Black Market


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Rare

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Black Market


Whenever a creature dies, put a charge counter on Black Market.

At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add to your mana pool for each charge counter on Black Market.

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Black Market Discussion

Gottsplitter on Athreos - A Matter of Life and Death

3 days ago

Hi Enral and thanx for the suggestions!

  • Black Market is a auto-include :-)

  • Necropotence is getting cheaper because of iconic master in the moment and a very nice card in a lifegain deck. I will try to get my hands on one

  • Cabal Coffers was in my original list of cards to incluede especially as I allready have/play an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth but at the moment with 15+ Euro I not willing to pay for it.

Thanx for your suggestions


Enral on Athreos - A Matter of Life and Death

3 days ago

Hi, very cool build. Regard suggestions, I would say that Phyrexian Arena can be replaced with Necropotence. Have you considered Black Market? With the amount of creatures dying, you can use that to power out more creatures. Not sure if it's in your budget but definitely get a Cabal Coffers...the amount of mana generated (to pay for extort and stuff) with it is just ridiculous. You should get Sorin Markov to the mainboard. His 2nd ability literally reads "make anyone Athreos' slave". People would most likely recur your creatures if their life totals are 10 or less. Hope that helps!

KingOfWhales on Scarab God

6 days ago

I don't see why Mindcrank and a few other cards are in there if you aren't planning on milling people down, from your description it seems like thats not what you're going for, if you are, Traumatize. But I'd recommend sticking with lifedrain and good old fashion beating people over the head with lots of zombies. Phenax, God of Deception is cool, but don't try to do that and lifedrain zombies.

If you are going for a lifedrain deck look at Bontu's Monument, Whip of Erebos is good.

Look at Dralnu, Lich Lord because its amazing, same goes for Semblance Anvil, Possessed Skaab, Call to the Kindred, Ever After and Lim-Dul's Vault is broken. Obelisk of Urd is a tribal deck's best friend.

There are better wipes for this deck than Coastal Breach and you are a bit low on removal. Malicious Affliction and Dash Hopes are very good and fun. Get rid of Imprisoned in the Moon. Another thing you can do for removal is use Fleshbag Marauder, have it sac itself, then cast it from the graveyard. Stronghold Assassin too. Cauldron of Souls Can help you dodge board wipes and is a cool card to have. Perplex is fun too. And Mimic Vat

Arcane Adaptation is neat but there are much better cards that you can use. Black Market isn't as good as it seems because your mana empties before you can use it for anything good most of the time. Empty the Pits is very expensive, but if you can make it work, do it.

Your nonbasic lands are also really slow and you may need more lands in general, 36ish is about where you want to be. Look at Choked Estuary and Command Tower or cards that lower costs like Jet Medallion.

I know I've suggested to add a lot more cards than I suggested to take out, and I've never really even tried to give deck advice before, but I hope I at least gave you some ideas.

VesuvanDoppelbanger on [Primer] Nightmare by Design (Chainer) UPDATED

2 weeks ago

Nice build! Have you considered Black Market? It can power out multiple nightmares after a few turns.

I went in a very different direction w/ my Chainer build:


SirSchwaenzelot on Athreos, God of Board Wipes

3 weeks ago

Nice one, but I feel like you kinda went to heavy into the token strategy, because those don't trigger your Commanders abilty. That's why I think more creatures and less token producer would be helpful and adding some value.F.e. Drain: Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, etc.; Mana: Black Market, Revel in Riches (with an extra-cheeky win-con); Thiefery: Grave Betrayal; Card-Draw: Harvester of Souls Commander Boosting: Eternal Thirst If you really like tokens than you may include: Overseer of the Damned And maybe Necromantic Selection as an very good Wrath and even a finisher like Rise of the Dark Realms.I hope you still are interested in the deck and think that my suggestions are helpful.

gdm1989 on Hagane, the demon eater

4 weeks ago

@suns_champion Black Market have been on my mind. In terms of ramp I just need to find a fast way to exploit it.

Suns_Champion on Hagane, the demon eater

4 weeks ago

Cool deck with a general I don't see often! +1

Since you care about creatures dying, have you thought about Black Market? It'll give you mana for you pre-combat shenanigans and also a lot of fuel for Torment of Hailfire(one of my favorite cards btw).

Azdranax on Mana base for first commander ...

1 month ago

Looks like you have a pretty good start here, but if anything you are probably a little mana flooded, as you have 36 lands, 4 rocks, Legion's Landing, Expedition Map, Black Market, Sword of the Animist and Cabal Ritual. Meanwhile, your deck only has one card that exceeds a CMC of 6, and no X-value instant or sorceries to pump extra mana into, once achieved. Considering how nimble the deck is based on CMC, your current mana base is overkill.

Realistically, Bottomless Vault and Gilded Lotus aren't going to do much for you, as they are too slow based on the average CMC of your deck. I'd lose both and replace with something like Fellwar Stone, which should also speed up your early turn plays. You can then add back Anguished Unmaking as well. From there, play test and see how often you're dealing with too much mana and not enough spells by turn 6, and then potentially pare down one more utility land and possibly Black Market as well, unless you move to some additional card draw to increase it's value.

Hope this helps, good luck with your build.

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