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 Post subject: Black Oath Devotion
AgePosted: 2015-May-16 3:55 am 
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Deckbuilding Rule: if a non-land card has its converted mana cost equal to 1, then its mana cost must include {B}. If a non-land card has converted mana cost greater than 1, then its mana cost must include {B}{B}. If a non-land card has converted mana cost equal to zero, then it must have a Black indicator.

Mono Black has a rich history of control, aggression, and rebirth (usually followed quickly by death), and I'd like to try my hand at adding to that history. Here is my take on Mono Black devotion, with Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath at the helm.

Why Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath? Well...looking through the various commanders I could have used, I decided I have absolutely no idea what I want to build. There, I said it. What I mean is there's so many different kinds of mono Black builds, I couldn't settle on one I liked the most. I like being a zombie overlord, but I've done it a lot of times. I haven't tried Suicide Black in EDH before, but I'm not certain it would actually work.

In the end, Ob Nixilis allows me to play around with the kind of deck I want. He can make heavy hitters. He can draw cards. He can gain life to allow me to draw more cards.

Also, I--like everyone else--has been sitting around waiting for his back story.

Why not zombies? See above--I've built them before in mono Black, Red Black, Grixis (multiple times), and I'm tired of including them.

Why not demon tribal? Well, I only own so many demons, and these are just the ones I happen to have currently. Also, there's no low-cost demons and not enough low-cost humans who fit my deckbuilding rule...I think...


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Bloodgift Demon
Bloodgift Demon
Dark Prophesy
Ill-Gotten Gains
Liliana Vess
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Reprocess
Smothering Abomination
Underworld Connections
Vampiric Rites

No, I don't have an available Necropotence to put in here. It is glaringly missing, and I know that. I also know I have only one tutor. It is currently purposeful, because I feel there is enough great card draw available I shouldn't need them. Another card draw I'm missing is Phyrexian Arena. I'll consider picking one up when I can.

Smothering Abomination should do a lot of work here, along with Vampiric Rites. Since I've added Gravecrawler and a few more zombies to help him along, I'm hoping to have plenty of sacrifice material available.

Balthor the Defiled
Dawn of the Dead
Liliana, Heretical Healer
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Sheoldred, Whispering One

A small mix of classical and modern recursion. Whip of Erebos is over in the life gain section. I've recently added Mikaeus and the Liliana from Magic Origins. Mikaeus is usually a slightly overpowered card, but I want to see it play out in this deck (where infinite combo is incredibly limited).

Notable missing cards: Phyrexian Reclamation.

Graveyard removal:
Leyline of the Void
Withered Wretch

Single Servings of Kill Spell (Kills one thing at a time):
Ashling the Extinguisher
Avatar of Woe
Desecration Demon--counting this one, as his big body will force players to sacrifice
Gate to Phyrexia
Guul Draz Assassin
Malicious Affliction
No Mercy
Phthisis
Reaper from the Abyss
Royal Assassin
Silence the Believers

Mass Removal:
Archfiend of Depravity
Black Sun's Zenith
Hythonia the Cruel
Massacre Wurm
Midnight Banshee
Mutilate
Pestilence Demon
Pox

Notable missing cards: Damnation, because stupid-not-getting-printed-again prices; Oubliette

Bloodchief Ascension
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Whip of Erebos

Sanguine Bond is a possibility, but it draws so much ire I don't like putting it in. Polluted Bonds would be really good in here though.

This section is important due to the amount of damage I'll likely deal to myself over the course of the game drawing extra cards.

Mana Acceleration:
Culling the Weak
Dark Ritual

Not impressive, but I only need a little help.

Heavy Hitters:
Abhorrent Overlord
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Necropolis Regent
Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
Phyrexian Obliterator
Xathrid Demon

Cards heavy with Black and other nonsense:
Army of the Damned
Bloodghast
Dunerider Outlaw
Empty the Pits
Geralf's Messenger
Gravecrawler
Nantuko Shade
Nether Traitor
Soot Imp
Stromgald Crusader
Underworld Dreams
Vampire Nighthawk
Viscera Seer

Non-Basic Lands:
Bojuka Bog
Ebon Stronghold
Encroaching Wastes
Ghost Quarter
Haunted Fengraf
Ice Floe
Lake of the Dead
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Polluted Mire
Reliquary Tower
Tectonic Edge
Thespian's Stage
Vesuva
Swamps

Notable missing cards: Phyrexian Tower and Volrath's Stronghold are really great cards, but the only copies I have are in my Cube; Crypt of Agadeem probably won't have enough cards in my graveyard to be worthwhile (I have to play the deck more to see); Cabal Coffers is another one I need to find another copy of

Herald of Torment would be a good one to find, I just didn't see one while going through cards last.


I'd be real happy to hear thoughts about the deck.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Oath Devotion
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at a glance the most powerful cards you could add to take adavantage of stuff like attrition is grave pact and/or dictate of erebos could work here and i believe both fit the criteria. I feel like you can't not run Phthisis too :wink:

Its a really nice looking deck though I had an idea about making a Nefarox deck with an awesome enchantment I discovered the other day, Deadly Wanderings which coincidentally fits your theme :mrgreen:

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AgePosted: 2015-May-16 6:16 am 
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maiden77 wrote:
at a glance the most powerful cards you could add to take adavantage of stuff like attrition is grave pact and/or dictate of erebos could work here and i believe both fit the criteria. I feel like you can't not run Phthisis too :wink:

Its a really nice looking deck though I had an idea about making a Nefarox deck with an awesome enchantment I discovered the other day, Deadly Wanderings which coincidentally fits your theme :mrgreen:

Good suggestions. Grave Pacts are another card I could probably use a few more of so I'd have enough. I can't recall currently where the one I have is, but I recall seeing it when I was building this deck. Dictate of Erebos would probably be easier to find though, as a replacement.

