Creature — Demon
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature other than Demon Taskmaster.
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|Avacyn Restored (AVR)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Demonic Taskmaster Discussion
1 year ago
Demons, Devils, Imps:
1 year ago
Galimao I had considered it but ultimately decided against it in favor of Isareth the Awakener. The mana cost on Immortal Servitude seemed too high for me as it would be a 6 cost spell to bring back Demonic Taskmaster or Bontu the Glorified. Isareth the Awakener on the other hand can bring them back the next time I attack if I want and she has a decent body with deaththouch to boot. Now don't get me wrong Immortal Servitude would be great to get the one costs back, but I'm unsure it would be good for much else. Another thing is that I'm not really all that interested in having the deck be a reanimated heavy deck, which I feel it would become with Immortal Servitude. Another issue I find with servitude is the lack of versatility it has. I could maybe swap it for Altar's Reap however as I'm unsure if the deck really requires card draw. Actually, now that I think about it I might like it in the sideboard for those long drawn out matches. What do you think about putting, oh I don't know 2 or 3 in the sideboard? Don't think I'll put it in the mainboard though.
1 year ago
I remember playing something like this when I first got into magic back in Innistrad, so i think I can help you out.
I don't know how competitive you want to make this so i'll just try to improve the list based on your strategy and won't change the theme of the deck. First things first, let's trim your list a bit, you have a bunch of 2 and 3-ofs instead of playsets of the stuff you really want (4x Doomed Traveler, 4x Lingering Souls, 4x Demonic Taskmaster).
Second, I would cut the stuff that has synergy with the deck but don't really help you win the game (Unruly Mob, Thraben Doomsayer) and things that are way too expensive. Ravenous Demon Flip is sweet but not so much when you have 3 of them in your hand along with some Reaper from the Abyss. So I would cut reaper completely, cut Ravenous Demon Flip to 2 at most, and cut Increasing Devotion (5/10 mana is too much).
Now we start upgrading some things. For 1-drops, we just got a good one in guilds of ravnica for this style of deck in Hunted Witness, so I would definitely play that alongside Doomed Traveler. Demonlord of Ashmouth is really good in a deck like this, and he's the demon I would likely run instead of the 5 and 6 mana ones.
Lastly, we need interaction. Orzhov Charm is a good choice, you can use it as removal, to save one of your demons or bring back one of your 1-drops for extra fodder. Tragic Slip is a great removal option here, since you're saccing your own stuff all the time it's basically a 1 mana Murder. I probably wouldn't even play card draw in this deck, but if you want to play it go with Altar's Reap, its instant speed and can help trigger morbid for slip and high priest.
I know your manabase is super budget but i would highly recommend Caves of Koilos, it's dirt cheap and it's gonna help a ton.
I'd play something like this: 4 Hunted Witness, 4x Doomed Traveler, 3x Skirsdag High Priest, 4x Demonic Taskmaster, 2x Xathrid Necromancer, 4x Demonlord of Ashmouth 4x Gather the Townsfolk, 4x Lingering Souls, 4x Orzhov Charm, 4x Tragic Slip 7x Plains, 4x Scoured Barrens, 8x Swamp, 4x Caves of Koilos.
Combo: T1 Doomed Traveler (or Hunted Witness), T2 Skirsdag High Priest, T3 Demonic Taskmaster, T4 sac Doomed Traveler to Demonic Taskmaster to trigger morbid, tap the token, taskmaster and high priest to make a 5/5 demon!
That's it, i hope it helps!
1 year ago
I like this list a lot better. Skirsdag High Priest is a little slow- I'd look for a card with more immediate board impact (the tap in the cost is a major drawback, as well as the lack of ability to self-proc morbid. It can work, but three cards and 3 mana is a lot to pay for a 5/5).
From here on its playtesting and feeling out the local meta.
I'd look at testing cards like Costly Plunder, Demonic Taskmaster, Evolutionary Leap, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Spawning Pit etc. After you've played a few matches you'll have a better idea what the deck feels like and where you should be looking to make fixes.
2 years ago
First, you will need a lot of ramp to get this deck going with all your demon and being able to maybe play multiple demons a turn making this deck able to sweep in with a win. You will also need more creatures that are to be sacrificed to Razaketh, the Foulblooded. Razaketh and Liliana's Contract will have you lose life so you will need some way to regain any lost life. Some cheap demons I've found are Ammit Eternal, Baleful Ammit, Demonic Taskmaster, Grinning Demon, Herald of Torment, Master of the Feast, Mindwrack Demon, Razorjaw Oni, Scourge of Numai, Soulcage Fiend, and Soulstinger.
2 years ago
Demonic Taskmaster is chosen for the artwork because of the use of grappling hooks / flails in Dante's Inferno, and because it appears to have servants / punished souls in the foreground. I felt that giving Malacoda Flying and having him produce Flying tokens was a bit too powerful (Go away) and I felt like since your lands seem to cause a fair amount of pelting for 1 life, you'd need something to help you recover. Lifelink felt appropriate for a Demon who rends the flesh off of his victims. I was going to give the Devil tokens menace, but in the artwork they have wings and are flying, meanwhile Malacoda himself does not have wings and is merely standing there. Going for a more thematic approach on this one.
Legendary Creature - Demon (Mythic)
You may exert Malacoda, Guard to the Eighth when it attacks. If you do, create a 2/2 red Devil creature token with flying and haste tapped and attacking.
2 years ago
(I would add a proper community card but that feature seems to be malfunctioning right now.)
Farly straightforward, this card would mostly be Zedruu the Greathearted (although a different character, not simply her gone evil or something) with a casting cost of and an activation cost of . In EDH, this could lead to some fun usage of cards like the following:
(I realize you can basically already do this with any Grixis commander + e.g. Bazaar Trader, but that's a bit less straightforward.)
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I'm unsure what would be suitable for its upkeep ability. Just copying Zedruu's straight off isn't too inappropriate, as drawing is certainly associated with black and life gain isn't too far out either, but that's kinda boring. Replacing the life gain with something negative towards opponents like milling, discard or plain life loss proportional to the amount of gifted permanent could be one option that's more in line with the color change (thought the negative effects would probably targeted in order to preserve some political potential). Putting a +1/+1 counter per gift on Zedruu the Grixishearted to take advantage of commander damage could also work (especially when combined with auras like Herald of Torment), in which case you could also change power/toughness from the original's 2/4 to 4/2 to signal greater aggression.
For the sake of flavor its subtype would be Horse Djinn, with the artwork depicting a djinn with a mare's head, wearing a mouth-covering veil.
Feedback would be welcome, especially on ways to make Grixis!Zedruu more distinct from the original while still fulfilling the basic function of giving out torturous black cards, in addition to the blue and red ones they both share.
(A version containing green could also be made for the sake of giving that color a chance to show off its painful cards, in which case the creature in question should probably have monkey paws.)