Carnival of Souls


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage 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
Urza's Destiny (UDS) Rare

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Carnival of Souls


Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you lose 1 life and add (Black) to your mana pool.

Carnival of Souls Discussion

goldlion on Breaking Carnival of Souls

1 week ago

Really liking Blood Celebrant as a natural partner to Carnival. If you have two of the Soul Sisters on the field and some big trigger chain for Carnival of Souls , you've got any mana colour you want! Best part is, the picture looks like some sinister carnival clown in the shadows. Flavour win!

Mj3913 on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

1 week ago

Nice deck +1, I've been trying my hand at Ghave ever since I came across Carnival of Souls . Of course I'm also trying to include soul sisters and aristocrats, but with all the other interactions and combos it's a monumental task. Have you considered it in the history of this build? Also Krav, the Unredeemed could be a neat draw engine/draw out wincon.

hkhssweiss on Carny Ghave, Lord of Leaches [cEDH/In Progress]

3 weeks ago

No problem goldlion, Ivy Lane Denizen can still go in but can be the first to come out, it's only in there for Ghave, and plus the main point of your deck is to go for Carnival of Souls , so Ivy is just there as an enabler. Feel free to lemme know what else ya need! Always happy to help!

goldlion on Carny Ghave, Lord of Leaches [cEDH/In Progress]

3 weeks ago

Besides some of the high-end rocks and Imperial Seal , most of these things are in here (or in the side board). I was hesitant about the passive counter procs as most are higher cost. I left Champion of Lambholt on the for sure list (also a win con), but wasn't sure about ivy lane denizen as, for Ghave specifically he's great, but he wont be doing as much with the Carousel as most of my creatures are black.

Greater Auramancy and Sterling Grove, excellent call! These would be fantastic. Good call on Corpse Dance and Disturbed Burial as well, those would help tighten it up. I also appreciate the Earthcraft addition as, while I'll be getting infinite black with Carnival of Souls and most of my creatures will be free with Aluren , it'll be strong not just as an alternative, but as a way to get my deck moving with Ghave's creature production.

Thanks for the priority breakdown hkhssweiss! It'll help whittle everything down so I can focus on finer tuning.

hkhssweiss on Carny Ghave, Lord of Leaches [cEDH/In Progress]

3 weeks ago

Heya goldlion, I personally love the idea. My friend uses Carnival of Souls in his tuned Teysa, Orzhov Scion deck and it's pretty degenerate.

In regards for tuning for competitive play, if going all out the fast efficient mana rocks. The standard usual Mana Crypt , Mox Diamond , Chrome Mox , Sol Ring , Mana Vault should be included. All tutors for consistency ex. Vampiric Tutor , Demonic Tutor , Diabolic Intent , Imperial Seal , Grim Tutor , Enlightened Tutor , Worldly Tutor , and I would also include Idyllic Tutor .

Next would be your main avenue for balancing your combo pieces. You need the life gain, so running all your soul sister effects are priority. I would run pretty much only the one drop ex. Soul Warden , Essence Warden , Soul's Attendant , and Deathgreeter . Both Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat doubles as your win cons when you have every thing set up. You also need to set up ways to proc Ghave when your Carnival is on the field so in goes Ivy Lane Denizen , Elenda, the Dusk Rose , Juniper Order Ranger , and Champion of Lambholt . All of these ones can lead to infinite triggers and than infinite tokens.

Card draw is fairly important, so the usual engines are in ex. Sylvan Library and Necropotence . With having non-token creatures dying, you have them listed but they will also go in, ex. Midnight Reaper and Dark Prophecy . Dark Confidant will also go in with the low CMC curve. Skullclamp will also be an outlet for you as well to draw out your whole deck. You can test it out but Mentor of the Meek can be an outlet as well.

Protection for your combo pieces are important. Riftsweeper should be included and Pull from Eternity only if you are dealing with a lot of exile effects. Silence has always been super helpful, and since there will be a lot of enchantment type effects you can consider running Greater Auramancy in conjunction with Sterling Grove . Sterling Grove also helps tutor for Carnival when needed.

The rest of the cards can be filled with either similar effects, interaction, or advantage.

Now going for your "Carousel" effect with Athreos. For this you would have to go with the infinite mana route, I would be adverse in going this route as it dilutes too much of the "Carnival" route. With the infinite mana you would need to add in cards like Phyrexian Altar , Ashnod's Altar , or Earthcraft in order for you to gain infinite mana. With that as well you need cards that will bring your creatures back to the battlefield or hand, so Phyrexian Reclamation , Corpse Dance , Disturbed Burial can be considered.

There can be probably more things I can think of but accept this short response before I take a more indepth look at it when I not sleepy lolol

goldlion on Breaking Carnival of Souls

3 weeks ago

Found some new card ideas today.

Check out Plague of Vermin ! Pricey, but we know where to find .

Platinum Emperion could also be a good combo with Carnival of Souls rather than worrying about the Soulcats. Or Phyrexian Unlife if you're on the combo turn or have a Glacial Chasm out.

Children of Korlis could be a safety net in any version, but imagine this card with The Carousel in motion and Carnival of Souls out! Wow. Don't know how I didn't think of this for the Ghave, Lord of Leaches deck.

Plunge into Darkness ? Janky. probably a way to make the mill work to our advantage for getting combo pieces.

Soul Burn for the version with . Is this usable if your commander doesn't have red in his colours?

goldlion on Breaking Carnival of Souls

3 weeks ago

Great points! How about we explore a variety? Build a few versions?

I think the red one would be really fun, using some of the ideas already in that Kresh, Guru of Entropy deck and whatever else we can mastermind up.

seems like it has some pretty great potential. I love ClockworkSwordfish idea with Donate . Muldrotha could definitely be a fun commander there, though he's high cmc and doesn't have the . I wouldn't rule him out yet though. Oloro, Ageless Ascetic wins on flavour/synergy though.

And as for , I was already going to build the competitive version of my Ghave "Lord of Leaches" deck still focusing on Carnival of Souls . So, why don't I get that started and I'll invite you all to chime in? I already have a big card list for it and I can just compose the description to get the ideas thus far condensed and rolling.

Currently I feel the Aluren + Athreos, God of Passage is a great secondary focal point... I'm calling it "The Carousel" combo because

  1. the carousel is everyone's favourite ride at the carnival (flavour win!), and
  2. with one opponent low enough in life (from a Tree of Perdition for example), we can target them with Athreos triggers to cycle creatures battlefield to hand to battlefield, around and around triggering Carnival and all the other enter/exit the battlefield triggers.

It gets nuts when you think about having something like a Dark Prophecy out! Draw your deck and cast all your creatures... For free. I have a few other ideas with it.

What does everyone think?

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