So I've gotten some people at work started on magic. I've been looking for a new deck and I've always loved G/B recursion or/and graveyard fun but I can't afford Survival/Recurring Nightmare and I doubt I would play it anyway if I could. This was just under 20 for the majority of the cards, some I already have. I noticed this deck on this post right here! I fell in love. I have been playtesting around with this for about a month and I really enjoyed what I have right now.
I wanted to explain some of the card choices that were not found in the other deck list. If they are found in other deck lists I apologize for not citing your deck.
Nyx Weaver - I noticed in the first incarnation of this deck I kept milling important cards, a recurring nightmare, a tortured existence. This little guy counts a black creature for the crypt, it lets me find it as a creature, it's a decent creature for early defense, it mills if you want to keep it out, and of course most importantly it can regrowth at instant speed.
Recurring Nightmare - I own one. Sue me. I got it in an exodus pack in fall '98 lol. No brainer.
Dakmor Salvage - Fits the theme, the deck is mana hungry as all hell, and helps early on if you just want to get the engine going.
Diabolic Servitude - Great target for Nyx or Commune. The obvious trick is if you have Tortured Existence out, to return a creature you got with it to your hand when it triggers. If it can't find the creature anymore, you don't have to exile that creature. You do get to return DS back!
I absolutely love the Archfiend control, the world shaper, and cagebreakers.
Any particular reason why you're not playing 4x Golgari Grave-Troll? It's our strongest Dredger and casting it as a 10/10 is extremely relevant. It also self-recurs and finds other copies of itself so eventually your backup plan can be to jam a 12/12 every turn and with Brawn you can even give it Trample. Brawn is basically never a dead draw either since it pitches to things like Tortured Existence. Cards like Troll and Spider Spawning are why I don't bother with things like Nyx Weaver; I can get what I need directly from the GY.
If you want lifegain don't bother with Golgari Brownscale. Just run copies of Gnaw to the Bone until you're satisfied. I typically dislike pure lifegain spells but this is one of the few cards that breaks the mold because it gains obscene quantities of it. The first cast is often for 12 and the second 18-20 (or more) which is nuts given that you're often recurring them "for free." The only other lifegain card that I commonly run is Roots of Life because I already own 4x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and it literally gains me hundreds of life if left unchecked. You become virtually unkillable by combat damage.
Valid points, honestly I was building off the construct of the post I linked. I had been shifted a lot of those copies up and down as I went. The Nyx Spider was included not for it's reach on a 2/3 body but the ability to return something. I also realize that tutors exist and eternal witness and many of its clones exist. I am trying to keep this under 20.00. But I think switching it up may add a couple bucks. Brawn is something I forgot all about. I will be adding them. The lifegain critter isn't important to me and neither is lifegain exactly.