Butcher of Malakir

Legality

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

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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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Butcher of Malakir

Creature — Vampire Warrior

Flying

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

Butcher of Malakir Discussion

Hoobynobber7395 on The First Good $10 Commander Deck on Tapped Out

3 days ago

Anti-sticky_keys i see, i bought them moderate- heavily played bringing the price way down for me, so i went by what i had spent not by them being nm/m priced, thats my bad, i did see that Butcher of Malakir is only $0.39 and may be a good one, it forces a player to sacrifice

biggestmtgnerd on

3 weeks ago

The main issue that I see with this deck is that it is a little too slow (unless you wish to really lean into the Heartless Summoning route, in which case you would want to bump up that up to 4 of those). I recommend a couple of one-drops like Doomed Traveler or Hunted Witness as some good early game sacrifice fodder or blockers, cards like Viscera Seer as a sacrifice outlet, or cards like Mortician Beetle or Quest for the Gravelord as early-game threats. To fit this in, I recommend cutting down on the four mana cards, as you don't want a starting hand cluttered with too many four-drops. I recommend cutting restoration angel; it's a good effect for a lot of decks, but since you don't have many enter the battlefield effects, it's not super useful (in the same vein, I also recommend cutting Cloudshift . If you want it for the creature protection, try a couple of Selfless Spirit s instead). I'm also not completely sure about Desecration Demon ; it's a cool card and I get why you like it, but it kinda isn't related to your theme, so I'm not sure about it. I'm also not sure about your 6 and 7 mana creatures. Butcher of Malakir is cool and is a personal fave of mine, but grave pact has the same ability for cheaper, and is harder to kill. Abhorrent overlord, ascendant evicar, and sorin markov are decent, but they cost a bit too much mana for my liking. The one six mana card that I think might go well with your deck is Sun Titan , which you could probably replace Whip of Erebos with; it has a cool infinite combo where, if you have an infinite sacrifice outlet like Viscera Seer , then you can target the titan with Banisher Priest , then sacrifice the priest and use sun titan's enter the battlefield effect to bring back the priest, which can be sacrificed again for infinite death triggers, allowing you to go through your whole deck with the seer, get a very big Mortician Beetle , make the opponent sacrifice everything with grave pact, or other fun shenanigans. If you want other cards that could be a threat later on, I recommend X cards like Hangarback Walker or, if that costs a little bit too much money, Mikeaus, the Lunarch. I'm also not sure about the devotion subtheme; you do have some cards with a lot of black, so it might be powerful, but devotion tends to be a little iffy in two color decks, so I'm not sure about it. Other cool cards to consider might be Cartel Aristocrat , Bone Splinters , Plaguecrafter , or Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim . Hope that helps!

Barometer_Soup on Muldrotha, the Gravetide EDH

4 weeks ago

I'd add Butcher of Malakir

Cut Decree of Silence (too expensive mana wise).

Lil_Kalki on Threnody for the Victims of Dementia

1 month ago

lyonhaert,

your most recent reply is amazingly in-depth and it makes me think which is great considering where we already are with this deck.

If I do add Rings of Brighthearth at this juncture (vs. say, next month or whenever it is that I may have expendable funds), the most notable option I'd like to consider for a cut, right now, seems to be Black Market . Why? Well, of my redundancies you hit the nail on the head re: my priorities when you mention the use of Pact effects. I love them and sometimes feel a great need to stack a couple together (for me it's usually going to be one enchantment alongside Butcher of Malakir for the assurance that I could somewhat easily recur the Butcher). Mana "doublers" like Nirkana Revenant and Caged Sun are vital for making sure I can make the most out of things like Torment of Hailfire or a given Chainer loop. Same with Ritual effects. Banks... well, they can help enable those, but I haven't been able to make the most of Black Market yet, and while I've seen great work come from Revel in Riches , it's mostly from it outright winning the game for me directly afterwards (though there have been a good few times where I just have a ton of treasures to break bank with beyond its alt-wincon trigger). :P

As for max-handsize cards, these can be disposable, but I like the necessary lifegain from Venser's Journal (and to be frank with you, it's a pet card of mine - a gift from an old friend, in foil), and Thought Vessel and Reliquary Tower are indisposable otherwise for being cheap/free, doing their function, and granting mana besides. So if I do get a Rings of Brighthearth , I think it'll be Black Market that falls by the wayside.

