Devour Flesh

Devour Flesh


Target player sacrifices a creature, then gains life equal to that creature's toughness.

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Unforgivn_II on good cards against hexproof deck

4 days ago

Anything that forces sacrifice. Fleshbag Marauder, Devour Flesh, Barter in Blood, all that stuff. Or boardwipes. I see you can't get Damnation, but Black Sun's Zenith is a personal favorite.

DSHoyt on Karador, Chieftan of My Graveyard

1 week ago

Thanks for the first glance I kinda thought my land count was on the low side too, however it runs rather smoothly and mana is not typically an issue for me. I have Miren, the Moaning Well and Grim Backwoods just no real desire to run them in this deck. I would like to pick up an Oracle of Mul Daya and when I do I can see adding her to the deck
The thing I like about the sac spells I have, Devour Flesh, Diabolic Edict, and Chainer's Edict is that they all require only to cast and Chainer's I can buy back if needed. I find its a easy way to control the board early on so I plan on keeping those in the build. I can see adding Slum Reaper but the nice thing about Fleshbag Marauder over him is that Sun Titan can bring him back.
I had Pernicious Deed in here and didn't like it. Also had Merciless Eviction in here before as well. Decree of Pain I do plan on adding, just need to figure out what to take out, and honestly I'm happy with how it is running so it's making it hard on me.
I don't like Corpse Dance that you mentioned. I don't want to remove any creatures from the game, I want to be able to use them.

Yggdrasil60 on Titanic Amulet

2 weeks ago

Because Devour Flesh and chumpblock :p

DuTogira on Broken Golgari Hydras

2 weeks ago

If white splash is a no go there is always Devour Flesh, though it isn't as effective of removal as swords is.

Metroid_Hybrid on Polluted Midrange..

3 weeks ago

@diatryma: I've considered that, but Cruel Edict is Sorcery speed and Geth's Verdict is greedier mana-wise & the life loss is rather useless for this deck.. Devour Flesh on the otherhand, is hilarious to use because the opponent's lifetotal is completely irrelevant to me in all match-ups except Melria Pod--because this is an Infect deck afterall.. Thanks anyway though.. And don't forget to +1/upvote! :)

diatryma on Polluted Midrange..

3 weeks ago

I would use Cruel Edict or Geth's Verdict over Devour Flesh the lifegain can hurt sometimes.

RemzZz on Control the infection

3 weeks ago

Cut 4x Geth's Verdict and add 4x Devour Flesh because life loss through Geth's Verdict dosnt help me and life gain through Devour Flesh dosnt interesst me ;) but Devour Flesh cost one colorless and one black mana instead of 2 black mana.

Spootyone on Tariels shot straight through your heart

4 weeks ago

Alright Josef, here ya go.

1) Signets are one of the single best mana-fixing artifacts in the history of MTG. When running a heavy-curve 3-color EDH deck, they're practically an auto-include. If I'm running more than one color, I run them. No questions asked. The ability on T1 to go land, Sol Ring , signet is miraculous and if you've not done it yet you haven't lived. Mana Crypt and something like Mana Vault are practically as good as Sol Ring is, but have their own places. In a very hardcore competitive EDH deck, you basically want to running all the ridiculous mana rocks in the game. Basically. If you're focused on multiplayer (I'm assuming you are), the metagame tends to be a bit slower and more focused on politics unless you're playing against a bunch of Spikes. In these situations, ramp is less important. Take that into consideration.

2) When playing in multis, spot removal is essentially at its worst. But does that mean it's bad? Board wipes are the best way to stabilize in a multiplayer game for obvious reasons, but going back to the politics mindset means that killing everyone's stuff puts a huge target on your head. Alternatively, choosing to pick off key threats in order to make deals with certain opponents can be better -- especially if you have your own permanents on board (and you should with this deck).

3) You basically hit the nail on the head there. Ramp is basically the best way to assure early tempo in EDH. Again, though, speed is less important in multi where you may not want to be the first one to get to a great boardstate. Remember, that means you're playing 3 v 1.

4) Moving on, indeed.

