Scion of Darkness


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Archenemy (ARC) Rare
Legions (LGN) Rare

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Scion of Darkness

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Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.

Cycling (3) ((3), Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Scion of Darkness Discussion

Rabid_Wombat on Ultimate Cycling Zur!

3 months ago

shame Once I score a Standstill it's getting a slot for it's cheese factor, thanks for the suggestion!

VelvetVendetta Replenish would be cute but Sliding out Auramancer and Sun Titan brings back the enchantments I need from the 'yard turn after turn - for zero mana cost.

Great call on the synergy with the reanimation tech...will certainly expand on the idea with Scion of Darkness and Dance of the Dead..alread running Animate Dead :)

VelvetVendetta on Ultimate Cycling Zur!

3 months ago

Rhystic Study is a better "replacement" for necro than Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip

Why you still haven't added Replenish? Like... the card does everything you want, you cycle a bunch of enchantments then reanimate all them at once. No?

Maybe Scion of Darkness, Animate Dead and Dance of the Dead? Some reanimate schemes would go perfectly with cycle mechanics, cycle your Archfiend of Ifnir and reanimate it with zur basically? Then blink it with Astral Slide and the reanimate goes to the grave ready to be used again for sun titan to reanimate another creature (which you will also blink to reanimate all of them permanently), got it?

Idk if its where you want to lead the deck but I see great synergy.

SkulduggeryP on Mary and the Killbots: A Jazz Band

4 months ago

How to play:

It's fairly simple: Tutor for Conspiracy, naming killbot, and then you can use Mary O'Kill to "sub out" any of your creatures.

On the bench, ready to sub in!:

Phage the Untouchable: I feel like I should explain this one first. I know that it looks like you should be grabbing Phage every time, but I encourage you to think again. First off, by the time any of you who are inspired to make this deck actually do so, unstable will no longer be legal in commander (unless you're ultra-quick and super-cool). Therefore, the only way you'd be able to play this within your playgroup is by Rule 13, which essentially states that you can use banned cards in a casual setting only if all members of your playgroup agree to it. And if you slam down Phage every time, they're gonna start to not like you. Sorry if this section went on too long, but it had to be said.

Ashling, the Extinguisher: This is mostly for if your opponents have a troublesome indestructible creature. Or also if you think that the art looks great.

Avatar of Slaughter: This one is for if you need straight damage, as it deals the most of any creature at 16. Maybe you're low on life and it has Loxodon Warhammer. Maybe you want to deal a ton of damage without killing them. I'm not judging.

Blightsteel Colossus: This one follows the same rules as Phage the Untouchable, only this one also protects against milling. Using this product may put at risk of winning, overzealous gloating and being banned. Administer at own risk.

Dragon Mage: Maybe you're secretly a group hug player. Maybe you're just low on cards in hand. Either way, this is a great all-around option.

Greater Harvester: It's like eldrazi, only you don't have to actually attack with it to trigger annihilator, meaning you also get some damage through.

Hellcarver Demon: An opponent is comboing out and you need to make one last defiant stand without actually winning. That's when you break out this boy.

Lightning Reaver: Why on earth did you sub in this! It's just in here because I like the art!

Lord of the Void: This is my go to benchwarmer. It makes you highly likely to win the game without actually guaranteeing it. My kind of card.

Necropolis Regent: This one actually works because +1/+1 counters stay between switches.

Rakdos the Defiler: Be sure to sub him in after declare attackers and blockers so that his attacking trigger won't activate, but his damage trigger will.

Raving Dead: If you want to do something but you don't want the game to end yet, this is a good choice.

Scion of Darkness: Because Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni is more expensive.

Enemy forces and how to ignore them!

Now, subbing out is most effective if whatever you're replacing can get past the declare blockers step. Unfortunately, this is rakdos colors, so we don't have much in that respect. What little that's available is below.

Whispersilk Cloak: Definitely the best option we have. With evasion in both aspects, and the fact that equipment stays equipped makes this a favorable option.

Trailblazer's Boots: In commander, you can scribble out the existing text and say, unblockable. It saves time.

Prowler's Helm: If any of you frequenly go toe-to-toe with a wall tribal deck, please let me know, that sounds awesome. And if you want to make them happy, play this. They will be so proud of their soulless, empty defenders. They need the pick-me-up.

Panic Spellbomb: Yeah, it's not the greatest. Moving on.

Key to the City: Card filtering and unblockable? Please tell me the downside.

Hot Soup: Do not, I repeat, Not play this against a ping deck. It'll be like christmas came early for them.

Glaring Spotlight: I would tell you how great and good this option is, only I can't see the text from all this brightness.

Last random notes:

Gamble: Please don't use this to find Conspiracy. Just don't. It's not worth it.

Command Beacon: Activating this on turn 3 is actually not a bad idea if you put down a Despondent Killbot turn 2, you can switch it out for early pressure.

Sly Spy C: If you just want to mess around or really punish a player, sub this one out with Avatar of Slaughter.

Planar Portal: This is the one case where it's superior to Planar Bridge. You see, Mary switches things in your hand, not on the battlefield, so with the bridge, they get affected by summoning sickness.

EmperorNexys on Eldest Dragon

5 months ago

Those are all good ideas. I especially like the idea of Scion of Darkness coming back from the Graveyard with God-Pharaoh's Gift as a surprise smackdown/graverobbing.

SufferFromEDHD on Egypt, The Chains Are On

5 months ago

Cool deck. I run a Naya cycling deck but it looks like black and blue bring a lot to the table.

Suggestions: Fluctuator!, Curator of Mysteries. Nimble Obstructionist, Scion of Darkness, Decree of Silence, Complicate, Grave Upheaval, Limits of Solidarity, Slice and Dice.

Suns_Champion on Ayli, Life Gain Eternal

8 months ago

MtgNewb99 Yes it is. You play both then either gain 1 life or have an opponent lose 1 life and you kill the entire board.

chilen18 if you don't like the combo you could always just run Sanguine Bond. Still powerful in it's own right.

Some cut suggestions:

Augur il-Vec

Marble Chalice

Scion of Darkness

And I guess as a general tip, decide what exactly you want the deck to do and run with it. Life gain into Felidar Sovereign win? Look for cards that do that. Gain/Drain combo? Look for cards to support that. Cleric tribal? Awesome! Find some more good clerics! I'd recommend looking around at other Ayli decks to see what they got going on. If you find a theme you like you can move in that direction, or maybe it'll inspire a new idea. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

ArchangelAlchemist on EDH Damia bodysnatcher/reanimator HELP

10 months ago

Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni and Scion of Darkness. Why the focus on creatures though? It seems like you're ignoring a lot of good cards. Is your playgroup just that creature heavy?

Gadianten on Divine Machinations (Cleric Tribal)

11 months ago

In: Wrath of God, Day of Judgment, Dictate of Erebos, Dictate of Heliod, Dark Supplicant and Scion of Darkness

Out: Utter End, Luminarch Ascension, Anointed Procession, Temple Acolyte, Arashin Cleric and Diabolic Intent

I was found I generally lacked the token creation ability to make Anointed Procession consistent. I also wanted to boost my board wipe count to deal opponents getting out of hand and since most of the issues in my meta are creature based I felt it was okay to cut utter end for more board wipes. I switched out the two clerics for Dark Acolyte and Scion of Darkness in hopes of increasing combat effectiveness and fun.

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