Bump in the Night


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt Common
Innistrad Common

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Bump in the Night


Target opponent loses 3 life.

Flashback 5R (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Bump in the Night Discussion

xyr0s on Nobody expects the black counterspell (Black Burn)

1 day ago

Are you sure that you actually want to play burn? You keep putting control-like cards in there, and the burn element, compared to the deck saffron olive played, is reduced to Alms of the Vein and Bump in the Night. All the nice little synergies from that deck, you miss out on (and for a below-tiered deck, it is kinda pricey too) - like turn 3 Collective Brutality with an Alms of the Vein madness'ed. Or extra cards of bob. Maybe you can substitute some of the expensive cards, but I'm not sure that B/r burn is a budget deck.

You could go for a more rakdos-aggro-like approach if you'd like (Monastery Swiftspear, Blightning, and other stuff like that). Or you could go for a monoblack control deck (more Languish, discard, and the like). But without pouring a good bit more money in, I don't think black burn is really viable.

ChessRuler on Red Deck Wins

4 days ago

I would replace any number of Guttersnipe / Firebrand Archer for 2-4 Harsh Mentor if ur on semi budget, if not i would go for Eidolon of the Great Revel. Also Goblin Guide is great but expensive.Searing Blaze and Shrine of Burning Rage is good. Soul-Scar Mage is great if you are looking to go more creature removal style. Shard Volley looks bad but is actually just a lightning bolt, because you can sacrifice a tapped land and that can be the last 3 damage you need to finish them off. Also Skullcrack is great against ur worst enemy, lifegain. Magma Jet is great because its 2 damage and lets you get rid of extra lands/spells you dont need. Searing Blood is just another Searing Blaze and is almost as good.

A much more powerful version of this deck can be achieved for not a lot more using white or black for Boros Charm and Lightning Helix and Deflecting Palm is good against almost all creature decks and lots of other decks because you can redirect spells like Lightning Bolt. it is amazing against Emrakul, the Aeons Torn because it does not target him. And if you play competitively you will know the deck Bogles and realize that it just beats them. it also beats the deck Death's Shadow.

Black is good for Bump in the Night

I would just cut back on Grim Lavamancer, to 1-3, Firebrand Archer to 0-2 Guttersnipe to 0-2, I like Young Pyromancer so that could stay but if ur looking for cuttables you can go to 2-3 Browbeat is not great and would go 1-2 tops, Arc Trail is just god awful, no offense, and I would cut to 0. Rift Bolt and Lava Spike are amazing and Sunscorched Desert is whatever but if you are going into a second color I would cut them down to 0-2. Lightning Bolt is a must have and

xyr0s on Nobody expects the black counterspell (Black Burn)

6 days ago

Dash Hopes isn't underrated. It actually is as bad as it's considered (sry... there is no polite way of putting that). In a burn deck (like this) you try to trade each of your cards for a portion of your opponents life. For red decks, 3 life pr card spent seems to be the norm. For black... I dunno... Bump in the Night also hits for 3, so it's not too far off.

And then there is Dash Hopes. That one takes a huge bite of 5 life out of your opponent. Nice, huh? Except they just give it a card instead, and now your opponent has traded 1 card for 5 life. That's pretty good against any burn deck, almost an effect you'd sideboard for.

Ok, so, Dash Hopes trades for a card? Like any counterspell? Sounds good, just the thing monoblack control needs. With control decks, for much of the game you try to trade cards for cards, and leave life totals out of it, right? And in that case, your opponent just trades life for card. Expensive? yes. But not much more than, say, playing a Dismember. So you always get the worst deal you can get on Dash Hopes.

I think it's worse in aggressive decks, though. Holding up 2 mana during your opponents turn puts a real brake on the aggression, and there is always the risk of your opponent playing an unimportant card, that they have nothing against you countering.

anyway - absolutely no clue what to add to a black burn deck. Went through gatherers black cards with "loses life", and there wasn't much that looked playable. But since this deck is black, a bit of 1 cmc discard probably doesn't hurt (Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek).

Isn't black burn decks also known as 8-rack?

Malacronious on Budget Mono-Black Lifelink Vampires

6 days ago

Bloodchief Ascension might be interesting to play around with. I'm not quite ready to splash red yet for Bump in the Night though.

rothgar13 on building instant/sorcery burn

6 days ago

You lost me at "highly underrated Vexing Devil". While the point about some cards outside of stock Boros Burn doing well (most notably the likes of Bump in the Night, and now with the latest Grand Prix we can add Shrine of Burning Rage) is a good one, the Claim / Fame + Vexing Devil angle is just awful. Both cards are subpar on their own, at which point you're blowing an inordinate amount of deck spots on something that is nowhere near as good as just Bolting people in the face.

Xica on building instant/sorcery burn

6 days ago

...there are options beside naya burn, despite what some spikes with tunnel vision say.
(There are good cards that are outside of the most played list)

Blue gives access to Snapcaster Mage, which seems sweet, and Pieces of the Puzzle
Black gives access to Bump in the Night & Claim / Fame the latter may look useless, but combined with the highly underrated Vexing Devil, it gives the opponent the choice of taking 8 damage for , or taking 4 damage plus dealing with a 4/3, or having a 4/3 that needs to be killed twice.

Varon on Budget Mono-Black Lifelink Vampires

1 week ago

It may be a bit overused but Bloodchief Ascension and Bump in the Night could be fun too I do understand that ascensions a bit costly tho Killing blows with a long forgotten bump in the night are awesome tho

smackjack on I want to make my ...

1 week ago

:). Now lets move to the next card im sceptic about.. Deviant Glee. Removing the creature targeted by Deviant Glee as a response to it being cast is what is called a 2-for-1 (dont know how new you are, but you should be familiar with this term unless you are new new). I think even Lightning Strike would be better as its easier to resolve and Deviant Glee takes another turn, a creature and for that creature to survive to get more profit. Altho, i would not recommend Lightning Strike in modern. How about Bump in the Night or Lava Spike (or both?).

I would reduce the number of Cryptborn Horrors to max 1 as they are very situational and maybe move 1-2 Ash Zealot to sideboard againt any Snapcaster Mage related matchups.

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