Phthisis actually is in the deck, lol.

I'm not convinced of Deadly Wanderings though. I'm most likely going to try to continue playing creatures and making token Demons every chance I get rather than sitting on one creature the majority of the game.

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AgePosted: 2015-May-16 6:24 am 

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Segrus wrote:
maiden77 wrote:
at a glance the most powerful cards you could add to take adavantage of stuff like attrition is grave pact and/or dictate of erebos could work here and i believe both fit the criteria. I feel like you can't not run Phthisis too :wink:

Its a really nice looking deck though I had an idea about making a Nefarox deck with an awesome enchantment I discovered the other day, Deadly Wanderings which coincidentally fits your theme :mrgreen:

Good suggestions. Grave Pacts are another card I could probably use a few more of so I'd have enough. I can't recall currently where the one I have is, but I recall seeing it when I was building this deck. Dictate of Erebos would probably be easier to find though, as a replacement.

Phthisis actually is in the deck, lol.

I'm not convinced of Deadly Wanderings though. I'm most likely going to try to continue playing creatures and making token Demons every chance I get rather than sitting on one creature the majority of the game.


Ah sorry, missed that!

Maybe death pits of rath could be cool in here, the saccing and suicide thing works and it could make a huge difference to your demon tokens etc, especially if cast on curve!

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Black Market is one of mono black's best mana accelerators


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Green wrote:
Black Market is one of mono black's best mana accelerators
This is mostly true. I foresee a problem with it making me a target, and I'm also concerned about the mana cost. The best mana accelerators for this deck are likely going to be the ones which I can use turns 1-4 in order to get out Ob Nixilis out quicker. So I'm sorta hesitant about Black Market at the moment, but I'll keep it in mind.

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Green wrote:
Black Market is one of mono black's best mana accelerators


I like Spoils of Evil.

...

I've been trying to figure out how to make Kuon, Ogre Ascendant work well in EDH. He'd be a sweet devotion enabler at least.

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Kemev wrote:
Green wrote:
Black Market is one of mono black's best mana accelerators


I like Spoils of Evil.

...

I've been trying to figure out how to make Kuon, Ogre Ascendant work well in EDH. He'd be a sweet devotion enabler at least.

Doesn't the devotion go away if/when he flips, though?


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Green wrote:
Kemev wrote:
Green wrote:
Black Market is one of mono black's best mana accelerators


I like Spoils of Evil.

...

I've been trying to figure out how to make Kuon, Ogre Ascendant work well in EDH. He'd be a sweet devotion enabler at least.

Doesn't the devotion go away if/when he flips, though?

I had too look this up earlier today, actually, and just never got around to posting about it:

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709.1c A flip card’s color, mana cost, expansion symbol, illustration credit, and legal text don’t change if the permanent is flipped. Also, any changes to it by external effects will still apply.


So it doesn't go away. I may have to try finding a Kuon. I've been debating about it, along with Phyrexian Etchings. Too bad Spoils of Evil doesn't fit my deckbuilding requirement.

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I'll just leave this here to help. All permanents, with no conflicting color identity, that include no colorless costs, and don't cost 1 mana.

Ancestral Vengeance
Basal Thrull
Black Knight
Blight
Bloodghast
Bridge from Below
Cateran Persuader
Consumptive Goo
Cuombajj Witches
Dark Prophecy
Dauthi Slayer
Deathgrip
Drudge Spell
Dunerider Outlaw
Enfeeblement
Fear
Fevered Convulsions
Fog of Gnats
Foul Imp
Garza's Assassin
Gate to Phyrexia
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Geralf's Messenger
Ghastly Remains
Glistening Oil
Gravestorm
Hand of Cruelty
Hasran Ogress
Highborn Ghoul
Hunted Horror
Infernal Tribute
Insubordination
Kalastria Highborn
Keeper of the Dead
Kiku, Night's Flower
Knight of Stromgald
Kuon, Ogre Ascendant
Leshrac's Sigil
Lich
Lurking Evil
Lurking Nightstalker
Maga, Traitor to Mortals (Maga might not totally count)
Murderous Betrayal
Nantuko Shade
Necropotence
Nefarious Lich
Nether Shadow
Nether Traitor
Order of the Ebon Hand
Phylactery Lich
Phyrexian Etchings
Sangrophage
Scarblade Elite
Scepter of Fugue
Season of the Witch
Silent Assassin
Skittering Skirge
Slith Bloodletter
Spirit Shackle
Stromgald Crusader
Treacherous Pit-Dweller
Underworld Dreams
Wicked Akuba
Withered Wretch
Zombie Trailblazer

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Um, thanks. There's certainly a lot of cards there. Any reason for selecting just permanents? Mags does count, because his CMC is three while deckbuilding and the mana cost includes at least two black symbols.

I think you missed Phyrexian Obliterator, by the way.

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Segrus wrote:
Um, thanks. There's certainly a lot of cards there. Any reason for selecting just permanents? Mags does count, because his CMC is three while deckbuilding and the mana cost includes at least two black symbols.

I think you missed Phyrexian Obliterator, by the way.

Huh, weird, must have deleted it with an errant Copy/Paste.

Non-permanents do nothing for devotion.

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True, I suppose. Any suggestions from that list?

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Kiku, Night's Flower is excellent, repeatable removal.

Nightmare Lash and/or Lashwrithe might be good inclusions, despite wanting devotion enablers. They would allow your hasty shadows to hit hard.

Forced March is a great "devotion" removal spell.

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Have you looked at Bane of the Living? It's pretty effective as an instant (well, Morph) speed board wipe.


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