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Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may have Vicious Shadows deal damage to target player equal to the number of cards in that player's hand.
Vicious Shadows Discussion
12 hours ago
Skydaddy Glad to hear that you've been having a good time so far with your own Chainer build, unfortunate that you weren't able to pull the W in the end. I haven't been keeping up to date with my lists in general lately, but if I can spot some free time this week I'll make this list a top priority to update. For example, I've been trying out Vicious Shadows and it's been a monster of a closer card so far. Dunno yet if it's good, but it feels fantastic when it goes off.
In terms of includes from the newest standard set, the really strong contenders for this deck are Thrill of Possibility , Witch's Cottage , and Castle Locthwain . I could see Murderous Rider as a neat alternate choice vs. things like Shriekmaw or Ravenous Chupacabra , but you lose a lot of sick ETB ability abuse. Syr Konrad, the Grim is a little bit too expensive for what he does IMO, but I will be testing him out. The Drawbridge that gives everything haste is also pretty neat, but I will probably be slotting that into my G/W decks first, as there are fewer mass-haste effects in those colors. Keep having fun with your deck dude, I wish you good luck in your upcoming games =]
1 month ago
Final Parting might be good since you have a good reanimation suite.
Also, as a contoll-y deck, you should put down Torment of Hailfire and Insurrection in the Maybeboard for sure. Things like Comet Storm can be good finishers too. Vicious Shadows might be a win-con as well.
If you need extra pillow fort goodness there is always Koskun Falls . Wall of Shadows is like a worse Fog Bank but it can be a good blocker (along with Darksteel Myr , perhaps). There is also Queen Marchesa but the's quite expensive indeed. Silent Arbiter might be good too.
You might want to replace a single-target removal spell or two for boardwipes. I think you'll want an above-average number in a deck like this. Also, you're low on artifact and enchantment removal so perhaps Crush Contraband and others are worth considering for future updates. Cleansing Nova is dropping in price.
I'm trying to think of a reliable way to gain life but there aren't a ton of good, reliable life-gainers that don't rely on mass Lifelink or creatures in general (like Celestial Mantle or Loxodon Warhammer ) or aren't Exquisite Blood . Might not be necessary but it could be helpful in grinding out wins. I suppose playtesting will help.
Were it me, I'd switch Temple Bell out for Read the Bones or Ancient Craving / Ambition's Cost . That is, unless, you like the political stuff you can do with Temple Bell. It's definitely more political than Howling Mine .
1 month ago
Oooh, I like!
1 month ago
Thanks Fablab I didn't expect that i'd be drawing that many cards, but I can see a few situations where I have a lot of permanents to sacrifice and Reliquary Tower might be worth including in the deck.
Great suggestions babydaggers, I think Doubling Season and Rogue's Passage and/or Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest would be great additions to the deck. Vicious Shadows seems great but seven mana is a lot. I'll ad these cards to the maybeboard and eventually try to work some into the deck, but I still have 8 cards to cut haha.
Good Idea Andrew3000, O-Stone is probably better for the deck. It can also kill planeswalkers, unlike nev's disk. Thanks for the suggestion!
1 month ago
This is great - I've got a Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck that I may have to rejig as Korvold... if you can afford it, this deck is screaming for Doubling Season between the tokens, the +1/+1 counters on your commander, and your planeswalker package. I've also found that any sacrifice deck with red in it gets MASSIVE value from Vicious Shadows , evasion matters for your big man so think about adding either Rogue's Passage or Shizo, Death's Storehouse , and with your sacrifice volume you will be able to beat face with a Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest ...
2 months ago
I will definitely be building a Bebop and Rocksteady deck.
The morph deck was revealed and has secondary theme of sneakyness (stealing/copying things) and as the spoilers come down for the flashback deck its clear that it is also a pillowfort deck... I really hope that Bebop and Rocksteady's deck has a cool secondary theme like death triggers (see above for things like Stalking Vengeance and Vicious Shadows )
Naya aristocrats would be a neat twist.
2 months ago
VaalVanir I am very pleased to hear you are enjoying the deck. Pashalik Mons is a Boggart Shenanigans with the added utility of an infinite mana sink. I would much prefer another way of getting to infinite mana or ramp but it works as a fine substitute until wizards prints us something broken. Plus you can see the players with board wipes in their hands doing the math of how much they will take to the face following a wrath.
I don’t think we would want to include Vicious Shadows . It has a prohibitively high cmc and the card doesn’t do enough on its own. To make it work, you would need a sac outlet in play, and to win, infinite mana. At that point, you are already winning!
Will be running this deck all weekend at MagicFest Birmingham next week so I will really be able to put this build through its paces.
2 months ago
I love token decks and I have a very well tuned green white token deck. And i always wanted to splash red in them for the punishment a board wipe would do to the opponents with cards like Vicious Shadows and Stalking Vengeance
It would also be really neat to have Purphoros, God of the Forge or Warstorm Surge and/or other effect like that in play, then put a ton of tokens out with something like Secure the Wastes or Finale of Glory
Vicious Shadows occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%