Diabolic Intent

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Premodern Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Diabolic Intent


As an additional cost to play Diabolic Intent, sacrifice a creature.

Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle your library.

Crow-Umbra on Just Isshin to Fight

3 days ago

No prob Michigone! I've had a lot of fun playing Isshin for almost a year now.

Honestly, I think you could cut a couple of your higher end CMC. I had Etali in my Isshin deck for a while, but cut it because it felt too boom or bust. In general, I think keeping your curve low will help with recovery against removal. For this reason I also cut Paladin Class from my deck fairly early. Too much mana investment for the effects.

I think Tutors can certainly help. I currently run Diabolic Intent because of my high token production. I think as long as you have enough repeatable draw, you should be fine. I usually tutor up board protection effects or finishers.

zapyourtumor on Good Vibrations

1 week ago

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (allows t4 thrumming stone with cabal coffers)

Diabolic Intent over Brainspoil?

Max_Hammer on Sidisi, Ad Nauseam Combo EDH

3 weeks ago

Hey, with the number of free, sacrifice-fodder creatures in here, have you thought about Diabolic Intent?

wallisface on Diminish Perdition Control

4 weeks ago

Nice brew! Profane Tutor might be useful here, particularly instead of Diabolic Intent, as it has less requirements to cast, and as you're hoping on stalling-out early game anyway might suit the build better.

Crow-Umbra on Alesha Combo

1 month ago

Glad to read that you're finding out what aspects of the deck work best for you and what needs additional polishing. I think having 2-3 lines is the sweet spot, especially if some lines can overlap (Kiki-Jiki + Karmic Guide or Reveillark + Karmic Guide, as examples).

I think you have most of the key Tutors already, and could definitely add more draw as you mentioned. Depending on your budget, the following are all solid options for your 3 drop slot:

Plumb the Forbidden and Deadly Dispute are both also great, especially in response to your stuff being removed.

Diabolic Intent also recently got reprinted, and fits right in with the sacrifice/reanimation subthemes. Could help round out the Tutor package you already have.

Both Jaxis, the Troublemaker and Preston, the Vanisher are solid options for giving you additional token copies of creatures, and work well with the discard and reanimation subthemes.

Crow-Umbra on Isshin - the aggro Token Beast ! EDH

1 month ago

I had a chance to try out some new cards in games last night, Venoctus that worked very nicely:

  • Tocasia's Welcome - Drew cards once per turn when tokens were created. Definitely helped with consistency.

  • Diabolic Intent - Not a new card, but recently reprinted, and somewhat more affordable as a result. Very helpful last night to sac a token to and find some removal.

Caerwyn on Diabolic Intent and Sacrifice timing

2 months ago

They will not be able to do this. The sacrifice text on Diabolic Intent is an additional cost, to be paid during the casting of the spell itself.

No player gains priority while someone is in the middle of casting a spell--"priority" being the official term for "the ability to cast a spell". You will pay all costs before Diabolic Intent is put on the stack--including the cost of sacrificing a creature--and it will not be until Diabolic Intent is fully cast that your opponent can respond. By that time, you will have already paid the cost of sacrificing the creature, which means that creature will already have been removed from the battlefield and no longer can be a target for Fatal Push. This also means they cannot use Fatal Push to disrupt your casting of Diabolic Intent.

K4nkato on Diabolic Intent and Sacrifice timing

2 months ago

If I cast Diabolic Intent and sacrifice my only creature, then my opponent responds with Fatal Push, targeting the creature I chose to sacrifice, what happens?

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