Vicious Shadows


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

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Set Rarity
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

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Vicious Shadows


Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may have Vicious Shadows deal damage to target player equal to the number of cards in that player's hand.

Vicious Shadows Discussion

griffstick on Purphoros, God of the Forge

4 weeks ago

With only a few legendary creatures I think Mirror March would be a nice include paired up with Siege-Gang Commander or Myr Battlesphere . Winning a 2 coin flips is huge. And maybe add Vicious Shadows and or Stalking Vengeance and or Warstorm Surge I honestly think Vicious Shadows is very powerful

Mortarpod on Norin the No Nonsense

1 month ago

Myrmecodia with cards like Raid Bombardment and Cavalcade of Calamity your goblin and myr armies can overwhelm an opponent just by declaring attackers.

Whenever I'm running any sort of ETB-theme, I also enjoy putting in my favorite mill suite. Altar of the Brood is fantastic for token swarms, and since you're playing Red you can expect Mindcrank to put in work as well. If you like, you can even throw in Altar of Dementia and Vicious Shadows for good measure.

Whenever I play a really aggro deck, I try to opt for cards that damage each opponent rather than those that only target a single enemy. This way you won't be seen as singling out anyone in particular, and in effect you'll appear more "fair." Hopefully that keeps the target on your back from getting too big before you're able to assemble all the pieces to your own brand of War Machine.

FunnyDuck on Never Break the Chain (Chainer, Nightmare Adept)

1 month ago

Skydaddy Glad to hear that you've been having a good time so far with your own Chainer build, unfortunate that you weren't able to pull the W in the end. I haven't been keeping up to date with my lists in general lately, but if I can spot some free time this week I'll make this list a top priority to update. For example, I've been trying out Vicious Shadows and it's been a monster of a closer card so far. Dunno yet if it's good, but it feels fantastic when it goes off.

In terms of includes from the newest standard set, the really strong contenders for this deck are Thrill of Possibility , Witch's Cottage , and Castle Locthwain . I could see Murderous Rider as a neat alternate choice vs. things like Shriekmaw or Ravenous Chupacabra , but you lose a lot of sick ETB ability abuse. Syr Konrad, the Grim is a little bit too expensive for what he does IMO, but I will be testing him out. The Drawbridge that gives everything haste is also pretty neat, but I will probably be slotting that into my G/W decks first, as there are fewer mass-haste effects in those colors. Keep having fun with your deck dude, I wish you good luck in your upcoming games =]

Optimator on Kill The Poor

2 months ago

Final Parting might be good since you have a good reanimation suite.

Also, as a contoll-y deck, you should put down Torment of Hailfire and Insurrection in the Maybeboard for sure. Things like Comet Storm can be good finishers too. Vicious Shadows might be a win-con as well.

If you need extra pillow fort goodness there is always Koskun Falls . Wall of Shadows is like a worse Fog Bank but it can be a good blocker (along with Darksteel Myr , perhaps). There is also Queen Marchesa but the's quite expensive indeed. Silent Arbiter might be good too.

You might want to replace a single-target removal spell or two for boardwipes. I think you'll want an above-average number in a deck like this. Also, you're low on artifact and enchantment removal so perhaps Crush Contraband and others are worth considering for future updates. Cleansing Nova is dropping in price.

I'm trying to think of a reliable way to gain life but there aren't a ton of good, reliable life-gainers that don't rely on mass Lifelink or creatures in general (like Celestial Mantle or Loxodon Warhammer ) or aren't Exquisite Blood . Might not be necessary but it could be helpful in grinding out wins. I suppose playtesting will help.

Were it me, I'd switch Temple Bell out for Read the Bones or Ancient Craving / Ambition's Cost . That is, unless, you like the political stuff you can do with Temple Bell. It's definitely more political than Howling Mine .

GnomadicMage on Squee, the Immoral

2 months ago

Oooh, I like!

I am glad to see things like Vicious Shadows and Price of Progress back in the mix. Arcbond is a great inclusion here. +1

austintayshus on Sac-it-to-me! ~ Korvold EDH

3 months ago

Thanks Fablab I didn't expect that i'd be drawing that many cards, but I can see a few situations where I have a lot of permanents to sacrifice and Reliquary Tower might be worth including in the deck.

Great suggestions babydaggers, I think Doubling Season and Rogue's Passage and/or Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest would be great additions to the deck. Vicious Shadows seems great but seven mana is a lot. I'll ad these cards to the maybeboard and eventually try to work some into the deck, but I still have 8 cards to cut haha.

Good Idea Andrew3000, O-Stone is probably better for the deck. It can also kill planeswalkers, unlike nev's disk. Thanks for the suggestion!

babydaggers on Sac-it-to-me! ~ Korvold EDH

3 months ago

This is great - I've got a Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck that I may have to rejig as Korvold... if you can afford it, this deck is screaming for Doubling Season between the tokens, the +1/+1 counters on your commander, and your planeswalker package. I've also found that any sacrifice deck with red in it gets MASSIVE value from Vicious Shadows , evasion matters for your big man so think about adding either Rogue's Passage or Shizo, Death's Storehouse , and with your sacrifice volume you will be able to beat face with a Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest ...

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