Thorn of the Black Rose


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

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Common

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Thorn of the Black Rose

Creature — Human Assassin

Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

When Thorn of the Black Rose enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.

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Thorn of the Black Rose Discussion

sian on Malfy is misbehaving.

1 week ago

Okay. it seems like I need a lot more draw, so I'm going to move in the direction of permanents that draw cards, because they work better with malfegor. I'm also getting rid of a bunch more discard spells, and a couple draw cards that I think could be better.

To that end, I'm taking out: Sandstone Oracle, Skeletal Scrying, Masterwork of Ingenuity, Loreseeker's Stone, Promise of Power, Skull Rend, Disciple of Bolas, and Syphon Mind.

I'm putting in, Skullclamp, Arguel's Blood Fast, Thorn of the Black Rose, Crown-Hunter Hireling, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Marchesa's Decree, and Corpse Augur.

I'm also taking out Crypt Incursion and Mountain for Rakdos Charm and Throne of the High City.

Rzepkanut on shirei in refining

7 months ago

Looks good so far...Here are some quick ideas for you...Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder makes 5 tokens just from casting your commander, if you feel like you run out of dorks too fast. Some more 1 power guys with cool ETB/death effects: Disciple of Phenax, Golgari Thug, Weaponcraft Enthusiast, Pilgrim's Eye, & Thorn of the Black Rose. Living Death & Victimize to recover from removal. Some more permanents that will synergize: Gate to the Afterlife, Genesis Chamber, Dark Prophecy, Skullclamp. I'm not sure about a lot of the discard angle the more I think about it, discard can be very hard to make work in multiplayer. You may really have to go all in on that strategy to make it work well. Soldevi Adnate is a lesser known sac outlet that should be awesome. Nether Traitor keeps coming back for more fun. Hope this was helpful, happy gathering!!

BerylLasko on Judge Grudge

7 months ago

Thorn of the Black Rose seems like a good fit here, even if it is just for flavor adding to the 'Tyrant's Choice' theme. It's starting to pop up more established builds, even replacing Gurmag in some cases.

Wilhelm_Screamer on Monoblack Hugs

10 months ago

Since you have Thorn of the Black Rose, how about Throne of the High City? Also Geier Reach Sanitarium as another huggy card, it also can be brutal with Maralen of the Mornsong.

hyperlocke on Alesha Infernal Enchantress: Sheathing the Sword

11 months ago

Monk Idealist is another Auramancer. Replenish to get all your enchantments back.

Lethal Vapors is another great anti-creature enchantment. Also, with the amount of sac going on, Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos might find a place.

Pestilence seems like a one-shot thing, as most of your creatures die from it, too. Is it really worth it?

Queen Marchesa seems off here. If all you want is the extra card draw, It would be better to run Palace Jailer, Palace Sentinels or Thorn of the Black Rose, as you can recur them with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death.

Tutors? There are the standard black ones (Diabolic Intent fits your sac theme), but especially for enchantments, the best are Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor and Academy Rector.

You already have Luminarch Ascension in the maybe board. It should tick up quickly in this deck. If you don't control your anti-creature enchantments regularly, I can only recommend playing it.

ThatGuy4242 on Graveyard Smash

1 year ago

I absolutely love the deck. After seeing this I am now determined to make my own variation including some of the following suggestions. Btw this is so long because its also a note to myself.

metalevolence on My City Now

1 year ago

A lot of your cards are simply too low-impact to be worth playing, like archetype of courage, celestial archon, underworld coinsmith, garrulous sycophant, knights of the black rose, marchesa's decree

crown of doom, bladed pinions and norn's annex are pretty weak too. I'd also cut reliquary tower because not making colored mana is a pretty big drawback especially for a 3 color deck, and your deck doesn't draw nearly enough cards for it to really matter

what you really need is more mana ramp and card draw, like Rakdos Signet, Orzhov Signet, Boros Signet, Talisman of Dominance, Fellwar Stone, Gilded Lotus, Painful Truths, Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, Ambition's Cost/Ancient Craving. Cut the weak cards, add ramp and draw, and your deck will run twice as well.

You are also missing some really efficient removal like Vandalblast or Wear / Tear

If you really want more become-monarch triggers, Thorn of the Black Rose's deathtouch is honestly more relevant than the knights or the decree

I think Always Watching could be fun here

Debt to the Deathless is pretty good

you may find some interesting cards in my rakdos coolstuff edh or my esper durdle edh


Araganor on So....did anyone else have a ...

1 year ago

@GoldGhost012 Yeah I have noticed that being the monarch can be a liability if the game gets stalled. One of the people in my pod played Phyrexian Arena and Thorn of the Black Rose, then proceeded to deck himself. He even gave a Goblin Balloon Brigade a Ghostly Possession for maximum durdle.

Good times.

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