Death's Shadow


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Rare
Worldwake (WWK) Rare

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Death's Shadow

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Death's Shadow gets -X/-X, where X is your life total.

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Death's Shadow Discussion

Catalog9000 on Card creation challenge

4 days ago




Enchant Player

Enchanted Player loses all poison counters and can't receive poison counters.

Blue Death's Shadow that doesn't have to do with the number of cards in your hand.

Catalog9000 on Card creation challenge

4 days ago

Culmination of Persistance


If you control four copies of Culmination of Persistance in your opening hand, reveal them. You win the game.

Reveal your hand. An opponent chooses a card type in your hand. Reveal the top card of your library. If it shares that card type, draw three cards. Otherwise out that card in your hand.

Make a blue version of Death's Shadow.

Xica on What are some cheap creatures ...

5 days ago

There is Quirion Dryad & Deeproot Champion as its second playset.

(Scute Mob, Dragonmaster Outcast, Death's Shadow, Serra Ascendant, Jace's Phantasm...)

White has Jotun Grunt, which can act as a weird hybrid of goyf and ooze, and is devastating against decks that utilize their graveyard.And there is Moldgraf Scavenger, and Exemplar of Strength (which is miles better in a deck that runs things like Quillspike or Nest of Scarabs).There is plenty to choose from.

Xica on Advertise your MODERN deck!

1 week ago


If you want consistency, you will need card filtering, which means either going for blue cantrips like Serum Visions, Sleight of Hand ...etc. or for red looting effects like Faithless Looting.

If you want to abuse black "you lose the game" enchantments, i think it would be better to play white flicker effects. If you run Ad Nauseam, then (despite neither of us liking it), Lightning Storm is miles ahead of Zombie Infestation. What i am trying to say is that these two plans are not necessarily best suited to be played in the same deck. (there are more very painful, black enchantments to be abused, beside Demonic Pact, like Bitterblossom, Phyrexian Etchings ...etc. - or even Null Profusion for the completely mental players)

Like the previous poster mentioned Death's Shadow is a card that has great potential for builds like this, and i would add, that cards like Fling & Rite of Consumption are madly strong with it.
They often mean game if the opponent tries to race you, as they can act as walls, or just go to face if painful manabases, or bob put them in range of the 13 dmg bolt.


For some reason - probably thanks to lorwyn block art - i have a very visceral disgust of merfolk (which got reduced a lot in ixalan)...

If you are thinking about playing red, then pairing up Spreading Seas with Blood Moon seems like a strategy that in itself is often enough to win, not to mention, that you would get access to one of if not the best merfolk of all time Jori En, Ruin Diver, which can be pretty crazy, but you would likely have to give up the vial plan, in favour of cantrips, and cheap stuff in general. (+ Lightning Bolt aka. shit removal spell, that has a great failure mode, going to the face)

Imho, i don't think green merfolk is anything special, it trades if vulnerability to Choke, for being hit by Blood Moon, and the green creatures it gains are often not helping the "play all the lords & islandwalk for the win" strategy that the deck want to play, not to tmenion that playing Phantasmal Image as the X-th lord offers the option to copy value cards that are run by goodstuff decks (Dark Confidant for example).

Beside the general black packages, like targeted discard, draw for life, and destroy effect, there is not much reason to go black - Sygg, River Cutthroat exists, but he is more of a rogue tribal card, a merfolk.

Dickhead Returns! - Modern Turbo Xerox

Modern Xica


I am looking for criticism of my deck (that goes beyond, stating the obvious difference from the standard RB hollow one lists), i would be even more happy if i could be hit by constructive ciritcism, and suggestions, but i will be happy with what i can get

DangoDaikazoku on Advertise your MODERN deck!

1 week ago

stensiagamekeeper your deck is a really cool concept, although it may be a bit slow to pull off with the high CMC. Have you considered Death's Shadow? I really like the idea of dropping yourself to zero and playing a one drop 13/13.

If you guys don't mind checking out my deck, I have been playing Modern Merfolk for several years now and while I'm not necessarily interested in card suggestions, I am building a primer for the archetype and I want people to link me their merfolk decks that splash colors so I can feature them on my page. Primarily I want to see Azorius and Simic Merfolk lists since they're the most commonly used splash option for merfolk decks in competive play. I have yet to see red or black being splashed in merfolk, but it would be interesting to see a brew in those colors as well.

Also, thoughts on Merfolk Trickster? I like it a lot, but I am torn as to what I should cut to make room for it.

[PRIMER] Diver Down

Modern DangoDaikazoku


Well I guess I typed more than I thought I did haha, but I'd really appreciate suggestions in any of these respects. Thanks!

Saint1129 on Let's Begin With Control...

1 week ago


I was already planning on adding Ceremonious Rejection and Rest in Peace once I buy/find a copy of them. So I agree with that.

Recently I've been looking into more ways to combat the current Modern MTG meta, and agree that Blessed Alliance would be a good card to sideboard in against Death's Shadow decks.

As for Wrath of God, Negate, and Dispel I can see them being useful in certain matchups... But only on rare occasions. MAybe a one of each on the sideboard.

As for Disdainful Stroke, I don't really think there's enough value in it to use it in a deck unless I'm going against affinity or some sort of tron... Not sure how many spaces I can afford on my sideboard, so I probably won't end up using it.

ParadoxicalSlacker on Release All Your Fears to Me

2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. I do agree that Death's Shadow seems very off in this deck, I think I will just put Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet back in, as it gives me generally good results. I have been thinking about mainboarding in Damnation for awhile now, but I have decent removal and usually being flooded by creatures isn't a problem except by Lingering Souls, which I either counter or use Electrolyze, or Pyroclasm. I am not splashing just for Lightning Bolt Kolaghan's Command is a vital part of my deck and is too invaluable to get rid of. But I highly appreciate the input.

ArchonBlue on Release All Your Fears to Me

2 weeks ago

Death's Shadow is a bit of an odd choice in this deck, I'd cut both for two more copies of Creeping Tar Pit. You should also have boardwipes in the mainboard, I'd cut Terminate and Electrolyze for two copies of Damnation. Lastly, splashing red just to run Lightning Bolt doesn't seem worth it, especially since you stated you have trouble with your life total. I'd recommend going Esper Control (blue, black, and white) or just straight black and blue.

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