Butcher of Malakir

Butcher of Malakir

Creature — Vampire Warrior

Flying

Whenever Butcher of Malakir or another creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander Anthology (CM1) None
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi (DDP) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
Worldwake (WWK) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Butcher of Malakir occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.07%

Black: 0.51%

Golgari: 0.44%

Rakdos: 0.23%

WB (Orzhov): 0.55%

Butcher of Malakir Discussion

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

Levinca, Queen of the Blood Demise

Legendary Creature - Vampire Wizard

When Levinca, Queen of the Blood Demise enters the battlefield, you become the Monarch.

Fear, Menace, Lifelink

Whenever a creature attacks, it's owner sacrifices it unless they pay life equal to its converted mana cost.

At the beginning of your end step, if you sacrificed a creature and are the Monarch, create a 4/4 black Zombie Warrior creature token with Vigilance. Otherwise, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token instead.

"You're blood betrothes me. Let us parlay with life itself."

4/4


Building Levinca:

  • Tokens matters: Tokens have a CMC of 0, therefore you can pay 0 life when they attack.
  • Lifelink / lifegain matters: You'll want to gain as much life as possible to keep oppression on the board
  • Dash matters: Because these creatures aren't being declared as attackers, they bypass the ability lock. You can Dash in and return to hand without problem.
  • Sacrifice matters: You'll want to abuse being the Monarch to not just get card advantage, but also to get the 4/4 Zombie Warrior token. This means you'll want sacrifice fodder. Because of this, Butcher of Malakir, Dictate of Erebos and It That Betrays are high-value cards for your deck.
  • Monarch matters: Cards that keep you as the Monarch are high-value drops.
  • Tribes matters: She is a Vampire so you have access to one of the strongest aggro tribes in the game. In addition, Zombies are a theme. You can even slip in Warriors, who tie in nicely with the Dash mechanic as well as offering some decent Warrior-related anthems.

Make another Commander with several key elements at play and explain how you'd build around it.

MinotaurtheMatador on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

It's terrible since you lose your lands

It's horrendous when it's put into a Zombie token deck

It's downright toxic when you also have Butcher of Malakir and / or Dictate of Erebos

And if you have It That Betrays, you're a terrible person and why are you copying my deck idea ;)

TLDR - It's a dirty bomb. Very well done.

MinotaurtheMatador on Card creation challenge

2 weeks ago

Tempt with Damnation

Sorcery

As an additional cost, sacrifice a creature.

Before Tempt with Damnation resolves, the player to your left may sacrifice a creature to gain control of this spell. If they do, the player to their left may sacrifice a creature to gain control of this spell. This process continues until no player is willing or able to sacrifice a creature to gain control of this spell.

The controller of this spell gains X life and draws X cards.


Great political matters card, excellent tokens matters card. Highly valuable immediately following a wrath. Absolutely solid with Butcher of Malakir and Dictate of Erebos. Wrecks the boardstate with It That Betrays. Beyond powerful if someone steals it and you have Consecrated Sphinx or Smothering Tithe. Plenty of cards such as Fate Unraveler, Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted and Kederekt Parasite to put them back in line.


Got ninja'd, then internet cut out. Feels bad man, but thankfully the site saved my content. Still posting it because damn I love this design.


No Half Measures

Enchantment

At the beginning of your upkeep, draw two additional cards.

Creature spells you control cost less to cast. If they are legendary, they cost less to cast.

Creatures you control have haste and vigilance and must attack each turn if able.

At the beginning of your end step, discard your hand. No Half Measures deals damage to you equal to the number of cards you discarded.


Red aggro matters. Wants you to play fast and furious.

Make a "lowest life total matters" card in Orzhov. Feel free to push into Esper if need be. Doesn't feel like it'd fit appropriately in any other slice.

MinotaurtheMatador on Card creation challenge

2 weeks ago

Tempt with Damnation

Sorcery

As an additional cost, sacrifice a creature.

Before Tempt with Damnation resolves, the player to your left may sacrifice a creature to gain control of this spell. If they do, the player to their left may sacrifice a creature to gain control of this spell. This process continues until no player is willing or able to sacrifice a creature to gain control of this spell.

The controller of this spell gains X life and draws X cards.


Great political matters card, excellent tokens matters card. Highly valuable immediately following a wrath. Absolutely solid with Butcher of Malakir and Dictate of Erebos. Wrecks the boardstate with It That Betrays. Beyond powerful if someone steals it and you have Consecrated Sphinx or Smothering Tithe. Plenty of cards such as Fate Unraveler, Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted and Kederekt Parasite to put them back in line.


