Hero's Downfall

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Theros (THS) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Hero's Downfall

Instant

Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

Hero's Downfall Discussion

LadyZ on The Scarab God

2 hours ago

You're running about the right number of lands for a standard deck. I'd reccomend upping the count to at least 35, maybe more. Bojuka Bog is a personal favorite, and Morphic Pool would probably help too.

I think you're missing out by not having Dreadhorde Invasion . Ghoulcaller Gisa and Josu Vess, Lich Knight can help you with generating tokens, and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Lim-Dul the Necromancer can help with reanimation.

Lich's Caress is meant for limited, not commander. I'd replace with Hero's Downfall . More versatile, cheaper, and instant speed. Paradox Engine is a bit pricey if you don't have ways to abuse it. so I'll give the maybe controversial advice to cut it. The average CMC of your deck is less than it would cost to flash a single card in with Quicksilver Amulet . If you're using it for cost reduction, I'd cut it. If you're using it for flash, Vedalken Orrery

Optimator on Nikki Borgees

6 days ago

"One-card wincons" to consider: Insurrection , Expropriate , Painful Quandary , Rise of the Dark Realms , Revel in Riches , Cut / Ribbons . Perhaps Clone Legion , Rite of Replication , Mogis, God of Slaughter , Hour of Promise , Blatant Thievery , Grave Betrayal , or Mind's Dilation .

The Chain Veil , Inexorable Tide , Contagion Clasp , and Contagion Engine maybe?

One thing to think about is getting Nicol Bolas flipped and maybe joined by the other planeswalkers and casting Obliterate , Jokulhaups , Devastation , or Decree of Annihilation . Almost guaranteed ultimates. Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God would be the best--proxy for now and include in first build?

Possible upgrades:

Boardwipes: Toxic Deluge , Black Sun's Zenith , Hour of Devastation , Decree of Pain , Curse of the Swine , In Garruk's Wake , Deadly Tempest , Evacuation , Nevinyrral's Disk , Last One Standing , Perilous Vault , Oblivion Stone , Kindred Dominance , Necromantic Selection , Subterranean Tremors

Removal: Capsize , Bedevil , Hero's Downfall , Chaos Warp , Kolaghan's Command , Reality Shift , Pongify , Rapid Hybridization , Vraska's Contempt , Rakdos Charm , Price of Fame , In Bolas's Clutches , Plaguecrafter , Merciless Executioner , Fleshbag Marauder , Unstable Obelisk , Vandalblast , By Force , Shatterstorm , Hostage Taker , Yawgmoth's Vile Offering , Settle the Score , Dark Impostor , Hour of Glory , Sever the Bloodline , Silence the Believers , Spread the Sickness , Slave of Bolas , Electrodominance

Draw: (I would add Erebos once you're home) Patient Rebuilding , Phyrexian Arena , Greed , Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, Notion Thief , Windfall , Mystical Tutor , Blue Sun's Zenith , Pull from Tomorrow , Stroke of Genius , Braingeyser , Mind Spring , Expansion / Explosion , Invoke the Firemind , Deliver Unto Evil , Augur of Bolas , Painful Truths , Fevered Visions , Search for Azcanta  Flip, Fact or Fiction , Dig Through Time , Treasure Cruise , Tidings , Thassa, God of the Sea , Day's Undoing , Reforge the Soul , Standstill , Deep Analysis , Necrologia , Steady Progress , Tezzeret's Gambit , Oath of Jace

Random utility: Ophiomancer , Metallurgic Summonings , As Fortold, Pendrell Mists , No Mercy , Stranglehold , Fated Return , Dark Intimations , Spellseeker , Sire Of Insanity , Thief of Sanity , Spark Double , Primal Amulet  Flip, Dragon's Hoard , Mystic Retrieval , Shreds of Sanity , Spelltwine , Ashiok, Dream Render , Torpor Orb , Baleful Strix , Darksteel Myr , Solemn Simulacrum , Wayfarer's Bauble , Vedalken Orrery , Saheeli, Sublime Artificer , Will Kenrith , Mana Geyser , Gem of Becoming , Thran Dynamo , Narset, Parter of Veils , Keranos, God of Storms , Thrilling Encore , Star Compass , Coldsteel Heart , Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs , Ensnaring Bridge , Crawlspace , Expedition Map , Burnished Hart , Torment of Scarabs , Cruel Reality , Mnemonic Betrayal , Yawgmoth's Will , Bloodchief Ascension , Nightscape Familiar , Gonti, Lord of Luxury , Thaumatic Compass  Flip, Dreadhorde Invasion , Fraying Omnipotence , Thrummingbird , Viral Drake , Past in Flames , Mizzix's Mastery , Omniscience , Tainted AEther , Aid the Fallen , Deepglow Skate , Flux Channeler , Rings of Brighthearth , Silent Arbiter , Meekstone , Mudslide , Astral Cornucopia , Everflowing Chalice , Lethal Vapors , Sunbird's Invocation , Stolen Strategy , Maze of Ith , Spreading Plague , Merchant Scroll , Polluted Bonds , Black Market , Grave Upheaval , Memory Plunder , Pain Magnification

