We have a fun midrange list today that is a hodgepodge of everything potent in black. It has silver bullet one-ofs like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, "must-play" Modern staples like Surgical Extraction, and even ancient classics from Magic's past:

Be sure to check out the full decklist below and the video to see how it fares against the field in Modern.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono Black Pile by Meryn

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

Created By: Meryn

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $765.19

Cards

Bloodghast

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.31

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Bloodghast can't block.
Bloodghast has haste as long as an opponent has 10 or less life.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may return Bloodghast from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.43

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Infinite Obliteration

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.13

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Choose a creature card name. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles.

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Ensnaring Bridge

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Creatures with power greater than the number of cards in your hand can't attack.

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Bad Moon

Color Identity:B

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Black creatures get +1/+1.

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $14.07

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Lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
{2}{B}, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

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Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $23.14

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.70

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.14

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.95

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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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Gifted Aetherborn

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.85

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Deathtouch, lifelink

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.56

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Liliana's Triumph

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

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Each opponent sacrifices a creature. If you control a Liliana planeswalker, each opponent also discards a card.

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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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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.15

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Sorcerous Spyglass

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As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.78

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Liliana of the Veil

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $68.05

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+1: Each player discards a card.
−2: Target player sacrifices a creature.
−6: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of their choice.

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.53

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+1: Each player discards a card. Each opponent who can't loses 3 life.
−3: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your graveyard.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste."

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Marsh Flats

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Marsh Flats: Search your library for a Plains or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Blast Zone

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Blast Zone enters the battlefield with a charge counter on it.
{T}: Add {C}.
{X}{X}, {T}: Put X charge counters on Blast Zone.
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Blast Zone: Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value equal to the number of charge counters on Blast Zone.

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Bitterblossom

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $44.91

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and create a 1/1 black Faerie Rogue creature token with flying.

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Liliana, the Last Hope

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $16.93

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+1: Up to one target creature gets -2/-1 until your next turn.
−2: Mill two cards, then you may return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, create X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens, where X is two plus the number of Zombies you control."

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Murderous Cut

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.20

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)
Destroy target creature.

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