Diabolic Servitude


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn (GRV) Uncommon
Urza's Saga (USG) Uncommon

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Diabolic Servitude


When Diabolic Servitude enters the battlefield, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

When the creature put onto the battlefield with Diabolic Servitude dies, exile it and return Diabolic Servitude to its owner's hand.

When Diabolic Servitude leaves the battlefield, exile the creature put onto the battlefield with Diabolic Servitude.

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Diabolic Servitude Discussion

hoardofnotions on Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!!

1 month ago

ScrOuch Thanks for leaving some feedback for me!

Good call on the Phyrexian Delver it's been really strong.

Body Snatcher isn't a great flicker target, though if i run more sac outlets it might be better.

Dictate of Erebos isn't quite budget enough for me, I really like that the entire deck is under $50. This way when folks see it play out i can tell them the idea and that the deck could be upgraded as well

Outpost Siege is right on theme though i'm not sure what to cut for it

I think Impact Tremors is possibly win more? I'm not heavy in tokens and if i'm combo'ing with Peregrine Drake i should be able to win another way.

Blood Artist doesn't trigger on flickers, but it is a good card and in multiplayer games creatures die and i'll get value. I think I want to commit to the theme of flicker over good stuff additions right now though

Goblin Bombardment and Ashnod's Altar are good though i'm not to sure they will be strong enough if i don't add the dictate. Also the commander isn't the focus of the deck so adding things just for him seems loose IMO

LVL_666 Thanks for all your suggestions! Lets dive in,

Rune-Scarred Demon is out of budget range. It's not that I don't have it, I do, I just want to run the entire deck under $50. So that means missing out on Dictate of Erebos and the demon but adding Dreamscape Artist and Sire of Stagnation

Noxious Gearhulk I think i want to add, even with the price tag$. All my creature kill now can't kill black creatures and I kinda want more life gain and this card works on both levels. What's better though, Noxious Gearhulk or Inferno Titan???

Vial Smasher the Fierce dosen't fit the theme and is almost a good stuff addition, so I'll pass for now.

Crater Hellion, Ratchet Bomb and Sever the Bloodline are sweet anti token measures, here is what i was thinking Devastation Tide. It deals with the tokens, enchantments, planswalkers, and other unbeatable positions I could find myself in. What do you think?

quitrage Thanks for the bringing some sweet ideas to the table

Dance of the Dead I want to add, though i'm not sure i can think of the cut for it, any thoughts?

Twilight's Call, Champion of Stray Souls and Diabolic Servitude I've played before and didn't really like them. Those were different decks though, so I'll keep them in mind while playing this one.

quitrage on Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!!

1 month ago

Hey the deck looks pretty fun, here's some ideas for re-animation that brings them straight to the battlefield rather than your hand so you can get the ETB effect.

Dance of the Dead

Twilight's Call

Champion of Stray Souls

Diabolic Servitude

also for dealing with tokens the card you recommended for my deck, Sever the Bloodline seems like it could do rather well in yours as well.

Optimator on Moocifer Rising

1 month ago

Diabolic Servitude is a great reanimator that is also reusable.

Neotrup on Akroma Angel of Wrath and ...

1 month ago

Protection means that the protected object cannot be:

Blocked or

By objects that it is protected from. Diabolic Servitude does not target after it's ability resolves. It also isn't an aura or equipment, so you don't need to worry about that. It usually won't be able to block or damage, so you're good on all fronts. By contrast, if you were to return Akroma, Angel of Wrath with Animate Dead protection would cause the aura to fall off and get Akroma sacrificed.

Akromathia on Akroma Angel of Wrath and ...

1 month ago

Diabolic Servitude targets Akroma, Angel of Wrath, while she is in the graveyard (obviously). However when she hits the board back, she gets her protection to black back. Would this exile her?, since the protection to black is back, would the effect of Diabolic Servitude end?

Thanks in advance :)

LeaPlath on Cradle to the Grave

3 months ago

So first up, pure life gain cards like Gnaw to the Bone are bad.

