Dictate of Erebos


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Journey into Nyx (JOU) Rare

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Dictate of Erebos



Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.

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Dictate of Erebos Discussion

duff87 on Another Meren deck

23 hours ago

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor, hey man. Thank you for the suggestions. Did you give it an upvote? It didnt show up for some reason! :( I agree with a lot of your card decisions, its really just a matter of obtaining the cards. Yes i have a cabal coffers but i need the other piece: Urborg.

On the issue with Shriekmaw vs Ravenous Chupacabra; i would argue that the Shriekmaw could be better. Yeah it costs 1 cmc more if you're trying to cast it and keep it around, but you never really want to. You're only ever going to be sacking it right away via evoke for 1B to kill a guy and get meren an experience counter. At least thats the way i play it.Yes, the maw can only hit non-black and non-artifact creatures, but i think its worth it. Its a whole 2 mana cheaper. It could depend on the meta though, like you said.

I do agree on the Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos especially. I just need to get them. Having that effect only on a creature isnt all that great. Creatures are just too vulnerable. And yes Panharmonicon and Strionic Resonator are great basically doubling the etb triggers. Im gonna need to get another copy of the harmonicon atleast. Thank you for your help.

BoozeUsually on UltraBudget Value Meren

1 day ago


Entomber Exarch and Mesmeric Fiend definitely sound like cards to consider. I like the value package the deck has going now but really just don't know how it closes out games without Nooze/Mike & Friends combos. I guess I am going for keeping the board clear with Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, and Dictate of Erebos and then finish up with Kessig Cagebreakers and Pathbreaker Ibex for lethal combat.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Another Meren deck

1 day ago

If you want to run Cabal Coffers in a non-mono black deck, (though it looks like you removed it since writing your deck description) Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is absolutely essential, as is Expedition Map.

I am surprised to not see either Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact in the list. You do have Butcher of Malakir, but that is the most fragile of the three since it is a creature. I'd recommend including at least one of the two enchantments, especially since you run very few board wipes.

Speaking of board wipes, if you want another Massacre Wurm effect, Demon of Dark Schemes is a very good card with built in recursion.

Since you are focused heavily on ETB and LTB effects, Panharmonicon and Strionic Resonator might be good inclusions as well.

Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Diabolic Intent might be great tutor options.

My a friend of mine runs Riftsweeper in his Meren deck and it gives his deck an absurd amount of resiliency.

Lastly, Shriekmaw and Acidic Slime have sadly been left in the dust in the evolving EDH meta (you individual meta may be different though). Newer, better costed and less restricted options have come along. I'd consider replacing Shriekmaw with Ravenous Chupacabra and replacing Acidic Slime with Reclamation Sage or Woodfall Primus if you want to keep the land destruction ability.

Good luck deck building and +1 from me!

ZendikariWol on They See Me Diggin', They Hatin'

2 days ago

Yeah actually the theory is creatures become reusable spells. Torpor Orb doesn't exist in my meta. Anyway if you get a few Baloth Null-style creatures on the board at once you just never run out of fuel and value all the opponents out of the game.

That or you can get you a draw engine. Deathreap Ritual and Dictate of Erebos are important for keeping your opponents down and you up. wink

1 sec. another comment coming after I crunch some numbers on your deck. But also my deck is a solid 50$ cheaper than yours.

Pabs4444 on Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

6 days ago

I would highly recommend Endless Cockroaches. It keeps coming back to your hand, providing something for all of your sac outlets. Speaking of sac outlets, why no Sadistic Hypnotist, Dictate of Erebos, or Ashnod's Altar? Animation Module + Ashnod's Altar makes Elenda, the Dusk Rose infinitely big. Also, why no creatures that drain? Like Blood Artist.

BrandonMurrayBMM on Sek'Kuar Deathkeeper: The Karplusan Legend

1 week ago

Gray Merchant of Asphodel is insane and a huge help to me because I run Confidant/Arena/Library and such. He works well with Phyrexian Delver for a quick drain 4 to everyone and net gain of 7 (after the loss of 5 from Delver) as a worse case scenario if I have no other black permanents on board (which usually isn't the case) but often I can cast him, sac him, reanimate him, and kill the table off the 2nd trigger. He's good with Animate Dead as well for drain of 3 and a gain of 12. Test him, he's really good!

I'm not sure where you say I don't have much black devotion, it's my most dominant color and I have many symbols for him with Grave Pact, Attrition, Dictate of Erebos and such. I use to play Life/Death and it was just blah and I literally just cut Living Death a few weeks ago. It did hurt to remove my judge promo but I had to check my ego and realize I found it often dead in my hand because I only had 2 or 3 creatures in my graveyard at one time and my opponents had just as many because of my sac effects. It was good when I did use it (especially with Gray Merchant) but more often than not it was a dead card in my hand and often I wished it was literally anything else so sadly it got cut for I believe it was for Grave Pact actually. I found Pact to be so much more useful than Living Death and I still have a few board wipes. It's the same reason I cut Sheoldred, Whispering One. She just didn't do enough.

marikrizu on Lazav, Dimir Mastermind

1 week ago

If you are going for more recursion, here is some you might want to think about:

Oversold Cemetery is really good, maybe a small self-mill or just combating some of your creatures in to get it to activate is pretty good.

Nim Deathmantle is good for one single creature you want to keep out, if it dies just 4 mana brings it back to your field equipped.

Rise of the Dark Realms is a card used to help go wide, get all creatures from all graveyards to your field.

Now I see you have some sac elements, so besides recursion you could use a bit of value out of sacs by using Grave Pact effects, which would also be Dictate of Erebos and Butcher of Malakir. If it helps, fill the graveyard, with self-mill and pull what you want with the recursion options you have. If you want to go more voltron like your latest update says, make sure you got something you can always bring back and re-equip everything to. A good choice would be something like Reassembling Skeleton. If he bites the dust, a bit of mana brings him back and a bit more to give him something to make him a threat once again.

Last_Laugh on Marchesa the Cheesy Winner

2 weeks ago

First let me start off with I'm trying to be helpful but it'll probably feel like I'm ripping the deck apart. Some of my advice isn't budget friendly but worth working up to if you like the deck. If you feel like skipping the rest and just checking out my list for ideas... Marchesa, The Roses' Thorn

I've been playing Marchesa for about 3 years now and my deck started out very similar to yours. I had a very high mana curve and a lot of splashy spells and creatures that did a LOT... but they cost a LOT too and my first 3 turns I had nothing to do and I rarely had a turn I could cast more than one spell.

Marchesa excels when you have synergy on board already and still play her on turn 3 or 4. I suggest dropping most of your 5+ cmc cards in favor of cards under 4 cmc like Baleful Strix, Fulminator Mage, Sage of Fables, Grim Haruspex, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Spellskite (redirect the same spell as many times as needed to drop off the throne), Oona's Blackguard, Metallic Mimic, Phantasmal Image, Phyrexian Metamorph, All 3 signets (in addition to talismans and sol ring), Toxic Deluge, Goblin Bombardment, Necropotence, and Phyrexian Altar.

As far as higher cost spells I'd suggest: Herald of Secret Streams, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Dack's Duplicate, Ogre Battledriver, Urabrask the Hidden, Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, Sneak Attack, and (this one's kinda douchey but amazingly effective) Jokulhaups.

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