Endless Scream

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Tempest (TMP) Common

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Endless Scream

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Endless Scream enters the battlefield with X scream counters on it.

Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 for each scream counter on Endless Scream.

Endless Scream Discussion

Bloodsucker1211 on The Prime Vampire

1 month ago

KingOfMist I also saw,some really cool cards for my Rayami deck here. Bloodforged Battle-Axe , Gift of the Deity , and Mask of Riddles are all incredibly good. Endless Scream seems amazing too!

HalbrechtHalbrecht on Death in the Shadows

7 months ago

What you said about Endless Scream and Dauthi Mercenary makes sense. Even as I typed that up, I was thinking you might never get to the late game. But sometimes it's hard to tell just by looking at a deck.

After further contemplating the deck, and doing some actual playtests with it, I have a couple further thoughts that might be worth considering:


First, I feel like the inclusion of Infect might be dividing the focus of the deck, if ever so subtly. Several times in playtests, I'd have 2-3 creatures in play but only one with Phyresis, causing them to hit two different "life" totals (effectively). It was further complicated when I had a Rite of Consumption in hand, as it made sense to put the enchantment buffs on the Infect creature, but that also made the Rite pointless.

So I tried focusing more on Infect, to ensure all creatures I controlled would deal Infect damage, but the only other pauper card that grants it is Tainted Strike . Also, sometimes I'd have only one creature but redundant sources of Infect (the only consolation being the +1 poison from Tainted Strike). Ultimately, I just tried cutting Infect entirely and focusing solely on normal damage, which I personally preferred.


Second, have you considered going with instant/sorcery buffs rather than enchantment buffs? Obviously, voltron can be very powerful when it works, but enchantment-based voltron is hurt a lot more by removal. You seemed to imply that you run into a lot of removal when you said "the opponent has probably removed enough creatures that it's almost impossible to get back into the game".

Going with instants and sorceries presents less optimal targets to your opponent, it usually gives you the same power boost for 1 less mana, and adding in a little card draw gives some resilience to the deck. Basically, you sacrifice a turn or two, but you also can keep the steam going a little longer.


I copied your deck and tinkered with it this afternoon, doing both of the above things. Here's what I came up with:



I playtested it quite a bit, as well as your original version. Although it can't get the turn 3 wins yours can, it will consistently win by turn 4-5. I'll keep my version up for a while, in case you want to play around with it a bit on T/O and see how it compares in your eyes.

I removed Rite of Consumption as it no longer worked as well without permanent buffs. In its place I added card draw.

I also never liked Skittering Skirge any time I had it in hand. It was always a disappointing play for me. In its place, I tried several low-mana evasion creatures, like Guul Draz Vampire and Stronghold Confessor . I found that the former "auto-scales" better for both early- and mid-game, whereas the latter is only good on turn 4 if you actually cast it that turn. But they have different types of evasion, which may make a big difference.

mal099 on Death in the Shadows

7 months ago

Thanks for the +1 and the suggestions!

The problem with Endless Scream and Dauthi Mercenary , as much as I love especially the latter, is that both of these cards are really only useful in the late game, and this deck is not designed to ever get that far - you either win between turn 3-5, or the opponent has probably removed enough creatures that it's almost impossible to get back into the game. The deck also doesn't have any way of defending itself, so by that point, they should have done a substantial amount of damage. Some more playtesting might be in order to see if those cards might have value against control, but I feel like going for maximum speed is still my best bet.

Bonesplitter , again, sacrifices speed for long term viability, but in that case, I feel like it might be worth the cost. Will also require some testing. Same with Infernal Scarring , and I probably wouldn't want to play both. So it's a choice between definitely keeping an equipment after a removal, or potentially drawing a creature, which is often more important... not an easy choice, but I'll keep them all in mind. Will probably go for either Predator's Gambit or Bonesplitter , since I've already bought those.

HalbrechtHalbrecht on Death in the Shadows

7 months ago

First off, love this deck! You got a +1 from me! I've always been attracted to Shadow as a mechanic, but I've never gotten around to delving into it too much.

