Fain, the Broker

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Fain, the Broker

Legendary Creature — Human Warlock

, Sacrifice a creature: Put two +1/+1 counters on target creature.

, Remove a counter from a creature you control: Create a Treasure token.

, Sacrifice an artifact: Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying.

: Untap Fain, the Broker.

KBK7101 on Mono Black "Deal'' Deck Ideas …

7 months ago

As someone who has a Vilis, Broker of Blood deck in the rotation of decks that I play with/against, I can speak from experience when I say that Vilis might actually be a bit TOO powerful. In the games I've played against him, he almost always becomes public enemy #1 as soon as something like Psychosis Crawler, literally any Tutor card or an unexpected Hatred shows up. Asmodeus the Archfiend seems to be a similar playstyle but not quite as "kill on sight" as Vilis is. I don't have any experience with Asmodeus, however.

Basically, if you want high power but a high chance of being targeted out of the game, Vilis is your best bet. If you want a lower powered deck that could potentially draw less attention from opponents that could play the same, Asmodeus would be a better choice.

On a similar note, Erebos, Bleak-Hearted might be worth mentioning. He cares about creatures dying and life loss. Could be pretty easy to tie the themes together.

If you went a route other than the life loss theme, maybe Fain, the Broker might be worth a look. Makes lots of deals by sacrificing stuff in exchange for other stuff.

TriusMalarky on Favorite Cube-Card

7 months ago

A lot of the boring stuff, actually -- Riftwing Cloudskate, Ravenous Chupacabra, etc. Just cards that are cool but not quite good enough for, say, Modern.

I'm really enjoying Keskit, the Flesh Sculptor and Fain, the Broker in my cube as part of my artifact-aristocrat theme. They make Ichor Wellspring and Mycosynth Wellspring pretty good. Pair with Oswald Fiddlebender and a couple other tools like Servo Schematic, Implement of Malice, and the all-powerful Deadly Dispute for ALL THE ARTIFACT VALUE!!

RNR_Gaming on Coming back to the game, …

9 months ago

Not terribly much

Dockside Extortionist - is almost a must in any deck running red thing is absolutely the best red card printed in the last 5 years

Fain, the Broker - may not have haste but he's doing everything you wanna be doing with this commander

The Ozolith - basically helps keep things around

Feed the Swarm - targeted enchantment removal!

Dauthi Voidwalker - is a freaking beast of a stax card and it's a beater

Immersturm Predator - not a huge fan of this 1 but works well with your commander

Juri, Master of the Revue - this is some spicy tech

Fairly sure MH was after Domineria so Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is a home run

Terror of the Peaks - value town city furniture

Opposition Agent - doesn't have synergy but dang is it good

ClockworkSwordfish on Engineered Plasm

9 months ago

Balaam__ Thanks for saying! I was pondering some +1/+1 counter spells, but black isn't exactly known for those, and it's hard to find one that feels worth the slot. Slitherhead has the added bonus of being good fodder to feed to Cavalier of Night or Fain, the Broker, and it's a one-drop so it can round out a Call of the Death-Dweller if you're bringing back a two-drop. Retribution of the Ancients also plays nice with Slaughter Specialist, turning counter into kills and kills into more counters.

multimedia on The Undying

11 months ago

Hey, nice casual budget version, but are undying creatures other than Mikaeus and Flayer really worth it?

Consider more enablers to get +1/+1 counters on your creatures?

If you're going for an attacking strategy then consider a few more fliers that have some added value when they die or when they ETB?

Bloodtracker + Sword of Hours is a nice interaction. Some sac outlets are helpful to sac creatures who have counters to get their die or ETB triggers.

You have several high CMC creatures here, more reanimation and enablers could help.

Olivia, Mobilized for War is a +1/+1 counter enabler and an enabler for reanimation.

Some cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 year ago


Fain, the Broker Is ok, but a bit slow. I would consider it in a budget list possibly, but I think there are generally better sacrifice outlets you could pick from.

Kalain, Reclusive Painter I don't like. you need to devote a lot of space to treasure production and there's really not a lot of cards that fit the bill on that end, and it's too limited to rely only on his own ability to make treasures. in a pirate focused list where you're making a lot of treasures it might be a better fit, but in general I wouldn't bother with it.

Plumb the Forbidden is definitely a playable card, I generally steer more towards creature based card draw like Baleful Strix, Watcher for Tomorrow and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician since they tend to provide better value over a game, but you could certainly play this as well. I have it in my budget list, although the price has gotten a bit higher lately.

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer Doesn't really do a lot here. I think it's a much better card in formats like legacy and modern than in commander and it doesn't really create the right kind of value for a marchesa deck the way I run it (aristocrats) he doesn't have evasion and is a fairly small body, so you'll probably find it hard to connect and so I think a lot of the time he's going to just sit around and do nothing.


Resculpt is definitely something you could play. It's pretty much directly comparable to Reality Shift and you could certainly play either or both.

Quodan on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 year ago

Lokotor what is your opinion on these cards being added to Marchesa ? Kalain, Reclusive Painter, Fain, the Broker, Plumb the Forbidden and Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer ?

Crow-Umbra on Prosper, Rome-Bound: An Italiefling Vacation

1 year ago

I like your deck list! The only cards I personally find kinda non synergistic at first glance are Fain, the Broker and Hellcarver Demon.

Fain is a bit slow and durdley, but if you like it, then no worries. Hellcarver is... very high risk for minimal reward. I think Hellcarver is better suited in 1v1 formats like Modern. Depending on your playgroup, I imagine most people would let you roll the dice on Hellcarver's trigger, which can likely leave you without a hand or board state after.

I highly recommend both Marionette Master as a finisher when you sac your treasures, Nadier's Nightblade, or maybe even Draugr Necromancer if you want to lean into the theft/play from exile theme.

If you're interested, check out my Prosper deck!

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