Choice of Damnations


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK) Rare

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Choice of Damnations

Sorcery — Arcane

Target opponent chooses a number. You may have that player lose that much life. If you don't, that player sacrifices all but that many permanents.

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Choice of Damnations Discussion

chadsansing on W/B EDH

2 months ago

I dig the color combination.

Depending on how competitive or casual your playgroup is, Choice of Damnations can provoke some fun decision-making. If your playgroup is okay with combos, Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond might be good inclusions. I also like Beacon of Unrest and Torment of Hailfire in Bx decks.

Ashen Rider, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, and Razaketh, the Foulblooded all seem like potentially useful creatures, Avacyn especially if you play a lot of wipes. Rout might be another wipe to try out here.

Have fun!

chadsansing on Oloro Life Siphon

2 months ago

Have you tested with Serra Ascendant? That might work well in this deck. You could also try out Athreos, God of Passage, with Zulaport Cutthroat and a sac outlet or two like High Market, Vampiric Rites, or Viscera Seer.

Choice of Damnations, Fractured Identity, Teferi's Protection, and Torment of Hailfire can all be fun in multiplayer games in these colors. Pull from Tomorrow and Sphinx's Revelation might be good for card draw.

How does your mana base treat you during play? It seems you need a lot more B mana, maybe a little less u, and much less W. Have you tried swapping out BW and UW lands for more BU lands? Or for more basic swamps?

Have fun brewing!

Chiberia on Meriekes Rise to Power

2 months ago


Zur however tutors out the most important enchantments in the deck, he is essentially a backup plan should I not pull any untapping methods. Choice of Damnations seems to just be a bit too gimicky, not effective enough to justify its use. It is just too volatile. Torment of Hailfire is one my favorite cards ever printed, but I'm not sure It has a place here. Though If I can find a way it is going into the deck because I love the design. Beacon of Unrest however is a good choice, though I think I might put in my copy of Animate Dead instead because its cheaper and quicker, though I could just include both because they are good cards.

Thanks for the feedback! Happy Brewing!

precociousapprentice on Sente: The Politics and Metaphor of Stones

2 months ago

I like Torment of Hailfire well enough. One way or another, it is pretty punishing. There are a lot of token decks in my meta, and it is not the best at punishing them. I find Choice of Damnations to be very underwhelming. I frequently find it ends up being an inefficient damage spell at somewhere between 6-10 single target player damage. An Exsanguinate is often better in both of those slots, especially in decks that like to extend the game.

As for a lot of those enchantments, I have a hard time introducing even light stax into my meta. This deck as is has made people balk, and this is even less stax-y than yours. I have to work in ways that punish deck archetypes, but still allow people to play their decks. That is the beauty of Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control. Everyone gets to play their deck out, people fall one at a time, and then someone faces off against Marchesa. About 80% of the time, she scrapes out a win, and everyone seems to think it is a plain lucky win that happened because everyone just handed it to me. Little do they know that it is because I have engineered a board state that very subtly supports that outcome. Stax tends to make games unfun for my friends. I have to go very light on stax, and then make my stax-esque pieces avoidable if they just don't attack me. That is sort of my goal here as well.

I am thinking about my endgame tactics after a few games. Bloodchief Ascension and Zur's Weirding are cool together, and gives very strong control, but it is slow, and people seem to hate Zur's Weirding. I am thinking about strengthening the Paradox Engine combo, adding some specific hate for common deck archetypes that synergize with the rest of the deck, and then adding a few bomb finishers that are good for control decks. At this point, I am thinking:

Man-o'-War -> Unwinding Clock Take out a duplicate bounce and add to the power of the mana rock suite. And that artwork is amazing. Need it in foil. May go further and add Vedalken Orrery for playing on other people's turns. A sort of ad hoc semi-Prophet of Kruphix.

Tidehollow Strix -> Aven Mindcensor This would hate on anyone with too many tutors and fetches, and specifically slows combo decks. If this works well, I may add Mindlock Orb. If I do this, fetches and other tutors will be removed. Which may increase the need for my next change.

Clutch of the Undercity -> Lim-Dul's Vault Removal of a bad tutor for a not-really-tutor, to help get around Mindlock Orb. If this change happens, then possibly will need to remove Expedition Map for the same reason. Cards with alternate uses besides tutoring could stay.

Not sure how, but would like to add Energy Field and Rest in Peace, possibly some other pillow fort cards. I find Pillow Fort to be incredibly political. Maybe exchange Merieke Ri Berit for Zur the Enchanter, and may rework my utility creatures, planning to help speed up my Pillow Fort. This may conflict with Mindlock Orb. Not sure what is working and what is not.

Cultivator's Caravan -> A different mana rock. I can only crew this with Sen Triplets, an enemy creature I steal, or multiple creatures, unless my utility creatures get bigger. May trial this for a bit longer. Enemy creatures may become my mainstay for crewing this, but I have a feeling that this is less than optimal. I am considering Chrome Mox in this slot, or Grim Monolith. Either that or a finisher like Sun Titan or Consecrated Sphinx to get value and fill that finisher spot as well.

Wash Out -> Another mass bounce or straight board wipe spell. Stealing creatures to bounce them back to their owners' hands is not cool. This would work better in a different deck. Still, I need mass control.

Artifact lands -> Basics. Artifact hate may become too much for me to withstand. Need a balance.

Annyway, after some more play testing, I think I am narrowing in on the interesting style of control you can get in a Sen Triplets deck. It has been fun so far.

chadsansing on

2 months ago

Serra Ascendant is great here. Maybe promote it to the mainboard and swap out something like Ring of Thune or Ring of Xathrid?

Also, I was surprised not to see Ghost Council of Orzhova, Karlov of the Ghost Council, or Obzedat, Ghost Council.

If you would ever like to think about moving away from your artifact sub-theme, Banishing Light, Beacon of Unrest, Choice of Damnations, Oblivion Ring, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, and Torment of Hailfire might work as removal/pain spells here.

Since life-gain is a sub-theme, it might also be worth testing Aetherflux Reservoir, Exquisite Blood, andSanguine Bond as combos/insta-wins if your play group is okay with such things.

Happy brewing!

chadsansing on

2 months ago

Working on an Oloro list, as well, over at Oloro, Annoying Ascetic. There might be some helpful suggestions in there.

You could run Aetherflux Reservoir, Exquisite Blood, or Felidar Sovereign if your play group is cool with combos or insta-wins.

Beacon of Unrest, Choice of Damnations, Fractured Identity (maybe on your own Phage the Untouchable), and Torment of Hailfire are all fun to play in Esper. Sorin, Grim Nemesis, might be a good walker here, too.

You may also want to cut back on U mana for W to smooth out the lands you draw in proportion to the colors of the spells you draw.

Happy brewing!

chadsansing on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant Self Mill

2 months ago

Sweet creature list. Have you ever tested with Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, or Necrotic Ooze?

It might also be fun to play Beacon of Unrest, Choice of Damnations, Torment of Hailfire, or Villainous Wealth here.

Have fun playing!

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