Archon of Cruelty

Archon of Cruelty

Creature — Archon

Flying

Whenever this enters the battlefield or attacks, target opponent sacrifices a creature or planeswalker, discards a card, and loses 3 life. You draw a card and gain 3 life.

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Archon of Cruelty Discussion

MLS91 on Crippling Fear

1 month ago

@Profet93

Hellish rebuke probably likely on the chopping block, experimenting with it now considering its a mass sacrifice and could potentially wipe a board or steal one

Death Tyrant I liked over Endrek Sahr because I found myself never playing Endrek Sahr. Even in the games he's been on the battlefield I hardly cast creatures so he was mute. Death Tyrant on the other hand passively build a board and recurs itself, all around good closer in my eyes. Maybe Archon of Cruelty

Ob Nixilis is for the marlin lock specifically yes, but is also good outside of that.

Magic_Aids on ▷BEST【BUDGET】Deck in ▷ 2021!? ◁

1 month ago

YamaArashi

Archon of Cruelty for a few extra bucks could work!

galzzly on Power Overwhelming

1 month ago
Skyclave Apparition Hard removal

Esper Sentinel White card draw, supports artifact themes

Solitude? It's a second Sword to plowshare.

Emiel the Blessed? It's flicker support?

Murktide Regent

Sakashima of a Thousand Faces? I feel like we have a lot of legendaries. Could be fun?

Demilich?

Solve the Equation? Slow tutor

Tasha's Hideous Laughter? How much does this mill in power cube

Sedgemoor Witch

Opposition Agent? Do we have enough tutors?

Grief? More discard. do we have flicker support?

Dauthi Voidwalker? How much discard do we have? How much kill spells do we have?

Archon of Cruelty? Does this compete with other reanimator targets using the good reanimator spells?

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

Port Razer?Extra attacks, but does aggro need this? Is it fast enough?

Expressive Iteration

Prismari Command? It can do so much! but its not great at what it does.

Omnath, Locus of Creation? 4c is a hard sell. also flicker support? also landfall support?

Kaldra Compleat?

Sword of Hearth and Home? Flicker support, but the prots aren't too strong

Urza's Saga Busted

Pathways?

galzzly on Power Overwhelming

1 month ago
Skyclave Apparition Hard removal

Esper Sentinel White card draw, supports artifact themes

Solitude? It's a second Sword to plowshare.

Emiel the Blessed? It's flicker support?

Murktide Regent

Sakashima of a Thousand Faces? I feel like we have a lot of legendaries. Could be fun?

Demilich?

Solve the Equation? Slow tutor

Tasha's Hideous Laughter? How much does this mill in power cube

Sedgemoor Witch

Opposition Agent? Do we have enough tutors?

Grief? More discard. do we have flicker support?

Dauthi Voidwalker? How much discard do we have? How much kill spells do we have?

Archon of Cruelty? Does this compete with other reanimator targets using the good reanimator spells?

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

Port Razer?Extra attacks, but does aggro need this? Is it fast enough?

Expressive Iteration

Prismari Command? It can do so much! but its not great at what it does.

Omnath, Locus of Creation? 4c is a hard sell. also flicker support? also landfall support?

Kaldra Compleat?

Sword of Hearth and Home? Flicker support, but the prots aren't too strong

Urza's Saga Busted

Pathways?

gmars on Gravestone, Forge of the Damned

1 month ago

Would suggest -2 Swamp, -2 Archon of Cruelty, +3 Priest of Fell Rites, +1 Massacre Wurm

Lookin good

DawnsRayofLight on ULTRA REACTIVE MONO BLACK

1 month ago

I've been playing monoblack in EDH for a while! So, I have some advice I can offer that I hope will help you out!

