Carnage Altar

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2013 (C13) Uncommon
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon

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Carnage Altar

Artifact

{{3}}, Sacrifice a creature: Draw a card.

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Carnage Altar Discussion

MrXilas on Arvad, Leader of Legends

1 month ago

hoardofnotions

Tymna is on the "upgrade to it later list". I would love to have her and I hope she gets a much needed reprinted in the next Commander Anthology. Plus, I could run the deck with her and Ravos as a novelty. Hour of Revelation would be a good replacement for Akroma's Vengeance . I'll miss the idea cycling, but a cheap wipe is a cheap wipe. I think the swap of Keystone to Mindstone makes sense. I'll be trading fixing for speed, but I can Sol Ring into a Mindstone really quick. Out of curiosity, what should I bump for Attrition if I pop it in there? Always Watching ? Teshar is mostly there to put creatures back on the field, but I guess that works really well too. Any thoughts on Carnage Altar or Phyrexian Reclamation ? Are the cycling lands still alright to use?

Caaz on King of the Damn

1 month ago

Random card draws that might be nice.

skoobysnackz on Traxos and Co.

1 month ago

Thanks for all the suggestions Faceless_Being! I'm more interested in the lower cmc draw cards, Phyrexian Vault, Carnage Altar, and Jalum Tome seem to fit that the most here. Farsight Mask is also a great one, but I already have it in here.

Faceless_Being on Traxos and Co.

1 month ago

Nice list so far! +1 from me mate.

To address your card draw worry there are some decent and some not so decent choices at your discretion. Howling Mine, Tower of Fortunes, Loreseeker's Stone, Sandstone Oracle, Farsight Mask, Phyrexian Vault, Carnage Altar, Otherworld Atlas, and Jalum Tome to name a few, hope this helped slightly

grifigin on EDH - Rith Toolbox - 5/20 Edit

1 month ago

Cards that came to mind looking at your list.

Carnage Altar : Convert extra tokens and Mana into card advantage.

Blasting Station : Throw tokens around to take care of problem creatures/players.

Perilous Forays : Maybe a bit of a win-more at 5 mana, but depending on how much mana you need to operate, taking creatures and turning them into lands is decent.

DrukenReaps on Trying to think of some ...

1 month ago

Two sets of cards for you. This first set is exactly what you asked for:

Azure Mage, Diviner's Wand, Prophet of Distortion, Sphinx of Magosi, Treasure Trove

This set is almost what you asked for and can work depending on what exactly you are doing:

Book of Rass, Carnage Altar, Compulsion, Mesmeric Trance, Mental Discipline, Skyscribing

Howdie91 on Daretti's Supreme Scrap Superstore

1 month ago

Individual Card Comments:

  • Wayfarer's Bauble - Too Slow. Each time you recur it, it still costs 2.
  • Contagion Engine How many cards can be affected by proliferate? If low, I'm not sure it is worth it.
  • Spine of Ish Sah - Technically it goes to the yard, then the return to hand trigger goes on the stack. Find a way to bring it back to the battlefield before the bounce trigger resolves. Sculpting Steel copying Spine will cause Steel to come back to hand when sacrificed. Very useful.
  • Impact Resonance - Really specific damage. I think it removes things after you need them to be removed.
  • Unstable Obelisk - Even if you bring it back, it still costs 7 mana to remove something.
  • Word of Seizing - Mindslaver is a good card because it is recurrable in your deck. This isn't. There are other gain control cards that are more useful. This and mindslaver both require you to play someone else's deck, which is a gamble whether it is worth it.
  • Conjurer's Closet - How many ETB creatures do you have? Is this worth it?
  • Alhammarret's Archive, Reliquary Tower, and Thought Vessel - I don't think you have enough draw to really abuse any of these. For the Archive, do you have any lifegain sources?
  • Darksteel Colossus - This will never hit the graveyard, so you will always be hard casting it. Not sure if that works with your gameplan. The shuffle effect is a replacement effect, not a trigger so it doesn't use the stack.
  • Hoard-Smelter Dragon - Meh, only works well with high CMC artifacts, and most of the time you'll be killing your own stuff.
  • Kuldotha Forgemaster - What are you going to tutor for this that will win you the game?
  • Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient - Good card, but copying what activated ability will win you the game?
  • Scrap Mastery - This card is gold, and is a definite win condition in your deck. Make sure you have a way to preemptively sacrifice all of your creatures/discard your hand/mill yourself for most of your deck before resolving this.
  • Unwinding Clock - Good card in this deck, but how many artifacts with tap abilities can you exploit using it?
  • Karn, Silver Golem - I would only keep this for any combos associated with it. In a vacuum, he's just a good blocker.
  • Skyshaper - Is create for the alpha strike single shot, I've got several big ass creatures or a shitload of tiny ones, but other than to give Blightsteel Colossus evasion, is this card super impactful?
  • Phyrexia's Core, and Throne of Geth - I wouldn't consider either of these sacrifice outlets, because they are single use per rotation, and the Core costs mana. If you want sacrifice outlets I'd shoot for Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, and things that say "Sacrifice a creature:."
  • Dormant Volcano - From seeing it in use, seems like you only want to see it really early on.
  • Carnage Altar - I know you're in red and draw is at a premium, but 3 mana for a card is not the best.

