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Fast, massive damage, instant (or nearly instant) kills, alternate win con, and a decent mid game. This deck is one I am currently running with a couple exceptions. Obviously named for Minion of the Wastes and the sacrifice mechanic that it is built around; the mere mention of this deck instills fear. Don't let it fool you. It is aptly named as well for you can expect to be the main target of any multiplayer game. That is, unless they don't know what is coming.

The simple explanation.

Ebony Charm + Rite of Consumption + Wall of Blood OR Ebony Charm + Essence Harvest + Wall of Blood Pay 19 life.
Radiant Fountain + Rite of Consumption + Wall of Blood OR Essence Harvest + Radiant Fountain + Wall of Blood Pay 20 life.
Dying Wish + Rite of Consumption + Wall of Blood OR Dying Wish + Minion of the Wastes + Rite of Consumption Pay 10 life.
Minion of the Wastes + Rite of Consumption OR Essence Harvest + Minion of the Wastes Pay 10 life and attack.

Though they may vary some depending on your life total, how much mana you can produce and what cards you have in hand these are the basic kill combos. Some of which can be gotten off first turn! If all else fails use Diabolic Intent + Ornithopter to find Phage the Untouchable. Assuming you are not playing against another black deck or a deck with a lot of artifacts use Ebony Charm + Phage the Untouchable for another kill shot.

Mana ramp, deck search and the basic defense is all fueled by Ornithopter and Shield Sphere. Yay! Culling the Weak and Diabolic Intent fodder.

Exceptions to the deck I am currently running: -1 Diabolic Intent +1 Altar's Reap, -1 Shield Sphere +1 Phyrexian Walker . I plan on switching those up soon though.


I just got done looking through cards that have come out since the last update in order to find something to better this deck. This resulted in an updated (real) sideboard that could potentially be more useful. The main deck has not been updated however, because it is about as perfect as it can get at this point in time. I never even swap in any of my sideboard cards. This deck remains one of my favorites to this day.


August 20, 2014 5:17 p.m.

Tingettley says... #2

So I am assuming that your combo is Dying Wish + Minion of the Wastes + Rite of Consumption , and only paying 10 life? Or MotW/WoB+RoC and the charm to gain 1 and pay 19. As nice as this combo seems, you have no real draw engine other than the reap. How quickly does this normally go off?

Concept wise, I think it comes out of nowhere and does a lot, and I like it. Can't wait to see a detailed description of what the deck does!

+1 from me, and subscribing! :D

August 20, 2014 5:20 p.m.

Cetriel says... #3

Thank you Its_Johnny_Bravo and Tingettley for your thoughts and comments. I do really need to write up a description for this deck badly and I will be doing so soon. This has been a very intriguing and somewhat complicated deck to to both build and play. Since we learn more about our decks the more we play them, even if it is simulated, I have to say that when playing this deck I have been astonished by the things I have come up with. This makes it hard to write a description that is both accurate and to the point. There are actually so many points in this deck and they all hurt if they stick you. However, for now, I will reply personally.

To Its_Johnny_Bravo: The idea of Death's Shadow has crossed my mind. I personally see it as more of a backup but could still fit in this deck depending. Even with the low cost of it and assuming that my life is already low, it could prove to be an asset with a Rite of Consumption in hand or a Dying Wish and and one of the many ways you can sacrifice. This would be perfect for any thing else that can do high damage even nearly as quickly as this deck can. It is also a card I have definitely been considering for sideboard.

To Tingettley: Dying Wish + Minion of the Wastes + Rite of Consumption was definitely the original idea. However after not being able to get my hands on some cards ,even some as important as Rite of Consumption the deck has managed to move in a slightly different direction. The addition Ebony Charm for instance has opened up a couple new pathways revealing a better extended game play. It has also helped renew Minion of the Wastes by giving it much more leeway. While the insta-kill combos can go off as early as turn one with Wall of Blood it isn't too common. Turn two is likely the most common however if you haven't managed to get a kill combo by turn 3-4 depending on the opponent and their deck you may want to start switching to a longer game. Though this is where Death's Shadow could come in I would rather focus on the main idea and making it quicker and adding sideboard to take care of the longer game. This is where extra draw really would help. Do you have any suggestions? Also thank you again for +1 and your compliment the out of nowhere really made me cheese.

August 21, 2014 12:12 a.m.

saturn999 says... #4

this looks fun! +1

February 28, 2015 9:11 p.m.

asidos says... #5

I'm glad I stumbled into this while card hopping. +1

August 8, 2015 11 p.m.

Jaibo says... #6

Wow, this is Black! When I think of Black as a play style... this is the epitome, love it! +1

April 18, 2016 10:43 p.m.

Cetriel says... #7

Wow, I really haven't been on here in a while. I haven't actually played as I have moved and been busy with that. Now that I am here I would like to take some time to thank you for the +1's and also say thank you to Asidos and Jaibo for the comments.

May 11, 2016 8:09 a.m.

lonker says... #8

Wheres the Mox Jet and Black Lotus?

June 24, 2016 5:16 p.m.

Cetriel says... #9

Not legacy legal...

June 24, 2016 5:18 p.m.

lonker says... #10

i thought they were restricted to 1 in every deck?

June 24, 2016 5:22 p.m.

lonker says... #11

oh im thinking of vintage sorry about that

June 24, 2016 5:23 p.m.

Cetriel says... #12

yeah vintage you can use too many cheap cards like that that are too expensive/rare to obtain which is why I play legacy . . .

June 24, 2016 7:20 p.m.

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+2 Dash Hopes main
-2 Diabolic Intent main
-4 Essence Harvest main
-4 Wall of Blood main
+4 Dark Ritual main
-4 Culling the Weak main
-1 Dash Hopes main
-4 Ornithopter main
+1 Dying Wish main
+4 Shield Sphere main
+4 Wall of Blood main
+4 Essence Harvest main
-4 Serum Powder main
+4 Ebony Charm main
-4 Rite of Consumption main
+4 Culling the Weak main
+2 Minion of the Wastes main
-16 Swamp main
+16 Swamp main
+2 Diabolic Intent main
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