Quote from PoopingmypantsYour lack of Pestilence is saddening.
Quote from Kaencatno Braids, Cabal Minion + Reassembling Skeleton + Contamination soft lock?
Quote from artaudNo Sol Ring? No Dark Ritual? Your curve is high and Erebos himself requires a fair amount of mana for his ability. Discard theme is fine (you lack Mindslicer and/or Myojin though) but building up mana is more important. Get rid of some stuff:
- you don't need Geth if you have Chainer and vice versa
- Steel Hellkite is slow
- Grave Titan is more suited for stax
- you don't need Bloodgift Demon nor Graveborn Muse, you have Erebos
- Reiver Demon OR Plague Wind
- Skinrender is meh
- what do you need Mindcrank for?
It's just a couple of things you should consider cutting.
Quote from Omega FurnaceI can't believe that nobody has mentioned this yet!
Cabal Coffers - I've heard this referred to as the true general of mono-black decks
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - Helps above when you don't run all swamps
Deserted Temple - What's better than using Coffers or Nykthos once? Doing it again!
Vesuva - Copy Coffers for even more fun.
Expedition Map - Find Coffers, or whatever utility land you need.
Thespian's Stage (???) - Sometimes it's fun to have a third copy of Coffers.
You could also switch to Snow-Covered Swamps and run Extraplanar Lens.
EDIT: Oh, you did know, derp! next time expand the boxes.
Quote from BurntgerbilThis was similar to a deck I ran for over a year. I just couldn't get it right. Then - after taking a break from thinking about it for a few months, I drastically reduced casting costs. I think my average CMC went from 5.87 to 2.71 - and it plays like an absolute dream now.
Most all of my decks are available to loan out to pals - and this is one of the most frequently requested ones.
Quote from Omega FurnaceEver tried playing with Global Thermonuclear War? I hear it gets ugly.
"Would you like to play a game?"
Or what about Lethal Vapors? That can lead to some awkward looks. You can play "Who's going to crack first."
Quote from SchizoidManWhat could/should I remove for them? I don't have to run both I suppose but is there anything I should really be cutting? I know I'm missing a few 'essentials' like Sol Ring, etc.
Quote from Omega FurnaceSol Ring is a format staple, but I've got at least 1 non-French EDH that intentionally doesn't use it. A common reason to omit is a high colored mana requirement. Would it benefit this deck? Probably. Is it necessary? Clearly not if this deck is working as is. Don't feel pressured to run something just because everyone else is.
Is 31 lands working for you? It seems very light to me. Your curve goes up to 9. I think you could use another 4-6 lands.
On to the cuts.
From your inclusion of Crypt Incursion and Suffer the Past I'll guess that you have some graveyard abuse in your meta. Otherwise, those would be short-listed for cuts.
I'm also guessing there are some troublesome artifacts flying around from Gate to Phyrexia.
I would probably cut Ivory Tower. Venser's Journal just does more, albeit later in the game.
I'm not much of a fan of Falkenrath Noble. I can see why you would include it, but it is pretty inefficient compared to Blood Artist. If you can spare the redundancy, I suggest you consider cutting it.
Geth is at odds with the bleeder aspect of your deck. Unless you frequently see cards like Kokusho in someone else's bin, I think he might be better off in a different build.
Grave Pact might be fun in your deck.
Minor nit-pick: Dark Ritual is an Instant, not Sorcery.
Quote from SchizoidManI have more than 31 lands, just 31 or so Swamps.
I may cut the Tower. I'll do some playtesting first I guess.