Mono-Black Creatureless Control

Posted in Daily Deck on December 16, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

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When you ask most players what they think the best deck in Standard is, Mono-Black will likely be the most popular answer. However, these players are generally referring to a devotion deck featuring Desecration Demon and Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Today's deck, while still mono-black, is strategically much different than the Black Devotion decks that have had so much success in Standard for the past year.

This deck has no creatures! No Pack Rat. No Lifebane Zombie. No Desecration Demon. These staples of Mono-Black Devotion are nowhere to be found. Instead, this deck is fueled by the card drawing provided by both Sign in Blood and Underworld Connections. However, these cards cost life points, as does Thoughtseize. This makes the lifegain provided by Corrupt vitally important, and is the reason you see Elixir of Immortality and Pharika's Cure in the main deck. Liliana Vess is a very important card in this deck, if only because she finds these important Corrupts for you.

Dirge41's Mono-black Creatureless

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