Cabal Stronghold

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed 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
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Cabal Stronghold


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Profet93 on Kill, Kill and Kill some more.

1 month ago


Cabal Stronghold/Cabal Coffers - Former budget, latter not. Big black mana producing lands. Contamination does shut them off though. Should that be an issue, note Infernal Darkness as a potential alternative.

Crypt of Agadeem - Ramp

Bojuka Bog - Personally, not a huge fan of tapped lands. But with fetches, you can use at instant speed. Not needed but worth considering depending on amount of GY decks in the meta.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse > Rogue's passage - Once budget opens, this is an upgrade. Not needed but worth considering.

Contamination - Sacrifice synergy. High synergy with bitterblossom, reassembling skeleton and any other creature that can return to field.

Syphon Mind > Dark Tutelage - While you have a relatively low avg cmc of 3.00, black has better draw that doesn't hurt you as badly. Not to mention it's steady draw, which can be good, but sometimes burst draw is preferred. Syphon mind is draw 3, each opponent discard 1. Budget friendly too.

Skullclamp - Speaking of draw, this goes well with all your sac synergies.

Murderous Rider > Murder - Can hit Walkers, is versatile as a creature with lifelink that can recoup your lifeloss. Almost a strict upgrade.

Feed the Swarm - Removal that hits enchantments. Black has difficult with artifacts and enchantments. I can provide you with some potential artifact removal should you wish depending on your meta. But this might be worth considering given that a Rest in Peace can mess u up.

Maybe Corpse Dance - With your sac outlets, you can ignore the negative aspect of the card. Also do note that after a wipe, you can choose the order in which your creatures enter the GY if they go together simultaneously.

Dark Ritual - Simple ritual ramp

Mind Stone - Ramp when you need it, draw when you don't.

Oubliette - Commander hate

At the risk of being too risky and pricey, Hatred - Do note life loss is additional cost to cast but it can be fun with use with your commander, either with it's ability or commander damage. Not to mention the political aspect of using it on your opponents attacking each other (Bonus points if you use it on their commander).

Profet93 on Vito Life Swing (EDH)

1 month ago

I would have recommended Cabal Coffers but given your budget, perhaps a Cabal Stronghold in place of Piranha Marsh. Marsh isn't impactful, at least maybe try a Bojuka Bog should you wish for something more budget but relevant.

Another great but expensive card is Alhammarret's Archive to double your draw + lifegain

Bubbling Muck - Ramp!

Murderous Rider - Removal that can target PW's and can be a creature with lifelink

Profet93 on Mind-Gnawer

2 months ago

Cabal Coffers/Cabal Stronghold - Ramp

Deserted Temple - Untap the above / politics

Thespian's Stage/Vesuva - Copy cabal

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - Color fixing, not needed but nice to have if you include coffers.

Mind Twist - Random discard, super effective ramped into and as counterspell bait

Imp's Mischief - "Counter" counterspells and redirect targeted removal, draw and extra turns. Given your deck is extremely reliant on your commander, having some protection/bluff ability/utility is very valuable.

Bubbling Muck - Ramp

Feed the Swarm - Enchantment removal

Syphon Mind - Draw 3, each opponent discard 1

Vampiric Tutor - Tutor

indieinside on Uncle Istvan and the Shadow Crew

2 months ago

yeah, I took Cabal Stronghold out as well. LOL. I added Vault Skirge and Jet Medallion. Thanks for the input SufferFromEDHD

SufferFromEDHD on Uncle Istvan and the Shadow Crew

2 months ago

Well you definitely inspired me to explore Orzhov shadow! That equipment package is tiiight.

Vault Skirge solid flyer.

Jet Medallion ramp.

Corpse Dance this is becoming a major pet card of mine. Shadow benefits from haste and Gix is a discard outlet.

Hatred ends games.

Profet93 your disdain of Cabal Stronghold always makes me LOL. I have removed it from almost every deck.

Profet93 on Tergrid removal pants

2 months ago


I wasn't sure what your budget per card is but this should hopefully not break the bank. I can recommend cuts should you wish

Feed the Swarm - Enchantment removal

Mind Twist - Note it states random, especially effective if ramped into in the early game. Also useful as counterspell bait.

Night's Whisper - Draw

Nightmare Unmaking - Versatile wipe

Sheoldred's Edict/Hero's Downfall - PW Removal

Bubbling Muck - Ramp! Highly recommended. Especially because you're not running urborg

Ill-Gotten Gains - Up to you, could be useful, could backfire.

Barter in Blood - Mass sacrifice

Profet93 on Inflicting Pain and Everlasting Bloodshed

2 months ago

Cabal Coffers or budget version Cabal Stronghold are great for ramp. Deserted Temple to untap it and Thespian's Stage to copy it (or another utility land). Cut Mortuary Mire and Grasping Dunes as they are not impactful. Maybe add a fetchland or 2 simply for witches cottage should you wish.

Maybe an Erebos's Intervention for removal/flexibility?

Depending on how rude you want to be, an Infernal Darkness is solid to stall for a turn or 2, not to mention counter bait. Dealing with mana dorks to circumvent is easy, although their mana rocks can still get around this. A Contamination could also work as it is synergetic with your reassembling skeleton. Adding a Bitterblossom for redundancy as well as token production which can help you draw cards from your -1/-1 effects.

Jet Medallion is solid for ramp. Mind Stone is ramp that brings your commander out a turn sooner or draw when you don't need it. Dino DNA and maybe Nightmare Lash can be cut.

What is your wincon?

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