Casual/Legacy Player Since: 1997

MTG Arena Player Since: 2019 (ADD ME: Apollo_Paladin#83413)

My Favorite Color(s) to Use: (though I do dabble with others)

  • Black/White

  • Mono-White

  • Mono-Black

  • Mono-Green

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Neat build! Mono-color decks tend to be highly underrepresented in my experience & they are also a favorite of mine.

  • Some Unstable Frontier s could help you more reliably use Funeral Charm 's swampwalk for guaranteed poison hits. (Mana-free no less!) These can also be used strategically in certain instances to prevent opponent's from having the color mana they require to cast a spell.

  • Witch's Vengeance might make a good Sideboard replacement for use against Tribal builds over Yahenni's Expertise . This lets your limited Infect creatures remain in play and it's also less mana to cast.

  • Even though it's 1 more CMC, you might consider Inscription of Ruin over Collective Brutality since the options themselves aren't as limiting, and I struggle to see situations with this build where you'd actually want to be discarding from your own hand to pay for additional costs on this. A little "graveyard to play" for some of your cheap CMC Infect creatures certainly isn't an awful thing to have with a construction like this.

  • Call of the Death-Dweller might make the list too; at least on the Sideboard since it can fish out any creature in your current build. I notice you already touched on this topic above, which is why Inscription of Ruin might interest you; just the option among many, rather than mono-effect spells like Unearth .

  • Bloodchief's Thirst is superior to Fatal Push in my opinion, because options. Fatal Push isn't all that great as a mid-to-late game draw. Plus, Planeswalker hate = good.

Hope some of this helps, but either way I like your direction!

February 26, 2021 5:40 p.m. Edited.

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Also, Murderous Rider is better in nearly every way to Vraska's Contempt . It won't hit Indestructible creatures, but that seems far less common in rotation than when I started on Arena back in 2019.

February 24, 2021 5:29 p.m.

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For mono-red aggro at least (which was mentioned) Witch's Vengeance absolutely annihilates them, as generally it's either Goblins or Elementals - GG.

February 24, 2021 5:27 p.m.

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In regards to the first comment on the list, there's also stuff like Witch's Vengeance which is more of a targeted boardwipe. Most effective against tribal builds granted, but it's even useful for stuff like clearing out an opponent's Paradise Druid s or w/e from even a non-tribal construction.

It's a lot easier to avoid your own key stuff with Witch's too; I've got it in a couple different decks on Arena actually.

February 24, 2021 5:18 p.m.

Also, if you're mulligan-ing for one of those two cards mentioned in the description, you might want to make some room to add in copies so they're each x4.

Mulligan should be a last resort, any card that your strategy (be it offense OR defense) hinges on should always be a 4x in a deck. You might get away with only 2 or 3 Trespasser's, but the 1-mana version should absolutely be x4 imo.

I realized after posting that you are using Hallowed Priest since he's a cleric, so disregard the Ajani's Pridemate thought.

February 24, 2021 4:32 p.m.

Heya, pretty sure I played against you earlier this morning (that or someone who netdecked this exact build)! I was playing my Mono-Black Hand Hate (MTG Arena Build) deck to farm up a couple of black spellcasting dailies. I'm going to assume it was you, but even if not here's some thoughts:

I ended up winning, but your deck definitely has a lot of answers for stuff. Couple things I noticed here:

  • Ajani's Pridemate is just all-around better than Hallowed Priest since he starts @ 2/2 for the same mana. I've seen a lot of mono-white lifegain decks run both, but since you only use one of them here I'd definitely go for the pridemate.

  • Bloodthirsty Aerialist might not be a bad call along those same lines, with some flying for defense (I did quite a bit of damage to ya just with 1/1 fliers in addition to my Discard arsenal)

  • Indulging Partrician could be a good fit here, to add in some more damage-dealing to your lifegain.

  • Need at least a little Planeswalker hate (at least the option) with either Bloodchief's Thirst or more ideally Murderous Rider since he's got Lifelink for extra synergy once in play. (Bloodchief is always a 4-mana play to destroy a planeswalker, as I don't believe there are any 2-mana walkers in any of the Arena cards). I was able to whittle ya away for quite a few turns just with creature destroy and 1 or 2 weenie blockers with Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage just sitting in play. He's far from the most devastating walker option out there, but having some ability to control them would be ideal.

  • Call of the Death-Dweller would not be a bad call here either, to make better use of Village Rites with your cheap-cast creatures.

Either way, hope at least 1 or 2 of these suggestions are helpful. +1 on the build regardless!

February 24, 2021 4:27 p.m. Edited.

Yeah, it is. I had them in here during the original conception of the deck, but anymore it's gotten trickier to count on every time. Untapping a Priest of Titania is great and all, but being unable to produce green mana on its own has prevented me from doing early Steel Leaf Champion s or leaving me unable to throw down my Vitalize at the end of a tap cycle.

I'll concede that these are pretty specific circumstances, but sometimes the opponent's deck is destroy-heavy and so those early mana-producers aren't 100% themselves either. I could definitely see putting these back on the Sideboard at the very least though.

I'll give them another try and see how it goes, a lot of my pure-green mana-cost cards have phased out, so it's mainly just Vitalize that concerns me anymore (which admittedly is a pretty key concept here for ramping repeatable or X-cost spells/abilities very early on). Good suggestion, thanks!

February 13, 2021 7:28 p.m. Edited.

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