Blackmail

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Ninth Edition (9ED) Uncommon
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Uncommon
Onslaught (ONS) Uncommon

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Blackmail

Sorcery

Target player reveals three cards from his or her hand and you choose one of them. That player discards that card.

Blackmail Discussion

Cobradude555 on 10-Rack

5 days ago

match_lighter Honestly not very well, I am planning on replacing it with Blackmail as soon as possible. I think I may have over-estimated the usefulness of the card, but more testing is needed to see for sure. Against Fae I would recommend doing the same sideboarding as the Human/Elves/Affinity minus maybe the Ratchet Bomb

hungry000 on Shadow Magic

2 months ago

I recommend having a 3:1 spit of Dead of Winter and Bontu's Last Reckoning , or at least a 2:2 split. Dead of Winter scales to kill big creatures in the late game and is able to kill pretty much anything they play before turn 3 without the huge downside that Reckoning has. Plus, playing snow lands lets you play some Frostwalk Bastion as a budget Mutavault ; manlands are relatively important in 8-Rack to help increase the clock and Bastion can even buy you an extra turn when it blocks.

Next: 8-Rack's goal is to get each player to topdeck mode as fast as possible, and while Necrogen Mists is a really good value card, its higher cmc means it doesn't get them to start topdecking as fast as a normal discard spell does and it literally does nothing to the opponent once you get into topdeck mode. Liliana's Caress is in the same boat since it doesn't make them discard.

I recommend cutting the Necrogen Mists and the Liliana's Caress es to play 4 Blackmail , 2 Funeral Charm , and 2 Stupor . Funeral Charm can make them discard cards as well as remove early game creatures while Blackmail and Stupor are both decent discard spells. They are less expensive than Necro Mists/Lili's Caress, too.

MoonHollow124 on Ensoul Artifacts

4 months ago

Cards I run in affinity that could help you here:

Master of Etherium : would be a 5/5 then get the +whatever/+whatever, plus pump your team

Karn, Scion of Urza : Can either be card draw or create tokens that when enchanted become at least 6/6's

Springleaf Drum : Especially w/ Memnite , can make insane starts by going Ornithopter , Ornithopter , Memnite , land, Springleaf Drum Springleaf Drum , Signal Pest . Just allows for more explosive nut draws.

Memnite : See above.

Cranial Plating : Easy to make your stuff huge quick.

Thoughtcast : Usually 1 mana for 2 cards. 2/3 of Ancestral Recall .

Inventors' Fair : Keep your life high and be able to tutor for specific artifacts

Spire of Industry : Almost always a 50 cent Mana Confluence

Blinkmoth Nexus : Another artifact land

Cards you should consider cutting:

Skilled Animator : Just a more fragile Ensoul Artifact

Blackmail : This deck is leaning on the faster side and you already have 10 Thoughtseize effects. Blackmail is the worst of them.

Tezzeret the Schemer : Inefficient removal, and the ult will never happen.

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This is just my 2 cents, I hope you take these into considerati

raefgall on Nice Rack

4 months ago

I love the inclusion of Blackmail for 8-Rack. It's so much better than Thoughtseize in the late game.

I've personally never found the need to run all 4 copies of Raven's Crime . Maybe swap one for a copy of Syphon Life or look at a few copies of Funeral Charm (instant speed discard is great when you get them into top-deck mode).

I've been playing around with whether Defile is better than Fatal Push and/or Dismember , especially in mono-black.

I'm wondering if Force of Despair may be a good inclusion, even as a sideboard card. It seems like it would be good against fast decks like Affinity.

My big quandary right now is whether it's worth tossing snow-lands in to run some copies of Dead of Winter to clear the board.

Finally, I'm personally a big fan of Shadow of Doubt , even as a sideboard card.

zephyr_chang on Rat Rack

5 months ago

You will most definitely need more removal. At least some Fatal Push ? And with the amount of discard you are running, Blackmail is probably better than either Distress or Horrifying Revelation . I would be careful of an opposing Chalice of the Void since this deck has many 1-CMC spells.

l0cal_gh0st on Oops, All Removal - Skullbriar Voltron Control

6 months ago

Thanks for the comments everyone! Blossoming Defense is definitely going in the deck, I haven't been able to find one for some reason, guess I'll have to order it online. As for whether or not the deck can be competitive, I would agree that in a full competitive meta that this deck might have some issues, but so far in local tournaments, Skullbriar has gone undefeated (6-0) so it can at least hold its own against other fairly competitive decks. Now to the card recommendations:

-I definitely prefer Toxic Deluge to the Languish I have in the deck (I'm also working on getting a Damnation ) -I'm not a big fan of putting in Fatal Push (not running sac outlets to trigger Revolt), Beast Within (creates a blocker), or Bane of Progress (mana cost is high) -I wouldn't mind dropping Reclamation Sage for Natural State -I already have a Dismember in the deck (love that card) - Cursed Totem is going in for sure as well as Vendetta - Tangle Wire has actually been one of my favorite cards to play in the deck, I can stack the triggers at the beginning of my upkeep so that I always tap 1 less than my opponents and it can also target itself so i can tap another 1 less. This is really good at stalling the game once I have Skullbriar out so that they can't create blockers while I keep swinging every turn -Finally, while I agree that some of the hand hate and removal spells aren't the greatest, where this deck excels is the quantity of these in the deck to the point where i can consistently have my opponent top-decking and creatureless ( Icy Manipulator , Blackmail , and Despise will all probably come out as I get better cards though)

Thanks again, you guys made some really good points and I'll be buying some of those cards later today!

the__odysseus on Oops, All Removal - Skullbriar Voltron Control

6 months ago

I'm not sure this deck can be cEDH, but here I go. Toxic Deluge , Natural State , Fatal Push , Dismember , Berserk , Beast Within , Bane of Progress . I'd pull Tangle Wire because it doesn't seem to be doing anything in this deck, as you want to cast your commander T2. Icy Manipulator is bad, and so is Mind Rot . I'd also pull Naturalize , Price of Fame , Blackmail , Despise , and Duress . Doom Blade is really awkward sometimes (I prefer Vendetta anyways), and I'd drop the Murder . For slowing down your opponents, I'd add Torpor Orb , Root Maze , Nether Void , No Mercy , Chalice of the Void , Grafdigger's Cage , Leyline of the Void . Maybe even Hum of the Radix . Just a point- Murderous Cut is better the more fetches you run Sorry about the long post, just really want this deck to work!

buggz666 on UB Faeries

6 months ago

Nice deck I would change Opt for Serum Visions , Cast Down for Geth's Verdict and would add in some Thoughtseize or for a cheap alt Blackmail

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