Brutal Hordechief


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Mythic Rare
Fate Reforged (FRF) Mythic Rare

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Brutal Hordechief

Creature — Orc Warrior

Whenever a creature you control attacks, defending player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

: Creatures your opponents control block this turn if able, and you choose how those creatures block.

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Brutal Hordechief Discussion

TheRedGoat on Blood Omen: The Legacy of Kain

4 days ago

Hmm,actually this looks pretty solid. I do want to ask a bout a few cards I saw in the new set though that you don't have.

Mavren Fein, Duck Apostle seems like a better option than Heir of Falkenrath  Flip.

Also Legion's Landing definitely feels better than Carrier Thrall.

Also, Sanctum Seeker was spoiled as well, though I'm not sure where to cut for it unless you would want it over Brutal Hordechief. Personally I'd want both, but obviously you can't fit everything in here.

Speaking of which, Boros Charm seems way better than Chain Lightning. For one extra mana you get 2 other options, or at least you get 1 extra damage without the chance for retaliation.

For some cards though I feel they'd be good, but where to cut is a problem again.

Iroas, God of Victory, Sunforger, Throne of the God-Pharaoh, Blade of the Bloodchief, and Mardu Ascendancy all seem like solid options for an aggro build. Had you already considered them?

Happymaster19 on True Blood [Modern Vampires]

1 week ago

YamishiTheWickedOne I think it used to be in here but with the bounty of other free discard outlets, Geier Reach Sanitarium just felt too mana intensive.

Do you think Sanctum Seeker's Brutal Hordechief trigger is worth it at four mana? Or is it better to just keep the curve lower and make it Stromkirk Captain instead?

cplvela0811 on True Blood [Modern Vampires]

2 weeks ago


I honestly am trying to figure that out. I definitely agree with the Sanctum Seeker over Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. It is a Brutal Hordechief for Vampires.

Rzepkanut on

3 weeks ago

Hey great looking deck! Got s few suggestions for ya... Strionic Resonator can double his counter distribution trigger or even a "bounty collection" trigger. I agree Queen Marchesa would be great in the 99 of this deck. If you need more control and pillow fort cards maybe try War's Toll, Archangel of Tithes, Lightmine Field, Do or Die and Parting Thoughts. Then there's Diaochan, Artful Beauty, who is basically a wild card. It could survive a while and be insane if you can make allies, or it will die right away but you should collect at least one bounty no matter what. Maybe you want to be in charge of combat to control the board and force bad blocks with Fumiko the Lowblood, Goblin Spymaster, Boros Battleshaper, Master Warcraft, Odric, Master Tactician, and Brutal Hordechief. I love the idea of using curses too especially Curse of Disturbance and Curse of Shallow Graves since you don't mind extra creatures floating around. Happy gathering!!

BS-T on Game of Thrones (Marchesa Primer)

4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed reading the Decklist, Primer and Comments. I've been looking for a deck to use Avatar of Slaughter because it just seems so ... brutal. I love it.

I'd be interested to know if you've considered any of these cards and why or why you wouldn't use them; Master Warcraft/Melee (too much of a one off?), Brutal Hordechief (too much mana?), Invasion Plans (TOO much of a sh*t storm and potentially unfavorable?), Odric, Master Tactician (not enough creatures of your own?).

Do you find that your opponents mostly end up tapped out and defenceless so Odric and the Hordechief aren't so much help?

Similarly to Odric, how has Skirsdag High Priest suited you - with only 22 creatures (obviously aside from Assemble the Legion and occasional Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts/Queen Marchesa)?

Rzepkanut on Vampiric Bloodlust (C17)

1 month ago

Nice looking deck friend! Seems like a great upgrade on the precon. I have a few quick suggestions.... Cathars' Crusade looks great to me with so many creatures to trigger Edgar's eminence ability. Odric, Master Tactician and Brutal Hordechief are great cards for controlling the attack phase. Maybe some more card draw engines like Underworld Connections and Graveborn Muse to help keep the juice flowing. Even Queen Marchesa could be a great card for the deck, she even seems kinda vampiric to me somehow. If you need removal Hero's Downfall, Utter End and Vindicate are basically as good as it gets. Metallic Mimic & Adaptive Automaton are easy includes in most all tribal decks. And last but certainly not least Solemn Simulacrum is at its best in non-green decks like this one. Happy gathering!

Chandrian on

1 month ago

I also have a deck with Saskia at the helm (You can find it on my profile page, not gonna link it here). I think you can play her in very different ways while keeping a strong and fun deck. For example I tried to go with just a multicolor theme.

If you want her abilities to shine then I see multiple roads:

  • swarm the field with tokens, in this case you will need some better / more consistent token producers and some payoffs. For example, Luminarch Ascension (a bit expensive, but the best token producer out there in my opinion) or Ant Queen are very good at making tokens. The precon already has some good token producers and payoffs with Mycoloth and Brutal Hordechief. I would then play stuff like Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist as well as Harvest Season. Maybe include a planeswalker that can make some tokens or buff them (or get other uses out of them).

  • the other option (for taking maximum advantage of Saskia) would be playing some sort of goodstuff evasive deck (trample, flying, unblockable, menace) and combine this with damage doublers like Gratuitous Violence, Furnace of Rath, Quest for Pure Flame and payoffs for hitting players (like the person above me mentionned). With this plan you can probably take out at least one player with commander damage.

What I think is the most important if you want to improve the deck is pick a clear strategy and stick to it. When having access to 4 colours, the most difficult thing is not to find good cards, it's to limit yourself to 100 cards. For that reason if you're honest about what cards you think work/do not work with your plan you'll have it easier cutting.

Good luck, I'm curious what you'll come up with!

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