Champion of Stray Souls


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

Konglicker on SAC FO DAYZ. Looking for ...

1 week ago

Hey guys, I've looked at different decklists, did a bunch of reading and I've settled for the Jund color combination. It takes the resilience, ramp capability, efficiency and value from sacrificing abused by the Golgari hordes and provides ways to convert those variables into damage-based win-conditions by adding the color red.

Of the Jund generals, Prossh, Skyraider of Kher fits my style most. As I designed my ideal deck without the general to stay true to my playstyle, I noticed that I liked building engines with several components:

  1. Something that generates tokens/a nontoken creature I can sac and easily get back.

  2. A sacrifice outlet, preferably a free one.

  3. A card that triggers whenever something dies, giving me extra value.

The goal is to abuse items 2 and 3. If it was nontoken creatures I'm sacrificing, I'd have some kind of recursion engine in play as well, like Meren of Clan Nel Toth or Phyrexian Reclamation or Champion of Stray Souls.

Prossh, Skyraider of Kher has TWO of those functions attached to him, (token generation and a free sac outlet, one that converts to extra commander damage), and I'll always have access to him. This means I won't have to devote space to as many token producers or sac outlets as I usually would, choosing instead to devote more space to value-adding cards and answers for my opponents' decks. Best of all, I can devote more space to ramp via mana-dorks, so I can ramp insanely fast for Prossh's first cast in the early game and sac those dorks later for value. I'll recur them if necessary.

Thank you all for your help and sound recommendations, and thank you to MagicalHacker for the suggestion of Prossh.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Sp00ky Skeletons (ULTRA Budget)

3 weeks ago

How about including that funny on-theme funny little combo between Buried Alive and Champion of Stray Souls? You might just need some bigger skeletons. Maybe Skeletal Wurm?


Damn, i wanna play that combo now.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Sp00ky Skeletons (ULTRA Budget)

3 weeks ago

How about including that funny on-theme funny little combo between Buried Alive and Champion of Stray Souls? You might just need some bigger skeletons. Maybe Skeletal Wurm?


Damn, i wanna play that combo now.

RazortoothMtg on Looking for creatures tha benefit ...

4 weeks ago

Steel Hellkite, maybe Thundering Spineback, Scavenging Ooze, Deadeye Tracker, Arcanis the Omnipotent, Soul of New Phyrexia, Soul of Ravnica, Soul of Zendikar, Soul of Innistrad, Fertilid, Cryptbreaker, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Cemetery Reaper, Silklash Spider, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet, Memnarch, Thrasios, Triton Hero, Polukranos, World Eater, Chameleon Colossus, Heroes' Bane, Viral Drake, Ant Queen, Champion of Stray Souls, Sphinx of Magosi, Stitcher Geralf, Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter

Ruthless Knave has to have a way to go infinite with Training Grounds but I'm not sure how.

Magus of the Coffers goes infinite even without Training Grounds, but grounds does make it even better. Same with Palinchron.

Deadeye Plunderers + Training Grounds + Parallel Lives + Marrionette master is infinite damage. Replace Parallel lives with Doubling Season/Primal Vigor, or replace Master with Disciple of the Vault.

Deadeye Navigator would go infinite with a creature that produces 2 or more blue mana and a haste enabler, such as Concordant Crossroads. Kind of clunky as a 4-card combo, but it's on theme. ALso deadeye is just good to protect from removal.

Also Paradise Mantle + Pili-Pala + Training Grounds is infinite. You can replace Pili-Pala with Knacksaw Clique as well.

Remember with these infinite mana combos that infinite mana means infinite Tasigur activations, so you draw your whole deck, and you can mill everyone out with infinite Reality Shifts, which is a good removal spell on its own.

hoardofnotions on Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!!

1 month ago

ScrOuch Thanks for leaving some feedback for me!

Good call on the Phyrexian Delver it's been really strong.

Body Snatcher isn't a great flicker target, though if i run more sac outlets it might be better.

Dictate of Erebos isn't quite budget enough for me, I really like that the entire deck is under $50. This way when folks see it play out i can tell them the idea and that the deck could be upgraded as well

Outpost Siege is right on theme though i'm not sure what to cut for it

I think Impact Tremors is possibly win more? I'm not heavy in tokens and if i'm combo'ing with Peregrine Drake i should be able to win another way.

Blood Artist doesn't trigger on flickers, but it is a good card and in multiplayer games creatures die and i'll get value. I think I want to commit to the theme of flicker over good stuff additions right now though

Goblin Bombardment and Ashnod's Altar are good though i'm not to sure they will be strong enough if i don't add the dictate. Also the commander isn't the focus of the deck so adding things just for him seems loose IMO

LVL_666 Thanks for all your suggestions! Lets dive in,

Rune-Scarred Demon is out of budget range. It's not that I don't have it, I do, I just want to run the entire deck under $50. So that means missing out on Dictate of Erebos and the demon but adding Dreamscape Artist and Sire of Stagnation

Noxious Gearhulk I think i want to add, even with the price tag$. All my creature kill now can't kill black creatures and I kinda want more life gain and this card works on both levels. What's better though, Noxious Gearhulk or Inferno Titan???

Vial Smasher the Fierce dosen't fit the theme and is almost a good stuff addition, so I'll pass for now.

Crater Hellion, Ratchet Bomb and Sever the Bloodline are sweet anti token measures, here is what i was thinking Devastation Tide. It deals with the tokens, enchantments, planswalkers, and other unbeatable positions I could find myself in. What do you think?

quitrage Thanks for the bringing some sweet ideas to the table

Dance of the Dead I want to add, though i'm not sure i can think of the cut for it, any thoughts?

Twilight's Call, Champion of Stray Souls and Diabolic Servitude I've played before and didn't really like them. Those were different decks though, so I'll keep them in mind while playing this one.

quitrage on Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!!

1 month ago

Hey the deck looks pretty fun, here's some ideas for re-animation that brings them straight to the battlefield rather than your hand so you can get the ETB effect.

Dance of the Dead

Twilight's Call

Champion of Stray Souls

Diabolic Servitude

also for dealing with tokens the card you recommended for my deck, Sever the Bloodline seems like it could do rather well in yours as well.

Kyton.Black on Mr Saky

3 months ago

if your going for the sac route, Butcher of Malakir and/or Grave Pact and Champion of Stray Souls make a good combo. you can sac a number of etb effect creatures with the champion, then your opponent is forced to sac with butcher/grave/dictate and then you bring them right back triggering their etb effects. rinse and repeat next turn.

Zholto on Skeletons

3 months ago

Champion of Stray Souls could be a nice addition as well. Cavern of Souls is always nice for tribal. Tenacious Dead / Duty-Bound Dead for a 1 drop?

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