Phage the Untouchable: The Impossible Commander. That makes her sound so cool right, but is she really impossible to build around? She certainly appears that way.

I was first introduced to Phage the Untouchable within my first few months of playing Magic. My boyfriend at the time had a select few cards he refused to trade in a binder he had on the top of his bookshelf. Me, being new and interested, plucked the binder from the top and began to pour through the pages until my eyes landed on a black-bordered card with an eye-catching red set symbol. I then took note of the art, a colorful, yet muted intricacy. Finally, I saw the four black mana symbols at the top.

"Jesus that's a lot!" I couldn't comprehend that intense mana cost. My favorite card at the time was Dark Ritual, so this was a bit of a shock to me. I knew then that I had to build her in Commander.

"You can't build her…" my boyfriend said. Before I could even ask why, he pointed to her text box, and I immediately deflated.

Her ability was so cool, though! She has player deathtouch for spark's sake!

I closed the binder and felt resigned to the fact that I could never build the Impossible Commander. Later that year as a surprise, my boyfriend gifted me the card and it fell into my binder untouched until March of 2020, when I decided to tackle her again.

It had been 5 years since I had even toyed with the idea of playing with Phage the Untouchable. My knowledge pool had grown since I first laid eyes on that tiny piece of cardboard, I felt certain that there could be some way for me to get Phage out without killing myself in the process.

Turns out, there are a handful of ways.

How to Get Her Out

The biggest challenge when tackling building the Impossible Commander is getting her out without dying. I found this to be particularly funny since this is almost never a problem with other commanders. She's the Impossible Commander for a reason!

My list has a few ways we can accomplish this: from the hand or from the command zone. Casting Phage the Untouchable from the hand might seem like an unlikely feat. After all, she lives in the command zone. However, casting her from your hand is much easier than you'd think.

Command Beacon is a land that puts Phage the Untouchable into our hand when we sacrifice it, and the new Netherborn Altar is a repeatable way to put Phage into our hand as well.

Geode Golem is another way we can cast Phage the Untouchable (for free no less), however this cast happens from the command zone, so surely we'd die, right?

Not at all! Our next batch of cards are dedicated to saving us from the Phage the Untouchable most notorious effect. Torpor Orb acts like Hushbringer and is a staple in any Phage deck. The only downside is that this affects our opponents as well, painting a large target on our back. The next two ways we can safely cast Phage from the command zone are "You Can't Lose the Game" effects: Platinum Angel and Lich's Mastery. Sometimes we can't find those straight-to-hand cards, and having one of these two pieces out helps us safely cast Phage.

Our final two cards that help us play Phage the Untouchable are a bit of a head scratcher, or at least they were to me. The first is Stunning Reversal. This card is the definition of high-risk. Our life total may go down to 1, but at least you have Phage. Pair this with Exsanguinate or Gray Merchant of Asphodel and you'll be fine, though.

The second piece I wanted to highlight is Sundial of the Infinite. I had seen this card before I started brewing Phage the Untouchable, and to be honest, I thought it was the most useless thing I had ever seen. Turns out I was greatly wrong. Once this Artifact is out, cast Phage and immediately tap one and the Sundial to end the turn. This essentially cuts Phage off before she can lay a necrotic finger on us, thus saving us from losing the game.

Now, whenever you play Phage the Untouchable there is always a great risk. Sometimes your opponents like to be sneaky little sneakers and destroy your lifesavers. Bouncing them to your hand or destroying them altogether means you will die thanks to your own Phage.

Thankfully we have a few tricks up our sleeve, specifically Withering Boon and Thrull Wizard. Yes, this deck has mono-black countermagic! These two pieces allow us to 360 no-scope our opponent's own 360 no-scope! They are much-needed lifesavers when toying around with the Impossible Commander.

Cheese Touch

Remember Diary of a Wimpy Kid? One scene introduces a concept called "the Cheese Touch"—any kid who touches the piece of moldy cheese on the playground becomes untouchable.The only way to get rid of it is to touch someone else and pass the cheese touch to them.

