Staff of the Death Magus

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Uncommon
Magic 2014 (M14) Uncommon

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Staff of the Death Magus

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Whenever you cast a black spell or a Swamp enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.

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Staff of the Death Magus Discussion

APPLE01DOJ on Death by Obliterator

3 days ago

1st you're running 6 colorless lands. If you're going to run 4 Field of Ruin then drop the Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Your spells are too demanding for 6 colorless. You're going to be constantly mana screwed.

2nd don't run Staff of the Death Magus run Demon's Horn instead.

3rd it's really cool seeing this deck evolve.

Karzalar on Kambal, life Gain

5 months ago

Let's start by lands;

Replace Crypt of Agadeem by a basic Swamp (if not budget, Cabal Coffers), since you have only 5-6 black creature cards, the second ability won't be used that often.

Also, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth could be nice, since you already run Crypt Ghast. You could replace Drownyard Temple for it.

Creatures;

Exquisite Archangel is too slow, Kingpin's Pet is bad, Tithe Drinker is so-so and costs as much as your commander, so most of the time you'll want to cast your commander instead of it.

DRmagic2017 made some good creatures suggestions. I personally suggest Soul Warden, Soul Attendant and Drana's Emissary in those. Otherwise, I suggest Rhox Faithmender, Wall of Reverence and Nyx-Fleece Ram.

Instants;

Ouch. Let's start by replacing all of them exception made of Soul's Grace (you made me discover that card, and i need to get it, thanks) and replace by any of the following :

Tribute to Hunger, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Anguished Unmaking, Utter End, Silence the Believers...

Sorceries;

Grim Discovery and Wander in Death could be replaced easily. Profane Command is not that good. You don't run that many precious creatures...

Replace by Solemn Offering, Read the Bones, Night's Whisper. Drawing is power, removal is important.

Artifacts;

You're quite well builded in there, there's only like two you can easily replace.

Pyramid of the Pantheon and Bontu's Monument.

Suggestions : Staff of the Death Magus / Staff of the Sun Magus (play more basic lands if you intend to play these) or Well of Lost Dreams for drawing cards.

Enchantments;

Curse of Vengeance, Font of Return, Quest for the Gravelord and Unhallowed Pact could be easily replaced. SUggestions to replace for...

Ajani's Mantra, Test of Endurance, Sphere of Safety, Whip of Erebos, Darksteel Mutation (to deny enemy commanders), Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, Cradle of Vitality is slow but is a good mana dump, Polluted Bonds, Retreat to Hagra, Vampiric Link...

Hope that helps.

Cheers!

sonnet666 on [List] The MTG Weapons Arsenal

5 months ago

Don't stop now. I believe in you!

Karzalar on Lifelink to the max

7 months ago

Are you intending to keep it very low budget? If that's the case, that's fine.

Some budget suggestions :

Cathars' Crusade to make every creature bigger;

Soul's Attendant is another Soul Warden. Suture Priest is a versatile life-changer.

Gifted Aetherborn is a Vampire Nighthawk for one mana less, without flying.

Staff of the Death Magus / Staff of the Sun Magus for lifegain for everything you do.

Pristine Talisman because gaining life when tapping for mana is the best of both worlds.

Some removal would include Anguished Unmaking, Banishing Light, Utter End...

Also, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim should have a spot in here. Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist to punish those who remove your creatures!

lagotripha on White/Black Lifegain

7 months ago

Sure, looks good enough for casual play. I've never liked Staff of the Sun Magus/Staff of the Death Magus- it just feels like there is cheaper stuff that works out blocking more incoming damage- Nyx-Fleece Ram, Sanctimony or Kor Firewalker for example. One thing to think about is how effective 1-off effects are. I despise Chaplain's Blessing type cards (although that is probably the best of them) because they 'spend' a card without providing an ongoing advantage. Against something spending cards for direct damage, trades for 1-and a half Lightning Bolt which is fine. Against something spending cards for ongoing damage, less fantastic.

I have this list for modern viable mono black stuff Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox- there will be some stuff that works well in there. Exquisite bond is fantastic as a combo finish- Its a little too high mana cost for my preferred setups, and a one-of Blood Baron of Vizkopa fills the role well enough, but if you want to all-in with it Vizkopa Guildmage is functionally an extra body and combo-piece. Timely Reinforcements nets creatures and life super efficiently when behind.

If you're feeling competitive List of Modern Sideboard Staples is super useful for finding those 'fix this problem cards'. You're allready pretty close to the 'soul sisters' archetype, so you could mine recent versions of that deck for cards, although it has lost popularity recently.

All of this said, if you're going to be playing the same deck a lot, try for variety- either have an extra stack of cards you swap in when bored or run a lot of 1-ofs. It helps keep things interesting.

Yuri200X on Vampire attack

9 months ago

that's probably due to the lack of lands in the deck... that's like I said... you could either switch some of the heavier cards for cheaper ones... or increase the land count. There's no problem in running cards with CMC 5 or 6 as long as you can actually use them someday.

What I recommend is to use 22-24 Swamps, drop the lesser vampires like Shadow Alley Denizen, Vampire Aristocrat, Archetype of Finality, Staff of the Death Magus. Dark Betrayal and Sinister Possession since these are the weakest cards in your list. They don't really contribute to the overall plan.

If you need removal, you can always count on Go for the Throat, Smother, Geth's Verdict, Hero's Downfall, Ultimate Price and Dismember.

Prophet_of_Xenagos on You have been freed of weakness and made compleat.

1 year ago

I'm not sure if there's room, but I like Staff of the Death Magus for any mono black deck. Also I think your upvote button may be broken.

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