Abyssal Gatekeeper

Abyssal Gatekeeper

Creature — Horror

When Abyssal Gatekeeper is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.

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Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic (DDC) Common
Weatherlight (WTH) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Abyssal Gatekeeper occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.16%

Abyssal Gatekeeper Discussion

patrikl on Shirei EDH

5 months ago

Strangelove Thanks for your suggestions! I always wanted to add Noxious Toad and Abyssal Gatekeeper but i can't seem to get my hands on them lol. I'm going to test some more group discards as suggested and try to find someplace for Carrion Feeder , if you think there's something i should cut that would also be very helpful, this is a pet deck of mine, I've got more competitive ones but I'm constantly trying to tune this one and always get exited every new set for some janky creature to add, but it gets harder and harder to make cuts to add something new.

Strangelove on Shirei EDH

5 months ago

+1!

Contamination does not spark joy :)

I'm not sure how spikey you want to be, but...

I found that once your table understands how dependent you are on Shirei, they kill it; and then you don't do much. I felt like the only playable version was with lots of discard: consistently trading 1:3.

Death triggers like Abyssal Gatekeeper are priority picks because they allow you to respond to your opponents' plays at flash speed instead of at end step.

Noxious Toad is the best version of this because it quickly locks your opponents out of the game by forcing them to play at flash speed or else discard as soon as they draw. (note: oracle says "each opponent")

There's also Mindlash Sliver or Burglar Rat , (M20) Yarok's Fenlurker , Rotting Rats , and Sadistic Hypnotist .

If you know how to abuse them, Carrion Feeder and Bloodflow Connoisseur are some of your best sac outlets (sacrificing themselves with their effects on the stack).

Cheers!

Shinwizzles on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

9 months ago

Strangelove, Thanks for the compliment! I'll be sure to check your deck out too! I ran Flayer of the Hatebound when I was testing the deck out to see if I wanted to put any money into it. I like how it performs, but the mana cost is pretty steep. It also only counts if the creatures come from my graveyard, whereas Marchesa, the Black Rose usually takes creatures from my opponents' graveyards. Similar deal with Geralf's Mindcrusher . Really cool card, but the cost is a little too steep for the effect. Think I might need to add that one to my The Scarab God deck though, so thanks for the recommendation.

Brine Shaman is pretty cool, but I dislike the fact that I have to tap it to sac a creature. I try to keep my sac outlets repeatable, in case I need to evacuate my field for whatever reason.

Molten Primordial was alright when I first played the deck, but the cost wasn't worth the effect. More often than not, only one or two players have creatures worth stealing. Tried Mob Rule and wasn't a fan of the performance it gave. Maybe I was using it wrong.

Abyssal Gatekeeper , Fleshbag Marauder & Co. are great for keeping opponents' fields empty, but that isn't necessarily what I want. I steal my opponent's Sun Titan (or whatever) using Portent of Betrayal (or another stealing card), swing at the opponent with the highest life total to trigger Marchesa, the Black Rose 's Dethrone ability, sac Sun Titan to the Phyrexian Altar , Ashnod's Altar , etc., and then the Sun Titan is mine for keeps! I do make thorough use of the Abyssal Gatekeeper , Fleshbag Marauder , etc. in my Meren of Clan Nel Toth deck, and they're absolutely great in that one! Just not too sure if they fit the theme here.

Macabre Mockery is pretty great. I might have to find a spot in the deck for that. Thanks for pointing it out to me! I like Overtaker too, but the cost of 4 mana and a pitched card is pretty steep.

Graft seems like a neat idea, but I'm not sure if it'd fit in with the rest of the deck too well. Cytoplast Manipulator would be the only Graft card I might consider. It seems pretty fragile, to be honest.

While I absolutely love the effect of Prince of Thralls the sheer cost of getting it out is too expensive, even with the Demon's Herald ability.

Thanks so much for all of the suggestions! I'll be sure to check out your deck and see if I can make any recommendations as well.

Thanks again!

mrdehring on Welcome to The Shattergang Brothers curiosa.

10 months ago

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is the best Vulturous Zombie for a deck like this.

On the lower end of the curve Abyssal Gatekeeper makes them sac two creatures when you sac it.