This is, unfortunately, what comes to my mind when I touch someone with Phage the Untouchable in a game of Commander. Phage's touch is a death sentence, and there are only a few ways to prevent death by her. Luckily, for us, we have twice as many ways to get her through even the toughest of defenses.

One of the major benefits in playing mono-black is that we have access to some very overpowered old cards and some keywords we don't really see anymore. One of my favorite ways to get Phage the Untouchable through a fortified defense is through Dauthi Embrace. This enchantment can work for any of our creatures but is primarily used to target Phage, giving her shadow, which is an amazing ability we haven't seen since Time Spiral block. Odds are that our opponents won't be playing creatures with shadow, making this a lethal enchantment to keep on the battlefield.

Another keyword we don't see too often is fear, which is represented in our next lethal enchantment: Dragon Shadow. This Aura gives Phage the Untouchable fear which is a bit easier to block than Shadow, however it can still pose a major threat. We also run cards like Intimidation and Dirge of Dread, which gives all creatures we control fear! Talk about a scary combat step, amiright (hahah please laugh)?

Our final fun keyword-y enchantment is more of a pet card than anything else, but it still proves to be fatal: Leshrac's Rite. This Aura gives the enchanted creature swampwalk, and when paired with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, makes Phage the Untouchable 100% unblockable. Betcha didn't know we were building keyword soup, huh?

We aren't done just yet! We still have a few ways to make Phage the Untouchable hard to evade, this time in Artifact form.

Knock knock. Who's there? PHAGE AND SHE HAS THE KEYS TO YOUR HOUSE! Specifically Manifold Key and Key to the City. These two artifacts allow us to make Phage the Untouchable unblockable until the end of turn. Whispersilk Cloak is another artifact that gives Phage unblockable, however we have the added bonus of giving her shroud as well. This is incredibly important in playing Phage, as she will definitely be a target once she hits the battlefield.

Our final way to give Phage the Untouchable evasion is Trailblazer's Boots. This is an almost surefire way to make contact with Phage, as Commander players love playing nonbasic lands. Want to make your opponents regret not adding in that extra Forest? Then these boots are 1000000% for you!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Page - Lord of Hunger by Chase Carroll

'Page - Lord of Hunger' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Commander

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Mortuary Mire

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Mortuary Mire enters the battlefield tapped.
When Mortuary Mire enters the battlefield, you may put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Black Market

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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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Cabal Coffers

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

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel

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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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Phyrexian Arena

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

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Bojuka Bog

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Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield tapped.
When Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield, exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Dirge of Dread

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All creatures gain fear until end of turn. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
Cycling {1}{B} ({1}{B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Dirge of Dread, you may have target creature gain fear until end of turn.

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Sol Ring

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

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Withering Boon

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, pay 3 life.
Counter target creature spell.

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Bloodgift Demon

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Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, target player draws a card and loses 1 life.

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Rogue's Passage

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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Elbrus, the Binding Blade // Withengar Unbound

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Equipped creature gets +1/+0.
When equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, unattach Elbrus, the Binding Blade, then transform it.
Equip {1}

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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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Crypt Ghast

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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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Exsanguinate

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

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Liliana Vess

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+1: Target player discards a card.
−2: Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
−8: Put all creature cards from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control.

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Sudden Spoiling

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Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Until end of turn, creatures target player controls lose all abilities and have base power and toughness 0/2.

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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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Syr Konrad, the Grim

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Whenever another creature dies, or a creature card is put into a graveyard from anywhere other than the battlefield, or a creature card leaves your graveyard, Syr Konrad, the Grim deals 1 damage to each opponent.
{1}{B}: Each player mills a card.

