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: Dread Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Dread Shade Discussion
1 day ago
I'd keep Yahenni, Undying Partisan in the deck. A free sac outlet is always useful, and he can become nasty over time.
Dread Shade is cutable. Other than being a creature you can pump, he doesn't give you much. Not enough value for a slot. I don't like Angel of Despair , either. Too high a CMC for what she does in colors that don't have a problem getting rid of just about anything. Better off running Anguished Unmaking , Despark , or Utter End . I think I'd cut the one-time fog effects like Darkness and Ethereal Haze . You just aren't going to get much value out of them, and better cards that support what your deck wants to do should go in their place, like Aristocrats that give you value when things die. Zulaport Cutthroat , Cruel Celebrant , Viscera Seer , Falkenrath Noble , and the like. Teysa Karlov would be strong here, too, as I think it should double up triggers on your Commander.
Hope this helps some.
1 day ago
I made a chopping block, figuring I can live without these cards and replace them with probably lands but other cards for sure. I threw most of this together a little quickly after all:
Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Mother of Runes , Dread Shade , Well of Lost Dreams , Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant , Wall of Glare , Iona, Shield of Emeria , Obzedat, Ghost Council , Sentry of the Underworld , Lord of the Void , True Conviction , Ashes of the Abhorrent , Swords to Plowshares
I also just straight swapped my Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds for swamps. I end up using them to search for one 90% of the time anyways, and more swamps lets my Extraplanar Lens give me more.
2 weeks ago
By using your own spells to kill off a Gray Merchant of Asphodel just to reanimate him, you'll be giving up a ton of card advantage and losing tempo. If you're really interested in abusing the Merchant's ability by getting it to trigger multiple times, I'd consider running blue for bounce effects like Unsummon , or better yet, white for flicker like Cloudshift . You could also set up a Panharmonicon to double the trigger automatically. However, there really isn't any need to do so. The better option is to just invest in the mono-black devotion plan enough that Gray Merchant will kill in one hit. I recommend looking up black devotion lists to get an idea of cards to add. I've had a lot of fun with a devotion zoo deck using 1 drops like Gravecrawler , Gutterbones , and Bloodsoaked Champion with Midnight Oil and Phyrexian Arena to refill. In general, you just want to include the most black mana symbols for the lowest cost (while also bearing card power level in mind). Vampire Nighthawk and Despoiler of Souls are two cards you already have that fit the bill. Some other favorites are Gatekeeper of Malakir , Phyrexian Obliterator , Gifted Aetherborn , Dread Shade , and Geralf's Messenger . These decks can be a little pricey, especially if you include a set of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx . If you're looking for a more gradual form of life drain, Orzhov lists are a popular way to do so. They run cards more in the vein of Obzedat, Ghost Council , Wall of Limbs , and Kambal, Consul of Allocation . They might also take advantage of lifegain with Ajani's Pridemate , Felidar Sovereign , or the Sanguine Bond / Exquisite Blood combo. One of the reasons these decks are so popular is that they can easily be built on a budget. As a final note, I'd like to point out that you're currently lacking the mana needed for the curve you have. I'd want at least 20 lands here and maybe as many as 25 to avoid constant mana screw. Good luck with your build!
3 months ago
saturn999 Good advice. I dropped the Dread Shade s to the maybeboard, and added another Phyrexian Arena . I dropped the Relentless Dead down to one though, and put in 3 Bloodghast s. The synergy with Lili is way too good, i'll have to play it to see which is better. Maybe I ought to do a 2/2 split. Thanks for the wall of text btw!
3 months ago
hell yeah +1. I play MBD as well and it was my first serious deck when I first got into Magic as well. If anything, 1 more Phyrexian Arena could help just because the card draw is so good! It's drawn me so many answers and the life lost doesn't hurt because we're playing lifegain. Either way, rad deck. I like Gatekeeper of Malakir as well but only when I'm playing against a deck that plays minimal creatures. He shines in that matchup. Idk, maybe drop the Dread Shade add 1x Phyrexian Arena and 1x Relentless Dead ? Keep me posted, would love to hear how you're doing with the deck. Got a modern tourney tomorrow and playing this deck Horror Business/// Mono-Black Midrange. So exciting. Take care, sorry for the wall of text! !
3 months ago
For a mono black “ramp” deck I feel that Dread Shade would be extremely powerful! It can swing for 3 hit the player then be boosted to like 10 depending the state in the game. The one issue is it’s price is possibly a teensy bit above flat out budget but I saw Tcg had it at 23c earlier today
3 months ago
my suggestions are:
Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed like a reanimator spell that can activate death triggers of other creatures.
Champion of Stray Souls , because it is great to active triggers. Greets,
4 months ago
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