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Deck Reviews / [EDH/ Commander] Esper sac deck
« on: April 26, 2016, 02:40:33 pm »
//Lands - 39
1 Arcane Sanctum
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Command Tower
1 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Dismal Backwater
1 Dreadship Reef
1 Drowned Catacomb
1 Esper Panorama
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Flooded Strand
1 Glacial Fortress
1 Godless Shrine
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
1 Isolated Chapel
1 Jwar Isle Refuge
1 Orzhov Basilica
2 Plains
1 Polluted Delta
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Rupture Spire
1 Scoured Barrens
5 Swamp
1 Temple of Deceit
1 Temple of Enlightenment
1 Temple of Silence
1 Temple of the False God
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Tranquil Cove
1 Vivid Creek
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Watery Grave

//"When a creature dies" creature triggers - 5
1 Athreos, God of Passage
1 Blood Artist
1 Grim Haruspex
1 Harvester of Souls
1 Ruthless Deathfang

//"When a creature dies" enchantment/artifact triggers - 3
1 Dark Prophecy
1 Dictate of Erebos
1 Skullclamp

//Creatures W/ Death Triggers - 13
1 Abyssal Gatekeeper
1 Chasm Skulker
1 Darkslick Drake
1 Doomed Traveler
1 Jeskai Sage
1 Messenger Drake
1 Palace Familiar
1 Plague Dogs
1 Riptide Crab
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Surveilling Sprite
1 Vulturous Aven
1 Youthful Scholar

//Recuring sacrifices - 5
1 Bloodghast
1 Bloodsoaked Champion
1 Butcher Ghoul
1 Deathpact Angel
1 Doomed Necromancer

//Recursion - 4
1 Phyrexian Reclamation
1 Rise of the Dark Realms
1 Gravepurge
1 Elixir of Immortality

//Creature sac-outlets - 9
1 Cartel Aristocrat
1 Demonlord of Ashmouth
1 Gurmag Drowner
1 Minister of Pain
1 Profaner of the Dead
1 Rakshasa Gravecaller
1 Sidisi, Undead Vizier
1 Silumgar Sorcerer
1 Viscera Seer

//instant/sorcery sac-outlets - 3
1 Abjure
1 Altar's Reap
1 Bone Splinters

//Enchantment/artifact sac-outlets - 1
1 Attrition

//Other Creature(s) - 4
1 Grave Titan
1 River Kelpie
1 Soul Warden
1 Soul's Attendant

//Spells for tempo/controlling battlefield - 7
1 Counterspell
1 Cyclonic Rift
1 Decree of Pain
1 Far // Away
1 Hero's Downfall
1 Silence the Believers
1 Supreme Verdict

//Value spells - 5
1 Esper Charm
1 Fate Foretold
1 Obelisk of Esper
1 Sol Ring
1 Sphinx's Revelation

//Oops I win - 1
1 Debt to the Deathless

1 Ertai, the Corrupted

Deck Comments / Re: Atarka Zoo - Comments
« on: April 25, 2016, 12:42:49 am »
I agree on Goblin Guide for Loam Lion, my initial concept was more budget than this deck is now so I'll update that.

As for bolting in response, I let the first landfall trigger resolve before doing anything else and would be able to play more creatures if they do in fact kill it.
Of course, there are a lot of ways to disrupt the combo, but the deck is also just an aggressive deck. If they counter or remove the Atarka's Command from my hand, then the deck still functions like a traditional small zoo deck.

Your first creature list is entirely too much away from my deck's identity. At its core, my deck needs the Steppe Lynx, Atarka's Command. The rest of the deck can look like any zoo deck currently out there.

Your second creature list goes a little too deep on cuteness. I am actually not a fan of Scythe Leopard, I don't think the return is good enough.
As for Ghor-Clan Rampager, my plan is to never cast him and just use the Bloodrush.

What do you think of the following?

4 Steppe lynx
4 Wild Nacatl
4 Kird Ape
4 Goblin Guide
4 Burning-Tree Emissary
4 Goblin Bushwhacker
2 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Ghor-Clan Rampager

4 Atarka's Command
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Path to Exile

2 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Forest
1 Plains
2 Sacred Foundry
3 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
2 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

2 Scavenging ooze
2 Qasali Pridemage
2 Boros Charm
2 Destructive Revelry
2 Path to exile
5 ??

Obviously the sideboard is quite weak at this point and is what needs the most improvement.

I do have a question though, Goblin Bushwhacker V. Reckless Bushwhacker? Pros, cons?

Deck Reviews / Re: [Modern] Atarka Zoo help
« on: April 22, 2016, 06:16:41 pm »
I don't want to put things in my sideboard without a specific plan for which match-ups to bring them in on and what to take out, could you elaborate with your suggestions? Some of them are pretty obvious like Destructive Revelry, but when do I bring in an additional 1-2 Path to Exile and what do I take out?

As far as Tormod's Crypt v. Scavenging Ooze, I prefer creatures over non-creatures for aggresiveness but would you say that Tormod's Crypt gives enough versatility to justify a non-creature slot?

I'm not a fan of Shattering Spree.

When would I bring in Molten Rain?

Choke is too slow/counter what my deck's plan. I can't think of a single match-up where I want to bring it in.

Knight of the Reliquary is a little slow, but I like the utility and synergy with Steppe Lynx. My deck has more of a landfall feel than a normal Zoo deck.

Vexing Devil is worth a look.

Reckless Bushwhacker would require me to change the deck to include Burning Tree Emissary which is too many slots for me to consider right now, although maybe if I dropped the Oozes...

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Deck Reviews / Re: [Modern] Atarka Zoo help
« on: April 21, 2016, 07:49:01 pm »
I am almost 100% set on the mainboard as it is, but I really have no idea what to do about the sideboard. I could really use some help there.

In general, this deck, as a hyper-aggressive deck treats its life similar to how a burn deck treats its life in that it just another resource to be used. Ideally, I've won by turn 5 and my life is anywhere above 0.

Deck Reviews / Re: [Modern] Atarka Zoo help
« on: April 21, 2016, 02:36:08 pm »
Retreat to Kazandu and Evolving Wilds are much too slow for the main deck. This is a hyper aggressive zoo deck, however Retreat should be a decent sideboard card against some of the more midrange decks that I can't quite finish off early.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Deck Reviews / Re: [Modern] Atarka Zoo help
« on: April 21, 2016, 05:16:43 am »
Sorry about that! It should be here

Deck Reviews / [Modern] Atarka Zoo help
« on: April 20, 2016, 06:24:20 pm »
[deck="Atarka Zoo"]
2 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Forest
1 Plains
2 Sacred Foundry
3 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
2 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

4 Atarka's Command
2 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Path to Exile

4 Ghor-Clan Rampager
4 Kird Ape
4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Loam Lion
2 Qasali Pridemage
2 Scavenging Ooze
4 Steppe Lynx
4 Wild Nacatl

Looking for suggestions to the above deck!


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