Dark Confidant

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.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Dark Confidant Discussion

BlackGtitan on Kess, Dissident Mage | Frozen Underworld | PRIMER

1 week ago

First off: Damn. This is a beast.

This is a well laid out and very expensive deck. Kudos to playing it! Glad that you've got it in paper and not just throwing cards together digitally - huge respect.

Strong recommendation for Teferi, Master of Time . He is a beast in my casual Kess deck and takes a ton of heat off you / draws out removal (people apparently are scared of extra turns, who knew)

As for Dark Confidant , I'd maybe recommend Phyrexian Arena instead? Past experiences in spell flinger decks is they will eat life and I've been burnt on that "you loose life equal to its Mana value" too many times. Yes it's one more Mana but Enchantments tend to stick better and 1 life loss for a card is way easier to stomach.

Otherwise ... damn. Wicked deck.

wallisface on A Grave Ultimatum

2 weeks ago

So, some further thoughts:

GB grindy decks play out a lot like Jund decks, but without the red.. so you can take a lot of inspiration from those builds

forneyt on How To Lose Friends (Help)

1 month ago

I'm not sure what your playgroup consists of, or what your budget is, so I'll just rattle off some cards and (if needed) their budget alternatives, as well as what I would suggest replacing.

Mana Crypt or Charcoal Diamond in place of Mana Vault : 0-mana Sol Ring just seems strictly better, and the diamond generates colored mana, which is helpful for a low-CMC deck.

Vilis, Broker of Blood in place of Possessed Portal : You already have so many life loss cards, might as well profit from them even more!

Waste Not in place of Miasmic Mummy : Benefit from their discards even further.

Chromatic Lantern in place of Everflowing Chalice : Lantern fixes your lands that tap for colorless (or cabal coffers before you get it going), and keeps you from getting wrecked by Blood Moon by giving your "Mountains" the ability to tap for black.

Phyrexian Reclamation or Volrath's Stronghold in place of Malakir Rebirth  Flip: Repeatable reanimation really rocks!

I already see some other great cards in your maybeboard: Dark Confidant , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Thoughtseize , and Necropotence among them. Confidant is "draw" without the "draw", which can be an important distinction for certain cards (cough cough Chains of Mephistopheles cough cough Nekusar, the Mindrazer cough cough). Gary is an alternate wincon and also replenishes your health after you drain yourself with your own cards. Thoughtseize basically is "I want this card in your hand" with your commander, and Necropotence is just a broken card that gives you more cards than you can cast.

I feel like your deck may be missing some draw power, so I would suggest Geth's Grimoire , the previously mentioned Vilis, and Howling Mine / Mikokoro, Center of the Sea . With all the discard potential, these last two shouldn't be a problem if your opponents get a couple cards!

For any combo of the above suggestions, I would consider cutting Living Death , Death Cloud , Tangle Wire , and Mindslicer . My reasoning for these four specifically is that they are too mana costly and also negatively affect your boardstate in a way that doesn't put you ahead.

Lastly, I have some land suggestions that I am unsure what to cut for because you already have a decent selection. High Market is a great land, along with its alternate, Miren, the Moaning Well . Deserted Temple can be an extra Cabal Coffers or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx . If you like to take risks, you could include Dark Depths for the classic Vesuva / Thespian's Stage combo!

FearRipper70 on Soul Siblings

1 month ago

What are your thoughts on Taborax, Hope's Demise and Orah, Skyclave Hierophant ? Im trying Taborax instead of Dark Confidant because of cleric synergy and the prevalence of Fatal Push in the meta.

bloodmvzzle on This Deck Does Not Believe In Free Will

1 month ago

Mox_Dookie thanks! Aside from the obvious like Opposition Agent and Ob Nixilis, Unshackled you can also combine it with Teferi's Puzzle Box to lock your opponents out of a hand, Thawing Glaciers also has a nice synergy with Maralen to allow you access to lands while tutoring for bombs. Dark Confidant also let’s you keep the card advantage.

CleoCola on Modern Orzhov Mega Eadrazi Bob Suicide Cheat Codes

1 month ago

Bruh... chill lol he was just trying to let you know that your own cards kill you, which is very fair and true. Dark Confidant doesn't "combo" with Eldrazi unless your combo is suicide hahaha. He was just suggesting a different way to draw cards that wouldn't leave you dead on your third upkeep against burn decks. Squirrelbacon was even agreeing with you; this website is almost always a very positive place, and its purpose is partly to have others be able to give suggestions for your deck.

DragonzBane on Modern Orzhov Mega Eadrazi Bob Suicide Cheat Codes

1 month ago

Dark Confidant seems really bad. Flipping an Eldrazi will straight up kill you most of the time. If you are really hard up for card draw, I would suggest Night's Whisper

enpc on Phyrexian Arena

1 month ago

I didn't realise that Phyrexian Arena got enough hype for it to be over-hyped. Though your comment would indicate that you're moving from a pretty casual form of EDH (where Arena does work becuase games are soe drawn out) into a more competitive more tuned version of EDH.

As others have mentioned, when you get into this space then you're correct that the card does less work, due to either more removal or shorter games. As you start looking for more draw efficiency then you're either looking into cards which are super cheap ( Mystic Remora , Esper Sentinel , Dark Confidant , Sylvan Library , etc) or cards that will get you multiple draws per turn (some of hte aforementioned cards, Runic Armasaur , etc.). The other thing is that due to its double black, it makes the card a lot more clunky to cast in early games, when typically most decks are going for double blue or double green (because let's face it, these two colours dominate the competitive meta).

You also have your cantrips (as other comments have mentioned) - Sign in Blood is decent but Night's Whisper is generally preferred as the casting cost is easier. There's also Painful Truths which needs a 3+ colour deck to work but costs the same amount of mana as Arena with the upside of getting the three cards immediately.

Generally though, the more competitive decks use black primarily for its tutor ability rather than its draw ability (with the obvious exception of Necropotence ).

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