I like Dauthi Mercenary * better than Dauthi Marauder . Both are 3-drops with shadow, but while the Marauder starts out with one more power, the Mercenary has the potential to be pumped up higher, especially if you have a Dark Ritual and nothing else to play with it. It's a good late-game mana sink when you've run out of cards in hand (and considering your curve is so low, I imagine that that's easy to do).

* T/O claims that Dauthi Mercenary isn't pauper legal, but Scryfall disagrees, because it's a common on the MTGO-only set Vintage Masters. From my understanding, MTGO legality is currently also used for paper pauper.

Another card that scales for the late game is Endless Scream . Maybe try a 1-of?

I also like Infernal Scarring , probably in place of Predator's Gambit . It's 1 more mana, but Gambit's toughness boost and Intimidate are irrelevant, whereas the death-trigger card draw makes the creature a less attractive target for removal, while being a much better target for your own Rite of Consumption .

Alternatively, have you considered equipment as well as auras? The only one I'd suggest is Bonesplitter (in place of Predator's Gambit ). Sure, it costs 1 more mana for the very first time, but against a removal- / bounce-heavy deck, it'll be way better in the long run. You won't get 2-for-1-ed then, and subsequent re-equips are just as cheap as Gambit.

theMarc on Atraxa, Praetors' Voice - Heavy New Phyrexia Theme

1 year ago

The Caves of Koilos are an important part of the history of Phyrexia, being the location of the portal that brought Yawgmoth to Old Phyrexia in the first place, setting in motion the beginning of the Great Work.

Planar Portal can be expensive to cast and to use, but it can be worth it. If you end up using it, I recommend the Invasion version, due to the flavor text.

Skeletonkey8 has the right idea with Rout. The new art shows Elesh Norn, and the old art shows Phyrexian forces overrunning Benalia, so either version works with your deck's flavor. Life's Finale is another Phyrexian boardwipe. And Damnation is ambiguous enough that it should fit.

I'm sure you're aware, but Dominaria gave us Phyrexian Scriptures and Yawgmoth's Vile Offering.

The Phyrexia's Core/Spine of Ish Sah combo is on-theme. The Core will also give you another way to sacrifice your Wellsprings.

Persecute (Urza's Saga version), Tsabo's Decree, and Extinction can be good, depending on everyone else's decks in your playgroup.

Finally, don't forget that the plane of Rath, the Rathi Stronghold, and the Evincars were all part of the Phyrexian war plan. Guys like Volrath, Crovax, Greven, and Vhati all worked for the Phyrexians, so you can include cards featuring/mentioning all that. Of note are Volrath's Stronghold, Hatred (fun with both infect and a lifelink general), Endless Scream (also fun with infect), Reanimate, Vhati il-Dal (fun with -1/-1 counters), Tortured Existence, and the original printings of Reflecting Pool and Propaganda.

(Wow, this post ended up longer than I originally intended it to be.)

griffstick on Need help for a Budget ...

1 year ago

Grafted Exoskeleton because a 6/6 that gets a +1/+1 counter basically every time it attacks with an equipment that gives it +2/+2 and infect, makes a very scary CMDR. Other good stuff is Grafted Wargear, Scytheclaw, Ring of Xathrid cause regenerate, O-Naginata, Magebane Armor because you are in red and probably running red board wipes like Starstorm basically keeps him safe from all red based board wipes and what ever else like Pestilence. Another good one is Kusari-Gama. All the "swords". And that's just equipment. Clout of the Dominus, Helm of the Ghastlord, Sleeper's Robe, and Fist of the Demigod are all good. Some others are good like Skeletal Grimace, Shade's Form, Endless Scream, Phyresis, Glistening Oil, and Corrupted Conscience gonna be good in many situations. I mean I'm barely scratching the surface. There's so many ways you can voltron. But this is what I got for ya. Cheers

VesuvanDoppelbanger on INFECTICON

2 years ago

Nice build! Infect is so overpowered in Commander. Endless Scream sticks around, and gives the same bonus as Howl from Beyond. You have enough evasion available to make the change from instant not matter much.

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