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Mono-Black Devotion Tempo

Legacy Devotion Mono-Black



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Mono-Black Devotion deck but upgraded into a much more tempo version in Legacy. It has a vampire subtheme, which allows us to use Cordial Vampire , though I'm not sure how good of an idea this is so far. This is a prototype, and I haven't had a chance to figure out how well this specific version will work in games (particularly the sideboard). If anyone has any advice, please let me know.

Gameplan: The key to the deck is getting Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx + Phyrexian Arena and then ramping massively turn after turn until Gary comes in or there is enough on the board to turn the cards sideways and win.

Mana Acceleration: Most of the cards in this deck are quite mana heavy, which is fine as long as we have a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx , but we need to get there first. The two cards that will help get cards out faster are Chrome Mox and Dark Ritual . After we can Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to victory.

Draw: Drawing is important to keeping this deck alive, so Phyrexian Arena is there to help. Ideally, you would get more than one out, drawing 2-3 cards a turn. On kitchen-table-anything-goes, Necropotence makes the deck unstoppable, but that is partially due to the card's already broken nature. If draw continues to be an issue, adding Dark Confidant rather than the Cordial Vampire .

Lifegain: We'll be losing a lot of life with this deck, but that's why Gray Merchant of Asphodel is in this deck. Once our devotion count is high, then we can slam down Gary and hope that our opponents have used their counters on other things like Phyrexian Obliterator . Unmask helps to determine the timing of Gary, since we don't want to use our only one and have it countered. I also have a couple of Exsanguinates in the sideboard, in case we need more life in some matchups.

Edit: So I did a little bit of testing, and I decided to remove the Cordial Vampire s, go down one Liliana of the Veil , and then add 1 Gray Merchant of Asphodel and 2 Dark Confidant s. I realized that I get rid of my hand way too quickly, and hopefully the Bobs help in terms of card draw. The reason why I added another Gary is because with the increased life loss with bob, the addition gary will be helpful.

Again, if anyone has advice I'd love to hear it! Please comment any advice you might have. Thank you!


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Date added 6 months
Last updated 6 months
Exclude colors WURG
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This deck is Legacy legal.

Rarity (main - side)

13 - 0 Mythic Rares

26 - 6 Rares

9 - 0 Uncommons

4 - 0 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.39
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