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When this enters the battlefield, search your library for a card, put that card into your graveyard, then shuffle your library.
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Vile Entomber Discussion
2 weeks ago
Hey, you're welcome.
Cards that put creatures from your hand or library into your graveyard can help Olivia as Commander . You don't need to add a bunch of expensive price cards to make improvements. Staying on a low budget is perfectly fine to have a good Olivia tribal deck. What your deck mostly needs are cards that can enable Olivia to reanimate.
The advantage that Olivia has is haste meaning she can attack to reanimate the same turn she enters the battlefield (ETB) if you have a creature in your graveyard. You want to be able to take advantage of this by having creatures in your graveyard to reanimate before you want to cast Olivia.
"Loot" is a term in Magic that means draw then discard or discard then draw. This effect lets you discard creatures in your hand to draw cards and then reanimate those creatures with Olivia. You want to cast loot early in the game thus most of these types cards you play should be lower mana cost. 40 creatures is a lot of creatures even for tribal consider cutting a few of the lesser creatures for some cards that can get creatures into your graveyard?
Budget loot package to consider adding:
- Anje Falkenrath
- Vile Entomber
- Faithless Looting: can loot twice because it has flashback.
- Seize the Spoils
- Unexpected Windfall
- Cathartic Reunion
- Thrill of Possibility
- Tormenting Voice
Anje Falkenrath is a legendary Vamp who can be a repeatable source of looting. Vile Entomber is not loot it's better and it's a creature who Olivia can reanimate. Entomber's effect is called "entomb" in Magic and it's where you search your library for a card and put that card right into your graveyard. Seize the Spoils and Unexpected Windfall are also ramp with treasures which is helpful to cast Olivia.
Cards to consider cutting for these:
- Phage the Untouchable: if you reanimate her with Olivia you lose the game because you didn't cast Phage.
- Vengeful Vampire
- Blood Petal Celebrant
- Nocturnal Feeder
- Innocent Traveler Flip
- Bishop of the Bloodstained: not needed since you have Malakir Bloodwitch who's has much better stats and hits all opponents.
- Westgate Regent
- Slaughter Specialist
I offer more advice in another comment. Would you like more advice?
1 month ago
Hey, well done so far, nice Rhystic Study SL :)
Consider a few more effects to setup Runo? Brainstorm is really helpful to setup the top of your library with sea monster(s) from your hand. Frantic Search can discard a sea monster(s) then untap three lands and cast Runo with those lands. Vile Entomber is a creature who Krothuss can copy who entombs a sea monster to setup Runo then be copied by Krothuss to get Wonder while in combat.
Striped Riverwinder is a sea monster who can setup Runo for one mana by cycling itself. Apprentice Necromancer is good low mana cost instant reanimation who gives the reanimated creature haste letting it attack to be copied by Krothuss.
Some cuts to consider is cutting 1x Island. At four mana Firemind Vessel is subpar ramp. Tromokratis is legendary and doesn't do anything when it enters the battlefield. You have better unblockable sea monsters. Inkwell Leviathan can't be copied by Krothuss because of shroud. Consider is fine, but there's better options to help to setup Runo or enable reanimation.
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Hey, this is a really good start for could be less than $50, but you did forget Sol Ring.
Anje Falkenrath is a nice budget legendary Vampire for repeatable loot to help to setup Olivia. Consider more sac outlets? Goblin Bombardment and High Market are excellent and Undercity Informer is fine. Consistently you really want a sac outlet to protect creatures you reanimate with Olivia from being exiled.
Falkenrath Aristocrat is a creature who Olivia can reanimate and since it has flying that helps it to survive combat since it enters attacking. Dark Privilege is a budget old/rarely seen card, but can be powerful when enchanted to Olivia. Repeatable regeneration can protect Olivia from combat damage letting her more freely attack to trigger. The creature Olivia reanimated can be fodder to sac to regenerate her which is helpful when you're reanimating a creature who has an ETB effect such as Vile Entomber. Viscera Seer is a one drop sac outlet that gives you some library manipulation to help draws.
Anje and the sac outlets are support cards and I think you can afford to cut a few high CMC creatures who have redundant effects to add them. You have many ways to tutor directly for a creature of your choice and put it into your graveyard which gives you leeway to play mostly the better creatures here to reanimate.
Some cuts to consider:
- Fractured Powerstone could be cut for Sol Ring.
- Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood could be cut for Anje Falkenrath.
- Bane of Bala Ged could be cut because Ulamog's Crusher and Artisan of Kozilek are better.
- Rakshasa Debaser could be cut since Sepulchral Primordial is better.
- Sengir, the Dark Baron could be cut since Necropolis Regent is better.
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Yeah I made a few cuts from underperformers from my first game with Runo, Namely, Nemesis of Reason, and Mission Briefing. Mission briefing was just a dead card in my hand early and Nemesis betrayed me the only time runo got around my next upkeep. Frantic Search is already one of the cards that is going in. Vile Entomber is a good get! Striped Riverwinder, and Dreamscape Artist were the other two I was thinking.
Got any other suggestions for cuts?
1 month ago
Hey, you're welcome. Some more advice is streamline the creatures, reduce down to the best creatures you want to reanimate with Olivia and the best support to make that happen. Consider a toolbox concept with tutors and more looting? Streamlining will help to cut the redundancy that you don't need from creatures. By cutting many high CMC creatures for lower CMC reanimation enablers this also reduces the mana curve which is very high right now at 4.5.
