Magus of the Abyss


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom 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
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Future Sight (FUT) Rare

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Magus of the Abyss

Creature — Human Wizard

At the beginning of each player's upkeep, destroy target nonartifact creature that player controls of his or her choice. It can't be regenerated.

Magus of the Abyss Discussion

BS-T on Chainer, Nightmare Adept

1 month ago

Magus of the Abyss / Defiler of Souls / Reaper from the Abyss and the under-used Archfiend of Depravity will do pretty well at keeping folks down

phDaemon on phDaemon

2 months ago

Hi Final-Wolf, some of the more expensive dual lands can be replaced by cycling fetchable lands or other things that can provide the dual lands. You can also replace The Abyss with Magus of the Abyss , Chains of Mephistopheles with Mindslicer and Nether Void with another stax piece.

zentahryn on Muldrotha, the Stax Queen

5 months ago

Hi schnernv, sorry for the delay.

I really like this deck.

Winter Orb and some artifact destruction ( Seal of Primordium or Caustic Caterpillar ) work wonders!

Smokestack usually go to 4 counters, cheap permanents are great.

My favorite play is Contamination , locks most of the people out of the game.

Now I need some efficient way to deal with planeswalkers, Pithing Needle is not enough... Thinking about The Immortal Sun or going big with Karn, the Great Creator plus Mycosynth Lattice .

I'm testing some improvements:

Karn, the Great Creator replacing Null Rod .

Rhystic Study replacing Mystic Remora , based on my local meta.

Bloodchief Ascension replacing Magus of the Abyss , Magus never help to much, interaction between Zur's Weirding and Ascension are much better.

Narset, Parter of Veils replacing Chains of Mephistopheles , instant and sorcery spells are too valuable to just throw them in to the grave.

Ashiok, Dream Render replacing Nihil Spellbomb , two for one here.

Gorbah on

7 months ago

Kokusho, the Evening Star , once you can get this easily out and in the grave its a powerhouse !

Sheoldred, Whispering One , Letting people sac each upkeep and recurring from the grave on your upkeep, what else can Meren ask for ?

Mindslicer ; Very nice stax creature ! We can recurr enough cards out of the grave.

And since im talking about stax, my favo playstyle with Meren I always run : Fleshbag Marauder , Magus of the Abyss , Manglehorn , Merciless Executioner , Plaguecrafter All the ETB sac affects are extremely powerful if you have a Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact on the field !

Hope i can change your mind a bit and play more stax :) your friends will love it !!! :D :D


phDaemon on Ultra Competitive Meren Stax - The Unholy Bible

7 months ago

C0RP53M0URN I did originally have a copy of Magus of the Abyss because The Abyss is too expensive even in Italian. But if I could cut something in the deck for it, it would probably be Ramunap Excavator Even though he lets you break parity with other stax pieces or Mindslicer since we have chains now (although I've used slicer to great effect).

In any case, I have the magus on the SB now since you could always bring it in for matches where you know you're going to need some creature control.

Gorbah on Meren, Reanimator of Clan Nel Toth

8 months ago

Magus of the Abyss is a nice stax piece ! The Abyss on a stick, I have much love for this card and imo i would still cut a sac outlet! U run plenty enough of them now, and with Meren's recur it's easy to just bring them back!

I feel your fear for graveyard hate.. My meta runs it aswell since thats the only "weakness" of Meren, but in the last games we played my Riftsweeper has saved my ass multiple times ! Even bringing back Spore Frog from my exiled graveyard ( Bokuja Bog ) I just love that little amazing creature !! Why aren't you running him mate ? He is fantastic against combat based decks, Drop a frog and they just fight another opponent and leave you alone :)

Boza on Ir'revrykal, Entropomancer

8 months ago

Theoritically speakking, how does the sphere not suck itself in, or the receptacle it is likely in, or its own user? How is there any conflict, when one character can literally suck away anything else?

But other than that, the card is very anti-fun. I get that it is antagonistic, but jeez, it is basically a Magus of the Abyss without a drawback. I will trink how to fix it, but can you give more background to the character to make the card fit better?

SynergyBuild on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

11 months ago

Nath is a popular discard-stax commander, that uses Necrogen Mists, Sadistic Hypnotist, Oppression, and Bottomless Pit along with a lot of general value cards like Root Maze, Manglehorn, Chains of Mephistopheles, Nether Void, The Abyss, Magus of the Abyss, green ramp like Birds of Paradise along with colorless rocks to pump its commander and other colorless stax options out onto the field.

The list can break parity with tap/stay-tapped effects using its massive tokens swarms and Earthcraft when under the effect of its own Winter Orb, Root Maze, Static Orb, etc.

Because the deck attempts to make each player discard lots of cards, Sylvan Library, Dark Confidant, Phyrexian Altar, Library of Leng, and other effects can synergies well to break parity.

Otherwise, the deck runs a normal Golgari-Stax deck, running black-tutors to fetch the colorless silver bullets like Sphere of Resistance against non-Prossh Food Chain lists like Tazri and green to make enough mana to still win.

Other notable cards sometimes run in this strategy are Mind Slash, Cryptolith Rite, Chord of Calling (with tokens it ends up decently), fast mana to cast Nath like Mana Vault, Lotus Petal, Grim Monolith, etc.

Ishkanah is the best golgari Food Chain list in the format, with Demonic Tutor, Grim Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Imperial Seal, etc. to fetch the Chain, and to fetch Eternal Scourge there are a ton of green and black tutors.

With Delirium so easy to get between fetchlands, instants, sorceries, and Lotus Petals, Commune with the Gods and other self-mill cards milling over creatures and artifacts, etc. You can reasonably make infinite spiders with Food Chain, and if you can pay Ishkanah's cost you win.

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