Butcher of Malakir


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander Anthology (CMT) 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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Butcher of Malakir

Creature — Vampire Warrior


Whenever Butcher of Malakir or another creature you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, each opponent sacrifices a creature.

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Butcher of Malakir Discussion

GarmaReborn on Zurgo World Smasher

6 days ago

Warrior Creatures to Consider:

Non-Warrior Creatures:

Equipment to Consider:

Artifacts to Consider:



  • Vandalblast
  • Rout
  • Chandra's Ignition -really great boardwipe for this deck, if zurgo has lifelink you will get that life and also anything that dies will give him counters. You could have zurgo, cast this, and then more than likely one shot a player
  • Read the Bones
  • Open the Armory
  • Disrupt Decorum tapped out won't link this for some reason

Instants: (sticking with four or less Cmc for sunforger shenanigans)



Mardu is great for control, so its best to have plenty of removal spells. I would not have Spinerock Knoll since it might be too slow. Windbrisk Heights might be better than Spinerock tho. Like what if you need to play that spell but can't get 7 damage off. Also, Graveblade Marauder seems too situational to leave an impact. When you start adding/removal stuff to the deck, make sure to keep it low cmc as you can since you don't have much in terms of ramp in these colors; be sure to keep as mana rocks as you can for the same reason.

Last_Laugh on Edgar Markov Vampires

1 week ago

Hello again, got a few more suggestions for you and I think I'll be repeating the last poster a bit because he offered solid advice.

First, your draw. The one time spells like Read the Bones, Damnable Pact, and Ambitions Cost are rather lackluster and reuseable draw would go a lot further. Consider Dark Prophecy, Greed, and Necropotence.

Next, your removal. GftT, Settle the Wreckage, and and Mortify need to be replaced with Path to Exile and Anguished Unmaking. Maybe Austere Command for that 3rd slot or whatever else.

Last is just a few suggestions for higher cmc cards to drop. Your avg cmc should be as close to 3.0 as you can get and your deck is at 3.6 right now. I know .6 doesn't sound like much but to put it in perspective, that's about 30 mana cost that needs to go. Butcher of Malakir can be replaced w/ Grave Pact. Licia, Sanguine Tribune and Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter can be replaced with any lower cost creature like Dusk Legion Zealot (gotta keep the creature count at about 30). Kindred Dominance should probably be switched with Austere Command for flexibility. Oh and seriously, get Reconnaissance in here, you'll never consider dropping it.

Highrise on Gisa and her Zombie friends

1 week ago

Butcher of Malakir is a little bit too expensive to cast and easier to remove than those two enchantments.

For recursion I went for sorceries. For Strands of Night I need to sac a swamp, which I really don't want to do. I might playtest it, when I am not satisfied with those sorceries.

Sheoldred, Whispering One has no direct effect on the board, may be targeted by removal before its recursion ability is triggered. It also draws a lot of hate, as do most preators.

Lotuslaz1 on Gisa and her Zombie friends

2 weeks ago

Best control card in black for a sac deck is Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, and Butcher of MalakirFor recursion id do something cheaper than death mantel like Strands of Night

allways put in sheoldred

Jote on Whack-a-mole

3 weeks ago

I'm sure you've probably thought of Grave Pact and Butcher of Malakir? They make your sac effects that much more painful. Zulaport Cutthroat works well also.

Killing Wave can be a blowout.

Pitiless Plunderer or Pawn of Ulamog can work with combos to net you mana.

I might consider removing Tyrant's Choice, unless you're ok with a card that will most often read "each opponent takes 4 damage."

avedium on Muldrotha

3 weeks ago

I'm trying to decide whether to make the deck more creature based with Butcher of Malakir and the like, or generally permanent based with Bloodbriar.

Another thing I've been considering is throwing in some delirium stuff, and with the amount of deck cycling I've been eyeing up, maybe even put in some madness cards.

As for Vedalken Orrery, I think since Muldrotha, the Gravetide specifically says "During each of your turns," it doesn't combo.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

Watertower420 on One of my First Decks, MonoBlack

3 weeks ago

Butcher of Malakir is always a fun one when you can get creatures back from the dead. Paired with Innocent Blood or Bone Splinters it can get real nasty for your opponent. Dark Ritual can help with casting costs and you wont have to worry about card advantage because of all the cards in your graveyard. Reassembling Skeleton isint bad either.

Voltron3030 on Edgar is better at budgeting than I am

3 weeks ago

Those are both excellent suggestions. I have a Bloodthrone Vampire in my collection somewhere and she does get nasty next to Butcher of Malakir. I didn't know that Anowon was so affordable these days. Last I knew he was like $2.50, still not bad but under a dollar is always better. So again, thank you for bringing these to my attention.

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