Demon of Dark Schemes

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Mythic Rare

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Demon of Dark Schemes

Creature — Demon

When Demon of Dark Schemes enters the battlefield, all other creatures get -2/-2 until the end of turn.

Whenever another creature dies, get E (an energy counter).

, Pay EEEE: Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefiend under your control tapped.

Demon of Dark Schemes Discussion

Osbert on meren

1 week ago

You can always run disruption to slow your opponents down so your deck has more time to set up a win condition. Hall of Gemstone and Contamination mess with multicoloured decks and with a good set of mana dorks you won't be nearly as affected. Both of these enchantments also prevent interaction from your opponent on your turn disabling counter spells and other instant speed removal.

If aggro is more prevalent in your meta run some more fogs other than the fog-frog. Spike Weaver and Arachnogenesis are some serious powerhouses that can prevent combat and give you a board to work with.

The biggest leg up most decks have over Meren is the constant use of artifacts, so disrupt them. Bane of Progress is the quick and easy hail Mary for this problem but often can be stopped by Torpor orb so I would suggest including some of the following: Caustic Caterpillar , Thrashing Brontodon , Abrupt Decay , Collector Ouphe (I really like this one), Manglehorn , Return to Nature , Root Maze , Viridian Corrupter .

Meren is my GF's favourite deck so I see the damn thing ALL THE TIME. The deck's biggest weakness is the fact that most of the deck is at sorcery speed so there are some cards to include to make it a whole lot faster. Vivien, Champion of the Wilds , Vedalken Orrery , and Yeva, Nature's Herald make most of your deck instant speed which is HUGE, essentially granting psuedo haste and protection from sorcery speed board wipes. Speaking of which...

Where are your board wipes? I know Damnation and Toxic Deluge are expensive but there are some fantastic creatures that acts as wipes as well. Demon of Dark Schemes , Massacre Wurm , and Night Incarnate are small board wipes on bodies that you can abuse.

Tylord2894 on W/B Teysa Commander

1 month ago

Okay, so after looking at this deck for a while, considering its sideboard, and adding some cards that I use often for similar strategies, I've come up with a list of edits (well, actually three lists).

Before I get to those, I would like to explain what I found. Firstly, I like the idea behind the deck. Token strategies are always a great way to make a casual deck that can scale to be for optimized. I love the afterlife keyword as it lends itself to this optimization really well. But there were several less-than-savory card choices in here. The two biggest issues that I saw are ones that I see a lot (and full into too). The first of these is that many cards have a very high cost-to-value ratio. That is, there were several cards that cost too much (mana) and do too little for it. Elgaud Inquisitor is a fantastic example. While Elgaud Inquisitor is on-theme with their on-death triggered ability, that is all they have going for them. The lifelink isn't super useful, and the CMC is WAY too high. They are only a 2/2 too boot. Second off, theme isn't the same as function. I understand that there is a vorthos element to this deck, but since this deck isn't a full tribal deck, I think it's better to focus on ways to make the good parts of the theme work great.

I saw lots of cards that were life gaining cards ( Pontiff of Blight , Impassioned Orator , Riot Control , etc). This deck can make a lot of tokens which Tesya gives lifelink. You need not worry about life gain card. The strength of your creatures that make tokens when they die is that you can easily recur them in W/B. In the lists below, there are many cards that give added value to dying creature or make killing your creatures more ways to die. Lastly and most importantly, you had ZERO ramp and ALMOST NO card draw. THESE ARE THE TWO MOST FUNDAMENTAL ASSPECTS IN EDH!!! You NEED to have them!!! You can not rely solely on the one land drop and card draw. I've listed several cards that assist the main strategy and draw you cards (things like Dredge and Altar's Reap ). As for ramp, there is almost no good ramp outside of green. That only means that you have to look harder. Mana rocks are a must. I only have three in the lists, but they are absolute must-haves. Next, I put in several cards that give you mana in other ways. Most of them align themselves with the main strategy ( Ashnod's Altar , Soldevi Adnate , and Pawn of Ulamog to name a few). Similarly, I added cards that draw you cards from creatures dying. There is one card that I would like to point out in particular, Erebos . The important part of Erebos is his last ability. You pay and 2 life to draw a card. Life is a resource, and you'll be making plenty of it. Be sure to spend it. There are lots of cards that help you turn life into various things, like Bolas's Citadel (which I almost put in and still think has a place here). I would encourage you to look into them. Lastly, I would remove 6 lands. You have other ramp now and don't want to be flooded all of the time.

Here is the list of cards that I would remove:

I understand that there is a budget to this deck, so I've split my suggestions into two lists. The first is all cards that are cheap and should keep you under budget. The second list of cards is for later edits. If you want to spend more money on this deck, those are the cards that I would recommend buying.

As you're read through these, you might notice that a lot of these came from your sideboard. There are lots of good cards in there.

I hope you enjoy these changes. Just remember that casual decks don't have to be un-optimized.

carpecanum on Rise of the Underworld

1 month ago

Brainspoil . You can transmute it and use it as a tutor for Liliana's Contract

Demon of Dark Schemes is a boardwipe to a lot of decks.

theseax on Yawgmoth's Blight

1 month ago

plus Demon of Dark Schemes would work well with energy and proliferate

NKlim on Ravnica's most Wanted

1 month ago

Nice effort on the lore! Ever considered Demon of Dark Schemes ? might be pretty good for recursion with all the death triggers going around.

multimedia on Steal Yo Ttile

2 months ago

Hey, Roil Elemental and Willbreaker can be repeatable ways to steal your opponents creatures. Protect them with Swiftfoot Boots . Use Mirage Mirror with Willbreaker to repeatedly steal your opponents creatures for mana while also becoming a copy of a creature you steal until EoT.

Demon of Dark Schemes is an underrated budget casual card in Commander and it can steal your opponents creatures from their graveyards. With Curse of the Swine you can exile the creatures you steal and get pigs in return :)

Darkwater Catacombs , Tainted Isle , Fetid Pools , Underground River , Ash Barrens , Grixis Panorama , Esper Panorama are budget lands to consider adding.

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Demon of Dark Schemes occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.28%

Rakdos: 0.27%