Arena Standard - [THB] Mono B Devotion v1.1

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v1.1 - Removed 1x Rankle, Master of Pranks, 3x Underworld Dreams. Added 4x Bloodthirsty Aerialist. Guide updated.

Hey everyone. So one of the decks I started with in the Eldraine Standard was Mono B focused on abusing Cat Oven and Ayara interactions. This was the foundation that would evolve into the Sacdos deck I loved so much. Well Mono B gained a lot of really sharp teeth with Theros and the Devotion mechanic is really fun to play in this age of 2 and 3 color decks. This deck is a bit all over the place, but I am ironing out the rough spots. As it sits right now, it is still very fun and quite good too.

The Pressure:

{{Cauldron Familiar}}{{Knight of the Ebon Legion}}{{Witch's Oven}}{{Spawn of Mayhem}}{{Ayara, First of Locthwain}}{{Bloodthirsty Aerialist}}

The general shell of Mono B hasn't changed. Cat Oven is a potent combo. Knight of the Ebon legion is a beatstick that can get bigger. Spawn of Mayhem is relatively easy to get out in turn 3 via Spectacl. Ayara's synergies with Cat Oven cannot be overstated as she effectively doubles the drain due to her effect. She can also tap to sac a creature and draw a card. Aerialist is the Black and better version of [[Ajani's Pridemate]] gaining a +1/+1 counter everytime you gain life while also having Flying. These cards provide a good amount of early game pressure to put your opponent on the defensive.

The Card Draw Engine:

{{Priest of Forgotten Gods}}{{Midnight Reaper}}{{Castle Locthwain}}

Priest doubles as a control element that also nets you 2 black mana at the cost of sacrificing two of your creatures. Midnight Reaper draws you a card and damages you by 1 whenever a creature you control dies. Castle Locthwain lets you pay 3 to draw a card and lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

The Control:

{{Murderous Rider}}{{Rankle, Master of Pranks}}{{Yarok's Fenlurker}}

I did have [[Underworld Dreams]] in here, but I decided to take it out for now to put in [[Bloodthirsty Aerialist]]. We lose one point of devotion with this change, but we gain more pressure in my opinion. Rankle's a jerk that can force both of you to sac a creature, discard a card, and/or draw a card and lose 1 life. Murderous Rider is still a great removal tool that gives you a 2/3 Lifelink beatstick. Yarok's Fenlurker is hand hate along with being able to pump itself for 3 mana.

The Devotion:

{{Gray Merchant of Asphodel}}{{Erebos, Bleak-Hearted}}{{Nyx Lotus}}

Gary's back and still doing what he loves to do: Draining your opponent based on your Devotion to Black. In case you don't know, your Devotion is equal to the amount of mana symbols of a certain color you currently control on the battlefield. Example, if you have [[Cauldron Familiar]] and [[Ayara, First of Locthwain]] on the board, then your Devotion to Black is equal to 4. When Gary comes down, he will add 2 to your devotion before his effect goes off. So make sure you keep that in mind. Using the previous example (ignore Ayara's drain trigger for now), when Gary comes down, your devotion will be equal to 6. So he will drain 6 health from your opponent.

Erebos was a card that I wanted to play in my Sacdos deck as soon as I saw it. Here, we are using him as a multitasker. Whenever a creature you control dies, you can pay 2 life to draw a card (Card Draw Engine). His activated ability lets you sacrifice a creature (triggering the card draw) to put -2/-1 on a target creature until the end of turn (Control). Once your devotion to black hits 5 or more, he becomes a 5/6 Indestructible beatstick (Pressure). Be aware that even if you hit the devotion requirements, any removal of permanents that drop you back below the threshold will turn him back into just an enchantment.

Nyx Lotus rewards you for your devotion by giving you mana equal to your devotion. This will ramp up your spellcasting really fast the higher it gets for cheap Castle Locthwain card draws, super Fenlurker pumps, or just getting more stuff on the board.


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Last Updated: 19 Jan 2020
Created: 19 Jan 2020
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Mainboard - 60 cards (16 distinct)

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Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (5)
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