Butcher of the Horde


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

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Butcher of the Horde

Creature — Demon


Sacrifice another creature: Butcher of the Horde gains your choice of vigilance, lifelink, or haste until end of turn.

Butcher of the Horde Discussion

DAWT_PLAWT on EDH - Mardu Control

1 month ago

For your commander, I'd recommend either Mathas, Fiend Seeker or (if you don't need to worry about budget) Queen Marchesa as both fit well into a mardu midrange/control shell

I'd also recommend Crackling Doom as it is a great way to control the battlefield in mardu colors

If you want to go more creature based, Butcher of the Horde , Fervent Charge , and Mardu Ascendancy

Spirits on Kaalia of the Cruel

2 months ago


Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Karmic Guide | Infinite Damage + Infinite haste angels.

This one also needs Goblin Bombardment for the Infinite Damage (or a Sac-Outlet for the Infinite Haste Angels like a Viscera Seer or Butcher of the Horde ).

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker copying Karmic Guide

  2. With Ability on the stack (unresolved), Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to Deal 1 damage

  3. Allow both Abilities ( Goblin Bombardment + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker ) to resolve off the stack

  4. The ETB for Karmic Guide (Copy who has Haste, thanks Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker ) returns Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to the Battlefield, since he has Haste built-in, go back to 1. Infinite Damage from the Goblin Bombardment and creates Infinite Karmic Guide copies, all with Haste that can attack (as long as your pre-combat main phase).

I think maybe your thinking Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel who makes Infinite Haste angels, no need for a Goblin Bombardment in that case.

Adarkar Valkyrie + Aurelia, the Warleader + Goblin Bombardment | infinite combat phases

  1. Adarkar Valkyrie target the Aurelia, the Warleader , resolve

  2. Attack with Aurelia, the Warleader (who has haste), this will Adarkar Valkyrie (and any other creatures)

  3. Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Aurelia, the Warleader to Deal 1 damage (or as discussed above any other sac outlet)

  4. Allow the Adarkar Valkyrie delayed triggered ability (the Aurelia, the Warleader dying) to Resolve, returning the Aurelia, the Warleader to the Battlefield. Remember, this Aurelia, the Warleader has a NEW card ID value, so this will be his first time he attacks THIS turn, and since the Old Aurelia, the Warleader conveniently created an additional combat phase, and the new Aurelia, the Warleader has haste, let's go back to 1. and then loop Infinite Attack Phases for ALL creatures. Doesn't even matter if Aurelia, the Warleader gets blocked and killed, doing your work for you (unless she exiled then that's bad).

Adarkar Valkyrie + Karmic Guide + Lightning Greaves + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite damage

  1. Adarkar Valkyrie (with Equip Lightning Greaves or Dragon Tempest to give it Haste) target the Karmic Guide , resolve

  2. Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Karmic Guide to Deal 1 damage, this puts the Adarkar Valkyrie delayed trigger on the stack as well (Stack looks like: Deal 1 damage, return Karmic Guide to the battlefield)

  3. With both the Abilities on the stack, Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Adarkar Valkyrie to Deal 1 damage, resolve

  4. Resolve the Adarkar Valkyrie delayed trigger, returning the Karmic Guide , put the Karmic Guide ETB on the stack, returning the Adarkar Valkyrie , resolve that

  5. Resolve the first Goblin Bombardment off the stack (now empty), and then give Adarkar Valkyrie haste with Equip Lightning Greaves or Dragon Tempest , then go back to 1. for Infinite Damage

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Special Note: This one is a MIND-BENDER, because the Reveillark is LTB (Not ETB)

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker copy the Reveillark , resolve

  2. Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to Deal 1 damage, resolve

  3. Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Reveillark to deal 1 damage, put his LTB on the stack returning Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and any other power 2 or less creature (hopefully a Grand Abolisher ) to the battlefield, resolve the LTB and the Damage to empty the stack

  4. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker has haste built-in, so go back to 1. NEVER sacrifice the original Reveillark only the copies. Infinite Damage.

