Mono Black Death Cloud

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I have no real idea how this deck would work, but it seemed like it would be fun. This is a rough concept of what I'd want to do and I'd figure I'd come here first to get some combo and card ideas. Vampire Nighthawk and Pristine Tailsman keep me ahead in the life race but I don't think I really need to explain the rest.

I'm on a budget guys, so no cards that cost more than $4 dollars. For multiplayer and single player games, but more of the former. Kitchen Table Casual, but modern legal if possible. What other cards should I consider running. BTW, I'm not interested in splashing green.









4x Phyrexian Arena
4x Bloodghast
4x Vampire Nighthawk

2x Phyrexian Totem
4x Talisman of Dominance
4x Pristine Talisman
4x Death Cloud
4x Smallpox
4x Duress
4x Smother

22x Swamp
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Why Phyrexian Totem without Damnation? Also, replace the Talisman of Dominance with your favorite black signet. You get the same amount of mana either way.

The Nighthawk would love Blade of the Bloodchief (more life) and Viridian Claw (first strike + deathtouch = hilarity) if you go that way.
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Because Damnation is not a $4 dollar card. I should run Dimir Signet though, great recommendation. If I were to run Viridan Claw, what would you recommend cutting? I'm thinking Duress isn't entirely necessary, especially in multiplayer games. I'm also thinking I might not need 4 Phyrexian Arena
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@Falconer
He's playing it because it goes well with Death Cloud.


@OP
I think you should play Inquisition of Kozilek over Duress, it's much more relevant against aggro, and still so very relevant against control.


The deck might want Sorin's Thirst over Smother.


Everflowing Chalice is going to be strictly better than Dimir Signet if you decide to put it in, since you can't do anything with the blue mana (well I guess if you get double Signets out it isn't exactly irrelevant, but basically the Chalice is going to be better in all practical situations).

@Falconer
He's playing it because it goes well with Death Cloud.


@OP
I think you should play Inquisition of Kozilek over Duress, it's much more relevant against aggro, and still so very relevant against control.


The deck might want Sorin's Thirst over Smother.


Everflowing Chalice is going to be strictly better than Dimir Signet if you decide to put it in, since you can't do anything with the blue mana (well I guess if you get double Signets out it isn't exactly irrelevant, but basically the Chalice is going to be better in all practical situations).


The chalice isn't strictly better because it can't make black mana. Sorin's Thirst does make sense and I was considering it.
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Signet doesn't make Black mana either. In your deck it basically reads ", : Add to your mana pool." Well, unless you have a Pristine Talisman or another Signet out. I didn't consider the Talisman's earlier when I was formulating my argument, I guess that makes it a little stronger. I think the versatility of being able to throw more mana into it to make bigger Death Clouds and have more mana after a Cloud is generally going to be more relevant though.
Yeah, it just seems like having access to black mana from a non land card would be very helpful.
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