Desert of the Glorified

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Common

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Desert of the Glorified

Land — Desert

Desert of the Glorified enters the battlefield tapped.

T: Add B to your mana pool.

Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

Desert of the Glorified Discussion

Apollo_Paladin on

3 months ago

You bet!

It just seemed to me that the only real reason to run Ifnir Deadlands was for its utility sacrificing Deserts to take out targets. No reason you can't sacrifice a tapped Desert of the Glorified that was just played if need be. (Otherwise I imagine you'd just run a normal Swamp rather than pay life for colored mana)

JustWatevs on

3 months ago

I think the reason he didn't put Desert of the Glorified in was indeed because it enters the battlefield tapped. This deck has a couple of measures against aggro decks, as these sorts of decks are usually weak to, and this card might disrupt the balance a bit.

I might put it in the Maybeboard anyway, because the ability to draw extra cards is always good

Thanks for the feedback!

Apollo_Paladin on

3 months ago

Especially since you're running Ifnir Deadlands, any reason you aren't also running Desert of the Glorified? Is it just the fact that Ifnir comes in untapped?

Perhaps I'm just especially biased towards the utility of Cycling, but in a pinch they could also be fodder for Ifnir so that it remains in play to use again should you ever utilize its sacrifice ability.

Upvoted because I'm an old-school player and this still heralds back to the era when mono-color decks were all the rage.

yeoman67 on Trailer Trash Ayli

7 months ago

K gonna try to build it into a value sac outlet, recursion plan. If you like it look at Shirei, Shinzo’s Caretaker who also can the the same strat.

Mana base changes boring I know

Desert of the True/Desert of the Glorified- Secluded Steppe\Barren Moor

Forsaken Sanctuary- Tainted Field

Orzhov Guildgate- Orzhov Basilica

Now onto cards to add

Command Tower, Scoured Barrens, Isolated Chapel, Vault of the Archangel, Bojuka Bog, Caves of Koilos, High Market, Temple of the False God, Shambling Vent

land base like this you have 3 tapped lands so a pretty fast mana base. I would say 1 of the land destruction lands ie Ghost Quarter would be a good addition, while over budget Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is the best. Non budget options Fetid Heath, Godless Shrine,Westvale Abbey  Flip, Cabal Coffers.

Cards to ditch

Rogue's Passage, Blighted Fen, Opal Palace

8 other mana soucres Orzhov Signet, Sol Ring, Orzhov Cluestone, Burnished Hart, Hedron Archive, Darksteel Ingot, Commander's Sphere, Sword of the Animist

Removal package 5 pieces of spot removal in Utter End, Swords to Plowshares, Mortify, Anguished Unmaking and Unmake can target all toss Vindicate IF you can grab it. 3 board wipes Dusk, Fumigate, Day of Judgment Will post again am sleepy

RPGkyle on Standard U/B Control

9 months ago

Thanks @zenozia! As a newer MTG player, I'm thankful for any feedback.

Some of the upgrades I wanted were the exact cards you mentioned, like Disallow instead of Cancel, Vraska's Contempt instead of Hour of Glory and Never, Fatal Push instead of Moment of Craving, and Fetid Pools instead of Desert of the Glorified and Desert of the Mindful. Unfortunately, they are just out of my budget at the moment.

I do think additional Torrential Gearhulk's would help my deck quite a bit. I had considered Duress, but I have preferred using more counters and removal. I'm still unsure if I should include cards such as Censor and Bontu's Last Reckoning.

TheGriggs on List of Bugs and Feature ...

9 months ago

Cultivator of Blades is an example of a card with messed up legality. It doesn’t state it’s illegal or legal. It doesn’t list Brawl as a format at all on that page. Many other cards from that block and the next are similarly affected, but there is no pattern as to why. Desert of the Glorified is affected but not Desert of the Indomitable.

WargRave on Rats all the way down

10 months ago

Needs more Rat Colony

With only 6 Relentless Rats you need half of your total number on the battlefield to even make them 4/4s. Most of the time they will be 3 mana 2/2s. You need a critical mass of Relentless Rats--at least 20. If you want to dedicate only a small portion of your deck to the Relentless effect, then Rat Colony is much better; unlike Relentless Rats it benefits from any rat you control, including Marrow-Gnawer's tokens. Pack Rat is also superior if you have many non-Relentless Rats.

Rat Colony is strictly better than Swarm of Rats. It's also generally better than Bog Rats, Carrion Rats, Muck Rats, Nezumi Cutthroat (fear isn't worth a large power loss and "can't block", especially when Marrow-Gnawer provides fear), Pestilence Rats (Rat Colony gets +2/-2 under most conditions and costs 1 less), and Earsplitting Rats (not enough graveyard/discard synergies).

Other suggestions

Tormod's Crypt -> Nihil Spellbomb, Bojuka Bog. You can run Crypt in addition if needed, but I would use these first.

Kitesail -> Bladed Pinions, Fleetfeather Sandals.

Geth's Grimoire -> remove. Only four or so cards in this deck actually cause an opponent to discard. Since you're running Ancient Craving, might as well slot in Ambition's Cost as well.

Nightmare Lash -> Lashwrithe. Or just run both, but Lashwrithe first.

