Butcher of the Horde


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir Rare
Promo Set 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

TheDuggernaught on Suicidal Tendencies

1 day ago

Aristocrats is a fairly established archetype that does exactly what you are interested in -- sacrifice things for value. There are a number of different styles and color combinations you can run for this style of deck. But the ideas behind the deck are almost always the same: you want low drop recursive creatures or token generators (Tukatongue Thallid, Doomed Traveler, Blisterpod, Safehold Elite, Young Wolf, Voice of Resurgence, Bloodghast, Gravecrawler, Bloodsoaked Champion, Mogg War Marshal, Lingering Souls, Promise of Bunrei, and Abzan Ascendancy), sacrifice engines (Viscera Seer, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Cartel Aristocrat, Nantuko Husk, Bloodthrone Vampire, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Butcher of the Horde), and ways to generate advantages off of the sacrifices (primarily Blood Artist, and Zulaport Cutthroat).

Some decks operate as an aggro deck, some operate as more of a midrange deck, and other still operate more along the lines of a combo deck. Depending on the style you want, and the color combination, I can give more direct advice. I just don't ant to type up a long list of tips and advice for a deck you don't want :P

rothgar13 on Why hasn't Mardu found a ...

3 weeks ago

Mardu is lacking in reliable win conditions - Young Pyromancer is fragile, Nahiri, the Harbinger is slow, and there's a bit too much removal flying around for Butcher of the Horde to make a dent. If anything ever surges up to patch that weakness, you'll see more Mardu flying around.

Criox on Budget Mardu "Aristocrats"

1 month 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"

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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!

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