Black Cat


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Common
Dark Ascension (DKA) Common

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Black Cat

Creature — Zombie Cat

When Black Cat dies, target opponent discards a card at random.

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Black Cat Discussion

kamarupa on Black Out Smack Down

1 month ago

Looks pretty good.

A few thoughts on updating it:

Swap out Diabolic Tutor for Mastermind's Acquisition.

I almost always run 1-2xBojuka Bog/Scavenger Grounds in pretty much all my decks; since you're filling up your opponent's graveyards, it's probably an extra good idea here. At 23 lands, if you ran 1x, you could swap it out for Haunting Echoes if you're worried about those cards conflicting - I think your mana-base would still be stable. 1xBuried Ruin might also be useful. Other less-great lands worth a second of consideration: Cabal Stronghold and Mortuary Mire.

I think 16 creatures tends to be a little inconsistent, regularly seeing games in which only 1-3 creatures ever hit the battlefield. (a problem for Infect decks) I see value in good blockers, but I also think added removal/discard spells may be just as effective. For example, Wrench Mind or even Dimir Machinations may prove a better spell than Black Cat.

Some utility spells: Sign in Blood, Extirpate, Hero's Downfall, Geth's Verdict, Fatal Push, Dash Hopes, Ratchet Bomb, Elixir of Immortality

Kogarashi on Lazav, the Multifarious commander and ...

2 months ago

Additionally, while Lazav, the Multifarious retains its Legendary status when it copies, the Dimir Doppelganger ability doesn't specifically state that, and thus your commander will be a non-legendary copy of Black Cat, meaning Mirror Image won't invoke the "legend rule" when it enters as a copy of your Black Cat commander.

After the first round of copying, your commander will be a 0/2 blue and black Legendary Shapeshifter creature named "Lazav, the Multifarious" with the Dimir Doppelganger's copy ability and Lazav, the Multifarious's ability.

After the second round of copying, your commander will be a 1/1 black non-Legendary Zombie Cat creature named "Black Cat" with the abilities of the Black Cat and Dimir Doppelganger but not Lazav's abilities.

In both cases, it will still retain its "commanderness," and still have a color identity of blue and black because that is a property of the card and not its current state as a permanent.

Boza on Lazav, the Multifarious commander and ...

2 months ago

No, a card that begins your game as a commander will always be that, "comanderness" is bestowed upon the card itself at the start of the game and it never loses it.

The described situation does not impact your ability to deal commander damage or your ability to produce either black or blue mana with Commander's Sphere.

Yes to the additional question, Mirror Image will be a Black Cat and opponents will discard a card at random when it enters the battlefield. Additionally, it will have the ability of Dimir Doppelganger, because that is a copiable characteristic.

Waffleflappers on Lazav, the Multifarious commander and ...

2 months ago

One more addition to this question. What would happen if I played a Mirror Image and had it enter as a copy of the Black Cat that was previously my commander? Is the Mirror Image simply a Black Cat with Dimir Doppelganger's ability?

Waffleflappers on Lazav, the Multifarious commander and ...

2 months ago

Alright, if I've got Lazav, the Multifarious as my commander and I copy Dimir Doppelganger out of the graveyard and then procede to use the ability of Dimir Doppelganger to copy yet another card from a graveyard, let's say Black Cat, where does that leave the card?

Is it now named Black Cat, and therefore no longer my commander? Is it still my commander as well as being a Black Cat? Can it still deal commander damage? Is my commander's color identity now only black, and affecting cards such as Commander's Sphere?

Wizardhat91 on Harmless Offering Combo

2 months ago

Through the Breach seems sub-optimal here. Maybe to stick out a Steel Golem for instant blocking, but that's the only card you'd do that with. If you want to splice it onto Desperate Ritual, you need six mana to start, since you have to pay the splice cost when you cast the ritual rather than after it resolves. Through the Breach does help you get Dralnu, Lich Lord out there, but if you're paying five for it you might as well put Chromatic Sphere/Star in that spot since it serves the dual purpose that Manamorphose does. In general I think that a lot of carefully chosen removal, sweepers and draw spells would better suit the offering combo than mana acceleration.

Dralnu's jank payoff seems meager with lightning bolt. Suppose he's your offering and your opponent doesn't play Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek or Hymn to Tourach. Three timely land drops, exile SSG, cast Desperate Ritual, Manamorphose and Dralnu. Don't want to block with him. If he doesn't get bolted while under your control, turn 4 mountain, resolve Harmless Offering and then Lightning Bolt. Opponent sacrifices Dralnu and two of their smallest losses, one of which could have been Black Cat. The transaction cost you five cards, but cost the opponent only two cards or Spirit tokens. Path to Exile in response to your lightning bolt in that scenario would just suck. I would add Shivan Meteor if I was intent on harmlessly offering the Lich Lord.

Criticism always sounds so negative so I want to add that there's a lot I like about the deck too. I'll hand it to you for trying out a tricky style, I'm starting on a similar one.

Neotrup on Brain Weevil ability rules?

3 months ago

Activating Brain Weevil's ability will sacrifice it so it won't be around to sacrifice to Westvale Abbey  Flip. If you sacrifice it to Westvale Abbey  Flip it won't be around to sacrifice to it's own ability.

You never trigger Brain Weevil. It has an activated ability which requires paying a cost (denoted by the use of a colon). A triggered ability starts with At, When, or Whenever. If it were a triggered ability, such as the one Black Cat has, it would indeed trigger when it died being sacrificed for another ability.

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