Well, you can't post good decks all the time, lol. This deck is really bad. And Dark Tutelage is also very bad and should never be played.
4 Liliana’s Caress
4 Mind Sludge
4 Diabolic Tutor
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Mind Rot
4 Bloodhusk Ritualist
4 Hypnotic Specter
I would recommend replacing 2 or 3 Dark Tutelage by 2 (maybe 3) copies of Suffer the Past. In this deck it would serve as an extra life-taking/losing card, with instant speed. (Remember, you are not trying to deck your opponent with this deck, but to kill him, so an extra card to do just that, may be handy.)
2. Game:At the end of game 2, a somehow strange game/deck your opponent uses/played, your opponent was a 7 life (20-8-5) and you had 2 Liliana's Caress in play. And what did you do? - You played a Sign in Blood to draw cards!?!?!? What the f...!You can cast a Sign in Blood at your opponent. That's why it is in your deck... not because it is a good draw spell. If aimed well, it would have caused a loss of 10 life for your opponent (2x4 from the caress and 2 from the spell). And it works even if your opponent has no cards in his hand.So if you copy decks, try to understand them before you edit and play them.
So in the pyromancer deck is the only win-con the 4 lightning bolts?
1) I like the deck. It is budget and mimics Hannu Vallin's Top 8 deck. There is more burn in that deck (Staggershock, Burst Lighting). This would be fun for casual. 2) It really is difficult to get a discard based deck going, particularly versus aggro. I would have liked to see some games against RDW or Boros. They are quite fast. Perhaps the sideboard can help.3) I like Temple Bell in place of Dark Tutelage, in a way. I like the idea of adding blue for Sedraxis Specter. Maybe even Cunning Lethemancer or Nyxathid. As someone pointed out earlier, Liliana's Specter is good to soak up some damage. It does go against the whole "I'm running no creatures" strategy, making their removal useless (and discardable!).4) This deck needs an Edict effect (Fleshbag Marauder, Gatekeeper of Malakir) or a sweeper (Consume the Meek). Smallpox in this deck would be delicious. Maybe looking at decks containing The Rack from a few years ago would help? 5) I know JVL is probably practicing for PTQs and whatnot, but I would like to see more games played with the decks. Three games then "bye" is tiresome. Maybe using the Top 8 "4Megrim" deck Overall though, I liked the article.
I strongly dislike this deck design AND I like discard decks.12 cards dedicated to discard adn 8 dedicated to only work when discarding just SUCK OUT LOUD! Talk about nothing to do once your opponent does top deck mode. Card advantage is fairly important. As is your ability to run out a good curve through turn 5. My ideal would be turn 1 Duress or lightning bolt to an enemy birds of paradise. Turn 2 Caress. turn 3 Liannas spector (discard one). Turn 4. Blightning/Rot. I like the idea of bringing in creatures that cause discard. I like the idea of toolboxing the cards you only need one of. I dislike Card draws that kill you. My gut says, GO BLUE. Add in the charms, add in the super-specters. Add in Lianna's Specters. Take out the megrims. Take out 3 of the dark tutelage. Add in 2 Tutors. Add in 1 Lianna.
(Arminius - don't go below four Liliana's Caress while you still have copies of Megrim in your deck).