Bone Picker


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Bone Picker

Creature — Bird

Bone Picker costs less to cast if a creature died this turn.

Flying, deathtouch

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Bone Picker Discussion

Darth_Savage on Occult Wings

3 days ago

Hi MiguelLavariel

Setting an arbitrary limitation to your deck design like all creatures have flying isn't necessarily the best way to build an efficient deck. Modern is often referred to as a turn four format, what this means is that your deck needs to be in a position to win on turn four. If I use infect as an example, Plague Stinger being pumped by Vampire's Bite is a scarier proposition than any of your threats.

That being said it might be possible to build a more efficient version of your deck, but the catch is that if someone wants a mono black deck both infect and devotion already exist as options. Still I'd like to suggest a couple of cards Bone Picker is the first, assuming you get the cost reduction it is an efficient beater. Next Virulent Swipe, on the first use it can get extra damage through, the second use is free, even if it does define the pumped creature before combat. Last, but not least Smuggler's Copter could easily find a home in an aggro list like yours, it is definitely worth considering.

I hope this helps.

KINGofORESKOS on VAmpires do stuff

1 week ago

Nice deck! I would add lifegain as one of the hubs. Let me know if you don't know how to do that, and I can help you out. If budget isn't a big problem, running 3 Vona, Butcher of Magans could really help the deck. Sure, you pay a decent amount of life, but she has vigilance and lifelink, meaning you can gain up to 8 life every turn. Sanctum Seeker is another iconic vampire card, along with Elenda, the Dusk Rose. I would actually run 4 of them, because according to the legendary rule, you must sacrifice 1 if you have 2 on the battlefield, triggering her ability. You seem to be running yourself a bit thin. You have 1-2 of many decent cards, when you should have 3-4 of the best cards. Here's what I would do: -3 Adanto Vanguard. -1 Bone Picker. -4 Gifted Aetherborn. I'm not sure about the numbers, but you should add all cards mentioned above and increase the number of Metallic Mimics.

StankP.I. on Modern Emerge with primer

2 weeks ago


I love the Bone Picker idea. I'll have to try it out and see if i can reliably cast it. If I can I'll bet it's an easy 3 or 4 of that walks the line just right between easily cast-able early pressure and emerge-able CMC.

I also haven't tried out Sanctum of Ugin, though the color requirements in the deck are already pretty steep. I feel like leaning on recursion for my deep fiend looping over sanctums is the way to go, but it warrants a try.

I tried Shriekmaw but I found that it was too narrow of a way to get the deep fiend out and didn't really increase consistency in any way. I could see an argument for a Shriekmaw over a push or a terminate, but I really hate going down on interaction.

The Serum Visions VS. Thought Scour debate I feel has a clear winner here, though it may not be obvious at first: The ideal turn 2 play in this deck is Faithless Looting, discard 2 Bloodghast, land, Hollow One. to make that work you have to have the hollow one in hand (and preferably the bloodghasts too). While thought scour fuels bloodghast and tasigur better it comes up short when trying to set up hollow one, and between the lootings and the fetches tasigur comes out easy enough already.

All that said, I've been playing Sultai Shadow much more than this deck at FNM lately, and haven't re-tuned it in a while. Let me know if anything gives some good results

vasarto77 on Angrath Flame Chained deck help.

2 weeks ago

Here is my deck so far, and I will actually admit that I am not sure 100% at what exactly I need this deck to do. Only that Angrath the flame chained is what I want my planeswalker to be, and that it needs to be Black / Red. There is already an Angrath deck on this website, but I don't want my deck to be like his deck at all.

Chained Angrath, Red, Black

Budgetish on Turn 2 9/9 Flying Trample, Turn 3 Win

1 month ago

ticked-off-squirrel I really enjoy Bone Picker and it has been added to the deck for sure. I don't seem to have too much of a problem with other aggro decks, with enough removal and Gifted Aetherborn to deal with most of them efficiently. Read the Bones is an interesting option, but it might be too high for my low mana curve. It will be tested for potential, though. Thanks for the feedback! It definitely helps to get more opinions!

Chasedrk1 on Mono-Black Aggro Rivals

1 month ago

I agree with Bone Picker strength I did some testing against other aggro decks. The card that I really hated to top deck was Dread Wanderer. 4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner would have been a pleasure as 2 on the field is a card draw engine that your opponent has to use removal on.

The only other thing I ran into came back to card draw. Once I was relying on top decking, I was pretty much done for if the opponent could drop my vehicles.

Perhaps an Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip in the side or 1 in the main could help sure up the longer games?

Either way great job on a good deck foundation.

ticked-off-squirrel on Turn 2 9/9 Flying Trample, Turn 3 Win

1 month ago

i just have two words for this deck. well damn.

also may i suggest Bone Picker? a 3/2 Flying and Deathtouch creature for only 1 mana is nothing to sneeze at. also Typhoid Rats/Pharika's Chosen. double duty creatures. cheap demon food or cheap instant kill creatures. and if for some reason the big DDG isn't at the front of the library a couple Read the Bones can make him come to the front.

again though, well damn.

ShadowHawkIII on Afflicting Curse

1 month ago

My suggestions would be to swap out the Carrion Screecher with the Bone Picker, and to also consider adding some Nest of Scarabs to generate 1/1 insect tokens when you place down -1/-1 tokens.

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