Got ninja'd, then internet cut out. Feels bad man, but thankfully the site saved my content. Still posting it because damn I love this design.


No Half Measures

Enchantment

At the beginning of your upkeep, draw two additional cards.

Creature spells you control cost less to cast. If they are legendary, they cost less to cast.

Creatures you control have haste and vigilance and must attack each turn if able.

At the beginning of your end step, discard your hand. No Half Measures deals damage to you equal to the number of cards you discarded.


Red aggro matters. Wants you to play fast and furious.

Make a "lowest life total matters" card in Orzhov. Feel free to push into Esper if need be. Doesn't feel like it'd fit appropriately in any other slice.

Stara on Heart of Black Coal - Ayara ETB trigger EDH

4 weeks ago

I recently took out Butcher of Malakir for Karn Liberated. My meta seems to be filled with Alela, Artful Provocateur. Which if grave pact comes down before she comes out is immensely helpful. Also all of the edict effects have a fun loop you can get into with a sac outlet and either Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or Ogre Slumlord. My main concern is often getting punched by flyers. Since the deck doesn’t utilize the combat step too often. Adding Karn Liberated is a meta call. Since I have to deal with Hushbringer and Rest in Peace. Hushbringer while annoying can be interacted with Rest In Peace is a big RIP.

The lands is often just an odd feeling. Where it could be overall higher by 1 or 2. However most of the cards seem ok.

DemonDragonJ on Defender of the Heart, revised

1 month ago

RNR_Gaming, Bloodgift Demon has a higher mana cost than does Phyrexian Arena, Archfiend of Despair has a higher mana cost than does Wound Reflection, and Butcher of Malakir has a higher mana cost than does Grave Pact, but Rhox Faithmender has a lower converted mana cost than does Boon Reflection, but that may be because BR's mana cost is (in my mind) too high for its effect.

golgarigirl on Zombie Horde

1 month ago

As we mentioned, I think the best thing for Thrax himself is to get him on the field a turn or two early. Mana rocks are going to be the thing, since we can't make extra land drops with green. Hopefully we can get Thrax down turn 5 or so, so rocks costing 4 or less are where it's at. My favorites are Chromatic Lantern, signets such as Izzet Signet, and others that make your off-colors since we're focusing black with our mana. Altars such as Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar might be the end goal here, given the sacrifice subtheme with the Pact effects.

Some extra card draw might help get us the mana and rocks we need on-curve. God-Eternal Bontu pairs with pact effects for a blowout, Cryptbreaker turns your bodies into cards and your useless cards into bodies, and Midnight Reaper/ Undead Augur are less dangerous to you with your sacrifice outlets to make sure they don't hurt you too much. Corpse Harvester plays triple duty as ramp, tutor, and sac outlet.

I'm going to further push the sacrifice subtheme and see if we can shore up one of the weaknesses Thrax shares with Savra...large creature armies. Archfiend of Depravity and Vona's Hunger will stop a billion saprolings from getting you down, and Butcher of Malakir seems like a good redundancy piece. And it might not be the best, but I really like Syphon Flesh in here.

Also, if you're going for stealth Liliana tribal, you're missing OG Liliana Vess :P I also like Angrath, Captain of Chaos in here (I wouldn't even make a token with him...just leave him up as a harder-to-kill enchantment)...probably better than most of your Lili options if you're not married to the 'tribe'. Last Hope and Heretical Healer would be my picks for the weak links of the planeswalkers you do play.

THERE ARE NO INSTANTS IN THIS DECK?! Let's grab some versatile ones, so I don't start thinking I can free-roll on your turn. Crosis's Charm, Soul Manipulation, Grixis Charm, Silumgar's Command, and Lazotep Plating are some of my picks for cards that can always find a use.

Other cards I'm unimpressed with: Cruel Reality, Army of the Damned, Skull Storm, Nightmare Lash, Mayhem Devil, Nekusar, the Mindrazer

TDemers on No Time to Die Teysa [Primer]

1 month ago

Update:

In: Woe Strider, Out: Sadistic Hypnotist

In: Fetid Heath, Out: Plains

In: Living Death, Out: Butcher of Malakir

In: Toxic Deluge, Out: Vindicate

Reduced the average CMC from 3.10 to 3.03.

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