Karmic Guide + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite damage

  1. Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Karmic Guide to Deal 1 damage, resolve

  2. Goblin Bombardment sacrifice Reveillark to Deal 1 damage, put his LTB on the stack returning Karmic Guide and any other power 2 or less creature (hopefully a Grand Abolisher ) to the battlefield, resolve the LTB (The damage is still on the stack from 1.)

  3. Put the Karmic Guide ETB on the stack, returning the Reveillark to the battlefield, resolve

  4. Resolve the original Goblin Bombardment damage off the stack to do 1 damage, and then go back to 1.

Another special note:

Animate Dead + Karmic Guide when setting up the Buried Alive >> Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel + Karmic Guide is a bit weird too, because Karmic Guide has Protection from , so you have to make sure you put the Animate Dead triggered ability that will kill the Karmic Guide on the stack FIRST, then put the Karmic Guide ETB on the stack SECOND. Resolve the Karmic Guide ETB off the stack, THEN, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker (built-in haste) IN RESPONSE to the Animate Dead trigger on the stack, to have the Karmic Guide (Copy) return the Restoration Angel . Eventually, when you want to go into Combat Phase (with Infinite Haste Restoration Angel s, you will need to let the Animate Dead resolve off the stack, killing the Original Karmic Guide (but not the copy). But who cares, attack free with the Restoration Angel copies and the Karmic Guide copy.

hungry000 on The Mornsong Experiment

6 months ago

I see. I don't usually count Brutality in the "discard spell" category since it's flexible and it isn't 1 mana. I'm not really against 4 Thoughtseize but I don't like being at a very low life total early on in a grindy deck, even with Emperion. It feels like there's not enough margin for error. I've played a Maralen deck once before, and Mana Tithe performed pretty well for me. I also made a Butcher of the Horde deck and just stuck it in because I like it, and it worked there too. I think Crucible is amazing in any grindy Arbiter/Ghost Quarter deck, especially this one since it can be searched out with Maralen. I tend to prefer the grindy lock type of gameplan if it's possible whenever I play midrange decks though, so I may be biased.

Maralen is pretty important so I believe it's best not to cut her. Bitterblossom looks like an ok cut, you could go down to 3 Aven Mindcensor as well since they're not good in multiples and not as good as Arbiter, maybe go down to 2-3 Bolt. If you're putting in card advantage going to 23 lands doesn't seem like a bad idea either.

Kederekt on Shadowborn Apocalypse

7 months ago

Very nice. Pricey but I love it. I especially like the athreos/apostle combo. Have you considered Butcher of the Horde?

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

8 months ago

I've always liked Butcher of the Horde but I always felt he was a bit narrow. Being Mardu and being a sac outlet is good and all, but I always felt he was still a tad underwhelming.

He's not my "favorite" rare, but this is my chance to improve upon him in a way I feel works better.

Butcher of the Masses

Creature - Demon Warrior

Flying, Haste

Whenever Butcher of the Masses attacks, you may sacrifice a creature. If you do, Butcher of the Masses gains your choice of the following until end of turn: +3/+0, deathtouch, lifelink or menace.

Pay 5 life: Sacrifice a non-land permanent you control. Put a +1/+1 counter on Butcher of the Masses. If Butcher of the Masses is tapped, untap it.


So the design improves upon him by already giving him haste and improving his toughness by one point. I gave him the possibility of deathtouch to make him deadlier, and gave him the ability to gain menace so that he can be more elusive. Lifelink was kept as an option, because it allows you to "free-pay" for his second ability - a permanent boost in the ways of a +1/+1 counter.

This also gives him psudo-Vigilance as you can choose to give him Lifelink, than pay the 5 life to untap him. He becomes a 6/6, so you come out 1 life ahead when damage is dealt.

One of the biggest problems with Mardu, in my opinion, is it's overall lack of flexibility. It really doesn't bring anything to the table that Rakdos doesn't already do really well. Yes it does more than Orzhov, and yes it does a lot more than Boros, but really Rakdos and Mardu are essentially the same thing. Sure, in Mardu you have access to things such as Lingering Souls and Path to Exile, but splashing a third color for a few cards isn't always worth it.

So, I made him more flexible, which I feel makes him more viable.

Maybe I'm entirely wrong, but that's my opinion. Mardu lacks true flexibility.

... :/

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