Bump in the Night

Bump in the Night

Sorcery

Target opponent loses 3 life.

Flashback {5}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Common
Innistrad (ISD) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal
Highlander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Unformat Legal
Noble Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Casual Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal

Bump in the Night occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.07%

Rakdos: 3.39%

Bump in the Night Discussion

lagotripha on No-Double Modern Necromancy

1 week ago

This is a cute list.

I feel like with the number of other 1/2 mana zombies and a well planned sideboard (15 Duress variants is an option) you might be able to swing an fnm or two, which is wild for a singleton list.

Specifically, I'd look at Gray Merchant of Asphodel Rotting Rats,Foulmire Knight, Midnight Reaper, the 1 mana cast from graveyard zombies, and value options like Graveborn Muse or Necromancer's Stockpile

I don't like Forever Young type effects outside of combos where you draw your entire library. Another zombie will almost always be more useful.

Finally, Lich's Mirror , reset, Bump in the Night/Gonti's Machinations is the most hilarious way to win a game.

Good luck and happy brewing.

TriusMalarky on Why Have There Been So ...

1 month ago

And every top deck in every format runs Bump in the Night clones by the truckload?

It would force every deck to be using Black for 'loses x life' effects or a stupid alternate win con. I, for one, don't want to have to play against control for all eternity. It would also softban the color Red and all creatures without Infect.

lagotripha on Bat Cave 2.2

1 month ago

I highly reccomend hand disruption for decks like this; Delirium Skeins and Raven's Crime vastly improves your control/combo matchups.

If you are leaning into Alms of the Vein ,Gonti's Machinations can act as another four copies, so long as you are triggering it. The 'target player cause' is often awkward- playing a bunch of Bump in the Night variants is good, but without the 1 mana prowess shenanigans that red offers, its mostly a gimmick.

I have a mono black 'I've made all these things work' list (Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox), but I haven't kept it up to date- here it is to mine for ideas.

As a rule of thumb, I lean towards more hand disruption in mono-black. Its what the colour has the most efficient tools for, and removing key cards, or just lots of cards, is often enough to win against more intricate plans.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

5 months ago

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Self-Effacing Guardian

Legendary Planeswalker

+1: Until the endstep of your next turn, prevent all noncombat damage that would be dealt to you and no spells or abilities your opponents control can make you lose life.

0: Any target gains protection from any color or colorless until the end of your next combat phase.

-2: Exile target permanent. If it's a land, its owner searches their library for a basic land, reveals it, shuffles their library, and puts it onto of their library. If it's a nonland permanent, its owner gains life equal to the its converted mana cost.

3


I think she'd find a home in modern or pioneer. An excellent control planeswalker. I mean, Generous Gift, Assassin's Trophy, Swords to Plowshares, etc. are excellent, and even sorcery speed and 3 mana, that's a powerful ability. Her +1 is entirely defensive, the 0 is either offensive or defensive, but next both, and her -2 is both.

No ultimate, as I wanted her power to be as a presence, not winning herself.

Btw, I have a Rakdos burn deck in modern, which uses Alms of the Vein, and Bump in the Night to get around prevent damage (Sideboard Skullcracks is case of real issue), and I wanted this walker to save you from even that and my favorite mechanic, extort & the commander of my favorite deck Kambal, Consul of Allocation.


I'd like to see a card which counters you favorite playstyle (mine are Stax and Burn), mechanic, or some other thing you love doing.

lagotripha on Budget Warriors

9 months ago

I'd start with looking at Rush of Battle and a few lands, 1-2-3 isn't exactly super mana-intensive already. I'd look at lowering the overall curve to help pile on the pressure those first few turns-probably going to three foremost and two of the two drops. Budget creature decks without vial either need each creature to be amazing (which makes the cards expensive), or run a lot of one-drops that like other one drops.

A few disruption spells and low to the ground creatures is the theory behuind delver. Disfigure is great sideboard tech, but Oust , possibly Murderous Cut if your find youreself with a lot of spells are both options. Take a look at what people are putting in cubes to see what the best budget options are- things like Reciprocate or Oppressive Rays do ok.

If I was looking at ban, I'd look to increase tempo&pressure - Bump in the Night in some number to finish the game. If I was looking at a grindier strategy, i'd try to pack a lot of hand disruption- Drill Bit , duress etc.

If I was looking to go more competitive, I'd start by filling out a sideboard based on the decks I'd play it against- a clearer idea of what you are meant to face down and what you lose against lets you plan. Knowing you can side in cards to fill gaps helps a lot.

Sorin_Markov_1947 on Sorin to victory (orzhov vampires)

9 months ago

Several of the cards you mentioned I already have, but you've also given me several good suggestions.

Indulgent Aristocrat takes away some of my creatures and mana for (in my opinion) too little benefit. Yes having a +1/+1 counter on each of my creatures is nice, but as I said to Kjartan, this deck doesn't field many vampires at once, and I have several better options for combat than Indulgent Aristocrat .

Vampire Cutthroat is a weak option as well. It can provide some hits later game, but I prefer my 1/2s better.

Lashwrithe is too heavy in mana cost for the gain it gives, but I may have to look into Blade of the Bloodchief .

Guul Draz Vampire is too situational, Shadow Alley Denizen is too low-impact, and Pulse Tracker is out-classed by Vicious Conquistador . Stromkirk Condemned is good, I've added three of him to the decklist.

Gonti's Machinations is a possibility, but it's situational as well. Bump in the Night is too low-impact; it just hits the enemy, it doesn't further my board position.

Several of the spells you mention in the "cheap effective spells" list would make a great sideboard, which I'm afraid I'll have to get to later.

lagotripha on Sorin to victory (orzhov vampires)

9 months ago

I've played a lot of modern vamps. Some of the best options are dirt cheap, so it makes for a great budget list to take to FNM. Most of the time I've been in mono black, but splashing for lietennant is fairly low-cost and low-risk for a great card.

For this list, Vampire of the Dire Moon , Vampire Cutthroat , Indulgent Aristocrat will do an amazing job filling out the one-drop slots. They are the 'best' budget setup I've found- great burn matchup and evasion/great deathtouch trades into bigger threats. They also play nice with Lashwrithe and Blade of the Bloodchief .

If your budget is tight enought that filling out with $1 1 drops seems rough, look at Guul Draz Vampire , Shadow Alley Denizen and Pulse Tracker alongside Stromkirk Condemned , Urge to Feed and direct damage like Gonti's Machinations and Bump in the Night . Playing a lot of 1 mana creatures that get pumped is really good, and evasion like intimidate makes something like mono-red burn but with hand disruption.

Two mana stronger options is Legion Lieutenant and Cordial Vampire (you can run Stromkirk Condemned , Dusk Legion Zealot or Cruel Celebrant ), and three is Vampire Nighthawk and Bloodthirsty Aerialist since you have them and want those slots for budget removal/carddraw. Gifted Aetherborn deserves a mention as it used to be cheap, but dire moon is frankly better and in print.

Next we come to the thing that makes budget mono-black king of the budget lists- cheap, effective spells. Sign in Blood is playable card-draw. Underworld Connections while far, far worse than Phyrexian Arena , and worse than bob still performs admirably. Delirium Skeins & Mind Rake devastates control players. Duress successfully hates out combo players. Standard cards like Mire's Toll & Drill Bit perform miracles. Cards like Flaying Tendrils can play at being one-sided boardwipes, and your sideboard has access to all manner of oddball cards that had too many copies to get expensive for modern- from Shadowfeed to Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage .

Grab some playtest tools and muck about- you will find a great deck within your budget that you can muck about with to perform well in your local meta.

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