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As an additional cost to cast Alter's Reap, sacrifice a creature.
Draw two cards.
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Altar's Reap Discussion
4 days ago
Short Answer: Yes.
Gatherer ruling for Isochron Scepter says "You can pay additional costs, such as kicker costs. If the card has any mandatory additional costs, you must pay those." So you can kick Orim's Chant, and, for instance, you would have to sac a creature to Altar's Reap with Isochron Scepter
5 days ago
6 days ago
How about some synergy with Necrogen Mists and Collective Brutality? Madness will be useful in here, e.g. Dark Withering. Also, in my opinion 11 enchantemnts might be too many. Maybe some draw source instaed? There's plenty: Altar's Reap, Sign in Blood, Read the Bones. And I thnik that with those card cost, you could easily drop to 18 swamps.
1 week ago
Perusing the internet this morning, I came across the "seven by nine" rule. If your not familiar with it, you can check it out here, under note three - http://www.quietspeculation.com/2011/05/building-depietro-depauper/
Anyways, I found it quite brilliant. I broke out my EDH deck (The Cairn Nel Toth) and decided that it needed a serious overhaul.
I decided that my nine "slots," if you will would be the following:
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 1 or less)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 2)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 3 or greater)
Utility/assorted random cards
So i started sorting the piles, and quickly realized I had too many cards for some slots, and not enough for others. I started the long, laborious, and painful process of cutting cards. I couldn't quite cut enough cards from the utility pile, so I decided I would have nine utility cards, and only six distinctly self-mill and CMC three or greater sacrifice fodder cards, because a lot of other cards can do those things in addition to doing their main purpose (if that makes any sense).
Anyways, I'll list the cards I have for each slot (its quite different than the original deck). Also, many cards serve multiple purposes, so I'm putting them in the category of their MAIN purpose.
Self-mill - Golgari Grave-Troll, Life from the Loam, Altar of Dementia (The best card in the whole deck, hands down. Not even kidding. Every Meren deck should run this card), Mesmeric Orb, Grapple with the Past. I need one more card for this slot (Stinkweed Imp?).
Sacrifice Outlets - Ashnod's Altar, Skullclamp, Attrition, Mind Slash, Evolutionary Leap. I don't love one-off sacrifice spells, but I have the slot for one. I've been debating between Altar's Reap, Morbid Curiosity and Eldritch Evolution.
Thoughts? What cards should fill my unfilled slots? Any cards I should replace?
2 weeks ago
After playing it for three weeks now, I've had a couple realizations:
2) I'm struggling to find a good 4-drop finisher in red and black right now. Fleetwheel Cruiser is nice the turn it comes down, but after that you have to give up another attaching creature just to swing with it. Tried Skyship Stalker as well but it's just too expensive at 5 mana for a 3/3 flying haste.
2 weeks ago
Alright here is a ton of cards that seems to fit the theme. Some are definitely better then others I'm just giving a list of cards. Some of these cards are not budget
Hope you find something useful within all these!
2 weeks ago
Well what's wrong with one cabal coffers when you can have Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for an asston of mana! Some awesome card advantage would be Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip or basically any of the Lilliana cards! But since you run so few creatures, my suggestion would be to take out some one time card things like Altar's Reap and Dark Dabbling for something like a Grave Titan and a Rakshasa Gravecaller for more zombie token spam!
Of course, no true overwhelming zombie deck would be complete without a Sidisi, Undead Vizier because that's a tutor on a body!
Of course since you're on a budget below 200 bucks these are the best I can offer you without you potentially going over budget.
3 weeks ago
The quality of a card is quite hard to judge in a vacuum. Even the cost/impact factor is far from universally applicable.
Even the most atrocious costs and drawbacks can be turned into an advantage, that's the beauty of Magic. Just one example, Altar's Reap would be inferior to most blue draw spells, but in a deck that runs undying creatures like Young Wolf, you get 2 cards, a +1/+1 counter, and some combat trickery at the cost of 2 mana, suddenly outclassing the very same blue draw spells.
What makes this important is that everyone tries to maximize the efficiency of their respective deck. A card doesn't have to be good for everyone and all decks, it only has to be good for me and the deck I am building. Universal value is always beaten by specific value.
Now what if you just love building decks and churn out several prototypes and variants every month? A universally good card can be reused in many different decks, so it's most probably a good investment. On the other hand, if you can get two, three or even ten specialized synergistic playsets at the cost of one universally good playset which you then have to proxy or shift around all the time, that's a different case.
To sum it up, Cards are never played in a vacuum, therefore their quality can't be measured in a vacuum either.
I think Leatherback Baloth, a 4/5 for 3, hardly counts as a vanilla creature, so it's probably not a very good example anyway.