Szadek, Lord of Secrets


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Rare
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Rare

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Szadek, Lord of Secrets

Legendary Creature — Vampire


If Szadek, Lord of Secrets would deal combat damage to a player, instead put that many +1/+1 counters on Szadek and that player puts that many cards from the top of their library into their graveyard.

Szadek, Lord of Secrets Discussion

Ziusdra on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Bring Szadek, Lord of Secrets back to life as a spirit, post-War of Spark

keevel on Dimill

3 months ago

I love mill, I love people playing mill. I went overboard on my own mill deck -Mission Brief Trap. but there are a ton of ways to play Mill.

This appears to be a first deck/budget deck, which means that while Flooremoji's suggestions are very powerful, they're likely not the next step for this deck. You already have Glimpse the Unthinkable , which is a powerhouse but probably want a selection of higher powered budget options. Below is a good selection of the most efficient mill cards that won't break the bank and will allow you to customize the deck to your personal play-style, whether that is control or it is card-burn. You're already using some of these, but any of these would be more efficient than Compelling Argument , Mind Sculpt , Drowned Secrets and Psychic Corrosion .

(Please not that despite what is mentioned above, that crab is not the only mill creature to see some competitive success.)

Best budget mill cards:

The problem with Jace, Memory Adept , Lilliana Vess, Fleet Swallower , Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker , Szadek, Lord of Secrets and The Haunt of Hightower is their casting cost. You need to not be tapped out during your opponents turn anytime on or after turn 4. You want to have Instant speed milling, creature removal available. All these cards require you to go shields down likely without immediately winning the game (in fact, it is impossible for Fleet Swallower to win you the game). This applies to your 4 drop creatures as well, but they, at least, are more likely to be able to be cast in later turns without tapping out.

Your remaining card slots should use your favorite removal spells mixed with card draw and spells to keep you alive.

Gidgetimer on szadek or undead alchemist can ...

8 months ago

Please link all cards in your question by enclosing them in double brackets.

Teferi's Protection

Szadek, Lord of Secrets

Undead Alchemist

One of the things that protection dose is prevent damage being dealt from a source of the specified type. The way it does this is with a replacement effect. The abilities on Szadek, Lord of Secrets and Undead Alchemist are also replacement effects.

If multiple replacement effects would affect a single event, the affected player or the affected permanent's controller decides the order that they would like to apply them.

In this case your opponent would choose if they would like to prevent the damage via Teferi's Protection 's "protection from everything" and then there would be no damage for the other abilities to replace; or if they would like to prevent the damage via the creature's ability and mill and/or add counters and there be no damage to be prevented by the protection.

hkhssweiss on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

8 months ago

@ Darky

Hmm if your going for a Vampire tribal, you have some options:

Personally I'll go for Jeleva as she is pretty fun, or Etrata as not much people built her yet.

On a side note, I need help lol. Lately my Nahiri deck hasn't been performing enough, so any ideas how I can improve the deck would be appreciated!

Nahiri's Unending Wrath | Primer

Commander / EDH hkhssweiss


FSims81 on Persistent Petitioners Mill Deck

8 months ago

I'm not an EDH guy but something like either Phenax, God of Deception or Szadek, Lord of Secrets would be fun to pair with Petitioners

Boza on Bounty of might. What cards ...

11 months ago

Well, anything with doublestrike, so Swiftblade Vindicator perhaps. It is 20 damage with trample.

Anything that relies on the amount of damage it hits for, so Saskia the Unyielding can literally double your damage done with it. Szadek, Lord of Secrets too.

Sorin Markov can set someone to 10 and 1/1 with Bounty of Might will kill them from there.

Dango on Multifarious Infinite Combos

11 months ago

CaptainGalvanic I personally don't like Necropolis Regent for the same reason I don't like Szadek, Lord of Secrets. It's just way too mana intensive for a conditional trigger upon combat damage which requires you to go through unblocked. Sure, an Invisible Stalker solves that problem, but it just costs too much mana to pull off since it involves switching from Stalker, to Szadek, to Sage, making this combo much slower than what I'm aiming to do in this deck. I don't think this sequencing is for me, but maybe it can work for you. My meta is semi-competitive so win-cons need to be faster and Sage combos do the opposite.

I've tried to refrain from equipment in this deck for more creature targets, so Heirloom Blade doesn't feel great in here especially since I don't have many tribal synergies as it is. It just doesn't seem consistent enough to use. Disciple of Deceit is an interesting suggestion, but it's less than ideal because I can only tutor for 2 CMC cards at best with it.

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