Dark Deal


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Fate Reforged (FRF) Uncommon

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Dark Deal


Each player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards minus one.

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Dark Deal Discussion

cdkime on Pain is Cerebral (Nekusar HOD updated)

4 days ago

Couple suggestions:

One of the problems with Nekusar is playing wheel effects when you have a fist-full of great cards. You want the damage caused by the wheel, but the cost of discarding your hand is too steep. Library of Leng fixes this problem. You can "discard" cards you want to save, only to instantly draw them again.

Sigil of Sleep alongside a wheel effect is particularly effective against creature-based decks.

I think you should move Dark Deal to the mainboard. Wheels are the crux of any Nekusar deck, and the more the merrier.

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind goes pseudo-infinite with Curiosity and Helm of the Ghastlord.

Hive Mind is particularly powerful alongside wheel effects.

griffstick on Annoyance^2

6 days ago

Here's what I suggest change your CMDR to Maralen of the Mornsong and get her out turn one with dark ritual and tutor for Dark Deal this is brutal because players will have no hands. Can't draw cards with your CMDR and they will hate you cause they have to search for lands first before anything else

cdkime on Nekusar - One Damage at a Time

2 weeks ago

Personally, I do not like Spiteful Visions with Nekusar. While it provides significant damage to your opponents, you are also hitting yourself. Not a great situation if you are throwing wheel effects around.

I have also found Font of Mythos, Howling Mine, and the like to be more trouble than they are worth. The additional damage they provide per turn is insignificant, and, at least in my opinion, not worth the boon the other player receives. You need several cards with Nekusar-like effects before they become worthwhile; and sometimes keeping all those creatures on the field can be challenging. I would recommend replacing with more wheel effects (such as the Dark Deal you cut, or Winds of Change).

There are a couple enchantments which work well with Nekusar:

Helm of the Ghastlord - Whenever they draw a card, you get a card, which is always nice. But, more importantly, whenever they draw a card (and thus take damage), they are also forced to discard a card. This negates any boon Nekusar's card draw gives, and, if you play a wheel effect, their hand disappears for the rest of the game.

Sigil of Sleep - Whenever they draw a card, you bounce one of their creatures.

Curiosity - Whenever they draw a card, you get a card. As above, this is pretty nifty.

Phyresis - If you hate your friends, this card is great. You can easily and swiftly kill all your opponents when this is in play.

Some other cards to consider:

One of the problems with Wheels is you sometimes have a fist full of good cards, and do not want to discard them. Library of Leng fixes this problem. You can now discard the junk, while placing what you want back on top of your library, only to be instantly redrawn.

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind goes well with the crazy amounts of card draw you generate, and even goes infinite with Curiosity or Helm of the Ghastlord.

Funkydiscogod on Handful of Hate

1 month ago

I've heard Dark Deal can get some results with Waste Not.

If you want to win by draining the opponent with Liliana's Caress, I would vote for adding red or blue for Burning Inquiry or Wistful Thinking.

There is a style of deck they call "8-rack", which tries to drain the opponent out with Shrieking Affliction and The Rack, if you want to try to win that way.

cdkime on Kekusar

1 month ago

You should add a lot more wheel effects to this deck. Dark Deal, Molten Psyche, Reforge the Soul, Whispering Madness, Windfall, and Winds of Change are incredibly powerful, and deal massive amounts of damage to everyone in the game. Further, they disrupt players' hands, making their tutors/carefully calculated draws useless. Add Hive Mind to the mix, and suddenly there are myriad wheels in play, destroying your opponents' life totals.

Teferi's Puzzle Box nets a considerable amount of damage at the start of each players' turn.

The big problem with wheel effects is discarding your own hand. Library of Leng fixes that problem, allowing you to discard dead cards, while preserving in your hand the cards you want to keep (discard to top of library, draw them immediately).

Alongside wheels, discard synergies, such as Liliana's Caress, Megrim, and Sangromancer can be quite powerful.

Curiosity nets you a substantial number of additional cards.

I think Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is better for this deck than Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius. You are already generating considerable card draw, so its ability is both easier to utilize and provides an additional damage outlet.

Helm of the Ghastlord is quite powerful on Nekusar, and goes infinite on Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind.

Sigil of Sleep is delightfully mean. Every time they draw a card, you bounce one of their creatures.

If you really, really, really hate your friends, enchant Nekusar with Phyresis. Played alongside a wheel effect, you can effectively kill all opponents instantly.

I would also recommend cutting Spiteful Visions and any cards that deal damage to yourself. In my experience, Nekusar works best when everyone is drawing massive numbers of cards, including yourself. Self-burn is incredibly dangerous in this situation.

Loco-Motive on Nekusar - One Damage at a Time

1 month ago

Thanks, Thephelddagrif, I've thrown it in there and took out the Dark Deal for it.

Matt_The_OGRE on Any Suggestions for Mardu Draw ...

2 months ago

Alms Collector plus Anvil of Bogardan doesn't work. Your opponent draws a card for turn, then anvil triggers to draw a card and discard a card. This results in 2 separate instances of drawing 1 card.

Although, Alms Collector plus Font of Mythos would work. Also, any wheel effect (Wheel of Fortune, Dark Deal) would be sick with the collector.

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