Sword of the Paruns -> Bad Moon, Adaptive Automaton, Hall of Triumph, Vanquisher's Banner, and Obelisk of Urd are all more mana efficient and consistent ways to pump your rats.

Altar's Reap -> Costly Plunder, Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood.

I'm not sure how Shriveling Rot serves the deck.

There are two Cabal Strongholds, so one needs to come out. Cycling lands--Barren Moor, Polluted Mire, and Desert of the Glorified--hedge against land-heavy draws. Some cheap utility/value lands like Zhalfirin Void, Encroaching Wastes, Mystifying Maze, or Temple of the False God might be good over some number of Swamps too.

Phyrexian Tribute -> Scour from Existence, Unstable Obelisk. I know black is bad with artifacts, but there is a reason Phyrexian Tribute is in 55 edh decks, and the other two are in over 5000 each, and it isn't just color restriction. They cover all five permanent types instead of just one, including the equally hard-for-black enchantments. Requiring two creatures to sacrifice, Phyrexian Tribute isn't even always easier to cast, and it's effect is far less flexible.

Speaking of Unstable Obelisk, more mana ramp would be prudent, like Wayfarer's Bauble, Mind Stone, and Commander's Sphere. Bontu's Monument isn't Jet Medallion, but is still worthwhile with 27 creatures.

I don't think there are enough graveyard synergies to make Living Death appropriate.

Night Dealings is slow, does nothing if the battlefield isn't somewhat favorable, can potentially get removed, makes you reveal, and can't get lands. Razaketh's Rite and Mastermind's Acquisition tutor with no fuss. If you want slow, multi-card tutoring, Diabolic Revelation, Demonic Collusion, and Increasing Ambition are reliable options. Although none feature Nezumi in their art.

Curse of Death's Hold is a bit narrow for multiplayer; I'd prefer Ascendant Evincar which will hit more enemy creatures overall while buffing your own and being a 3/3 flier.

Force_of_Willb on Shade of the Past

10 months ago

There are many ways to build mono black, and there aren't many different cards that I can suggest that haven't been included in your maybe list. Typical builds of mono black that has had some success in modern include Zombies or Vampires. The deck formula is usually the same. ~22 lands, ~26 creatures (8 1-drops, 8 2-drops, 6 3-drop, 4 4+ drops), and ~12 disruption spells consisting of discard and removal. Some problems I see with your current deck is that the curve doesn't flow as your lowest creature CMC is 3 and you would only have about a 17% chance to have one in hand by turn three. Another problem with mono black is that it runs out of gas compared to other colors, your current build has only 2 draw spells (and not a great one at that).

If i was to build i would try out something like this: Creatures (in order or preference):

1 - drops (8): Gravecrawler ($) or Bloodsoaked Champion / Dread Wanderer (budget) - recursion, threats that continue late game and can recover after a sweeper (maybe even one you cast yourself)

Shadow Alley Denizen - makes other creatures difficult to block (worse against other black deck matchups)

Typhoid Rats - unfavorable to block, trades favorably on defense late game

Hex Parasite - Usual for removing counters / killing plainswalkers (Meta Choice)

Vampire Lacerator, Guul Draz Vampire, or Cryptbreaker, Diregraf Ghoul - choices if you build vampires or zombies

2 - drops (8): Bloodghast, Scrapheap Scrounger - recursion threats

Gifted Aetherborn - Vampires - difficult to block, gains life, good on defense

Most modern decks use Dark Confidant $$$ - some budget options to help draw cards could include Glint-Sleeve Siphoner, Pain Seer

3 - drops (6): Vampire Nighthawk is the best option in the three spot and should be a 4x of.

if building zombies you have other options, usually they use the 3 spot for lords DeathBaron ($), Diregraf Colossus, or Lord of the Accursed (budget) pumps and makes blocking harder.
Geralf's Messenger can remove 4 life without even attacking, trades favorably once and gets bigger - downside is the coming into play tapped. or Plague Belcher which is good if you have a gravecrawler to target the negative counters.

Ruin Raider and Grim Haruspex can hep draw you cards to keep you gassed.

4+ Drops (4): These are you finishers, if budget is not an option than Phyrexian Obliterator is the choice.

For zombies you could try a combination of Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Korlash, Heir to Blackblade as the legend multiples rule doesnt really count against him. Grave Titan could be an option too.

Vampires the choice is Vampire Nocturnus

Budget considerations include values cards like Nekrataal/Ravenous Chupacabra or Desecration Demon which has seen some success before.

For your removal package you need to think about a balance that supports your deck. If you are playing aggro with creatures that have recursion than hand disruption that targets instants and sorceries are weak. I would focus on creature removal with high kill spells and Harsh Scrutiny. If your creatures are weak to removal or have high amounts of evasion then the protect package Duress would be better. Obviously cards like Thoughtseize which targets both is better, but stick to one type that best suites the deck you build and place the other type in the sideboard.

For lands I would cut to 22, they can be all swamps but you can try out cards like Leechridden Swamp/Piranha Marsh/Desert of the Glorified/Ifnir Deadlands/Scavenger Grounds (meta choice) or Terramorphic Expanse/Canyon Slough/Fetid Pools if speed isn't too important

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Desert of the Glorified occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.12%

Golgari: 0.1%