Creature — Demon
When Rune-Scarred Demon enters the battlefield, search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
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Rune-Scarred Demon Discussion
15 hours ago
sonnet666 I think you're right about Gravepurge and I'm not sure why I didn't already have Skullclamp. I also like Summoner's Pact and Eldritch Evolution. I think I'll leave Rune-Scarred Demon for now as a second target for Shadowborn Apostle if Harvester of Souls ends up in my hand or the graveyard. I'll do some more play testing and see how it runs like this. Thanks for all the suggestions.
16 hours ago
Well for starters you can cut Bitter Ordeal and Zulaport Cutthroat since those were only in there for the Hapetra/Blowfly combo. You're not likely to be able to kill your opponents with them just by sacing Apostles.
I think you could safely cut 2 or 3 Apostles to free up space, and I'm noticing that it's typically better in playtests to grab Harvester of Souls with the Apostles than Rune-Scarred Demon. Maybe Rune-Scarred Demon could be cut?
1 day ago
I would recommend you to keep running 4 copies of Heartless Summoning. It's just too slow without it. I'd say just forget about the token plan and go all in on the fatties, that gives you a clear strategy:
2a. Stabilize on Turn 3-4 if you couldn't remove their threats quick enough with a Sweeper like Wrath of God
2b. If you have Turn 3 Desecration Demon/Abyssal Persecutor and had early removal you probably won't need the sweeper and can stop them from attacking by having a big blocker
After that, go over their head with huge flying creatures and cast bigger things than they do (Griselbrand is great with his lifelink and card draw but you need more dual-lands as 4 black is difficult to cast with 8 lands that don't tap for Black. 1-2 copies Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth can help)
I actually don't think you need any search cards. As long as all of your creatures do something on their own and have a strong impact, you can just forego those. If every creature is good on their own, why bother searching for one? I'd rather have more Desecration Demon or Abyssal Persecutor since you can cast them as early as Turn 3 while having a lot of power. Rune-Scarred Demon is still a decent card though! Percy is actually better than it looks, as you have a lot of removal in B/W and can just kill him yourself when your opponent's life total is below 1
I wouldn't recommend Sigil outside of dedicated Enchantress decks (20+ Enchantments). Those should also be in Green/White, as Green is absolutely indispensable for that build. You'd lock out the opponent with Ghostly Prison and Sphere of Safety in that sort of deck before spamming Angels with Sigil.
1 day ago
I feel like Heartless summoning would be indispensable in this deck, if it weren't for the fact it cripples any chance of summoning 1/1 Tokens for free sacrifices.
I'm wondering if Sigil of the Empty Throne would be viable, so long as I find more enchantments that mesh with the deck? That circumvents the Heartless Summoning problem, and it still makes relatively beefy tokens.
1 week ago
in case you read back here, did the following by cutting some of the creatures, sorcs, instants and enchantments:
- Drawpower: Necropotence and Phyrexian Arena
- Tutors: Vampiric Tutor, Diabolic Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Beseech the Queen and Enlightened Tutor
- Creatures: Grand Abolisher, Rune-Scarred Demon and Stoneforge Mystic
- Artifacts: Dolmen Gate and Boros Signet
Think now I'm off to playtest that thing on MTGO :D
1 week ago
Soooooooooooo you are going to want a Cavern of Souls otherwise your commander is just going to get countered every time. She is that much of a threat that someone will hold a counterspell just for her.
Be prepared to run your deck WITHOUT her in a large group setting unless you can get the proper tools out to protect her. You're running black so you should be running ALL the tutors you can Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Beseech the Queen, Diabolic Intent, Rune-Scarred Demon to name a few. This will allow you to get some of your combo pieces (and give you something to do early game).
It's easy to think JUST angels, demons, dragons, but think of it as "kaalia's helpers" too. Things like Stoneforge Mystic and Grand Abolisher can help you get her out safely. Dolmen Gate is bonkers cuz it allows you to attack with kaalia with less fear.
This is a great first time EDH deck as there are a LOT of ways to play it. Once you iron out some of the standard "how can I effectively play this commander deck" you can get crazy with the themes. I think I ended up using her as my commander for a couple years when I first started playing the format because I could just remake the deck in one of three themes or a combination. I settled on a super heavy ETB theme in the end but I wonder what I would do now that I've played more...
With new cards out now what you have looks fresh and exciting. +1 for sure, enjoy all the hate that is about to come your way.
1 week ago
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1 week ago
Ok...There are typically two ways of making a Marchesa deck. The first way is to put in a lot of creatures that can get +1/+1 counters easily (like Anthroplasm, Aetherborn Marauder, Butcher Ghoul, Carrion Feeder or Unleash/Modular cards). The problem is, these cards hardly do anything other than putting counters on themselves. They're pretty much duds. So to make up for this, people will put in good sac outlets, (Cards like Mind Slash, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, Attrition, etc). This type of deck gets its engine running STRICTLY from it's sac outlets, (NOT FROM ITS CREATURES) and because of this, it is a bit more reliant on it's commander.
The second type of deck is my preferred method of playstyle. Whereby, the deck is not RELYING on its sac outlets, (although it does have a few) but rather on the bounce effects of creatures. (Cards like Mulldrifter and Harvester of Souls). With this type of deck, you're also not fully relying on your commander. Marchesa is just a perk. If you don't have her out, you can still play your creatures and benefit from them.
Also keep in mind, that it isn't too hard getting +1/+1 counters on your creatures just using the dethrone ability itself. I find that most, if not all the time, you will NOT be at the highest life total; especially if you have Necropotence, Ancient Tomb, Unspeakable Symbol, shock lands, fetch lands, and pain lands in the deck.
This is the Marchesa deck that I personally made. You're welcome to look at it for suggestions.
Commander / EDH
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Some cards that I would highly recommend putting in the deck are:
- Sneak Attack
- Rune-Scarred Demon
- Demonic Tutor
- River Kelpie
- Consecrated Sphinx
- Diabolic Intent
- Harvester of Souls
- Glen Elendra Archmage
- Mind Slash
- Thalakos Deceiver
- Solemn Simulacrum
- Phyrexian Tower
- Cyclonic Rift
- Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
- Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
- Scourge of the Throne
- Unspeakable Symbol
- Grave Betrayal
- Flayer of the Hatebound
NOTE: If you do decide to have this deck be a bit more ETB heavy, Deadeye Navigator and Rite of Replication are good cards to help abuse the ETB triggers.