Champion of Stray Souls


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) None
Commander 2015 (C15) Mythic Rare
Born of the Gods (BNG) Mythic Rare

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Champion of Stray Souls

Creature — Skeleton Warrior

, , Sacrifice X other creatures: Return X target creatures from your graveyard to the battlefield.

: Put Champion of Stray Souls on top of your library from your graveyard.

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Champion of Stray Souls Discussion

HashMasta on $30 Chainer

1 month ago

you know... Grim Monolith is a great budget card! and also Imperial Seal and The Abyss sure thats nothing :3

nah jk but maybe look into Dread Return its over $1 i know but trust me its worth it in a deck like this. and Whisper, Blood Liturgist is just Victimize on steroids (also recommending victimize lel)

Champion of Stray Souls is also a fun choice and Zulaport Cutthroat is pretty nasty to

Baleful Force i would do instead of blood gift demon cause its cheaper (price wise) and a bigger creature

I always love a good chainer build so it kinda caught my eye to see a budget version. Chaining together a kill streak is nowhere near budget but its one of my favorite decks if you wanna have a look

IngensAstacus on Massacres

1 month ago

harbingerofduh on Lily's Refuse Pile

2 months ago

Undead Gladiator springs immediately to mind: he helps you dump big reanimation targets into your graveyard, smooths your early draws with his cycling. To put him in, I'd probably cut Risen Executioner , who seems like a non-bo with your suite of graveyard-fillers. If your deck is working the way it should, it'll probably be too expensive to cast the Executioner from your graveyard.

Other suggestions:

Dread Return

Grave Pact

Dictate of Erebos

Westvale Abbey  Flip

Champion of Stray Souls

Geth, Lord of the Vault

Withered Wretch

Valius on Teysa’s Diabolical Tokens

2 months ago

Ghoulcaller Gisa for a sac-get-more-creatures

effects like gravepact to turn your sacrifices into removal

Skullclamp for card draw off sacrificing

Sun Titan is a good way to get creatures back and is easy to combo with

Soul Warden will get you life on token ETB

Champion of Stray Souls can replace small tokens with their token producing counterparts that you’ve already sacrificed to start all over again

Anointed Procession I feel is a gimme that should be in here

TheSimikBOat on Mikaeus's Eclipse

3 months ago

Hey Daggerfella,

my suggestions are:


triproberts12 on Sexy sacks Yahenni

4 months ago

I like Undying Evil for this kind of deck. Does great things with Gary, Tree of Perdition, etc. Also, since you can sac at instant speed, Mesmeric Fiend permanently exiles, since you can sac it in response to the ETB trigger, making it better than Kitesail Freebooter and other newer cards that have been worded to avoid that interaction. I agree that Grave Pact is a must-have. Some more ramp and card draw wouldn't hurt. I'm partial to Jet Medallion , Charcoal Diamond , Mind Stone , and Thought Vessel for rocks, and Syphon Mind is my favorite mono-black draw spell.

I would cut Ritual of Soot, since it scales very poorly in EDH. Crux of Fate , Damnation (if you've got the cash), Decree of Pain , Toxic Deluge , take your pick.

As for lands, Crypt of Agadeem would be good here. Phyrexian Tower just got reprinted. It's a bit pricey, but it is VERY good, and having been $60 just a few months ago with no likely reprint in the near future, pick it up now. Temple of the False God is a bad card, full stop. It is never correct to include it. Ever. That's not just me talking, but virtually every EDH content creator out there.

I'm not sure how you feel about the budget issue with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , but it would be a very good addition, even before taking the combo with Walking Ballista or Triskelion into account. It's a solid addition to a black deck, and there are some affordable tutors that can get both pieces like Beseech the Queen , Diabolic Intent (on theme, so maybe add it regardless), Sidisi, Undead Vizier (also on theme!), and Netherborn Phalanx .

As for reanimation, Rise from the Grave is pretty inefficient, and upgrading to Animate Dead , Victimize (on theme!), Dread Return (apparently there's a lot of sac'ing in black, who knew?), Sepulchral Primordial (great with repeatable ETB effects), Rise of the Dark Realms (expensive, but a black staple in EDH), Necromancy , Thrilling Encore (great if you can sac with Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact ), Ever After (one more mana for twice the value), Whisper, Blood Liturgist , Champion of Stray Souls (so much sac'ing), Hell's Caretaker (again, so much sac'ing), Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni , Rescue from the Underworld (on-theme), Infernal Offering (sac!), Necromantic Summons (strictly better than Rise), Zombify , and Footsteps of the Goryo (...sac).

The last thing I would do is check out the EDHREC pages for Yahenni, the color black, and sacrifice to see what others are running. Good luck!

Shinwizzles on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

4 months ago

goldlion, I like the idea of including something in the deck to help with mana, but I feel like Pitiless Plunderer would be too circumstantial to be counted on. I could for sure see Black Market going in the sideboard, in case anyone else is playing a graveyard-ish deck, but it would take too long to get going by itself, and would be removed before it could really start helping.

Plague Wind , Garruk's Wake, etc., sound good in theory, but I can usually pull off the same effect with Ashnod's Altar and Grave Pact , or a similar combo. If I'm in luck, all of my board wipes are one-sided, if I have a +1/+1 engine up and running!

Champion of Stray Souls seems like he'd be a fun card to include in Marchesa, the Black Rose decks. Let me know the card does in yours!

Thank you for all the suggestions! I'll be sure to check out your Marchesa, the Black Rose deck to see how it's going. I'm terribly sorry it took me so long to reply to your comment! Thank you again for the cards to ponder!

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