Grasp of Darkness


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH 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

Dezibell on Monoblack Zombie Devotion

2 weeks ago

Hey, take a look at my take on the deck:

Maybe Brain Maggots can replace some of the hand disruption to add devotion.

Also Squelching Leeches are good for mono black, even though they're not zombies. I don't see the reason for Cavern of Souls.

I personally like Dismember more than Grasp of Darkness.

Overall your version is very similar to mine.

Sillyprawn on Crocodile Rock

3 weeks ago

Cool deck! Unfortunately Go for the Throat is an uncommon. I would recommend Grasp of Darkness in it's place.


SoakingDrop52 on Pauper BW Extort Midrange

3 weeks ago

I really like the idea of the deck, i would like to improve it to play it in my local stores. At a first look i was wondering: why don't you change Executioner's Swing for Grasp of Darkness? Same cost but more versatile.

Developing a similar deck I was thinking about adding Unearth? It could help a lot against Lightning Bolt based deck

CasualCucumber on ITS ALIVE!! - Zombie tribal

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the awesome suggestions DerpDeer. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is definelty a nice card just a little too expensive. Zombie Apocalypse looks really fun and could definetly be added - can be really good in multiplayer matches. Replacing Dread Wanderer for Gravecrawler is definetly a upgrade just a little more pricey, but i will definetly look out for them. Rise from the Grave maybe seem a little slow but maybe could be added to the sideboard against decks with a lot of big creatures.

Adding Army of the Damned and replacing Grasp of Darkness for Tragic Slip is something i have to think a little more over :)

DerpDeer on ITS ALIVE!! - Zombie tribal

3 weeks ago

So I know you're trying to splash in blue, but I don't think there are enough good blue cards good with zombies to do that. Also, I think adding Army of the Damned into your mainboard would help you out a lot, especially if you had Endless Ranks of the Dead out. Another few suggestions I have are to switch out Grasp of Darkness with Tragic Slip, as a lot of creatures are going to die so you can take out bigger creatures for less mana, and also consider switching out Dread Wanderer for Gravecrawler as well. Instead of using Cemetery Recruitment, if you're only using it to get Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, you could use Raise Dead. And also you could use Zombie Apocalypse, maybe Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, and probably also a Rise from the Grave. None of these cards are too expensive, with the exception of Mikaeus, but I think they can help your deck out a lot more.

Hyperalgialysis on Monoblack vampire tribe help

1 month ago

It looks pretty solid to be honest. If you are having trouble pist the match ups you are struggling with and the community will be happy to help you work through them. I think burn is going to be problematic since it can deal so much damage so fast. If this is the case for you things like Essence Extraction Tribute to Hunger and Tendrils of Corruption are all ways to stem the bleeding. You could toss in fetch lands to thin your library, and it would help you run Skeletal Scrying intead of Sign in Blood. Also fetch lands help a ton with Bloodghast. Get a pair of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth so your Mutavault can tap for black too. This would also help with fetch lands since they could just tap for black instead of causing you life loss. I wouldnt go overboard with fetchs either 8 to 6 would be more than enough. Instead of Victim of Night Go for the Throat is about as good as it gets, with things like Grasp of Darkness and Tragic Slip being pretty good too.

lords2001 on +1/+1 Counters

1 month ago

Looks good - I think you could get some more value though - Walking Ballista and Longtusk Cub with Attune with Aether would be pretty solid. Plus the attune could replace the Grasp of Darkness which is no longer standard legal.

IlGuale on Aetherborn Masterrace

1 month ago

Hi! I love black-based midrange lists and i have a pair of suggestions for you. I would go with a more traditional split of 6-8 removals and 6-8 discard spells. Now you have 12 removal and 4 creatures with Deathtouch, which is like a nerfed removal (it can be destroyed and must block to deal damage), so you are good against deck with a lot of creatures, but have no way to deal with noncreature spells. Let's start talking about removals. I am assuming you are on a budget because you don't run Fatal Push and Dismember. The problem is that you can't touch things like Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Gurmag Angler and big beaters like them. IMO your best bet in a mono-B build is a mix of 2-3 Doom Blade's variations like Victim of Night, Smother, Ultimate Price and Go for the Throat. Walk the Plank is also solid, but being a sorcery is a big disadvantage. A one mana removal can come in handy and if you can't afford Fatal Push, Disfigure is a good substitute. It doesn't kill Tarmogoyf or Death's Shadow, but it is a good turn one play against smaller threats and lategame becomes a combat trick. Still, i would not play more than 2 copies mainboard, with maybe 1-2 in sideboard against Elves, Spirits, Counter Company and similar. Then i would replace Grasp of Darkness with Dismember, which kills almost everything in the format, can cost just one mana and is now fairly cheap (around 2.5 $) so you should not have problem buying a pair. On a personal note, i like to play a wipe (Flaying Tendrils, Drown in Sorrow, Mutilate, Languish...) in my mainboard, just in case.

Talking about discard, i strongly suggest you to buy a playset of Inquisition of Kozilek, because it is one of the strongest discard ever printed and is cheaper than ever. With enough money, 3-4x Inquisition of Kozilek, 2-3x Thoughtseize and 1x Collective Brutality would be my go to. Sadly that is not my case, so i have to play with 4x IoK, 2x Duress and a single Wrench Mind and i can grant you that it works reasonably. A pair of Duresses in the side is also really helpful against decks with a low number of creatures. I hope this can be of some help.

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