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Black Decks for Lost Caverns Standard


Hello everyone. I've reached the mid-point of my mini-series showcasing decks featuring two colors. This week I have some sweet decks for you that all feature Black mana. Let's get started.

Orzhov Super Friends

The first deck I have for you is a Black/White deck focusing on the power of planeswalkers. Let's take a look at the deck.

Liliana of the Veil
The Wandering Emperor
Kaya, Intangible Slayer

This is a Black based control deck at its finest. By utilizing the abilities of four singleton planeswalkers along with some powerful mass removal spells, you'll be able to keep the opponent's side of the battlefield clear from powerful threats. Liliana of the Veil causes your opponent to sacrifice their own creatures. The Wandering Emperor exiles a threat of your choice while providing you some additional life points. Vraska, Betrayal's Sting turns any creature into a Treasure, removing any threat it might provide.

The main planeswalker in this deck also has the highest mana value. Kaya, Intangible Slayer has three incredible abilities that you can use to gain and keep an advantage over your opponent. She is naturally hexproof, so your opponent will have to attack her directly to remove her from the battlefield. This can be difficult if they don't have any creatures in play. Take advantage of that and use her +2 loyalty ability to drain your opponent of three points of life. If they manage to get a creature in play that you don't want them to have, you can use Kaya's -3 loyalty ability to exile it, creating a 1/1 Spirit token in the process.

Dimir Mech Combo

Next, I have a Dimir deck that pairs a creature with a vehicle for some amazing damage potential. Let's take a look at the deck.

Mindlink Mech
This combo deck requires two cards to deal a ridiculous amount of damage when it attacks. The first of these cards is Mindlink Mech. When Mindlink Mech becomes crewed for the first time during a turn, it becomes a copy of a nonlegendary creature that crewed it, keeping its 4/3 power and toughness, creature types, and flight. Normally, that might not be that big of a deal, but by pairing it with a particular creature, you'll be able to deal a lot of extra damage when attacking.

The creature you'll most want to have crewing Mindlink Mech is Bloodletter of Aclazotz. This Vampire Demon has an ability that doubles the amount of life loss your opponent will lose during your turn. By crewing Mindlink Mech with Bloodletter of Aclazotz, you'll get two instances of this ability, doubling and then doubling again the damage dealt. That means an attacking Mindlink Mech will deal 16 damage if not blocked. That amount of damage will end games very quickly.

Rakdos Dracosaur

We're now up to a Rakdos deck that offers a pair of ways to finish off your opponent. Let's check it out.

Bonehoard Dracosaur
Bonehoard Dracosaur is a five mana value creature that can do it all. It's a 5/5 creature with flying and first strike, making it a powerful blocker. You'll also be exiling two cards at the beginning of your upkeep, which you can play during your turn. Depending on what is exiled in this manner, you'll be able to create a 3/1 Dinosaur creature token, a Treasure token, or possibly both. This Dinosaur Dragon does so much for your game that it's sure to be targeted by your opponent's removal right away.

Since this deck includes Black mana, it's able to include one of Standard's most powerful creatures, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse. With her ability to force your opponent to lose life when they draw cards and for you to gain life when you draw cards, she can provide an incredible amount of life point swing during a match. By combining her with Phyrexian Arena, you'll not only gain a bunch of life, but you'll always have options available for things to play.

Golgari Phyrexians

The final deck I have for you includes Green mana and focuses on the Phyrexians. If you haven't had enough of these villains, check this deck out.

Phyrexian Obliterator
Phyrexian Obliterator is the creature in this deck I'm most interested in seeing on the battlefield. While it does require four Black mana to cast, the cost is well worth it. It's a 5/5 creature that has trample, but more importantly, if your opponent doesn't have a way to destroy or exile it without dealing damage to it, they'll be in a world of hurt, as they'll need to sacrifice some of their permanents.

This effect gets even better with a copy or two of Roaming Throne on the battlefield. By choosing Phyrexian as its creature type, Roaming Throne will double the potency of triggered effects that your other Phyrexian creatures have, including doubling the number of permanents your opponent will need to sacrifice when Phyrexian Obliterator is dealt damage. They'll quickly find out that it's impossible to win a game if you have no cards on the battlefield.

Wrapping Up

While I'm not inclined to play mono-colored Black decks, I like combining Black mana with other colors. It provides a lot of creature removal that might otherwise be unavailable, plus Black cards have some unique abilities not found in the other colors.

What do you think of these decks? Feel free to share this article with your friends anywhere on social media. And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in Standard. I'll see you then!

- Mike Likes

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