Archfiend of Despair

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Battlebond (BBD) Mythic Rare

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Archfiend of Despair

Creature — Demon

Flying

Your opponents can't gain life.

At the beginning of each end step, each opponent loses life equal to the life that player lost this turn. (Damage causes loss of life.)

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Archfiend of Despair Discussion

saluma on Atheros God of pain

1 day ago

Usually you want 37-40 ~ in a commander deck (depending on avrage CMC, mana rocks and so on). Im by no means a shadowborn player, but I think 10 are to few. And you most definitive want some more demons like Rune-Scarred Demon , Archfiend of Depravity , Archfiend of Despair , Demonlord Belzenlok and Harvester of Souls to name a few. I also recomend Edgewalker to make your apostels free.

Looking forward to see your deck take form! Welcome to commander!

multimedia on Rakdos Beatdown

1 month ago

Hey, you definitely like high mana cost cards (5 CMC plus). There's 28 here!

How do you expect to be able to cast Rakdos? Consider more cards that make an opponent lose life? This deck will have a difficult time functioning without having Rakdos on the battlefield, being able to reduce the casting cost of creatures. With a 4.9 avg. CMC even being able to cast Rakdos is going to be a problem.

My advice is focus much more on the early game and much less on the late game. You don't need 25 high mana cost creatures for Rakdos, it's overkill.

Cards to consider adding:

In the early game you want to make it easier to cast Rakdos this means mana rocks that can help make mana for his difficult casting cost and repeatable pingers to be able to make your opponents lose at least one life to be able to cast Rakdos.


Heartless Hidetsugu can reduce a ton of colorless mana with Rakdos with one activation. Use this reduction to free cast Eldrazi (Ulamog and Emrakul). Artisan of Kozilek can be reanimation and Void Winnower is also good. These Eldrazi are really the only high mana cost creatures you need because lets face it there's not a lot of other creatures that can even compare in power level.

Other high mana cost creatures of the ones here to consider keeping are: Ilharg, the Raze-Boar , Sidisi, Undead Vizier , Urabrask the Hidden , Etali, Primal Storm , Archfiend of Despair , Vilis, Broker of Blood , Sheoldred, Whispering One . This is a base to consider:

  • Heartless
  • LLharg
  • Sidisi
  • Urabrask
  • Eltali
  • Archfiend
  • Vilis
  • Sheoldred
  • Ulamog
  • Ulamog
  • Emrakul
  • Artisan
  • Winnower

There's beginnings of a reanimation strategy here with Chainer, Nightmare Adept . Reanimation is a good a backup plan to be able to get big creatures onto the battlefield without Rakdos. Reanimation needs two parts: enablers to get creatures into your graveyard and the actual reanimation to cheat them onto the battlefield. Consider expanding on each of these parts?

The Necromancers are good with Chainer. Discard a big creature than cast one of the Necromancers from your graveyard, it gets haste, sac it to reanimate the big creature you just discarded.

Other cards to consider adding:

If you would like I can give you a list of cards to consider cutting. Good luck with your deck.

burferking on Phylactery Broker

3 months ago

I forgot to suggest: The Immortal Sun (since you don't play Planeswalkers). Spine of Ish Sah and Meteor Golem particularly to destroy permanents like artifacts or enchantments. Infernal Darkness is Contamination 's lil brother.
Phyrexian Etchings either way your opponents are fucked. Hall of the Bandit Lord Ifnir Deadlands Mischievous Poltergeist Soul Channeling Bloodgift Demon Demonlord Belzenlok Archfiend of Despair Darkness

MagusOfHellfire on Kaalia, of The Vast

3 months ago

Alright, Iona, Shield of Emeria has been banned. :( I did get her out with a hard cast, just once and prevented all my opponents from casting spells, they all folded immediately... I changed about 13 cards out in the deck, removing Dreadbore , Flooded Strand , Hoard-Smelter Dragon , Iona, Mortuary Mire , Overmaster , Reaper from the Abyss , Seething Song , Wind-Scarred Crag . I put in, Reconnaissance , Hellkite Charger , Archfiend of Despair , Blood Crypt , Godless Shrine , Sunbaked Canyon , Winds of Abandon , Bolas's Citadel , Talisman of Indulgence , and Thaumatic Compass  Flip... In process of swapping 3 more cards for Kaalia, Zenith Seeker , Erebos, God of the Dead , as well as Pyroblast

MagusOfHellfire on Kaalia, of The Vast

3 months ago

Alright, Iona, Shield of Emeria has been banned. :( I did get her out with a hard cast, just once and prevented all my opponents from casting spells, they all folded immediately... I changed about 13 cards out in the deck, removing Dreadbore , Flooded Strand , Hoard-Smelter Dragon , Iona, Mortuary Mire , Overmaster , Reaper from the Abyss , Seething Song , Wind-Scarred Crag . I put in, Reconnaissance , Hellkite Charger , Archfiend of Despair , Blood Crypt , Godless Shrine , Sunbaked Canyon , Winds of Abandon , Bolas's Citadel , Talisman of Indulgence , and Thaumatic Compass  Flip... In process of swapping 3 more cards for Kaalia, Zenith Seeker , Erebos, God of the Dead , as well as Pyroblast

DrunkManSquakin666 on Kaalia's Legion

4 months ago

@ trevorthestar

Those are some nice suggestions. I had initially taken Rune-Scarred Demon out for Razaketh, but a little redundancy doesn't hurt. I'll certainly think about it.

Archfiend of Despair is a rather big boy; I wanna keep the mana curve as low as I can in case I have to rely on hardcasting, but I'm definitely liable to get my hands on a copy, just in case. Aurelia, the Warleader , meanwhile, was also in a previous incarnation of the deck but I didn't like how she basically did nothing if I were to drop her with Kaalia, making me feel like she was one less angel I could use. I may slot her back in, but only time will tell.

The other two are also kinda nice... Drakuseth shares the same issues I have with the Archfiend, but I certainly wouldn't mind getting my hands on a copy, regardless.

Sephara's also kinda cool and would serve as a nice redundancy in case I can't get or keep Avacyn out. Her cheatyface ability is also not too shabby in this deck since most of my cards have flying. I'd be losing four attackers, though. Again, I'mma get a copy of her regardless.

In short, they all have their pros and cons, so I will definitely consider them.

Thanks for your input! :)

trevorthestar on Kaalia's Legion

4 months ago

Love the deck and the flavor of angels, demons, and dragons. Not much to say about adjustments because the deck looks almost perfect. But almost perfect can be improved. I would start by adding the newly spoiled cards Sephara, Sky's Blade for a way to protect you creatures and Drakuseth, Maw of Flames to get some destruction going. And the last three are Aurelia, the Warleader , Rune-Scarred Demon , and Archfiend of Despair .

MTGSmith on Forbidden Love

6 months ago

Sorry it took a few days for me to post, I've just been rather busy lately.

After having a quick look through your list and reading your description I can honestly say this is a great and rather original idea you've got right here and it certainly wasn't a way I would imagine Krav & Regna to be taken in! I have a couple of suggestions for you, just as another win condition for the deck maybe think about adding Liliana's Contract ? I know it focuses on the demon side and doesn't add anything to angels but it could help in certain situations, secondly another pairing that might work I think is Archangel of Thune & Archfiend of Despair , they've both got 'Arch' in their names and they both care about changing life totals, Archangel rewords you for gaining life whilst Archfiend punishes opponents when they lose life. Just a couple of suggestions I thought might work well in here, but overall you've already got a great and flavourful list going once again! :)

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Archfiend of Despair occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.12%

Rakdos: 0.39%