Black Staples Lying Around: How to Use them

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Posted on Aug. 14, 2019, 6:56 p.m. by TheEDHKid

Hey all.

I have some staples I'm not using and would love to somehow use them. Most of them are for an aristocrats shell,

Dictate of Erebos

Blood Artist and friends

Phyrexian Altar

Ashnod's Altar

Altar of Dementia


But I also have a few others like:


Animate Dead

Torment of Hailfire

Blacks definitely one of the colors I want to use, but I need a commander idea.

My current decks are Reaper King and Momir Vig, Simic Visionary , so things that may play out a bit different from tribal and toolbox would be appreciated. I'm working with a fairly tight budget of around $100, and would love any lists or suggestions!

lifemtg says... #2

Honestly maybe chainer but I suggest Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

August 14, 2019 8:03 p.m.

dbpunk says... #3

August 14, 2019 8:22 p.m.

TheEDHKid says... #4


He certainly is pretty cool, Chainer as well. For a quick question, how does he play? He seems pretty good but I'm unsure how fast he is.


So that's at least two for Yawgmoth. Noted. Thanks for all these suggestions, I'm really liking Sedris, I've never seen him before so he may be an interesting guy! Quick question, does Sundial of the Infinite let you keep the creatures?

August 14, 2019 8:38 p.m.

dbpunk says... #5

Yes, depending on how you do it. If you do it while the exile trigger is on the stack, it doesn't happen. If you do it before your end step, it'll wait till the next end step after that.

If you bounce an unearthed creature though, it becomes a new occurance of that creature on the battlefield and you essentially get to keep it.

August 14, 2019 8:44 p.m.

TheEDHKid says... #6


Interesting. Thanks for the tech! He's certainly a forerunner of the choices so far.

August 14, 2019 9:06 p.m.

dingusdingo says... #7

Izoni, Thousand-Eyed

Plays exceptionally well with aristocrat and friends. Great tokens for mana sac or skullclamp cards. Draw and creatures and life baked into the command zone. Green gives access to ramp for Hailfire

Many of the cards you will want you will either have or be cheap to acquire. Some ez deck tech Merciless Executioner + friends, Caustic Caterpillar , Golgari Grave-Troll + other dredgers, Llanowar Elves + other cheap dorks, Beastmaster Ascension and other effective token beatdown cards, Viscera Seer + other sac effects. I also highly recommend Cryptolith Rite or Citanul Hierophants . Slot in a handful of the fantastic removal that G/B offers, some tutors, and big beaters for the reanimates, and its a deck

August 14, 2019 10:15 p.m.

dbpunk says... #8

Also really good tech that'd be easy to get is Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Champion of Stray Souls (which has been reprinted so many times it's super cheap). Back when I ran a Meren sacrifice deck, they were two black cards that put in a ton of work getting value creatures back from the grave.

August 14, 2019 11:07 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #9

You have a bicolored commander and a multicolored (more than two in this case) commander, so to round out your collection, I would 110% focus on building a monocolored deck.

If that's the only thing you take away from my comment, I'm happy.

That said, it definitely sounds like you have a majority of the pieces to do an aristocrats strategy, so I'd suggest Krav the Unredeemed for that. If you want to see what my Krav and Regna aristocrats deck plays out like, take a look at the gameplay videos in their description: Click me for commander gameplay video in decklist description

Again, pick any monoblack commander you want, that's ultimately my only advice here.

August 14, 2019 11:30 p.m. Edited.

TheEDHKid says... #10


I think I will build a mono colored deck now that I think about it! I saw your comment and was talking with some friends, and they suggested I go Yahenni, Undying Partisan since I like resilient commanders. I think him or the previously recommended Yawgmoth should do the trick!

August 15, 2019 2:17 a.m.

K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth would be excellent as a black commander! Just use your staples and add all of the mono B Extort cards and you are most of your way there.

August 15, 2019 4:05 a.m.

Last_Laugh says... #12

Marchesa, the Black Rose uses all of those except blood artist. Very fun deck... here's my own list for reference. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

August 15, 2019 10:22 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #13

TheEDHKid oooh, I forgot about Yawgmoth! That would be my vote, BUT Yahenni isn't bad either.

August 16, 2019 2:38 p.m.

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