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Set Review: Commander 2014 Part 3 – Black

July 14, 2015 by  
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Dark Tutelage

“The Drawbacks all written in fine print there. Just written in ways you do not understand.”

Hi there fellow EDH-ers. Welcome back to Commander 2014 set review and a very big thank you for staying with this series of article thus far. For today article we will look at the new Black cards added in this set. As we had done with the previous reviews, we shall continue to look at each card in regard to their political, self value and also talk a little about how each might fare or impact in normal variant. So now, shall we begin?

Black:

There are 9 mono Black cards in the set as follows:-

Demon of Wailing Agonie

Demon of Wailing Agonies

  • Black Lieutenant Creature. The Demon is super effective as a 5cc 6/6 Flying Creature with the Commander on the battlefield. What is more powerful of the Demon is that further add salt to injuries as it forces the defending player to sacrifice Creature when it deals combat damage to the player. A good Creature to have if your deck always has the Commander on the battlefield.

  • Without Lieutenant ability being active, the Demon becomes not that fantastic as just an unimpressive 5cc Flying 5/5 in normal variant. Not so recommended.

Flesh Carver

Flesh Carver

  • A nice sacrifice outlet which grows bigger with each sacrifice, Flesh Carver is also powerful with it LTB trigger which replaces itself when it dies with a X/X Horror token, where the X is its power. Complete all that with its attack evasive ability, Intimidate, it is a very powerful beatstix to add to decks which can use it.

  • Flesh Carver also works the same role in normal variant, especially well with its LTB trigger to replace itself when it dies.

Infernal Offering

Infernal Offering

  • The Black part of the Offering cycle. As symmetrical as it may seems, this spell is actually very one sided given you can choose opponents who do not have the targets require for the spell. On the other hand, like other spells in cycle, the spell can also allows you to gain allies given it is card draw plus reanimation in one. It is to be noted that due to the way the spell is worded, the spell can actually reanimate the Creature sacrificed for the first part of the spell.

  • The spell has some potential as an additional reanimation spell in reanimation decks in normal variant. But it may also be easily overshadowed by the normally used reanimation spells already in those decks. Also most of the strategy of those decks is to overpower the opponent with a reanimated powerhouse as soon as possible. The Black offering has too high of a cc to achieve that.

Malicious Affliction

Malicious Affliction

  • Power and effective spot removal when casted at the right time. The spell truly shines when its Morbid is active since you are able to destroy two Creatures with one spell. Although board sweep is always recommended in EDH, there will still be times when you only want to destroy that one or two Creatures. Morbid can be easily achieved too, since you can use sacrifice outlet or simply attack or block and let your attacker or blocker die in combat. Whichever works for you.

  • The spell works the same in normal variant. When cast correctly with its Morbid in mind, it becomes almost similar to a board sweep giving the choice to pick on the most Creatures which give you the most problems. Also there are lesser opponents in normal variant meaning you do not have to face too many Creatures.

Necromantic Selection

Necromantic Selection

  • A very good board sweep. This spell stands out from the rest of the Black board sweep in that it also allows you to reanimate one of the Creature it destroy. A good choice to consider when board sweep is needed. The down side is that it has quite a high cc and is a rather late game play.

  • Not that effective in normal variant given that there are much better reanimation spells. Although there may be some potential that it may be consider to use as a sideboard card against weenie decks, acting as a board sweep and getting a beatstix back to fight back.

Overseer of the Damned

Overseer of the Damned

  • A very powerful Demon with all its abilities. Combining its ETB ability with its Zombie making ability, the Demon is actually a Flying 5/5 and 2/2 body when it enters the battlefield. The benefit continues on as it stays on the battlefield with its Zombie making ability. A worthy beatstix choice.

  • As mentioned above, the Demon also makes a very nice reanimation target in normal variant.

Raving Dead

Raving Dead

  • Although having a high toughness and Deathtouch, it will not be able to help you block beyond the first turn it enters the battlefield because it will be attacking random opponents every turn. Having said that, it is still a rather fun Creature to speed up the game since player it connects with will lose half of his or her life rounded down.

  • Not a very effective Creature since it cannot really kill an opponent in normal variant. Also due to its attacking clause, it will always be attacking and not be able to block and kill Creatures.

Spoils of Blood

Spoils of Blood

  • A very good counter to board sweep. Especially good in token style decks where Creatures are abundant. The cc of the spell also makes it a good and easy to add to decks which can use it.

  • The good points mentioned earlier for this spell for EDH is the same reason why this spell, in my opinion, works in normal variant too. Weenie decks like White Weenies or Suicide Black (Black Weenie) may use it to recover from Supreme Verdict.

Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead

  • A very good defensive spell. It becomes even better if you use Creatures with ETB and LTB abilities, creating a mini Living Death to foil an opponent’s attack. Not one of those powerful spell on its own but becomes extra effective when combine with other cards. The spell also has the benefit of sacrificing the reanimated Creatures instead of exiling them like most Instant reanimate spells nowadays. This helps as some Creatures to die instead of just leaving the battlefield in order for LTB abilities to work.

  • The same points mentioned above apply for this spell in normal variant too.

 

That is all we have for all the Black cards. Do leave a comment of what you think of any card otherwise; or if I had missed out some interesting ways to use them, do enlighten us for multiple heads is always better than one. I shall end this article here for Black. The review of the rest of the set shall follow up soon. Till then…..

 

This is yours truly, Edward “Reaper King” Leong, signing off.

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