Skip your draw step.

Whenever you discard a card, exile that card from your graveyard.

Pay 1 life: Exile the top card of your library face down. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your next end step.

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Necropotence Discussion

ThatGrimGuy on Liesa, Angel of Monsters and Masochism [PRIMER]

1 week ago

Santiago1011, that is completely understandable. I also wanted to bring up Gary aka Gray Merchant of Asphodel possibly being replaced by K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth. I have found on numerous occasions of playing with Gary that he just often felt underwhelming in this deck. In order to fully tap into his potential I found that I needed several other pieces already in play. As his replacement I opted for K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth as a form of mana acceleration. I found that he acts as a one card mana cost reduction engine for a number of our pieces, such as Bolas's Citadel, Necropotence, our commander, etc. This addition also helped improve running Font of Agonies if you so desire.

Sultai_Sir on S.E.A.L Tribal | Primer

1 week ago

I was specifically not running Necropotence because it's stupid broken. It's a feel-bad, especially because this deck isn't supposed to be good.

Senko-San-1 on S.E.A.L Tribal | Primer

2 weeks ago

Sultai_Sir I would suggest adding in a Necropotence because its just great for getting value!

StoryArcher on Advertise your MODERN deck!

2 weeks ago

I LOVE this freaking deck. Most fun I've had playing mono-black since Ice Age & Necropotence.

Merchant, Messenger, Murderer

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kpres on Muldrotha, Tides of Madness

1 month ago

Doom Whisperer is a good card for paying life and filling your graveyard. Hopefully you find Second Chance in the first 78 cards (Surveil 2, times 39 life, not including the approx. 15 cards drawn to get to that point in the game).

The other good ones for setting this up are Necropotence, Plunge into Darkness, and Razaketh, the Foulblooded.

enpc on Greed or Erebos, God of …

1 month ago

TriusMalarky: Night's Whisper gets used in Doomsday lines as well, since it is mana efficient (in the cEDH scene). So it doesn't always come down to the money card cost of a card.

Peligrad: EDHREC is not the best argument. Sure, a lot of people run a card, but I see a lot of really trash cards run in a lot of decks, so that's not always a good argument.

As for the case for Phyrexian Arena, nobody is saying it's bad - it'sa greawt card. The problem is that there are a lot of scenarios where you just want the cards now and you're happy to pay a bit more life for a one shot to draw some cards, since a lot can happen in two-three turns. Arena is great for drawn out games, where you see six-seven cards from it. But the more competitive you go, the more you value cards in hand immediately, which is why you don't see Phyrexian Arena in higher end decks. You see more Dark Confidant as A) it's less mana and B) there's no double black casting cost.

As for Necropotence, that's a tricky one. The card is definitely powerful and it has made a name for itself in hte history of MtG. but in a casual mono black deck, I don't think it's that good if I'm being honest. Most casual mono black decks run pretty high mana curves and from a lot of the ones I've seen on T/O don't run enough ramp. Which means that you're potentially only casting one-two cards a turn if you're being proactive (less if you have removal in hand you're holding onto). Which means that you may be drawing one-two cards a turn off of it. Sure, it's great when you cast it a then draw five cards, but after that you can be back to drawing not much, which you would have just gotten at the beginning of your draw step anyway.

I've played Necropotence in both a casual mono black deck that ran a crapload of ramp and I've also run it in a <2 average CMC cEDH combo control deck and I've found it to have mixed results for both. I actually cut it in the cEDH deck, since I wasn't running the Angel's Grace + Windfall line, which is where you see the most value from it.

@everyone: I think the key here is that while you can have some hard and fast rules about cards, you need to be willing to break the rules to suit the actual meta you're playing in. Phyrexian Arena is an awesome card, but if it doesn't suit the deck or how most games are played (over in 10 turns, lots of removal, etc.) then you may be able to do more consistent work with that slot.

Same thing goes for Greed (my preference) and Erebos, God of the Dead. If your games go long and you have lots of mana, I'm sure either is fine. But if the games are shorter and mana is an issue, you might get more value from Ambition's Cost or Ancient Craving. But the worst thing you can do is just say "this card needs to go in every deck" or "EDHREC says this card is good".

Peligrad on Greed or Erebos, God of …

1 month ago

It is a $10 card. That's not a budget card... it runs that high because it is powerful. You don't replace it with Necropotence, you run both. You need around 10 card draw spells. Just because it is the second strongest doesn't mean you don't run it lol.

I'm done arguing though, if you guys want to ignore one of the most powerful black cards ever printed, that's on you.

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