Attrition

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Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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MTG: Commander Rare
Urza's Destiny Rare

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Attrition

Enchantment

, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonblack creature.

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Attrition Discussion

Loco-Motive on Meren's So Damn Good in the Sac

21 hours ago

Mortiferus_Rosa, there was never a solid commitment to going the route of tokens. Never a plan that required them from the start...just a manifestation of certain strategies that came together as such.

Very rarely does this deck win off of total Commander damage kills or attacking until life is at zero. The majority of the time, my wins come out of locking up the entire board through sac and attrition. So initially, tokens ended up being good blocking fodder until strategies manifested...then tokens became a more efficient way to get that Experience Count up faster...then finally, certain components of the deck used tokens crazy-efficiently.

I suppose it started with Awakening Zone, which I will always find to be an auto-include in any Commander deck running Green. The exponential mana / chump blockers are a no-brainer, especially when it comes to increasing Commander cast costs.

Things that produce tokens, but were added for their overall efficiency and not so much tokens specifically, were things like Grave Titan, Creakwood Liege, Wurmcoil Engine, etc...

Then things started coming into play that used tokens so well, or relied on them, such as Eldrazi Monument, Skullclamp, Ashnod's Altar, Attrition, Birthing Pod, etc...

Finally, it all came together with additions such as Butcher of Malakir, Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, etc...to completely lock out multi-player scenarios. This has been the usual way in which games are ending with this deck.

That's not to say that I only sac tokens and forego getting quality card creatures into the 'yard that I can bring back with their ETB's using Meren, but it gives me options.

Hope that gives you a good window into the mentality of the deck's construction thus far. The deck's gone through roughly 8-mos of metamorphosis...heavy in the beginning and certainly slowed recently as its been pretty well-tuned by the conversations here with the community.

Daedalus19876 on Dark Phoenix, Who Frowns At Fun

3 days ago

I was thinking - this deck might have fun with Attrition. With a continuous stream of potential sacrifices, it can easily overpower any non-black player. I run it in virtually every one of my black decks.

Mairon_Bauglir on Experimental deck

1 week ago

well first piece of advice I would give, is to drop a lot of those creatures and spells that don;t directly help, like Quest for the Gravelord is a card that usually looks good but is pretty slow compared to other zombie styles. I would highly recommend the following zombies, Gravecrawler that one is the best 1 mana drop zombie and most aggressive 1 drop that has proabably ever been made and can only be ever truly stopped by being exiled which is a rather uncommon deck strategy, Highborn Ghoul as he can swing past nonblack/nonartifact decks and provide easy constant damage and with the right buff could be a game ender by himself. Relentless Dead his menace is pretty good but his ressurection ability to bring back other zombies to the field is unparalleled and he can save himself by paying a single mana. Lord of the Undead is a good 3 drop buffer zombie and works as a slightly slower ressurection card but is still pretty good. Cryptbreaker is easily second best 1 mana drop zombie ever made even if he is more subtle than Gravecrawler because once Cryptbreaker has a zombie horde to work with he can draw a lot of draw very quickly and has been the cause of several touranment wins by himself plus his discard works pretty well if you have useless cards in your hands that you can turn into zombies. Diregraf Colossus works very well as he works with graveyard styled decks but his zombie spawning ability especially in combo with Gravecrawler can become crazy after a few turns. Also since you seem to want to build a zombie deck around Liliana, the Last Hope ultimate ability, I'm rather surprised you haven't seen or put in Endless Ranks of the Dead it is a bit slow at first but can create literally infinite token zombies to overwhelm most opponents. Spiteful Returned is a zombie a lot of people overlook but he can work very well either as a fighter or a buffer for an end game strategy, Unbreathing Horde is a really good frontline fighter that can be extremely hard to take down if a large amount of zombies are in play when he comes out, Death Baron his abilities speak for themselves turning the weak zombies into death dealing monsters and gives them a buffer, Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a really good zombie card to use as the exploit ability can be unparalled if used with the resurrection abilities of Relentless Dead and Lord of the Undead to bring out whatever you need to bring out to end the game. Attrition and Mind Slash work as sac cards that provide a lot of versatility and control to the field and work well with the making of zombie tokens. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is a good zombie that makes all your nontoken zombies harder to kill and makes them a bit tougher through his buff and undying ability, plus he is a 5/5 with intimidate which can be pretty powerful on it's own. Grave Betrayal is not really practical in too many situations but can be a fun card to put out and makes it fairly powerful. And finally if you're going all in with zombies it would irresponsible to not mention Coat of Arms that artifact makes all of your zombies hilariously strong, if 8 zombies are out they all get +7/+7 and as most zombies are 2/2 then they would all become 9/9 zombies just with Coat of Arms and not even taking into account all the other buffer cards. I hope these suggestions help! Cheers!

