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Back in Black... Suicide Black

Commander / EDH Mono-Black Primer Suicide Black


This deck is on a suicide mission to draw all the cards and kill it's opponents with Vilis, Broker of Blood.

To that end, the deck is loaded with effects that sacrifice your own life for card draw and control the board. Once Vilis is out on the board, he turbo-charges up all the Black card draw and also turns cards from an answer also into more card draw. All in all, there are over 30 "card draw" spells in this deck once Vilis is on the field.

This deck is loaded with ways to ramp and double black mana production. This is to get Vilis out early, make sure you have enough mana to recast him as necessary, and power out some big X-spells such as Exsanguinate or pull of a well timed and risky Bond of Agony.

The Answer package includes some very synergistic cards when Vilis is out. These includes cards such as: Imp's Mischief, Toxic Deluge, Withering Boon, and Withering Wisps.

There is also a small Voltron subtheme in this deck as an 8/8 flyer is already pretty scary. The deck includes Unspeakable Symbol, Hatred and Sword of War and Peace. All are very synergistic with Vilis and help you dig through the deck even faster.

Too offset all the loss of life, there is a decent life gain package in the deck. Dross Harvester is fun as it nets you 4 cards at your end step when Vilis on the board and then gains you life as creatures die.

There are a lot of surprising synergies in this deck. Don't have a way to prevent yourself from discarding cards out? Turn the cards you start discarding to max hand size into a way to clear the board of opponents creatures with Archfiend of Ifnir and Sword of War and Peace. How about using Reanimate to steal a big threat out of an opponents Graveyard and also drawing a bunch of cards all for 1 black mana. There are 2 tutors in this deck with Cruel Tutor and Vampiric Tutor. Because of how these tutor are formatted, they allow you to go find a card, put it on top of your library and then draw two cards when Vilis is in play. I recently added K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth. His ability to make black mana abilities be paid for with life means that Vilis ability is now pay 4 life, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn, and draw 4 cards. Greed becomes pay 4 life and draw 5 cards with K'rrik and Vilis in play. These are just the tip of the iceberg.

This deck lets you leverage your life total as a resource, but use it carefully or it will be your own end. Take it for a spin and see if you can find them all.

If you like gambling with your life and drawing a ton of cards, this is the deck for you.

Let me know what you think and give me an upvote if you like what you see.

P.S. Mana Crypt would be amazingly good in this deck. I don't own any copies and don't intend on getting any as that does not fit into my meta or my play style. Add it as needed dependent on your meta and play style.


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29% Casual

71% Competitive

Top Ranked
Date added 1 year
Last updated 2 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

5 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

16 - 0 Uncommons

15 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.06
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 City's Blessing, 5/5 Demon
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