Dictate of Erebos
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.
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|Journey into Nyx (JOU)||Rare|
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Dictate of Erebos occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.09%
WB (Orzhov): 1.01%
Dictate of Erebos Discussion
4 days ago
Hey man! Welcome to magic. I have a few suggestions... feel free to ignore any/all of them.
Dorks are one mana creatures that tap for mana. A lot of the time people don't like them, because before you play with them you don't realize how absurdly powerful they are; people are wrong. I highly suggest running at least a handful of these guys, like Llanowar Elves, Elves of Deep Shadow, Birds of Paradise, Deathrite Shaman, Fyndhorn Elves, Elvish Mystic... In general, ramping turn one is REALLY strong, since it lets you play a turn ahead of everyone else. Though they aren't one mana, you could also consider some cards like Priest of Titania or (if you're rich) Bloom Tender, which are also pretty strong.
Slate of Ancestry is an interesting card to consider. You're running a lot of creatures, so I think in general using Slate of Ancestry will be card-positive for you. Note also that if you discard a creature card with it, Meren of Clan Nel Toth can just get it back for you.
Plaguecrafter: This guy is messed up, and he gets you an experience counter from sac-ing himself. Also, once you're at 3 exp, you can just keep recurring him.
Abrupt Decay/Assassin's Trophy: Personally, I like Abrupt Decay more since I play in a meta with a lot of counterspells and low-to-the-ground decks, but both are good. Being able to kill any card type is generally pretty powerful.
If you're in a counter-heavy meta, Veil of Summer is an absurd card.
Finally, running Ancient Tomb is worth considering. It's pricy, but the price is lower these days than it has been in a while; the ramp it offers is really, really good.
Cards I'd consider cutting:
Eldrazi Monument: Your experience may be different from mine, but I feel like this card is probably a win-more type thing in that it's only really good if you're already winning the game. You're probably better off just running card draw by something like Phyrexian Arena or Slate of Ancestry.
A few lands: If you run the dorks mentioned in (1), generally people don't play more than 33 lands.
Black Sun's Zenith: Like Butcher of Malakir, I think you have plenty of ways to make your opponents lose creatures already. You're probably better off running more universal removal, like Windgrace's Judgment.
Also, since you're a new player, I'd like to point out edhrec.com is an excellent resource I use a lot. You should check it out if you haven't already.
1 week ago
Thank you so much for your thorough reply! I’m noticing that my build just isn’t as threatening as I had originally imagined. I was looking really hard at adding Vraska, Golgari Queen, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and creatures like Blisterpod and Carrier Thrall as creatures for sacrifice fodder. I do like the idea of using creature abilities as control, so I think Mindslicer and Plaguecrafter are going to be added for sure. I have Dictate of Erebos in and think I need to add Grave Pact for further help in board control and cards like Grim Haruspex to help me with card draw.
1 week ago
Ladies and Gentleman of the jury,
I'm looking for some feedback on this deck. My goal is to make it more competitive. Not the the point of cEDH. Rather, I'd like to win about 50%-ish of the time.
I'd also eventually like another resilient sac outlet. Perhaps Phyrexian Tower or Phyrexian Altar. In addition, perhaps some type of Damnation board-wipe. I do have Gaze of Granite too which I'm not 100% sold on.
If I'm missing anything else please let me know.
1 week ago
Us_marine91 - that is tough since the Shadowborn Apostles alone will cost you around $100 for 30 of them. That being said, I would suggest looking for cards with similar effects to the non-budget options in JLK's deck. For example, Vindictive Vampire and Cruel Celebrant are budget alternatives to Blood Artist, or Butcher of Malakir is a budget version of Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact. Then I would look for cards that have effects which are "close enough" to some of the more expensive options. For example, Command the Dreadhorde, Bolas's Citadel, Pitiless Plunderer, and Dark Prophecy can all act as passable stand-ins for Remembrance (I can't believe that card has somehow crept up to $5!), Thrumming Stone, Black Market, and Phyrexian Arena respectively.
I'd also recommend checking out EDHrec's Shadowborn Apostle page. There you can see which commander's are used for that particular strategy. They also have a budget filter which may help you find some replacement cards.
2 weeks ago
I generally like your dredge idea, but there tend to be many graveyard exile effects in my meta, so I don't want to load it up just to watch it get nuked. I've been through that before when I had more dredge / used Altar of Dementia on myself too much. I also currently do not own a Heritage Druid, and haven't exactly sought one out for this same reason.
I did run Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip for a bit, but I found I'd usually rather cast something else than try and get her to sit around while I killed something else. I also find her planeswalker form a little lacking overall.
I definitely need to pick up a Liliana, Dreadhorde General for this deck, as sometimes draw is a little lacking. I just dislike that I can't recur her with Meren.
I tried to swap a few larger creatures in that have kill spells attached to them (thinking things like Cavalier of Night) to try and get the 2-for-1 (beater and kill). But I'm definitely going to look into some of the things you mentioned and see how they play out for me.
Thanks for the input!
2 weeks ago
On devotion...Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx could be a powerful land for you, if it's within budget. While not a Vampire, Gray Merchant of Asphodel has some potential here, rewarding your mono-black nature and supporting your life-gain theme.
These are just a couple of suggestions I have. Most of them should be fairly cheap to pick up! Other than that, this looks really fun to play. You could also get a bit more cruel with your sacrifice subtheme and add Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact. Food for thought...
Heartless Summoning is going to disable several of your creatures from staying alive, unfortunately. Given that your mana curve mostly stops at 5, I doubt you need the cost reduction it gives you. Even just looking at your commander, it turns Drana into just a 1/2 at first, which really isn't that intimidating. While it does allow you to play 5-mana creatures on turn 3 (and don't get me wrong, this IS powerful), I worry that your 1/1 creatures would be dead weight in your hand.
3 weeks ago
So the more i play my Shirei deck the more i love the massive value of token makers like Marsh Flitter and now Sling-Gang Lieutenant that you can etb on everyone elses turn. They do so much work with cards like Pitiless Plunderer and Dictate of Erebos effects. Also starting to really like Desecrated Tomb. Sirei is the only deck i have never torn apart and turned into something else, still love it
3 weeks ago
Looking pretty solid. What few things I would change.
I would remove, Pitiless Plunderer not really needed with Black Market. Revel in Riches I like but I find that if you can't cast it at flash speed on the end step prior to your turn odds of it sticking around are slim to none. Butcher of Malakir I find just to high cmc when you have Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact already. Vindicate sorcery speed not a fan of due to this type of deck requiring instant speed removal. I like the Sadistic Hypnotist and hope you can make him work. It's too slow and high target in my playgroup sadly or he'd be in my build. The last thing I'd do is drop Solemn Simulacrum for Deathgreeter.