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Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

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Blackmail Discussion

Chasmolinker on So, You Wanna Buy Junk Yea? (Budget)

1 month ago

jomnepo I agree. I initially couldn't find a good spot for him. I decided on cutting Blackmail and one Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip for 3 copies of Siphoner.


1 month ago

Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my big list of deckbuilding mono-black tools.

Shrieking Affliction is a cheap rack alternative. Geier Reach Sanitarium can slot in place of a couple of swamps with low cost.

I don't like Tormented Soul outside of spirit tribal, If you love it you should run Lashwrithe and Will-o'-the-Wisp. Mental Agony costs too much mana. Blackmail, Mire's Toll etc and some Sign in Blood/Night's Whisper just runs smoother.

If you absolutely must have consistant draw and Phyrexian Arena is off the table Underworld Connections exists, but just running a bunch of Night's Whisper/Sign in Blood works very well.

My favourite discard spell is Delirium Skeins, which combos neatly with Asylum Visitor. With the symetrical discard plan, you get access to the hella fun Call the Bloodline and Zombie Infestation, alongside madness tools.

The big thing budget mono-black has going for it is cheap, powerful sideboard tools. Mutilate, Languish, Storage Matrix, Witchbane Orb, Bile Blight, Lost Legacy etc.

chadsansing on Griselbrand + Death's Shadow = (Strange) Combo

2 months ago

What seems most important here is to cheat a Griselbrand, Kokusho, or Crawler into play as soon as possible without playing a straight reanimator deck. We know Legacy reanimator decks can go off on turn 1 or 2, so how do we do that on a budget? I'm not sure, but here's an idea:

Start with 0-drop creatures; say 4 Ornithopter and 4 Memnite or, even better, 4 Phyrexian Walker and 4 Shield Sphere. Add some targeted discard spells that you can use on yourself, including Raven's Crime. Aim for a turn 1 that goes something like this:

  • Play a swamp.
  • Play a 0-drop creature.
  • Play a dark ritual.
  • Play a 1-drop discard spell, targeting yourself, and pitch a big critter.
  • Use the other 2 B mana to play something like Animate Dead or Soul Exchange, sacrificing the 0-drop to return the big creature into play.

You try to jam this on the play and wait a turn or two until your opponent taps out on the draw, knowing that competitive blue match-ups will suck.

What do you think? I think you could re-tool your sorceries and some of your creatures to get the 0-drops and a few 1-of big critters in (like Platinum Emperion or Massacre Wurm or Grave Titan) that help you buy time and eat removal. A Gurmag Angler would be dope here, as well. I wouldn't sweat the Ghast mana/extort if you go for budget reanimator. Ghast and Artist are the creatures I'd cut.

Potential/recommended spells:

I kind of like the idea of an unknown reanimator list. If you want to stick the current game plan, I'd play Disfigure and Dismember over Go for the Throat. Maybe sideboard it along with Doom Blade for big-mana match-ups and Darkblast which you could use on your upkeep and again after dredge/draw to snipe a Delver or Deathrite Shaman.

Darth_Savage on

2 months ago

Hi Kalkin

To coin a phrase; "cardboard crack" has been used to describe Magic for a long time, another phrase is "pay to win", both have an element of truth but aren't the whole story. Modern prices are without a doubt a barrier to entry, but to a certain extent a playable card or a staple probably should cost more than a booster pack, since you are removing the random element, but not 10x the price. Now as it happens the top five of the most commonly played cards in modern are one drops in each of the colours; Lightning Bolt, Serum Visions, Path to Exile, Noble Hierarch and Thoughtseize, to my mind none of those cards should be over $10 and they should have been reprinted in every masters set, Wizards though didn't do that. In fact if you look at the top 50 played cards in modern, source: a fair few have only had 1 maybe 2 at most reprints.

Where I disagree with you slightly is singling out the mana base. New players think land is boring, they hate seeing a land in their rare slot. It is an important lesson that the lands you use are some of the most important cards in your deck, though again that lesson shouldn't be costing $20+.

As to your deck, I'd probably include Toshiro Umezawa and either Blackmail or Mire's Toll to let you target non-basic lands, since folk forget those discard spells don't have the non-land clause... Finally, I probably prefer Sadistic Sacrament to Praetor's Grasp, but not so much that I would recommend one over the other.

Darth_Savage on Mono black Controll - Phyrexian Obliterator

2 months ago

In the context of modern, mono black devotion, control, aggro all have issues with Affinity and Tron. Starting there I'd recommend against Go for the Throat, in mono-black on a budget use Victim of Night, Smother or Grasp of Darkness and if your not on a budget Fatal Push. You also want some form of land disruption, now that can be in the form of; Ghost Quarter, Contaminated Ground, Rain of Tears or using discard Blackmail & Mire's Toll, players tend to forget those two discard spells do not have the non-land clause.

In a more casual context I like to play to the unexpected Dash Hopes Imp's Mischief and Temporal Extortion are all fun, but the only one that has ever really appeared in Modern proper is Imp's Mischief. I'd also say you want access to Bile Blight, this can clear token based strategies...

I have played a similar deck on and off Casually/FNM for a while, see Sweet (black) devotion as it may give you a few ideas. I hope this was of help.

Darth_Savage on Mono Black

2 months ago

Hi TheLaughingMan91,

I used to play a mono black Devotion deck myself, though haven't shuffled it up for a while, it also ended up more zombie tribal...

I'd fully recommend Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, but to go with it I'd suggest a couple of Shizo, Death's Storehouse, at a push maybe even a Gonti, Lord of Luxury, Ashling, the Extinguisher or Toshiro Umezawa...

From memory Tron is the worst matchup, then UW control, but Tron tends to be iffy for any black (we need better discard that can hit lands than Blackmail and Mire's Toll) based deck...

Anyway, good luck and have a +1

Grubbernaut on

2 months ago

Wrench Mind is almost always better than Mind Rot. If you want Mind Rot, Unburden is strictly better in this deck

Blackmail is also pretty limited in use. I'd go up to 4 Inquisition of Kozilek and 2x Raven's Crime, as it makes late game lands a live draw

Field of Ruin and Isolated Chapel seem out of place, too

Looks like fun! Cheers!

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