Paragon of Open Graves

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Magic 2015 (M15) Uncommon

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Paragon of Open Graves

Creature — Skeleton Warrior

Other black creatures you control get +1/+1.

{2}{B}, {T}: Another target black creature you control gains deathtouch until end of turn. (Any amount of damage it deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

Paragon of Open Graves Discussion

StopShot on Alesha, Who Smiles at Extra Combat

1 year ago

Hmmm, I could think of a few ways to up-tune this deck if you'd like your combat phase to be a little spicier.

Akroan Hoplite I would swap for Eidolon of Countless Battles as it's power and toughness are equal to the number of creatures you have, not just the attacking creatures.

Archetype of Aggression has three power so it can not be recurred with your commander. Since most of your creatures have 2 power giving them trample is not the greatest keyword ability you could give them. Instead I think Goblin War Drums could give your creatures more of an edge and damage output instead.

Armored Transport is alright, but Everdawn Champion would be a good upgrade as you can also use the champion to block without it dying, and it doesn't die to artifact removal.

A better card for Ashmouth Hound would be Benalish Cavalry as it has one more toughness and it decreases the blocking creature's power as well. This makes the Cavalry better as it is much more likely to survive in combat unlike the Hound.

Attended Knight is alright, but a stronger inclusion would be Blade Splicer as it puts more power on the board for the same mana, and if the Splicer dies, recurring it multiple times produces bigger tokens than the Knight.

Battle-Mad Ronin can be a 3/3 for 2 mana, but when it's not blacked it doesn't do a lot of damage to your opponent, and sometimes you are forced to attack with it when it would not be preferable to do so. War-Name Aspirant would be more preferable, as you get a 3/2 with an added ability that makes it harder for your opponent to block it. It also doesn't have to attack each turn so you can use it to block if needed.

Capashen Knight is alright, but if you're short on mana to pump into him he can be rather ineffective. A reasonable replacement would be Knight of Grace which should easily be a 3/2 first strike if you or another player have a black card or creature on the battlefield. Having a constant 3-power first strike creature would be the equivalent of paying 4 mana into the Capashen Knight every turn. Plus the Knight of Grace has one more toughness and hexproof from black so it's much harder to remove as well.

Devoted Retainer's Bushido can make it a 2/2, but Isamaru, Hound of Konda would be a strong inclusion as it's always a 2/2 which means it would deal more damage to your opponent when not blocked.

Dragon's Eye Sentry can be a sizeable 1 mana defender, but I think this deck would enjoy Snubhorn Sentry more as most of the time it will be a 3/3 for one mana that can also attack.

Kiln Walker is a standard 3 mana 3/3, but a better card to run would be Nighthowler as having just 3 creatures in any graveyard makes it just as big all the time rather than when only attacking. In commander graveyards tend to fill up fast so the Howler will always be larger and larger as the game drags on.

Paragon of Fierce Defiance, Paragon of New Dawns, and Paragon of Open Graves do provide anthem effects, but since their anthems are limited by color of creatures you won't always get the paragon you need to buff up your whole team. Instead I would recommend running Angel of Invention, Ravos, Soultender, and Drana, Liberator of Malakir as they all can pump up your creatures regardless of color restrictions.

Pulse Tracker has a unique effect however you may want to switch it out for Vicious Conquistador as it is the same exact card, but with 1 more toughness, which will help it last longer in combat.

Rogue's Gloves does provide card draw, however; you may enjoy Mask of Memory more as the equip cost is cheaper, and drawing two cards then discarding one card can be more advantageous than drawing just one card.

Legion's Initiative only really buffs the attack of half your creatures which can be not as helpful if you don't have any red creatures out besides your commander. Leonin Sun Standard may prove better as it can pump all your creatures multiple times if needed.

Orcish Oriflamme can provide increased attack power for your creatures, but it's nowhere near as good as Glory of Warfare which provides more attack power, and it also provides more toughness when you need blockers.

You might also want to touch up on your mana-base a bit. Path of Ancestry works exactly like Nomad Outpost as it produces the same colors, but you can also scry with your commander off it. Command Tower and Ash Barrens also provide excellent mana fixing that you might want to look into. Other lands you may want to consider obtaining would be Wind-Scarred Crag, Tainted Peak, Isolated Chapel, Clifftop Retreat, Graven Cairns, Fetid Heath, and Rugged Prairie.

I hope you find these card suggestions useful to you.

RedDeckTries on DeathTouch Pingers (EDH)

1 year ago

If you wanted to play more non-Deathtouch creatures, or just want to remove DT from your opponents, there is Archetype of Finality. With Archetype of Aggression you can still pass on any extra damage to the player. Paragon of Open Graves gives one thing DT but boosts most of your creatures.

Some good R/B draw choices are Faithless Looting, Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, and Read the Bones.

