Demon of Dark Schemes

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Mythic Rare

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Demon of Dark Schemes

Creature — Demon

When Demon of Dark Schemes enters the battlefield, all other creatures get -2/-2 until the end of turn.

Whenever another creature dies, get E (an energy counter).

, Pay EEEE: Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefiend under your control tapped.

Demon of Dark Schemes Discussion

zjepsen on First, Do All Harm (Yawgmoth, Thran Physician)

1 month ago

Several cards for you to consider from my own Yawg decklist:

  1. Coffin Queen . It doesn't survive Demon of Dark Schemes , unfortunately, so it may be a one or the other kind of thing there. But it scales well with your opponents. I run both.

  2. Aetherworks Marvel . Uses the same energy counters you'll be getting for Demon of the Dark Schemes, and provides some slower card advantage for doing what you're going to be doing anyway: sacrificing stuff. It's easy to fill up on counters and the activation is instant speed, allowing you to pull off surprising, wonky stuff sometimes.

  3. Liliana, Death's Majesty is a versatile planeswalkers for a reanimator build of Yawgmoth: she creates fodder, she reanimates, and she mills you cards to potentially reanimate. In a pinch you could resolve her and proliferate twice to wipe the board.

For cuts, I'm not huge on the following:

VoodooJorge on Ayli's Dark Following

1 month ago

Griselbrand , Kothophed, Soul Hoarder and Demon of Dark Schemes were other demoms I considered for the list, along with Whip of Erebos and Vault of the Archangel for life gain.

hungry000 on Karlove One Another

2 months ago

While it may not be as good as Sheoldred in a vacuum, Demon of Dark Schemes is a board wipe for smaller creatures and has more synergies with death triggers. For example, if you have a Grave Pact , Teysa, and three creature tokens on the battlefield and play Demon of Dark Schemes, you'll kill all your opponents' smaller creatures while making them sac 6 of their bigger ones each. And that's just with 3 tokens! It also has the upside of being able to reanimate your opponents' creatures as well as your own for 3 mana each at instant speed, multiple times a turn; with Teysa, Demon of Dark Schemes gets 2 energy counters per death trigger, so it's pretty easy to refuel on those as well.

Of course, I don't know how much individual card power matters in EDH, but I figured synergies like those were too good to pass up and I couldn't think of any other cards that you could replace with Demon of Dark Schemes . Maybe cut Smothering Tithe ? It doesn't really do much besides ramp without a Revel in Riches out, and more removal is generally more useful, no?

hungry000 on Karlove One Another

2 months ago

Hmm... the only clear cuts I would make are

Cordial Vampire --> Skirsdag High Priest

Sheoldred, Whispering One --> Demon of Dark Schemes

Orzhov Charm --> Dictate of Erebos

Black Sun's Zenith --> Massacre Girl

Dross Harvester might be better than Deathgreeter , as well. Sacrificing 3 creatures with Teysa out gains you 6 life with Deathgreeter and 12-4=8 life with Harvester. Though since their cmcs are different and I don't really have a grasp of how fast EDH is it's hard for me to say without testing.

hungry000 on Karlove One Another

2 months ago

You could maybe play some Morbid cards like Skirsdag High Priest , but that's all I can really say. Most of the card choices here look solid to me. I'll list a few cards that you don't have in the maybeboard: Ajani's Last Stand , Ashes of the Abhorrent , Demon of Dark Schemes , Kaya's Guile , Dictate of Erebos , Dross Harvester , Massacre Girl , Ogre Slumlord .

Of those, I think Skirsdag High Priest , Dross Harvester , and Ogre Slumlord are the best/most fun.

Frd123 on As Above, So Below (Kaalia Zenith Seeker)

2 months ago

Some Suggestions:

Dragons

Nesting Dragon - Random wrath protector

Rapacious Dragon - Good ETB effect if you consider adding more blink effects or ETB Doublers.

Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury - Can be a good Finisher depending of your board state, since you can pay his Dash cost.

Hoarding Dragon - It is an Artifact tutor. It is risky, but it usually pays off if you have the right targets.

Demons - Mass Board Removal

Demon of Dark Schemes - Reanimator and mass removal in a single card. Your creatures usually dodge his minus/minus.

Rakdos, the Showstopper - More Risky, but can be a one sided mass removal on 6/6 flying trampler.

Angels

Angel of Finality - It is really important to have Gravehate in edh.

Sunblast Angel - Conditional one-sided wrath.

ETB, triggers doublers

Panharmonicon - Double all your ETBs effects, including Kaalia. Can be deadly if you prioritize ETBs effects among your creatures.

Flameshadow Conjuring - Act as a pseudo Panharmonicon that can "attack" and trigger some leave the battlefield effects. I think this card is a hidden gem in EDH. There is other cards that do this, such as Minion Reflector and Mirror March .

Strionic Resonator - It doubles one of your triggers. It also works with combat triggers and die triggers.

Conjurer's Closet - It is kind of slow, but can generate a lot of value with Kaalia. Depends of the meta.

Frd123 on As Above, So Below (Kaalia Zenith Seeker)

2 months ago

Some suggestions:

Dragons Show

Demons Show

Angels Show

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Osbert on meren

3 months ago

You can always run disruption to slow your opponents down so your deck has more time to set up a win condition. Hall of Gemstone and Contamination mess with multicoloured decks and with a good set of mana dorks you won't be nearly as affected. Both of these enchantments also prevent interaction from your opponent on your turn disabling counter spells and other instant speed removal.

If aggro is more prevalent in your meta run some more fogs other than the fog-frog. Spike Weaver and Arachnogenesis are some serious powerhouses that can prevent combat and give you a board to work with.

The biggest leg up most decks have over Meren is the constant use of artifacts, so disrupt them. Bane of Progress is the quick and easy hail Mary for this problem but often can be stopped by Torpor orb so I would suggest including some of the following: Caustic Caterpillar , Thrashing Brontodon , Abrupt Decay , Collector Ouphe (I really like this one), Manglehorn , Return to Nature , Root Maze , Viridian Corrupter .

Meren is my GF's favourite deck so I see the damn thing ALL THE TIME. The deck's biggest weakness is the fact that most of the deck is at sorcery speed so there are some cards to include to make it a whole lot faster. Vivien, Champion of the Wilds , Vedalken Orrery , and Yeva, Nature's Herald make most of your deck instant speed which is HUGE, essentially granting psuedo haste and protection from sorcery speed board wipes. Speaking of which...

Where are your board wipes? I know Damnation and Toxic Deluge are expensive but there are some fantastic creatures that acts as wipes as well. Demon of Dark Schemes , Massacre Wurm , and Night Incarnate are small board wipes on bodies that you can abuse.

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Demon of Dark Schemes occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.28%

Rakdos: 0.27%