This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFedWeapon

Political power grows out the barrel of a gun.
– Mao Tse Tung

 

When I play Mono-Black in EDH, it is almost invariably a control strategy – MBC (mono-black control).  As such, I take the political leanings of Chairman Mao to heart when helming the deck.  I’ve said it in this series before – Mono-Black decks should take what I have coined the ‘boots on neck’ style of politics; once you make your move you use absolute brute force to subdue your opponents.  The politics is less about dividing and conquering or hanging back until you can take the lead, but rather fueling out threat after threat until your opponents cannot answer them anymore and the game spirals out of control for them.  This typically means ramping and taking your lumps early, but then stabilizing with a board wipe or some other control piece and growing a position of dominance from there based upon what your deck and commander does.  One of Black’s main strengths is ramp, so it almost always entails getting ahead on mana to power out your board presence.  You never take your boot off of your opponent’s neck once you put it there.

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