Death's Shadow


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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

zephyr_chang on Claim to Fame

1 day ago

Smallpox would never work with only 19 lands, I think. Maybe you can play a few more discard or Dark Confidant and Grim Lavamancer in its place? Death's Shadow seems good in this deck too.

WizardOfTheNorthernCoast on Serious Ponza

2 days ago

Have you seen this clayperce? Todd Stevens uses Tireless Trackers and they seem really sweet. However, his list has 23 lands and even with 21 I find myself flooded 1/3 times... so it might be a bit too much?

Not sure for the Wurmcoil Engine MB though, it's really bad vs Path to Exile. Even worse than Titan. But it's great vs Black-based decks so if your meta is Death's Shadow heavy then why not.

Elijia on Naya Heroic

4 days ago

@zephyr_chang I like the idea of adding Monastery Mentor to the deck in place of the Fabled Hero as a progression of the go wide strategy. I really enjoy playing the Hero as a very heavy hitter, as if you hit him with 2 Gods Willing and another pump spell, or give him trample and other pumps, he can almost end the game on his own, but Mentor Doesn't have to do it alone, which I like in a list that intends to use Phalanx Leader and Young Pyromancer

I think I prefer Selesnya Charm over Pit Fight As it functions as a trample effect in lieu of removal for smaller creatures, provides a body, or simply is a removal for larger creatures, such as Death's Shadow or Primeval Titan. I might also give Valorous Stance a try.

If I can, I want to try to keep Mutagenic Growth in the list, as paying 2 life to respond to a Bolt, or dumping your stockpile of Growths before damage can be very, very powerful. The spells are what I feel need the most finalizing, and when I played, Martial Glory felt too slow.

As for lands, I'd probably just pull the fast lands, add in a couple more fetches, 10 does sound about right, and just add more fetchable sources. This deck likes to play fast-and-loose with it's life total, much like a Death's Shadow based list or a conventional burn list, in that it doesn't matter how low your life is, if his hits 0 first.

Thanks again for your feedback! I really appreciate it.

KGW on Esper Death's Shadow

1 week ago

Agreed that Thought Scour does not help with finding a land in the same way that Serum Visions does, but running less than 4 of each seems risky. Thought Scour enables an early delve threat, as well as can help find fuel for Snapcaster Mage in the late game. If your opponent has graveyard hate on the field, then its a 1 mana cantrip at the worst. I just picked up two copies of Sleight of Hand and will run them in addition to 4x Serum Visions and 4x Thought Scour. I only have 3x Lingering Souls in the main, and my Lilies are in the sideboard. I really think you can afford to cut the Orzhov Charm altogether; Its not as useful as I want in the build. Overall I think advocating for the extra 4 delve threats is necessary to the speed of the deck, and running it with only 4x Death's Shadow is just to inconsistent to be competitive in most matchups. Good luck with your build, and make sure to give us some tournament reports :)

Xica on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

1 week ago

Nope, i think Logic Knot, Stubborn Denial with Death's Shadow/Tasigur, the Golden Fang/Gurmag Angler out, Cryptic Command, Condescend, Negate... etc.

Even stuff like Spell Pierce, or Mana Leak is game, since the spell costs so much.

lamoynet on Oh the Humanity

1 week ago

Match Report 8/22/2017

Overall Record

Games 6-5

Matches 2-2

Match 1 - Win - G/W Human Company

He never played a Collected Company. My advantage was my deck is faster with more one drops and mono colored so I could deployed my creatures better. CoCo would have beat me. Brave the Elements was an Allstar again in the second game.

Match 2 - Win - Grixis Control

I thought he was playing Death's Shadow but it never appeared. First game I was the aggro beat down and won. Second game I should have mulliganed a one land hand but didn't and lost. 3rd game Rest in Peace prevented the Lightning Bolt - Snapcaster Mage - Lightning Bolt combo and I won.

Match 3 - Loss - Sliver's Company

It was a tough game with both decks trying to be the beatdown. I lost in the end because he was able to give all his slivers flying with Galerider Sliver and I couldn't win the damage race without blocking.

Match 4 - Loss - Eldrazi and Taxes

His creatures were just too big. Reality Smasher and Thought-Knot Seer... Urgh. Also my trump card Brave the Elements doesn't work against colorless creatures. :(


I'm seeing alot of different decks. Haven't seen a Storm deck or any variations of TRON.

severininfurs on R/B God of Revenge (Help Wanted)

1 week ago

Hey! I just started playing recently and after realizing I wasn't even halfway to finishing my Jund deck, I decided to flesh out a similar Rakdos control deck to yours. I like your list, especially Beseech the Queen which I may very well add to my own deck as a 1 of. It's nice for finding that 3rd or 4th Demigod of Revenge.

I would recommend going up to 2x Crumble to Dust in your sideboard. Without any other land destruction, I feel like you will really want to see this vs Tron and even vs UW control. Another possible alternative is Shatterstorm over By Force. If you like the ability to play it on 2 or 3, maybe try a 1-1 split between the two to see which serves you better when you sideboard it in. Vandalblast or Shattering Spree are options as well, though I understand Shattering Spree isn't the cheapest of cards. That being said, being able to pay just 1 to destroy 1 artifact is nice.

One last suggestion is depending on your meta, adding in a 1x or 2x Devour Flesh to your mainboard might be alright vs something like Death's Shadow and it's alright vs boggles until they get out Leyline of Sanctity as well. You can always slot it out if you don't need it in the matchup, or use it on yourself for the life gain in the most dire of situations.

clayperce on Co-Co Slivers

1 week ago

Looks amazing!

What are the deck's best and worst match-ups?

Why 2x Cavern of Souls instead of 4x? Just wondering if it's for budget reasons or something deeper ...

Have you ever looked at Chameleon Colossus? I run it in Ponza and it's absolutely bonkers vs. Death's Shadow decks. Plus, it's a Sliver :-)

Draw well!

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