I love a good monochomatic deck, and black has some of the nastiest creatures (looking at you, Phyrexian Obliterator) so here's my take on the mono-black deck that pops up in tournaments from time to time.

Black also offers us the best hand disruption in the game in the forms of Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. Pair that with a foolproof mana base and some solid threats that fire off consistently and you've definitely got the tools to rumble with the tier one decks in the format.

Basically what you want to do is build devotion faster than a cult leader and drop a Gray Merchant of Asphodel and it's gg.

I think Bloodghast has beautiful synergy with this deck because you can pitch them to Liliana of the Veil, crack a fetch and then bring them in when needed to count towards that sweet, sweet devotion.



Stephencliffe says... #1

You don't have too many ways to kill their threats. Maybe try running Desecration Demon. Fits the devotion bill, and can either threaten their life total or keep the board clear.

Also, once you throw down Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, you can play out you hand pretty quickly. I would run Phyrexian Arena. I know most people don't, but when you have 15 mana available, you need cards to go with it. Just a thought. Cool deck.

June 9, 2017 6:25 p.m.

Stephencliffe says... #2

Sorry, what I meant to say was I would run 4 copies of Phyrexian Arena. You already have two, I would go all in on it.

June 9, 2017 6:26 p.m.

Stephencliffe says... #3

Also, Blood Moon would be great in the sideboard.

June 9, 2017 6:28 p.m.

Kai-Erik says... #4

I count 15 different ways of dealing with threats in the mainboard (counting the gatekeepers, hand disruption, actual removal, and Lili's) and that's being a little generous but I think it's enough to make it grindy.

I like BloodMoon but I just finished watching a 3 hour mtgo video with a dude piloting a similar deck that ran moons and he never cast one of them.

As to the arenas, I think any more than 3 would be counterintuitive but I'll probably end up adding the third after some more testing. I definitely see where you're coming from though.

June 9, 2017 6:44 p.m.

Kai-Erik says... #5

I also like the demon but the curve would take a hit or I'd have to pull some of my 4 and 5 drops from th main and I'm pretty happy with where it is right now.

June 9, 2017 6:46 p.m.

SavageGaul says... #6

Great looking deck, +1. Check out my take on the archetype: Devotion to Darkness. It's quite similar to yours, but there are a few minor divergences.

In regard to the above discussion, I'm running a Desecration Demon in paper as a budget option until I pick up Obliterator #2, and he's been surprisingly effective.

June 9, 2017 10:20 p.m.

colton815 says... #7

i would make the lands just 4 nykthos and 20 swamp. you don't need fetchlands or shocklands if you're playing a mono colored deck. thats just a waste of life points. Korlash, Heir to Blackblade gets real big real quick and helps mana ramp in mono black.

June 10, 2017 1:54 p.m.

Kai-Erik says... #8

trust me colton815, the fetches have earned their stay. The interaction with Bloodghast and Fatal Push almost makes the fetches an auto include.

SavageGaul thank you kindly, how has Victim of Night worked in your version's match ups? I was thinking of adding one or two.

Stephencliffe I forgot to tag you in my response, what would you pull for the extra Phyrexian Arenas?

June 10, 2017 2:42 p.m.

colton815 says... #9

Kai-Erik there are better creatures that can add to your devotion than Bloodghast, as well as other removal options besides Fatal Push. you don't have to just shoehorn those in.

June 10, 2017 3:19 p.m.

SavageGaul says... #10

Victim of Night has been awesome; I'd recommend one or two for sure. It's essentially a Terminate in 95% of matchups, and Terminate is fantastic in the current meta.

June 10, 2017 3:28 p.m.

Kai-Erik says... #11

colton815 Sure. But I've explained why they are in there and the decks like this one that make top 8 at GP's run fetches, Fatal Push, and more often than not Bloodghasts, too. So I dont think you can call it shoehorning them in if it's what the pros are doing.

Also I splashed a drop of red for the sideboard, so I do use the fetches to mana fix in match ups that call for it.

SavageGaul Hell yeah, I had a feeling it would work like that. Have there been any match ups they were bad in?

June 10, 2017 3:37 p.m.

SavageGaul says... #12

Victim of Night is pretty bad in the mirror match! :D

Otherwise, it's been great in my experience. It's dead against fringe decks like Zombie/Vampire/Werewolf tribal, which needless to say are not exactly ubiquitous in Modern. As a 1/2-of, even then it will hardly lose you the game. (In my build, any dead cards can find utility as Collective Brutality fuel.) Victim removes every Modern staple creature I can think of besides Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Gurmag Angler.

June 10, 2017 4:10 p.m.

Drop Kalitas, obliterator should be a four of no question.

June 11, 2017 8:33 a.m.

viperfang4 says... #14

Have you tried Demigod of Revenge in the deck. A cool deck was on channel fireball a couple weeks back with it and blood moon, could be a post sideboard thing. List here:

June 24, 2017 11:06 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

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Avg. CMC 2.38
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Folders Ideas from others, Good Ideas, Interesting Modern
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Revision 7 (4 months ago)

+1 Nihil Spellbomb side
+1 Phyrexian Obliterator side
+1 Victim of Night side
+1 Fatal Push side
+2 Fulminator Mage side
-1 Damnation side
-1 Collective Brutality side
-2 Pit Fight side
-1 Liliana, the Last Hope side
+1 Ratchet Bomb side
-2 By Force side
-1 Desecration Demon maybe

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