Demon of Catastrophes


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Rare

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Demon of Catastrophes

Creature — Demon

As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.

Flying, trample

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Demon of Catastrophes Discussion

multimedia on Mono Black Zombies

1 day ago

Hey, big reason to play Zombies in Standard is the up to 12x lords you can play: Death Baron, Lord of the Accursed and Liliana's Mastery. I see both Accursed and Mastery in the sideboard consider them main deck especially Mastery it gives you a lot of Zombie goodness for five mana. Graveyard Marshal is the another reason to play Zombies his ability is really good at being resilient and keeping a battlefield of Zombies. A 3 power two drop Zombie is nice with all the lords.

You don't need 12x ways to get back creatures from your graveyard, this is overkill. Liliana and Marshal are the only cards you need for this effect. Both can do something else as well as do their effect more than once. Gravedigger is a fantastic limit card for M19 draft, but being four mana is not worth it in Standard especially since Liliana is also four mana and a much better card.

If you truly want to be competitive for a tournament then you want Fatal Push and Vraska's Contempt as both are the best removal black can offer. Substituting Cast Down and Never is a big downgrade.

Consider this list:

  • 4x Diregraf
  • 4x Dread Wanderer
  • 4x Marshal
  • 4x Baron
  • 4x Accursed
  • 1x Belcher
  • 1x Josu

  • 3x Liliana

  • 4x Mastery
  • 4x Push or Down
  • 3x Contempt or Never

  • 20 Swamp
  • 4x Ifnir Deadlands

This example list looks completely different than your current deck because it's using a different strategy. With Zombies you want to be aggressive because this plays very well with all the three drop lords. The strategy is to swarm with Zombies and drop a lord. Take advantage of 8x 2 power one drop Zombies with the lords.

Mastery is a good curve topper for Zombies because it's an anthem that pumps Zombies the turn it's played. This is good if you already have an established battlefield of Zombies as a way to go over the top with your army. Mastery is also a good follow up five drop play after a board wipe. It lets you rebuild your Zombie army giving you two new 3/3 Zombies right away.

In the example I've cut back on both Belcher and Josu. These cards are fine, but don't stack up to the other three and four drops options. Belcher is just not as good as any of the three drop Zombie lords. Josu at four mana conflicts with both Liliana and Contempt which are both much better than it.

Three very good sideboard cards for black are Duress, Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip and Doomfall. They're all excellent in control matchups which are the matchups you should plan the sideboard for. The example main deck is good vs both aggro and midrange, but weak to control. Other strong sideboard cards for Zombies are The Eldest Reborn, Ruin Raider, Demon of Catastrophes and Reckoning.

Consider this sideboard:

  • 4x Duress
  • 2x Blood Fast
  • 2x Raider
  • 2x Doomfall
  • 1x Reborn
  • 2x Demon
  • 2x Reckoning

This sideboard example is planned for control matchups with Duress and Doomfall to take board wipes or Planeswalkers, Blood Fast and Raider can be draw engines and Reborn can be Planeswalker removal as well as give you some advantage. Demon and Reckoning is for aggro and midrange matchups. Aggro as well as midrange can have a hard time stopping a 6/6 flier four drop. You can have a lot of fodder for Demon especially Wanderer which makes it a good option with Zombies.

Good luck at Standard Showcase :)

EpicBox75 on Mono Black Zombies

2 days ago

What I have played mono B zombies I didn't like Aethersphere Harvester because 8 creatures + marshals tokens come tapped to the field and I found it meh, Liliana, Death's Majesty doesn't impact the board enough for its mana cost

From mainboard I could suggest taking Cabal Stronghold out because you have many non swamp lands and in most situations it doesn't do anything and would suggest adding another memorial or Scavenger Grounds (<- 2 recommended) because having the ability to counter The Scarab God Gift decks and torrentials is really valuable. Also you can play with 24 lands instead of 25 but that is only based on what you like.

My suggestions for main would be 1 or 2 extra Scrapheap Scrounger for 1 lands and 1 Liliana, Untouched By Death because even though she is amazing having 3 may be too much because with out zombies she does less. Scavenger Grounds I explained

For side I would recommend adding The Eldest Reborn because it hits your opponent from many angles and gives you something from any grave I would also recommend 2 Ruin Raider because they give card advantage against control or other stall decks or 1 or 2 Plague Mare because it makes trading easier against aggro or token decks. I would recommend taking out both Liliana, Death's Majesty both Aethersphere Harvester and Josu Vess, Lich Knight. (Also really random but I like playing 1 Demon of Catastrophes in my side because red decks have hard time trying to get rid of it)

Even though I recommend these cards they aren't necessary because playing styles differ and these are just based on my experience of mono black zombies

Poaralion on Rites of the Damned

2 days ago

I love Demon of Catastrophes so much. He is such a beater. Your deck make a good use of it.

I would recommand to switch maybe 2 Fatal Push for 2 Murder in order to deal with a huge thing at instant speed.

For side, I would recommand to add some protection for your demon. Duress to deal with annoying removal effect from op hand or some instant speed help like Sheltering Light. Maybe some card draw Costly Plunder or tutor Mastermind's Acquisition ? Else, you could also add some other beater like Tetzimoc, Primal Death if you feel like it.

-Gabriel- on Demon Pack

4 days ago

I was wondering if Rite of Belzenlok would be a good fit?

At the moment you will have to sacrifice something nice to Demon of Catastrophes. Rite of Belzenlok gives nice block fodder or targets for the -1/-1 counters.

Chuckles24 on Black-White Zombies

6 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions ChristopherP! The most likely thing to come out for Mummy Paramount is Binding Mummy, but I feel Binding Mummy is better. It taps down blockers and it can tap down attackers on your opponents turn, if you use Graveyard Marshal’s ability before declare attackers. It’s an opinion call though. I agree with you on Demon of Catastrophes and I’ve changed them to Liliana, Untouched By Death. She is just a better card.

ChristopherP on Black-White Zombies

6 days ago

Love the deck. I have been testing with a deck like this. Try using Mummy Paramount for that extra quick ramp. Don't know what to take out though. Demon of Catastrophes is a good card, however, it feels out of place with everything else.

zAzen7977 on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies M19)

1 week ago

ILuv3M3, Demon of Catastrophes is definitely an option for a similar build. I would include it in a build that doesn't rely on Liliana, Untouched By Death or Stitcher's Supplier as much, because if it's discarded, it's useless other than as lunch for Bone Dragon.

liljramos88 on

1 week ago

Yes graveyard Marshal would be a good turn two play but I run marshal more for late game than turn two. I rather ramp to a turn 3 Demon of Catastrophes or Josu Vess, Lich Knight or a turn two Lord of the Accursed.

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