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: Dread Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Dread Shade Discussion
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Crypt Ghast is to slow. With CMC 4 its besides Gray Merchant your topcurve... Desecration Demon is fun, but if its your only creature and opponents has a lot, its nothing. I would reduce it to 2 copies. Stamina is ok, but Remvoval is more important than combat trick, even if you dont have a creature to target. 3 copies of Read the Bones is enough.
Dread Shade gives you and could be easily pumped up with Shrine and Cabal Stronghold. I prefere it over Ayara.
1 month ago
Looks good! How has Phylactery Lich worked out? Your chance to have an artifact in hand by turn 3 is 33.6%, your chance of having one in play before turn 3 is half that, so the Lich might not be the most viable. Geralf's Messenger is a potential replacement though it is a bit pricey. Maybe one these instead? Dread Shade , Drana, Liberator of Malakir , Belle of the Brawl , Graveyard Marshal , Mardu Strike Leader .
Also, I could be wrong but Bontu's Monument does not seem fantastic here. I think a beefy creature that applies pressure every turn would be better. Or maybe something like Supernatural Stamina ?
2 months ago
If I don’t discuss a card, it’s because that card didn’t feel like a card I’d want to play, or I didn’t think it was a viable commander. If I miss any really good options for my commander or leader, please let me know.
Adun Oakenshield TL?
Gyrus, Waker of Corpses TL???
Xira Arien TL?
Honestly, looking through this list, most of these cards don’t appeal to me. That said, there were a few that could work if I really felt that I needed to go with Jund. First, Gyrus, Waker of Corpses is really interesting to me as a leader. I could use it as my commander, I guess, but it just isn’t that interesting as an effect to me. I want my commander to have more of an impact on the game than being big, and allowing me to reuse creatures for a turn. I like how it allows me to essentially dash in creatures from my graveyard, retriggering any enter the battlefield effects they may have, and another cool feature that Gyrus, Waker of Corpses has is that it doesn’t really lose value when I recast it from the command zone. I’d much rather spend 9 mana on an 9/9 than spend 12 mana on a 6/5 that’s only really worth 6 but I’m looking for a bit more in a commander, especially since I’ll probably be able to shuffle my graveyard into my library multiple times throughout the game. If I were to use a Jund commander, Gyrus, Waker of Corpses is there, but I know that there’s better commanders for me to choose from. As a leader, however, Gyrus, Waker of Corpses seems awesome. For one thing, he kind of breaks the 3 mana limit by having X in his cost, and bringing cards back from the graveyard is much more useful in a format that doesn’t have any Twilight's Call or Aphetto Dredging in it. For now, I think I’m going to move on, but I may come back to him later when I’m searching for my leader.
Kresh the Bloodbraided intrigues me. I can just imagine… Kresh the Bloodbraided is on the board. I also have a Dread Shade , and a Urabrask the Hidden out. My opponents have full boards with 4+ creatures each; the collective power of all my opponents’ creatures is something like 45. It’s my turn. I draw. GASP! In my hand, I now have Plague Wind . I cast it. SUDDENLY, all of my opponents’ creatures are gone except for one Seraph of the Suns (dang) and I have a 44/44 legendary human warrior, my 3/3 shade, and a praetor that makes all my opponents’ creatures enter tapped. Those are the kind of game-changing plays that I like. Kresh the Bloodbraided is definitely an interesting commander, but I really doubt that I’ll be using him, because besides Plague Wind and In Garruk's Wake , there aren’t any cards that really use him to his full potential. Unless there’s some way to destroy a lot of creatures in a short amount of time, he’ll never get very big, because a 10/10 is a threat that most players can kill and will kill before it becomes much bigger than that. So, Kresh the Bloodbraided just won’t be a very good commander 97.9% of the time (I calculated it) and, in the other 2.1% of games, I have the potential to dominate for a few turns until someone kills Kresh the Bloodbraided through literally any means other than damage, because Jund doesn’t have any decent counterspells besides Avoid Fate , and Regenerate isn’t a very good answer to Murder .
I like the sound of Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire , but without much mill in these colors (besides Altar of the Brood , Waste Not , and Dread Summons , but 3/99 cards isn’t enough to make a mill deck), I don’t see much of a reason to play it. Sure, if one of my opponents plays a Sensei's Divining Top , I can get rid of it and hope that they don’t draw their Paradox Engine , but aside from getting rid of douchey cards I don’t see much of a purpose in playing Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire .
This concludes my exploration of Jund commanders, and since the only options for a Jund leader, besides Gyrus, Waker of Corpses , are Adun Oakenshield and Xira Arien , I don’t think I’ll be using these colors unless I decide to use Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder as my commander, and Gyrus, Waker of Corpses as my leader.
2 months ago
Thank you for the input, 7H30F7.
I was torn about which Lili to use. Reason for no Lili of the Veil is because I don't have any cards I want to discard so I wouldn't be getting any advantage from her plus 1. I also just flat out really like how Lili the Last Hope has been performing in modern and thought it would be a useful way to get a Gary or an Obliterator back from the GY if needed. No Nykthos because I don't have any mana dumps for it (other than dread shade?) and I need my black sources early game at all costs.
Kitesail Freebooter is also a very good idea, I'll probably drop 2 Gatekeeper of Malakir for 2 Booters. Good call. Dark Confidant has not been fantastic in modern for a while I feel, plus getting plenty of card advantage from Phyrexian Arena already (especially with 4 now in the MB).
Thanks again for the well thought out suggestions, I'll be sure to post how it performs at my LGS.
2 months ago
I would also consider bumping up to 4 Phyrexian Arena and taking out the Dread Shade . I've found card advantage to be really useful, though this might not be the case in modern as I haven't played Black Devotion against many meta modern decks.
3 months ago
Sorin Markov and Sorin's Vengeance wouldn't be bad here. I have both I could trade away if you want. Other cards I have that I'm willing to trade to you that could help this deck is Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet and Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief and Bloodhusk Ritualist .
Directions to take this would be board control, hand control, an aristocrats utilizing Viscera Seer and Blood Artist . Blood Seeker wouldn't hurt against go wide strategies. I have all three of those if you'd to trade for them too.
Nirkana Revenant is great for this deck.
Ob Nixilis, Unshackled can do some serious damage.
Any of the Ob Nixilis planeswalkers and Lili plansewalkers wouldn't hurt
4 months ago
On the off-chance you do want to go to a store Dread Specter isn't modern legal. The 4 mana slot in a black devotion deck is normally Phyrexian Obliterator however that card is pricey, so not really a budget option. An alternative that is budget friendly and a decent mana sink would be Dread Shade it's good devotion and can be pumped. Another alternative would be new cards from M20 Dread Presence or Embodiment of Agonies both of which are decent fits. Rather than Brain Maggot I'd be tempted to run the new M20 Yarok's Fenlurker it just exiles the card, your opponent never gets it back, they downside is that it will be the worst card in their hand. Still it is reasonable disruption and better for devotion.
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