Black Market Connections

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Black Market Connections

Enchantment

At the beginning of your precombat main phase, choose or of more —

  • Sell Contraband — Create a Treasure token. You lose 1 life. (It's a colourless artifact with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any colour.")
  • Buy Information — Draw a card. You lose 2 life.
  • Hire a Mercenary — Create a 3/2 colorless Shapeshifter creature token with changeling. You lose 3 life. (It has every creature type.)

soul_knightmare on Braid's killing spree

3 weeks ago

Recommended Includes

Mind Stone, Fellwar Stone, Arcane Signet for more ramp and remove three basic lands. You can run 37 or less

Skullclamp, Reassembling Skeleton, Treacherous Blessing, Victimize, Gray Merchant of Asphodel for more card draw and recursion and remove Cordial Vampire, Xathrid Necromancer, Bloodcrazed Paladin, Undead Augur, Maskwood Nexus, and Doomed Dissenter. They are all different tribal cards and you can't rely on seeing Maskwood Nexus every game.

If looking for long term updrades you can never go wrong with Cabal Coffers, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Black Market Connections, Bitterblossom, Crypt Ghast, and Pitiless Plunderer

Last_Laugh on My first magic deck Kaalia

1 month ago

4.37 is a really high avg. cmc. I would recommend a lot more 2 and under drop ramp to offset this a little.

Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Hierarchy, Talisman of Conviction, and Fellwar Stone are all good options. Cut Commander Sphere and Darksteel Ingot though... 3 drop ramp won't actually ramp you into a 4 drop commander.

The other thing I'm noticing is a severe lack of card draw. Esper Sentinel, Plumb the Forbidden (use in response to boardwipes), Necropotence, Black Market Connections, Battle Angels of Tyr, Twilight Prophet, Jeska's Will, Smuggler's Share, and Court of Grace, are all options here.

Dolmen Gate, Iroas, God of Victory, and Spirit Mantle will all help you attack safely like Reconnaissance.

I have 2 mardu decks you could check for more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Edgar's Dega Vampires and Isshin - Army of Darkness

DawnsRayofLight on Korvold, Fae-Cursed King of Feasts

1 month ago

You might as well run Devoted Druid With Melira

Temur Sabertooth to go with Dockside

Descent into Avernus: is a super underrated card, great in grindy decks.

Nadier's Nightblade and Mayhem Devil can help with the grind (it is good to have a backup plan if the combos are a no go for whatever reason)

Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools is another great token producing and card draw PW

Black Market Connections is prime in this list (really any deck with black) (would recommend it over Ophiomancer

Fiend Artisan is another tutor that works with your list

a lot of treasure producing cards like The Reaver Cleaver, Ancient Copper Dragon, Old Gnawbone, Goldspan Dragon, Tireless Provisioner help, treasures are great in Korvold.

Crow-Umbra on Alesha Combo

1 month ago

Glad to read that you're finding out what aspects of the deck work best for you and what needs additional polishing. I think having 2-3 lines is the sweet spot, especially if some lines can overlap (Kiki-Jiki + Karmic Guide or Reveillark + Karmic Guide, as examples).

I think you have most of the key Tutors already, and could definitely add more draw as you mentioned. Depending on your budget, the following are all solid options for your 3 drop slot:

Plumb the Forbidden and Deadly Dispute are both also great, especially in response to your stuff being removed.

Diabolic Intent also recently got reprinted, and fits right in with the sacrifice/reanimation subthemes. Could help round out the Tutor package you already have.

Both Jaxis, the Troublemaker and Preston, the Vanisher are solid options for giving you additional token copies of creatures, and work well with the discard and reanimation subthemes.

hootsnag on Oloro's Gambit

2 months ago

Fun version of Oloro. Ever considered using Black Market Connections instead of Phyrexian Arena?

legendofa on Ziatora Calls Upon the Demons

2 months ago

NV_1980 Good thoughts, thanks. Bontu's Monument and Mana Echoes have been underperforming recently. Chromatic Lantern is worth a shot. Black Market Connections seems like the best new option, as far as card draw goes, so I'm going to try that alongside Phyrexian Arena.