Comments:

  • Too much Ramp
  • Not enough Draw and Removal
  • Does the deck work without Daretti? If no, find a way to protect him, or other artifact recursion sources.
  • You WinCon category doesn't really have many cards that win you the game, just really impactful cards. Look for combos, or Insurrection like cards, or the dreaded MLD type effects. Basically cards that, if it resolves, win you the game.
  • You have a lot of categories with one or two cards in it. I'd clean those up into more general things to get a more clear idea for what you're trying to do.
  • You should probably be running more utility lands.
  • Think about adding some sacrifice outlets. If this is a recursion/reanimation deck, you need to be able to kill shit when you want to.
  • Red is really good at making temporary tokens, specifically artifact tokens, of things. Might be worth looking into.
  • I try not to include lands in categories because they aren't abusable enough to be consistent. It gives you false category numbers. If you have 10 draw cards, but 3 are lands, you really don't have enough draw. But that's just my opinion.
  • I'd try to find more "to the battlefield" recursion cards, instead of to your hand. Recasting those cards every turn causes mana problems. The "to hand" effects are still good though, just slower.
  • Isochron Scepter would be good with some of the spells you have like Scrap Mastery, and Trash for Treasure.
  • Tuktuk the Explorer and Feldon of the Third Path go well together, but the fact that the artifact is legendary sucks.
  • Turning nonartifact cards into artifacts using effects like Liquimetal Coating is an interesting direction to look into, and there are a few cards that do similar things. Probably several useful combos to do with that. Especially if you ever get the Daretti emblem.
  • Do you ever plan on getting a Daretti Emblem? Obviously you would like it, but to you, is it worth dedicating some card slots into cheating out loyalty counters to get him to 10? The problem is that he will very rarely get to 10 through use of his +2 alone. And even with Contagion Engine, people will attack him before he's at 8. Just something to think about. If you get the emblem, you've very likely won the game, so that can definitely be a win condition to pursue.
  • "Control" is too ambiguous. Chaos Warp, and Steel Hellkite are removal, and Liquimetal Coating is protection(?).
  • Red's draw is usually the looting (draw a card, then discard a card) and pillaging (discard a card, then draw a card) effects. These also aren't great, but using artifact recursion, cards like Mind Stone become very good draw effects if you can recur them every turn/rotation. Other abusable draws are Tamiyo's Journal, and Seer's Sundial. It might suck to give other people cards, but Howling Mine may also be worth it.
  • It seems counter-intuitive, but Vandalblast might be useful, especially with Scrap Mastery.
  • Are there more cards that let you cheat out artifacts from your hand like Copper Gnomes, if so that sounds like an interesting direction as well. Sneak Attack comes to mind, but

Combos:

Ahdor on Okay, the Whole Death Thing? Minor Setback.

1 month ago

Hello there :)

I followed your advice and checked out your deck.

You were totally right!

You have some pretty interesting and fun cards.Especially, because they are budget, well done!

Thoughtpicker Witch for example is amazing.

But now I want to return the favour.

I would change Carnage Altar for Skullclamp.

Skullclamp is cheaper. It draws you two cards instead of one if the equipped creature is dieing and it's requip costs are also cheaper then the use of the Carnage Altar.

The only disadvantge is, you can only use it during your turn. But I think it's worth trying. Also: Skullclamp is budget, too.

Since you already use Zulaport Cutthroat, you might also want to consider Blood Artist, I just love this card and it won't get you the anger of the whole table at once, just from one person.

Politics can be strong with this one.

One last card I would introduce to you is: Shriekmaw.

It's effect is similiar to your Ravenous Chupacabra. But it's ability to be use for it's evoke cost is just amazing. You destroy a creature for 2 mana (which is close to cards like Go for the Throat) and then Shriekmaw will sacrifice itself. Put those Experience Counters on your Meren. She will love it.

Shriekmaw is also budget by the way.

I hope some of those cards may help you. I will check your deck soon again, love to get more inspiration. Cheers!

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