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Mono-Black Devotion by Ronin Fox

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2 Mythic, 17 Rare, 27 Uncommon, 6 Common
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Format: Pioneer
Mar 28, 2020
Creatures (27)
4 Vampire of the Dire Moon 0.16
4 Gifted Aetherborn 0.20
3 Graveyard Marshal 0.06
2 Tymaret, Chosen from Death 0.02
3 Ayara, First of Locthwain 0.12
3 Nightveil Specter 0.06
2 Erebos, Bleak-Hearted 0.82
2 Ravenous Chupacabra 0.06
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 0.04
Spells (3)
3 Drag to the Underworld 0.03
Enchantments (7)
2 Dead Weight 0.02
2 Omen of the Dead 0.02
3 Underworld Connections 0.18
Lands (23)
23 Swamp 0.00
Sideboard (15)
2 Duress 0.04
3 Agonizing Remorse 0.03
3 Eat to Extinction 0.06
3 Revenge of Ravens 0.03
2 Crux of Fate 0.04
2 The Eldest Reborn 0.08
75 Cards Total
Creatures (27)
4 Vampire of the Dire Moon 4 Uncommon
4 Gifted Aetherborn Unavailable
3 Graveyard Marshal 3 Rare
2 Tymaret, Chosen from Death 2 Uncommon
3 Ayara, First of Locthwain 3 Rare
3 Nightveil Specter Unavailable
2 Erebos, Bleak-Hearted 2 Mythic
2 Ravenous Chupacabra 2 Uncommon
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 4 Uncommon
Spells (3)
3 Drag to the Underworld 3 Uncommon
Enchantments (7)
2 Dead Weight 2 Common
2 Omen of the Dead 2 Common
3 Underworld Connections Unavailable
Lands (23)
23 Swamp
Sideboard (15)
2 Duress 2 Common
3 Agonizing Remorse 3 Uncommon
3 Eat to Extinction 3 Rare
3 Revenge of Ravens 3 Uncommon
2 Crux of Fate Unavailable
2 The Eldest Reborn 2 Uncommon
75 Cards Total
Creatures (27)
4 Vampire of the Dire Moon 2.96
4 Gifted Aetherborn 6.36
3 Graveyard Marshal 1.59
2 Tymaret, Chosen from Death 0.50
3 Ayara, First of Locthwain 6.00
3 Nightveil Specter 2.37
2 Erebos, Bleak-Hearted 6.00
2 Ravenous Chupacabra 1.00
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 1.72
Spells (3)
3 Drag to the Underworld 0.90
Enchantments (7)
2 Dead Weight 0.30
2 Omen of the Dead 0.32
3 Underworld Connections 1.50
Lands (23)
23 Swamp 0.00
Sideboard (15)
2 Duress 0.32
3 Agonizing Remorse 1.50
3 Eat to Extinction 1.62
3 Revenge of Ravens 0.75
2 Crux of Fate 3.06
2 The Eldest Reborn 0.58
75 Cards Total

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Description

The "Devotion" mechanic was introduced in the first Theros block. It gives you benefits based on the number of colored mana symbols in the mana costs of permanents you control. (Note: Lands don't have a mana cost, so Devotion doesn't count the mana symbols on them.)

The original competitive Mono-Black Devotion decks relied on Gray Merchant of Asphodel to drain massive amounts of life from your opponent, and transfer that life to you. We'll be doing the same thing here, with more budget-friendly options. Underworld Connections, Ayara, First of Locthwain, and Erebos, Bleak-Hearted let you draw cards so you can dig up your Gray Merchants sooner. Plus, you get further life drain from Ayara, and Erebos becomes a 5/6 attacker and blocker once you have enough devotion.

Feel free to switch up the list to suit the cards available to you. Remember: to get the most out of this deck, you need to maximize the number of black mana symbols in your permanents' mana costs. Generic mana doesn't count, and neither does the black mana symbol on Swamps or other lands that produce black mana. This is the reason the deck works best with creatures like Graveyard Marshal, Gifted Aetherborn and Nightveil Specter-- their mana costs don't contain any generic mana, and are represented purely by black mana symbols. Make sure to have a stock of removal spells, and slot some hand disruption (spells that get rid of cards in your opponent's hand) into the sideboard in case you run into combo or control players.

Below is a list of alternative cards that would also suit the deck:

Banehound
Bloodsoaked Champion
Cast Down
Demon of Catastrophes
Doomfall
Doom Whisperer
Drag to the Underworld
Dread Presence
Gutterbones
Josu Vess, Lich Knight
Liliana's Triumph
Mardu Strike Leader
Murder
Nightmare Shephard
Orzhov Enforcer
Tattered Mummy
Thrill-Kill Assassin
Vraska's Contempt

These cards are competitive-tier, and may push the deck's price over the $50 USD mark. They're worth the investment, though:

Castle Locthwain
Cavalier of Night
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Erebos, God of the Dead
Fatal Push
Hero's Downfall
Murderous Rider
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Rotting Regisaur
Spawn of Mayhem
Thoughtseize
Twilight Prophet

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