Let me posit one other thing while we are on the subject of Rings, though: I do currently own a Basalt Monolith ; would this be a good inclusion and what should I cut for that? It's probably going to be a mana rock if anything, although so far I'm not sure the deck even needs and/or wants this in here (personally, I'd LOVE to go infinite and get there with a Torment of Hailfire for exorbitant mana, but this deck has gotten by very far without going infinite, save for Zulaport Cutthroat or Blood Artist + Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle + Wurmcoil Engine or Abhorrent Overlord - that said, if I added Rings of Brighthearth and removed Black Market , are there any infinite combos I'm clearly missing which would be facilitated by the Rings?). Honestly curious - I'm generally pro-combo. haha

Shinwizzles on Black Rose [Budget]

1 month ago

Hey Strangelove, neat deck! Looks really solid budget deck; you've got a lot of really good cards that have high impact at low cost. I noticed that you're not running Ashnod's Altar . Any reason, other than budgetary, that it isn't included? Seems like a pretty sweet sac outlet.

I see that you have Falkenrath Noble in your Maybeboard, but have you considered running Zulaport Cutthroat , or the classic Blood Artist ? If you're murderin' critters every turn, both of those guys can be pretty useful. Not sure how much you're trying to avoid gaining life, in order to ensure Marchesa, the Black Rose 's Dethrone trigger, but they might prove to be useful in some conditions.

Smart to include Shriekmaw in the deck. Have you considered any other creatures with Evoke? They combo well with the Unspeakable Symbol . Ingot Chewer and Mulldrifter seem like they'd do nicely, perhaps. On the subject of abilities: looks like you've included a few Graft creatures in the deck. Have you at all thought about adding Cytoplast Manipulator ? I've had that card perform miracles in my deck. Steal a dude, +1/+1 it somehow, kill it dead, and it becomes yours!

Have you thought about adding in Treasonous Ogre to your deck? Runs similarly to Unspeakable Symbol , but with red mana instead of +1/+1 counters. Has been used to save my bacon more times than I'd care to mention in my games.

With all the ETB triggers in your deck, you may want to think about adding Noosegraf Mob , since it'll net you zombies, and sets itself up to come back easily, if the last counter isn't removed from the card. Dunno what your budget is, but you may want to consider swapping Butcher of Malakir for something like Dictate of Erebos , which can be used in hilarious ways due to the Flash ability. Another inclusion you may want to consider is River Kelpie , since you're relying heavily on Marchesa, the Black Rose 's Dethrone to pull stuff outta the 'yard. Have you put any consideration into using cards that have an Outlast-like effect? Mer-Ek Nightblade and Herald of Secret Streams seem like they could be useful in your deck.

Lastly, I noticed you don't have a Reef Worm in your deck. Not sure if that's a personal choice or what, but let me tell you, it has given many excellent performances in my deck. Being able to loop it several times has proven to be a game ender on more than one occasion.

Anyway, amazing deck! Looks like it'd be an absolute blast to play, and it can be made without breaking the bank!

RePTiLE on "Grimgrin Want to Play!"

1 month ago

Enhanced Surveillance is nice. I'll definitely look at that. I actually used to have Crypt Incursion in the deck on an early version I just didn't think just life was a good enough trade-out, but I may look at it again. Like you said life gain in black is high value. And I just took Butcher of Malakir out for Unclaimed Territory so we'll have 36 moving forward and I'll mix things around when I get a low CMC Pact effect permanent in here. And holy shit I really like Faces of the Past If I get Whip of Erebos in I want to get Midnight Reaper as well. I just don't want one without the other. Thanks for mentioning War of the Spark in general. I'm super excited about Gleaming Overseer (1UB ETB 1/4 w/ Amass 1 and Zombie Tokens you control have Hexproof and Menace), Liliana, Dreadhorde General , Liliana's Triumph , and Bolas's Citadel I don't how I'll fit all of them in, but this looks like a good set for us!

RePTiLE on "Grimgrin Want to Play!"

1 month ago

Thanks for the dump of info!

