Black Bond

by Mekkakat on 01 November 2013

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sideboard (15 cards)

Sorceries (4)

Artifacts (2)

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Deck Description

This is a lifegain/drain deck revolving around extort, Sanquine Bond and devotion. Using Nyx, the Whip, and Grey Merchant, you can create a deadly mix of powerful drain effects. Toss in some Corrupt and a other tricks and you have a rude, fairly inexpensive deck.

How to Play

You'll have more than enough life to spare for Dark Prophecy and Erebos' draw effects thanks to your lifegain. With cards like Cure, Flesh, and Incursion, you can really rip some health away from your opponents fast. The Whip works into Bond perfectly in both your attackers, and your reanimation of Grey Merchants.

Deck Tags

  • Mono Black
  • Standard
  • Life Drain
  • Life Gain

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Card Legality

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

Deck discussion for Black Bond

I'm a huge fan of mono black and I gotta say. This deck does impress. and for not a bad price either. I'd say maybe throw 1 abhorrent overlord in for late game token production and card draw off the tokens. If all works out they have lifegain and you wouldn't lose any net health.

Posted 01 November 2013 at 16:38


oh that's a great idea! Thanks!

Posted 01 November 2013 at 17:01


no problem. I don't know where you'd put it, though. every card in here has a purpose

Posted 01 November 2013 at 17:05


very good maybe add blood barin of vizkopa

Posted 01 November 2013 at 17:46


I love Thrull Parasite, as a cheap black it packs some wonderful utility with the Extort and Counter Removal - however, the Basilica Screecher. I'm assuming it's there for the flyer, however as a flyer I've found it constantly been thrown in the way of something and never used as anything but a chump.

As an alternative, I'd suggest Nightveil Spectre. They can be expensive now to buy, ever since the blue devotion decks became popular but they serve one very important function as well as amazing flyer defence and that's mana ramp. My own mono-black deck (I'll put the link below) sometimes run into the same problem you'll likely have here, if you don't get that forth mana soon enough you're toast. You have to get those Crypt Ghasts down and a Nightveil can help you nail it much sooner by stealing the opponents land. Also, 3 black devotion.

For more devotion and flyers, you can't go wrong with the Desecration Demon - though it's damn expensive money wise.

Sanguine Bond is I see a crucial card to your deck, but you'll probably not need 4 - but the time you can cast 1 you should be either dead or in a position where it's simply putting that final nail in the coffin. I'd suggest going down to 2, or 3 at most.

Dark Prophecy - I can see why it might be here, but the only creature you'll probably really want to throw away is the Grey Merchant - it's just not offering the card draw you need. I'd suggest putting in Read the Bones for quick 1 on 1 games or Underworld Connections for big games.

Crypt Incursion - I can see this working with Sanguine Bond after the opponent as butchered your ranks for a surprise kill, I'd personally say it's too risky a move, but nice idea. As little on your side would actually put your opponents creatures in the graveyard it also limits it's utility.

Pharikia's Cure - I'd remove for Ultimate Price, Doom Blade or Hero's Downfall as you have no way of dealing with a large threat and these offer that possibility.

I'd suggest for a little flavour and as it works so well with Corrupt, put in Liliana of the Dark Realms. She's really cheap for a Planeswalker.

On the whole if you're going to play the Gray Merchant you'll want to up the devotion potential of the deck. Alternatively, think about bringing in White for Gift of Immortality on the Gray Merchant and all the extra extort the colour offers.

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Posted 01 November 2013 at 18:05


That's a nice deck. I also have a drain and gain deck but went in a way different direction.

Posted 01 November 2013 at 21:58


Nice idea. I also have a vintage deck built around the same concept

Posted 01 November 2013 at 22:16


You could put Exquisite Blood in there to get an infinite going with Sanguine Bond, if that's your cup of tea.

Posted 05 November 2013 at 02:51


It would take the deck out of standard unfortunately.

Posted 05 November 2013 at 10:04


I was going to say the same, but sanguine bond isn't standart so... =/
I use it anyways.

Posted 07 November 2013 at 14:36


This deck is entirely standard.

Posted 07 November 2013 at 15:11


Ah, right. My bad.

Posted 08 November 2013 at 16:40


I had another quick look over the deck as it seems to be getting a lot of attention. You could look at losing Crypt Incursion - you're creatures look better served either on the field for extort or being whipped then exiled. And nothing in the deck really excels at putting the opponents in the graveyard.

I do see the potential in it for a mass chump block followed by a crypt incursion with Sanguine Bond but it's slightly circumstantial or if you're facing a blue it could be countered, so...

...Instead, I'd look at putting in more control, Ultimate Price, Doom Blade etc for those big creatures you can't gain enough life each turn to hold off. Or, putting in something to use your life on - a quick off the head thought in Boon of Erebos to save your Crypt Ghasts which are unfathomably key for their mana ramp and a huge target once the opponent realises it.

Dark Prophecy is great for the devotion and card draw - why not put a few more in to increase the chance of having it in the field, or swapping it for Read the Bones or Underworld Connections.

Posted 08 November 2013 at 21:19


Doom Blades, Downfall and Read the Bones are all sideboard cards for the reasons you stated actually.

Posted 08 November 2013 at 21:58


I really like this deck! Great job!

Posted 21 November 2013 at 14:30