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Dictate of Erebos from 'Journey Into Nyx'

Dictate of Erebos
Wizards of the Coast

Revealed today April 17, 2014 in an article by Adam Styborski on, Dictate of Erebos is one of the newest "Magic: The Gathering" cards spoiled from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert expansion set "Journey Into Nyx." In the right situation this rare black enchantment can devastate your opponent's side of the battlefield, or just slowly eat it away.

Dictate of Erebos - 3BB
Enchantment (Rare)
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.
"I take no pleasure in your suffering, but it is necessary. Once you accept your fate you'll find eternity more tolerable."

Styborski adequately covers a few of the broken things to do with Dictate of Erebos in Commander, such as adding it to a Prossh, Skyraider of Kher or Grimgrin, Corpse-Born deck , however there's also some fun to be had with Dictate of Erebos in Standard too.

One way to change Dictate of Erebos from a symmetrical card into an asymmetrical one is to control when and how your creatures die. Forget about normal combat. Festering Newt, Bogbrew Witch, and Bubbling Cauldron all go well together in a deck attempting to abuse Dictate of Erebos allowing you to gain additional value when your creatures die. If your deck is human heavy, Xathrid Necromancer will pump out tokens for you to sacrifice. Ogre Slumlord and Abhorrent Overlord are two other black creatures which will produce fodder for you.

Athreos, God of Passage will allow you to recur return your creatures back to your hand and start all over again. If you do decide to go white you might want to add an Elspeth, Sun's Champion and/or Heliod, God of the Suns.

Dictate of Erebos fits in alongside Golgari sacrifice cards such as Korozda Guildmage and Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord. Korozda Guildmage really is an MVP here, allowing you to create a swarm of tokens to feed Dictate of Erebos. Varolz, the Scar Striped is another worthy addition.

Going red allows you to abuse Barrage of Expendables and Tymaret, the Murder King along with aggressive creatures like Hellhole Flailer.

Regardless of the colors you decide to play, because you'll be sacrificing lots of creatures Dark Prophecy can help you quickly gain card advantage.

How will you use Dictate of Erebos?

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