Archfiend of Despair

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Archfiend of Despair

Creature — Demon


Your opponents can't gain life.

At the beginning of each end step, each opponent loses life equal to the life that player lost this turn. (Damage causes loss of life.)

Triton on Immortal Black Art | Whisper, Blood Liturgist

2 months ago

Hello fellow necromancer!

I always love thinking of fun creatures to reanimate, black is tricky because you lose a couple in other colors, but I got a few!

Triplicate Titan and Phyrexian Triniform are more Wurmcoil Engines, and Archfiend of Despair speeds up games insanely fast! The demon is a lot of money sadly, but definitely worth it!

I think a couple more reanimating spells wouldn’t hurt in the main board. Living Death is a thematic board wipe that I personally cram in any black decks that can utilize it to its full potential! Unmarked Grave, Vile Entomber, and Tortured Existence all help bin creatures in hand or from the deck. Dark Deal is a nice wheel effect in black!

Hope this helps!

zAzen7977 on KAALIA'S CATACLYSM - Aggro/Stax [cEDH Primer]

2 months ago

Damn XinZhao, how have I missed Blast-Furnace Hellkite?! Excellent suggestion! I’m definitely swapping Chancellor of the Annex for it. You’re right, Chancellor can be overcome easier than Liesa, Shroud of Dusk. Liesa is especially painful against decks depending on life consumption like K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth.

BF Hellkite joins the category of “damage doublers” like Archfiend of Despair and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. Plus it encourages other players to attack each other.

zAzen7977 on KAALIA'S CATACLYSM - Aggro/Stax [cEDH Primer]

4 months ago

Wuzibo, I forgot to point out that Heartless Hidetsugu also combos with Archfiend of Despair!

Rmclean09 on Be'lakor / Gyruda (Companion)

5 months ago

I'm considering swapping out Orcus, Prince of Undeath for Archfiend of Despair as it's a card you prefer to have in your hand to bring back your board, and that's less likely to occur if it's been milled to the graveyard. Thoughts?

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Be'lakor / Gyruda (Companion)

5 months ago

This idea is simply hilarious, very cool find!

Archfiend of Despair is one hell of a card. Just imagine hitting it with Gyruda and cloning it afterwards. It's basically tailor-made for the deck.

ghostfire86 on Life, Lich's Phylactery

8 months ago

I’ve got two games in with this deck so far at my LGS. Already got some choice changes to make such as adding Reverse the Sands, and Mischievous Poltergeist.

Viscera Seer is a cut option to me.

I don’t plan to use enchantress draw package here.

Glacial Chasm also will be in here. The cumulative upkeep will deplete me while everything else protects me.

Wound Reflection is also on table as an option, but I’d prefer creature heavier effects. This means Archfiend of Despair is a viable addition, but I need to be careful of my mana curve when considering this.

king-saproling on TappedOut

10 months ago

Curiosity on Vial Smasher seems like it'd be good, especially considering that you have a lot of instants.

You might dig these too: Archfiend of Despair, Fiendish Duo, Gratuitous Violence, Angrath's Marauders

DemonDragonJ on Will there Ever be Creature …

11 months ago

Rhox Faithmender is a creature version of Boon Reflection, Archfiend of Despair is a creature version of Wound Reflection, and Nyxbloom Ancient is (almost) a creature version of Mana Reflection, so I am now wondering when there shall be creature versions of the two remaining cards in the "reflection" cycle: Rage Reflection and Thought Reflection.

Avatar of Slaughter is similar to rage reflection, but is not a perfect creature version of it, since it affects all creatures and also forces them to attack, and I wish to see a creature that has exactly the same rules text as the enchantment. There is no creature version of Thought Reflection, as far as I am aware.

What does everyone else say about this? Will there every be creature versions of Rage Reflection and Thought Reflection?

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