JosephStardust on Ave Christus Rex

2 months ago

Hey COOZCOOZCOOZ!

Thanks for trying out the deck! I saw your recommendations and thought I'd share why I do or do not use some cards.

Firstly, Alhammarret's Archive and Well of Lost Dreams help with lifegain and card draw. The latter works very well with Pristine Talisman and Sheoldred, the Apocalypse, as well as my other draw spells, while the former can boost them all by doubling my lifegain and card draw. As for the new Athreos, I can put a coin counter on any creature, then exile it with Karlov, then I can steal it onto my battlefield. That is why I use the new Athreos over the old one. However, I do agree that more card draw is never a bad thing. I originally considered running either Black Market Connections or Phyrexian Arena but I took them out; now I am considering adding either one of those or Dark Confidant as you said before. And when it comes to Despark, I prefer to use Anguished Unmaking. For more mana and 3 life, I can exile any nonland permanent, and not just one with CMC or more. Plus the art is killer since I'm a huge metalhead.

Thank you again for the advice!

DreadKhan on Zur, the Disenchanter

2 months ago

Exquisite Blood would be pretty nice with Zur's Weirding Out, in addition to giving life for Necropotence, and with Protection Racket, it's one thing to pay a few life to keep you from getting a free card, giving you free life feels pretty awful, and Zur can dig out Protection when you just want cards without paying life. You can mention to people you don't run any 2 card combos, so they won't worry about the Sanguine Bond combo with Exquisite Blood.

With Merieke and Zur, I feel like you'd want Pemmin's Aura and/or Freed from the Real, once Zur puts the Aura on her, it's U to kill target creature, and when you're out of U you keep the best creature you can steal until you have mana again. If Merieke is a card you like digging out, there are 3 mana Transmute cards fwiw, Perplex, Dimir Machinations and the ungodly bad Drift of Phantasms.

For Zur, I like having the option to go Voltron, to do so I run All That Glitters and Heliod, Sun-Crowned. If one copy of All That Glitters doesn't quite cut it, there is also Michiko's Reign of Truth  Flip, but I mostly use Copy Enchantment, Estrid's Invocation and Mirrormade to make more Glitters if I want a bigger Zur, 3 is usually a 1 hit kill fwiw, and he can dig out an Unblockable aura or Thassa, God of the Sea technically. For Shroud I like Greater Auramancy, but there is also Diplomatic Immunity to consider.

If you don't mind running Vanishing, which is a very good 'dodge' effect for Zur that doesn't cost him Auras/Counters, you can also run the very funny Out of Time to just wipe creatures pretty much permanently. If you have Copy Enchantment effects, you can duplicate this before it goes away to lock away another group of creatures, very nasty vs large creature boards, and Zur finds both pieces.

Another funny Zur card is Dance of Many, which can duplicate a creature you can target, a very strong effect if your meta cares about powerful creatures. If people run Mill in your area, Nighthowler can be fetched out for a big creature or be drawn to make Zur bigger.

You can't fetch it out, but like Mother of Runes it's very good to have out, Devoted Caretaker can offer very versatile protection to more stuff.

If you want something pretty dirty you can pull out vs opponents that are running stronger than expected decks, your Smothering Tithe works very well with Stasis, which also likes Black Market Connections, though you'll want Brave the Sands to give Zur (and your board) Vigilance. Stasis also likes Archon of Emeria and you're already running Thalia, Heretic Cathar. It's certainly not fetching out Heliod after you've dropped Balista, this doesn't win on the spot, but it's a very strong/nasty effect to have access to, even if you don't dig it out very often. Fortunately Stasis is the only piece you wouldn't want to draw!

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