Death Match


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Onslaught (ONS) Rare

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Death Match


Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, that creature's controller may have target creature of his or her choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Death Match Discussion

Daedalus19876 on Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

1 month ago

Suns_Champion: As always, thank you for your thoughts!

To be honest, I don't care about the DAMAGE I can do with Tombstone Stairwell - I care more about the fact that it creates a HUGE number of death triggers very quickly for Elenda (a number of counters equal to the total number of creatures in all graveyards, each turn).

Sacred Mesa is not playing very well in my initial playtests (and doesn't work at all under Contamination), so I agree that it is a likely cut.

But I've always wanted to run Death Match in a deck thoughhhhhhh XD

Vampire Hexmage is intended to murder opposing planeswalkers (and is a vampire for minor tribal theme stuff). But I could definitely see your point.

Suns_Champion on Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

1 month ago

Cool cool, good thoughts.

Tombstone Stairwell seems way expensive and that's before considering the cumulative upkeep cost haha! Could also be more useful to opponents with graveyard strategies like, say, Karador.

Sacred Mesa also seems more conditional than the other token producers, maybe it's good idk. Never used it myself.

Death Match could benefit your opponents too, especially more robust token decks.

Vampire Hexmage seems to play a little too narrow of a role for anything but a sideboard choice.

Not a huge fan of Dark Ritual in EDH personally.

Those were they only things screaming "cut" to me.

Daedalus19876 on Dwayne Johnson's Final Form

9 months ago

Okay, I'm back! ;) I'm going to split this feedback over several comments, for which I apologize.

I took some time and cross-referenced our lists. I'm definitely going to steal some ideas from you (and I already have), but here are a few things you might have missed! :)

Blasphemous Act is THE damage-based sweeper. And in this deck, your commander will return without having to play no commander tax. Accept no substitute.

We have a slow-gring commander with an instant-speed mana sink, which makes me immediately consider Braid of Fire. Plus, it's always handy for a big Comet Storm in a pinch (speaking of which, why aren't there more instant-speed global damage effects here?).

Chain Reaction is another of the best damage-based sweepers in the game. I would personally include it over Burn from Within or Chandra's Ignition, perhaps.

Death Match is a card I've always wanted an excuse to use, and it might fit here. It keeps the field very clean, which is what you want in this deck.

Decree of Pain is a MUST. It has an extremely strong cycling ability, and if you hardcast it you'll often be drawing DOUBLE cards.

I like Festering Mummy here. It's a cheap way to place early counters, and can "cantrip" with The Scorpion God out (put a -1 counter on it, draw, put another -1 counter).

Fists of the Demigod seems really strong attached to your commander here (since it'll kill most anything in combat, AND draw you a card from the Withering counters).

You will be casting your commander from hand a lot. This suggests to me the necessity for Sneak Attack and Heartless Summoning and Semblance Anvil. If you reduce his cost to recast, it leaves you with more mana to activate his ability (or, you know, cast other spells). Also, Sneak Attack is just busted in general.

Heartstone might work if you're not in too combo-heavy of a meta.

Daedalus19876 on Ides of Marchesa, The Dethroner of Boners

10 months ago

I used to play Marchesa so here are a few of my suggestions:

If you can give your commander shroud, Death Match seems awesome here.

Have you looked at Magmasaur? Hilarious tech for Marchesa.

I'd try to find a few cheaper mana rocks, like Talisman of Dominance and Talisman of Indulgence. In general I try to have my mana rocks cost 2 mana or less if they only add a single mana to my mana pool.

Your deck can abuse "destroy all" effects very well since most of your board comes back. For example, Necromantic Selection.

Free sac outlets such as Goblin Bombardment allow you to sacrifice your undying creatures twice per TURN. Grim Haruspex draws disgusting numbers of cards off of this combo.

Hope this helps! This was my original list:

*RETIRED* Roses Aren't Red: Marchesa EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


Razulghul on Black Stalling Enchantments (Multiplayer)

1 year ago

Spreading Plague, Lethal Vapors and Tainted AEther are pretty cool. I have been brewing a ob nixilis control deck based on them, it's just pure hate till it can win. There's also Koskun Falls, Night of Souls' Betrayal, Death Match, Death Pits of Rath for slowing creature decks down.

genericaura on What Else Can Wydwen Do

1 year ago

Put in an infinite mana loop (Grand Architect + Pili-Pala is the gold standard, especially since you can use Buried Alive + Necrotic Ooze to set it up. Throw in some lifegain and flicker her over and over with something that cares about etb like Dire Undercurrents, Death Match, Genesis Chamber or Sage's Row Denizen. Heck, use Aetherflux Reservoir and it'll gain you your life back too.

Razulghul on The Element of Surprise

1 year ago

This deck looks like it'd be a lot of fun to play! I've been considering something similar lately with a lot of tokens and sacrifice but I'll probably be going mono black. Urborg Justice is a nice back up for dictate/grave pact when people like to hate on your enchantments. Also a couple cool cards that are purely for fun in a deck like this: Last Laugh, Infernal Genesis and best/worst of all Death Match.

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