I'll definitely look at grabbing a lot of these. I 100% agree on Butcher of Malakir he's just a stand-in pact effect until I grab a Dictate of Erebos (although I might just get a Grave Pact instead as the deck is insanely 5-drop heavy)

When it comes to the replacements the only card I'll really come to the defense of is Empty the Pits for no other reason than I like having the option to empty my graveyard (with what mana I have) at instant speed if someone decides to Bojuka Bog me or something similarly upsetting. If there are any other cards that serve as better "bog emergency" options I'm all ears. I just really like having that base covered when possible. Also I 100% agree on Army of the Damned and will more than likely replace it. Its just really funny haha.

Also the Rot Hulk and Flash combo is outrageous lol. How is that even legal? Seems hard to find Rot Hulk anywhere but I'll definitely keep my eyes open.

Lastly, I have 2 questions.

  1. Is my land count an emergency? Like will reducing the higher cmcs fix it or should I make other adjustments?

  2. Do I need more enablers for Grimgrin (untaps/meat)? Like I'll certainly have plenty of tokens I just don't know every card, obviously, so if there is more I can do for his consistency I'd like to take advantage of it.

Thanks again for all of the suggestions and, if you have time/are feeling generous feel free to look at the other EDH decks on my profile, if you have anything to say. I'm always looking for feedback and advice!

Sloanan on "Grimgrin Want to Play!"

1 month ago

Looking through your deck I think for the most part it looks doable. There's a few things I would recommend cutting to kind of lower the CMC of the deck, as i noticed you've got a somewhat low land count, along with some cards I feel like are zombie traps.

Firstly, Butcher of Malakir is just too expensive. If you still want that effect, I'd highly suggest either Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos , as they're cheaper and harder to remove.

Army of the Damned is something I see in a hell of a lot of zombie decks, but I never feel like it's ACTUALLY any good. Sure, 13 2/2's is nothing to scoff at, but it's so mana intensive and they enter tapped anyway that it just feels like a trap. Unless you've got a way to cheat the cost, I'd suggest trying something else - Reanimate , Unearth , Living Death , etc. Besides, I think Josu Vess is better for that kind of thing, since his horde has menace and is untapped.

Endless Ranks of the Dead is only situationally good from my experience. It's just a little too slow for me to ever really do much with it.

Empty the Pits is another I'm not too crazy about. Admittedly, self milling can make it do some work, but overall I feel like it's too expensive UNLESS you've got a good GY built up.

As far as suggestions, here's a few thoughts:

Unearth - this beauty is so synergistic with a zombie deck. The biggest problem for zombies in a 60 card format is that all of their lords are at the 3 CMC cost. In EDH we can run them all, and hey, surprise surprise, they're all targetable with this spell!

Reanimate - Basically a second Unearth, but without the 3 CMC restriction.

Flash and Rot Hulk is a pretty disgusting combination. You flash in the hulk and don't pay it's cost and since that's technically part of the resolution of the Flash spell, Hulk's ETB won't trigger until after he's in the graveyard in this instance, meaning you can target him with his own ETB, getting back it and two other zombies, then on his second ETB getting back another three zombos. All at instant speed!

Living Death - Highly, HIGHLY suggest this one. It's both a boardwipe and a finisher, all in one.

Plague Belcher - basically an extra blood artist effect, effectively a second Diregraf Captain .

Tombstone Stairwell - THis one is a finisher in my deck. A better version of Endless Ranks of the Dead , but with the added benefit of sooooo many death triggers that if you've got a Diregraf Captain or Plague Belcher out, you'll probably win the game shortly after.

Shepherd of Rot - With all the zombies you're running, why not turn them into pure burn? Sure it hurts you too, but you can always run things like...

Whip of Erebos - Lifelink is underrated in black, and being able to reanimate anything in your GY for a burst swing is super nice.

Phyrexian Altar AND Ashnod's Altar - Both of these are great. Not only do they ramp, but with certain boardstates they go infinite for a combo win - Classics like Gravecrawler , Phyrexian Altar , and Diregraf Captain will drain the whole table pretty easily.

Nim Deathmantle - If you're running Ashnod's Altar , you should run this. This can EASILY lead to some infinite combos (with Ashnod's, this, and, say, Grave Titan you've got infinite zombies and also infinite colorless mana).

Bontu's Monument - There's probably a combo hidden with it, but cost reduction and incidental lifegain is always nice!

Talisman of Dominance - I like it better than the Dimir Signet, but running both will give you a little bit of ramp at least.

Graf Harvest - If you're going the combo route you probably don't need this but if you're wanting to just swing, this 1 CMC enchantment does some work in an aggro shell.

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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%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.55%