Dark Confidant

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Legality

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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Dark Confidant

Creature — Human Wizard

At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost/mana value card.

NV_1980 on Bad Bitch Witch (Ayara Aristocrats)

1 day ago

Nice deck. I think I would replace Tenacious Underdog with Dark Confidant though, as it's cheaper to use with higher reliability. Also, I truly love Underworld Dreams but it seems to me it doesn't fit the theme of the deck all that much. I'd probably replace that with something like Braids, Arisen Nightmare.

COOZCOOZCOOZ on Ave Christus Rex

2 days ago

Howdy again JosephStardust:

I think you misunderstand, I would never tell you not to use Anguished Unmaking over Despark: however, I would definitely imply that you should swap it for Fracture. Most of the threatening stuff you will need to remove is over 4 CMC anyway, and while there SOME exceptions depending on your meta, you have plenty of other removal at your disposal to hit other targets anyway if it really is below 4 cmc.

I believe though that this is where our playstyles differ: I don't like cards like the well or archive because I consider them to be "Win more" cards. It basically requires your entire deck to do what it needs to do before it just kinda sits there. If you have no mana to dump into it or youre not gaining life, then the Well is nothing, and while Archive will certainly help you gain more life, I don't see enough extra card draw for that second ability is be as helpful as you want. If you are looking for replacements to help draw and gain life, I would recommend swapping in Twilight Prophet, and Dark Confidant (while its cheap) or Sigarda's Splendor. I feel that the combination of lifegain and card draw will allow your Karlov deck to utilize its counters for removal since you are not always desperate to dump it into the well. Allowing yourself to utilize Karlov even more won't hurt anything either.

I have always found Karlov to be a reliable source of removal since I usually have enough mana to always get his ability off once or twice during a rotation of the table. Again, I understand that my suggestions may break flavor or your playstyle, but I highly encourage you to try them.

JosephStardust on Ave Christus Rex

2 days 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!

COOZCOOZCOOZ on Ave Christus Rex

4 days ago

Hi! I like the deck! I think its very flavorful and on point. This deck can be very strong, but I will say I am not a fan of some of the cards used in here (mainly Alhammarret's Archive, Well of Lost Dreams, and that Athreos). However, I know my build is not quite as thematic, so if there are flavor reasons then ignore me, lol. It does play out differently then my Karlov deck Karlov, Leader of the Ghost Mafia and I enjoyed playtesting it. The core of the deck very much remains the same.

I also think your removal and mana could be a little tweaked though. I know there are flavor reasons, but Despark is such a good card I feel like you may want to reconsider. Further, I feel you may be running 1 or 2 extra sources of removal. After all, Removal is stapled on Karlov, so I don't think you need to run quite as many removal sources as other ozrhov commanders (but this also takes your meta into account, so if its just nuts then ignore me lol). It may be worth including an extra source of card draw, for which I highly recommend Dark Confidant while it is as cheap as it is right now. That, or maybe have another tutor? I wouldn't want you to break flavor, but at least Beseech the Queen is a fairly cheap tutor. As far as your mana base, I think you should swap a few plains with a few swamps. In playtesting, I always found I had way more plains then I needed at any given time versus times where I needed a swamp.

I enjoyed it a lot though! The Warhammer cards are super strong, and its a pretty convincing argument to run them in my Karlov deck!

Dead_Blue_ on Rock Deck 2022

3 weeks ago

Not a chance in the world of that happening. Allow me to elaborate:

Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth is often one of the best lands to draw, it’s the second Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth allowing to tap for colored mana on fetches as well as allowing stuff like Godless Shrine or even Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to tap for green.

Takenuma, Abandoned Mire is useless more games than not but the ability to find you a threat in the late game when it comes down to top deck mode is the little nudge decks like this are all about.

Twilight Mire is essential to balance out the play set of Treetop Village

Blooming Marsh is a great card, I’ve ran it before in Rock and if I wasn’t running Damn I’d swap in the fastlands right away.

The thing I am having trouble with is the creature suite. I feel like 4x Dark Confidant is wrong in this meta, he never lives to put in any work. Goyfs, ScOoze & Flayer have all been great but good ol Bob isn’t good any more

Quickspell on 32 Sustainable Spells to Burn Body Fat

1 month ago

RiotRunner789 Thank you for the suggestions! While Thrumming Stone is an absolute wincon, Spellweaver Helix and Locket of Yesterdays are important targets for Beacon of Unrest, too. I will put it on the testing list. Phyrexian Arena is too slow I think, as well as Dark Confidant, who will also kill me before I do my opponents. The same goes for the other options, this deck barely has time to cast anything other than Dragon’s Approach. I do like Erebos, God of the Dead, as he will most likely always remain an indestructible enchantment. The life gain hate is great, too.

RiotRunner789 on 32 Sustainable Spells to Burn Body Fat

1 month ago

If Thrumming Stone is a must, consider Beacon of Unrest is case it gets destroyed or milled.

Phyrexian Arena: Bit slow but reliable card draw engine. Dark Confidant is similar but dies to wipes and drains you.

Erebos, God of the Dead and Greed are also reliable engines.

There also quite a few Sign in Blood effects in black.

Dead_Blue_ on Rock Deck 2022

1 month ago

I do think Hexdrinker could fit in here I’d love to fit a Sheoldred, the Apocalypse as well.

ScOoze adds so much utility with its targeted exile ability I can’t imagine ever putting it on the side. The side right now is just testing slots anyway nothing on there is guaranteed a long term slot.

Believe it or not with 24 lands which is great for Dark Confidant the mana base is pretty shaky as is just because of the inclusion of the 2 white shocks for Damn. I agree that this deck could run on a lower curve just fine but what would I even cut?

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