Deadly Designs


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) None
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Uncommon

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Deadly Designs


: Put a Plot counter on Deadly Designs. Any player may activate this ability.

When there are five or more plot counters on Deadly Designs, sacrifice it. If you do, destroy up to two target creatures.

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Deadly Designs Discussion

poorpinkus on The Devil On Your Shoulder - EDH Tempting Deals

3 months ago

Sorry for taking so long to respond, I haven't checked back on here for a bit.

imoutogetyou I've been thinking of cutting Malfegor, but it has saved me a lot of times. I'll thinking about it though!

Barsan I mainly didn't include the tempt cards because my playgroup has become pretty stingy with them, so they never accept any of the offerings. I do like Tempt with Reflections a lot, but Tempt with Vengeance tends to cause a board stalemate and Tempt with Immortality tends to cause one of my opponents to get one of their game-ending creatures back.

Coward_Token Sygg, River Cutthroat is a great idea! My only concern is that it becomes fairly obvious what I am trying to do, since my main goal with this deck is to cause people to lose life while looking as unassuming as possible. The same goes for Bloodchief Ascension but to a higher degree. I like Curtains' Call a lot actually, and I might just replace Deadly Designs with it as Deadly Designs never seems to work well, however Force of Will is far, far outside of my budget range.

Chill_Casual I like where you are going with this! I personally like to keep Browbeat because it's more of a political card than anything; my opponents can choose to let me draw cards which makes the card draw a bit less intimidating, but evoke cards are definitely great with Vial Smasher. Smoke would be too annoying of a card for a deck like this, since it inhibits every player so they'd want to target/kill me to get rid of it. I've been trying to get my hands on a Blasphemous Act since it's obviously great in this deck, so thanks for the suggestions!

DrukenReaps on Politically Motivated.

5 months ago

Ah too threatening, that makes sense. Ok hmmm I think it is best to determine cuts on your own by seeing what cards under perform but I'll throw my 2 cents in for removals.

Mirage Mirror- I like this but unless you have a plan for it I find it doesn't tend to do much. I use it in my Marchesa's Demonic Toolbox to make it into Warstorm Surge and it is hilarious. I just don't know what your plan is with it.

Windborn Muse- a good pillow card but I find it is one of the weakest pillows due to how easily it can be removed.

Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker- I love this card but every time I have played it it becomes the #1 target or I become the #1 target... Maybe your group doesn't hate it as much as mine?

Master Warcraft- This will draw you attention. with Disrupt Decorum you get to say it is goad and you don't choose who people attack only that they attack but this means you have a very active role in the combat and won't be seen as favorable.

Land Tax- another nice card to keep you on your mana but it doesn't accelerate you and if you are drawing enough this will simply overload your hand.

Koskun Falls- not a bad card just one of the weaker pillows.

Deadly Designs- pretty meh other people can force it to go off at inopportune times.

Curse of Vitality- pretty small gain not the worst I suppose though.

Curse of Disturbance- there are so many things that do tokens so much better, I do like the bit of hug it adds but seems like another meh piece in the deck.

So those are my immediate thoughts on removals. Nothing really jumps out as a truly terrible card but you do have some that seem meh or might draw too much attention to you unless played very well. Hope that helps.

Cicjose on

9 months ago

Hardened Scales for Deadly Designs

Inexorable Tide for Evolutionary Escalation

and you might need to change the format to Commander

Illusificate on idk

9 months ago

Also, replace Mask of Riddles with Deadly Designs

Vasseer on Compleation is Perfection

1 year ago

Primeval Protector is just a 8+ mana beatstick with a small upside, since beatsticks are pretty useless it's really just 8 mana put a counter on the team, which can be done better by many different cards for less mana.Rafiq of the Many is very good, just not in a deck with 30+ creatures who are going to be giant ie. wanting to swing.Deadly Designs does something that can be done for way less mana while giving your opponents less control in the form of Curtains' Call.Duelist's Heritage doesn't really do anything at all.Sublime Exhalation bad Wrath of God unless you regularly play with 4+ opponents. Phyresis is significantly worse than 1 shot infect effects like Tainted Strike and Ichor Rats given the commander. 2 mana to play an enchantment that doesn't do very much given no other poison in the deck is really bad.Duneblast is almost always worse than just killing everything for 3 less mana.Damia, Sage of Stone does nothing in a deck with such a high curve; dies to basically any removal and puts a target on you at least.Jugan, the Rising Star beatsticks are bad as a rule, this is better than protector but needing your 6-drop to die in order to get minimal value is just not playable. Ajani Steadfast not enough walkers to justify this.Sen Triplets honestly just does nothing your deck wants to be doing, only really good in a control deck but the deck has only minimal control elements.

Those are the ones that should really be cut first imo, aside from that Crystalline Crawler, Champion of Lambholt, Sorin, Grim Nemesis, Ghave, Guru of Spores (assuming you don't add any infinite combos), Inspiring Call, Forgotten Ancient, Merciless Eviction, Bloodspore Thrinax, Anafenza, the Foremost, and Treasure Cruise (given the lack of cheap spells), all also seem weak.

Aether Hub and Tendo Ice Bridge seem like fairly optimal land choices given the commander.

Pentad Prism + Stasis seems like superfun for the superfriends : )

Demonic Tutor is legal...

Darksteel Reactor is pretty cute with your Atraxa and Deepglow Skate.

Magistrate's Scepter makes the game significantly more fun : P

Kodama's Reach = Cultivate

Opal Palace such a combo.

Bif_Slagthor on

1 year ago

Well, I guess my first question is, how do you win? Sure, you could go for commander damage, but that's fairly slow, and creature removal is often plentiful and prevalent, at least in my experience. as stated above, draw power is lovely, so you don't run out of gas. I would also recommend running Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in addition to Cabal Coffers for some heavy mana for use with Exsanguinate or Debt to the Deathless. Also, given your curve, I recommend Sun Titan and Grave Titan as your top-end creatures, or even Harvester of Souls. There's also Deathbringer Liege, as you are a bit light on removal, and replace Murder with Hero's Downfall. As for what I'd cut, Pariah, as it's pretty gimmicky, Custodi Lich which is lackluster, Deadly Designs, 12 mana to destroy 2 creatures? no thanks. Also, replace one Swamp with Bojuka Bog. Hope this helps, and if you need any other suggestions, just ask.

AlexRuzhyo on I Just Want to Wear a Hat: Queen Marchesa Deck

1 year ago

Queen Marchesa seems neat. If I didn't already run Kaalia I'd probably pick her up as a casual build.

Mostly offering fun or flavorful suggestions. I imagine you'll get to things like Sol Ring and removal at some point.

If you like my suggestions take a peek at some of my other decks. I always appreciate criticisms, suggestions, and upvotes.

Eiti3 on House of Cards

1 year ago

Here's a few suggestions that may fit your Political idea...

  • Choice of Damnations
  • Archfiend of Depravity
  • Fatal Lore
  • Infernal Offering
  • Capital Punishment
  • Deadly Designs
  • Bite of the Black Rose

    Ah choices. Gotta love choices. Not all the cards I mentioned are 100% super great, but if you're going for the theme, then I suggest them fully.