Barrier of Bones


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Common

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Barrier of Bones

Creature — Skeleton Wall


When Barrier of Bones enters the battlefield, surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card into your graveyard.)

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Barrier of Bones Discussion

VeggiesaurusRex on Aztec Death Whistle (Songs of the Damned Combo)

2 months ago

Hi, killer_eye! Between work and summer break, I haven't gotten to play as much pauper as I'd like so I haven't actually played any games with Ransack the Lab yet. My goldfishing suggests that it's worth playing, but I don't know whether or not four is the right number. As for Barrier of Bones , I'll be sure to give it a shot once I can start playing again because, like you said, Fume Spitter looks really bad in the current meta.

I'm also seriously considering dropping Krosan Tusker in the near future. Do you have any suggestions?

killer_eye on Aztec Death Whistle (Songs of the Damned Combo)

2 months ago

hi veggiesaurusrex! it's me again, just want to share Barrier of Bones which i'm liking a lot in the slot of Fume Spitter . infect and faeries are nowhere to be seen in the current meta for Fume Spitter to shine. what i like with Barrier of Bones is the surveil, also not a bad topdeck because of this and it's 3 toughness enough to block aggressive X/2 creatures which we have a lot in pauper.

any feedback with Ransack the Lab ? i've been enjoying Winding Way and up my count from 2 to 3.

Daveslab2022 on Baron of Death (Modern Horizons update)

3 months ago

Barrier of Bones is okay, it does what you says it does, but that’s it. You’re an aggressive style deck, I would play Relentless Dead for another cheap creature with recursion.

multimedia on Mono black

4 months ago

Hey, good start, but with Liliana as Commander consider expanding on the sacrifice theme? Sacrifice strategies with aristocrats can be good and powerful, but you need to commit to them with many sac outlets to make the payoffs for sacing creatures worth it. Cards such as Liliana herself, Pawn of Ulamog , Sifter of Skulls , Grim Haruspex , etc. are payoffs for sacing creatures, but they're lackluster without sac support.

Cards that are within your deck's budget to consider adding for sacrifice strategy:

Reanimation is a fine secondary strategy to use consider also expanding on it:

Other cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting (no order):

DSquirrel on Mono black

4 months ago

I don't know how long your typical games go but i think that It That Betrays hard to cast at 12 mana as a deck with no mana ramp other then Dark Ritual Cabal Ritual and Cabal Stronghold so unless you us a tutor then you might struggle to cast it.

I personally don't like Mindwrack Demon the delirium effect can be rough if you hit the wrong cards with the ETB or if against graveyard hate but if you like a big demon Demon of Catastrophes which also works as a sudo sacrifice outlet. Also not sure about Barrier of Bones

I can't think of any black instant or sorcery recursion, I think that is more of a blue thing might be wrong though

Ivanian on Mono Black Massacre

5 months ago

beetleborgs, no problem. Reaper is defo on the stronger side and is a strong body that can trade in the early game. My problem with The Haunt of Hightower is that it is 3 toughness and it dies to a shock easily. Doom Whisperer would probably be the better option here though it needs some testing. If early game and matchups against red aggro is a problem, then maybe Barrier of Bones but it's probably not the most optimal choice.

Ziusdra on Ayli, Eternal Lifegain

6 months ago

I love this deck and the lifegain scheme. Consider maybe Edgewalker so that your commander becomes free and replaying your commander each time she dies will remain cheap for a long time. Too, most of your other clerics too will be free to play or cost 1 colorless. Then also think about Victimize in order to replay the ones you sacrifice to your commander's effect. You're running a lot of sacrifice-your-own-creature effects so you'll need ways to get more creatures on the board, not only to sacrifice, but to block opponent attacks you don't want to take. To that end, I'd probably take out Barrier of Bones and maybe look at putting up some flying deathtouch creatures, so that your opponents aren't hitting you and triggering their own win cons in doing so. There's nothing like hiding behind a wall of deathtouch while you drain & lifegain without ever having to attack. :)

goldlion on Muldrotha, Squirrel Surge

8 months ago

Fun! It feels like surveil is more of an all-in strategy for it to be great, except for Underrealm Lich or Doom Whisperer , while dredge is generally fantastic in this strategy. I'd agree that Dimir Informant and Barrier of Bones may not produce enough value as the way you use that 1 creature cast from the graveyard that turn, while dredge provides the value without taking up the creature cast. It's too bad there wasn't an artifact creature with a surveil etb trigger!

Like skoobysnackz says, Stinkweed Imp does seem like a great option as a replacement. More value than Dimir Informant as it also discourages attacks. I don't know if Golgari Thug has enough synergy in here though, I think he's better in something like Gitrog where you have easy card draw and are less likely to play creatures from the graveyard.

Jade Mage could be better than Slimefoot...? She doesn't have the die trigger for the saprolings, but she is 1 cheaper to play (and replay), and 1 cheaper for creating saprolings, so more useable as a sink when you don't have the huge mana turns. Or, if mana isn't a problem in general and you want the mass saproling army, maybe Nemata, Grove Guardian . It seems like you don't have enough sac outlets to really make the Slimefoot trigger valuable and Nemata, while more expensive to cast, gives cheaper saprolings and a way to make that wide army tall. Just some thoughts - if Slimefoot has been performing, then by all means!

I love the interactivity of this deck, Muldrotha seems so fun as a tool box!

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