This entry is part 7 of 9 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 8 of 9 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 9 of 9 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFedWeapon

Part IX: Deck Hate

What’s that you say?  You are unfamiliar with this concept?  Well, for but a sliver of your soul, I will share the eldritch corners of my favorite color with you.  This is not the first time I have said this, but for the right cost, Black can do just about anything in Magic – to include this one thing that no other color really does.  (Well, Blue has one really good card in Supreme Inquisitor, but I digress.)

 

Deck hate cards are just that: they hate on the cards in your opponents’ decks and remove them preemptively from the game before they even have a chance to draw/tutor for them.  It’s a prophylactic approach that’s not as popular as it should be since such spells don’t have an immediate effect on the board.

 

As such, the effect is hard to quantify because the stock and trade of these types of cards are plays that are NOT made by your opponents because you exiled that card before they got to them.  Just because they are hard to analyze though does not mean you should eschew them. They’re great in certain configurations depending upon how you play Black. Further, all of the below cards are affordable, with Bitter Ordeal being the most expensive at about $8 as of this writing.

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