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Torpor Orb

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Massacre Girl

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Menace
When Massacre Girl enters the battlefield, each other creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Whenever a creature dies this turn, each creature other than Massacre Girl gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

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Beseech the Queen

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({2/B} can be paid with any two mana or with {B}. This card's converted mana cost is 6.)
Search your library for a card with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of lands you control, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Grisly Transformation

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Enchant creature
When Grisly Transformation enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Enchanted creature has intimidate. (It can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)

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Sanctum of Eternity

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Return target commander you own from the battlefield to your hand. Activate this ability only during your turn.

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Castle Locthwain

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Mastermind's Acquisition

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Choose one —
• Search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
• Put a card you own from outside the game into your hand.

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Dread Presence

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Whenever a Swamp enters the battlefield under your control, choose one —
• You draw a card and you lose 1 life.
• Dread Presence deals 2 damage to any target and you gain 2 life.

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Memorial to Folly

Color Identity:B

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Memorial to Folly enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
{2}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice Memorial to Folly: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Rune-Scarred Demon

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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 your library.

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Whispersilk Cloak

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Equipped creature can't be blocked and has shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {2}

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Leshrac's Rite

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature has swampwalk. (It can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)

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Intimidation

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Creatures you control have fear. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

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Go for the Throat

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Destroy target nonartifact creature.

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Diabolic Tutor

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Search your library for a card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Liliana of the Dark Realms

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+1: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
−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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Hero's Downfall

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Darkness

Color Identity:B

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Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.

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Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Geode Golem

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Trample
Whenever Geode Golem deals combat damage to a player, you may cast your commander from the command zone without paying its mana cost. (You still pay any additional costs.)

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Command Beacon

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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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Trailblazer's Boots

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Equipped creature has nonbasic landwalk. (It can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a nonbasic land.)
Equip {2}

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Shizo, Death's Storehouse

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {B}.
{B}, {T}: Target legendary creature gains fear until end of turn. (It can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

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Royal Assassin

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{T}: Destroy target tapped creature.

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Burnished Hart

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{3}, Sacrifice Burnished Hart: Search your library for up to two basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

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Erebos, God of the Dead

Color Identity:B

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to black is less than five, Erebos isn't a creature. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)
Your opponents can't gain life.
{1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.

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Phage the Untouchable

Color Identity:B

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When Phage the Untouchable enters the battlefield, if you didn't cast it from your hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.

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Defile

Color Identity:B

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Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn for each Swamp you control.

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Nirkana Revenant

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you tap a Swamp for mana, add an additional {B}.
{B}: Nirkana Revenant gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Lich's Mastery

Color Identity:B

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Hexproof
You can't lose the game.
Whenever you gain life, draw that many cards.
Whenever you lose life, for each 1 life you lost, exile a permanent you control or a card from your hand or graveyard.
When Lich's Mastery leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.

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Sundial of the Infinite

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{1}, {T}: End the turn. Activate this ability only during your turn. (Exile all spells and abilities from the stack. Discard down to your maximum hand size. Damage wears off, and "this turn" and "until end of turn" effects end.)

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Endless Atlas

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

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Manifold Key

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{1}, {T}: Untap another target artifact.
{3}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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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 converted mana cost rather than pay its mana cost.
{T}, Sacrifice ten nonland permanents: Each opponent loses 10 life.

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Crux of Fate

Color Identity:B

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Choose one —
• Destroy all Dragon creatures.
• Destroy all non-Dragon creatures.

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Phyrexian Reclamation

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{1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Sign in Blood

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Target player draws two cards and loses 2 life.

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Stunning Reversal

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The next time you would lose the game this turn, instead draw seven cards and your life total becomes 1.
Exile Stunning Reversal.

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Thrull Wizard

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}: Counter target black spell unless that spell's controller pays {B} or {3}.

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Endless Whispers

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Each creature has "When this creature dies, choose target opponent. That player puts this card from its owner's graveyard onto the battlefield under their control at the beginning of the next end step."

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Crypt of Agadeem

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Crypt of Agadeem enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each black creature card in your graveyard.

