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- Dealing with indestructible creatures in standard
- Does removal stop crewing?
- Can I play Grasp of Darkness in response to them playing a pump spell?
- If I have Eldrazi Mimic in play and play another colorless creature and in response to the trigger my opponent casts Grasp of Darkness and remove the target, will the mimic die?
- Is Priority maintained between after my draw step and beginning of my first main phase?
Grasp of Darkness
Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.
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Grasp of Darkness Discussion
1 day ago
I've always wanted to see this combo work, and I stumbled across this deck when I briefly named my deck (now Aggresive Prison Sex) Black Sabbath. One of the best bands in the history of metal, by the way. Now I'm assuming that this is budget so I'm going to keep these suggestions frugal. Instead of Convolute put Mana Leak or Counterspell, although it seems that Blue isn't a necessary color in here. I'd recommend taking it out completely and putting in more black removal, like Dismember, Geth's Verdict, Grasp of Darkness, Fatal Push, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Fleshbag Marauder, and Walk the Plank. I personally don't think that Priest of the Blood Rite is necessary, it might just hurt you after they kill the demon. Grave Titan, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn, Phyrexian Obliterator, Skinrender, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and such. I'm just naming good cards you should consider now, Hymn to Tourach, Torment of Hailfire, Sinkhole, Geralf's Messenger, Dread Wanderer, Diregraf Ghoul, and MOST IMPORTANTLY Dark Ritual. I just think a deck called Black Sabbath should be mono-black. Sorry if I rambled, I just want this deck to kick ass. No deck named after an amazing band should have to lose even once. Good luck
1 day ago
Deffinitrly like the commander switch to Gisa.
Since you're running pretty land intensive spells, more Mana rocks with help smooth out the curve.
I think this deck would benefit from removal like Damnation Grasp of Darkness Toxic Deluge and Go for the ThroatSince alot of your removal is focused towards non black, they will be good replacements.
I might remove one of your card draw spells to make room for Necropotence because it's literally the best card draw in black and you can decide how much or how little you want to draw.
Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos needs to be in here because they will be that much sweeter with your sac outlets. And while I'm on that topic, you might want to run some more sac outlets like Phyrexian Altar and Attrition
Going to add more suggestions a bit later.
6 days ago
I ran up against it a number of times at standard showdown and believe you me, it sure is effective. Less so I think after rivals because Merfolk are probably playable now.
6 days ago
Grasp of Darkness gets overlooked a lot as removal, because it conditional and Sorcery speed, but it worked very well in the Ixalan season.
Time will tell if it is as effective for Rivals of Ixalan.
1 week ago
You probably need to add some more 1-drop Vampires to your list to start aggressing early. I've been playing a guy's casual Vampire deck since I first started playing Magic some 6 years ago, and I still have trouble beating it; it's just that powerful.
Viscera Seer is super great at filtering out bad draws, as well as being a sac outlet. Never underestimate sac outlets. Recommend as a 2-of.
For 2-drops, I see you have a playset of Gifted Aetherborn, which is top-notch, and I also recommend Kalastria Highborn for eking out the last bits of life from your opponent with suicide attacks. Gatekeeper of Malakir is also a beast; filling your curve and/or providing removal is efficiency at its finest.
Filling out Captivating Vampire to a playset would be the next ideal thing to do. Having all the lords you can always helps.
Throw in an extra copy or two of Blade of the Bloodchief. Its damn cheap to play and equip, and it gets stupid fast.
If you want cutting recommendations, Bloodbond Vampire isn't fantastic, you're not running boardwipes or discard for Sangromancer, Alms of the Vein doesn't have a madness outlet, Dash Hopes doesn't always work the way you want it to (but keep it in if you want; it's always fun to play), and while Viridian Longbow is cute, it's a bit too expensive to equip, and more often than not, you want to be aggressive with your creatures.
Hopefully this helps!
1 month ago
Thank you for taking the time to write down all those suggestions.
I did have a lot of Basic lands, I replaced eight of them with Dimir Guildgate, Temple of Deceit, Sunken Hollow, Smoldering Marsh, Temple of Malice, Crumbling Necropolis, Vivid Marsh and Barren Moor. I also cut Mycosynth Wellspring < Gem of Becoming and Manalith < Fellwar Stone which I think are superior.
I followed your advice and replaced a few removals and less good board wipes. Sudden Death < Doom Blade, Consuming Vapors < Dreadbore, Grasp of Darkness < Cemetery Recruitment, Extinguish All Hope < Victimize and In Garruk's Wake < Syphon Flesh.
Still tweaking a few things left and right, let me know what you think. Thanks !
1 month ago
Legendary_penguin_of_death you are a genius!
I forgot all about it. It's just what I need to get rid of Glorybringer.
You are spot on that it allows Neheb, the Eternal to spend all his extra
Thanks for the excellent suggestion.
1 month ago
I might make it into a modern deck depending on how much time I have while working on my other decks.
This deck usually went 3-1 and 2-2 at tournaments at my LGS. I always loved Grasp of Darkness against Delirium decks (This was AER-AKH standard at the time) and my opponents' faces when they flipped into an Abolisher of Bloodlines and I had two Cliffhaven Vampires and a Zulaport Cutthroat on the field.