This entry is part 391 of 542 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 367! This week Mark and Adam are join by a returning guest to the show: Phil. Today the guys are going over a type of play style that doesn’t get the kind of attention it deserves. A way to play Black in Magic that is often overlooked is attacking the deck itself. No, we’re not talking about milling your opponent, but actual cards designed to remove cards directly from your opponent’s deck. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Well, today you’re going to learn all about it. But first, we wouldn’t be a Commander-based podcast if we didn’t take a moment at talk about the recent banned list update and the changes made to it.

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This entry is part 9 of 11 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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