Grasp of Darkness


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal

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Set Rarity
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Uncommon
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Common

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Grasp of Darkness


Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.

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Grasp of Darkness Discussion

firemen138 on mono black control

2 days ago

Marcus_Licinius_Crassus the reason i didn't play fatal push is because i wanted some more control against creatures with higher power like a 4/4 and that gives me the option for Disfigure or Grasp of Darkness.i will add Beseech the Queen and Gifted Aetherborn to the deck.thx for the suggestions.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Serene's Kiss

4 days ago

My friend has been running essentially the same list of Vampires since OG Zendikar through Innistrad, with a couple additions from Ixalan. Based on how difficult the deck is to beat, there's definitely some recommendations I can make.

A couple Blade of the Bloodchief gets absolutely backbreaking. Slap one on an Aetherborn or Nighthawk and you'll see.

Viscera Seer is a fantastic 1-drop; free sac outlet and top deck fixing through scry. Pseudo-card advantage.

Vicious Conquistador is for all intents and purposes a strictly better Pulse Tracker, and a basically 2/2 for 1 is always welcome.

I'd run a couple more removal spells, either Doom Blade or Victim of Night or Fatal Push, Grasp of Darkness, or Dismember.

xyr0s on A Dark and Stormy Night

1 week ago

Mmmm.... why play Unclaimed Territory in a monocolored deck with different creature types?

In the pile of removal, you could add a couple of Mutilate instead of a Vraska's Contempt and Grasp of Darkness. A bit more Liliana of the Dark Realms, and you'll hit your land drops every turn.

Black Knight seems random. Could be Geralf's Messenger (for resilience to removal), could be Gatekeeper of Malakir (for removal with legs), could be Vampire Nighthawk (for lifegain and deterring attackers)... or something else.

Do you have a plan for flipping Chalice of Life  Flip? Or is it just there to give you 1 life every turn? This might seem a bit abstract, but the lifegain from Duress could be a good bit better than either of the lifegain cards you're using, simply because it might remove a card from your opponents hand, that will cost you a lot more life than the lifegainers will give in any game where they don't come down right away. Or you could play Tendrils of Corruption in place of some of your removal, for even more swamps-matter, removal, and lifegain (in one bundle).

Grubbernaut on Mono Black Aggro (Pauper)

1 week ago

I'd sub Grasp of Darkness for Chainer's Edict, I like Grasp but it doesn't hit Gurmag Angler which is a pretty big downside

Delta-117 on Your favorite Expansion MTG

1 week ago

I only started back with Journey into Nyx, and so I would happen to say Oath, of the gatewatch and Eldritch Moon were my favorite sets.

Getting to play with cards like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Reality Smasher, Thought-Knot Seer, Bearer of Silence, Grasp of Darkness, Shrine of the Forsaken Gods and Oblivion Sower (bfz) and others were a lot of fun in this midrange mono black eldrazi deck I use to play for standard.

Eldritch Moon I got to build my most competitive (and expensive) to date standard deck around Delirium, featuring my foil Emrakul, the Promised End I had from a prelease kit, Traverse the Ulvenwald to search up things like Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Noxious Gearhulk, and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet usually if not Emrakul. It was my first time playing a graveyard centric deck, with a lot of synergy, and overall it was the most fun I had with a standard deck since I started standard close to the end of Khans block being about to rotate. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet I would say is one of my favorite mythics of all time, I played the card from shortly after the time it was printed to the very day it rotated.

MagicMarc on Not of This World

3 weeks ago

Hello, appsles!

Thank you for the suggestions to the deck! I really like Diregraf Ghoul as a strictly better replacement for the Vampire Lacerator. I am going to pick some up and swap them out. I also like the other removal suggested in case Grasp of Darkness does not cut it in game 1.

Thanks again and I will add that stuff in the side and maybe boards.

appsles on Not of This World

3 weeks ago

I like it!

Also an alternative 1 drop: Diregraf Ghoul (basically a Vampire Lacerator without lifeloss, except it cannot block the turn after you play it)

And I would include Gatekeeper of Malakir. 3 Mana to have a creature and a removal? He can even be sacced to get Demon of Death's Gate so I really don't see why not include him.

Finally, perhaps work a sideboard, as Grasp of Darkness can be replaced by Victim of Night and/or Go for the Throat. Each one has its own very obvious pros/cons, very dependent on the enemy deck.

20flaumm on Pauper Dimir Mill Low Cost

1 month ago

I would probably run Agony Warp over Grasp of Darkness. Agony warp is an excellent card against aggro decks.

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