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
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Altar of the Brood Discussion

EsperControl4Life on How could you be so Heartless? (Competitive)

8 hours ago

Mine was actually based around Altar of the Brood + Myr Retriever with Grapeshot as my alternate main board win con. Would you like me to upload the list?

SideBae on Breya, Artifact Shaper Synergies

4 days ago

Breya is always an interesting deck. I personally like the infinite-mana options; repeatedly casting Breya, then sac-ing her and one of the thopters to bolt an opponent results in game over immediately. I see three ways that are easiest to achieve that goal.

First, the bomberman combo: Auriok Salvagers with Lion's Eye Diamond . LED is an infamously expensive card though, so the other two may be easier to get ahold of.

Second, reanimated dragon combo: Worldgorger Dragon with Animate Dead , Necromancy , Dance of the Dead , or any other reanimating enchantment. The Worldgorger (which is reanimated from the yard) trigger exiles the reanimation enchantment, which lets it die, which returns the enchantment, which brings back the dragon... tapping all your lands/mana rocks for mana when they flicker in results in infinite mana. You really need another creature to target to end the loop, but it isn't too difficult to make sure this is the case.

Third, Dramatic Reversal with Isochron Scepter . You'll need 3+ mana from the rocks, but that also shouldn't be too hard.

Note that combos 1 and 2 accommodate Entomb effects as a tutor. So if you want to run those combos, Entomb , Buried Alive and/or Faithless Looting and the like are your friends. Note also that 1 and 2 generate infinite ETB triggers. Pairing them with Altar of the Brood allows you to win even if your commander has been countered or removed to oblivion. Furthermore, running Sculpting Steel or Phyrexian Metamorph to copy Sharuum the Hegemon creates a loop where you sac one to the legend rule and then bring back either the original or copying artifact. That also generates infinite ETB triggers, and is a pet combo of mine.

I strongly advise tutors outside the transmute ones. Demonic Tutor , Vampiric Tutor , Imperial Seal , Enlightened Tutor , Reshape , Whir of Invention , Gamble and Transmute Artifact are all in your colors (though some are more easily obtained than others). These will increase your deck's consistency, regardless of whether you decide to use the combo-build.

Depending on your deck's budget, you might want to consider your mana base as a work-in-progress. Slow Fetches like Rocky Tar Pit and Flood Plain are well under a dollar, and work well enough as a replacement for Bloodstained Mire or Flooded Strand . Mana Confluence and City of Brass are also powerhouses in a 4-color deck. You should at least consider Forbidden Orchard .

I advise Swords to Plowshares over Path to Exile . Ramping your opponent is especially dangerous in EDH, but the life-gain is typically not relevant.

Ramp is important in any EDH deck. Mind Stone is a good addition, along with Ancient Tomb . I typically don't care for 3-mana rocks, but Chromatic Lantern is good in 4- or 5-color decks. Izzet Signet is a good idea in addition to the other two signets you're running. Non-blue ones aren't nearly as good, but if you really need another, I advise Orzhov Signet over Boros Signet or Rakdos Signet . Sculpting Steel and Phyrexian Metamorph are good ways to copy opponents' rocks as well as your own, or even creatures in the case of the metamorph. Copy Artifact is another option.

Because you're in black, you have access to some real good card draw. Phyrexian Arena and Staff of Nin are good as permanent sources of card-advantage. Ambition's Cost , Ancient Craving , Painful Truths and Chart a Course are all good ways to draw cards as well.

If you're running Eldrazi Displacer , I suggest also running Containment Priest . That becomes {2}{C}: Exile target creature.

Good luck with deck building.

rshistorysmuf on Tibalt's Grimoire of Bloody Murder

1 week ago

I think that Codex Shredder and Millikin could be swapped for Altar of the Brood and Mesmeric Orb , these are really good alternatives. You may also want to consider this mana rock Cryptolith Fragment  Flip

Hoobynobber7395 on Jund Fun

1 week ago

Dictate of Erebos , Goblin Bombardment , Impact Tremors , and Altar of the Brood make a great combo for dealing damage and sacrificing and forcing people to lose their field advantages, and they are all still permanents, maybe a few mana fixes in there as well but beyond that seems solid

budlaorf on The Five Laws of NecroWarfare: A ZomboCombo Primer

2 weeks ago

hey, just stumbled on this wonderful deck! Have you considered adding in Altar of the Brood ? 1 mana and with all the creatures loops, you should be able to mill every opponent quick.

shamman317 on Budget God-Eternal Oketra

2 weeks ago

Oops Al the times I wrote Ashnod's Altar I meant Altar of the Brood didn't realize I had messed that up

Foxbeep on Budget God-Eternal Oketra

2 weeks ago

Zoetic Cavern can replace Mistveil Plains to save about $2. Hall of Triumph instead of Altar of the Brood for another few dollars savings. I'm not sure what the incidental milling Altar of the Brood really does for this deck, plus it may end up making you a target with the table hate. Sublime Archangel could be replaced with Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle to save another few and allow you to recur a few dead ETB creatures and trigger a few more zombies.

That's all I found in a short time, let me know what you think, should cut about $6-8

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