Creature — Demon
When Shadowborn Demon enters the battlefield, destroy target non-Demon creature.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are fewer than six creature cards in your graveyard, sacrifice a creature.
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Shadowborn Demon Discussion
1 month ago
Protean Hulk lets you dig out a litany of creature combinations for a tailor made victory based on the board state. As good as razaketh is, I would almost always recommend PH in this deck over him.
Banewhip Punisher kills almost indiscriminately while fueling your death triggers
Shadowborn Demon an extremely potent kill spell, subsequent early turn sac outlet depending on your yard state, and a solid body all tied into one card. I have tutored for this card as a repeatable commander killer far more often than any of my usual kill dorks.
In multiplayer, this deck should do quite a bit of silly things. My meren deck is tuned for 1v1, so our curves vary greatly. I focus on early game ramp, tutors, kill dorks, and some interesting dig abuse via Clone Shell, Treasure Keeper, and Protean Hulk alongside the usual suspects. Just some fuel for thought.
2 months ago
I would max out Ravenous Demon Flip and get rid of the Shadowborn Demon and Griselbrand. I like the Shadowborn Apostle, that could work well with a deck like this. Look at your Card Cost vs. Land Mana available. I would take away 4 of those Swamp and add 4 Plains. This deck needs some direction, these suggestions will help with that a bit.
3 months ago
I would suggest more ramp. Ideally ramp on creatures that sacrifice themselves, yeah? Diligent Farmhand, Dawntreader Elk. Or some fatties who can help ramp/fix early like Krosan Tusker, Shefet Monitor which can cycle to draw you a card, plus either get a land to hand or to the battlefield, all while giving you a bigger body in the grave ready for Meren to use the effect again from hand or straight to the battlefield. Nothing can compare to Sakura Tribe-Elder and Wood Elves, but these guys help you stay creature heavy, feed into synergies, and helps you get to your ~49 mana/ramp sources. I would say you could cut 1-2 basics if you add in diligent and dawntreader at least. I have you at 49.
I don't know how much you like Primal Growth. It's pretty efficient if you are sacrificing a creature a lot of the time and that's feeding into your synergy, and there's even a card like Viridian Emissary who needs to be sacrificed to be useful, but I personally don't run either of those cards just because I'm in Karador (and tutor up Meren) with only 6 basic lands total. Instead I run more self-mill and include the new Ramunap Excavator, with cards like Splendid Reclamation, and Far Wanderings which is always 3 mana for 3 basics. Sure there is more risk in self-mill (make your opponents graveyard hate better) but I find that's less common than not having a sac outlet (Viridian Emissary) and/or needing my only blocker to avoid being beat up on early (Primal Growth). That being said, I think those two can definitely work better for you than me, but I would really like to say how well Splendid Reclamation has done for me, often netting 5+ lands even if cast early (turn 4-6). I feed that engine by using more cards like Ash Barrens, Myriad Landscape, the fetchlands (proxies lel- I hate expensive lands), and unfortunately some G/W lands that you can't run, but also stuff like Gather the Pack, Commune with the Gods, Crop Sigil (This can net you back a land on it's own), Drown in Filth which is removal as well.
These effects can also be found on creatures Mindwrack Demon is a beater and delirium is easy to achieve. Splinterfright, Sewer Nemesis are big X/X beaters who enable themselves to get bigger, Grim Flayer filters your draws and stocks your yard. Of course the dredge spells, four of which I find good enough to run Golgari Grave-Troll, Golgari Thug, Stinkweed Imp, and Life from the Loam. For a bonus when you run this much grave interaction you can use this nifty old creature Keeper of the Dead, oh you'll also want ways to get cards back from your graveyard besides Eternal Witness (my main target often being Splendid Reclamation) I would recommend adding Den Protector, Hag Hedge-Mage, and Greenwarden of Murasa. I find these to be generally better than Magus of the Will unless you've already got 10+ mana.
From your Maybelist I would definitely recommend Fleshbag and Merciless Executioner. Maybe Ashnod's Altar although I find Altar of Dementia to be even better without any infinite mana combos. Grave Pact is of course a house.
Some other random cards I think are include worthy, mostly cards that remove opponents stuff: Caustic Caterpillar, Avatar of Woe, Deathrite Shaman, Reclamation Sage (how could you cut this? lol), Shadowborn Demon. Possibly Oversold Cemetery, Undertaker for more recursion. Hell's Caretaker, Doomed Necromancer, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Animate Dead, Necromancy, Phyrexian Delver for recursion to the battlefield. Fauna Shaman, Traverse the Ulvenwald, Rune-Scarred Demon, Evolutionary Leap, Survival of the Fittest, Jarad's Orders for tutors.
3 months ago
Then maybe Avatar of Woe, Xathrid Gorgon and Visara the Dreadful? You lack big time in creature removal. Also, in terms of creature removal Phyrexian Plaguelord has some major chops while being ran in my BG deck, especially when ran with Dictate of Erebos
Also Shadowborn Demon works great too if you don't mind sacrificing creatures.
3 months ago
Hmm it seems you are already running Thespian's Stage and Urborg, so have you considered running Dark Depths? Stage combos with it and Urborg makes it tap for mana if nothing else. You could also run Vampire Hexmage to double up your combo potential.
You could also consider Kagemaro, First to Suffer and Demon of Dark Schemes for board control options. As well as Shadowborn Demon and Reaper from the Abyss for single target removal. Then maybe Demon of Death's Gate as an early game house.
6 months ago
Suggestions for your mana base:
Bad Moon, Eternal Thirst, and Lashwrithe are fine cards but your creatures are already so huge, I don't think you need them. I would just add more ramp instead: Ashnod's Altar (also serves as a sacrifice outlet), Caged Sun, and Expedition Map (to find Cabal Coffers).
Suggestions for draw and card advantage:
It seems like a great win condition is the interaction between your Commander and Maralen of the Mornsong so I recommend more tutor and dark spells to get the combo out. Maybe switch out: Cremate, Sanguine Bond, Unholy Hunger, Abyssal Persecutor, Visions of Brutality, and Vile Requiem for Night's Whisper, Dark Petition, Behold the Beyond, Ambition's Cost, Beseech the Queen and Viscera Seer.
Suggestions for removal spells:
Several of your removal spells cost alot of mana. To the Slaughter, Reach of Shadows, In Garruk's Wake, Dregs of Sorrow, and Annihilate could be replaced with Diabolic Edict, Hero's Downfall, Killing Wave, Malicious Affliction, and Grave Pact.
7 months ago
Shadowborn Demon looks like it would be perfect for you.
8 months ago
Cool deck, but you have some cards in there that have red and blue in the mana costs. Depends on your playgroup since its a casual format.
Demon of Dark Schemes can get some demons back from the yard possibly, also a mini-board sweep.
Demon of Wailing Agonies Really good in commander
Eater of Hope Kills stuff, regenerates
Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis Makes defending player sac a creature when it attacks alone
Overseer of the Damned kills a creature when it ETB and makes zombie tokens
Pestilence Demon Pestilence attached to a demon, whats not to love!
Shadowborn Demon Kills a non demon when it ETB