Crumbling Ashes


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
Eventide (EVE) Uncommon

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Crumbling Ashes


At the beginning of your upkeep, destroy target creature with a -1/-1 counter on it.

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Crumbling Ashes Discussion

Valengeta on Bugquake

1 week ago

I used Crumbling Ashes previously and I am in doubt whether or not to use it again here. A good card, no question, but what would I remove in order to add it? And will it be worth the change?

NoneRain on Bugquake

1 week ago

This one can help too: Crumbling Ashes

Burhan on Spider Safari

2 weeks ago


Thanks for the suggestions! I origanally intended to put Ishkanah, Grafwidow in this deck. However, I felt that her delirium ability wouldn't trigger often. Spider decks with Ishkanah are usually graveyard decks with spiders such as Nyx Weaver. I am not that fond of self mill strategies, hence I left her out. I definitely want to add Juvenile Gloomwidow as it synergizes with Obelisk Spider and is a great 2 drop, but I don't know what to switch out for. Crumbling Ashes is a great card but again, I don't know what to switch out for.

hydrothermia on Spider Safari

2 weeks ago

Welcome to Tapped Out!

You can have a lot more fun with this if add a few other cards, specifically something like Conspiracy to make everything a spider subtype. Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Frostweb Spider, Graverobber Spider, Juvenile Gloomwidow, Renowned Weaver, Penumbra Spider and Spider Spawning would be good additions to this. I'd also use Elves of Deep Shadow with your Llanowar Elves so you have another mana producer. You could also use Blowfly Infestation or Crumbling Ashes go with the -1/-1 counters.

PhthisisClock on Negative Creep Modern

1 month ago

Flooremoji... I like Crumbling Ashes but in some cases it could hurt this build... for example if I have it in play I'm going to think twice before dropping Ammit Eternal or Channeler Initiate. Ashes is a great card but I'd rather have the choice to destroy target permanent, and Ashes doesn't give that choice. Blowfly Infestation is another mandatory effect that could potentially hurt the build... but it's manageable.

Block_Head2222 on Combos And Annoyance

2 months ago

pasta sauce and pasta, my favorite combo... That and Blowfly Infestation plus Crumbling Ashes.

lagotripha on How The Devil Plays MTG: The Mono-Black Primer

2 months ago

Hi- There are a few cards that deserve honourable mentions from my testing. I've got this big list of cards I've tested and made work, but a lot of it is pure jank. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox The ones below deserve specific mention.

Plunge into Darkness. It pseudo tutors, its a sac outlet, it hates on burn. Its ability to look for a sideboard card is both understated and very strong.

Imp's Mischief is a meta call, but in some metas is devastating. Used to be run a lot to redirect splinter twin, will likely see play when something similar reapears.

Blade of the Bloodchief is a big payoff card for mono-black vampire tribal, as sitting lower to the ground and spamming creatures/removal makes lashwrithe and this a lot stronger.

Oona's Blackguard and Earwig Squad have in the past worked well in bitterblossom lists.

Everlasting Torment is also has a playable if not amazing -1/-1 counter list including Geralf's Messenger Crumbling Ashes and Necroskitter with Black Sun's Zenith.

Dark Prophecy is worth mentioning in that it is unplayable. You have to say it or people will try. Unless its a key combo peice in a Zulaport Cutthroat list, don't bother. Jam a Phyrexian Arena or heck, Underworld Connections instead.

Defense Grid, Storage Matrix and Culling Scales deserve mention as artifacts. They aren't in favour at the moment, but have in the past been devastating tools. Sun Droplet is often a better Dragon's Claw, or in a degenerate meta, copies 5-8.

Soul Spike is a powerful wincon when you can draw your library, which is tricky in mono black, but very possible with Grim Haruspex lists. The lifegain can also offset lifeloss a lot of repeatable 'draw your library' cards often incur.

Gonti's Machinations is a 1 mana lightning helix with suspend which bypasses leyline.

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