Quote from catman2021 »Very good points, thank you. I switched out the Bob's for sign in blood. We'll see how that goes on Friday.
Quote from catman2021 »I actually ran phyrexian arena for a while. I found that even though it added to devotion, it came down too late to be useful for me. Most of the time I would choose other higher priority 3 drops, and often wouldn't play it until turns 4-6.
Although Sign in blood doesn't add to devotion, I have played it on turn 2 on several occasions to get out of a mana screw/flood or to add fuel. Additionally, you get that extra card immediately, rather than two turns after playing phyrexian arena.
I ran Gatekeeper of Malakir for a while as well, in the place of slaughter pact and victim of night. It may be meta dependent, but I ran into a lot of Emrakul/Grislebrand decks, and I would often die with mana open and a gatekeeper of malakir in hand, wishing it was an instant speed kill spell.
But yes, Gatekeeper is a great card.
Quote from Pokerkingdave »Thats why we run leyline of the void, etc.....
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Creatures - 234 Gifted Aetherborn4 Relentless Dead1 Gatekeeper of Malakir3 Fleshbag Marauder4 Geralf's Messenger3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet1 Phyrexian Obliterator3 Gray Merchant of AsphodelPlaneswalkers - 44 Liliana of the VeilInstants - 53 Fatal Push2 Victim of NightSorceries - 73 Inquisition of Kozilek4 ThoughtseizeLands - 214 Bloodstained Mire4 Polluted Delta1 Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothSideboard - 151 Whip of Erebos1 Erebos, God of the Dead3 Fulminator Mage1 Curse of Death's Hold4 Leyline of the Void2 Hero's Downfall1 Collective Brutality1 Profane Command1 Sadistic Sacrament
Been playing this lately and thought I would share. The deck is missing some upgrades but as of now I'm not planning on investing anymore. I feel I need another removal spell instead of Victim of Night as it doesn't hit my own zombies on the occasions you need to kill your own Geralf's Messenger for that game ending shock damage, or Relentless Dead when you need to reanimate Fleshbag Marauder, Geralf's Messenger, or Gray Merchant of Asphodel. The only removal I can think of is Dismember but it doesnt hit Titans or anything big as Victim of Night does. 1/1 split maybe? Ideas?
Quote from SavageGaul »Hey all,
I've got over half of the staples for monoblack devotion chilling in my binder. I'd appreciate feedback on this prospective build before I start trading/buying towards completion: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/11-05-17-devotion-to-darkness/
The biggest question for me is the four-drop slot. Obliterator is the go-to staple, but I'm seeing some people run Kalitas instead of or in addition to the Obliterator. Ashenmoor Liege is also in consideration, it seems, even if for budget reasons, at least to some degree.
Could any Bx Devotion veterans give a breakdown of the pros and cons of our four-drop options? I own none of them at the moment, and since they're the biggest investment as well as a crucial component in how the deck seems to function, I don't want to pull the trigger on purchases haphazardly. Thanks much!
Quote from Pokerkingdave »phyrexian obliterator isn't so good at the moment. I would make room for 3-4 pack rat. It is absolutely bonkers and takes over games by itself.
also, go up to 4 geralf's messenger. when you have the nut draw, you will regret not having one turn 3.
mindwrack demon is a decent 4-drop budget as well.
kalitas, traitor of ghet gives you incidental graveyard hate. its also a combo with bloodghast.
Quote from Elguur »Hello guys !
I play a similar deck.
A friend is playing mono U extra turns and I can't figure out how to beat him.
Maybe you have an idea ?
Quote from SavageGaul »Skimming through the lists, I'm not seeing too much anti-Burn tech in people's sideboards. I'm probably better equipped to take on Burn than the average Devotion player with 3x Collective Brutality, 3x Gifted Aetherborn, and 1x Kalitas in the main, but the matchup still worries me.
Options I'm considering:
Vampiric Link (usually enchanting an enemy threat, but rather hilarious when slapped on Obliterator)
Alms of the Vein (pretty amazing when pitched to Brutality; firmly mediocre otherwise)
Gonti's Machinations (lower value ceiling than Alms, but less dependent on other cards to make it worth the mana. Adds +1 Devotion in fringe scenarios)
Another Aetherborn or Kalitas in the side
How has the Burn matchup treated you guys? Any thoughts on the above possibilities? Alternate suggestions?
Quote from catman2021 »It seems to me like Liliana, the Last Hope's utility is more meta and matchup dependent than Liliana of the Veil, whose abilities are more outright powerful. That being said, I do think that LotV is more powerful in Jund (when Jund was dominant) than she is in Bx Devotion. If I had one more LotV, I would run a 2-1 split LotV - LtLH, and be quite happy.
But that's just me, I'd love to hear others respond to this debate, especially as it relates to the current meta.