Black Sun's Zenith
Put X -1/-1 counters on each creature. Shuffle Black Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
|Have (2)||, metalmagic|
|Want (8)||JimmyTwoTaps , davcris911 , slowmotionjones , Gootono , xepherian , Rabu , Oliviridian , brownwaterboys|
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|Commander 2014 (C14)||Rare|
|Mirrodin Besieged (MBS)||Rare|
|Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP)||Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Black Sun's Zenith occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.04%
Black Sun's Zenith Discussion
2 days ago
Zakuzelo... Early game is all about getting token engine built and stalling the opponent. When it is time, generally I attack with Ammit Eternal and snake tokens (leaving a few defenders), both of which typically get through due to Afflict and Deathtouch... all while having tokens generating and getting Poison-Tip Archer into play. Once this board state is achieved, I play either Black Sun's Zenith or Soul Snuffers to place counters, kill 1/1s and generate more tokens, then deal direct damage (via Poison-Tip Archer) to player. At this point, I can usually swing board the following turn and win. I may move Blowfly Infestation back onto mainboard, as the combo for infinite tokens really makes this a more cheeky, but threatening build. As has always been the case, this build is either full-on, on-curve assault, or is frustratingly slow and non-effective. There doesn't seem to be much in-between. Normally it is fairly effective, and I am guessing I win about 50% of the time overall, give or take.
1 month ago
2 months ago
2 months ago
As others have said, you should be in good shape. Mono Black can be very easy to run on budget, excellent at creature removal, and can find ways to out tempo ramp decks.
I wouldn't worry about blocking ramp as much as I would focus on creating it in your own way. Along the lines Dark Ritual or Artifacts. Cabal Stronghold is the budget alternative to Cabal Coffers . Crypt Ghast might be slightly out of budget, but does the job of Nirkana Revenant somewhat cheaper. I'm a huge fan of Life's Finale , which is criminally underplayed and pretty budget, especially in a meta that isn't in their own graveyards too much. It's always good to have a boardwipe or 2 on deck, but I find mono black can get quite a lot done with spot removal, and that is far easier on a budget. You already have Damnation when you need it. Black Sun's Zenith is also an option because you can proliferate the counters later. Lashwrithe and/or Nightmare Lash are good and not expensive. Disciple of the Vault is again criminally underplayed if you want to go that route. Get yourself some cheap tutors cause thats Black's go to. Diabolic Tutor , Scheming Symmetry , Beseech the Queen are the best budget options. Card draw is a must, and you get Sign in Blood , Read the Bones , and a host of other cheap draw spells to go along with you Phyrexian Arena .
And I hate to be that guy, but infect is pretty budget, on theme, and works wonders even if you just splash it as a win con. Tainted Strike Plague Myr Ichor Rats . You can then use your Commander to pay and discard a card a few times to win.
Black has a ton of options even on a budget. Just depends which way you want to go.
3 months ago
I don’t think you want to be running creatures with infect- it just splits your ability to get damage in and means you have to work twice as hard to apply pressure.
Have a look at a similar brew i’ve been working on for a few years now - it feels pretty close to the most efficient we’ll be able to get with -1/-1 counters: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/scarabs-2/
3 months ago
Continued from previously..
- Drop Necropede and add Solemn Simulacrum - land filtering, card draw, & chump blocker for a CMC of 4!
- Drop Star Compass - this is a slower, less useful Sol Ring (which you already have).
- Add Black Sun's Zenith - this can be a very budget friendly sweeper.
- I'm not sure how expensive is too expensive for your tastes, but you need more tutors. Demonic Tutor && Cruel Tutor are options on the cheaper side (as far as useful tutors go).
- Not budget, but certainly half the price of the previous suggestions... add Necropotence if you can. You have 40 life, use that as a resource. With the help of Reliquary Tower (which you should add regardless) you can old on to great cards.
3 months ago
Infinite Mana Combos:
- Bloom Tender + ( Freed from the Real OR Pemmin's Aura )
- Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter + mana rocks/dorks that give at least 3 mana
- Palinchron + ( High Tide OR Mana Reflection )
- Dryad Arbor + Utopia Sprawl
3 months ago
As a disclaimer, some of these are not perfect 1:1 replacements. Essentially, any card on the remove side can be swapped for any card in the replace side. Remove-Replace Blind Obedience - Kismet : Slowing down your opponent's lands is huge and will make you "faster" in comparison
Huatli's Raptor - Mikaeus, the Lunarch : HR is low cost, which implies it will come out early, but it really works best midgame. Mikaes scales to any point in the game and can proliferate faster with all your "untap creatures" effects.
Inexorable Tide - Unbreakable Formation : IT is flashy, but slow to build up. UF is cheap, can save your creatures from a wipe, and if cast during your main phase, basically gives you a free combat round with no consequences.
Caustic Caterpillar - Black Sun's Zenith : You have tons of artifact/enchantment removal and without graveyard recursion, CC is just too small. BSZ can be cast for X=1 and then can be proliferated. Plus it recurs itself.
A few cards I found that would work great in this deck, but had no easy replacements: Gleam of Authority , Together Forever , Orochi Hatchery , Citadel Siege , and (I know you used to have it here) Vorel of the Hull Clade