Unspeakable Symbol


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

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Set Rarity
Scourge (SCG) Uncommon

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Unspeakable Symbol


Pay 3 life: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

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Unspeakable Symbol Discussion

DarkStarStorm on Lie, Steal, Cheat, and SURVIVE!

2 weeks ago

99906x: Oh, it can be. You have to remember that this deck disincentivizes board wipes. People don't like casting board wipes if they know that one player is only going to lose one of their five creatures.

The truth is that it IS risky, but remember that it's suicide Grixis to begin with. A lot of times you can tell people that you're just attacking them to get them out of dethrone range and to protect your creature. That reduces the political ramifications of attacking. You can also declare the attack only to sacrifice creatures out of the way after dethrone triggers but before combat damage is dealt.

These are all ways to protect creatures by getting them under their dethrone umbrella as quickly as possible or returning them after they're removed. Now, keep in mind that most of the "good creatures" impact the board upon death or entry, so playing and then sacrificing them out of the way still means you're getting value out of them. It's not like you tapped out for a Stormtide Leviathan only to have it just immediately blown up.

Blard on Infuct, EDH Style

2 weeks ago

I feel like Hatred, Strata Scythe, and Unspeakable Symbol would all be good in this deck.

multimedia on Marchesa, Black Rose (Budget Undying Hoard)

2 weeks ago

Hey, looks good. Consider digging a little deeper away from undying for budget cards that have great synergy with Marchesa?

Unspeakable Symbol is a good starting point because it can for the cost of life put a +1/+1 counter on any creature. Sage of Fables, counters can be removed to draw cards. Any Wizard that ETB after Fables then gets a counter this includes Marchesa because she's a Wizard. This Wizard interaction has good synergy with Wizards who give you value when they die: Disciple of Bolas(card draw and life gain) and Vindictive Lich(opponent disruption). These Wizards with Fables, Marchesa and a sac outlet is powerful.

No mana cost sac outlets are very much needed to take the most advantage of Marchesa's abilities: Carrion Feeder, Viscera Seer, and Yahenni, Undying Partisan. Both Feeder and Yahenni can put counters on themselves.


Good luck with your deck.

cuff822 on Die Another Day

3 weeks ago

A friend pointed me over her to you my take on this deck. I don't know what your goal for the deck is, but I will give you some insights into how I believe you can optimize Oloro by using life as a resource rather than a win condition. Great additions in this realm include Necropotence , Soul Channeling , Toxic Deluge, Unspeakable Symbol , Phyrexian Arena. Additionally you will want Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to lighten the burden for black mana. And for a surprise add cards that swap life totals i.e. Soul Conduit, couple in an Angel's Grace or Platinum Angel to get an instant knock out. Gaining too much life with Oloro tends to make you a target in a multiplayer setting and very vulnerable to Voltron strategies. Cards such as Ghostly Prison , Propaganda , and Vow of Malice are useful dodge attacks. Secondly, Luminarch Ascension is a great addition with these types of effects. For the rest of the deck, you'll want the some mana rocks, creatures with good enter the battlefield effects and Eldrazi Displacer and or Flickerwisp to get repeated triggers off of a creature.

I don't want to tell you everything to use, just give some ideas. I typically don't like lifegain as a strategy, but I do like the prospects of having passive lifegain as a tool as well as some drain effects Bloodchief Ascension as a way to have a tempo advantage chipping away at your opponents while remain relatively unharmed. Let me know what you think, or how you want this deck to operate.

SkullOfPoison on The most synergistic EDH deck ever built

4 weeks ago

You should totally put in Unspeakable Symbolpay 39 life to get 13 counters on him and 1 shot your opponents, it'll be so overpowered they wont want to play with you anymore.

Xarien on Mazirek - 2DH Combo

1 month ago

Thanks for the suggestions chadsansing!

Phyrexian Reclamation is on my radar, I've only had a chance to play the deck twice so far. I'll be running it again a few more times this week so I'll decide after that. My concern is that I won't need the effect more than a couple of times, hence the Mortuary Mire. We'll see though!

I've considered Unspeakable Symbol but rejected it because it just didn't seem to do enough. Bone Splinters is nice, if I need more removal it'll definitely be one I consider! Spore Frog isn't as useful without recursion and I rely too much on tokens for Soldevi Adnate I think. Necrotic Ooze and Vigor Mortis are too high on the curve for what they do I think.

chadsansing on Mazirek - 2DH Combo

1 month ago

I love it - working on non-budget list over at Mazirek Counters.

Have you tested with Phyrexian Reclamation? That might be a useful 2DH recursion effect. Unspeakable Symbol is another enchantment that might be useful. Bone Splinters is a sac-friendly piece of removal. Spore Frog and Soldevi Adnate might be useful sac creatures/outlets. Necrotic Ooze might be cool. Vigor Mortis brings a creature back from the graveyard with counters.

Have fun brewing!

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