The Abyss

The Abyss

World Enchantment

At the beginning of each player's upkeep, destroy target nonartifact creature that player controls of his or her choice. It can't be regenerated.

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition III (ME3) Rare
Legends (LEG) Rare

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal

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The Abyss Discussion

vasarto77 on Secret Lair Ultimate Edition

6 months ago

This is obviously a premium product not meant for the common player. Do we really want fetchlands to be cheap and affordable? I sure as hell don't, even premium reprints like this that are meant for the "whales" will decrease the price of fetchlands. It would be like if they decided to add The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale Bazaar of Baghdad The Abyss Mox Diamond Black Lotus and the rest of power 9 along with making all of the original dual lands, fetch lands and shock lands common cards and putting all of that into a unlimited print run set for standard. Some cards need to be extremely rare and hard to get a hold of and permenantly expensive and rarely or never reprinted again to ensure that not every player can just have them in every deck they own. I think that is a big point of this that some people are missing is that they are not reprinting this as some common card like you want it to be for standard, it's for the whales and I for one cannot wait to spend, even as much as $250.00 to get my hands on this collection. Heck, give me an extra two weeks and I will three 350 at it to get my hands on it. It is going to look amazing as a display piece and the arid mesa is done by my favorite land artist.

vasarto77 on reserve list must buys.

6 months ago

If you guys have the choice between buying Bazaar of Baghdad Timetwister from unlimited or a The Abyss, which one would you go for first?

_Strix_ on Yuriko Midrange

9 months ago

The matter of stax is an interesting one for Yuriko. Much like a blood pod deck, she is highly customizable to be tailored to your meta. If wanting to win boosters at your local game store is what you want, look no further. You can build Yuriko in such a way you can crush that store specifically.

She has her "core" stax pieces, which I would define as the stax pieces Yuriko resonates too well with to not include (and said stax pieces largely don't affect the 99) and then you have those flex slots you can fill with more meta selections. Some of these flex stax pieces are borderline core and some of them are on the brink of unplayable no matter what your archetype is.

Invoke Prejudice is certainly a card we cannot afford to run. Whilst Yuriko is very blue in nature and is mainly colored mana (barely any colorless sources), it is still a whopping . This is way too demanding and would essentially come out turn 6 or so. The effect itself is also subpar, as yuriko is almost always on the field, meaning a creature has to be strictly not or . Land Equilibrium these days has just become too slow. In a turn 3 format like this, we really need to be answering game winning combos or dishing them out ourselves, and land equilibrium unfortunately provides neither in here. Nether Void is definitely playable in Yuriko, as both Yuriko and all other Ninjutsu avoid having the pay the . That being said though, I think the fact it costs 4 mana to bring out is highly problematic, as it doesn't do enough for it's CMC. This particular list, 5 mana is "end the game", so 4 mana should be borderline doing that, ala Sakashima the Impostor or Insidious Dreams . The Abyss we unfortunately dont break parity on enough to break, but even in cEDH in general it is barely playable because of it's hefty casting cost.

Oppression is most definitely playable in Yuriko, and I actually highly recommend it in lists that run graveyard effects like Smoke Shroud or Wonder for example that want to be more staxier, just dont run it in lists with doomsday or turns as it can make things... difficult. Its borderline a staple in the stax-graveyard builds. You're definitely right in that the are many outer-rim flex slots for stax and some of them can be some really juicy options to absolutely cripple a specific meta and moving forward, keeping an eye on these options is important. Yuriko and the 99 in general are just so unaffected by stax as a whole, its easily the main reason why anyone would choose to take her into a cEDH meta.

Rahvin2015 on Yuriko Midrange

9 months ago

I'm really loving this list, and I'm adapting my existing Yuriko to be similar.

What's your opinion on other stax effects that Yuriko can effectively bypass? Depending on meta I see some room for customization here. To me it looks like Invoke Prejudice , Land Equilibrium , Nether Void , The Abyss , Oppression , and others could be useful based on meta calls, and Yuriko should remain largely unaffected.

imSandstorm on Nath of the STAX-Leaf | cEDH | Primer

11 months ago

I want to give this list a shot but don't have and cannot currently obtain a Nether Void , Chains of Mephistopheles , and The Abyss . Barring proxies, do you have recommendations for budget-friendly alternatives? Are Possessed Portal , Pox , and Painful Quandary decent replacements?

Nerdytimesorwhatever on [COMMUNITY] What cards do you …

1 year ago

Proxies are so widely accepted that banning on the premise of price is inherently deleterious to the format. Use proxies, or don't. The cards are old as all heck and if you're mad some cards out of 16k are expensive, you should probably look at the price of stuff like Imperial Seal , Nether Void , The Abyss , Chains of Mephistopheles . All of these cards are legal and that's just fine. They are good cards more people should have access to.

And high mana cost combos aren't worth banning smh. Cool they do a lot, leave them legal. None are anywhere as silly as Consultation/Flash Hulk and those arent being discussed for a ban.

There are legitimately problematic things in the format (Tymna), but 3 card 4 or 5+ mana combos are fine even if they literally win you the game. Why? You gotta find those cards and cast them without being interacted with. Good luck.

phDaemon on phDaemon

1 year ago

Hi Final-Wolf, some of the more expensive dual lands can be replaced by cycling fetchable lands or other things that can provide the dual lands. You can also replace The Abyss with Magus of the Abyss , Chains of Mephistopheles with Mindslicer and Nether Void with another stax piece.

MediSyntax on RazaBridge Reanimator

1 year ago

Yeah, I agree with CyborgAeon here. Chains > The Abyss > Nether Void for me.

I could see running The Abyss , as I have more of a grindy Pox deck than Cyborg. It’s a meta call at the end of the day. I would 100% run Chains of Mephistopheles if I had the money.

In other news, I am extremely pleased with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and highly advise anyone give him a shot.

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