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
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander 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.

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Butcher of the Horde Discussion

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

1 month 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.

... :/

Keep it up: Turn your favorite rare into a mythic.

ballisticexperiment on Mardu Rites

2 months ago

Hey folks, I would like a little input on this deck. Based on the Abzan Rites deck from SaffronOlive.

Mardu Rites

Butcher of the Horde is basically a placeholder for the moment, pending suggestions and testing. Budget means I need to forgo fetches and shocks for the moment, but are in the cards.

That said, I welcome non budget options for future iterations of the deck. Thanks ahead of time, everyone.

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

6 months ago

Anastine, Bloodied Sword

Legendary Creature - Angel

Flying, Deathtouch

Creatures you control with Lifelink have Doublestrike.

"Perhaps their ravenous nature could be manipulated to our advantage?"


To date, after 25 years of Magic's history, only one single Demon has white. Butcher of the Horde. Meanwhile, there are ten Angels with black, three of which are Mono-Black; Crypt Angel, Fallen Angel, and Desolation Angel.

Time for this to change.

Challenge: Make a Demon that has white.

Bonus: Make it a Mono-White Demon

Argy on Flavor Kitchen: Khans of Tarkir ...

7 months ago

I rocked Butcher of the Horde in a Mardu Allies deck that did well at FNM.

I think his flavour text would read:

Be wary if he invites you over for dinner.

Hexaflexagon on Mardu boucher

7 months ago

You may want to put in more token producers to fuel Butcher of the Horde. Try Martyr of Dusk.

NyxDragon on Butcher of Goblins

7 months ago

Split-second43, I see your point, but if Butcher of the Horde fails, Krenko, Mob Boss swarming is backup. Krenko, with Ogre Battledriver smarms with haste. And since Ankle Shanker and Goblin Heelcutter are both goblins for krenko and why not.MochiCatParty that isnt a bad idea.

ElectricWizard on The Dunwich Horror

8 months ago

Have you considered adding Falkenrath Aristocrat or Butcher of the Horde as a finisher?

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

8 months ago

As of now, only one other white Demon exists; Butcher of the Horde. So...

Lord of Sacrifice

Creature - Demon


Flying, Lifelink

Whenever a creature you control dies, you gain 1 life.

Whenever you gain life, you may pay . If you do, create a 1/1 White Human token with Defender. (Not text on card; For artistic purposes, the Human on the token would be bound by chains and appearing to be suffering to emulate the Demon's devious plans.)

Sacrifice another creature: Lord of Sacrifice gets +1/+0 until end of turn.


There really aren't many Mardu legendary creatures. As a result, Mardu is arguably the least played color type in all of EDH, and the ones that are played typically revolve around one of three creatures.

Let's make a new Mardu Commander.

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