Whip of Erebos as a way to recur your creatures for another sac effect. Speaking of Erebos... Dictate of Erebos is a Grave Pact that is a little easier on colors and has flash.

There are a few inspired cards that make enchantment creatures for you to abuse as well. Forlorn Pseudamma has some evasion which might make it easier to tap. I personally love Felhide Spiritbinder because... well, I once copied a Blightsteel Colossus ... so maybe I have a bias.

I like your method of making clues to sac for card, or sometimes to clear the board of pesty artifacts. If you find you need more card draw look into Viridian Revel , there are always artifacts around.

You seem to be building a swarm style deck. Look into some swarm pump effects Beastmaster Ascension comes to mind.

Strangelove on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

10 months ago

Hey Shinwizzles, nice list! +1

Here's a version I made for under $30: Black Rose [Budget]

It's a got a huge pool in the maybeboard, check it out.

No one mentioned Flayer of the Hatebound . Auto-include, imo. With a sac engine, it does at least 9 damage at the end of each turn (36+ damage by your next upkeep)!

Geralf's Mindcrusher similarly mills 10-40.

Brine Shaman is cool.

Feast on the Fallen ?

On theme, I'm seeing neither Molten Primordial nor Mob Rule . There's also Macabre Mockery and Overtaker .

Abyssal Gatekeeper , Fleshbag Marauder (and friends), and Profaner of the Dead are brutal. I would definitely swap out some of the lesser betrayal ( Portent of Betrayal , CMC 4+, etc) for these.

Graft: I feel like Graft + Sac Engine + Marchesa is very strong. The only way your opponents can clear this combo is to waste a ton of removal (3+ to remove Marchesa), or wait for your Graft trigger (if you overextend your combo). Vigean Graftmage protects Marchesa immediately on turn 4. They're also good fodder, like anything with Undying, to feed things like Altar of Dementia once each turn.

Shout out to Demon's Herald ! I've been looking for an excuse to play Prince of Thralls ... Maybe it's on-theme? I love these two.

Cheers!

multimedia on

11 months ago

Hey, for a first or second deck well done :)

Here's some clarification about Teysa's ability. For a card to trigger her ability the card has to say dies, goes to the graveyard or put into a graveyard. A sacrifice activated ability doesn't trigger Teysa.

In the first comment suggested Burnished Hart will not trigger Teysa, you will only get two lands when Hart is sacrificed. Sacrifice in this case is an activated ability it's not a dies ability. You still need sacrifice (sac outlets) to sac creatures to trigger die abilities, but the act of sacrificing and what ever happens with the sac outlet after doing it doesn't trigger Teysa.

Budget cards (each $5 or less) that give you value (most are repeatable) when they or other cards die to consider adding:

Low mana cost creatures (one and two drops) with 1 toughness who give you value when they die are at a premium here because Teysa is busted with Skullclamp and 1 toughness creatures is what you want with Skullclamp. Of course with a sac outlet you can sac any creature that's equipped with Skullclamp, but 1 toughness lets the creature die without needing a sac outlet and that's helpful because you won't always have a sac outlet.

Other cards to consider:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Archetype of Courage
  • Archetype of Finality
  • Butcher of Malakir
  • Demon of Wailing Agonies
  • Geist-Honored Monk
  • High Priest of Penance
  • Jazal Goldmane
  • Ministrant of Obligation
  • Orzhov Enforcer
  • Skirsdag High Priest
  • Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts
  • Vizkopa Vampire
  • Vampire Nighthawk
  • Edge of the Divinity
  • Increasing Devotion
  • Necromantic Selection
  • Promise of Power
  • Banishing Light
  • Whip of Erebos
  • Purify

Good luck with your deck.


mrdehring on Sexy sacks Yahenni

11 months ago

Useful death triggers: Blood Artist , Kalastria Healer , and Zulaport Cutthroat are basically Falkenrath Noble . Vindictive Vampire is another similar effect that may work for you. Deathgreeter , Grim Haruspex , Abyssal Gatekeeper , and Midnight Reaper also have nice interactions with all the death triggers.

I noticed Dictate of Erebos you can also try Grave Pact

Wake the Dead is an instant speed mass graveyard recursion that allows you to abuse all those death triggers again.

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