Arvad the Cursed


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Uncommon

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Arvad the Cursed

Legendary Creature — Vampire Knight

Deathtouch, lifelink

Other legendary creatures you control get +2/+2.

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Arvad the Cursed Discussion

MurderForBrunch on B/W Standard Vampires

2 hours ago


I also think your deck needs more consistence. Here's a Vampire deck I've been playing for a while: Mavren Fein and the Fanatic 88! W/B Vampires

I found playing that deck that creatures like Vona, Butcher of Magan or Arvad the Cursed are way too slow. Against the Mono-Red deck you want everything to be cheaper, in that you might be halfway dead by turn 5. And against control, there's a low probability of resolving, by turn 5 they have a bunch of counterspells.

Something I would definitely consider as a 4-of is Sanctum Seeker, sometimes you just need to play that, attack with a bunch of tokens and drain them to death! Also, Elenda, the Dusk Rose is an amazing creature, that leaves several bodies behind when she dies. And besides that, I would recommend a low agro curve, it's what has been working for me. Cheap creatures, some cheap removal like Vicious Offering (specially when you can sac tokens, and kill them ASAP.

Well, that's my suggestion, based on what I've seen in my LGS. But there's tons of different metagames. Whatever works for you, makes fun games for you is the way to go! :D

Deefy on Rise of Benalia

6 days ago

Another potential addition is Dauntless Bodyguard in place for Josu Vess, Lich Knight and Arvad the Cursed. Bodyguard is cheaper in mana and money and provides protection for bombs such as Aryel, Knight of Windgrace. Also you aren’t really playing too many auras/equipments which are too clunky for Knight tribal so I would suggest running a Fatal Push or Metallic Mimic if your willing to splash some money.

Flarhoon13 on Erebos' Totally Devoted to Death

1 week ago

Thursday night report, so much mana!

Tonight, finally added Crypt Ghast (replaced Ivory Tower) as I also put in Cabal Stronghold. Wow, amazing! I mean, no duh, right? I had Crypt Ghast most of the game and untapped a turn or two with those newly acquired cards plus Caged Sun and Cabal Coffers. Mike was borrowing my Kynaios and Tyro of Meletis deck and had the Insurrection but that was effectively countered by my Sudden Spoiling. I untapped and attacked, eliminating Arvad the Cursed because Angela's top deck was revealed by Brendon's Daxos of Meletis techy Lantern of Insight to be Urza's Ruinous Blast. After a Corpse Harvester sacrifice, Sheoldred, Whispering One reanimated Gray Merchant of Asphodel for the win. I was drowning in mana for enough turns to have over 20 devotion.

Of course, the previous game was more ignominious as I used Sidisi, Undead Vizier to get Bojuka Bog for Tori's Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck rather than Cabal Coffers to further my own agenda. She was at a low enough life total I need not have done that. Kothophed, Soul Hoarder was then my final undoing as Tana, the Bloodsower had four swords equipped and enough tokens with a sac outlet to finish me off.

mavryk on Exalted Deck

1 week ago

I think deck could benefit from Benalish Marshal as well as Lyra Dawnbringer and History of Benalia. Arvad the Cursed would also be beneficial.

mavryk on B/W Standard Vampires

1 week ago

I think it's pretty great, I considered making a black/white vampire/ knight deck. My suggestion would be to definitely include Arvad the Cursed and look at adding a History of Benalia. also 4 Gifted Aetherborn makes a lot of sense. Also, Famished Paladin could also be an extremely good addition. Great job!

merrowMania on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

2 weeks ago

@paulriso: I don't know when the list will be updated, but the following is a minimally edited repost of an earlier comment I made. It has been mostly agreed with (or rather there has been little disagreement) and the edits incorporate a lot of the feedback I have read. Note that these are impressions and where they may likely start, but are not guaranteed to be their true standings.

