Rune-Scarred Demon

Rune-Scarred Demon

Creature — Demon


When Rune-Scarred Demon enters the battlefield, search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Rune-Scarred Demon Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Commander Collection Black is hot …

3 weeks ago

For any users who have not yet seen the set, here is a link to the full information from the set, and the cards contained within are as follows:

-Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip

-Ghoulcaller Ghisa


-Phyrexian Arena


-Toxic Deluge

-Sol Ring

Command Tower

I expected that those last two cards would be in this set, and they certainly have nice artwork, but this set, overall, feels far less powerful than did the green set, which severely disappoints me, as black is one of my two favorite colors in this game (the other being white).

All three creatures should not have been in this set; I, myself would have chosen Bloodgift Demon, Rune-Scarred Demon, and a tutor, such as Imperial Seal.

Caerwyn, in no way am I doubting the power of Necropotence, but its two drawbacks can actually hurt a player in many situations, so I prefer Greed in the majority of situations, although I am still hoping for a reprint of Book of Rass at some point in the future.

After the excellence of the green set, I had high hopes for all future installments in this series, so the actual list of cards in this set is very disappointing. Hopefully, the remaining three colors shall all have excellent sets.

Icaruskid on Black Bolt | Athreos, Shadowborn [PRIMER]

1 month ago

I tend to choose Rune-Scarred Demon when I have no other creatures to sacrifice to activate Razaketh, the Foulblooded immediately.

ghostfire86 I borrowed Songs of the Damned from your list and it's exactly what the deck needed!

Scytec on Kaalia Dropping Beats

1 month ago

Have you considered Land Tax as a way to fix your mana early on and make sure you consistently hit your land drops for turn? Rune-Scarred Demon is an additional tutor you could play for free given Kaalia's ability.

ghostfire86 on Black Bolt | Athreos, Shadowborn [PRIMER]

1 month ago

Rune-Scarred Demon is a lovely tutor as a stand alone beat creature/tutor.

Vilis, Broker of Blood is also a wonderful card that grants draw, beat stock, and board control.

I’ve played both and have removed both from my list as I find their cmc to high and actual board presence a hinderance. Keep in mind before y’all jump at that statement that it’s play style and expectation. I play my build against CEDH decks and my expectation is that when I make my move I can achieve it in one turn as a glass cannon. I’ve done this as fast as turn 2 and can possibly do it on turn one but would require to much of the perfect hand/top deck scenario to contemplate it.

RSD gets dropped, I’m hard casting it and the board is on alert to watch my next turn.

VBB gets dropped, I’ve either hard casted and don’t have the mana to use, or my board is prepped to cheat him and my opponents are on alert.

Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire is my card choice as I find him a stable threat for the table to overlook and a lightning rod for removal threats to ensure safety.

Essentially the entire argument breaks down to “Tempo”. At what speed do you expect you deck to achieve things and at what tolerance do you accept volatility. I don’t care about my life total with this deck, my Glass Cannon. I win games at less than 10 life the vast majority of the times. I often hurt myself more than my opponents, but I sacrifice a lot for my speed and bypassing other zones/avenues of approach for the win.

My take on these card choices:

Remembrance? To slow. Needs cost reductions on the Shadowborn and a sac outlet that’s better than their own ability.

Secret Salvage? Creates play issues as the set up becomes overly complicated. Looks great on paper but rarely works out if you’re playing to speed.

Lurrus of the Dream-Den? only allows one play.

Mortal Combat? requires upkeep trigger and you can’t get that many creatures in you grave on the opponents turn or play MC at instant speed at EOT. You give to much time for multiple players to react to you and possibly in prepared ways.

We can at least agree that Razaketh, the Foulblooded is staple.

The rest just seems to be tempo choices and nothing more to me.

GreenHamma on Black Bolt | Athreos, Shadowborn [PRIMER]

1 month ago

Beware i don't disagree with rune-scarred demon being powerful. I just stand behind that vilis is more viable. It is a 8/8 beater, removal on a stick, and card draw on a stick. I mean probably could just add both, but most of the time you are just going to search for Razaketh, the Foulblooded. Vilis, Broker of Blood also combos with razaketh when you tutor you auto draw cards so if you run out of creatures to sacrifice you can draw into some.

Rune-Scarred Demon can tutor you a card but what if (and i don't like hypotheticals...) your card gets countered? Vilis would allow you to keep digging rune-scarred would be a 6/6 beater on the field it would be fun to flicker RSD though now that would be some fun stuff.

Beware on Black Bolt | Athreos, Shadowborn [PRIMER]

1 month ago

It’s true there is basically no way to eliminate variance with this deck. Sometimes you’ll sit there with a couple 1/1s twiddling your thumbs.

GreenHamma, do not discount how powerful Rune-Scarred Demon can be. This deck often only needs one extra card to close a game once it starts rolling. Vilis seems good but requires a significant amount of work for it to close the game, something R-S Demon can usually do on the spot.

Icaruskid on Black Bolt | Athreos, Shadowborn [PRIMER]

1 month ago

Hey thanks GreenHamma!

I tried this deck without any tutors except Rune-Scarred Demon and Razaketh, the Foulblooded, added some redundant pieces like Cruel Celebrant, and added more draw too. It still had a whiff rate I didn't like. So I'm shooting for a tuned 80%.

I did see Aetherflux Reservoir as a popular win condition. I've played it in other decks before so I thought I would try something different here. I think it fits in the same spot as Mortal Combat for me. What do you think about either of these? I kind of like having a free win card in the deck.

Carnival of Souls is too aggressive for me. I see how it is appealing but the downsides are costly.

Peer into the Abyss I had not even thought of here. It makes sense in the same way Ad Nauseam does but what's interesting is that 1/3 of the cards I would eventually discard at end of turn would be Shadowborn Apostles. So if there is a Immortal Servitude effect in hand that is bonkers! I might have to try this out to understand it better. Funny how I'm OK with this kind of half life risk but not Carnival of Souls. :D

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