Darkest Hour

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Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Seventh Edition Rare
Urza's Saga Rare

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Darkest Hour

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All creatures are black.

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Darkest Hour Discussion

enpc on 5 Enemy Color Commander Decks ...

2 days ago

You'd be better off creating 5 deck lists and linking htem as this will let people post ideas to particular lists.

For white/black, Teysa, Orzhov Scion as a reanimator commander is always good. I've seen Teysa decks that don't run Darkest Hour combos but are still very powerful (albeit slower). Lots of recursion loops.

rizzenkampf on Little Teysa's Value Town

1 week ago

@UnleashedHavok, thanks for checking out the deck!

Yeah, it's my flagship EDH deck and doesn't really have a budget; it's not quite balls-to-the-wall competitive though, I've got Breya Combo for that.

Thing about cards like Serra Ascendant and, say, Felidar Sovereign is that they get really old really fast - and most experienced playgroups have already seen enough of those lol. It's the same reason I am only running Darkest Hour in the sideboard against turbo Spikes - it leads to games ending abruptly and just isn't that much fun.

On the other hand, lifegain is a secondary quality of this deck, it just happens to get arbitrarily large amounts of life sometimes incidentally but it's not its main game plan - thus I try to avoid playing cards that rely on lifegain to pay-off.

Ayli is sweet and I definitely considered her. If her first ability didn't have the 1 mana cost, it would have been a 100% auto include; as is, I have cheaper options for sac outlets in Cartel Aristocrat and Viscera Seer and the like. If you're trying to build a Teysa with more of a lifegain focus (with fat Karlov or Aetherflux Reservoir) then Ayli is awesome.

sabba5600 on Use, Kill, Recycle

3 weeks ago

Darkest Hour to make teysa allow for infinite sac. with a Blood Artist or Blasting Station or Altar of Dementia as win conditions. Nether Traitor can allow for similar combo without darkest hour is you use Phyrexian Altar.

Mentor of the Meek for solid card draw. Sadistic Hypnotist to interact with your opponents hand. Shred Memory to transmute and find any 2 drop in your deck. Smothering Abomination for more card draw. Elspeth, Sun's Champion because +1 for three white creautes to sac to teysa.

admittedly i don't know if you want to go the combo route with this deck but this teysa is a beast in a combo deck. otherwise i would almost use a different commander over her.

combo teysa was one of my first edh decks and i had a blast with it. just thought id throw some ideas out there for you to see.

strembl7 on Initial D(epala): Aether Stage

4 weeks ago

I definitely see where you're coming from. I, of course, had no idea what your playgroup is like. Mine is a little larger: probably the same 12-20 or so people. However, Depala does not stand a chance against any of them in 4 player games without the hatebears. Containment Priest stops reanimation, Bribery effects, and flicker shenanigans such as Brago, King Eternal so that the board doesn't get locked out. Holding down Grand Abolisher is the only way I will ever be allowed to cast any of my angels or anthems. Ethersworn Canonist is essentially just my answer to storm decks, and worst case it baits out removal before Gisela or Aurelia hit the board.

Some hatebears are less hateful, and double as actively beneficial to you, such as Angel of Jubilation which has that wonderful little anthem effect while also stopping a number of infinite combos. You can always just grab the select few that actually affect your meta. Spirit of the Labyrinth, for example, doesn't affect Depala's ability, but it stops a lot of popular decks I find myself against like Mizzix of the Izmagnus and Sharuum the Hegemon and some really popular cards like Rhystic Study and Sylvan Library. And, if you just really want to win a game, it makes Wheel of Fortune (or Magus of the Wheel or Wheel of Fate for budget-friendly options) into something a whole lot more devastating - but that knife runs both ways. Your opponents' wheels are also something very different with it down.

I do not run Heart of Kiran because I play exclusively 4-player games, and Crew 3 for 4 damage just isn't worth a card slot when I need to deal 120 damage to win.

I'll definitely reconsider Siege Modification. My issue with it is that it makes my opponents' removal become a 2-for-1, which I guess is the flaw of any aura. Normally they would never waste removal on a vehicle. I'll have to try it out to see if its worth the risk. From that perspective, though, another hatebear would actually serve the same purpose (can keep a vehicle crewed) plus the bonus of slowing my opponents' wincons down even more.

I find it really interesting that you consider Taurean Mauler a staple. I had never even seen it before until I did a Gatherer search for creatures with Changeling, and I definitely needed to read it to my friends when I first played it. Also, my playgroup is much less budget-friendly: we consider my Depala list as casual. We do, also, enjoy building new decks each week. And, to keep things fair, we are usually very ok with proxies. To most of us, the challenge is in the deckbuilding, and no one should be barred from competing just because they aren't wealthy.

On a lighter note, this week I am putting together a specter and ninja deck featuring Nicol Bolas for some shenanigans. A couple weeks ago I put together a racism-themed deck featuring all the old color-hate cards like Eastern Paladin and Lifeforce and some manipulation like Darkest Hour. See Janky Racism (Color Hate) if you're interested. Still can't find a copy of Scuttlemutt and its bothering the hell out of me. I live in Canada and ordering in cards from the US is very expensive...

StopShot on Dark Phoenix, Who Frowns At Fun

1 month ago

@foxboy93, for Hexproof I'd recommend pairing with Impact Tremors or Zulaport Cutthroat. That aside I feel even if you're to go for the kill with a sac engine you should be running Goblin Bombardment and give a moderate consideration to Blasting Station since its still better to win ten times out of ten than nine times out of ten, but I'm incredibly picky so its just my perspective on the matter. I just don't like small loop-holes that ruin the combo you assembled.

