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AgePosted: 2016-Jul-29 11:43 pm 
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The core of this deck is kills spells and counter spells. You gain control of your board position by finding the correct time to play out Dralnu, keeping watch over people looking to exile your graveyard. Keep drawing cards all the time; your hand being full as often as possible is how you survive. As the game begins to roll into the mid-late portion, provide incentives for players to go after each other politically speaking ("Hey, I'll take out that blocker if you'll provide the damage"). Use your opponents cards against them with stuff like Nightveil Specter or Necromantic Summons. Once weakened, Skeletal Vampire and Lorthos, the Tidemaker will deal your opponents the last bit of damage you need to win.

is a card I've always wanted to try out, and ideally it will do one of two things: screw up one player's draw by having them hit lands three turns in a row (or something like that), or using it politically to help out one opponent so they will be on your side for a moment. It may never end up playing out this way, but I want to see this first hand before I write it off.

I'm happy for other suggestions or anything you might have. Thanks for reading.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget Dralnu
AgePosted: 2016-Jul-31 1:55 am 
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is IMO the best black spot removal spell in the game. And actually, the amazing blue staple is less than a nickel as well (although Pongify is significantly more expensive because ???).

Unless I can't read, it seems you're lacking in mass removal. Two pretty good budget options are and , the latter of which I actually use in a lot of non-budget decks.

The biggest problem is that it seems you are light on win conditions. With all of the killing that you are doing, seems to be the kind of thing that would do very well in your deck. also seems solid.


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AgePosted: 2016-Aug-18 8:27 am 
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So while the price tag has increased just slightly--$24 to $25--these changes should represent a noticeable increase in power. Many of the cards I've taken out have limited applications or just weren't that powerful. I really want to keep Nightveil Specter in, but I don't think he does enough good for the deck. Spoils of Blood is at best a finisher, but without ways to give it evasion or trample the low CMC means very little. Ultimate Price is getting upgraded to Murderous Cut, and Stronghold Discipline upgraded to Deadly Tempest. I'm expecting Docent of Perfection and Reins of Power to do considerable work offensively and defensively. Finally, Sphinx of the Final Word will have a much wider effect on the game than Frost Titan will. I appreciate the suggestions.


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As far as black/blue, one thing I noticed was no , though I'm not sure if one land matters (But it is a snow land, so maybe that opens up options?). I would also recommend as a token killer, and I would recommend it for any blue commander deck. If I remember right, might be an idea.

I don't know if artifacts are enough of a problem to use , , or , but those are all some ideas if you need something specifically for artifacts. My selection of blue outside of artifacts is limited to my luck, and black is the one color that I'm not very good with.

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