Kaldheim spoiler season is in full swing—and with it a plethora of legendaries to build around. Choosing the right legendary is difficult to do, since a majority of the cards are contingent on other pieces printed within the set. After a good fifteen minutes of struggling on who to choose, on a whim I blurted out "Let's just make the tutor guy!" As it turns out, chat took that phrase to heart...and so began the deck of 1,000 tutors. 

I had no idea what I wanted to do when I began to brew this monster of a deck. In fact, only two cards came to mind: Maralen of the Mornsong and Opposition Agent. Yeah, I know I'm a monster. Making someone tutor with our Boast ability and stealing what they snag is grotesque and hilarious, but what about the other 90% of the deck? Well, apparently when you utter the word 'tutor', chat decides to stuff every sleeve of this deck with such a card. This deck has it all: Grim Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Dark Petition! So many tutors. What matters most, however, is what we snag with those tutors: mono-black value!

The Beef

Let's dissect Varragoth's ability: Boast. To be honest, I was unsure how to feel about it originally. However, it quickly grew on me. A Vampiric Tutor when we attack! Doesn't seem too bad. But what do we get with these tutors? Some items I wanted to snag were pieces that can make Varragoth a bit more painful when he makes contact. Being a three mana Demon, his power and toughness are a bit lacking. Two commander damage is not particularly threatening. 

Thankfully, there are ways for us to beef up our baby demon boy. One of my favorite strategies to do this is through Equipment—specifically land-based Equipment. Swamps are abundant in this deck, making them a source ripe for utilization. Why not buff our Demon up equal to the amount of Swamps we control? Strata Scythe, Blackblade Reforged, Lashwrithe, and Nightmare Lash turn our little ⅔ into a possible 32/30! Intense, right?

But what about the other Equipment in this deck? They, too, have a purpose. Commander's Plate is a powerhouse of a card that shines in mono colored decks, making Varragoth one evasive beater. However, we aren't done just yet! We need some keywords! Fireshrieker and Sword of Vengeance are just the pieces to give our demon daddy keyword soup! The more keywords, the more powerful the commander, right? 

Even without keywords, we still have some crazy add ons. Quietus Spike is enough to send a shutter down the spines of any defending player, as does Grafted Exoskeleton. Would it be a disgusting black value deck if we did not run Infect? I think not! And what if we could have multiple Varragoths? We can, thanks to Helm of the Host! We need only limit our imagination to what we can tutor with a Demon in our corner.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Hitting the Books by Chase Carroll

'Hitting the Books' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

Event:

Rank:

Commander

Market Price: $819.58

Cards

Maralen of the Mornsong

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $21.24

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Players can't draw cards.
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player loses 3 life, searches their library for a card, puts it into their hand, then shuffles.

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Hero's Downfall

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.27

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Grafted Exoskeleton

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Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has infect. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
Whenever Grafted Exoskeleton becomes unattached from a permanent, sacrifice that permanent.
Equip {2}

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Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.92

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Grim Tutor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $16.00

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle. You lose 3 life.

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Toxic Deluge

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, pay X life.
All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn.

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Dark Petition

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.02

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.
Spell mastery — If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, add {B}{B}{B}.

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's mana value.

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Exsanguinate

Color Identity:B

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Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Nyx Lotus

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Nyx Lotus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Choose a color. Add an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

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Aetherflux Reservoir

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Whenever you cast a spell, you gain 1 life for each spell you've cast this turn.
Pay 50 life: Aetherflux Reservoir deals 50 damage to any target.

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Virtus the Veiled

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.63

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Partner with Gorm the Great (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Gorm into their hand from their library, then shuffle.)
Deathtouch
Whenever Virtus the Veiled deals combat damage to a player, that player loses half their life, rounded up.

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Choose a color. Add an amount of mana of that color equal to your devotion to that color. (Your devotion to a color is the number of mana symbols of that color in the mana costs of permanents you control.)

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Hatred

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, pay X life.
Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.

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Snuff Out

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $10.03

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If you control a Swamp, you may pay 4 life rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Cabal Coffers

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $19.43

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Liliana of the Dark Realms

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $18.15

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+1: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
−3: Target creature gets +X/+X or -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Swamps you control.
−6: You get an emblem with "Swamps you control have '{T}: Add {B}{B}{B}{B}.'"

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K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Lifelink
For each {B} in a cost, you may pay 2 life rather than pay that mana.
Whenever you cast a black spell, put a +1/+1 counter on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth.

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Mausoleum Secrets

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.07

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Undergrowth — Search your library for a black card with mana value less than or equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Cathedral of War

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Cathedral of War enters the battlefield tapped.
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
{T}: Add {C}.

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Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.14

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Deathtouch
Boast — {1}{B}: Target player searches their library for a card, then shuffles and puts that card on top. (Activate only if this creature attacked this turn and only once each turn.)

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Rune-Scarred Demon

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.39

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Flying
When Rune-Scarred Demon enters the battlefield, search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Head Games

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.02

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Target opponent puts the cards from their hand on top of their library. Search that player's library for that many cards. The player puts those cards into their hand, then shuffles.

