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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Creature — Vampire
, Sacrifice another creature: Each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
3 months ago
The list at the moment looks a lot better than what was there before, so good work!
The current adjustments i’d make are:
3 months ago
Welcome to the club, Hundrumleek!
Bubbling Cauldron doesn't feel like it offers that much here. How many games has the life gain made a difference for you, where it actually bought you the time to win? Unless the life gain from Bubbling Cauldron regularly and reliably helps you win matches, I think that adding another source of pressure would work better.
Sticking with the "cheap sacrifice outlet" idea, life loss from Lampad of Death's Vigil or Vermin Gorger would offer another chance for Gutterbones to recur. Cabal Therapist or Nezumi Bone-Reader can force discards. While not Skeletons, these are "safe" and affordable options, if budget is a concern.
I also think you can safely cut one of the Skeletal Swarmings and add some more draw cards. Village Rites is another Corrupted Conviction, for example. This will help lower your mana curve and reduce early game dead draws. Since this deck is more control-y than ramp-y, getting SkeleSwarm before you can use it is just a dead draw.
Skeleton is my favorite creature type, and is my favorite color combination, so this sort of deck always gets my attention. Above all, have fun!
1 year ago
The first card that strikes me as weak here, although I do see the flavor reason for its inclusion, is Vermin Gorger. Requiring a tap to sacrifice really hurts its ability to sacrifice things tactically. A cheap alternative could be Carrion Feeder as it also plays with the +1/+1 theme. On the more expensive but also more exciting side, there are mana generators like Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar. This could help you play a lot more spells each turn, synergizing particularly well with Squirrel Sanctuary and Chatterstorm. I could even see cards in the vein of Reassembling Skeleton being useful with such an engine, but I'll admit that I'm probably in the weeds at this point. I also think you might have too many Disentomb and pump effects. I'd rather just have more copies of the best creatures than spend extra mana to recall and then recast them, and there's little point in protecting creatures when you actively want them to die a lot of the time. A final line of play that might be interesting is to go fur a Lure approach in an attempt to get more triggers off Druid's Call. Hornet Nest can offer a similar and compounding role while also conveniently being a target for Swarmyard. With a Chatterfang out, I can see the tokens getting out of hand very quickly. Then again, actually forcing attacks into a defender would probably require going into red for Infectious Bloodlust or something.
1 year ago
I tried Vermin Gorger and found I just didn't have enough creatures to sacrifice. I'm getting some of the pest token creation cards from Stryxhaven in and maybe after that I'll include it, but for now there just isn't too much to actually sacrifice without slowing down the lifedrain.
Thank you so much for your suggestions!
1 year ago
Cool deck, I like the way you worked the theme. I also like the Pauper to be EDH legal, I do the same with mine.
Have you considered Vermin Gorger?
Hope this helps,
2 years ago
I would also recommend Marauding Blight-Priest , but I would like to recommend taking out Kalastria Healer and Vermin Gorger . How about switching the Gorger to another gorger: Savage Gorger . With all the pings, Ol' Savage is almost guaranteed a counter each turn. Vermin Gorger just doesn't have good hits beside Kalastria Healer ; which isn't great. Regarding the Healer, I would either swap it for Dusk Legion Zealot or; If you are counting to go into the late-game, Bloodrite Invoker could be a serious threat, pummeling for three with drain while still synergizing with the theme of the deck. If not, Dusk Legion Zealot could be a good one-shot card draw while still holding a chump. With stall-y decks like this, Withercrown doesn't seem great. Go with Cast Down instead. On that note, I feel that Paralyze is self-deprecating in this deck. With the extra mana they have, they can just pay the tax needed for Paralyze , and swing in. If you want to keep their baddies at bay, I would recommend Typhoid Rats (in the main board), a Oldie but a Goodie. The Rats do a great job on defense, and most-often trade up. (Kill a creature with a greater mana value or alternate cost.) Vampire Envoy doesn't do much in a pillow-forty deck like this, i would take it out for Sign in Blood .
2 years ago
There's this one new vamp who's double-sided (other side is a 4 mana green creature) Who's basically a 1 mana Kalitas. Not sure if this is at all relevant to you but if only the black side counts it's going in my Edgar EDH. Also, Vermin Gorger is another new vamp you might want to look at.