Butcher of the Horde

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Modern Legal
Frontier Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Khans of Tarkir Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Butcher of the Horde

Creature — Demon

Flying

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

Criox on Budget Mardu "Aristocrats"

4 days ago

Thanks for your suggestions, but i want to keep it budget and mardu because i wanna build a deck around Butcher of the Horde

solarPULSAR on Budget Mardu "Aristocrats"

4 days ago

Carrier Thrall, Nantuko Husk, Return to the Ranks are all cards to consider. IMO You should aim for Abzan instead of Mardu so you can use Collected Company, Abzan Ascendancy, Tukatongue Thallid, Blisterpod, etc. You might want to consider low cost sac outlets like Viscera Seer instead of big creatures like Butcher of the Horde

Branihelion on The Mardu Wastes

2 weeks ago

Hey Corvxx, I get why Falkenrath Aristocrat is good and generally used more than Butcher of the Horde. I just think, since my deck has a token sub-theme with Young Pyromancer, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Lingering Souls and what not, that Butcher is just a solid finisher, since I'll most likely have a few extra tokens on board.

Branihelion on The Mardu Wastes

2 weeks ago

Falkenrath Aristocrat is definitely worth testing. My only concern with it is that it dies to more removal than Butcher of the Horde, unless I keep sacrificing creatures. I also couldn't use it to block, without it dying, unless I sacrifice another creature. The Human aspect of the card is hardly relevant as well, where as Butcher is more versatile and hits for 5 damage instead of 4. I'll give it a try though. I can see where it would be better, but I feel like that might be too situational.

Branihelion on The Mardu Wastes

2 weeks ago

Thanks, dpac! With the current meta, it's been pretty great. Some hyper-aggressive decks will generally get under us, but that's just how midrange goes sometimes. Compared to other midrange decks in the format right now, it does a much better job of killing Tarmogoyf and Death's Shadow profitably. If you have out your Young Pyromancer or Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, you'll also get a creature or two out of it. This enables you to go wide while still having your main beaters or spirits from Lingering Souls. Butcher of the Horde has been an incredible finisher too.

Branihelion on The Mardu Wastes

3 weeks ago

Ok, nyctophasm. I'm ready to answer your questions!

I'll respond to them all in order so to start off, I have Damnation, instead of Wrath of God, due to my mana base. I have easier access to double black than double white and when I do spend double white, it's generally for Gideon, Ally of Zendikar or double Path to Exile.

In regards to the planeswalkers, if I were to include Nahiri, the Harbinger, I would need at least three, if not a full playset as well as an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in order to make playing her really worth it at all. This would change the direction of the deck completely into control and that's just not what this is. I did some testing with Chandra, Torch of Defiance for awhile, but she doesn't really have any synergies with the deck and she's too slow overall. Again, that's more of a control feel. The planeswalkers I chose to include really push the midrange strategy over any other archetype.

Speaking of which, this is absolutely a midrange deck. It feels exactly like a mix of Jund and Abzan, due to the Lingering Souls and extra removal. All of which synergizes incredibly well with Young Pyromancer, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and, in extension, Butcher of the Horde, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and Sorin, Solemn Visitor. All due to the massive board state everything creates.

You're absolutely right about the turn one plays. Next, your best bet is to get out a Young Pyromancer so all your future discard and removal turns into elementals. This also nets an extra token with a Lingering Souls cast. This deck is really about killing everything they drop, discarding things you can't, and swinging in. As far as a four-drop goes, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is really where you want to be. Sorin, Solemn Visitor is more of a finisher as his plus ability absolutely takes over with even just two or three spirits. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is a big stabilizer as well as a fantastic anthem, but I find I'm using his zero and plus abilities mostly. Especially when I have a Sorin, Solemn Visitor or Vault of the Archangel out.

I really appreciate your interest in my deck and I hope this write-up helps!

DemonDragonJ on Iconic Masters Announced

1 month ago

Eladamri's Call and Cromat have never been reprinted, so I would like to see them reprinted in this set, and Worldly Tutor also should be here, as well, since it was left out of Eternal Masters in favor of Green Sun's Zenith.

As for iconic creatures, my predictions are as follows:

Angels: it is very safe to presume that both Serra Angel and Akroma, Angel of Wrath shall be in this set, hopefully, with new artwork for both, and I also would like to see Angelic Arbiter, Shepherd of the Lost, Angel of Jubilation, Pristine Angel, Iridescent Angel, Crypt Angel, Desolation Angel, Angel of Despair, Empyrial Archangel, and Archangel of Thune.

Demons: Lord of the Pit is one of the most iconic demons in the game, but some other excellent choices are Abyssal Persecutor, Archfiend of Depravity, Bloodgift Demon, Butcher of the Horde, Grinning Demon, Havoc Demon, Herald of Torment, Kagemaro, First to Suffer, Kuro, Pitlord, Lord of the Void, and Xathrid Demon.

Sphinxes: it was not until recently that sphinxes started to become powerful and efficient, but, thankfully, there ave been a number of excellent sphinxes made, recently, including Consecrated Sphinx, Conundrum Sphinx, Goliath Sphinx, Guardian of Tazeem, Medomai the Ageless, Sharuum the Hegemon, Sphinx of Jwar Isle, Sphinx of Magosi, Sphinx of the Steel Wind, and Sphinx of Uthuun.

Hydras: as with sphinxes, hydras only recently have been well-designed creatures, so some hydras that I would like to see in this set are Apocalypse Hydra, Domesticated Hydra, Genesis Hydra, Hydra Broodmaster, Hydra Omnivore, Kalonian Hydra, Khalni Hydra, Managorger Hydra, Primordial Hydra, Savageborn Hydra, Ulasht, the Hate Seed, and Vastwood Hydra.

Dragons: there are too many dragons for me too list all of them, but it is safe to presume that Shivan Dragon shall be in this set, hopefully with new artwork, and some of my top choices are Moonveil Dragon, Balefire Dragon, Dragon Tyrant, Ebon Dragon, Mirrorwing Dragon, Moltensteel Dragon, Scourge of Valkas, Stormbreath Dragon, Two-Headed Dragon, Utvara Hellkite, Vampiric Dragon, Viashivan Dragon, and Hellkite Overlord.

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