5) EDH is all about playing ridiculously powerful cards to either have fun or to overwhelm your opponent with crazy synegies/value. If you're playing multi, you can typically do well using what is essentially a "good-stuff" deck. I would rather play synergistic and creative stuff than just good stuff, so that explains my cards choices in something like my Karametra deck, for example. It can simply come down to "who has the most absurdly powerful bombs" sometimes, or it can come down to "who constructed the most absurd board position." Knowing when youre going to face the first or the second is part of playing the game, and can only be learned through experience.

Now for the playtesting. It seems you only have a 99-card deck on the site, so you should look to rectify that obviously. For playtesting purposes, I just added a basic swamp to the build. Here we go!

Game 1

Riku wins the flip and is on the play.

Riku's starting hand contains Ponder , Gilded Lotus , Sol Ring , Mosswort Bridge , Volcanic Island , Sulfer Falls, and Terastodon .

Tariel's hand contains Diabolic Edict , Lightning Greaves , Devour Flesh , Entomb , Command Tower , Boros Garrison , and Vindicate .

Game one was very quick. Your opponent started off with a sol ring into an early Gilded Lotus and followed that up with a Terastodon when you had only just played yoru third land. Your lands were blown to pieces and you got elephant tokens, and then just as you were beginning to even have any mana again, Riku got off the combo of Biovisionary plus Rite of Replication 's kicker...all in one turn. You lost the first game.

Game 2

You are on the play

Your starting hand contains Sensei's Divining Top , Exhume , Sol Ring , Plateau , Mountain , Decree of Pain and Blood Crypt .

Riku's deck begins with Flooded Grove , Decimate , Rootbound Crag , Parallel Lives , Hinterland Harbor , Wooded Foothills , and Rite of Replication .

This game was different. you got out early with your Sol Ring into top and used the top thenceforth to set up your draws amazingly, as well as use cards like Buried Alive and Reanimate to get out Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite super early. Riku tried to keep up with cards like Decimate , Beast Within , and Krosan Grip , but once the reanimation train started it kept rolling. Riku lost to taking to much damage, simply put. You won game 2.

Game 3

Riku is on the play

Riku's starting hand contains Taiga , Worldly Tutor , Simic Growth Chamber , Wooded Foothills , Ponder , Bribery , and Quicksilver Amulet .

Your starting hand contains Buried Alive , Boros Garrison , Demonic Tutor , Diabolic Tutor , Diabolic Edict , Bloodstained Mire , and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight . (you mulled to 6)

This was a bit of a nail-biter. Riku was able to get some early tutoring with Worldly Tutor , and Survival of the Fittest . Using this, he attempted to get out the combo of Biovisionary and Progenitor Mimic . Luckily for you, you had a Diabolic Edict to kill the visionary. After this, you played Buried Alive and tutored for a Reanimate . While the opponent was able to get a Terastodon out using a Quicksilver Amulet to destroy almost all your mana sources, it was not before you had an Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Sheoldred, Whispering One on the field attacking with thanks to an Anger in the grave. At three life, riku top-decked a Cyclonic Rift to overload your board, but you top-decked an Animate Dead to reanimate his Terastodon and attack with haste for the win. You won game 3.

Overall, I really enjoyed having the chance to pilot both of these decks. I loved how both were able to combo out super easily due to the number of tutors available to them (yours especially). I fact that I was able to get an Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite into the grave and then onto the field every game before you died is insane. The only game you lost was one where your opponent had access to an absolute ton of mana due to having a hand of mana rocks. Hopefully this is reason enough for you to start running more of them if you have them available. Run a Rakdos Signet and (if you can) a Mana Crypt . If not, Mana Vault is good as well. I think Fiendslayer Paladin is a bit lackluster here, along with Guttersnipe and Serra Avenger . There are better early threats. Like Serra Ascendant for example! (this card is actual BS on T1). Bloodsoaked Champion might actually even be better as a sac outlet here than other creatures (unless I'm missing a better one off the top of my head). And I love the interactions between Buried Alive and Anger . Soooo good.

I hope you enjoyed!

I only did a 3 game writeup for the time being due to time restraints. EDH matches tend to take much longer than standard because of all the interactions and just due to the nature of the game. I know I offered a 5 match game so if you feel shorted I can do the other 2 matches at another date (next week). From now on I think I'll have to limit EDH matches to best of 3... Price

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Color(s) Black
Cost 1B
Converted cost 2
Avg. draft pick 4.14
Avg. cube pick 2.51


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common

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