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In this article, we will list down some of the most underrated black cards in EDH or Commander format and discuss their potentials and the advantages of having them in your Mono Black Deck.
1. Praetor's Grasp
First in our list is the sorcery spell Praetor's Grasp. Mono Black Decks in EDH have their weaknesses, one is not having enough removal spells for enchantments and artifacts. Praetor's Grasp in this case could be handy, for just three mana (1BB) it allows you to explore and find an answer from another player's library. Or you can use it to remove one of your opponents key card permanently.
2. Glistening Oil
This card can kill dorks again and again. Your opponents with decks relying mostly on elf creature cards and the like will find this card very irritating. Or use it with your own creatures for quick poisonous attacks. Not to mention, Black has Hatred, Tainted Strike and lots of creatures with infect.
3. Treacherous Urge
Next in our list is the spell Treacherous Urge. For five mana (3BB), you get to see one of your opponent's hand and steal one of his creatures. Imagine the potential of catching a key creature card, an Eldrazi, or a Blightsteel Colossus with haste.
This three-to-cast (1BB) enchantment will be useful for mono black control decks. Play your mana-producing artifacts early in the game to get the advantage. Then watch your opponents succumb with every turn while they lose their lands one by one, and with extra hate for those plains sacrificed this way.
5. Dark Ritual
This card is less seen from EDH decks though we can not ignore that it is very useful for mana acceleration. In addition to your Mana Crypt and Sol Ring, the classic card Dark Ritual can match the same benefits Green's Llanowar Elves and Nature's Lore give.
6. Initiates of the Ebon Hand
This 1/1 cleric creature will come very handy transforming those colorless mana from your Ashnod's Altar, Mana Vault or Thran Dynamo into useful black mana. A potential combo piece? yes, indeed.
7. Ritual of the Machine
There could be a reason why this card hit the reserved list. For four mana (2BB) and sacrificing a creature, you get to control one of your opponent's creatures. A much better version of Blue's Control Magic, this spell's effect lasts indefinitely. It's another tricky card you might want to have up your sleeve to catch your opponents off-guard.
There we have it, some of the most underrated black cards in EDH but for sure have valuable effects in game play. Running a mono black EDH deck could sometimes be frustrating, as you will find yourself limited with resources. But always keep in mind that Black has its own ways and tricks to match up with the other colors. With a good, or should I say evil strategy, you will be able to play your deck competitively. After all, Black is all about deception and dark intentions, so dip into the depths and embrace the darkness. Happy gaming!