Cover of Darkness

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Cover of Darkness


As Cover of Darkness enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.

Creatures of the chosen type have fear.

Crow_Umbra on Totentanz, Kazoo Kid

3 weeks ago

I agree with lhetrick13, that you could likely focus the majority of your cuts in your creature section. I think another area of focus for potential cuts would lower impact reanimation effects, mostly because this deck wants to make lots of rat tokens. Since you will be making lots of disposable bodies, you don't really need to invest much in single-target reanimation effects.

Also, I think you might want to swap Talisman of Impulse for Talisman of Indulgence. Probably just a mix up in the card selection menu.

Suggestions for potential cuts:

  • Gnat Miser - Reducing opponents' hand size by 1 isn't super impactful in the grand scheme of a game, especially with how commonly (over)played Reliquary Tower & Thought Vessel can be, depending on metas.

  • Persistent Specimen - Basically another Reassembling Skeleton, which it looks like you might've also removed from the list.

  • Burnished Hart - Yes, it can self sac to grab you 2 basics, but that costs 6 mana total to cast & activate. Could maybe even be replaced with another 2 mana rock like Mind Stone, or maybe even Cursed Mirror, which can copy one of your rats for additional utility.

  • Murderous Rider - Doesn't really fit the theme of the deck beyond being a removal spell. Could likely be replaced with another instant like Infernal Grasp or Baleful Mastery if you needed the additional removal.

  • Unearth - Single target reanimation. Doesn't seem like it will do too much, especially since you want to mostly sac rat tokens, and already have a fairly high creature count.

  • Phyrexian Reclamation - Similar line of reasoning as Unearth. It feels like you have more than enough creatures to keep casting, so trying to reanimate doesn't make as much sense here.

  • Grave Pact - Great card, but feels overly redundant with Dictate of Erebos, which has the benefit of surprising opponents with Flash.

  • Diabolic Tutor - I think you can probably replace this with Pact of the Serpent

Those are the most obvious cuts I can suggest at the moment. I think it would be helpful if you take some time to tag the cards in your deck, and what roles they play. Tagging helps me better visualize my categories and helps me decide on cuts and swaps.

If you want to aggro swarm your opponents with Rats, I'd suggest considering Rising of the Day as a haste anthem so your swarms can, well, swarm ASAP. I'd also recommend checking out Cover of Darkness to give all of your little Rats some Evasion, otherwise they will get chump-blocked to death. Ogre Battledriver might also be worth a look, especially since it can buff up your 1/1 rats, and give them haste. Ogre Battledriver has made itself at home in a couple of my aggro token decks for that reason.

My final suggestion is to hone in on if you want this to be an Aggro deck first, with the option to combo out, or if you want this to primarily be a combo deck with Aggro as a "Plan B" to fall back on. Determining that primary focus for yourself will also help guide some of the cuts you make.

Best of luck!

Vessiliana on What is a Man? (a hyper aggro Edgar Markov EDH)

1 month ago

Cover of Darkness is amazing! I ... just stole mine from my Edgar deck, which likes it but can hold its own without it, for my poor little Knights deck, which is desperate.

YamishiTheWickedOne on What is a Man? (a hyper aggro Edgar Markov EDH)

1 month ago

Vessiliana Yeah your suggestions make sense. I do own a Purphoros and I'll start looking again at slotting him in. I was considering Scapegoat as another sort of insurance card and I've been trying to get a promo Citadel off a friend of mine.

btw I'm also looking at Cover of Darkness but this month's MtG budget is running thin. Thanks for your time and I look forward to seeing how yours evolves.

Crow_Umbra on Neon Light Speed [Primer]

2 months ago

Thanks for stopping by KBK7101, I appreciate it. I definitely feel you on the preview fatigue lol. At the current rate, I don't think I'm really going to be buying anything new until Wilds of Eldraine. The last new deck I brewed & built was my Zimone and Dina deck back in March? I bought a handful of stuff from the LotR set for upgrades, but none of the new commanders really did much for me.

Ninjutsu builds are cool, just not my cup of tea from having played against them enough times in my local meta haha. Cover of Darkness is a cool card, and one I have a copy of. I definitely considered it for this build, but chose to leave it out for now since Dragons are already fairly evasive with Flying. It felt a bit redundant. If I did include another keyword anthem, I think I'd be more likely to include something like Goblin War Drums.

KBK7101 on Neon Light Speed [Primer]

2 months ago

Deck looks great! I have one that's half done and this will be a great reference for whenever I get around to finishing it. (I have a lot going on right now and the constant stream of previews/products/crossovers is wearing on me) I originally went for a Ninjutsu theme, but I think I'm leaning more towards an ETB/LTB tokens theme. Stuff like Myriad, etc etc.

Since yours is tribal focused, thoughts on Cover of Darkness?

Coward_Token on Commander Masters Previews and Speculation

2 months ago

Welp, Capture of Jingzhou got knocked down from the throne of "most expensive non-reserved good card", letting Mana Crypt ascend to its rightful place

Of my pet cards, Cover of Darkness hasn't even been on The List! At least Training Grounds got an unexpected Standard-legal reprint.

No Dockside since Double Masters

legendofa on infinite rats

4 months ago

Patience, patience. While swampwalk + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a sound idea in theory, I'm going to advise against it. Your commander grants good evasion already, especially against a deck, and Filth and Leshrac's Rite pretty much useless if you don't have Urborg TOY in play. It's not worth using a Diabolic Tutor or whatever just to get some redundant evasion, and you don't have any other way to get a land on demand. Stick with the fear from Cover of Darkness and Marrow-Gnawer.

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