Mono-black cancer that wins the game by making everyone sacrifice their creatures and draining their life.

I've been developing this deck for years and I hope to take it into the competitive scene one day.

An important thing about this deck's development is that the cards all need to have tight synergy for the deck to work optimally. As such, optimizing the deck isn't just a matter of choosing the best cards, but rather considering "stable" sets of cards which work well together around the engine of Bloodchief Ascension and Grave Pact . This means that several variants of this deck exist, and there may be more yet to be discovered. I will post links to them here as time goes on, and work to optimize each of them. Only then can the best variants be determined. In short, optimizing this deck concept is a complicated, but very interesting process.


The Infestation (-1/-1 counter and token generation abuse)

Commander Edition (Because why not grief your opponents in Commander as well?)

Currently working on getting Ayara into the deck, as it solves two of my biggest issues: card draw and sac outlets.


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Holy crap, what a card. I could tell as soon as I saw Ayara that it would be as revolutionary for my deck as Bitterblossom or Priest of Forgotten Gods. The life drain mechanic gives me power from creatures entering the battlefield, something I've never had before, and the on-demand sacrifice into card draw is absolutely fantastic. This card has perfect synergy with Bitterblossom and I have reworked my deck to try and take advantage of it.

Its activated ability seems like a leaner version of Priest of Forgotten Gods. No forced sacrifice or free mana, but it's way easier to find one creature to sacrifice than two.

I'm definitely looking for more ways to synergize with this card. Please post a comment if you have suggestions on how I can further optimize my deck list or sideboard.


Date added 6 months
Last updated 4 weeks

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.22
Tokens 1/1 Faerie Rogue
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