Sargeras on Mono Black (Semi) Mid-Range/Control

1 year ago

Gotta spread some mono-black love, so +1 from me. Here are my thoughts.

This deck seems to be all over the place at the moment, and since I built my first mono-black deck on a budget like this one, I'll give you some tips.

  1. If you want to build a midrange/control deck, that is fine. But you need to find better early game cards than stuff like Thornbow Archer. Some of the best budget early game you can get is Gifted Aetherborn, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Kitesail Freebooter, Wrench Mind, etc. These cards are all great and will help make your deck feel more coinsistent if they are in 3-4 ofs.

  2. Removal seems to be all over the place, so I'll give you my personal opinion. If it is 3 mana or above and does not kill planeswalkers or has delve, don't play it period. Vraska's Contempt might be great for standard, but is really just too slow for modern. Hero's Downfall is really the only black removal spell that fits all these, and if played, it's really just sideboard material. The rest of your removal should just be Fatal Push and Victim of Night. You really should only have 8 spells solely for removing creatures (ie., not gatekeeper) in the deck.

  3. Your creatures need some improvement. Paragon of Open Graves and Sidisi, Undead Vizier should both be either Gray Merchant of Asphodel or some other game ending threat. I recommend retooling the deck so your deck has more threatening cards in it.

  4. Macabre Waltz and Read the Bones just aren't really strong enough for modern, they just don't do enough by themselves. Duress is sideboard discard for your control matchups.

  5. I'd up your lands a smidge, you will likely end up playing 24 as you progress the deck.

  6. If you want more ideas, suggestions, playable cards, glance at other potential builds, etc. You can check out my primer for this deck at:


How The Devil Plays MTG: The Mono-Black Primer

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jakeelephant006 on Toxic Thunder 2: The Toxic Avenger

1 year ago

Lands: Take out 2 Mountains, Stone Quarry, Cinder Barrens, and Forsaken Sanctuary and maybe the Guildgates if you want and add in at least one plains, Haven of the Spirit Dragon, any of the life gain dual lands from Tarkir... just use better duals than the strictly-worse guildgates. I have a personal issue with those lands. They insulted "Avatar the Last Airbender" once.

Creatures:

Things to pull: Ancient Hellkite works to slow, requires to much investment, and is too conditional. Forgestoker Dragon cuz it's clunky and slow compared to other things. (A lot of these suggestions will be cutting the worst of duplicate effects). Aegis Angel (above reason)? Wojek Embermage? Paragon of Open Graves cuz you don't have enough black to make its ability work. Scalding Salamander is too conditional. Either Vulshok Sorcerer or Blood Cultist. Crossbow Infantry. Stun Sniper. Painsmith because not enough artifacts.

Artifacts: That Which Was Taken cuz it's also too slow.

czarkingrex on Big Black Ihsan

2 years ago

Here are some deathtouch blockers, just in case you feel defense should be a focus too:

Rzepkanut on From the Grave to Enslave

2 years ago

Nice looking Zombie Deck!! I've got a couple ideas for you on ways you can make it a more powerful multiplayer deck.

My first recommendation is that unless you are playing mostly 1v1 duels I would just cut all the one use discard spells like duress. Spells like that are technically card disadvantage because if there are four players and you use one card to get rid of one card from one player then compared to the rest of the other players you are down a card also. Discard like that is only extremely powerful against one opponent. It can be good, but they don't really control the game in EDH the way they do in other formats. I would then cut the lilianas caress and waste not too. Also I personally don't like corpseweft & necromancer's stockpile (not enough creatures to use for either) or unbreathing horde (no evasion). Those cards in my experience playing zombie tribal were underwhelming.

As far as additions there are some more "Lord" effects like Adaptive Automaton, Ascendant Evincar, and Paragon of Open Graves that you can include. Phyrexian Altar and gravecrawler creates an infinite combo, and if you if you have something like Plague Belcher or Vengeful Dead in play in too, it can kill the whole table on the spot or with diregraf colossus it would make infinite zombies. I love Curse of Shallow Graves and Zombie Apocalypse in my zombie deck, they are great tribal cards. Running so many swamps you could go for Extraplanar Lens (although then I would switch to snow covered swamps) Lashwrithe, Nightmare Lash, and Strata Scythe. Larceny is a great repeatable discard effect. Scourge of Nel Toth is a good beater, it keeps coming back and flies. Buried Alive can even fetch it along with gravecrawler and vengeful pharoah. Or Filth with urborg in play for an unblockable horde.

Here is a link to my zombie tribal deck, maybe it will have more ideas for you. Even though mine has blue in it there may still be things for you to find. Happy gathering!!

The7thBobba on The Bone Zone

2 years ago

+1 for awesome tribe! How about Paragon of Open Graves?

Stay frosty!

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