Birthing Pod


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare

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Birthing Pod


( may be paid for with either or 2 life.)

, , Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to 1 plus the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Birthing Pod Discussion

bushido_man96 on Muldrotha

1 week ago

It looks like you are running Sultai "Good Stuff." Which is ok. But if you start to see yourself wanting to lean in one direction or another, that's when you should start switching cards out to focus on a direction. Do you want to focus on Reanimator? Graveyard matters theme? Or just play fun stuff you don't get to toss into other decks because of Muldrotha's awesome ability?

I personally love reanimation strategies, so I look to getting stuff out of the graveyard. A way you can do this is by switching some of the tutors around for things that pitch stuff into the bin. I'd consider running Evolutionary Leap alongside your Birthing Pod in place of Eldritch Evolution or Demonic Tutor . Animate Dead would be a solid enchantment inclusion. Things like that to think about.

greyninja on Muldrotha Turns the Tide

1 week ago

Thanks multimedia! I upvoted a bunch of your decks in return

I do hope to add the new modern horizons lands. They'll likely replace basic swamps and forests. I also just traded for a Phyrexian Tower which took the place of a basic swamp. Ancient Tomb I have in a few other decks. Maybe I'll swap one over eventually. Strip Mine is mean, maybe too mean, but I'll definitely consider it ;)

I tore apart two decks to build this one. Sylvan Library was in the pile, so that's an idea. Deathrite Shaman as well, which may go in my wife's Doran, the Siege Tower deck.

I don't own a Birthing Pod , Pernicious Deed , Spore Frog or Sidisi, Undead Vizier ; but I hope to sooner than later. They're all great ideas.

Thanks again! Cheers!

multimedia on Muldrotha Turns the Tide

1 week ago

Hey, nice concept and well made deck, lots of good cards here. I also really like the deck name :)

Because of such a expensive price deck I think the manabase can be improved because 16 basic lands is a lot for a three color deck. For starters consider adding the new Horizon lands from Modern Horizons: Waterlogged Grove and Nurturing Peatland ? These lands are good for draw with Muldrotha's ability to play a land from your graveyard as well as with Crucible and Excavator. Strip Mine is replayable land destruction. Ancient Tomb is a powerful land in Commander, good ramp for six drop Muldrotha. City of Brass and Mana Confluence are helpful Rainbow lands.

Some upgrades to consider:

Consider cutting some card redundancy for more lower CMC versatile options? Good luck with your deck.

Ripwater on Meren of Clan Nel Toth: Dig up her Bones

2 weeks ago

Hey Frank_Glascock,

Yeah I found myself really lacking on the draw for this deck. Often I ended with an empty hand. So therefor I added those 2 to the deck again. I still haven't decided yet if I like Soul of the Harvest that much. But it draws and thats something. Might take it out and put a Sylvan Library in, just to test it out. Krav, the Unredeemed really shines in a token deck tbh.

Disciple of Bolas is something I completely forgot about. I got it in this week and want to try it out for a bit. I think he is quite good.

Mindslicer is awesome. I totally agree with you, I've seen it in play a few times now and it's almost never dissapointing. The only time where I go I'd rather not cast it is when meren is crazy expensive and dumping our hand might be a problem for us.

Birthing Pod has been really really effective for me. Often it results in getting all my pieces out of my deck if left unchecked. I think it's really good and it provides on sorcery speed an answer the moment it hits the field.

Frank_Glascock on Meren of Clan Nel Toth: Dig up her Bones

2 weeks ago

Ripwater, Did you add Soul of the Harvest and Disciple of Bolas recently? I saw on Control_Train's page where you said Soul of the Harvest was an ok card that you had yet to cast. Is it taking the place of Krav, the Unredeemed ?

I think we made the right call on Mindslicer . I have had a chance to cast it in three games. It was not beneficial to cast it in only one of those games. The other two games were effectively ended by my opponents losing their hands. This card seems to be a way for us to get back in the game when our opponents are outpacing us on card draw and have mana for big turns.

I have not gotten out Birthing Pod . Has it been effective for you? Worldly Tutor has been very effective in practice. I think it is a card you should consider.

papids on Animar

2 weeks ago

I had exploration in for a while but found I never had the extra lands to really make any use of it (frequently keep 2 land hands, which makes exploration just a weak mana dork in many cases). I also like my interaction to cost 1 mana usually (been thinking about cutting Glen Elendra Archmage for that reason) but I could see stratus dancer being a good fit as well (need less blue and combos with Cloudstone Curio . I like GEA just because it leads to a pretty simple and clean with Birthing Pod (sac, get Zealous Conscripts , untap pod, sac again to get Kiki-Jiki.

Frank_Glascock on Meren of Clan Nel Toth: Dig up her Bones

3 weeks ago

Ripwater, thanks for the reply. I always look forward with much anticipation to your input.

Everytime I try to move away from Control_Train's list I end up putting back in his card's that I cut.

The creatures he is playing that I am not are Destructor Dragon , Massacre Girl and Silhana Wayfinder .

Those spots are occupied by Kokusho, the Evening Star , Mindslicer and Sheoldred, Whispering One .

Silhana Wayfinder is subpar. We have discussed my view that Destructor Dragon is overcosted. I agree with your theory that Massacre Girl would threaten Meren so I am hesitant to play her. I like having Kukusho and Sheoldred to help close out games. Am I wrong that Control_Train's list lacks any closers?

He has played Mindslicer in the past. The theory behind this card's inclusion is solid. We should be able to play top deck much better than our opponents by utilizing the graveyard. It is a nice inclusion for our Birthing Pod chain. How has it performed for you?

Is Sylvan Safekeeper a recent addition? I thought for sure you were not playing this card as of last week.

Pattern of Rebirth , Dismember , Mausoleum Secrets , Casualties of War , and Final Parting were replaced by Birthing Pod , Sylvan Library , Survival of the Fittest a Imperial Seal and Guardian Project in my list.

I only have reservations concerning Casulties of War. The three tutors (or tutor engines) I am playing have proven to be superior to his across all formats. Sylvan Library is a green staple, and is an extremely strong early turn play. You made a convincing argument in defense of Guardian Project. Dismember seems like the weakest of the removal spells.

I cut Sol Ring but it was like pulling teeth and may make way back into the deck. I tutor for Sylvan Safekeeper frequently and the deck tutors creatures easier than artifacts. Still, Lightning Greaves should be in my list. Safekeeper is the superior card in my opinion but this deck has to have Meren on board. Has Lightning Greaves been effective for you?

As a side note, it does not seem Control_Train reinserts cards he cuts. I wish I could say the same. I put Prowling Serpopard back into the deck. Chalk it up to an irrational fear of blue countermagic. No attempts at justification will be made for its inclusion.

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Birthing Pod occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Golgari: 0.36%

BUG (Sultai): 0.7%