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Mono black goodstuff. Or is it Monoblack control? Monoblack midrange?

The idea behind this deck is I couldn't figure out what monoblack commander to make a deck out of. I have a Chainer, Dementia Master that I was leaning toward. I have a K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth from my precon that's too good not to use somewhere. I love Geth, Lord of the Vault and own one but I don't think he's exactly a powerhouse. I have several Gonti, Lord of Luxury, and he makes a fun commander, but I have a friend who has a deck with him at the helm so it's not my first choice. I love the idea of Ayara, First of Locthwain and Syr Konrad, the Grim too. Erebos, God of the Dead is obviously epic and great for goodstuff. I think Yahenni, Undying Partisan makes a surprisingly good general, and I own several, but I already have a few voltron decks and a few sacrifice decks. I love the idea of Rankle, Master of Pranks as a commander too but I don't like to run Anti-Fun decks and I would have to tiptoe around my build to ensure that. Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker seems quite fun and unique as well.

So had an epiphany: Why not make a deck that can run a bunch of these fun legendary Black creatures in it?

I want to try out having a bomb in the command zone that the deck doesn't fully revolve around. I have a friend who has both a Avacyn, Angel of Hope deck and a Sheoldred, Whispering One deck. They seem inferior to having other commanders (for instance, the Sheoldred deck is zombie tribal and I think Ghoulcaller Gisa is far and away the best monoblack zombie commander. Even Mikaeus, the Unhallowed or Sidisi, Undead Vizier would be better) but DAMN if it isn't potent sometimes!

Seeing what I can put together without buying much, if anything--I have some fantastic black cards with no homes.

So the game plan is heavy ramp and heavy card-draw to find ramp and eventually the wincons. Seems like the appropriate way to go with Vilis, Broker of Blood. Only problem is I want to include a decent number of goodstuffs and legendary creatures, but also might need to wipe the board constantly. Having a midrange plan might not be so bad though. If I had a bunch of Black planeswalkers it might be fun to do monoblack superfriends. No way I can afford to do that though.

If the explicit goal was "Monoblack Control" Erebos, God of the Dead might be the better choice for the commander. I want to try something a little different. Same goes for "Monoblack Goodstuffs"--Erebos or Gonti, Lord of Luxury or K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth (or Sidisi, Undead Vizier?) might be better but people certainly make this deck with Vilis, Broker of Blood frequently.

I want a decent amount of life gain but I don't want the deck to feel too much like my white/black lifegain/life-control deck. Unfortunately, Exquisite Blood is too expensive to add. Here's to hoping the full run of Jumpstart lowers its price.

Some builders have gone all-in on cards that make you pay life but that seems dangerous without my commander out. I do need things that can drain my life at instant speed in case Vilis gets removed once he comes down.

A bit of demon tribal is going on but that's more of an accident. There are a few more I want to add but I've run out of space. I like the idea of this deck being kind of control-y and wiping the board over and over until I can stick a few huge demons. Liliana's Contract is in for the card draw. If someone wastes a removal spell on it that's great.

Cards in the Maybeboard with an SL are cards I own. Cards with MP are potential cuts.

Audited 9/14/20


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Date added 11 months
Last updated 4 months

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

2 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

20 - 0 Uncommons

12 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.92
Tokens 0/0 Germ, 2/2 Zombie, */* Demon
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+1 Ever After maybe
+1 Repay in Kind maybe