Curse of Death's Hold

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders 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
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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Curse of Death's Hold

Enchantment — Aura Curse

Enchant player

Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.

Curse of Death's Hold Discussion

hungry000 on Ideally this Modern Deck Would be Epic

1 week ago

Archetype of Imagination can be a hardlock with Form of the Dragon (which I'd only play one of, btw) and Curse of Death's Hold is a hard lock in 1v1 with Dovescape and/or Overwhelming Splendor (if you ever decide to add that one in).

StopShot on The Orzhov Syndicate desires an ...

1 month ago

Thran Lens allows your creatures to block Animar and possibly remove him if any have deathtouch.

Consecrate / Consume and Renounce the Guilds both have chances at removing Animar if not a big fatty either way.

If you're playing 1 vs 1 Council's Judgment can always remove Animar.

Solar Tide , Austere Command , Consume the Meek , Culling Sun , Retribution of the Meek , Ritual of Soot , and Dusk / Dawn are all board wipes you can use like spot-removal.

Deathgrip is probably your BEST counterspell.

Since Animar starts as a 1/1 cards like Engineered Plague , Night of Souls' Betrayal , Curse of Death's Hold , Ethereal Absolution , and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite make him die instantly before he can ever get big. (If he's already out and pumped up before you can get one out just use a board wipe and he'll be stuck in the command zone until the Animar player can remove this effect.)

Nevermore and Gideon's Intervention makes it so Animar can't be cast.

Chalice of the Void on 3 makes it so Animar can't be cast.

Genesiz on Kambal, Consul of speedy turns

1 month ago

If your main win-con is RiP plus Helm, and you're not planning on attacking all that much, with Humility in your deck, you could run either Lightmine Field or Night of Souls' Betrayal / Curse of Death's Hold to shut down all creatures.

xaarvaxus on Chris Lashbrook

1 month ago

Theater of Horrors looks like it could be great card draw with the commander as her own card draw ability has a cheaper activation and hits for more damage. Pay and essentially draw 2 plus deal 2 life loss seems good plus you can always go back and continue to play exiled cards from the Theater as long as it stays play.

Curses typically aren't great cards [hasn't stopped me from putting a curse subtheme into my vampire deck] but maybe Curse of Death's Hold to gain a combat advantage vs one opponent.

While its not strictly 'chaos', I've always found effects like Mob Rule and Insurrection pair well it thematically.

You might still want a Terminate , Bedevil or Hero's Downfall for a little more control of the battlefield even if they are just efficient and/or flexible instead of flavor wins.

Sh1ftyL0ck3 on Return the slab~

8 months ago

You definitely need Bitterheart Witch in the deck if you want all the curses, for which I'd take out two Silence (the Curse of Exhaustion does the trick well enough).

Overwhelming Splendor would be really fun with Bitterheart Witch and Curse of Misfortunes. Curse of Death's Hold would be best to take out to make space for it.

If you play more multiplayer games with the deck, I'd suggest some of the Commander 2017 Curses, Curse of Opulence, Curse of Disturbance, and Curse of Vitality.

WBG on when an enchantment aura is ...

9 months ago

For cards such as Replenish, Open the Vaults, Sun Titan , and Zur the Enchanter, if I get an enchntment aura card (such as Curse of Death's Hold) onto the battlefield, can I attach it to a player or even target? Rules text cited would be appreciated.

WargRave on Rats all the way down

10 months ago

Needs more Rat Colony

With only 6 Relentless Rats you need half of your total number on the battlefield to even make them 4/4s. Most of the time they will be 3 mana 2/2s. You need a critical mass of Relentless Rats--at least 20. If you want to dedicate only a small portion of your deck to the Relentless effect, then Rat Colony is much better; unlike Relentless Rats it benefits from any rat you control, including Marrow-Gnawer's tokens. Pack Rat is also superior if you have many non-Relentless Rats.

Rat Colony is strictly better than Swarm of Rats. It's also generally better than Bog Rats, Carrion Rats, Muck Rats, Nezumi Cutthroat (fear isn't worth a large power loss and "can't block", especially when Marrow-Gnawer provides fear), Pestilence Rats (Rat Colony gets +2/-2 under most conditions and costs 1 less), and Earsplitting Rats (not enough graveyard/discard synergies).

Other suggestions

Tormod's Crypt -> Nihil Spellbomb, Bojuka Bog. You can run Crypt in addition if needed, but I would use these first.

Kitesail -> Bladed Pinions, Fleetfeather Sandals.

Geth's Grimoire -> remove. Only four or so cards in this deck actually cause an opponent to discard. Since you're running Ancient Craving, might as well slot in Ambition's Cost as well.

Nightmare Lash -> Lashwrithe. Or just run both, but Lashwrithe first.

Sword of the Paruns -> Bad Moon, Adaptive Automaton, Hall of Triumph, Vanquisher's Banner, and Obelisk of Urd are all more mana efficient and consistent ways to pump your rats.

Altar's Reap -> Costly Plunder, Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood.

I'm not sure how Shriveling Rot serves the deck.

There are two Cabal Strongholds, so one needs to come out. Cycling lands--Barren Moor, Polluted Mire, and Desert of the Glorified--hedge against land-heavy draws. Some cheap utility/value lands like Zhalfirin Void, Encroaching Wastes, Mystifying Maze, or Temple of the False God might be good over some number of Swamps too.

Phyrexian Tribute -> Scour from Existence, Unstable Obelisk. I know black is bad with artifacts, but there is a reason Phyrexian Tribute is in 55 edh decks, and the other two are in over 5000 each, and it isn't just color restriction. They cover all five permanent types instead of just one, including the equally hard-for-black enchantments. Requiring two creatures to sacrifice, Phyrexian Tribute isn't even always easier to cast, and it's effect is far less flexible.

Speaking of Unstable Obelisk, more mana ramp would be prudent, like Wayfarer's Bauble, Mind Stone, and Commander's Sphere. Bontu's Monument isn't Jet Medallion, but is still worthwhile with 27 creatures.

I don't think there are enough graveyard synergies to make Living Death appropriate.

Night Dealings is slow, does nothing if the battlefield isn't somewhat favorable, can potentially get removed, makes you reveal, and can't get lands. Razaketh's Rite and Mastermind's Acquisition tutor with no fuss. If you want slow, multi-card tutoring, Diabolic Revelation, Demonic Collusion, and Increasing Ambition are reliable options. Although none feature Nezumi in their art.

Curse of Death's Hold is a bit narrow for multiplayer; I'd prefer Ascendant Evincar which will hit more enemy creatures overall while buffing your own and being a 3/3 flier.

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