Mono-Black Goons and Gangsters
Version One of this deck is perhaps my earliest example of shameless netdecking. I decided sometime in the early 00’s to make a black deck from some of the best cards available at the time. Almost 20 years later, I rebuilt it with more modern cards, leaving behind the vintage frames (and sadly, a couple vintage cards that either WOTC hasn’t reprinted or are way too expensive). With Streets of New Capenna available now, I might have to make a Maestros-themed Version 3.
- 1 Baron Sengir: The Godfather.
- 2 Ihsan’s Shade: The Dons.
- 2 Sengir Vampire: The Dons’ lieutenants.
- 2 Nightmare: The Godfather’s black Cadillacs.
- 2 Royal Assassin: The Godfather’s elite hitmen.
- 2 Phyrexian Ghoul: The ‘cowboy’ hit squad.
- 2 Bone Shredder: The Godfather’s elite torturers.
- 2 Black Knight: street soldiers.
- 2 Nekrataal: street soldiers.
- 2 Hypnotic Specter: Corrupt cops in the pay of the Godfather.
- 1 Nettling Imp: The corrupt D.A.
- 2 Icy Manipulator: The fate of snitches and cops.
- 1 Ring of Gix: A token of the Godfather’s favor, redeemable for one hit.
- 1 Pestilence: “If I’m goin’ down, I’m takin’ you wit’ me!”
- 4 Disturbed Burial: “Naw, he didn’t get whacked. We just sent ‘im back t’ Sicily t’ lay low fer awhile.”
- 4 Demonic Tutor: The Godfather’s dirty lawyers.
- 4 Dark Ritual: Dirty deals made in smoke-filled rooms.
- 4 Dark Banishing: For witnesses and clumsy goons.
- 20 Swamp
Hit Parade v2
- 1 Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose
- 2 Ihsan’s Shade
- 2 Nightmare
- 3 Sengir Vampire
- 3 Nekrataal
- 3 Hypnotic Specter
- 3 Royal Assassin
- 3 Black Knight
- 3 Drudge Skeletons
- 1 Sol Ring (Commander Collection: Black)
- 1 Icy Manipulator
- 1 Tormod’s Crypt
- 3 Unholy Strength
- 3 Diabolic Tutor
- 3 Raise Dead
- 3 Dark Banishing
- 3 Dark Ritual
- 24 Swamp
- 2 Shipwreck Singer (replace the role of the Nettling Imp from the original deck)
- 1 Watery Grave
- 3 Waterfront District
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