Doom Blade

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed 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
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Doom Blade

Instant

Destroy target nonblack creature.

legendofa on Annoy your freinds

3 weeks ago

If you're building to counter a Dragon deck, and you want to keep a deathtouch focus, I recommend adding either more removal like Doom Blade or deathtouch-y fliers like Vampire Nighthawk or Battlefly Swarm. As it stands now, you don't have a lot of interaction--Duress and Victim of Night are good starts, but you don't have many ways to deal with an attacking 4/4 or bigger flying creature, and Power Word Kill does nothing to Dragons.

As another addition, Hooded Blightfang turns your deathtouch creatures into life drain. Since you're not beholden to a format right now, Dark Ritual gives you a shot of mana to get to your more important cards faster.

TheOfficialCreator on

2 months ago

Void Snare, Disperse, and Brazen Borrower are great ways to take advantage of Dementia Sliver's effect.

Praetor's Grasp and Inevitable Betrayal are also good. And Thoughtseize

Finally, Damnation can net you a very strong effect on the field with all your reanimation effects, and Murder is not a very good removal spell. I would consider Snuff Out, Doom Blade, Heartless Act, Infernal Grasp, Walk the Plank, Victim of Night, etc.

multimedia on Rakdos, Lord of Riots Demon Tribal

3 months ago

In my last comment suggested a lot of cards to add, now here's some cards to consider cutting. For cards to consider cutting I would start with all the lower mana cost nonDemon creatures. I would simply replace these with other lower mana cost cards that can better enable Rakdos without attacking and reduce creature mana costs without attacking.

Rather than playing a lot of single creature removal spells, rely more on Demons who can destroy or remove creatures? Especially Demons who have repeatable removal effects. You could cut many creature removal spells and replace them with more draw.

Searing Spear, Shock, Disintegrate can target a player to make them lose life, but you have Lightning Bolt for that and you can make opponent lose life better ways then playing single burn spells. Some budget single removal spells are helpful such as Chaos Warp and Feed the Swarm because these spells can remove an enchantment, Warp any permanent. When attacking is important to your game plan these can remove Ghostly Prison, Propaganda and others.


Rakdos can only reduce the mana cost of creatures therefore play very few noncreature high mana cost spells or spells that require a lot of mana to be useful. Spells that need a lot mana paid to make them decent is not really what you want when playing many high mana cost creatures. Could cut these for more draw and ramp.

Rolling Earthquake is a budget spell like this that's worth playing because you can control how much damage each creature is going to take, most Demons including Rakdos have high toughness. You could cut a few of the lesser Demons.

Master of the Feast is really bad card in multiplayer Commander because only your opponents draw. Awaken the Sky Tyrant, Wretched Confluence and Seal of the Guildpact are subpar for the mana costs.


In my last comment I recommended adding a lot of loot effects for draw. Loot is excellent with Blood Speaker and Speaker is a good reason to play Demon tribal since it's a tribal tutor that can be repeatable, return to your hand from your graveyard. Rakdos can reduce Speaker's mana cost to only 1 mana, making it a mana efficient way to repeatedly tutor for Demons.

Loot can be an enabler for reanimation and recursion which are helpful effects to have with Demons. Reanimation is a way to get Demons onto the battlefield without having to cast them, a backup for when Rakdos is disrupted. Recursion is getting Demons back into your hand or casting them from your graveyard. Patriarch's Bidding can reanimate all Demons in your graveyard. Persist and Exhume can reanimate for only two mana.

Chainer, Nightmare Adept has interaction with looting, getting Demons into your graveyard to cast them using Rakdos mana cost reduction. If you discard a Demon using Chainer's ability you can cast that same Demon giving it haste to attack. Rakdos also gains haste from Chainer when he's cast from the Command Zone. Any creature you reanimate gains haste from Chainer.

Chainer has excellent interaction with creatures who can sac themselves for value such as Magus of the Wheel and Doomed Necromancer. With Chainer these creatures gain haste when cast from your graveyard allowing them to tap and activate their abilities right away. Doomed Necromancer can reanimate even at instant speed. Chainer is good with Blood Speaker as discard outlet that can keep coming back to your hand.


Some more budget Demons to consider adding:

Some budget land upgrades to consider:

Temple of the False God is not a good land when you have no land ramp. It will not tap for mana until at least turn five and that's if you make all your land drops. Even if playing green and land ramp such as Cultivate I still wouldn't play Temple of the False God, it's just not a good enough land in the early turns of a game.

Zarthalius on mono black vampires

3 months ago

Really cool deck! I've always liked lifegain and deathtouch. So, here's what I can offer:

You’ll want to lower your mana curve. You have a lot of 5 drops; without ramp, the deck seems too slow. The game, if uninterrupted, should end within 6 turns.

I'd drop Anowon, the Ruin Sage. Being a 5 drop, an "easily" removable creature, and a "beginning of your upkeep" trigger, he is too slow. You could maybe keep 1 if you only had 2 Bloodlord of Vaasgoth.

I like Bloodlord of Vaasgoth with all the lifelink. He’ll make early drop creatures more relevant later game. I’d only include 2 of him if you’d like to go a more aggro route; maybe include 4 of him if you’d rather delay the early game with removal and play the later game.

With Captivating Vampire, “tap five” feels really expensive without some vampire token generator. However, I guess each time you steal a creature, that creature could be tapped too (kind of) costing you 1 less each time. The “lords” +1/+1 for 3 mana is always good in tribal decks. I’d probably only include 2 Captivating Vampire and then find 2 lifelink vampires for 2 or 3 mana. Maybe Vampire of the Dire Moon for the early game meat shield. She really can slow down the early game.