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Dauthi Embrace

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{B}{B}: Target creature gains shadow until end of turn. (It can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

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Increasing Ambition

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Search your library for a card and put that card into your hand. If this spell was cast from a graveyard, instead search your library for two cards and put those cards into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Flashback {7}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Key to the City

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{T}, Discard a card: Up to one target creature can't be blocked this turn.
Whenever Key to the City becomes untapped, you may pay {2}. If you do, draw a card.

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Witch's Cottage

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({T}: Add {B}.)
Witch's Cottage enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Swamps.
When Witch's Cottage enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Mutilate

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All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each Swamp you control.

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Maralen of the Mornsong

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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 their library.

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Deadly Tempest

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Destroy all creatures. Each player loses life equal to the number of creatures they controlled that were destroyed this way.

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Lightning Greaves

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Equipped creature has haste and shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {0}

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Plaguecrafter

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When Plaguecrafter enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker. Each player who can't discards a card.

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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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Thespian's Stage

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Thespian's Stage becomes a copy of target land, except it has this ability.

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Dragon Shadow

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 and has fear. (It can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
When a creature with converted mana cost 6 or greater enters the battlefield, you may return Dragon Shadow from your graveyard to the battlefield attached to that creature.

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Gift of Doom

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature has deathtouch and indestructible.
Morph—Sacrifice another creature. (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for {3}. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
As Gift of Doom is turned face up, you may attach it to a creature.

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Netherborn Altar

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{T}, Put a soul counter on Netherborn Altar: Put your commander into your hand from the command zone. Then you lose 3 life for each soul counter on Netherborn Altar.

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Magus of the Coffers

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

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Platinum Angel

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Flying
You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.

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Ramp

So we've talked about many of the ways to get Phage the Untouchable out and get her through enemy lines. However, before we even get there we need to ramp. Ramping in mono-black can be a difficult feat, though not impossible.

This deck utilizes a number of global and single-target removal. Thankfully we can use this to our advantage with Black Market. Whenever another creature hits the 'yard that just means we have another black mana that we can add to our mana pool. This not only helps us cast our expensive Phage the Untouchable but can even add fuel to casting Exsanguinate.

One of my favorite forms of mono-black ramp is in the form of a planeswalker: Liliana of the Dark Realms. This card contains two loyalty abilities that function as ramp. Her +1 allows us to tutor for a Swamp and put it into our hand. The second makes it so our Swamps tap for 4x the amount of black mana!

Speaking of Swamps tapping for extra mana, we have a few creatures that do this exact thing as well. Crypt Ghast and Nirkana Revenant allow us to tap our Swamps for an extra black mana. Our last mana ramp creature is one of blacks best forms of ramp: Magus of the Coffers. If you're ever worried about playing on a budget (Cabal Coffers, why you gotta be so expensive?!) then this card is a wonderful substitute.

Ramp is no longer limited to Sol Ring and Arcane Signet! We have a plethora of ramp at our fingertips in black. All we gotta do is look for it!

Card Draw

Black card draw often comes with loss of life, unfortunately. Bloodgift Demon and Phyrexian Arena allow us to draw a card on upkeep after we lose 1 life. Dread Presence allows us the choice to draw a card whenever we play a Swamp.

Erebos, God of the Dead is a special form of card draw. While we have to pay life to draw a card, he gives us the added benefit of making it so our opponents can't gain life.

However, our final piece of card draw should be a staple in everyone's mono-colored deck: Endless Atlas. This is card draw with absolutely no catches! No loss of life is needed for this card draw. Just simply tap some mana and boom, card in your hand!

Final Thoughts

Phage the Untouchable is one of Magic's most interesting and deadly legendaries. Her near-impossible-ness is what makes her such an alluring build. Each piece needs to be in working harmony in order for Phage to make it to the field and shine.

We are in the midst of Spooktober which means lots of ooky spooky decks, and what's spookier than a commander that is automatically lethal?! Phage the Untouchable is definitely a fun challenge to build around, and I hope this article made her a little less intimidating.

So, are you ready to join the Cabal?