Lyra Dawnbringer - T5. Just an efficient creature. Angel tribal does nothing.
Naru Meha, Master Wizard - T2. Good in a High Tide shell like JVP, but also with a simple combo with Ghostly Flicker.
Demonlord Belzenlok - T4. Efficient beater that draws 1-2 cards in a good color.
Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar - T4. Seems like a decent STAX commander.
Naban, Dean of Iteration - T4. Seems like a decent enough value commander in a good color.
Evra, Halcyon Witness - T4. Requires removal. Good with Aetherflux.
Josu Vess, Lich Knight - T5.
Verix Bladewing - T5.
Marwyn, the Nurturer - T2.5-3. Taps for big mana. Probably a decent Elfball commander. Comparing her to Ezuri and Selvala, so there is potential to be better than T3 where Ezuri is.
Shalai, Voice of Plenty - T3. Protects creature combos and is an infinite mana outlet.
Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp - T5.
Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood - T5. Can disrupt creature shenanigans, but is too slow.
Squee, the Immortal - T4. No Food Chain, so settle for Skullclamp and Smokestack.
Grunn, the Lonely King - T5.
Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle - T3-4. Bomberman Combo + Scarecrone/Brass Secretary/Selfless Cathar/Ticking Gnomes.
Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep - T5.
Valduk, Keeper of the Flame - T4. Cute with Skullclamp and/or Possessed Portal.
Baird, Steward of Argive - T5.
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive - T4-5. There is probably something cool I am missing.
Torgaar, Famine Incarnate - T4. I want to say T5, but the effect might qualify it for T4. It also acts as a one-time sac outlet in the command zone.
Danitha Capashen, Paragon - T5.
Urgoros, the Empty One - T4-5. I want to say T5, but the "at random" may qualify it for T4.
Kwende, Pride of Femeref - T5.
Whisper, Blood Liturgist - T3-4. Relatively cheap reanimation makes for a decent commander.
Yargle, Glutton of Urborg - T1. By far the best Legend to come out of Dominaria and will easily be brewed for ages to come.
Darigaaz Reincarnated - T3-4. Decent beater in good colors. Also an okay Food Chain commander since it "stores" 8 mana.
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain - T1.5-2. Tentative starting point for the powerful artifact storm commander. Comparing most closely to Nin, the Pain Artist.
Muldrotha, the Gravetide - T1.5-2. Three best colors combined with an efficient value engine. Works very well with Command Beacon. There are also combos with LED, Phantasmal Image, and Animate Dead. Comparing mostly to Damia and Rashmi.
Aryel, Knight of Windgrace - T4. Makes tokens and is (slow) removal.
Jodah, Archmage Eternal - T3. Can cheat in a lot of cool stuff.
Firesong and Sunspeaker - T4. Cool with damage based board wipes and Aetherflux.
Grand Warlord Radha - T3. Free mana is free.
Adeliz, the Cinder Wind - T4-5. Is wizard storm possible?
Arvad the Cursed - T5.
Garna, the Bloodflame - T3. A better No Rest for the Wicked with a haste anthem is playable. It turns Entomb into an Eladamri's Call. Good in a shell with Paradox Engine and a sac outlet.
Hallar, the Firefletcher - T5.
Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage - T4. Can have Shimmer Zur lines with Aetherflux.
Rona, Disciple of Gix - T3-4. Goes infinite with LED and Deadeye.
Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy - T5.
Slimefoot, the Stowaway - T2.5-3. Comparable to Ishkanah, Grafwidow. Likely to rise since it only needs infinite colorless rather than infinite black.
Tatyova, Benthic Druid - T2.5-3. Good colors and abilities.
Tiana, Ship's Caretaker - T4. Helps recover from Bane of Progress. Best combo I could think of: Possessed Portal + Sigarda's Aid + 0-drop equipment.
Traxos, Scourge of Kroog - T5.
Niambi, Faithful Healer - T5.

voodoogriff on Esper Legends

3 weeks ago

First off, here's the deck:

The basics premise is to jam as many good legends as possible, working with the interactions between Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage and Arvad the Cursed.

This is very likely to be an FNM only deck so I don't need it to be ultra-competitive but I would like it to be good.

*Card Choices:


Dauntless Bodyguard is a fairly easy addition here. Great early start, great late as protection for any of the various pieces of the deck.

Knight of Malice is a late addition to the deck but with all of the white permanents, I thought would be an easy choice. He's also hexproof from white so Seal Away won't be an issue, though Fatal Push is obviously a concern.

Danitha Capashen, Paragon is still questionable with the limited number of equipments and auras in the deck. A 2/2 First Strike, Vigilance, Lifelink creature is great against aggro, though, and I play in a fairly aggro meta.

Aryel, Knight of Windgrace is also on the short list of options to cut but is still in a better place than Danitha. A 4/4 with Vigilance of 4 is a great rate, and her abilities present both an opportunity to mana-dump in a stall and kill big creatures. There are several other knights in the deck, so even if I'm not able to pump the knights out at a respectable rate, she's dangerous.

Baird, Steward of Argive a 2/4 with vigilance makes for a nice blocker and he'll slow down aggro decks. If you can get a Helm of the Host on him, you can shut down attacks quickly if they can't deal with it.

Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage is present as both a flyer and a way to flash in any of my legendaries to avoid sorcery speed removal. Imagine flashing in a Helm of the Host on end step and equipping after untap.

Shalai, Voice of Plenty is a good flyer and obviously the hexproof is amazing. Get a helm of the host onboard and all of a sudden only sweepers will work. I don't have any green sources for the activation, but I'm ok with that.

Arvad the Cursed is the whole reason to jam a deck full of legendaries. He makes things huge. With Raff out, he can be a combat trick. With Helm of the Host, you have the potential to make some massive Legends and crush any opposition.

Lyra Dawnbringer or Baneslyra as I saw her referred to as, is a great angel. Make copies with Helm and each of them get bigger and bigger.

Vona, Butcher of Magan is the last creature still in testing. A 4/4 with Vigilance and Lifelink for 5 is a decent rate, and if Arvad is on the battlefield she's getting 6 life per swing and then spending 7 to kill something. A 1 life difference is something I can live with.


Fatal Push and Seal Away are obviously great for removal.

Blink of an Eye is more for saving my creatures from targeted removal since I dropped the green and don't have Blossoming Defense.

Helm of the Host on just about any of my legendaries is a beating and will close out games quickly.

On Serra's Wings is a late addition to the deck. While the legendary clause is somewhat relevant for the Bodyguard and Knight, the flying it provides makes cards like Danitha and Vona even better. The interaction with Knight of Malice (effectively making this enchantment +2/+1) is also great to remember.


I'm extremely concerned about the mana base. While I don't have a ton of cheap creatures, I'd like to be online by turn 3 at the very latest. Need to test this a lot.

4 Concealed Courtyard

4 Drowned Catacombs

4 Glacial Fortress

1 Island

4 Isolated Chapel

4 Plains

5 Swamp


Here's where I'd like some help. Right now I have the sideboard designed to fill holes in the maindeck, but I would love to be able to convert this into more of a control-type deck if the situation requires it. My problem is that I have so little Blue in the land base that typical control spells aren't going to be feasible. So suggestions are welcome.

Duress for getting sweepers and removal out of their hand.

Negate for Approach Decks or to counter Sweepers

Seal Away for aggro decks

Lost Legacy for combo pieces and approach

Vraska's Contempt for gods.

Urza's Ruinous Blast to nuke token and reanimator decks.

RetroWraith on Abzan Legendary

4 weeks ago

If your running this many legendary dudes, it seems like Arvad the Cursed would be worth running too.

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