Breathstealer's Crypt


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

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Visions (VIS) Rare

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Breathstealer's Crypt


If a player would draw a card, instead he or she draws a card and reveals it. If it's a creature card, that player discards it unless he or she pays 3 life.

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Breathstealer's Crypt Discussion

AggroNick256 on Nekusar EDH

2 weeks ago

Nice deck! Much better than my first Nekusar deck. Although as someone who has been playing with our zombie wizard overlord for 7 years, I have some advice.

Firstly, I would definitely get Windfall and cut Torment of Hailfire .

It’s a good deck, but there’s definitely some cuts you could make to make it a little more focused. I love the inclusion of Breathstealer's Crypt ! I think it’s a very underrated card and it can be brutal against a creature heavy deck.

Do you have a specific way you want to win? Do you you want a huge burst of draw damage in a single turn? Or a slow painful death that your opponents can do nothing to stop?

Dawnbreaker7727 on

4 months ago

i love Breathstealer's Crypt in this deck along with the standard Peek and Gitaxian Probe

cdkime on You're Playing by MY rules now!

6 months ago

Knowledge Pool is a pretty significant alteration to how the game plays, as it prevents players from casting the cards they want.

Breathstealer's Crypt changes how drawing works, removing the element of surprise.

Contamination changes how lands work.

Crumbling Sanctuary changes all damage into mill.

Solemnity wrecks havoc with all kinds of counters.

Scionide on Nekusar, the Card Drawer

9 months ago

cdkime: I really like those suggestions, Library of Leng and Helm of the Ghastlord will most certainly find a home in this deck. I see the power of Phyresis, but I'm not looking to gain the hate of infect in my meta. Sigil of Sleep is also one I'll be keeping an eye on, though I've also bought a Breathstealer's Crypt for better creature control.

elgosu1337 on Lantern Control

10 months ago

You probably need to stop them from searching libraries and shuffling. Mindlock Orb helps with that. Maralen of the Mornsong combos with that to stop anyone from drawing cards, but with Muldrotha as your commander you can bypass the lock with self-mill like Sultai Ascendancy or Deadbridge Chant or cards like Taigam, Sidisi's Hand or Abundance. Rather than Winter Orb, Smokestack and Possessed Portal work well with Muldrotha. It's a pity you aren't playing white since Angel of Jubilation and Breathstealer's Crypt prevents your opponents from drawing creature cards ever again.

Cut everything apart from lands, then add in the core control elements, and then ramp and card advantage and removal.

Trozzul on Nekusar WIP

11 months ago

If you would like some suggestions,Drop:

Transguild Promenade (not a great mana filter)

painted bluffs (not great mana filter)

River of tears (some comp decks run this but personally i dont like it)

Metallurgic Summonings

Sunbird's Invocation

Duskmantle Seer (you have some high CMC cards)

Nucklavee (cmc too expensive)

Wizard Replica (use actual counterspells rather than creature ones)

Dissipate (use a different counterspell: Arcane Denial)

Ravenous Trap (Run bojuka bog instead)

Disdainful Stroke (not a great counterspell: trade out for undermine)

Horn of Greed (this cards actually alright to keep if you cant find a replacement)

Neurok Stealthsuit (actually mentioning this card because its great! glad to see someone use it)

Sphere of the Suns (theres better cheaper manarocks)

Traveler's Amulet (not great ramp)

Wayfarer's Bauble ()

Mystic Retrieval

Deny Existence (not great counterspell: trade out for Dream Fracture?)

Negate (get Counterspell instead)

God-Pharaoh's Gift (Too high of a cmc for what it does, when your deck gets further developed you will end up with less creatures)

Mind Stone (trade out for sol ring)

Dimir Charm (i like izzet charm better, not a super whole lot of 2 mana cards you want to destroy in edh)

Izzet Chronarch

You have a lot of instant and sorcery retrieval, Honestly with Nekusar in my opinion you should actually replace those cards with more copys (For example Windfall and Collective Defiance are basically copys since they do the same thing) = Consistency, its nice to grab whatever you want from the graveyard but you dont always have that option.Heres some cheap cards to fit in maybe? i play paper and im thinking paper prices, everything here should be under $3

Graven Cairns: Fantastic mana filter, too bad the rest of the cycles are incredibly cheap, this is the only super cheap one

Geier Reach Sanitarium

Extract from Darkness


Breathstealer's Crypt: This card is insane for what it is, it hits you too but its still worth it.

Whispering Madness

Geth's Grimoire


Library of Leng


Mystic Remora

Crosis's Charm

Dark Deal


Kederekt Parasite

Lim-Dul's Vault

Diabolic Vision




Phyresis and Tainted Strike, it feels good to kill players with infect after wheeling multiple times in one turn

Fevered Visions

Jace's Archivist


Collective Defiance

Temple Bell Great card, try to tap it at the end of their turns, or use when you need to topdeck a counterspell

alakhurd on Big Brother is Watching And His Name is Neb

1 year ago

Hm. How about to bring some chaos and dirt with Zur's Weirding and Breathstealer's Crypt in addition Silent Arbiter?

K4m4r0 on Screw your Cards - Gwendlyn di Corci

1 year ago

tlk_lone_knight wow those are a lot of suggestions, thanks!

Breathstealer's Crypt and Anvil of Bogardan Affect both player, I tried to avoid that but with Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur this shouldn't be much of a drawback.

I didn't want to attack with creatures, although those are some nice cards, but the whole Deck had to be changed or atleast the creatures since I only run utility creatures. Neko-Te Hot Soup Sword of Feast and Famine

Illusionist's Bracers is already in the list but thanks anyways!

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