Archfiend of Despair

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

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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

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Douchey Deck Help?

3 days ago

Archfiend of Despair seems pretty sick with havoc festival...

Mofogigas on Death and Demons

1 week ago

mfogle you'll definitely like my most recent revisions.

I've replace Archdemon of Unx and Eater of Hope and Carnifex Demon for Kuro, Pitlord. Acrhdemon is to slow, eater needs to many resources to be efficient and carnifex has the problem of hitting my commander and has limited kill potential and use.

I've included Secret Salvage which is ideal for a shadowborn EDH deck and Archfiend of Despair shuts down life gain while doubling life loss.

Best of all I dropped Bloodgift Demon for Krav, the Unredeemed who is perfect for a shadowborn deck.

Lastly I think I'll swap Reprocess for Liliana's Contract when I am able to, reprocess can net you more cards but you have to have the available creatures to sac, versus contract will net you four cards no matter what, plus the additional win con makes it an excellent card for this build.

Let me know what kind of build you go with when its finished, I'd recommend all of the above mentioned.

jpermar on The Downward Spiral

1 week ago

Card draw that doesn't work some of the time for on-plan life loss.

darksilver on My Graveyard is also My Library?

2 weeks ago

(I don't really know how competitive you are trying to make this deck. Right now, it looks like you are running a lot of coll, spicy, fun cards! If your intent is to try out splashy mythics and game warping bombs, you should totally do it! I personally love playing a planeswalker tribal deck with Muldrotha, using Inexorable Tide to ult them quickly. However, for the sake of this comment, I'm going to be looking from the perspective of trying to make a more streamlined, synergistic deck.) Welp I'm a little late, but here are my thoughts on Muldrotha:

The Mending of Dominaria is kinda a non-bo with the rest of your deck. Its recursion isn't that strong, as Muldrotha can get back creatures and play lands, and then it shuffles away your bin. If this is meant to be a safety in in case you run out of cards (I notice there is no Laboratory Maniac, IDK if that's on purpose, so I'll assume you plan to win in a fair way.), then Elixir of Immortality should be enough. (Usually, people won't be trying to exile this.)

I notice you are running both Vedalken Orrery and Leyline of Anticipation. While individually powerful, they are also kinda non-bos with Muldrotha, as she will still only allow you to play from the bin on your turn. Generally, you'd rather maximize your recursion value each turn than hold up an instant speed creature. (Planning around having Seedborn Muse is too much work for not a huge reward, as you still can't play from the bin.)

There are several big dudes in this list, namely Vorosh, the Hunter, Void Winnower, Archfiend of Despair, and Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar. While they are all pretty good at ending games, none of them have much synergy with graveyard decks (Multani's is a little loose, as "BIG DOOD" doesn't usually kill people very well when you look at the other, more potent threats in this format.). My personal favorite of these is Void Winnower, as it nulls 1/2 of your opponents' spells, and win very quickly. While these are certainly not bad cards, big fatties aren't as good when against three players worth of removal.

Hoo boy, is Kamahl's Druidic Vow a card I never thought I'd see in a deck. Currently, you have around 16 legendary permanents, with an average CMC of roughly 5. That means to get even an okay druidic vow, you have to spend at least 7 mana. 7 mana to get ~1 legendary permanent, ~2 lands, and then to bin ~2 other cards really just isn't that great, especially compared to Genesis Wave.

The last two cards that I think might be a little sketchy are Jace Beleren and Damia, Sage of Stone. Both are fun cards, and very good, but again, don't seem to help your deck too much. I assume your reasoning for Jace was that you would mill yourself with him, but he has to survive for FOUR turn cycles before you can ult him, simply milling for twenty. Jace, Memory Adept does pretty much everything Jace Beleren does, but faster. In that four turn cycle, he could have milled almost half your deck, or drawn just you four cards and milled you for four, etc. Damia is a lot closer to being really good for this deck. She allows you to refill if your bin gets wiped a la Rest in Peace or something similar, and can solidify your winning position. However, I ultimately think that Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur does all that but better. By the stage in the game that they're relevant, mana cost shouldn't really matter too much.

Now to cards worth considering: 1. Perpetual Timepiece. 100000%. This card is repeatable mill and protection for 2 mana. It's pretty much an invaluable asset to Muldrotha decks. 2. Caustic Caterpillar. I see that you took this card out from theoriginal list, and if that was do to yuor meta/playgroup not having a heavy reliance on artifacts/enchantments, then ignore this. But most commander decks do care about them, and the overlap between it and Seal of Primordium is totally okay. 3. Pernicious Deed. This card can, admittedly, be a little awkward sometimes, as you often want to keep your support permanents around, but a repeatable board wipe like this is still very strong. 4. Sakura-Tribe Elder. This card is stupid in Muldrotha. I've had all the basics out of my deck before some of my opponents could even play their commanders. I don't think there's any reason not to run it. 5. Kiora, the Crashing Wave. She ramps, draws cards, is effectively removal, and her ult can win the game. Nuff said. (really though, she's very good, and great for early game when Muldrotha deck struggle to get off the ground with their 6-CMC general) 6. Ramunap Excavator or Crucible of Worlds. Now this is a bit of a controversial one. I'm still not entirely sure that they are worth it, but have found good results with the excavator. Basically, regardless of how many lands you can play for turn, Muldrotha will only let you play ONE from the bin (NOTE: Muldrotha won't let you play an extra land each turn (one from hand, one from bin)). So Ramunap Excavator +Azusa, Lost but Seeking will let you play three from the bin each turn, and pretty soon you have 20-someting lands on the field. Again, just something to consider, they are definitely still undergoing testing.

