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#1

Maybe Death's-Head Buzzard could be okay, but I feel like the others don't really fit in the more aggressive deck. I actually played Gnaw to the Bone for quite a while with this deck, but it was often too slow to fight Burn effectively. Golgari Brownscale has been my go-to way to fight them. Looping two back and forth usually prompts a concession.

September 21, 2020 8:39 p.m.

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#2

Hi DoktaDakka and thanks! This is definitely one of my favourite decks as well. Many people underestimate how powerful this deck can be.

I think that with Wild Mongrel, Vampire Hounds and Tortured Existence I have enough discard effects that I don't need Putrid Imp. The imp is good when you want to discard something important on Turn 1 or 2, but aside from Basking Rootwalla there's nothing really worth discarding that early in the game. It's an okay option for Exhume decks, but otherwise we're all set with our discard engine.

In terms of Hooting Mandrills, I honestly have never tried them. The deck can always use more cheap beaters, but what would you replace them with? Crypt Rats maybe?

As for TE targets, you'll still find them mostly in the sideboard. Caustic Caterpillar, Spore Frog, Thrull Surgeon, Faerie Macabre and more Crypt Rats are meant to shore up any weaknesses while synergizing well with TE. What other Toolbox cards am I missing? Maybe I could find space for them somewhere.

Thanks again for the comment!

September 20, 2020 6:13 p.m.

Vampiric Link specifies "damage", while Marauding Death-Priest is life loss, not damage. This would not make an infinite loop.

September 18, 2020 8:52 a.m.

I think this is a great idea.

I would definitely cut down on the amount of drain creatures you're running. Epicure of Blood and Falkenrath Noble don't seem too necessary in this list. I think you could be focusing more on a token theme to really "combo" off.

6 removal spells is probably too many as well. I would think about cutting the Snuff Outs.

Raise the Alarm makes two bodies at instant speed.

Battle Screech makes 4 bodies for 4 mana. It's not at all difficult to get one extra white creature to pay its flashback cost immediately.

Benevolent Bodyguard will protect your sisters and Blight-Priest while still triggering them all.

There are other 2-mana "make 2 dudes" cards out there. They are probably worth playing.

Unearth might be interesting since you are splashing black.

September 17, 2020 1:31 p.m.

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#5

I just want to make sure you're aware that Gitaxian Probe is currently banned in the Pauper format. If you don't follow the ban list, then you might be interested in Daze and Gush as well.

Otherwise, I think you're playing too many protection spells. I would not play Dive down. Maybe think about replacing it maindeck Mutagenic Growth. It can still protect your creatures from burn spells but it also has better offensive ability and is free to cast. Other cheap/free spells you could play are Gut Shot and Lava Dart, which can either ping the opponent or potential blockers.

I don't think you need 10 ways to give double strike. Raking Claws doesn't seem necessary. I could see more card draw like extra Ponders instead.

September 13, 2020 noon

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#6

Thanks for sharing jdc . I did not notice these decks in the winning lists for some reason. I do check frequently.

One of the three decks is running Growth Spiral, while the other two are running Impulse or Telling Time. If I had to choose between the three, I would pick Impulse any day.

What is most interesting about these lists is that they run all 4 Weather the Storm in the maindeck, which is actually a pretty good move. The other thing they all have in common is that they no longer play Jace's Erasure, which also makes sense in terms of streamlining the deck. Although the deck will mill more slowly, it becomes practically impossible to interact with and also encourages you to play better draw spells (ie. Impulse and Pieces of the Puzzle over Brainstorm and the like).

I think there's some great innovation here and I'll have to change up my own list to see how I like it!

September 9, 2020 8:25 p.m.

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