I'd replace Child of Night with Gifted Aetherborn. With deathtouch, you can move into a “bad touch” (deathtouch + trample) strategies or a “ping” strategies like deathtouch + Viridian Longbow. That bow will also allow you to ping the player enabling Bloodthirsty 3. That blow has a high equip cost but could be versatile for you.

I see what you’re trying to do with Skeletal Grimace. This is mono black, you could also consider the reanimation strategy; a couple Unearths for the lower costing creatures, maybe 1 Zombify for the 5 drops.

You should have 4 Dismembers. With all your lifegain, that removal card is really good. It’ll even remove indestructible creatures. You probably want 2 or more Feed the Swarm in the main deck instead of any Doom Blade. It’s more versatile and you have the life gain to compensate for its drawback. I’d probably go with 4 Feast of Blood if you add more 1 and 2 drop vampires. All this removal may be good enough to delay the early game then setup with big vampires later.

Your going to want card draw. May I suggest replacing Demon's Horn with something like Read the Bones.

ENZU on Orphans

3 months ago

I would say Sea's Claim or similar. Islandwalk decks that also hate on Field of the Dead etc. Still have some use if ur commander is Thada Adel or something. Or if your commander cares about mono U devition i.e Thassa, God of the Sea

Another thing might be arguably Solemn Simulacrum and Thran Dynamo because the format has increased in speed to the point where people ramp from cmc 1-3 and almost never 4.

Interdict is a good blue spell given so many comboes, but whirlwind denial and such are much more flexible. Counterspells in general tend to phase each other out because with answers you want the most efficient and flexible version of that effect. Which leads to my next abandoned card Doom Blade.

Then i would say something i miss from magics early history are janky, powerful symmetrical effects on artifacts. I.e. Horn of Greed. These are still played in edh, but wotc abandoned designg them

multimedia on Black blue deck

3 months ago

Hey, I saw your forum topic asking for help. Fine start on a low budget, but do you want a Dimir Zombie deck or a control deck?

I ask because you're not playing a Zombie as 4x instead all the instants you're playing are 4x. If playing Champion of the Perished my advice is focus more on Zombies and less on control to better trigger Champion. Right now the core of your deck are instants, not Zombies which isn't helping Champion. Be more aggressive with Zombies and Champion, relying less on control? More control can go in your sideboard for certain matchups, but it doesn't have to be main deck.

Honestly, on a low budget you're better off playing mono black Zombies with all basic Swamps rather than having a less than ideal slow two color Dimir manabase with many lands that come into play tapped. The problem is all the blue spells that aren't Zombies. You can get enough blue sources for blue Zombies with tribal lands such as budget Unclaimed Territory, but it can't cast Counterspell.

You can get control from just black playing Legacy with main deck Hymn to Tourach. It's a powerful effect for two mana since your opponent has no choice over what they discard. 4x Duress in the sideboard is good for control on a budget. Hymn is better control with Zombies than Counterspell because it's black.


Consider 1x more Champion of the Perished? You want to have the most chances of having it turn one and it's the reason you're playing Zombies. Champion can benefit from more one drop and two drop Zombies which can increase the aggression to make Diregraf Captain pack more of a punch. Hordewing Skaab is more powerful when you have more Zombies. Dread Wanderer can reanimate itself and Diregraf Ghoul is fine on a budget as another one drop Zombie.Bladestitched Skaab is 2/3 two drop Zombie lord and it's a good reason to play blue with Zombies.

Don't be afraid to use your life as a resource for Undead Augur who can be repeatable draw when your Zombies die. The effect lets you keep swinging with Zombies and it's board wipe recovery. Graf Reaver is a 3/3 two drop Zombie who can pick off a Planeswalker if needed and it's good with Zombie lords.

Dark Ritual can help to have fast starts when playing more one drop and two drop black Zombies and it also lets you reduce the amount of lands since it's ramp. Turn one cast Ritual to cast up to three one drop Zombies or a one drop Zombie and Hymn to Tourach, etc. Ramp out Hordewing Skaab turn three with three lands after playing a Zombie turn one and turn two, etc.

Infernal Grasp is a better main deck creature removal than Doom Blade since Grasp can destroy any targetable creature. Doom is more of a sideboard card if played at all to bring in against mono green, white or red decks.

Tainted Isle is now a budget Dimir land that enters the battlefield untapped that cares about basic Swamps. Choked Estuary can enter the battlefield untapped if you reveal a basic Swamp from your hand. These dual lands are some budget upgrades to consider.


This is an example of a budget Zombie core to start with for Champion of the Perished:

If you're interested I'll continue with more advice in another comment including some cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.

legendofa on Black blue deck

3 months ago

Doom Blade is kind of out classed at this point; there are better removal options. Since it can't target black creatures, that's 1/5 of the color pie that can't be affected. Feed the Swarm or Bone Shards are other options.

I think this deck needs more creatures to take better advantage of Unbreathing Horde, Champion of the Perished, and similar cards.

If you're willing to spend the money, Gravecrawler is a great card to combo with Grimgrin, Corpse-Born and Zombies in general.

mrweaselman on Giggly Boys

4 months ago

Blade of the Oni, Dream Devourer, Gibbering Fiend, Rakdos Firewheeler, Rakdos Headliner, Spear Spewer, Thermo-Alchemist, Witty Roastmaster, and Kardur's Vicious Return are not very good imo.

Scourge of the Skyclaves is just an expensive combo with Wound Reflection. Havoc Festival is slightly cheaper and better in most situations, especially in chaos.

Syphon Mind is better than Blightning. Banefire is better than Demonfire. Malakir Rebirth  Flip is better than Demonic Gifts. Curtains' Call is better than Murder. Baleful Mastery is better than Doom Blade.

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