This entry is part 379 of 380 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 355! We are your weekly source for community, strategy, and technology hosted each and every week on Commandercast.com! On this  week’s episode Mark and Adam are joined by Phil as they continue their Mono-Colored Shells cycle. This week the guys go over one of the few colors that actually works really well by itself, Black. But first a quick community segment were they go over War of the Spark Spoiler cards.

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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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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 6 of 9 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 9 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 9 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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