Charcoal Diamond

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful 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
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon
Seventh Edition (7ED) Uncommon
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Uncommon
Mirage (MIR) Uncommon

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Charcoal Diamond

Artifact

Charcoal Diamond enters the battlefield tapped.

: Add to your mana pool.

Charcoal Diamond Discussion

TangoWithTojo on Onslaught of the Scarab God

12 hours ago

So Scarab God is one of my favorite commanders so you're in luck. I have a lot of recommendations for you. Lets start off with creatures. Creatures: Though you want mostly zombie tribal, you do want a few largely impactful cards that you can discard into your graveyard and recast with The Scarab God . Some cards I'd recommend are Sheoldred, Whispering One , Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur , Sower of Discord <--- This card in combination with Paradox Haze + Wound Reflection make for an extremely quick kill for 2 people, Noxious Ghoul , Ghoulcaller Gisa , Eternal Skylord , Gleaming Overseer , Undead Alchemist , Corpse Connoisseur , Lord of the Accursed , Lich Lord of Unx and Gisa and Geralf

Lands: First of all your Crypt of the Eternals isn't legal in your deck as it has red mana. Now lands are usually the most expensive part of a deck but also the most important part of the deck. If you're willing to cough up the money or want to get proxies of them here's my recommendations: Cabal Coffers , Command Tower , Crypt of Agadeem , Fabled Passage , Field of the Dead , Myriad Landscape , Nephalia Drownyard , Phyrexian Tower , Polluted Delta , Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , and Volrath's Stronghold . If you have a way of making a proxy I'd also recommend Underground Sea because this card is ridiculously expensive. Then equalize your basic lands a bit more with 13-14 swamps and 7-8 islands.

Sorceries/Instants: My recommendation is remove all of your instants and sorceries with the exception of From Under the Floorboards , Syphon Flesh , Army of the Damned and Zombie Apocalypse . Now simply replace them with Restless Dreams , Mind Bomb and Careful Study so you have more discard outlets.

Artifacts/Mana Dorks: Most of your artifacts and mana dorks are good but could use some tuning. My recommendation is to swap Dimir Locket with Dimir Signet . Swap Prismatic Lens with Arcane Signet . Swap Star Compass with Commander's Sphere . Swap Charcoal Diamond with Darksteel Ingot . Then as an alternate win condition, you can toss in a Mindcrank and Strionic Resonator to mill your opponents as they take damage and then allowing you to double Scarab Gods ability.

Enchantments: You're missing out on some amazing potential with enchantments. Keep all of the ones you have but think about replacing Monastery Siege with a Rhystic Study or The Immortal Sun . Now I'm just gonna list off a lot of enchantments for you that work wonders in this style of deck. Pick and choose which ones you want: Tortured Existence , Zombie Infestation , Curse of Disturbance , Phyrexian Arena , Grave Pact , No Mercy , Dictate of Erebos , Liliana's Mastery , Open the Graves , Rooftop Storm <-- this one is a must have. Wound Reflection and finally Grave Betrayal . Your Endless Ranks of the Dead is new to me btw and I'll definitely be adding that one into my Scarab God deck. That thing is nuts.

Lastly your Maybeboard, the only cards I'd recommend putting in is Torment of Hailfire and Grave Titan . The rest are either unnecessary or do more harm than good. Though if you do want a planeswalker I'd highly recommend Liliana, Untouched By Death . She synergizes with the deck extremely well, especially if you have Rooftop Storm on the battlefield because now you can just recast everything from your graveyard for free.

xaarvaxus on Kess Control/Storm...Needs Work...

1 week ago

There are so many mana rocks that are better than Manalith that not one single copy should ever get used regardless of budget. The most obvious replacement is Sol Ring which is the most played card in EDH but the signets and talismans were already mentioned, the diamond cycle, ie: Charcoal Diamond , Fellwar Stone , Mind Stone , Thought Vessel , even Star Compass and Sphere of the Suns are better by virtue of being only 2 CMC to cast.
At 3 CMC you have: Mana Geode [scrys], Commander's Sphere [draws card], Pristine Talisman [gains life], Heraldic Banner [anthem], Spinning Wheel [taps creature], Vessel of Endless Rest [reclaims card for yourself or buries a card an opponent is recurring from their graveyard back into their library], Crystal Ball [scrys], guild Keyrune and Cluestone cycles [animate or card draw], Darksteel Ingot [at least it is indestructible], Seer's Lantern [inferior version of the Crystal Ball], not to mention much better ones like Chromatic Lantern , Worn Powerstone or Coalition Relic .

xaarvaxus on K'rrik's first steps

1 week ago

I see enough life gain spread around your decklist that a card like Demon's Horn seems pretty 'meh' to me. Same goes for Basilica Screecher . I would replace with Gifted Aetherborn as the lifelink/deathtouch will probably go farther than the extort on the bat.