The idea is the enablers help to find the better high CMC creatures you want to reanimate with Olivia/get them into your graveyard. Since the enablers are less mana then you can realistically cast them, hopefully before you cast Olivia. By reducing the mana curve then you could cut some lands: 1x Swamp and 1x Mountain.
Example of streamline current creature base (cuts number of creatures in half):
- Master of Cruelties
- Port Razer
- Rune-Scarred Demon
- Burning-Rune Demon
- Rakdos the Defiler
- Dragon Mage
- Archon of Cruelty
- Balefire Dragon
- Sepulchral Primordial
- Meteor Golem
- Noxious Gearhulk
- Flayer of the Hatebound
The other creature spots would be for support.
- Yahenni, Undying Partisan
- Chainer, Nightmare Adept
- Solemn Simulacrum
- Falkenrath Aristocrat
- Gravebreaker Lamia
Rakdos the Defiler and Archon of Cruelty are better than the other high CMC creatures here who can make opponents sac permanents/creature. Dragon Mage is better than the other high CMC creatures here who draw cards. Sepulchral Primordial makes all the other creatures who reanimate and gain control of opponent creatures redundant. Meteor Golem and Noxious Gearhulk are better than the other creatures who can destroy a creature and Noxious gains life. Balefire Dragon is better than other creatures who do damage to opponent creatures.
With a higher budget these are some changes to consider for more help to setup Olivia:
- Entomb or Cathartic Reunion --> Dark Hatchling
- Buried Alive --> Ruin Grinder
- Unmarked Grave --> Tyrant of Discord
- Demonic Tutor or Seize the Spoils --> Torgaar, Famine Incarnate
- Vampiric Tutor or Unexpected Windfall --> Bladegriff Prototype
- Vile Entomber --> Demon of Loathing
- Anje Falkenrath --> Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
- Cathartic Reunion --> Demon of Wailing Agonies
- Seize the Spoils --> Anowon, the Ruin Sage
- Unexpected Windfall --> Greater Harvester
These changes are cutting some high CMC creatures to add tutors and/or more looting. I offer more advice in another comment if you're interested. Would you like me to continue?
1 month ago
Hey, you've made some big changes here. You need to add four cards to make 100 consider these?
- Frantic Search: loot a 6 CMC plus creature and then use the untap lands to cast Runo.
- Vile Entomber: potentially repeatable Entomb.
- Lim-Dul's Vault arrange 5 cards deep and you have many chances to choose the 5 cards you want to keep.
- Diabolic Vision: arrange 5 cards deep and you get to put a card of them into your hand.
These all help to setup Runo to transform. Vile Entomber has deathtouch to help it to attack/copied or simply be a deadly blocker afterwards. Having a potentially repeatable Entomb is good for reanimation and Wonder. The first time it attacks/copied get Wonder while in combat.
1 month ago
Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it! So far I like the seamonsters a lot although they are kinda on the more casual side of decks due to their high cmc. They surely can pack a punch, but some of them are just mediocre for sure.
I totally agree on the Kederekt Leviathan. It first it looked cool due to his ability to reanimate himself but he's kind of a nonbo with Krothuss and felt awkward when in hand nearly every time. I wanted to switch him vor Deep-Sea Kraken, which I unfortunately didn't have at the time I started building. Nadir Kraken was mainly included because of flavor reasons I have to admit and is one of the first things I consider for further cuts! Who knows, if I feel the deck lacks power, I might drop the bigger part of the seamonstres and try some goodstuff instead, which is the stronger route imho but feels way less cool :D
The Vile Entomber is a pretty neat suggestion! I will definitely give him a shot.
1 month ago
Hey, thanks for the upvote at my Krothuss deck :)
How are you liking the heavy sea monster theme? Heartless Summoning is really neat tech. I started with this kind of theme, but switched quickly because I found that Spawning, Hullbreaker, Winder and Yawning are far away better than all other 6 CMC plus sea monsters. Playing others felt not needed compared to lots of other cards I could be playing, essentially more support.
Since you're playing lots of high CMC creatures consider expanding on enablers for reanimation?
Obsessive Stitcher is first a looter then it can reanimate at instant speed which is important to be able to attack with the creature you reanimate for attacking Krothuss to copy. Stitcher and Entomber both survive Heartless. Vile Entomber is a creature who Krothuss can copy. It's deathtouch lets it basically freely attack and having a repeatable Entomb effect is very good for reanimation and Wonder. The first time it attacks to be copied simply get Wonder while in combat.
Now that there's Hullbreaker combo I don't think Kederekt Leviathan is needed since it wrecks you too. Bouncing Krothuss and all tokens seems counter productive when there's many other effects to tap down or bounce permanents that only affect opponents.
Obsessive Stitcher can do more for Runo as well as Krothuss then Nadir Kraken. Nadir is fine because it's a Kraken, but do you really need it's effects? Creating 1/1 Tentacle tokens doesn't seem that good and has negative interaction with Heartless. If Tentacles triggered Spawning then that's a reason to play Nadir, but they don't. I also don't like that any counters that are on Nadir aren't copied when Krothuss makes token copies of Nadir.
Good luck with your deck.