Overseer of the Damned


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare

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Overseer of the Damned

Creature — Demon


When Overseer of the Damned enters the battlefield, you may destroy target creature.

Whenever a nontoken creature an opponent controls dies, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.

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Overseer of the Damned Discussion

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Speculation Primer

3 days ago

willis1234 She certainly wouldn't be bad in the deck. However, for token producers, I'd rather them be death triggers to combo with Teysa. There's also the benefit of cards like Requiem Angel working immediately if I have a board presence plus sac outlet while Gisa is a bit slower.

CaptSillva Seraph has synergy, good flavor, and beautiful art, but I'm not sure it does enough for the deck to justify its cost. The only part I care about is the tokens, and there are better or cheaper producers. A 4/3 flier than can give itself deathtouch and vigilence isn't bad, it just doesn't work towards our gameplan. Though in other decks I can see why it would be played.

Dead Man's Chest is weird. It's card draw from an opponent's deck that also requires us to kill their creature. In the ideal scenario, we'll draw like 8 to 16 cards off of it. However, none of those cards will be working toward our death engine, we'll need to spend a removal spell on the creature most likely, and many of our removal spells exile instead of kill. With a more control heavy deck, I'd be more inclined to play this.

Desperate Sentry is ok. I value more tokens over big tokens, so I would rather play Ministrant of Obligation .

Yahenni, Undying Partisan is a good sac outlet that seconds as a moderate threat, but I personally don't care about the threat part much, so I'd rather play other sac outlets. If a free sac outlet is needed, I see its usefulness.

Overseer of the Damned is very powerful. If the deck ever needs more of a top-end (which it honestly might atm) I would consider playing this.

I'm going to add all of these cards to the maybeboard since they're all good suggestions.

1shabby on Athreos, Summoner of the Damned

3 days ago

xaarvaxus, Thank you for the advice! I originally had Liliana's Contract in the deck, however I was having troubles trying to optimize the number of Shadowborn Apostle 's in the deck. I think that I will toss the card into the sideboard and use Mastermind's Acquisition as a means of fetching it to win.

I debated on adding Bloodgift Demon for the ability to tutor for a phyrexian arena, however I feel as though Harvester of Souls can offer me better card draw and he also has a good keyword so he isn't useless in combat either.

As for Overseer of the Damned he is good removal on a body, however I believe Reaper from the Abyss is a far more effective card for removal especially when I have a sac outlet out to ensure that I can remove the biggest threat from the battlefield every end step.

Thank you again for the advice!

CaptSillva on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Speculation Primer

3 days ago

A little surprised not so see Seraph of the Scales here. She seems powerful enough, and the flavor would be on point.

Other interesting options would be Dead Man's Chest , Desperate Sentry , Yahenni, Undying Partisan , and Overseer of the Damned .

xaarvaxus on Athreos, Summoner of the Damned

3 days ago

You could run Liliana's Contract for some card draw plus an alt win condition, you have just enough demons in the deck to think about it though obviously more tutor effects would help this backup plan.

I've liked using Bloodgift Demon for his phyrexian arena effect and combo style decks usually like the card draw plus since you can direct the effect to target player, you can get political with the effect or finish off someone who is bleeding out.

Overseer of the Damned can get you one more demon for the Contract and a Doomblade on a stick for some more removal.

I haven't tried the Apostle strategy in a commander deck but my first thought is that you'd want minimum 25/26 apostles?

MIme2Waste on Horobi, Death's Wail

1 week ago

+1 for Horobi alone! A favorite of mine for a while now.

Dictate of Erebos is a cool include. Makes sure Horobi never goes down alone.

Have you considered Overseer of the Damned or Massacre Wurm? I run them in mine and they put in work.

CaptSillva on Kaalia Lose Friends

1 week ago

Here is a few more fatties you could consider for this deck Scourge of the Throne, Balefire Dragon, Karmic Guide, Baneslayer Angel, Lyra Dawnbringer, Shadowborn Demon, Demonlord Belzenlok, and Overseer of the Damned.

These are some support cards that can help keep your commander in the fight Whip of Erebos, Bastion Protector, Bloodsworn Steward, Command Beacon, Flamekin Village, and Hanweir Battlements.

rasck on Budget Lazav, Dimir Mastermind - EDH / Commander

3 months ago

Really nice deck tech - Thanks!
I would consider swapping Lazav, Dimir Mastermind with The Scarab God (came out after this deck tech) as the commander for this deck. Why? Because I think this deck needs more evasion and focus on Lazav, Dimir Mastermind as a Voltron. But the deck tech as is, is spot on for a control build with The Scarab God . You focus on getting cards into the graveyard which is also perfect for The Scarab God and he don't need the evasion. Kill him and he gets back to the hand. Your ETB creatures does not get double effect from Lazav, Dimir Mastermind they do with The Scarab God and Wight of Precinct Six will just get more fun when The Scarab God calls him back as a +4/+4 zombie
The zombie effects from cards like Necromantic Selection, Rise from the Grave, Grave Betrayal, Lim-Dul the Necromancer, Overseer of the Damned fit very well into the The Scarab God theme.
A few budget suggestions:
- Ancient Excavation
- Demon of Dark Schemes
- Fleet Swallower

I'm brewing on a on not so budget deck - with the awful name: It's alive! It's alive!. I have more focus on steal and clone effects than milling, because I feel more in control with that style :-)

Btw. a really evil combo is tapping Jace's Archivist and then flashing in Notion Thief >:)

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