Dread Shade


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Rare

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Dread Shade

Creature — Shade

: Dread Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Dread Shade Discussion

MrBiggieD on Mono-Black Devotion

3 days ago

I'd run Gatekeeper of Malakir over Doom Blade to get some extra devotion for gray merchant.

I'd also consider either Dread Shade or Nightveil Specter over Vampire Nighthawk .

Chasmolinker on Fun: Mono Black Devotion

1 week ago

I'd cut the Dread Shade for card draw. Sign in Blood in my favorite in this category. ( Bob is usually not what you want in these decks.) +1

RoyaleWithCheese on B/W Devotion

1 month ago

I might look at the land base again indeed. A guy on the lgs I play suggested that I cut some swamps for an Urborg and at least 2 Plains, for a kinda of a plan b agains a blood moon effect. I might add more of one creature, and the first that comes to my mind is Geralf's Messenger, followed by Dread Shade . The shade is more like a 4 drop agains some decks, to avoid beeing bolted, but it can block on the turn I played, and can be a threat too. The messenger is better for the devotion overall, draining and staying on the field, but I also would be an extra turn open sometimes, so I had to be careful when to play it. Any suggestions?

Human Frailty can be really interesting in the side board, but I think I have a decent amount of removal, and more to bring from the side. The Ethersworn could be really good, I generally dont play more than one spell each turn if the mana curve is in a good day, but it affects my opponents much worse than I. Thanks! Also, a friend of mine suggested Thalia, Guardian of Thraben , but I think the Kambal's are better for this list.

Thanks a lot for the time and helo you are giving! Really appreciate it!

rt41 on Karnage Black / Mono Black Fortress / 100% cmeter

1 month ago

@sideboard: swapped out Dread Shade , Golden Demise , Moment of Craving vs 3x Phylactery Lich .
since the counters stay on Treasure Map  Flip and Thaumatic Compass  Flip after flipping, and the Fountain of Renewal gets sac'd for a draw very rarely, this could work great. i'm gonna post some results when i did some testing with it

RoyaleWithCheese on B/W Devotion

1 month ago

atomic_moose thanks for the comment!

About the Nykthos: I was running 1x Nykthos and 1x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . The Nykthos would be a problem sometimes, since the deck is pretty heavy on black mana. And since Im splashing white, I think it looses a bit of consistency.

I started the deck as mono black, but since I saw the b/w version, the white splash makes a lot of difference, specially sideboarding.

Geralf's messenger was in this list, but I switched them for the Dread Shade 's. It seems a bit better, since it can be a threat by it self and it doesn't enter tapped, if needed.

Mutilate and Deluge seems a bit too much since I already have a Damnation and lots of removal stuff.

About the Whip, interesting suggestion. I actually saw a mono black list using it, but never tested with this one. Do you think it can fit?

Again, thanks!

Darth_Savage on A Dark and Stormy Night

1 month ago

As a general rule, don't use poison unless you are playing a dedicated infect deck. To that end I'd cut Phyrexian Crusader for either Dread Shade or the already mentioned Geralf's Messenger, they both add more devotion and are decent threats. Like others I don't like Black Knight here, maybe in the sideboard, since you won't always be facing white, I'd run Relentless Dead or the already mentioned Gifted Aetherborn instead. Lastly you have 16 targeted removal spells, first this is a lot, second it does nothing against hexproof creatures, Geth's Verdict Gatekeeper of Malakir or Smallpox get around hexproof, if its your opponents only creature. You might want an early board wipe Bontu's Last Reckoning or card draw Phyrexian Arena. Hope this helps and as an aside I have a mono black devotion deck Sweet (black) devotion, this might give you further ideas, in any event good luck with your brew.

Kjartan on Shapeshifter Surveil Deck

1 month ago

Cutting you deck down to 60 cards would be a huge improvement. You have a lot of underpowered cards, so cutting your deck down to minimum size would make you get to your best cards more consitantly.

Rescue could go. With this few (good) etb triggers, it's not going to be that impactful, and you don't want to bounce your artifacts. (Or it could just become an Unsummon if you got one)

Ceremonious Rejection Seems very specific, but you do surveil a lot, and the card is pretty good, so it may be fine, but I'm not loving it. (Or is it a meta thing?)

Realmwright doesn't seem too useful. I guess it can help you cast Dread Shade, but that's pretty niche.

Amulet of Safekeeping also seems a tad too specific to be good, unless it's a meta thing, (but again, surveil help you get rid of it easily).

Wand of Vertebrae Is probably too RNG to be any good.

With the boosters you've opened, I'm willing to bet you've got some Dimir Guildgates or even Watery Graves, and a couple fixers would be a great addition to the mana base.

Also, I'm sure you've got some Discovery / Dispersal, which is one of the greatest survel cards.

Darth_Savage on How Much Life You Got?

1 month ago

Budget doesn't need to be bad and some of your card choices here are just bad, particularly Insatiable Harpy, which should be Vampire Nighthawk or Gifted Aetherborn. Squelching Leeches is also marginal, Dread Shade, Desecration Demon or even Korlash, Heir to Blackblade would be better choices. Given the number of creatures you are running Throne of the God-Pharaoh might work, also since you are mono black Mire's Toll and Soot Imp might be worth a shot. I occasionally run a devotion deck Sweet (black) devotion, which might give you some ideas, though it definately isn't budget.

If you simply want to build a lifegain/drain deck, I'd look at cards like Sovereign's Bite, Alms of the Vein, Rite of Consumption and maybe Chancellor of the Dross. Also have a look at Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox, this is a list of the major black cards for modern. I hope this is of some help, good luck with your brew.

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Dread Shade occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.04%

Black: 1.33%


All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.22%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%