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Chainer, Dementia Master
Legendary Creature — Human Minion
Nightmare creatures get +1/+1.
, Pay 3 life: Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. That creature is black and is a Nightmare in addition to its other creature types.
When Chainer, Dementia Master leaves the battlefield, exile all Nightmares.
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Chainer, Dementia Master Discussion
1 week ago
Some more cards that help you "borrow" cards:
1 week ago
That's all I can think of off the top of my head...
2 weeks ago
Gonti is one of my favorite commanders to use. There are other creatures and cards you can use if you're going for the theft and greed gimmick
2 weeks ago
I ran into the same problem of recursion with a U/B deck. The colors are good for creature recursion but nothing else. If you want enchantment recursion, Crystal Chimes can help. With Beacon of Unrest, you could do it several times. For instants and sorcercies you have Archeomancer, Mnemonic Wall and Possessed Skaab I would consider adding Coffin Queen, Havengul Lich and Chainer, Dementia Master - these allow you to recur not only your own creatures but opponents as well. Geth, Lord of the Vault is good as well for opponents graveyards. Another trick you could do is put in Haakon, Stromgald Scourge along with either Ashes of the Fallen, Conspiracy or Arcane Adaptation naming Knight.
3 weeks ago
Dire Fleet Ravager in this deck would be a worse Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and even if it were better/the same, that's not really an effect I need more of. I can't reliably win with him, since I have to have more life than all my opponents for him to not be lethal to me, and I'm usually paying a lot of life to draw cards. Even if I'm able to reliably kill/reanimate him (probably via Chainer, Dementia Master) he's less effective than Gray Merchant, needing 8 ETB's to kill a player at 40, where Gray Merchant needs only 7 (making a not-unreasonable assumption that I have 6 devotion). As a player's life total gets lower, Gray Merchant kills even faster, while Ravager doesn't. For example, if I have six devotion, Gray Merchant kills a player at five life when it ETBs, where Ravager takes FOUR triggers to kill that player (5->3->2->1->0).
Karn Liberated is... unnecessary. Sure, he's a reusable Scour from Existence, but the target he paints on himself and on me by extension really isn't worth the trouble. He's a great card, but the politics of how this deck needs to operate really wants to keep planeswalkers to a minimum. I make exceptions for Ob Nixilis and Liliana because they facilitate card draw and mana ramp, which are the two main necessities in this deck.
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon doesn't really fit here. I don't need his damage dealing ability, and I have relatively few permanents to put into play with his ult. His -X is fine, but it exiles, which means I can't reanimate those things later for my own use, and it's a board clear, which this deck should make unnecessary if spot removal is used properly.
1 month ago
You may have misread The Scarab God. It's basically a u/b Chainer, Dementia Master with less potential of abuse but more survivability. I'm not saying it is a good fit for this deck, but it's basically a reanimator.
2 months ago
I don't think cards that reference themselves in their activated abilities will work. Take Tree of Perdition for example. The card with that name is in exile. The card activating the ability is not the same name as the one named in the ability.
But something like Chainer, Dementia Master you get the activated ability but not the restriction in the next paragraph.
2 months ago
If you're talking reanimator then Meren of Clan Nel Toth is a front runner. Some more Commanders that would work for reanimation could be Chainer, Dementia Master, and The Scarab God, and Sedris, the Traitor King. Those are my thoughts when I think reanimate style decks.