The Common Black Deck
For those who like to live on the edge and ignore
here is an all commons, type II straight black deck:
A must for just about any straight black deck. Nearly
as efficient as the red X-spells for damage, plus bonus
healing. Use on nasties you can't Banish/Terror, to
finish off your opponent, or for last ditch healing.
A must for any deck that contains black. For Drain
Life boosts to kill large creatures, a "Giant Growth" to
save your Shades, and a quick hoard of early creatures.
3 Dark Banishing
Underestimated by experienced players because of
their limitations, but extremely useful against non-black
decks. Sideboard out when playing against black.
Ever the anti-creature color, Torture adds another quick way to deal with pesky black creatures as well.
Creature enchantments on your own creatures are
generally not a good idea because you are giving your
opponent the chance to take out 2 cards with one. These
may be a small exception. Go
for the quick kill.
Another important part of this all black deck. Faster
than Carrion Ants and not much use to a straight
blue deck if copied or
controlled. Given the choice between
doing more damage to your opponent or playing more creatures,
almost always do more damage. Better to make your opponent
Wrath of God, or
now than give her more
targets. Besides, how many opponents can survive the equivalent of a
Fireball a turn?
4 Phyrexian War Beast
4 Tar Pit Warrior
Who can argue against a first round Dark Ritual'ed 3/4? War Beasts are great for rolling over
Dervish decks, and unlike the
Statue, even works
without land. Tar Pits, though vulnerable, may force your opponent to waste a card and at least can't be
3 Clay Statue
Useful for fighting off protection from black creatures and getting around CoP: Black... not to mention great defence.
3 Vampire Bats
4 Skulking Ghost
Cheap flyers that can take out Specters by themselves, or
with just two, or one plus an enchantment. Very useful for fast kills.
More land is not needed because of two reasons: mono-color decks have less trouble getting the correct colored mana; and none of the cards have over 4 casting cost.
The strengths of this deck are that its creatures are almost on the weenie
level, yet they can do significant amounts of damage without having too
many on the table. Pumpable creatures versus Control and Mana Flare
decks. Fast enough to take on weenies. Many of its power creatures are unaffected by
(another good reason to use Soul Kiss instead of Unholy Strength). The
primary weakness of this deck is White. Hopefully, your artifacts will help block
Knights and their
cousins, or to get around CoP: Black.
3 or 4
Probably the first uncommons you'll need. For friendly play, you
might not need them, but definitely 4 are needed in a tournament
sideboard to keep down
CoP:Black and help prevent
from ever hitting the table.
Knight of Stromgald
Ice Age's answer to the Ebon Hand.
Quick and efficient. Just 3 mana needed to take out
Never pump until after your opponent has declared blockers. You might need to save that mana to conjure something after the attack.
3 mana, 3 life, 3 of your opponent's permanents gone. An amazing sideboard card.
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Order of the Ebon Hand
For a while during Fallen Empires, it almost seemed as if common decks were going to stand a chance against moneybag decks.
Alas, it was not to be.
Once one of the most feared of first round Dark Ritual creatures.
The powers that be decided it was just too feared.