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Vona's Hunger

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.19

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Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
Each opponent sacrifices a creature. If you have the city's blessing, instead each opponent sacrifices half the creatures they control, rounded up.

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Phyrexian Obliterator

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $23.13

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Trample
Whenever a source deals damage to Phyrexian Obliterator, that source's controller sacrifices that many permanents.

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Archfiend of Despair

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $35.39

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Flying
Your opponents can't gain life.
At the beginning of each end step, each opponent loses life equal to the life that player lost this turn. (Damage causes loss of life.)

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Phyrexian Arena

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.00

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Vampiric Tutor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $49.84

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Search your library for a card, then shuffle and put that card on top. You lose 2 life.

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Endless Atlas

Market Price: $3.10

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{2}, {T}: Draw a card. Activate only if you control three or more lands with the same name.

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Quietus Spike

Market Price: $3.98

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Equipped creature has deathtouch.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, that player loses half their life, rounded up.
Equip {3}

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Sword of Vengeance

Market Price: $0.29

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Equipped creature gets +2/+0 and has first strike, vigilance, trample, and haste.
Equip {3}

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Sol Ring

Market Price: $0.00

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Night Dealings

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.53

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Whenever a source you control deals damage to another player, put that many theft counters on Night Dealings.
{2}{B}{B}, Remove X theft counters from Night Dealings: Search your library for a nonland card with mana value X, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Damnation

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $26.13

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Command Beacon

Market Price: $4.19

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Command Beacon: Put your commander into your hand from the command zone.

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Maze of Ith

Market Price: $11.29

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{T}: Untap target attacking creature. Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by that creature this turn.

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Praetor's Grasp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.75

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Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down. Then that player shuffles. You may look at and play that card for as long as it remains exiled.

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Black Market

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.77

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Whenever a creature dies, put a charge counter on Black Market.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add {B} for each charge counter on Black Market.

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Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.03

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Flying
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
{B}: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon gains haste until end of turn.
{B}{B}: Regenerate Skithiryx.

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.48

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When Gray Merchant of Asphodel enters the battlefield, each opponent loses X life, where X is your devotion to black. You gain life equal to the life lost this way. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)

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Sheoldred, Whispering One

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $10.63

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player sacrifices a creature.

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Lashwrithe

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.63

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each Swamp you control.
Equip {B/P}{B/P} ({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)

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Nightmare Lash

Market Price: $3.49

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each Swamp you control.
Equip—Pay 3 life. (Pay 3 life: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card enters the battlefield unattached and stays on the battlefield if the creature leaves.)

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Helm of the Host

Market Price: $15.02

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At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a token that's a copy of equipped creature, except the token isn't legendary if equipped creature is legendary. That token gains haste.
Equip {5}

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Blackblade Reforged

Market Price: $0.86

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each land you control.
Equip legendary creature {3}
Equip {7}

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Shadowspear

Market Price: $17.65

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has trample and lifelink.
{1}: Permanents your opponents control lose hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.
Equip {2}

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Opposition Agent

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $9.19

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Flash
You control your opponents while they're searching their libraries.
While an opponent is searching their library, they exile each card they find. You may play those cards for as long as they remain exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast them.

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Sensei's Divining Top

Market Price: $56.57

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{1}: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
{T}: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.

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Magus of the Coffers

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.39

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Fireshrieker

Market Price: $0.26

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Equipped creature has double strike. (It deals both first-strike and regular combat damage.)
Equip {2} ({2}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

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Commander's Plate

Market Price: $16.32

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Equipped creature gets +3/+3 and has protection from each color that's not in your commander's color identity.
Equip commander {3}
Equip {5}

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Swiftfoot Boots

Market Price: $1.62

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Equipped creature has hexproof and haste.
Equip {1}

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Jet Medallion

Market Price: $36.03

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Black spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Ob Nixilis, Unshackled

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.10

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Flying, trample
Whenever an opponent searches their library, that player sacrifices a creature and loses 10 life.
Whenever another creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Ob Nixilis, Unshackled.

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Peer into the Abyss

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.37

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Target player draws cards equal to half the number of cards in their library and loses half their life. Round up each time.

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Cabal Stronghold

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.81

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}: Add {B} for each basic Swamp you control.

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Crypt Ghast

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $9.57

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Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay {W/B}. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)
Whenever you tap a Swamp for mana, add an additional {B}.

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Whip of Erebos

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.76

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Creatures you control have lifelink.
{2}{B}{B}, {T}: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Demonlord Belzenlok

Color Identity:B

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Flying, trample
When Demonlord Belzenlok enters the battlefield, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card, then put that card into your hand. If the card's mana value is 4 or greater, repeat this process. Demonlord Belzenlok deals 1 damage to you for each card put into your hand this way.

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Strata Scythe

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Imprint — When Strata Scythe enters the battlefield, search your library for a land card, exile it, then shuffle.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each land on the battlefield with the same name as the exiled card.
Equip {3}

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Bolas's Citadel

Color Identity:B

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library. If you cast a spell this way, pay life equal to its mana value rather than pay its mana cost.
{T}, Sacrifice ten nonland permanents: Each opponent loses 10 life.

