If you missed my article on the blue islands, you can find it here.
Hello again. Today we are going to talk about black, the swamps. Mana comes in colors. There is red, blue, black, green, white, and colorless. If you remember, mana is used to power the spells for your deck. With mana you will put out creatures, instants, sorcery spells, enchantments, and artifacts. You usually only have twenty lands in a deck so you need to have a good balance of spell costs.
Black is the swamps of the game. My son says it is all about inconveniencing your opponent while giving yourself the best advantage. It is filled with death through sacrifice, straight destruction, and life drain. Zombies, demons, and vampires are very often found in black though there are definitely more than that. Black also has the abilities of poison and death counters. It even has the infect ability that will kill your creatures after the assault or chip at your life total. Black is definitely a deadly color. It isn’t power-driven in the same sense that red is and it doesn’t heal as well as white but is sneaky like blue. Black will prey on and exploit weakness.
The four favorite black cards in this house are Phage the Untouchable, Bolas’s Citadel, Nightmare, and Blood Soaked Altar which is a black artifact that has four abilities that will rock your game. Phage is no shrinking violet either. She is a game-ending card. While swamps don’t heal as well as white, it can and does heal. Though lifelink is predominately a white ability, it is featured in swamps and is one of the ways black heals. Black will mill an opposing player to death. Blue does cause you to draw cards but it lets you use them. Black will cause you to draw and discard without the option to use them at all.
Black can complement any color but one of my favorite decks I have built is my life and death deck which is black and white. White brings life and black takes it. It’s a perfect storm. I have a bunch of angels, deathtouch and is complimented with the artifact creature Akroma’s Vengeance. I beat my husband and son senseless with it.
What do you think of black? Do you like playing it? What is your favorite black card? Let me know in the comments below. Until next week…