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Korlash, Heir to Blackblade
Legendary Creature — Zombie Warrior
Korlash, Heir to Blackblade's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Swamps you control.
: Regenerate Korlash.
Grandeur Discard another card named Korlash, Heir to Blackblade: Search your library for up to two Swamp cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
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Korlash, Heir to Blackblade Discussion
1 day ago
Really great deck, and fairly cheap as well, which I'm definitely down for.
I've always loved Dakkon's colors and way of getting power. And the White/Blue addition (my favorite colors in MTG), make him more flavorful, than his successor Korlash, Heir to Blackblade.
The only real card I'd see myself using in this deck that isn't here is Darksteel Plate to give the commander Indestructible. Deathtouch can be a real clencher, but of course there's also the countering for that and all.
1 month ago
Hey there. Prepare for a wall of text, as I think you're on to something here but could benefit a lot from some additional information.
As I have been building and playing with a Demon deck for a few years now, and my group is transitioning from casual Legacy to Modern, I have a ton of suggestions, but I will try to keep them moderately priced, assuming you are operating on a budget.
The main reason that Demons aren't played by a wide array of people is that they cannot efficiently operate without mana acceleration. Your idea is to go the sacrificing route, but in its current form that is quite inconsistent, as there aren't many demons that you can push out quickly.
I see two main avenues you could go in order to push out Demons fairly quickly and with more consistency, and without having to play weak-ass creatures (That's not the point of a demon deck after all). Outside of Modern it would be considerably easier, but lets go the Modern route.
Route 1: Mana acceleration
The problem in modern is, that most mana acceleration engines are banned. Currently you don't have too many choices in this department and they rely on creature spells, which are prone to removal.
- Crypt Ghast Pretty good card, can let you push out any and all Demons in Turn 5, including Reiver Demon
- Nirkana Revenant 6 Mana is quite a lot, just to boost your actual mana-generation. Not recommended.
- Korlash, Heir to Blackblade Probably your best bet, as it can be incredibly powerful but likely not in your budget.
- Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Again, probably not in your budget.
Route 2: Creature cost decrease
- Heartless Summoning Let this one sink in. It can be incredibly powerful and allow you to drop bombs as early as turn 5 and with consistency. If you rely solely on demons and other big stompers, the -1/-1 won't bother you in the slightest.
Specific card critique
- If you play Demons (which don't need any powerup) and plan to sacrifice your smaller creatures (they would die inevitably, the powerup would be wasted), there is no reason to play Unholy Strength.
- Tendrils of Corruption is probably better here than Consume Spirit
- It depends on the circumstance, but to keep you alive Tribute to Hunger can be better than Dark Banishing
- Larceny is just bad, unless multiples of your Imps survive until round 5, which is not a given.
- Oni Possession You might be trading three cards for one removal spell here. First, you sacrifice a creature, then you enchant your own. If the enemy casts a simple removal spell, you lost three cards, for +3/+3 and 3 mana.
Now, for the good part! More Demons, more powerful cards, a better mana curve and a stronger competitive focus!
- Desecration Demon Arguably the best Demon for a budget. He was even features in the duel deck, albeit a different one. And you really need more cards in the 4-mana Slot. With Heartless Summoning it can be played for 2, is a 5/5 flier and let's your opponents sacrifice creatures!
- Mutilate Boardsweeper, in case you end up being dominated before you can get out your fatties. As a bonus, if played early, your fatties will survive.
- Bloodgift Demon A 5-mana flying, demonized Phyrexian Arena. A total bomb.
- Read the Bones or Night's Whisper or Ambition's Cost Card Draw for a budget.
- Whip of Erebos Can be ridiculously overpowered in this deck.
- Lightning Greaves Haste and protection for 2 mana. Probably worth the investment, as it can be a powerhouse in most decks.
2 months ago
i would make the lands just 4 nykthos and 20 swamp. you don't need fetchlands or shocklands if you're playing a mono colored deck. thats just a waste of life points. Korlash, Heir to Blackblade gets real big real quick and helps mana ramp in mono black.
2 months ago
This deck looks very cool and well crafted. Since you are looking for cards to cut, i personally dislike Risen Executioner, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, Contingency Plan and Dimir Keyrune. Mesmeric Orb seems powerful, but also risky since it can actually threaten to mill you all the way (i can't see a way in your list to get rid of it).
As for further improvements, Phyrexian Delver, Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed are some great zombies. Black Market can be another powerful mana source, and a couple of delve cards like Murderous Cut or Dig Through Time could easily work here. Finally, i think it's important to be able to defend against game winning spells like Time Stretch, Tooth and Nail, Insurrection, Cyclonic Rift, Omniscience etc. A couple of counterspells like Swan Song, Stubborn Denial or Arcane Denial could provide a nice safety net to prevent those "Oops the game just ended" moments.
3 months ago
aholder7 i do have a decklist im working on, its more of a midrange deck but im not up to sharing it juts yet ;) i have one Phyrexian Obliterator but cant find other copies from where im around so subs are what im looking for. my curve ends at 5cc with Batterskull at the moment as a 2 of. but i do plan on moving it to sideboard.Desecration Demon really caught my eye but as sylvannos said Lingering Souls is deffinately an issue =( kinda breaks my heart.
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet,Erebos, God of the DeadSidisi, Undead Vizier look hella good tho, damn legends why u have to be legends ahahaha ill defff consider.Korlash, Heir to Blackblade i fear will get chump blocked all day
3 months ago
I would highly recommend these zombies and zombie cards to spruce up your game, Relentless Dead, Highborn Ghoul, Diregraf Colossus since every zombie you play once he comes out now is that zombie and an additional token 2/2, plus his rez effect counts him as he comes from the graveyard so if you wanted to do a graveyard swarm strategy that's viable. Endless Ranks of the Dead, that one is a tad slower but combined with Diregraf Colossus can make a swarm happen VERY quickly. Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a good utility card that has an awesome effect when he enters and then for 5 mana is a 4/6 with death touch, that's pretty crazy for black and you don't usually see that mana cost with those stats except in green. Cemetery Reaper, Graf Harvest, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is a really good tank fighter if mana isn't a problem. Noxious Ghoul is another good one if you play solely zombies. Spiteful Returned is a good zombie that a lot of people overlook and Stronghold Assassin is pretty good. Unbreathing Horde and Zombie Master are also good zombie cards and finally if budget isn't an issue Death Baron is a must have for sheer scary power. Hope this pool of suggestions helps you out!
3 months ago
I don't think Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is a good fit. I believe you need 2 to use his Grandeur ability, and you only have 9 swamps, which at best would make him a 9/9.