Dark Confidant


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
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Mythic Rare
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Rare
Promo Set (000) None

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Dark Confidant

Creature — Human Wizard

At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

Dark Confidant Discussion

abbatromebone on abzan buying an obliterator...

6 days ago

ChrisHansonBiomancin on Disciple of 2-Drops (Infinite Combo)

1 week ago

Hey Iniallator98 thanks for the upvote! Ya there's unfortunately not a great way I can think of to replace what the Disciple does, but Pain Seer makes for a decent plan B since it uses the same engine & can act as sort of a Dark Confidant . I'd probably describe the strategy in that case as being more of a grindy tempo approach than straight control, as you'd want to use the card advantage Pain Seer provides to keep your hand stocked with answers while Smuggler's Copter and/or Hydroid Krasis go over the top. I tried to choose cards for the removal suite that are situational enough to give Disciple a wide array of answers, but still flexible enough individually to keep the number of dead cards in hand without Disciple to a minimum, so it can hopefully play that grindy style if needed. The other side of the coin is that you can see a lot of cards via Pain Seer & Copter, making it more likely to get a Disciple.

If you have any ideas for how to make it more consistent though, I'm all ears!

CasuallyCompetitive on Opus Thief

1 week ago

Hugomarink - Mindblade Render is a budget choice for Dark Confidant . Comes out the same turn as Dark Confidant (same CMC), has draw potential on the same turn (the turn after it is played), and on a minor note is a good swinger for Tymna the Weaver . Those are the main reasons I chose this over, say, a Phyrexian Arena .

Loyal Apprentice is just a really nice 2 drop that has haste and creates evasive hastey creature that allows for draw with Tymna the Weaver .

Dango on Anafenza's Hateful Hordes

1 month ago

Dark Confidant is something you'd also want to pick up eventually if budget restrictions aren't a huge problem. Runic Armasaur is really strong in some metas too, especially in games where there's a high density of fetchlands.

Vlasiax on ₣₳₦₲ɆĐ ₮ⱧⱤɆ₳₮₴ (ⱧɎ₱ɆⱤ ₳₲₲ⱤɆ₴₴łVɆ V₳₥₱łⱤɆ₴)

1 month ago

Yeah, I'd definitely recommend Dark Confidant and Zulaport Cutthroat . Not sure about higher CMC spells but these 2-drops should find a place here and bring the consistency of the deck a little higher.

Also for comparison, here's my decklist: Edgar's Night Horde

abbatromebone on 10-Gid

1 month ago

dingusdingo on Why isn't Aetherworks Marvel played ...

1 month ago


Just to be clear, your last response

  • Didn't include a response to sunbird critiques, which I explicitly requested.
  • Used pedantic incorrectly ("a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning.", of which my sentence on Mind's Dilation did not have this characteristic)
  • Spent an entire post flaming without anything on topic

Yeah dude, this is why I asked you to stop being childish. Instead of doubling down on toxic behavior, you could have contributed something to the thread.


A) Opportunity cost, don't ignore that. When you run a 6 CMC spell, you're missing out on plays you could be making instead.

B) The ability to brick out is significantly worse in Sunbird than other similar cards. Compare to the cards I linked earlier, Phyrexian Arena Sylvan Library Dark Confidant . No matter what, you're getting cards off those triggers. When you get a sunbird trigger, you're not guaranteed to get anything.

Comparing a card advantage engine to a stax piece is silly. To answer you explicitly though, yes those cards can brick out and yes it impacts their play-ability. The difference is that these effects are so beneficial when they land that they are worth the opportunity cost of slotting them. Blood Moon doesn't shut off the Azami player, but many many many lists will still run it anyways. Sunbird doesn't have the same impact when it lands, which is why it bricking out matters. You can't even count on it for a marginal effect.

C) Compare how resources are used by those three cards

  • Oracle of Mul Daya -> The value comes from your library, not from your hand. Once its in play, you don't have to spend any extra resources to get the lands from Oracle
  • Craterhoof Behemoth -> The resources are already in play, usually where creatures want to be
  • Sunbird's Invocation -> The resources must be in your hand, and you must cast another spell from hand to get the value, including paying mana costs

For Red, the area where your resources are most strapped is your hand. Even if you luck out and hit your 2 cards out of 99 in a 7 card hand (0.433%) you have still burned cards in hand. By the time you are able to cast Sunbird, you may only have lands left in hand. You MUST have a spell to cast after assembling the mana to get the first Sunbird trigger. You must also have the mana to cast the spell.

I'm glad you brought up Craterhoof though, to show how cards with high mana costs should perform. People will cast it as a finisher, something that ends the game because of the large cost (opportunity and mana) to play, as well as the conditional board required for it to be effective. Now compare to Sunbird. If you've hit all the resource costs, and have all the necessary components to make it go, all it does is get you free cards. Craterhoof wins. Do you see the difference?

D) I have not advocated for running junk, and in fact advocated for the exact opposite. This is why I lament about posting here, I can't even make the masses here aware of my position without confusion.


" You do come off kinda aggressive/condescending though when you say things like "Holy moly I don't even know why I post on these forums sometimes."

The poster I responded to ignored my very complete explanation of why Sunbird is a bad card, and nitpicked language minutia of a card I linked exclusively as a comparison example to pat themselves on the back for being correct about a casual card being a threat.

It really made me wonder why I post here. I have written a small essay on this thread now, and have gained absolutely nothing in new information.

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Dark Confidant occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.14%

Golgari: 1.73%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Golgari: 0.15%