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Diabolic Revelation

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Search your library for up to X cards, put those cards into your hand, then shuffle.

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Sadistic Sacrament

Color Identity:B

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Kicker {7} (You may pay an additional {7} as you cast this spell.)
Search target player's library for up to three cards, exile them, then that player shuffles. If this spell was kicked, instead search that player's library for up to fifteen cards, exile them, then that player shuffles.

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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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Deadly Rollick

Color Identity:B

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If you control a commander, you may cast this spell without paying its mana cost.
Exile target creature.

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Wound Reflection

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At the beginning of each end step, each opponent loses life equal to the life they lost this turn. (Damage causes loss of life.)

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Walk the Plank

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Destroy target non-Merfolk creature.

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Sword of Feast and Famine

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Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from black and from green.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you untap all lands you control.
Equip {2}

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Torment of Hailfire

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Repeat the following process X times. Each opponent loses 3 life unless that player sacrifices a nonland permanent or discards a card.

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Phyresis

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature has infect. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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The MVP

This week's MVP is reserved for a creature that was practically made for this deck theme. Let's talk about Ob Nixilis, Unshackled. I absolutely adore this card. If you look at the YouTube video of this week's Always Be Brewing, odds are you will see me say "Slam dunk, yes, he's perfect". Ob very much lines up with my original concept of this deck: let's give the gift of tutors to our opponents. This pairs rather nicely with our Opposition Agent play. Let's make our opponents tutor with Varragoth, and have them sacrifice a creature and lose 1/4th of their life while we reap the benefits. This week's MVP is very much in for a penny, in for a pound or extra salt to the wound...and this deck sure is hiiiiiiiigh in sodium!

Combo

Bolas' Citadel

Let's talk about how we win. We already talked about commander damage by making Carragot super big, but what about other nastier ways to win? We certainly have to run more than one way if we are playing mono-black degenerate value shenanigans. I have to thank chat for this particular piece of hate. This wincon requires three pieces ,which can seem intimidating. However, thanks to Varragoth, this certainly won't be an issue (afterall we don't even have to reveal the card we get when we tutor with him)! 

We need Sensei's Divining Top, Bolas' Citadel, and Aetherflux Reservoir. These names are already nausea-inducing pieces in any game of commander, but they're truly a force to be reckoned with when put together. We need Bolas' Citadel and the Reservoir out in order to make Top lethal. By tapping the Top and putting it on the top of our library, we cna cast it off the top with our Citadel. Thanks to our Reservoir, our life lost from casting our Top off the top will pale in comparison to the life we gain. With this neat little interaction, we are able to gain enough life to nuke each opponent for lethal. This combo is definitely worth selling our soul to a battleborn demon. Thanks Varragoth, you're the best!

My New Favorite Tutor

So we covered the basis of this deck being to tutor out stuff to either make Varragoth big to hit and win or to tutor out combos to win. Either way, we will definitely be tutoring...but what about my favorite tutor? That would be Night Dealings. Whether Varragoth is dealing 32 damage a turn or simply 2 damage a turn, this eventually adds up on Night Dealings. Counters equal to the amount of damage a source we control deals—and that seems to be pretty powerful. But what do we do with these counters? Well, if Varragoth isn't out, we can use them to tutor for spells in our deck! Want to find Black Market? Just pay four mana and remove five counters and we're golden! Every so often in my articles I like to highlight a card I think deserves more attention, and Night Dealings is this week's highlighted card. How could it not be? A repeatable tutor with very few limitations sounds too good to be true.

Almost Made It

There was an interaction recommended to me in chat that proved to be extremely cool. I have to thank Twitch user Tzarl for this neat little trick that can be used in your brew if you so dare. Let's talk about the card Timesifter. This card is nothing but chaos, and brings back memories of Jim's shenanigans from the Spike Feeders. However, in Varragoth it serves a fun purpose. 

With our commander, we are able to tutor a card to the top of our library, and we run a decent amount of cards with high converted mana costs. See where I'm going with this? We can then use Varragoth to tutor our higher converted mana cost spells to the top of our library to gain another turn. However, there is a flaw with this fun interaction. Doing this early on can be harmful to our play plan. If we tutor all our higher cost spells to the top then they just sit dead in our hand until later on. Eventually we will run out of steam and Timesifter will fuel our opponents' turns and end up hurting us. Despite this, I do have to say that the allure of this interaction is strong, and if timed properly, could prove to be quite fun depending on the table you are at. 

To be honest with you all, none of the legendaries from Kaldheim have really appealed to me for brewing. This dismayed me at first, as I prefer to build around newer legendaries, and usually enjoy it! In fact, the first 15 minutes of my stream this week was me deciding what to build. 

On a whim I chose Varragoth, a card I liked but didn't particularly feel enthused about...and yet once chat began to spitball ideas, I fell in love with the concept, and even enjoyed brewing something I wasn't particularly excited about! It goes to show you that building collaboratively can open you to new deck ideas and experiences that you might've been hesitant to consider.