Shadow Slice


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash (GTC) Common

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Shadow Slice


Target opponent loses 3 life. Cipher (Then you may exile this spell card encoded on a creature you control. Whenever that creature deals damage to a player, its controller may cast a copy of the encoded card without paying its mana cost.)

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Shadow Slice Discussion

Tyarmy on combat damage

7 months ago

only_the_finest Thanks for the suggestions. This deck sometimes has trouble dealing lethal damage which is the main reason Shadow Slice is in the deck. Cloak of Confusion seems pretty nice, ill try it out to see how I like it.

xyr0s on Nobody expects the black counterspell (Black Burn)

9 months ago

Why the Will-o'-the-Wisps? Your deck is a burn deck, right? So it hands out damage all the time, and then.... hides behind a somewhat resilient blocker?!? That doesn't really fit. If Shadow Slice had been a lot cheaper, it would make sense, but as it is, you should go for something more aggressive, I think. Otherwise you end up sitting around keeping mana up for counterspells and regeneration, which is not how you win with burn.

Concerning your sideboard: Sorcery speed removal at 4 mana is not the best way to deal with decks that play out of their graveyard. Try Nihil Spellbomb instead, if you can't afford Relic of Progenitus.

nicochulo on Nobody expects the black counterspell (Black Burn)

9 months ago

xyr0s I've been told multiple times that the Wall of Limbs is pointless, so I'll get that out of there asap, and I'll get good removal instead. I might reduce the number of Shadow Slices and the number of Vampiric Links as well. I'll put a Smuggler's Copter or two in there,since that goes pretty well with the Night Market Lookout

xyr0s on Nobody expects the black counterspell (Black Burn)

9 months ago

Playing black, you have a pile of discard effects - 2-for-1's, instant speed, low-cost... anything, really. You have solid removal i huge amounts - for cheap creatures, artifact creatures, non-vampire/zombie/werewolf creatures and so on. And then you have 1 counterspell, which has the "opponent chooses" drawback... and for some reason, the counterspell should be better? It is, but only when your opponent makes the wrong choice (so you can't really rely on that happening too much).

Apart from that: Languish and small creatures aren't really great together. Especially considering that you have no possiblities of recurring the creatures.

Shadow Slice: 5 mana. And you have 20 lands in your deck. Average is that you'll have 5 lands in... hmmm... turn 7/8 or so (when you've drawn 14 cards into your deck). Isn't that a little late for a burn deck? I can see that it's a cool card with your evasive creatures, though.

Wall of Limbs. Ok, at 5 mana, Shadow Slice made little sense. But this one is somehow worse. It's a wall in a burn deck... what's a wall doing there in the first place (you could compare it to Wall of Omens in D&T decks, but that one draws a card, costs a mana less, and has toughness 4 = survives Lightning Bolt)? Second, it's a 3 cmc creature with toughness 3. There are creatures sharing this and being playable, but this one is not really doing anything, other than perhaps eating up 1 Lightning Bolt. The activated ability costs 7 mana. Again in a deck with 20 lands. So that's turn 12 or 13?

Do you play against much deaths shadow? Because otherwise, your 6 enchantments makes no sense. As removal against any other deck, they are pretty poor (Doom Blade and the like is better). But they do hit deaths shadow hard.

Night Market Lookout is an interesting card. Goes well with vehicles and convoke.

VulpesDaemon on Cipher

1 year ago

Schar17 Thanks for the suggestions. I added more Shadow Slice and Hands of Binding dropping Voidwalk and sideboarding Trait Doctoring. I like the mill though because it potentially keeps them from getting cards that could beat the deck and since it comes with damage it shouldnt be to much of a problem. Also dont worry about the curve i have a 60% chance of getting what i need within the first draw and a 50% chance within my opening hand. I Hypergeometrically Distribute the lands in most of my decks. (

Schar17 on Cipher

1 year ago

Seems solid, just try to focus on damage oron mill. Having both makes no sense. You could take out Mindcrank and put more Hands of Binding ; More Shadow Slice instead of Paranoid Delusions

The_Traitor on Accursed Witch Pauper EDH

1 year ago

First of all: If you want to play Pauper, all youre Cards have to be Commons not uncommons. But beside this, I am really liking the Idea, +1. Here just some Cards you could play:Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, Mind Rot, Contaminated Ground, Typhoid Rats, Shadow Alley Denizen, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Read the Bones , Defiant Salvager, Shadow Slice, Gifted Aetherborn, Vampire Nighthawk, Pulse Tracker, Murderous Compulsion, Bone Splinters, Stab Wound, Deadbridge Shaman, Boon of Erebos, Polluted Delta and Gray Merchant of Asphodel to call some. This are the first cards coming to my mind, I can look for other cards the next days.

kalko on Going on an Island Vacation, YOUR ISLAND vacation!

1 year ago

Hey dude, nice deck idea :D.

You should make a nice description for your nice deck dude.

also, how do you mean to cast Shadow Slice if you don't have black mana?

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