I feel like a non-graveyard based combo is a really big question to answer. If your deck generates mana like no ones business I'd recommend Mana Echoes + Myr Matrix for the slow terrifying kill your opponents can't stop. Another cute one is Sword of Feast and Famine + Aggravated Assault and if you're really banking to have every hit connect I'd suggest putting in Key to the City, Darkest Hour, Break Through the Line, Nether Traitor, and Mogis's Marauder. If you want a combo that involves putting in even smaller spells you could try risking it to build Isochron Scepter + Final Fortune + Sundial of the Infinite in which Shred Memory would be a good friend of yours which tutors any of the pieces of this infinite turn combo. My personalized non-graveyard combo is Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Thornbite Staff and then take any creature and a Goblin Bombardment to sac the token copies infinitely.

Daedalus19876 on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

1 month ago

So what would you all include if you were to build Teysa, Orzhov Scion? :) I'm thinking black token-generators, black/white creatures, stax pieces, deathtouch, Darkest Hour, sac outlets, etc.

Mostly just looking for a place to use my foil Anguished Unmaking, haha.

StopShot on Help generating infinite colored/red mana ...

1 month ago

My deck: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/alesha-who-smites-death/

I've been having trouble lately landing infinite combos with Alesha who Smiles at Death. The combos I like pulling off involve the graveyard and work very well to my liking, but heavily fall apart to cards like Leyline of the Void, Rest in Peace, etc.

To counteract this I'm trying to go infinite with cards that don't use the graveyard, but many of those combos I've been finding very highly unsatisfactory. Instead I've came up with a new approach. If I can generate an infinite combo the produces infinite red or colored mana and I have either Blasting Station or Goblin Bombardment I can cast and sacrifice my commander, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, infinite times killing my opponents. I'm just unfamiliar with infinite mana-combos in my colors that also don't use the graveyard. Any ideas? (Skip past the break below if you aren't going to ask whether I've tried a speific non-infinite mana combo.)

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Extra: List of Non-Graveyard combos that I've already tried and won't reconsider. (Please don't recommend I try these. I've used many of them before already, and they're not reliable enough to my liking.)

Splinter Twin + Village Bell-Ringer Cons: I have to wait a round of turns after drawing Bell-Ringer after drawing it to mitigate summoning sickness before going infinite. I'd rather have something more instantaneous so I have more options to choose from when deciding to go off.

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Village Bell-Ringer Cons: Kiki-Jiki is pretty clunky to cast and you can't rely on him to sit a full round of turns without him getting removed.

Ad Nauseam + Angel's Grace + Sickening Dreams OR Mana Geyser + Reiterate OR Dualcaster Mage + Heat Shimmer Cons: You have to cast all combo pieces at once rather than set up over a few turns in advance which requires usually completely tapping out. Also if the combo is thwarted it's too much trouble in Mardu colors to recur instants and sorceries from graveyard back to hand just to reset it.

Teysa, Orzhov Scion + Darkest Hour + Goblin Bombardment Cons: I've tried pretty hard to make this combo work, but for some reason having an extra creature to sacrifice makes this combo a little too unreliable for my liking.

Helm of Obedience + Rest in Peace OR Alesha, Who Smiles at Death + Master of Cruelties Cons: I mostly play multiplayer and I'd rather take out all my opponents at once rather than one-by-one.

[Any combo that involves milling] Cons: My playgroup runs the Eldrazi Titans meaning they're impossible to mill. Adding graveyard-hate interferes with my other combos and adds another piece to the mill-combo.

Parallax Wave + Opalescence + Impact Tremors Cons: Half the time this works. You can preset up Opalescence and follow up with Parallax Wave some turn later once you draw into it, but not the other way around since Parallax Wave has fading which becomes an unreliable clock to get Opalescence if you preset the combo in that order.

Sword of Feast and Famine + Aggravated Assault Cons: With the exception to Nether Traitor there are no other cheap CMC creatures with a form of reliable evasion and haste. Etched Champion and Mogis's Marauder are nice, but aren't as reliable as I'd like.

Eldrazi Displacer + Emrakul's Hatcher + Impact Tremors OR Restoration Angel + Impact Tremors + Felidar Guardian//Conspiracy Cons: Requires too much mana to set up at once or similar to the problems with Kiki-Jiki + Bell-Ringer in that you may have to preset the combo with a creature and hope it doesn't get removed by a board-wipe.

Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension Cons: Despite it being a multiplayer game getting three quest counters on Bloodchief Ascension is awkward and situational considering it gives my opponents extra time and turns to react.

Near-Death Experience + Plunge into Darkness//Fire Covenant Cons: Near-Death Experience has to sit on the field for a whole round of turns at the very least. An opponent removing Near-Death Experience after I've brought myself down to 1 life before my upkeep is also too high of a risk to take as well.

Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit + Murderous Redcap + Goblin Bombardment Cons: This combo already uses the graveyard, so its not a non-graveyard combo. Also I'm fine not using this one since the other graveyard combos I use I feel work better than this one.

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As you can see I've covered a long range of different non-graveyard combos, but each one is too unsatisfactory for me. Unless I have missed a non-graveyard infinite damage combo I would like to know what infinite colored-mana or infinite red-colored-mana combos exist in my colors if anyone knows of any that don't use the graveyard. Thank you for your help.

GoldenDiggle on Field to Plowshares

1 month ago

Hey the.beanpole! Thanks for your comment!

I agree, Eliminate the Competition and Gaze of Justice have been removed, in favor of Darkest Hour and Ashnod's Altar.

Leonin Relic-Warder actually looks really great! Thank you! On a scale of 1 to 10, how worthwhile do you consider Voldaren Pariah  Flip to be? Twilight Drover was removed because it was a bit slow, but with Ashnod's that may change.

Enduring Renewal looks great, but I don't really care to cast artifacts, even if I can sac em.

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