Altar of the Brood


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Altar of the Brood


Whenever another permanent enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

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Altar of the Brood Discussion

Chuata on Narcissistic Saheeli

10 hours ago

Quick note: As much as I tested it (not so much) deck slow down significantly without Saheeli's tutor. Also I don't need many artifact to play with Whir of Invention, for example if first artifact I have on board is Liquimetal Coating then I just need 3 mana to cast Whir of Invention and if I have Altar of the Brood I need 4 to cast Liquimetal Coating. It's more but not much more. So I think I need only few 3-4 (preferalby 1 CMC) artifacts on mainboard except of 8 artifact that are combo pieces.

Boza on Help me make my R/G ...

13 hours ago


5 lands, without any accelaration, are the same as 12 mana. Sans accelearation, it is impossible to have 12 total mana any sooner than turn 5.

In general, if the total cost of your combo is 10 or less mana and not more than one of its components costs has CMC higher than 4, it can be played by turn 4, e.g. Splinter Twin + Deceiver Exarch

If your combo is 6 or less total mana and no more than 1 of its cards has CMC higher than 3, it can be played on turn 3 e.g. Time Vault + Voltaic Servant.

For example, Altar of the Brood + 2 Myr Retriever + Heartless Summoning is a turn 2 combo, since Summoning reduces the cost of the cards by 2 and the other two components have 1 and 2 CMC.

I also explained why it matters - anything outside the mana&cards for your combo is what you use to dig for it or accelarate it or interact with the opponent. In general, the more mana&cards you have left over for that, the better the combo.

Xica on Help me make my R/G ...

14 hours ago

nevermind i forgot about blasting station's sacrifice clause.

still somethign like Altar of the Brood would fit the curve better, and its an artifact so same tutors that can find station, find this one too (also it doesn't require splashing red)

Jagd_Tallgeese on Do you know what I'm doing? Cause I don't!

1 day ago

If you are looking to mill someone, consider Altar of the Brood and Keening Stone. Thopter producers like Pentavus, Thopter Spy Network, and Sharding Sphinx would help trigger the altar. Padeem, Consul of Innovation can help protect your artifacts.

hungry000 on Narcissistic Saheeli

1 day ago

I really like it! If you played Whir of Invention, you'd be able to dedicate less slots to finding combo pieces and more to controlling the game since it can put both Altar of the Brood and Liquimetal Coating onto the battlefield at instant speed. Then you could play more cantrips, which would likely be enough for you to find Saheeli without needing Drift of Phantasms. Playing Whir would also mean playing more artifacts, but that seems like a good thing too since you'd be able to get value out of saheeli when you don't have the combo ready.

Also, it would be really cool if you could play like an unorthodox land destruction deck by playing maindeck artifact hate like Smelt and targeting their lands with Liquimetal Coating. I mostly suggest this because otherwise it seems like it would just sit on the battlefield doing nothing until you got the rest of the combo, this way it would help stall and create a favorable board state if the combo isn't available at the time. It's also jankier which is something I like.

Otherwise, I think it would be better to play Remand or Mana Leak over at least a few Dispel in the main. There are decks that don't even play any spells, so they'd do a better job at protecting you imo. Also some number of Surgical Extraction or something that exiles cards entering graveyards is necessary in the sideboard to take out Emrakul and other shuffle effects. While Reckless Fireweaver is a way to avoid that, it's fragile, plus if you go for playing Whir over Transmute cards (which is what I recommend) you won't be able to search it out.

The changes I suggested would require a major overhaul of your deck, but I hope you try them out cuz it would be really spicy if you did them. I might try making a version of your deck myself, actually heheheh

M_Malcom on heartless paladin

2 days ago

I have one small bit of constructive criticism. I think that Altar of the Brood and Cabal Paladin create a split personality. I think a better alternative for altar would be Zulaport Cutthroat and or Blood Artist that way you will be only damaging instead of damaging and milling. Not to mention you could go with a more aristocrat approach.

Also might you consider Shred Memory as graveyard hate and transmute.

Other then those critiques take this to FNM and have some fun.

LidarMonkey on Modern Mill 3-Pc Combo

2 days ago

Well, if you want to keep the control, may I suggest taking out Altar of the Brood and Trinket Mage and swapping them for Mystical Tutor and for Burst of Speed or Blinding Fog to make sure you can swing with your unlimited 1/1's. Since you took out Archive Trap I suggest swapping Path to Exile for Swords to Plowshares. Your deck doesn't seem to care what your opponent's life is at, but a mana lead is very powerful in this situation. Also, Swords to Plowshares is actually cheaper.

smashadams83 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

6 days ago

yea I guess that would be the only case, taking out 2, 1/1s you’re right. I think it depends on your meta but razaketh is strong in a combo build imo. He can tutor up protection if you’re playing greaves or even journey to eternity, Then just go to town grabbing anything you need for utuility. His high CMC is tough but I’ve added Chord of Calling and some other reanimation spells to cheat him in.

Additionally, I can’t speak highly enough for Harvest Season. It’s so great here since we have deathtouch snakes, you can attack , normally have no blocks, then grab a bunch of basics. It’s been fantastic for me. Ive never grabbed less than 5 basics with it.

Also I think Necrotic Ooze could be useful since you are combo focused and possibly Altar of the Brood or Blasting Station as win cons.

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