Land base: 35 should be enough, consider some utility lands: Maze of Ith Cabal Coffers (get it while it is cheap!) maybe some land destruction like Field of Ruin, Wasteland, Ghost Quarter, Strip Mine, etc. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Temple of the False God Cabal Stronghold Castle Locthwain Rogue's Passage

Equipment to boost your general:

Sword of War and Peace, life gain and protection Sword of Light and Shadow, recursion and protection Sword of Hearth and Home, protection, blink your ETB kill a guy creatures, ramp Sword of Feast and Famine, expensive, but super good Lashwrithe: ouch Vorpal Sword: haha double ouch Blackblade Reforged Sword of Truth and Justice Sword of the Animist

I might try to add a few more win cons in your creature base

Vilis, Broker of Blood, draw and beat stick Razaketh, the Foulblooded, search and beat stick K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth ramp and can get big Archon of Cruelty been debating adding it to chainer

Ramp and utility suggestions

Bolas's Citadel: super good but can be rough if you aren't gaining a lot of life Caged Sun: super good ramp and works when your opponents tap Skyclave Relic: better than darksteel ingot Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools: good for draw and blockers Grief: hand control Thought-Knot Seer: hand control Ob Nixilis Reignited: stayed in my chainer deck for a while until Tevesh came along

Grim Tutor and Mastermind's Acquisition over diabolic tutor (depends on you play group if they allow a "wish board," some don't, I run acquisition but may pick up a grim tutor for groups not okay with it)

I might lose some of the instant speed removal for:

Hero's Downfall: which you are running Deadly Rollick Eat to Extinction Vraska's Contempt

Some general removal as monoblack suffers from inability to handle certain types like enchant and artifact:

Karn Liberated Ugin, the Ineffable Steel Hellkite Nevinyrral's Disk

Suggested drops:

Tattered Mummy: Not that good, more consistent ways of grinding out damage Skyclave Shade: Bloodghast is better 1x Skeletal Grimace: I get the point, but there are better cards 1x Underworld Dreams: I am iffy on this one, Painful Quandary and Polluted Bonds may be better or good additions to complement it. The entire instant pool save hero's downfall and malicious affliction, there are better killspells Expedition Map: really only useful for setting up tron or land combos Liliana, Waker of the Dead: Liliana Vess works better

The True Meaning of Death and Taxes: this is my chainer death and taxes reanimator list, check it out for suggestions, I have a lot of cards in the maybeboard I have considered and even used at one point that may spark some ideas.

Phule451 on Tergrid's Terrible Thievery

1 month ago

It’s a bit pricey, but Sword of Feast and Famine would serve you well here. Archfiend of Depravity would also help you take a bunch of your opponents’ creatures. Another creature that’d be very helpers is Rankle, Master of Pranks . Rotting Rats is a cheap easy way to get everyone to discard, another great card for you here would be Shatter Assumptions , though a bit situational. And while heavy on mana, Archon of Cruelty is everything you want. Cabal Stronghold and Bubbling Muck can help you get there. Capital Punishment would be worth considering as would be Curse of the Cabal wins no matter how anyone votes. Virtus's Maneuver will not only help get you opponent’ creatures, but bring back key pieces. Hope at least some of that helps…

zAzen7977 on ARCHONBLADE - Hybrid Reanimator/Stoneblade [MH2]

1 month ago

Thanks for commenting tman007!! You bring up excellent points.

I have been conflicted with running Terastodon since I first started experimenting with this build. While it can be useful in certain situations (when multiple artifacts, enchantments, or lands must be removed), I concur that I would prefer a fourth Archon of Cruelty , so I am dropping Terastodon doe now. I am running Ashen Rider strictly for removing indestructible cards, which is especially relevant against other Stoneblade decks with Kaldra Compleat , etc.

I’m also experimenting with keeping the deck’s CMC and land count as low as possible. You are right that running 18 lands makes it difficult to unearth Priest of Fell Rites and play/flashback Unburial Rites , but the deck can theoretically function and win with only two lands. For now I have returned to 20 lands, which seems to be the sweet spot.

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