With the 'swamps matter' mana ramp you have, I would look at both Wayfarer's Bauble and Myriad Landscape to get more into play faster. Star Compass is pretty much a second Charcoal Diamond .

Barren Moor would seem to be the easiest land to cut to make room for Cabal Coffers as you want to keep your swamp count high and you don't have a ton of ways to find the Tomb, as well as if you're looking to power out your commander, the fewer lands that come into play tapped, the better. YMMV here though. I don't tend to favor the cycle lands highly as either I never see them or they're in my opening hand.

No Mercy and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed are both great cards and both would be good in the deck. Mercy would be stronger in a deck that forces opposing creatures to attack and Mike is better in a deck that has more interaction with saccing creatures so neither would really be demonstrating their full power here.

Sinkhole is narrow and Gate to Phyrexia is expensive for what it does [to be fair, I do use Gate in my zombie deck and it's fine but it also was only $9 at the time I got it]. To give you a little flexibility you could add Unstable Obelisk . It takes a lot of mana to activate but provides an answer to both problematic lands and artifacts [plus added bonus of hitting planeswalkers and enchantments] that is at least a mana rock when you don't need it to blow something up.

Profet93 on The Toxic Deluge: Erebos, God of the Dead

3 weeks ago

IMO, the real reason I like Kukusho is for the lifegain. Getting 15 life allows you to get that much more card advantage. With ALL the ramp black has and all the card draw your commander provides, you should be able to win very easily. If your group knows you're going to cast repay in kind due to all your lifeloss, I wouldn't be surprised if it got countered or if they killed you prior to you being able to do so. Idk about your meta and the lvl of interaction but that's worth noting.

Thought Vessel > Charcoal Diamond - You already have enough black sources and the no max hand size is extremely useful for digging.

Reliquary Tower > Barren Moor - Utility > Looting. ESPECIALLY with necropotence, idk why it isn't in the deck already.

Again, Sol Ring , why isn't it in the deck?

You're also EXTREMELY vulnerable to artifacts and enchantments as you haven't slotted any removal for them. Some budget and non-budget options include....

Karn Liberated , Ugin, the Spirit Dragon , Ratchet Bomb , Lux Cannon , Nevinyrral's Disk , Oblivion Stone , Boompile , Ratchet Bomb , Perilous Vault , etc...

xaarvaxus on Liliana Heretical discard

1 month ago

Some cards that I run in my The Haunt of Hightower deck that may be of use:

Reanimate or Animate Dead , depending on budget and collection; with so much discard you'll likely find some juicy targets in someone's yard. Same goes for Beacon of Unrest .

Liliana's Specter , hits the table with the discard, flying body just a bonus. I'd use this rather than some of your more expensive single target discard spells as this is multiplayer and its hard enough to punish the table playing discard.

Tasigur's Cruelty again, hits the table and you're not likely to be paying retail on this.

Geth's Grimoire Good way to refuel as you strip peoples' hands.

Bolas's Citadel better with Haunt as the lifelink there keeps this going but this is still an obscene card.

Rankle, Master of Pranks the haste, evasion and multiple modes are all good.

Waste Not More resources for you as opponents lose theirs.

More ramp is never bad; Charcoal Diamond / Wayfarer's Bauble plus since you've got Tomb/Coffers, Expedition Map sees that combo come together more frequently.

Not sure about Dismember , Hero's Downfall or Vraska's Contempt would probably be useful more often in this spot. Though I suppose if your meta plays a lot of indestructibles, then Dismember may be the answer.

Casey4321 on The Toxic Deluge: Erebos, God of the Dead

1 month ago

I like but the smallest thing I might change. Arcane Signet > Charcoal Diamond

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Charcoal Diamond occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Black: 0.59%

Rakdos: 0.2%