Chancellor of the Dross

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Chancellor of the Dross

Creature — Phyrexian Vampire

You may reveal this card from your opening hand. If you do, at the beginning of the first upkeep, each opponent loses 3 life, then you gain life equal to the life lost this way. Flying, lifelink

Kazierts on Monoblack Burn [Budget/Casual/Jank]

5 months ago

wallisface, in regards to your thoughts:

  • Yes, Fruit of Tizerus isn't great, just as Shock isn't for . However, doesn't have many equivalents to Lightning Bolt.

  • Following on the topic of a Bolt equivalent, I considered Chancellor of the Dross, but it's a problematic card. It's really only useful on the first turn, becoming even worse on later turns, since its only utility would be Smallpox fodder.

  • Again I have to agree with your assessment, but just with Sword-Point Diplomacy. 3 mana is kinda slow for burn decks, but I also know one of the main problems with burn decks is they tend to run out of gas. Sword-Point Diplomacy can burn and provide card advantage. Sign in Blood on the other hand is a bit better, being 2 mana. Probably the better option would be Night's Whisper, but it's a bit out of budget.

  • Clawing Torment, as well as some cards like Sinister Possession and Contaminated Bond, can be pretty decent against more aggressive decks, but useless against more control decks. For this reason I opted to run card draw. I'll still consider you suggestion and add the Chancellor to the maybe, just to playtest and see how well it works.

The deck isn't meant to be aggro. I'm just dumb and wrote something in the descprition that isn't what I wanted to meant. I'll change it to aggressive.

Really appreciate the suggestions!

wallisface on Monoblack Burn [Budget/Casual/Jank]

5 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • in the same way that Shock is too weak for burn to play, I suspect Fruit of Tizerus is too weak here… having a card only remove 2 life feels too low to be worth it.

  • if you’re trying to be aggro, both Sword-Point Diplomacy and Sign in Blood don’t feel appropriate. Both of these cards are slow and don’t apply any pressure to the opponent. Furthermore aggro decks shouldn’t have to worry about card draw as they’re aiming to close-out the game before that matters (and in general both these cards suck even if you’re wanting card draw).

  • as far as better options to replace the above, i’d suggest considering Chancellor of the Dross, and/or Clawing Torment. Torment just seems like it should rack up some good damage and keep your life total higher, while Chancellor feels a lot more risky (it’s not really castable and a dead draw), but could be good if you find it in your opening hand (immediate damage and an easy discard option when you smallpox)

YamishiTheWickedOne on Sexy Vampires

1 year ago

So, on the subject of a monoblack land base...Let's see...

4-8 fetches. As long as it can fetch a basic swamp it's fine.

6 swamps

4 Castle Locthwain

4 Mutavault

2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

if you can fit them, 1 Cabal Coffers 1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse is ok if you can fit it.

total 23 lands is the sweet spot for your curve. Maybe 22 because Sorin can mitigate the costs of 4-5 mana vamps.

Speaking of Sorin, if you JUST want a really beefy vampire to drop with him the answer is Chancellor of the Dross. I really prefer Champion though.

Cavern of Souls is nice to have here just as mainboard blue hate, but it's not necessary. I run 2 because I own them irl.

Mortlocke on New hubs to be added

1 year ago

Hello legendofa,

I propose a new hub to be added: Phyrexian. During Modern Horizons 2, 225 creatures were retconned into having the Phyrexian creature subtype to join Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider . Additionally, there were a smattering of Enchantments, Artifacts and etc that ether have the Phyrexian subtype or create creature tokens that do. Thanks to this retcon I now have a deck that has a Phyrexian tribal theme. For your reference, below is a full list of spells that were affected by WotC's Phyrexian errata.


YamishiTheWickedOne on Darkside

1 year ago

It feels kind of unfocused still. idk if Anowon or Nirkana Revenant are the best Sorin -3 targets. If you want big vamps in monoblack to drop via Sorin, Champion of Dusk , Malakir Bloodwitch , Bloodlord of Vaasgoth and Chancellor of the Dross are probably better choices, and the really good vamps should be 4-ofs. At least up Ebon to 4. That card is seriously good. Also in place of Yahenni I'd add 2 Captivating Vampire , and add one Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx if you're going the monocolor route.

Neat trick you can pull off completely free is using Urborg to sit on your fetch lands and tap them for mana until you need to force a shuffle for Nocturnus or to revive Bloodghast.

Agadeem's Awakening is fine. I think it's a good card that can be a land in an emergency. I run 1 in my Pioneer vamps.

Oh and seriously try out Mutavault . It's good. Also Monoblack wants Castle Locthwain .

YamishiTheWickedOne on Darkside

1 year ago

Zagras may actually be easier to slot in regardless of "party" mechanics thanks to Sorin. I think he's a good compliment to lots of low-cost aggressive vamps given the inceased number of viable walkers in Modern now. For a big beater that you can just drop via Sorin's -3 I'd look at Chancellor of the Dross .

Also I can't help but feel like Zagras makes a particularly terrifying partner for Stromkirk Captain .

Drcfan on Aggressive Angels Tribal

1 year ago

Sol Ring is about banned everywhere except Vintage restricted and Commander. (All other formats are so unpopular it's not even worth mentioning) It's just a suggestion, i mean sooner or later someone in your playgroup will come up with broken shit, just because everything is legal and this is where the fun ends. As long as everyone enjoys it, no worries there. Mostly it ends there like everyone thinking about a 60x Chancellor of the Dross deck.

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