Quote from Badd BusinessPopping into this thread to share a random finding of mine.
It's not really exclusively mono black devotion, but if you want to splash green, it turns out that turns out bloodghast -> geralf's messenger -> murderous redcap -> gray merchant is a really strong birthing pod chain without any cards that are individually "bad".
It also allows you to play deathrite shaman & birds of paradise to speed your overall gameplan up a bit. It turns more into a birthing pod deck, but hey, gray merchant pod is pretty powerful, and pretty lethal overall.
Quote from SaskyThis is insane! *starts brewing*
I hope your idea becomes a breakout deck. Then I could say that I was there when it all started.
Quote from Buttface37Has anyone ever considered playing the deck with smallpox. Combined with Nykthos, its ok the sac the land, then bloodghast and geralf's messenger are even more effective.
I play it, and i must say that's it fun to play and effective
Quote from pearldrummer788I'm thinking of taking a similar list to a modern FOW tournament (i know, doesn't make much sense). Here's what I've come up with:
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Gatekeeper of Malakir
3 Geralf's Messenger
3 Phyrexian Obliterator
3 Demigod of Revenge
2 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Go for the Throat
4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Blood Crypt
4 Marsh Flats
2 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Consume Spirit
3 Fulminator Mage
2 Phyrexian Arena
Quote from Bluespike5I like the list, I will probably end up using something similar.
Why use Blood Crypt? You're not using the red for anything and it would seem like an unnecessary loss of life.
How's the Demigod of Revenge working? It seems like it's a bit too cute with Lilliana. I realise it's there to power out a massive devotion, I'm genuinely curious if it works. Perhaps either Profane Command and/or move some Phyrexian Arenas to the mainboard? This will help some card advantage and help with permanents with devotion.
Why use Grafdigger's Cage in the sideboard? It seems like it shuts off your Bloodghast, Geralf's Messenger and Demigod. I realise it shuts off (part of) Melira Pod and makes Kiki Pod work for it's combo but that's it. Why not try Leyline of the Void? It'll nuke theirs, keep yours and up your devotion. Plus it'll also stop Living End (Graf diggers cage does not, due to living end bringing them from the exile).
I'll be doing something similar and testing this Friday at my local.
Quote from MaëligNot a fan of demigod. Boosting the devotion seems like it would be mostly irrelevant by the time you get to play it and we really don't want more GY dependence with already DRS (somewhat), bloodghast and messenger weak to GY-hate.