Secondly, Diabolic Servitude could be a better spell? Like, why do you have it now?

eeriekiller on Budget Zambies (~$120/40 tix)

3 months ago

I haven't seen this grixis commander yet but I kind of like it. May make one myself. I have a couple of suggestions you may like

With sedris's cheap reanimation, you seem pretty quick to throw in high cost creatures. I think the issue isn't necessarily too many creatures (like you mentioned in your article) but it's that you can't pay for them. Also, despite your commander's ability, I think you could focus more on a spell-based reanimation package. I have a couple of suggestions you might like

Entomb and Buried Alive are great ways to get your beaters into the graveyard early. To get them back, you have a number of options. Reanimate is a classic and so it Animate Dead. Necromancy, Dread Return, Diabolic Servitude, and even Sheoldred, Whispering One are more options for you. Having these cards will allow you to keep the creatures you get back.

With a deck as mid-rangey as this, you could also look at Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos for massive removal. Carrion Feeder and Viscera Seer would help with that too.

I'm not going to type out all the mana rocks you could have, but rocks are important in a grixis deck with such a high average CMC (converted mana cost). Here's a link to a discussion about mana rocks that you can gather ideas from. Most are pretty budget. Moxen and their ilk are very expensive and not worth it unless you're getting competitive. Anyway, the link: http://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/the-game/commander-edh/197500-best-mana-rocks-for-edh There's also Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual you could use.

I don't know how controlling you're wanting to be, but counterspells are pretty important in blue to protect your stuff. Counterspell, Cancel, Dissolve, and Dissipate are good budget counterspells.

I'm sure there's more but I'm working from NY head at the moment. Good luck and I hope you like these suggestions!

zingzang on Mikaeus, the Broken EDH

3 months ago

I play a Mikaeus-deck myself and I really like your work. But I think your mana-curve is not really that optimal. I play many ramp cards and only combo-pieces, which allows to make a turn 4 or turn 5 kill, nearly every time. Please also be aware, that Mikaeus gives all your creatures +1/+1, so things like Mindless Automaton don't work, even if you kill them manually, it's stuck with only one +1-counter. If you want to make your deck more consistent and more deadly, take out all cards that don't kill your opponents IMMEDIATELY with Mikaeus. Cards like: Abhorrent Overlord or Dusk Urchins all need preparation time, so think about cutting them. Also cards like Liliana of the Veil don't do anything for your combo in this deck and are better off in a good modern deck (Oh, I wish I had one myself :( ). Here are some cards that I highly recommend to you, in order to combo off faster, and better:

Retribution of the Ancients

Fume Spitter (I love him but only in my starting hand)

Blood Artist

Blood Bairn

Zulaport Cutthroat

Devouring Swarm

Bloodthrone Vampire

Diabolic Servitude (maybe, but recommend)

Falkenrath Noble

Altar of Dementia

Altar of the Brood

Phyrexian Ghoul


Infernal Darkness (maybe, but always worth it)

Sidisi, Undead Vizier (maybe...)

Diabolic Intent

Dread Return (maybe...)

Pentavus (The only 7-drop allowed in this deck)

Nantuko Husk

Grim Haruspex

Grinding Station (you have many artifact creatures then...)

Wingrattle Scarecrow


Lingering Tormentor


Some nice ways to tutor are:Dimir Machinations and Shred Memory. They get you all the combo pieces.

You may ask: "And what shall I cut?"Every Planeswalker, they do nothing for you in this deck. Every damn card that costs 5 mana or more (Only Exceptions are Pentavus and Triskelion) . (Yes, you can also cut Sidisi, Undead Vizier, if you have enough tutors). And everything, that doesn't combo with Mikaeus in a way that doesn't kill all your opponents immediately. Your goal is to win the game as soon as Mikaeus hits the battlefield. Most of the time the disruption can't do anything, because you can combo off in response to that. And to make it as fast as possible, add all mana artifacts known to mankind to your deck. Thran Dynamo, Jet Medallion and so on, and so on. You don't need any removal or any Temporal Extortion or Imp's Mischief and stuff like that. Aim for a turn 4 kill and cut everything that doesn't support your idea. There will be no threats on turn 4 or five that need you to have any special removal.

Hope this helps out.

If you want, I can post a link to my Mikaeus deck. I don't like to do advertisement for my decks, so I do it, if you want to see my idea of a perfect deck.


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