MEAN STUFF: Discalimer: These cards are often, to some degree, good at making the game less fun for everyone else, and sometimes you too. If you have a specific playgroup, I recommend asking how people feel about these cards first, so as to avoid uncomfortable situations of salt and dejectedness. All right, you've been warned, now, in no particular order, the mean stuff: 1. Glacial Chasm. This card with Muldrotha makes you nigh-invincible, at least to damage. (Loss of life/ "win the game" cards will still get you). Often, this card isn't perceived to badly, as most decks run some way of dealing with lands, but to a more casual player with a heavily creature-based deck, this might be upright cruel. 2. Possessed Portal. This may look like an awful card, but trust me, this is pretty good at locking people out of the game, especially with Jace's Archivist. Just make sure you have a way to survive under it! 3. Bottomless Pit. For you, pitching cards doesn't really matter (early on it might a little, but usually far less than it does for other decks.) This is good at shutting down just about any deck trying to do fancy things. 4. Oppression. This card is very well named. Often filling a similar role to bottomless pit, Oppression eats away at players, effectively halving the number of cards they can play. Except for you, of course. 5. Stasis+Claws of Gix. Claws is arguably worth including without stasis, as a sac outlet that can sac anything, but with Stasis, slaws will just lock every opponent out of the game. this is a reliable two-card combo, that requires only 3 mana, and Muldrotha to be out. However, Stasis is pretty much unplayable without Claws of Gix, so when you do play it, you basically just win, meaning that you often don't really get to "play" with stasis. 6. Smokestack. The namesake of the "Stax" archetype, Smokestack can very quickly turn a fun game of magical cards into a vicious game of french revolution, with you as the monarch. Smokestack does, I feel, get a little too much hate, as it takes several turns to really do anything. But it can quickly turn the game in your favor when you just play back everything you just sacrificed.

And that's it! I love Muldrotha decks, and how many ways there are to build them. There's not really any way to make them wrong, so keep trying new things out! I apologize for this little wall of text, but hopefully some of it is useful.

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

I had conidered all of those projectneptune, and I don't think that they would add what you think they would add. I will go through each.

Glacial Chasm - This card has way too many downsides. The Cumulative Upkeep alone is out of control. Additive life loss becomes huge. T1 is 2, T2 is 6, T3 is 12, T4 is 20. Half your starting life to reach 4 more turns is pretty huge. On top of that, it costs 2 land drops to use. This can be huge, and combined with the life loss it is not something you just put out to be prepared. It also prevents some of my offense. If I want to play a Master of Cruelties or Virtus the Veiled for an attempt at a win, I need to advertise the play and expose myself for a full round ahead in order to be able to attack with it, and that doesn't even count the Insurrection play. In all, I have much better options. Other decks that are built to abuse it would be a better home for it.

Leave // Chance - That is a very narrow set of circumstances that makes it worthwhile. Board wipes happen, but I would rather counter, Boros Charm, Teferi's Protection , or just recover faster with new threats. Even a Replenish or Yawgmoth's Will would probably do me much better.

Archfiend of Despair - As a budget option, I can see this being fine. As it stands, I like my other options. They body is a liability compared to the durability of an enchantment, and the Academy Rector to Wound Reflection is an awesome play.

Cleansing - This card is much less a third Price of Progress/Acidic Soil than you think. I looked at this card early on, as soon as I saw the power of Price of Progress. Unfortunately, it is not nearly good enough. Giving the opponent choices makes it basically useless. Acidic Soil has to be held until they are really beat down or they have 15 lands to make it worthwhile, and usually only comes out as a finisher. I actually wish I had a better option than Acidic Soil, and Cleansing is no Acidic Soil. Here's how it would play. Wait until mid to late game so it actually matters. In the mid game playing it means that they take maybe 5-7 damage or so, and keep their board state. That is not nearly enough to change a game. Late game it matters even less. Even if they are pretty low, Say 15 life and 15 lands, they will sacrifice only their worst lands, they will keep enough to retaliate hard, and they will take 6-8 damage, leaving themselves with a Gaea's Cradle, an Ancient Tomb, two dual lands, an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and a Maze of Ith. That is not nearly good enough an effect to warrant the slot. This is also my problem with Torment of Hailfire. Give them choices and they will find a way out of losing. If Cleansing did 3 damage per land saved, it would be worth it. For 1 damage, it is too little to matter.

projectneptune on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

Here's a few suggestions:

Glacial Chasm - I'm sure you're aware of this card, so I'm curious what your reasoning is for not running it! Sets you back when you decide to scrap it?

Leave // Chance - How common are board wipes in your meta? Being able to turn 6-8 permanents that you would have lost into card draw (or just play them again) might have potential.

Cleansing - a three-peat of Price of Progress / Acidic Soil. Too conditional?

Archfiend of Despair - I know you already shot down this card but I think I like it for the exact reasons you don't: (1) It being a creature means it can power its own ability. Also, Animate Dead target. (2) Shuts down lifegain decks which I run into fairly often. (3) I don't run tutors so the greater tutorability of Wound Reflection is a non-factor for me. (4) Good budget option for Wound Reflection :).

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