Altar of the Brood


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Khans of Tarkir Rare
Promo Set 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

tophertbone12 on Zombies into Mill into Zombies

1 week ago

If you really want a strong Mill theme, i would recommend adding Altar of Dementia. It combos nicely with Undead Alchemist, sacrifice the Zombies he makes to make an opponent mill, hopefully producing more zombies and keeping the cycle going. Phyrexian Altar also combos well with Gravecrawler and Altar of the Brood. Sacrifice Gravecrawler to add a Black, use the black to re-cast Gravecrawler (assuming you have at least one other zombie), trigger Altar of the Brood each opponent mills 1, repeat.

NotoriousCOV on Oona Mill

1 week ago

Thanks for the suggestion zoefzoef83. 5 mana for a single target mill spell is a bit too expensive for this deck, especially in multiplayer EDH. Plus, as people draw their decks throughout the game, the spell provides less and less return on your mana investment.

My meta also runs Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and the like, so that's why the game plan is Oona's exile ability, with cheap mill cards that provide value throughout the game like Altar of the Brood and Mindcrank.

jaeger_Konig on Locust God Mill

1 week ago

Fraying Sanity and Altar of the Brood seem like good and cheap cards to add into a mill deck. Altar triggers off each locus you make and is a nasty combo. Especially if you can make it to where you draw when someone mills to repeat the process.

Ghoulraiser on Zombies

2 weeks ago

So besides your commander you have only 5 cards that have blue in them. I would go mono black if you are not utilizing that color more with card draw, counter spells, control.

Dread Slaver is good in limited but not edh, it won't stay around long for it to take a bunch of stuff and also people wont mind taking the 3 to keep their dorks. you can replace it with a better beater/ blocker i suggest Scourge of Nel Toth

Highborn Ghoul does nothing in this format. it can be replaced with something to get chip away at opponents life better i suggest Gempalm Polluter

Nested Ghoul barely replaces himself when lost, it can be taken out for Noosegraf Mob which adds a few more guys to the table

take out Disentomb and replace it with Reanimate to cut out the middleman, your hand. same goes for Raise Dead i would put in Animate Dead because it puts it on the field and can take from any yard. i would also cut Gravepurge and slot in Zombie Apocalypse yeah it is double the mana but you dont clutter your top deck and get all your guys out instead of slowly over the course of a few turns. remove Macabre Waltz for Dance of the Dead for the same reasons as Disentomb. another mass reanimate spell is Living Death my opinion would to remove Urza's Incubator for it.

to get into more blue take out Sanguimancy and add in Frantic Search for free card draw basically. also remove Underworld Connections for Rhystic Study. Life's Finale can be replaced with Cyclonic Rift. You already have Lord of the Accursed so Graf Harvest can come out for Lim-Dul's Vault to set up what you need. i would take out Liliana's Indignation for Traumatize indulgence is such abad mana sink you should add Dark Salvation as a mana sink and remove From Under the Floorboards. adding Traumatize works well with cards like Undead Alchemist so to slot him in remove Liliana's Reaver in addition to buff this little synergy remove Darkest Hour for Altar of the Brood to make tokens all night.

Haunted Fengraf is slow because you sac lands and you dont even get to choose you target i would replace it with Unholy Grotto. take out Leechridden Swamp for a swamp there are better ways to get to your opponents life with your mana. graveyard decks do not need Reliquary Tower.

i see you arent running the grimgrin-gravecrawler-diregraf captain combo, i would take out Jet Medallion for Phyrexian Altar to be able to kill the table. also for replacements for the captain remove Adaptive Automaton and Prized Amalgam (its slow) for Vengeful Dead and Plague Belcher

i would also try to find more slots for a for like 4 counter spells

you can check out my list for other combos

DarkMech on Breya, Etherium Combo Maker

2 weeks ago

Hey man!

Overall, the deck looks pretty solid. There's only a few changes I would suggest you make:

1) 40 lands is probably too many. If it's been working out for you then fine, but I would suggest that you trim a few, for either more mana rocks, more tutors, or extra combo redundancy. I would also suggest you re-examine the color spread of your lands (you don't need so much red).

2) There are a couple cards you could replace with more efficient options. For example, Rewind could be swapped for Arcane Denial, Mana Leak, or good old Counterspell. Etched Oracle could become Thirst for Knowledge or a similar draw spell. Thopter Spy Network can be Necropotence if you find you can reliably hit triple black.

3) You mention the Sharuum the Hegemon+Phyrexian Metamorph combo and acknowledge you don't have the piece to actually make it lethal. I would include at least one way to make the combo lethal; standouts include Disciple of the Vault, Altar of the Brood (which has the upside of being an artifact but doesn't kill if your opponent has any Eldrazi titans), or Reckless Fireweaver (run Disciple before this one). If you choose to include this combo I would also run a Sculpting Steel to have a backup for the Metamorph.

Other than that, the deck looks strong (as supported by my experience playing against it). If you're looking to slim down the list you can pick a combo or two to focus on and replace the rest of the combos with tutors and draw, but you don't have to do that.

PapaJustify on mono black mill

2 weeks ago

Altar of the Brood, Heartless Summoning, 2xMyr Retriever combo is pretty much mandatory. Throw in cards like Sands of Delirium, Sadistic Sacrament and Haunting Echoes. Other than that, though not monoblack, splash blue and get a couple of Sphinx's Tutelage going. There's so many low-cost draw cards in black and a lot of control too like Bile Blight, Go for the Throat and Flaying Tendrils.

Jafjaf5 on Dead eyes don't blink (MEGA BUDGET)

2 weeks ago

I have considered Blue sun, but I didn't add it because it can't be tutored with any of my tutors. The Fearies and the drake are untutorable, but I had no idea that Skyscibing existed! Those are definite maybe board cards, and I will continue to playlets that. Splashing is something that I might want to do. It works with the dual lands, which would be great, but It needs to be tutored, so something that costs tree mana would be great so it could be tutored with Drift of Phantasms. Thank you for the enthusiastic feedback. But, who needs infinite mana when you have Altar of the Brood

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