to death, and a probable win condition.
9 months ago
Darth_Savage a while back I had Rolling Temblor while having Young Pyromancer be replaced by Vault Skirge for an early game foothold/forcing a removal. While also having Increasing Confusion instead of Startled Awake Flip so I can start fetching from the graveyard and gaining free removals via Golgari Thug and Vengeful Pharaoh
The problem is that the current meta involves Eidolon of the Great Revel or Phyrexian Obliterator, hence the 4CMC sorceries while having outright removal and not creature damage, I can use it whenever I want, and I don't need to sacrifice permanents.
My current problem right now is my other old form of removal- using dredge via Golgari Thug/Stinkweed Imp and Vengeful Pharaoh no longer works as well, since I can't mill myself, but again, like you said I need an evasive creature for Dowsing Dagger Flip, therefore Persistent Nightmare comes close.
Vengeful Pharaoh occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%