Archfiend of Despair

Archfiend of Despair

Creature — Demon


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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Have (2) Forkbeard , Azdranax
Want (1) ephemeralAubade

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Set Rarity
Battlebond (BBD) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Limited Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Archfiend of Despair occurrence in decks from the last year

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Archfiend of Despair Discussion

Awk0shi on Araumi's Army of Shadows

2 weeks ago

Thanks, I appreciate it!

It's hard for me to say on Dire Fleet Ravager since I've only done test hands here. I totally get where you're going but I'll try testing for a while since it works with Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Archfiend of Despair.

I'll definitely give Zubera a try, the payoff is definitely sweet.

I think I'll also try swapping Tideforce Elemental with Teardrop Kami.

Daedalus19876 on Araumi of the Dead Tide

2 weeks ago

I'm happy to see other people building Araumi, I think she's a fascinating commander which can be taken in many directions...

Given that you're going for the BIG BEATER approach, have you considered Grave Titan, Gyruda, Doom of Depths, Archfiend of Despair (he's a one-hit kill in this deck), or Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign (who gets NINE triggers immediately upon entering)? Stifle, Trickbind, Disallow, Tale's End, and Discontinuity can also let you keep the encored cards if that interests you.

This is my list, I went for more combo-tempo-value-jank. I'd love to hear your thoughts (and feel free to leave me a +1 if you are inspired!)...

To Drown the World in Death: Araumi EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876


Tzefick on Taborax's Apostles of Despair

1 month ago

Very nice alternative. I must say I think your list of searchable demons is a little thin and not that much utility to get. It appears you mostly have demons that grant card draw in some fashion.

I would probably put in something like Archfiend of Depravity or Pestilence Demon for swarm control. And I do find Archfiend of Despair a very neat tech choice to wallop an opponent out who has taken a bit too much damage. Or Sower of Discord to either dissuade an opponent from attacking into you or to utilize damage against one player to swing against another.

While Reaper from the Abyss is a very nice card that keeps on giving, I find Overseer of the Damned to be a good alternative, as the effect happens immediately and can better be utilized to save your skin or deal with a problematic creature from an opponent.

Also I'm surprised to not see Secret Salvage nor Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker in your list.

All this being said I don't think I'll ever drop the Orzhov variants of Shadowborn Apostle decks.

The amount of value you can get with Black-White is well worth it in my eyes.

Cards like Aven Shrine or Remembrance are easily paying themselves back in short time.

Include cards like Immortal Servitude and Rally the Ancestors and if you're a bit more casual; Angel of Glory's Rise. Even if you only have a small slew of Apostles, you can use them again and again for quite cheap.

Of course there's the palette of removal that is accessible with white; Vindicate, Utter End, Anguished Unmaking. Merciless Eviction is also a favorite along with Austere Command.

And while we're at it, throw in a Smothering Tithe.

RatzvdP on My Shadowborn Apostle Deck

1 month ago

Hey, I was also going to build one of these. The idea with Bloodbond March is killer! Might come in handy to get the apostles back. Even though I like Immortal Servitude better since it spares you the second color. My idea is to activate Shadowborn Apostle's ability during an opponents' turn and flash Dictate of Erebos. That will most definitely wipe the field for the First demon: Archfiend of Despair. In (your) next turn cast Immortal Servitude, sacrifice the apostles again and get another Archfiend of Despair. The First demon will be ready to attack an unprotected player. If it deals 6 damage the total damage of the turn should be 24! 6 from the first demon's combat damage plus 6 from his triggered ability plus another 12 from the second demon's triggered ability. Am I getting that right? I'm only playing for the joy of the game, not for competition, so I'm not really reliable when it comes to rules ;-)

DemonDragonJ on Would You Like to See …

2 months ago

WotC has printed creature versions of three of the five reflections from Shadowmoor; Rhox Faithmender is a creature version of Boon Reflection, Archfiend of Despair is a creature version of Wound Reflection, and Nyxbloom Ancient is a creature version of Mana Reflection, which means that WotC has not yet printed creature versions of Rage Reflection or Thought Reflection.

Naturally, I would like to see creature versions of those enchantments, since creatures generally are far more useful than are enchantments; I have Rage Reflection in several of my decks, and those decks would greatly appreciate having that effect on a creature.

What does everyone else say about this? Would you like to see a creature version of either Rage Reflection or Thought Reflection?

jpermar on Rakdos, Lord's Downward Spiral

3 months ago

FormOverFunction +1000 for the Dark Confidant flavor :)

Havoc Festival is a card I love and was in an earlier build of this deck. It's definitely on-theme for "The Downward Spiral". Unfortunately, it's not a creature (so we can't cast it for only 2 mana) and this deck now has primarily creature-based damage (due to the incentive from Rakdos, Lord of Riots to play creatures) so we can't really close out a game with spell damage when Havoc Festival is out (e.g,. by casting a spell to damage each opponent. Archfiend of Despair is it's spiritual successor :)

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