Triplicate Spirits > Sram's ExpertiseSea Gate Oracle > Baral, Chief of ComplianceScatter to the Winds > DisallowAether Adept > Trophy MageLanguish > Yahenni's ExpertiseTerror > Fatal PushMogg War Marshal > Aether ChaserHellspark Elemental > Kari Zev, Skyship RaiderStone Rain > Kari Zev's ExpertiseEpochrasite > Walking Ballista
It has taken me a while to consider my inclusions from Aether Revolt. With the two new themes that I introduced I need to be a lot more careful about balance. This update consists of "upgrades" (Sram's Expertise, Disallow, Fatal Push), some changes to push the artifact theme a bit more plus modifications to red aggro. I decided to cut Stone Rain as LD just isn't popular in my cube. It's nice to have some sideboard-only effects like this but I am trying to cut them down a bit.
A couple more changes from Kaladesh to push the artifact deck a bit.Gifts Given > Padeem, Consul of InnovationMurderous Redcap > Unlicensed Disintegration
An obvious "upgrade" that I missed in the Kaladesh update.Fiend Hunter > Fairgrounds Warden
After the recent Dredge & Artifact updates I've been spending a bit more time looking at the roles played by each colour in my cube. I've known for a while that black had the weakest identity so I went back to the drawing board to scrutinise what this colour was really trying to do. Some of the best experiences that I've had with black have revolved around recurring small threats like Bloodghast, Gravecrawler and Relentless Dead and using them to exploit sacrifice effects. Many of these cards are Zombies so I've decided to support them with a light zombie tribal/token theme. This also allows me to reitroduce Geralf's Messenger and Gray Merchant of Asphodel to further push the black devotion theme and hopefully bring Phyrexian Obliterator up the pick order. These changes are somewhat speculative at the moment and are likely to evolve after some testing. Please let me know what you think!Guul Draz Assassin > CryptbreakerGatekeeper of Malakir > Cemetery ReaperDesecration Demon > Graveborn MuseHerald of Torment > Lord of the UndeadMaster of the Feast > Geralf's MessengerInk-Eyes, Servant of Oni > Gray Merchant of AsphodelVampire Lacerator > SarcomancyConsuming Vapors > Sidisi, Undead VizierPsychatog > Grimgrin, Corpse-BornRakdos Cackler > Tymaret, the Murder KingDrana, Liberator of Malakir > Fleshbag MarauderMesmeric Fiend > Zulaport CutthroatNezumi Shortfang > Flesh CarverBasilisk Collar > Perilous MyrTormented Hero > AttritionGnarled Scarhide > Mikaeus, the UnhallowedVarolz, the Scar-Striped > Glissa, the TraitorPutrefy > Lotleth TrollHypnotic Specter > Diregraf Colossus