Quote from imdehaven »Rakdos control, I love it! Politicking never works in my playgroup, Edric, Spymaster of Trest can be thanked for that.. But Kaervek is a house! I have an affinity for Furnace of Rath and Dictate of the Twin Gods, and you are in the colors for Havoc Festival!! (I know, I know.. it's a pet card of mine) I'll give a serious push for Goblin Sharpshooter, with all that deathtouch equipment he can do some damage.
Quote from imdehaven »Politics and it's effectiveness are a meta call. My meta is an odd one, most of which I've known for half my life, and is keen to shenanigan. Cards like Nevinyrral's Disk and Oblivion Stone are either Krosan Gripped or the player becomes a focal point for attacks to force a boardwipe instead of allowing the game to be "held hostage." Kaervek would just eat removal before players stopped casting spells. By all means that is no reason to not play a powerful creature. The deck looks like a blast, I love the concept and if it works for you, it sounds like a hell of time. It just wouldn't fly in my meta.
Quote from imdehaven »I was just comparing Kaervek to o-stone and nev-disk because they share game slowing qualities. He would obviously eat a Path to exile if he was the biggest threat on board. I think with the set of rules you are bringing to the table, he might see a turn or two but the second he impedes someones path to victory either a Wrath of God is coming down or all the creatures would be turned sideways coming your way.
Quote from umtiger »Seems like Captive Audience can go in.
Quote from DirkGently »Hey, glad you like the deck! Unfortunately, I think you misread Kaervek, though - he only counts enemy spells, so although I definitely hope my opponents cast spells like soul spike, it doesn't do me a lot of good to focus on high cmc spells. I wish, though, that'd make it way easier to abuse my commander.
Quote from JamesTheIV »Yea. I totally started thinking about Vial Smasher value cards. It was late at night.
Captive Audience does look good here
offering double triggers as a favor
fill an opponents hand with answers that ultimately help you. I just personally love playing this in any black build
could be a viable win con. would limit your 1v1 opponents spell casting to 10 cmc tops. They have 10 cmc to answer it while you can also swing in with Kaervek. There's a decent voltron package here already. This may be how you get around life gain combos also.
Quote from umtiger »Chrome Mox exacts a heavy toll and you're not exactly busting out the gates. Gilded Lotus?
Quote from Stapler »Any thought towards diversifying your ramp package? Wayfarer's Bauble and Burnished Hart seem like easy upgrades for some of your weaker mana rocks like Prismatic Lens (you seem fine on making coloured mana and its bad at doing even that) and Thought Vessel (I think I see one card in your deck that can generate in-hand card advantage, and its Hedron Archive).
I recognize that Bauble/Hart are slightly less efficient and may disrupt your curve, but considering about 90% of your deck is artifacts/enchantments, I think every small step you can make to avoid being straight up out of the game to a Vandalblast or Bane of Progress will increase your win percentage quite a bit. I'll also mention Solemn Simulacrum, but considering how badly it curves with the rest of your deck, as well as your low basic count, it's probably not worth it.