In the Shade of the Bad Moon

by DedWards on 03 March 2019

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Deck Description

Always wanted to make Shade tribal work, but the problem is that there's only a handfull of good Shades. This, I think, is the best I've been able to design so far.


*This is NOT a dedicated Devotion deck, I'm merely using devotion as a way to maximise the activated ability of the Shades.
If I was going to make a Devotion to Black deck, it'd be a VERY different list.

How to Play

Because a Shade's ability requires a lot of excess mana to be good, I felt like Devotion was the best way, but in my search of Gatherer I also came across two creatures that can accelerate {B} mana: Crypt Ghast (which I knew about) and Nirkana Revenant (which is also a Shade).

So the idea is to attack with Shades, then use Devotion (Nykthos) and / or the mana acceleration creature's abilities to pump whichever Shade went unblocked to deal tons of damage in one swing.

I wanted to include a Tribal lord effect for the Shades, but with so many non-Shade creatures (mostly for the Devotion plan), I settled on using Bad Moon.

Deck Tags

  • Modern
  • Mono Black
  • Shade
  • Devotion

Deck at a Glance

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Mana Curve

Mana Symbol Occurrence

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Deck Format


Modern

NOTE: Set by owner when deck was made.

Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for In the Shade of the Bad Moon

This looks really cool. If it's not too expensive I feel that Phyrexian Obliterator could work well.

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 07:02

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Was trying to stay away from too many of the big "Devotion" cards ( Gray Merchant of Asphodel was too good not to include) as I wanted the Shades to be the focal point of the deck.
In a proper Devotion to Black deck would have a lot more value creatures, including Phyrexian Obliterator.

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 07:40

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You know is actually funny, I was trying to build this exact same deck concept earlier but then stopped. Like from me!

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 08:06

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Great minds and all that :)

Thanks for the like.

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 08:07

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Of course! Haha.

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 08:09

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I have a GREAT card choice for you I think you should use over Slithering Shade. "Whip of Erebos".

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 08:30

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If I could work in a way to get Hellbent easier, Slithering Shade would be better than Whip of Erebos. Thinking of dropping Dismember for something else that's cheap, which would help reach Hellbent a little easier. No actual discard, but actually playing out the had quickly. Maybe a pair of Dread Wanderer for more 1 drops that also take advantage of an empty hand.

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 08:53

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I made a deck like your's is there anything I should change?
https://www.mtgvault.com/frey/decks/emo/

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 09:28

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Do you actually need Bad Moon? What is it worth that a shade that can be pumped to 10/10 is 11/11 with Moon?

I think this lacks a bit in diversity because all those shades don't trample, don't fly and generally don't do anything besides being fat if you spend all your mana. I know it's a shade deck but that's why I would not use Bad Moons as support. Some suggestions:
- Whip of Erebos
- Triumph of Cruelty
- Herald of Torment

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 10:20

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No Liliana of the Veils and Bloodghasts? It would only raise the price of the deck by 400%, lol. I know I enjoy playing two Phyrexian Obliterator and one Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet in my mono-black devotion deck. They are pretty powerful when on the board. Also, Fulminator Mage could be an interesting fit as well.

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Posted 03 March 2019 at 19:12

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