Phayd on Garruk, Apex Predator - Planeswalker

2 weeks ago

If you're going for a single-out-a-player-hunt-them-down theme:

I think the curses are pretty funny:

Curse of Death's Hold

Curse of Vengeance

Curse of Predation

Curse of Shallow Graves

Also, since you're removal heavy:

Grave Betrayal

Going to need some card draw:

Phyrexian Arena

Tireless Tracker

Recur some of your curses and other combo cards with:

Eternal Witness

Greenwarden of Murasa

Some other dick cards include:

Plow Under - Nothing says "Screw you" like setting them back 2 mana and 2 draw steps.

Kamahl, Fist of Krosa - Another way for you to animate lands.

Nature's Revolt - Another way for you to animate lands.

Some generally good cards:

Nature's Lore - Ramp that puts stuff into play untapped (can get Bayou and Overgrown Tomb as well as forest).

Demonic Tutor & Diabolic Tutor - go get that combo piece

Toxic Deluge - a scale-able board-wipe that can kill indestructible things

Maelstrom Pulse - Another removal spell that can hit walkers (as well as anything else)

Abrupt Decay - Another removal spell that can hit a ton of non-creature threats

Garruk Relentless  Flip - Also another token generator to feed into your Beastmaster Ascension or ultimate emblem.

Cuts

Bane of Progress - too many artifacts and enchantments to run this guy

Burnished Hart - more for non-green decks that need ramp. The stuff you have in here is already way better.

Butcher of Malakir - Never a big fan of this guy, especially if you don't have ways to control when his trigger happens (with ways to sac guys whenever you want)

Creakwood Liege - Not a lot of 2-color creatures to take advantage of his buffs

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord - Works best when you use dredge mechanics to fill up your Graveyard. He doesn't look at opponent's graveyards, where - hopefully - most of the creatures will be.

Necroskitter - Only have 1 other card to enable the -1/-1 counters, so this guy won't be doing much.

Pathbreaker Ibex - Is generally considered a weaker Craterhoof Behemoth, but attacking in waves will be less frequent considering you'll be spending a good amount of the game using your mana to kill things.

Seedborn Muse - Not a lot of instants or other effects to use on other people's turns to run this guy.

Explosive Vegetation - You should be good with what you have ramp-wise

See the Unwritten - Not enough 4+ power creatures to use this. I'd be totally onboard if Garruk made 4/4s instead of 3/3s

Golgari Signet - You should be good with what you have ramp-wise

Ruinous Path - Might have too much removal, considering your PW is removal as well.

Thornbite Staff - Best coupled with Deathtouch, which I'm not seeing any of in here

Attrition - The non-black clause is pretty touch to swallow, and you have better removal already

Blowfly Infestation - Is this just in here for Necroskitter? lol

Food Chain - You have better ramp

Palace Siege - Not feeling either mode.

Make Obsolete - Might want to trade this in for something more versatile like Doomwake Giant or Pestilence

krackhour on Nightmare by Design

2 weeks ago

Interesting deck, I bet it's fun to play! I always give credit to unique and different. I like the deck the way it is, but a few cards that come to mind for this deck are Attrition , Geralf's Messenger , maybe even a Black Market. Seems like you already kind of have those bases covered with other cards... +1 from me! Nice deck : )

griz024 on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

2 weeks ago

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Trying to fit Attrition, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, and Restoration Angel for more removal and MUAH CCCCOMBOS!!. Have no idea what to cut
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Tyvm for any advice!

soul22 on When it Hurts so good!

3 weeks ago

also you can consider Attrition a clasic stax card.

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