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

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Blackmail Discussion

BigBoyBeau on Card Funeral

1 week ago

Thank you jgc10. I like the recommendation of Grasp of Darkness! I have taken to heart the concept of targeted removal for this deck and think that Grasp of Darkness is better than Geth's Verdict for this deck.

I actually love Raven's Crime in opening hands because of the Retrace ability. It helps you play lands as additional discard cards, which is vital because you need extra lands when playing smallpox, and together those cards allow you to cull out lands when you draw to many, that way you don't run out of lands either. I think the land management ability is a key reason why Raven's Crime is so common in professional 8-Rack decks.

I understand your concern about untargeted discard cards. In this particular budget deck I love the untargeted discard and intend to follow up by turn 2 or 3 with Blackmail or Mire's Toll to remove any specific card that is still a problem. I've found that I can't afford Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. Also if all your opponent has in hand is a land card, every discard card in this deck will remove it from the opponents hand, increasing the reliability of The Rack and Shrieking Affliction.

This deck has taken a turn towards more low cmc discard and removal cards since I created it. Please let me know your thoughts on the deck now with the changes.

Grubbernaut on Mono-Black Burn

1 week ago

I would sub out Blackmail for Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, Despise, etc

I'd also remove Dimir Machinations -- the transmute is only very mildly useful with how slow it is to cast what you're getting with it on turn 3, and it doesn't give you discard triggers. Wrench Mind is a natural replacement, though!

Looks fun (: +1

Chasmolinker on Ensoul Artifacts

3 weeks ago

I like Thoughtcast over Blackmail. Also, lose Creeping Tar Pit for another Fetid Pools.

K00lDudE1 on Cruel and Mystical Grixis Fun

1 month ago

Aether Hub and Tendo Ice Bridge both seem bad in a control deck, as they only make 1 colored mana each, and you can't really afford to have colourless sources in a deck with Cruel Ultimatum, you just won't be able to cast your spells.

Blackmail and Duress are just worse Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseizes in general.

Disallow, Dissolve and Electrickery all seem mediocre in modern, the counters have more efficient/better options like more Mana Leak/Remand/Logic Knot and more Cryptic Commands, and Electrickery is just a bad board wipe, something like Damnation or Languish is likely to be much better.

23 lands is almost always too few for a control deck, you tend to want at least 25/26 to make sure you hit your land drops consistently

A lot of cards in the sideboard have better alternatives too, like Consume the Meek, Electrickery and Yahenni's Expertise could all become Damnation or Languish which kill the more common creatures in modern, the Duress and Harsh Scrutiny could become Collective Brutality as additional discard which is more flexible, and better in more matchups and Tragic Slip should probably just be more Fatal Pushes.

Squiggy686the2nd on Ensoul Artifacts

2 months ago

Sweet Deck +1, I would cut the Blackmails, they are not very effective had hate, if you really need hand hate I would go the 4 Thoughtseize, but I feel this deck needs more random cheap artefacts to enchant, I personally like Darksteel Relic as it is indestructible (dodging Fatal Push and other black removal can come in handy).

hungry000 on Say My Name

2 months ago

Good luck at your FNM tonight! It's a bit late now but you could try Augur of Skulls over Dreamstealer since it doesn't have to get in for damage at all to work and is repeatable.

I also think you should have a spell other than Duress, since there are decks out there that don't play any spells (if it's a meta call tho that's fine). Again, Inquisition of Kozilek is the ideal, but Funeral Charm and Blackmail are good too. Charm can also kill Young Pyromancer or Glistener Elf. Idk how much Master of the Feast adds to the deck, but tell me how it goes.

BrandonJamesCAC on Say My Name

2 months ago

You can pick up 4 copies of

The Rack

moderately played for like 7 bucks

Instead of running 4 Duress in your mainboard, and often getting nothing, there are better cheap options.

Funeral Charm is instant speed and if they only have land or a creature, they have to dump it. They are under a dollar.

Blackmail will always get you a card. They are about 1.50 each.

Now, I'm not saying these cards will make your deck super competitive but it's a real good start because Inquisition and Thoughtseize are too damn pricey

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