At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses 1 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Rare
Urza's Legacy (ULG) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Subversion Discussion

Hybrow on Heart of Black Coal - Ayara ETB trigger EDH

1 month ago

LeoSushi thanks for the comment.

Thanks so much, Tombstone Stairwell is definitely going on my buy list.. I am a little afraid that it might bite me in the A because of others getting creatures.. but hey - thats the fun of mono black.

Thanks for also adding a cut card, thats always the hardest part. I agree, Subversion is nice, but in play, i have always found i have better things to play, and when i do play it, its pretty slow. And slow doesnt work in a deck where I am the automatic target of all my friends as soon as I show my commander.

LeoSushi on Heart of Black Coal - Ayara ETB trigger EDH

1 month ago

The deck Seems like a lot of fun, but you're missing one of the most powerful cards in ayara... The spooky staircase. Tombstone Stairwell turns every creature in your yard into 4 damage to each opponent per turn cycle. Card is old and cumulative upkeep means it'll only stick around for a few times around the turn cycle, but it's absolutely worth playing. I'd cut Subversion for it.

bushido_man96 on

6 months ago

I don't really know that Mogis falls into what I would consider "political." I think "oppressive" is how I would describe him.

With that said, I'd play to his strengths, that being oppression. You've got Animate Dead listed, and I think a reanimator package is in order, if all your foes are sacrificing creatures. Other options are Necromancy , Dance of the Dead . Sepulchral Primordial could be fun.

Cards like Subversion play into more of what Mogis does; oppress others.

I think I'd cut cards like Cathartic Reunion . Black has much better card draw options, like Greed , Necropotence , Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, or even cards like Sign in Blood .

That's it for now. Hope that helps you get started.

m_to_the_three on Inclusive Rakdos Is Colorblind

7 months ago

Subversion is probably a must for this deck. In a 4 man game, you gain 3 life, make everybody lose 1 life, and lower the cost of your creatures by 3 mana.

Neheb, the Eternal is also a great card. gets you a lot of red mana which can help you pay for your big stuff. Plus with his afflict ability you will always be dealing damage with him.

Then this deck can 100% run Smallpox and/or Pox . Both are really powerful cards, I run Smallpox in my Nebuchadnezzar deck and I run Pox in my Meren of Clan Nel Toth . If you use Pox after your commander is on the field, you are going to lower the cost of all of your cards by 10+ making everything in your hand free.

Also from personal experience, I believe 36 lands is more then enough. Only time I go lower is if you have really powerful ramp and only time I go higher is if you have some type of land synergy in your deck.

hope that helps.

WhichKing on Broker of Blood

8 months ago

Deck looks fun! I think Doom Whisperer is a shoo-in here.

I feel that the aristocrats theme with weenies like Blood Artist, Falkenrath Noble etc don't really help your game plan that much as you have few creatures, with most of them having large mana investments. Maybe instead you could use things like Subversion , Polluted Bonds or Trading Post . Whip of Erebos gives your creatures lifelink. (Speaking of which, you could use more of the 5 mana demons like Bloodgift Demon . Your commander has such a high CMC already)

Venser's Journal has great synergy with your commander too!

bushido_man96 on Rakdos commander

8 months ago

Rakdos, Lord of Riots can be a decent Commander, and you could run Rakdos, the Showstopper in the 99, but he requires some build-around. Cards like Subversion , Pyrohemia , Pestilence , and Palace Siege can help you get damage in to be able to cast him and use his mechanic to cast creatures for less. Some small CMC critters that tap to deal one damage are also good for getting him out onto the field. But this suite of cards can take up much needed slots, so consider carefully when building around him. Cheap, early drop aggro helps too, but you need to include at least around 7 to hope of getting one early enough to do what you want.

bushido_man96 on Rakdos's Revelry

9 months ago

I think to really make Rakdos run, you need to get early damage through so you can cast him quick. Cards like Goblin Fireslinger , Spear Spewer , and Thermo-Alchemist come down early, so you can make sure to get the one damage through on turn three or four to cast Rakdos. Cards like Palace Siege (dragons mode), Subversion , and Retreat to Hagra also make sure to deal damage to your opponents, allowing you cast Rakdos and giving you value for more creature casts from the life loss.

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