There have been some powerful and iconic enchantments in Black’s history, including Phyrexian Arena, Grave Pact, Animate Dead, Bitterblossom, Unholy Strength, and the infamous Necropotence. There are few cards in the color’s history which actually support the card type. Of the few that do, however, there are some powerful options. So, Let’s take a look!
If you’ve read the previous aura-themed installments this week, then Mourning should come as no surprise to you. At a CMC of two, it’s more difficult to cast than its Red counterpart. What’s more, unlike White, there is no easy way for us to reduce its casting cost. However, when combined with Agent of Fates, it has a much more powerful effect than any of its kin. Infinite removal spells should not be a new concept to my readers, but don’t let familiarity blind you. This is a powerful combination. You will never run out of answers, but eventually, your opponent will run out of threats.
Tormented Soul is one of the best one-drops we can play when considering the amount of power-enhancing auras we play. Ghosts are scary enough as is. Add a Predator’s Gambit or Sinister Strength to the mix, and you have something truly frightening. Oh, and let’s not forget about that beautiful smile! Skeletal Grimace on Soul means you can dump all your mana into pure unblockable damage. The regeneration effect means you can do so with little fear, too.
Grim Guardian is a high toughness wall which benefits from the multiple castings of Mourning that the deck hopes to achieve. Dead Weight can kill off early threats, while also triggering under Guardian. Mourning can lesson the damage of anything Weight can’t kill until we find our Agent of Fates.
The Final List
Mono Black Auras
Cost: $8 at the time of publication
Playing the Deck
Just like its Red counterpart, the aggression starts early with this deck. Our Tormented one-drops start the damage off early, and Hoplite is quick to follow. Predator’s Gambit and Sinister Strength will boost your damage output, and put your opponent on their back leg early.
Changeling Outcast and Dauthi Horror are basically additional Tormented Souls. If you like, you can play them and go for a more aggressive deck which has more focus on auras that improve damage output. In this case, cards which can protect your attackers should be considered. Kaya’s Ghostform, Demonic Vigor, Thrull Retainer, and in some ways Strength of Lunacy would shine here.
If aggression isn’t quite your thing, you can always go for a slower and more controlling list. Ashiok’s Adept, Blightcaster, and friends all add more disruption and destruction to your turns. This would make you more reliant on finding and casting Mourning, though.
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