Beaters: Dragonlord Silumgar , The Scorpion God , The Locust God , The Scarab God , God-Eternal Kefnet , God-Eternal Bontu , Darksteel Colossus , Colossus of Akros , Visara the Dreadful , Tsabo Tavoc , Avatar of Woe , Balefire Dragon , Nicol Bolas , Hellkite Tyrant , Bladewing the Risen , Grave Titan , Inferno Titan , Steel Hellkite , Vampire Nighthawk , Torrential Gearhulk , Noxious Gearhulk , Combustible Gearhulk , Dominus of Fealty , Roil Elemental , Tidespout Tyrant , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Keiga, the Tide Star , Ryusei, the Falling Star , Wrexial, the Risen Deep , Etali, Primal Storm , Nezahal, Primal Tide , Tetzimoc, Primal Death , Dread , The Haunt of Hightower , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Enigma Drake , Crackling Drake , Archfiend of Depravity , Sheoldred, Whispering One , Thing in the Ice  Flip, Niv-Mizzet, Parun , Sepulchral Primordial , Molten Primordial , Diluvian Primordial , Ob Nixilis, Unshackled , Sire of Stagnation , Utvara Hellkite

Saljen on Zombie +1/+1

1 week ago

I'd consider dropping Adaptive Automaton for Undead Augur . It'll give you an extra draw source, which is very important. It also comes down at 1 less CMC, making your curve a little better. You don't really need more than 8 lords in Zombies.

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx would work pretty well in here. Especially if paired with a few Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . It'll give you some pretty explosive mana in the mid game, making your higher CMC spells easier to cast and sometimes just letting you dump a whole hand.

Defile is another new card you should check out. 1 CMC removal that scales as the game progresses. I'd consider dropping Hero's Downfall for it, as 3 CMC removal is really high costing.

Unearth is also now Modern legal. You can be more aggressive with your creatures if you know you can just put them back on the battlefield for 1 mana after losing them.

multimedia on Mono black

1 week ago

Hey, good start, but with Liliana as Commander consider expanding on the sacrifice theme? Sacrifice strategies with aristocrats can be good and powerful, but you need to commit to them with many sac outlets to make the payoffs for sacing creatures worth it. Cards such as Liliana herself, Pawn of Ulamog , Sifter of Skulls , Grim Haruspex , etc. are payoffs for sacing creatures, but they're lackluster without sac support.

Cards that are within your deck's budget to consider adding for sacrifice strategy:

Reanimation is a fine secondary strategy to use consider also expanding on it:

Other cards to consider adding:


Cards to consider cutting (no order):

MurderForBrunch on Nicol bolas: punishment

2 weeks ago

Hi! First of all, I like the concept of the deck, it seems pretty cool. However at first sight I can see two issues that you might have with this deck. The first is that you have way too much land! Having 47 lands in a Commander deck is a ton, even with a 8-drop Commander, specially considering that you have quite some ramp.

That takes me to the second issue. You barely have any removal. I would cut about 10 lands and add more removal such as Hero's Downfall , Malicious Affliction , Go for the Throat or Doom Blade . Maybe even some board wipes, Black Sun's Zenith is a pretty cool and mosty unexpensive in black! Finally, you could add some counterspells if that's your jam, if only to protect yourself. Swan Song and Pact of Negation are specially useful in commander. Oh! Also Throne of the God-Pharaoh doesn't seem that useful, in that, you don't have too many creatures, and almost any of them have tap abilities.

As a final note, I like a lot this type of deck, and yours doesn't seem that bad (in spite of the length of my comment haha). Have fun brewing! :D

DoanDoan on From The Shadows

2 weeks ago

Frank_Glascock

Hatred really good with yuriko to one shot someone with commander damage. really good against life gain decks

Coastal Breach good board wipe assuming you're in a 4 player game. it's cmc is 7 but only cost you 4 mana to play also resets your ninja's and etb creatures

Never spot removal for troublesome creature or planeswalker. just a sorcery version of Hero's Downfall but with a cmc of 7

Equilibrium is used to bounce your ninjas with the unblockable dudes since ninja's are kinda trash by themselves if they can't get through or you can bounce your opponents dudes too if you wanna play the tempo game

Mardu Shadowspear currently placeholder but in a pinch is a good creature to throw out with haste to quickly activate ninjitsu. decent floor but low ceiling on this card. you can probably find better but the haste effect is decent in my playgroup

Traveler's Amulet mainly used in the same capacity as fetch lands. helps thin the deck from lands so you're less likely to whiff with yuriko triggers

Silumgar Sorcerer with yuriko out you can flash this guy in to counter a creature spell by saccing yuriko and he's a flyer aswell so you can ninjitsu yuriko back in with him. rinse and repeat. cute combo but only really decent in a meta heavy with creatures. easily cuttable card.

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Hero's Downfall occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.04%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Black: 0.71%

UB (Dimir): 1.14%

Golgari: 0.14%

Rakdos: 0.39%