Altar of the Brood


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
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

Forkbeard on Rhys the Redeemed: Power in Numbers

1 day ago

Great suggestions Splitcell, cheers. I have a Krenko goblin swarm deck and run both Throne of the God-Pharaoh & Altar of the Brood in there to great effect. They're just the right side of innocuous in that no one really wants to waste a removal spell on them, but they can both easily spiral out of control if opponents aren't paying attention. The problem I have with this deck is that I've been tuning it for years and cuts/swaps are becoming increasingly agonizing. I can't really see anything in here that I'd be willing to take out in favour of those cards /shrug

StopShot on What is the best card ...

2 days ago

Card combination of interest: Grinning Ignus & Runaway Steam-Kin.

This 2-card combo generates: Infinite storm and infinite cycles of a creature entering and leaving the battlefield.

Mana-cost needed to go infinite:

Extra: Either card can be tutored for with Flamekin Harbinger.

Description: Grinning Ignus is a creature with an ability that can effectively allow you to recast it multiple times on the same turn, however; while it always supplies enough mana to recast itself, for every loop you'll need to pay one extra mana for it's activated ability resulting in a net loss of per cycle. With Runaway Steam-Kin we now have the Ignus's missing piece as the Steam-Kin can easily generate the extra needed so that the initial loop no longer loses nor gains any mana in the process. This in turn creates a two card infinite loop, but by itself it is not enough to flat out win the game nor make any impact on the board. We wish to insert a third card into this combo to do just that. Thoughts?

Possible third card candidates:

Altar of the Brood: Infinite mill.

Impact Tremors or Grapeshot: Infinite damage.

Hazoret's Monument: Makes the initial combo cheaper to start. Generates infinite colorless mana and infinite card draw which results in lethal if Walking Ballista or Aetherflux Reservoir are in the deck.

Cinder Pyromancer: Infinite damage. (Can also be tutored for with Flamekin Harbinger.)

Conclusion: I am uncertain as to which third card would be the best choice to make this combo the most effective at winning the game. That said I feel there may be another third-card combo piece I am unaware of that may prove better than the ones I've listed. I'm making this post in hopes that it inspires an interest and discussion on the potential a combo like this has for combo-based decks, and so that better finishers for this combo may be discovered to improve upon it. Please share your thoughts below, thank you.

Splitcell on Rhys the Redeemed: Power in Numbers

1 week ago

Throne of the God-Pharaoh and Altar of the Brood are some of my most recent additions to my Rhys deck and I love both of them! I also like Altar of Dementia for when your board state is huge and they board wipe. Why not get something out of a board wipe, right? Either way I really like your deck +1 from me

ForsakenxEDHx on Not enough combat phases at the time.

1 week ago

I forgot to mention Altar of the Brood is a fun 1 mana investment.

Strangelove on Muldrotha Lands Matter

1 week ago

I'm just going to toss these out here ("?" means I'm not so sure):

Adventuring Gear ...swing!

Shriekmaw ...removal.

Imprison ...reusable control.

Multani's Presence ...hate blue? draw?

Permeating Mass favorite chump!

Shaper's Sanctuary ...draw?

Thrull Parasite ...extort?

Utopia Sprawl ...ramp.

Altar of the Brood ...landfall?

Bloodchief Ascension ...lifegain/wincon.

Curse of Vengeance

Deathgreeter/ Essence Warden/ Blood Artist ...lifegain!

DrowZgam3r on Aminatou's Switcheroo

2 weeks ago

In case you are unaware there is a easily achieved infinite combo with Aminatou. when you play Felidar Guardian he can blink Aminatou, the Fateshifter who can then flicker felidar guardian with her minus one causing a infinite amount of enter and exit the battlefield triggers. You can exploit this combo by playing Altar of the Brood which will mill everyone at the table and/or Vela the Night-Clad which will ping everyone to death. If you do decide to run this combo then I suggest adding Trinket Mage and Mana Vault which will both help you access this combo more consistently.

BurtReynolds on Naked Lunch

2 weeks ago

I feel like there are a couple of nice combos that you already have most of the pieces for but are just missing one or two cards that would work well in the deck as non-combo pieces anyway.

Adding Nim Deathmantle would give you:

Further adding Geralf's Messenger and/or Abhorrent Overlord/Wurmcoil Engine would then also give you:

Abhorrent Overlord/Wurmcoil Engine comes with the bonus:

Of course for any of these sac/recursion loops, adding your already included Blood Artist gives you life drain/gain, Altar of the Brood will mill your opponents, and Grave Pact clears the board

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