Barren Moor


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Uncommon
Modern Horizons (MH1) Uncommon
Commander 2018 (C18) Common
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Common
Commander Anthology (CM1) Common
Commander 2015 (C15) Common
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Vintage Masters (VMA) Common
Commander 2013 (C13) Common
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Common
MTG: Commander (CMD) Common
Archenemy (ARC) Common
Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic (DDC) Common
Onslaught (ONS) Common

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Barren Moor


Barren Moor enters the battlefield tapped.

: Gain .

Cycling (, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Barren Moor Discussion

neolions on Anje Falkenrath's Degenerate Combos

6 days ago

I would say that this deck is a fragile glass cannon. I recommend taking out all the fatty madness cards that don't do anything outside of being a madness card much like Weirded Vampire is. Replace them with cycle cards that are only for 1 mana (IE. Barren Moor and Desert Cerodon ) to give your curve more things to do outside of getting to three to cast the commander. Next, you need a better way than needing two pieces in the yard and two reanimation cards. Something like a Living Death or Electrodominance and Living End to get them both out. Small small thoughts but overall your deck helped my Anje deck too.

StraightFlush172 on Haakon Pox Loam [MH1]

1 week ago


I was considering 1-2 copies of Barren Moor but didn't know what to cut. However, this was created in a Hogaak meta so I think at the very least I can cut Bojuka Bog and maybe even a Lingering Souls . I'll also be cutting 2 copies of Kaya's Guile and potentially a Leyline of the Void for 3 copies of Fragmentize since this deck folds like a house of cards to Blood Moon .

dingusdingo on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

1 month ago


I don't think you quite understand what I was trying to say. Black does have strong incremental draw power ( Dark Confidant Necropotence Phyrexian Arena Mindblade Render ), but for a combo deck that is trying to win on the a combo turn those cards aren't doing a lot besides +1 storm count. Black doesn't have a lot of efficient cards that read "draw cards". Blue has a whole host of cantrips that make storm a lot smoother, like Brainstorm Ponder Preordain Sleight of Hand and the like. Black has Night's Whisper and Sign in Blood , with more mediocre entries like Read the Bones or Ancient Craving . Black is lacking efficient storm draw, which is what Aetherflux Reservoir wants. The current best option for a K'rrik + Aetherflux deck is Ad Nauseum, at which point you might as well as be playing Sidisi for consistency and tutor in command zone.

No one is denying the draw power of any of the cards you listed, but please read for context. EoT trigger with Necropotence isn't doing a lot with Aetherflux when you need to be drawing and playing 15 cards for your kill on the same turn, because of 7 card hand size and exile clause you'll never have the gas in hand from JUST necro to get to 15 spells. Obviously the card would still get slotted in the deck for hand refill but don't get it twisted dude. When I say black needs better card draw for the deck, I'm being serious. Density of small black cantrips that would make an aetherflux reservoir deck work just aren't there, and the ones available don't allow you to shave enough CMC off with this commander to make playing them worthwhile. Having big draw bombs like Necro is great, but using a tutor to get to Necro is a waste when it should be finding DD or Aetherflux, and the draw effects don't dig deep or don't give scry, making it harder to draw/topdeck into the Necro.

Posts like these are why I wish tappedout had a seperate cEDH forum. No reason to incredulously "did I just read a sTrInG oF wOrDs?" or hyperlink banned cards. You didn't add anything to this conversation dude.


Life isn't nearly as important in EDH as you make it out to be, its a resource you have an abundance of and decks can't pressure 40 fast enough for aggro to be relevant. The problem isn't the life total for Doomsday, its what I said above, lack of black cantrips. Without a good pile cracker in hand or board, you're going to either have to Doomsday and pass (loss) or simply wait for your topdeck/card advantage to bring you a pile cracker. You do make a good point that the piles don't have a lot of flexibility though, its pretty much the pile I listed or a Rings of Brighthearth + Basalt Monolith + Exsanguinate pile. Mono Black DD piles also run into the problem of crumpling under any interaction, which makes them not very appealing.


The use of Barren Moor is a great find. There are a small handful of 1 CMC black cycling cards, Fade from Memory Horror of the Broken Lands Lurching Rotbeast Razaketh's Rite Scarab Feast with an honorable mention to Gempalm Polluter and Street Wraith . Unfortunately most of these run into the problem of digging 1 card for 1 mana and being low card quality outside cycling, but this definitely opens up some deckbuilding ideas.

SynergyBuild on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

1 month ago

Turn 1: Crystal Vein , Mana Vault , K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth .

Life Total: 34

Doomsday , Life Total 28, Halved to 14:

Stacked: Infernal Contract , Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , Walking Ballista , Sacrifice , Carrion Feeder

Cycle Barren Moor , Life Total 12:

Infernal Contract , Life Total 6, Halved to 3, Sacrifice on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth , Life total 1, Gain 7 Black, Cast Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , Cast Walking Ballista , x=0, enters as a 1/1 from Mike. Carrion Feeder next.

Activate Carrion Feeder , sacrificing Walking Ballista , Undying from Mikaeus, the Unhallowed triggers, recurring it as a 1/1 with a +1/+1 counter, remove it targetting an opponent. Rinse and repeat this process for infinite damage.

Turn 1 Win.

Demarge on Tasigur // Project

1 month ago

I don't see how this is any budget, maybe explain what budget level your goal is? as for your choice in cantrips and card advantage a lot of yours are rather high cmc Thought Scour and Mental Note both are pretty good for tasigur, he also really like Training Grounds and Biomancer's Familiar to make himself a pretty good mana dump.

Dark Ritual also can often just be used to help with a fast 1st turn tasigur. The cycle lands like Barren Moor might also be overall stronger than the temples for the enter tapped land slots you can afford given the Life from the Loam .

I'm also slowly building up a personal deck for whenever I can play the highest power level of commander, Tasigur in progress is the deck, I did make the choice of not doing a season's past tutor engine, but some of my card choices can be pretty good especially on a budget.

multimedia on Kaalia Zenith Flicker.

1 month ago

Hey, good start.

Budget ($3 or less each) lands to consider adding to improve the manabase:

The Cycle lands and Barrens are cards with cycling to power Astral Drift. Since they're lands they don't take up valuable deck spots to include more cycling.

Budget Angels/Demons/Dragons and cards that have good interaction with them to consider adding:

If making blink a theme because of Kaalia then consider including more strong Angels/Demons/Dragons with good ETB abilities to be able to blink them.

Budget card upgrades to consider:

Other cards to consider cutting:

  • Cinder Barrens
  • Orzhov Guildgate
  • Wind-Scarred Crag
  • Myriad Landscape
  • Scorch Spitter
  • Rakdos Firewheeler
  • Scampering Scorcher
  • Segovian Angel
  • Vesperlark
  • Virtus the Veiled
  • Volcanic Dragon
  • Zombie Infestation

sillydecks on Competitive Black Aggro

1 month ago

Some number of Barren Moor seems good here.

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Barren Moor occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.08%

Black: 0.37%

Golgari: 0.42%

Rakdos: 0.31%

BUG (Sultai): 0.71%

BRG (Jund): 1.01%