Nether Shadow


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Fifth Edition (5ED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
Revised Edition (3ED) Rare
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Rare
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Rare
Collector's Edition (CED) Mythic Rare
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Rare
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Rare
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Rare

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Nether Shadow

Creature — Spirit


At the beginning of your upkeep, if Nether Shadow is in your graveyard with three or more creature cards above it, you may put Nether Shadow into play.

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Nether Shadow Discussion

MortalWombat5 on Manaless Dredge

8 months ago

@JakeBreake You go second so that you can draw then discard a dredger at the end of the turn to get going. Then you win by recurring Ichorid, Narcomoeba, Nether Shadow and Bridge from Below tokens and beating face, or by Dread Returning a Balustrade Spy and dumping your entire deck into the graveyard, then Dread Return Flayer of the Hatebound then Golgari Grave-Troll to deal damage equal to the number of cards in your graveyard.

n0bunga on Play Chess With the Devil

1 year ago

The_Squirrel I wouldn't advise going beyond a mulligan to 6, after that you will be too far behind to make up.

This shouldn't be an issue, however. Let's try at an HGDM for encountering Dredgers, and for the sake of this we'll start with Phantasmagorian since that is our ideal draw.

Deck Size: 60

Number of Draws: 7

Number of Successes in Deck: 4

Successes Desired: 1

Results:Percentage of exactly 1 Phantasmagorian: 33.6%

Percentage of less than 1: 61%

Percentage of 1 or less: 94%

Percentage of more than 1: 6%

Percentage of 1 or more: 40%

So, one in every 3 games, we're to expect exactly 1 Phantasmagorian. Keep in mind there are a total of 18 cards with a Dredge or Discard mechanic (not including Street Wraith as it cycles to replace itself). Let's see what happens if we plug in the numbers for all Dredgers:

Percentage of exactly 1 Dredger: 24%%

Percentage of less than 1: 7%

Percentage of 1 or less: 31%

Percentage of more than 1: 70%

Percentage of 1 or more: 93%

There's a high chance we're to expect 1 or more card with an ability to manipulate our graveyard on Turn 1 but moving to discard phase. A mulligan to 6 unsurprisingly shows us that we are less likely to encounter more than 1, however encountering 1 or more is only ever so slightly less probable. Remember, at any given point we are to be on the draw, so we'll skip our turn, move to discard on T2 and start again from there. It's not ideal, but it is doable, thanks to abusers like Narcomoeba, Prized Amalgam, Ichorid, and Nether Shadow - to at least present a presence while we make up for lost time.

Percentage of exactly 1 Dredger: 31%

Percentage of less than 1: 10.4%

Percentage of 1 or less: 41.1%

Percentage of more than 1: 59%

Percentage of 1 or more: 90%

And for your reference:

h(x; N, n, k) = [ kCx ] [ N-kCn-x ] / [ NCn ]

h(x; N, n, k): Hypergeometric Probability, or the statistical probability that an n-trial experiment results in exactly x successes, where the population consists of N items, k of which are classified as successes.

N: The number of items in the population.

k: The number of items in the population that are classified as successes.

n: The number of items in the sample.

x: The number of items in the sample that are classified as successes.

kCx: The number of combinations of k things, taken x at a time.

I hope this was of some help. :)

zensunni on Who's a Heretic Now

1 year ago

Strongarm Tactics is a personal favorite for me in decks like this. Coupled with Dread Return and some cheap fodder, you can get some amazingly powerful creatures out early and cheap, while hurting your opponents.

Why no Nether Traitor or Nether Shadow?

B0effe on Bontu, the Unstoppable Sac

1 year ago

I've always had a thing for mono-Black decks, and this looks fun. I have a lot of suggestions, which i'm taking the liberty just to provide, without suggestions for what to take out. But the main focus of my suggestions is that I think you really need to have more creatures, which can come back by themselves. Preferably you could take out some of the eqiupments?


Relentless Dead - Very easy to get back = great for sacrificing.

Shriekmaw - Lets you kill something off of your opponent and if you use the evoke cost, you activate your commander as well.

Reassembling Skeleton - As I see it, this is a must have in your deck. It is clockwork for sacrificing.

Nether Traitor - Functions very well in this deck, as it can make it easy to have multiple creatures being sacrficed cheaply. Maybe this actually also a must have.

Bloodghast - Very easy to get back into play, and with some card draw its almost destined to crawl back from the grace once wach turn; Especially if you put in some fetch-lands.

Some of the more utility minded cards:

Crypt Ghast - Very good in mono-black.

Dark Prophecy - Very efficient card draw.

Some of the more tricky cards:

You can also put in Nether Spirit, Nether Shadow, Death's Shadow and Haakon, Stromgald Scourge but they require a little more to get working.


majin_shinsa on Chaotic Mess of a Leader (Budget precon)

1 year ago

I'll have to see about picking up another set of pains since the only spares I have make white. I noticed that I was short basics but I had already sleeved the cards. I would like to add more cards that interact with the graveyard (either come back or get bonuses based on them) I have a Nether Shadow that I was thinking of adding or even a Feldon's Cane so that I can keep the crazy discarding going.

2gherkins on The Clan of Nel Toth (Meren EDH)

1 year ago

Both Bloodsoaked Champion and Nether Shadow often seem weak, but I've been thinking about switching in Nether Shadow and eventually Bloodghast for the two of them. But maybe cryptolith could work? MindAblaze

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