Dead Weight


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Shadows over Innistrad Common
Innistrad Common

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Dead Weight

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.

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Dead Weight Discussion

Variux on Abzan Solemnity

3 days ago


Well, you can remove Fatal Push and use something like Dead Weight as that's the poor man's Fatal Push. Most of what you can remove with Push, Dead Weight can probably hit as well. You can remove Rhonas the Indomitable and Gideon of the Trials pretty easily and replace them with really anything you like that fits the scheme. I used to just run 4 copies of God-Pharaoh's Faithful in their place because you can drop your counters from Channeler Initiate or Exemplar of Strength. You can add Crocodile of the Crossing in as well.

The majority of the cost comes from Concealed Courtyard and Blooming Marsh which can be replaced with Foul Orchard or Forsaken Sanctuary if you want super budget, but they won't be anywhere near as good. Good lands are some of the first things I would recommend buying in a format, especially since these ones won't rotate until the end of 2018. Both of the lands are also used quite frequently in Modern, so they're a two for one.

You could also probably go down a few Solemnity if you wanted, but I wouldn't recommend that at all. They're pretty cheap as is.

Hyperalgialysis on Torment of Death

1 week ago

To imrpove it, we can add Essence Extraction to remove a threat and gain some much needed life. I also think Harsh Scrutiny is a must have against that red deck. Don't forget Dead Weight either. That deck is so fast that you basically need to answer everything it can cast right away. I think 24 lands might be a bit high considering your curve is so low, maybe try 22 or even 20. If you have Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet he is really good against that deck especially since he survives Abrade. Trial of Ambition is a second good way to get rid of Hazoret the Fervent. If you don't have kalitas make sure you toss in a couple 4 or 5 toughness creatures since they survive almost all of red's removal. Mindwrack Demon and Silent Skimmer come to mind at 4 toughness and relevant evasion. You could toss in 2 Ob Nixilis Reignited as another win condition and run 22 land, just swap out some removal and sideboard it back in against other match ups like g/b counters and mardu vehicles.

DominicNation on Rats in the Attic

1 week ago

passimo Thanks bud, I've been finding the issue with Dead Weight. Thank you for the idea.

passimo on Rats in the Attic

1 week ago

I like this deck! Very fun to play so +1!

I'd play Disfigure instead of Dead Weight, because I find speed very important in these cards, but it's up to you.

PeeBee on Mono Black Obliterator

1 month ago

Im going to work off a few assumptions with this comment. As themanofhat has suggested, if you own Bloodghast and Phyrexian Obliterator, then you have got the most expensive parts of mono black devotion, which is a creature based (like your preference) devotion deck.

While not being one of the "top" decks, it can easily beat FNM level opponents and has some of the strongest cards in modern, so it sounds like this would definitely fit your needs.

Mono black devotion works off the black mana symbols in the cards cost and plans on getting as many on the field as possible and then dropping a Gray Merchant of Asphodel to do a mega drain on your opponent. Although the deck has Phyrexian Obliterator and Liliana of the Veil and/or Liliana, the Last Hope which can all win the game on there own if you need them to. The biggest problem the deck and black have is enchantment and artifacts that black can never deal with, so you usually start with early game hand disruption in the form of Thoughtseize and/or Inquisition of Kozilek so you can get those problematic cards out your opponents hand and allow you a clear path to victory.

The deck usually also runs Gatekeeper of Malakir and Relentless Dead however Gifted Aetherborn is a good budget and strong option.

Fill the rest of your deck with removal such as: Dismember, Fatal Push, Disfigure, Go for the Throat, Victim of Night, Dead Weight, Grasp of Darkness, Bile Blight which will give you enough control to get you into the 3, 4 and 5 drops which is the deck really shines.

Raging_Squiggle on Does Dead Weight kill the ...

1 month ago

Let's see if I can keep up on everything said so far.


For simplicity and argument's sake, let's say you have a Cryptoplasm already copying an Alabaster Leech and it's been enchanted by Dead Weight. On your upkeep, you may change Cryptoplasm to another target creature and you target White Knight. The moment the ability resolves, and before the active player receives priority, the game checks for, then performs all applicable State-Based Actions simultaneously; then repeats until no SBA's are found. There are 2 State-Based Actions happening simultaneously:
1. A creature having 0 toughness. (704.5f)
2. An aura that's attached to an illegal object. (704.5n)

These are performed at the same time, and both permanents, the creature and the aura, are immediately put into their owner's graveyards.


Whenever an aura spell is cast, it requires a legal target as per the casting process in rule 303.4a. An object is considered a spell Only when it is on the stack. If an Aura enters the battlefield from any zone other than the stack, it does not require a target and enters the battlefield attached to a permanent it can enchant.

Example: Progenitus and Argothian Enchantress are on the battlefield. Someone attacks with Zur the Enchanter and tutors for Dead Weight. Because it enters the battlefield from a zone other than the stack, a target is not needed and therefore not made, allowing Dead Weight to enter the battlefield enchanting Argothian Enchantress. This is because Shroud only stops spells or abilities from targeting it. And since in this particular scenario, Dead Weight is neither a spell nor ability, and it does not require a target, it can enchant Argothian Enchantress. As for Progenitus, Dead Weight cannot enchant it whatsoever, due to the fact that it specifically prevents it from being enchanted, as per the acronym DEBT.


Even though this is primarily a tournament related subject regarding where to find more information on it, this happens quite often in casual settings. Say you tried to Doom Blade a White Knight, forgetting that it has protection from black and you spent mana from Thought Vessel and a Swamp on it. The game recognizes that you performed an illegal action and reverses the game to a point in time in which the infraction has not yet happened. Meaning anything up to that time is reversed, including your spending mana from your mana rock and your land. They become untapped and the game resumes.

This is not to be confused with Doom Blade's target becoming illegal after the casting process has been completed (including selecting a legal target). Say it's targeting an Elvish Mystic, and in response it's given hexproof from Blossoming Defense. When Doom Blade goes to resolve, the game sees its target is no longer legal and it fizzles, being removed from the stack instead. Its effect does not happen.

Hopefully I covered everything being discussed, and helped to answer the OP's question. If I didn't or I made a mistake, let me know and I'll fix it.

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