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Mono Black Control type 2 ALA


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R3wind



Joined: 24 Jul 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ved is so on point with his post. Though I would run blue for draw and green for sideboard. So case in point is mono black only works as aggro-control in standard. The deck def needs Phrexian Arena to make it work.
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Vedrfolner



Joined: 04 Apr 2006
Posts: 2325

PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cycling a Viscera Dragger does not provide card advantage - it replaces itself for 2 mana. That is 1 for 1. Once you Unearth it, it is effectively 2 for 1, but that is not enough either.

Cycling isn't that good. And though the cycling ability is instant speed, playing those spells is at sorcery speed. The truth is that against aggro decks, you can't afford using mana on cycling to get another land - you need the mana to stop them. Unmake is good but it costs 3 and only deals with one creature. It is the only defense you have aside from Stillmoon Cavalier, which also costs 3.

I think you underestimate the opposition. Your deck plays like RDW, except you play 5+ cc spells and cycling instead of burn. You need more defense. Trust me.
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Madstrike



Joined: 21 May 2008
Posts: 63

PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this deck would be better with a white splash for mass removal in WoG and also Path to Exile, and whatever could fit in here...
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Egnirys



Joined: 31 Mar 2005
Posts: 158

PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a white splash, you can also add Tidehollow Sculler which fits in well. Also white works with Unmake and Divinity

As for card-drawing, there's Graveborn Muse
It costs more than Arena and easier to kill but it can block in a pinch or attack a little
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R3wind



Joined: 24 Jul 2006
Posts: 1386

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really think that Aggro-Control is the way to go in this format. I forgot to post my updated list.

//NAME: Assassins - R3wind

20 Swamp
4 Mutavault

4 Scarblade Elite
4 Fulminator Mage
4 Murderous Redcap
4 Nekrataal
4 Shriekmaw

4 Thoughtseize
4 Nameless Inversion
4 Bitterblossom
4 Profane Command

SB: 2 Mind Shatter
SB: 2 Loxodon Warhammer
SB: 3 Pithing Needle
SB: 4 Infest
SB: 4 Bottle Gnomes
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R3wind



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the Bottle Gnomes slot is a meta call. Sometimes it's Stillmoon or Unmake. Distress at one time was in that slot as well. Right now Bottle Gnomes is the right call.
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