Scion of Darkness

Scion of Darkness

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Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.

Cycling (3) ((3), Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Scion of Darkness Discussion

PyroSwardsman on Yuriko Test

8 months ago

The deck is looking pretty good. I like the creature base you have chosen, there are a couple questionable creatures though. Cloudreader Sphinx seems kind of bad in this deck. If you just want a flying scryer, perhaps Sphinx of Foresight, Prognostic Sphinx, Stormwing Entity, or Siani, Eye of the Storm.

Passwall Adept is just not good enough. its too much of a resource drain. Opt is not helpful in this deck since you immediately draw the card after scrying. Cunning Evasion wont do much good I am thinking since most of your creatures wont be blocked anyway.

In my opinion, you need a few less low CMC cards and a few more high CMC that you can use to get Yuriko damage in. For cuts, I would start by looking at any creatures that cost CMC 2/3 that dont provide value other than being unblockable (Invisible Stalker, Vault Skirge (love that card btw). I would then look at replacing sorceries with instants where possible. Darksteel Pendant and Crystal Ball are not good enough in my opinion and are too much of a resource investment unless there is some sort of artifact strategy I am missing. Dimir Keyrune provides interesting utility but is inefficient. Consider Arcane Signet instead or perhaps even Dark Ritual. Thran Dynamo is fairly efficient for cost to mana provided but it seems most of your mana needs are for color. Key to the City is for yuriko after she is out I assume.. I would probably run Aqueous Form instead because it has a scry effect on attack which is pretty desirable.

Here are some cards to consider in not much particular order:

Zhalfirin Void

Moonring Island

Chromatic Orrery (high cmc and provides a lot of mana)

Mission Briefing (can add card to graveyard for delve and recast Brainstorm which is arguably one of the best cards in the deck)


Chain of Vapor (way to return a card to hand as well as an opponents card or cards)

Archaeomancer (can get brainstorm back and can be returned to hand with ninjitsu potentially)

Harsh Scrutiny

Shrieking Drake

Archetype of Imagination

Flood of Tears (this is a pet card of mine. You can return a bunch of cheap creatures and then put out something big like a Chromatic Orrery)

Lim-Dul's Vault

Scroll Rack (spendy but so good)


Spire Owl

Diabolic Vision


Spy Network

Trickery Charm (does multiple things you want)

Beseech the Queen

The Magic Mirror

The Cauldron of Eternity

Deep-Sea Kraken

Avatar of Woe

Void Beckoner

Dead Drop


Curse of the Cabal

Connive / Concoct

Grozoth (requires you to build around it to be worthwhile but can be good)

Scion of Darkness

Treasure Cruise

Baral's Expertise

Epicurus on Always Loot the Bodies

1 year ago

Teh_Mammoth When I first compiled a list of what I wanted to include in this deck, I had nearly 200 cards, and that was without any land, haha. I can see a lot of different ways to build around Anowon, the Ruin Thief. One way is to win by milling out the opponents, which my build here is capable of, but it's not my intended endgame. As such, cards like Maddening Cacophony, of which there are many, is somewhat of a dead draw for me. I'd much rather draw more rogues, stuff that steals from other people's graveyards, or the couple creatures I have that get really big when graveyards are full. Honestly, I'm questioning including Bruvac the Grandiloquent, and only included Keening Stone as an alternate wincon in case the game goes long. In other words, it's not important to me that I mill anyone's entire library, just a lot of it.

Bloodchief Ascension was one of the last cards I cut to get it down to 99, and I did so because I didn't want to cut any more creatures, and didn't want to lose any more mana rocks. I'm still thinking about that decision.

Zareth San, the Trickster really does need to be in there, I agree. The only thing I can think to cut for it, though, is Scion of Darkness, and I'm too much of a Timmy to just let that one go. Do you think I could get away with dropping one of the basic lands for it? I've run commander decks successfully with as low as 32 lands before, so going down to 34 in this deck doesn't seem too awful. It does have a higher mana curve than I'm normally comfortable with, though.

Nighthawk Scavenger is a definite maybe, because I already feel like I need more rogues in the deck (notice Corrosive Mentor in the maybe board), but while Sun Quan, Lord of Wu would be a really funny drop, most of the rogues I'm running already have sufficient evasion.

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Wassy on Clerics pray for demons (BW)

1 year ago

Had a somewhat similar deck based on Scion of Darkness and Dark Supplicant but found it to be very clunky to play. The Scion was always destroyed and cost too many clerics to work regularly. Looking over your deck you are at least 1-2 lands short and I would increase Orzhov Basilica to 4 of to give you a pseudo extra land (on average every second game when you should see it). Academy Rector doesn't work in this deck, its a 4 drop creature with few sac outlets to grab 1 of 2 enchantments, one of which is a 4 drop in itself. I would just play 4 Rite of Belzenlok which ties in well with Rotlung Reanimator and Twilight Prophet. Doing that makes Overwhelming Splendor too expensive to cast which you can replace with an extra Cabal Therapy (I would consider replacing Cabal Therapy with Duress to protect your demons/key clerics/general board position unless you know what decks you will be up against most of the time).

I recently revisited my deck after Rite of Belzenlok and Archfiend's Vessel which I think has given a more reliable deck. Moved the focus to a wider range of demon threats which I think has helped. Every demon has it's day if you want to check it out.

Optimator on Moocifer Rising

1 year ago

Scion of Darkness is kinda demon-y

Gadianten on Divine Machinations (Cleric Tribal)

1 year ago

Thanks for the suggestions DarkRequiem, I have had both Scion of Darkness and Dark Supplicant in the deck, in foil to boot, and I tend to cycle them in from time to time. The only real problem I have had with them is the lack of haste in the deck. Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker is fun but gets kinda shut down hardcore by Ravos, Soultender with his anthem effect although if I were to go Shadowborn Apostle it would be hilarious. I really wish they had a partner cleric with red in the cost for the haste...

DarkRequiem on Divine Machinations (Cleric Tribal)

1 year ago

Although it isn't a cleric, which is a shame, he could help you lots here: Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. Most of the clerics with a sac ability are 1 power, so...

Also, have you considered Scion of Darkness with Dark Supplicant?

Wolfpig on Chasing A Memory (Golos EDH)

1 year ago

Yea I like Scion of Darkness a lot and I have him in a Storevv EDH deck. I wonder if Cabal Stronghold would be a budget option if more basics were used and Tectonic Reformation could be relied upon more. I have to make a deck like this now!

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