This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

 

Mono-Black is known for a lot of things: the best tutors, board wipes, trading life for other resources, sacrifice effects, graveyard hate, reanimation, and a weakness to enchantments and artifacts.  It should be known for mass discard as well.

 

It has other tricks, but mass discard is a core function of every good Mono-Black deck that is very much underplayed out of either ignorance or for social reasons.  I’m here to educate & banish the ignorance, while also making a strong case for how such a strategy still functions within the social contract.

 

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This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Notions of Horde

by Billy

 

So, how about that Arena update? It’s really a whole new game, and I think this is the perfect time to talk about everyone’s favorite elven guerrillas! I’ve been having some success by mixing gold weathers and movement abilities like Dwarven Mercenary and Vrihedd Brigade to keep my opponents’ units spread out and taking maximum damage each turn. I run Francesca as my leader as well as a little bit of a swap engine for extra consistency.

 

Oh, wait. Wrong game. Where am I again? Where is all this chittering coming from? Oh no. . . OH NO!

 

Hello, and welcome back to an all new Notions of Horde. I fell off the Magic train for a while, but am now back with a vengeance. Or at least some squirrels. Now, this Squirrel Horde has been on my list for quite some time, but I kept running into two issues. First, there aren’t nearly as many squirrels in the card pool as I would normally like when building a horde. Secondly, I kept telling myself that I was going to commission custom art proxies from an artist buddy of mine for a few of the key non-squirrel cards, in order to make them more squirrely. Well, custom art is time and money intensive, and Unstable took me by surprise, so I wasn’t ready. That said, lack of preparedness has never stopped me before, so let’s dive into the list!

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This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

Empires rise and fall, but evil is eternal.

 

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  At least Sengir Vampire has great flavor text now, because I’m about to impart some sage wisdom that applies to every mono-Black deck that I discovered after years of experimenting:

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This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strengths

–Knute Rockne

 

As nice as this adage is, it does not really apply to Magic.  You cannot print your own cards or alter the rules – you are constrained to the rules that Commander and Wizards imposes upon you.  What you can do however, is to recognize those shortcomings and shore them up as best as possible, hopefully with some synergy and being on-theme to with your deck.  Because Black can do so much and there is nearly 25 years of cardboard at this point, some creativity is all that is needed to largely overcome these weaknesses.  You will find that your biggest constraint will invariably be the 99 cards that make up your deck as you want to do more but only have so many slots.  With that said, let us continue…

 

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This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

Now that I’ve walked through Black’s strengths for three articles, it is time we review the color’s primary weaknesses.  To quote Sun Tzu:

 

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.  If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. – Sun Tzu

 

Black, for all its merits, still has some serious holes in its arsenal.  Instead of a long introduction, I want to jump right past the upfront theory and embed it in each section.  

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This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFed Weapon

 

This week I’ll continue my examination of Black’s strengths and how capitalize on them.. Let’s get to it.

 

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