Champion of Stray Souls

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Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Commander 2015 Mythic Rare
Born of the Gods 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

Brogan54 on Meren of Clan Nel Toth

2 weeks ago

The deck seems pretty solid. I think it has a few too many spells near the top end and would some more value creatures lower but overall seems like a great job! Meren is a lot of fun and powerful. Your style of play is a little more stax heavy which some people may not like, but good decks should be able to deal with it. If you feel like it gets too powerful, take out 1-2 (not all) cards that make your opponents have to sacrifice their creature

These cards are a little bit more expensive but I think they are all excellent pick ups and will help bring your deck to a new power level. They are also likely going to keep rising in power as well. I think your deck needs a better early game ramp package because a Meren on turn two or even 3 is backbreaking. All decks should have graveyard hate or board wipes to stop opponents who may be ahead of you.

High Market A good way to stop your opponents from exiling something. If they were to exile with Anguished Unmaking or Reality Shift use this land's effect in response and goes to graveyard instead of exile.

Deathrite Shaman A great way to stop other graveyard shenanigans.

Phyrexian Arena One of best draw spells in format. Drawing two cards while your opponents only get 1 puts you so far ahead. The life you lose is not important at all in our 40 life format.

Animate Dead Really good recursion spell that is usually used to grab something from an opponents graveyard.

Demon of Dark Schemes Board wipe on a creature that can also reanimate is very good.

Gray Merchant of Asphodel This card wins games and can help you when you are in a losing situation.

Beast Within One of best removal spells in the game.

Dread Return Great recursion spell that can be used twice.

Temple of Malady Good value card that gives you colors and helps get away cards you don't want at the top of your library.

Bojuka Bog Need to be able to stop other graveyard decks your opponents might be doing.

Elves of Deep Shadow the lifegain doesn't matter and being able to give you another color is soo good.

Scavenging Ooze Need to be able to stop other graveyard decks your opponents might be doing.

Spore Frog Good way to stop other creature decks that are faster than yours.

Shaman of Forgotten Ways Both a good way to ramp and also can be a win con if opponents have no creatures.

Victimize Great recursion spell in case Meren is not in play.

Viscera Seer Great sac outlet that also helps you draw to something useful.

Westvale Abbey  Flip Both can provide creatures and get a indestructible creature that can turn the game around

Cultivate Great ramp card that also replaces itself.

Kodama's Reach Great ramp card that also replaces itself.

Black Sun's Zenith board wipes for when you are behind

Crux of Fate board wipes for when you are behind. This one is bad, but very cheap.

Life's Finale board wipes for when you are behind

Decree of Pain board wipes for when you are behind

Exsanguinate Extra win con for when you can get in with damage Propaganda effects. Really good with a board full of creatures and Ashnod's alter

Birthing Pod Helps you deck progress it's board state while adding to Meren's experience counters

Cards I would remove are ones that are less synergystic with the theme of your deck and/or have very little utility other than being big beaters.

Champion of Stray Souls Not a bad card, but I think it is a win more card. If you want to bring back creatures I would recommend Chainer, Dementia Master over this one as it costs less mana to cast and use its ability. But not bad.

Viridian Emissary requires another sac outlet to get value and you would rather have a cultivate or a Llanowar Elves than this.

Thief of Blood Useful against planeswalkers decks mostly but Vampire Hexmage does the same thing and cheaper.

Satyr Wayfinder Creatures that cause you to overextend into your graveyard. not bad but better ways of getting lands.

Caller of the Pack Creatures are just big beaters but have no value.

Scourge of Nel Toth Creatures are just big beaters but have no value.

Banshee of the Dread Choir Creatures are just big beaters but have no value.

Wretched Confluence Too costly for it's effect

Cloudthresher Not a good way to get rid of fliers

Bonehoard Better options to cast at 4 mana

Dread Summons card seems good but never works out in practice. Cannot use multiple times and only gives you a few zombies.

Corpse Augur better options to be playing at 4 mana

Phyrexian Plaguelord Better options to be playing at 5 mana.

Diabolic Servitude I think Animate dead is better. Cheaper to cast, and does not exile.

Powerful cards that are sweet to trade for (as in will always have value for a commander player imo). However these are over 5 bucks in some cases and may be better to trade up or I don't think are going to rise up in price in the next few months.

Birds of Paradise one of the best one drops you can play.

Avenger of Zendikar closes out many games very quickly.

Overgrown Tomb Great land that helps give you your colors and when you eventually get fetch lands you can find it. That being said, Windswept Heath can grab this for you and was heavily printed. Lands are always good things to pick up as they keep their value compared to any other card as they are used in every format.

Grave Titan One of the best 6 drops of all time

Panharmonicon Good in any deck that Enter the Battlefield effects

Leyline of the Voidcreatures in black in the 6-drop spot.

Toxic Deluge One of the best board wipes. Cheapest in converted mana cost and life is not important for how much damage it will usually save you from.

Sheoldred, Whispering One This creature is such a house. Hurts opponents and helps you.

Buried Alive a great tutor effect for your deck as your graveyard is an extension of your hand.

Noxious Gearhulk A pretty decent way to gain life and stop opponents

Erebos, God of the Dead Allow for a way to stop opponents life shenanigans and draws cards.

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is another way to stop graveyard shenanigans of opponents. He cost a lot because of standard so I would wait until he rotates.

isaelis on Mazirek, Shaman of the Swarm ($60 budget)

3 weeks ago

Alright here is a ton of cards that seems to fit the theme. Some are definitely better then others I'm just giving a list of cards. Some of these cards are not budget

Sorceries

Victimize

Vicious Betrayal

Tormented Thoughts

Tendrils of Despair

Skulltap

Simplify

Scapeshift

Ritual of the Machine

Reprocess

Primal Growth

Natural Balance

Life's Legacy

Killing Wave

Innocent Blood

Exhume <-- That is nice with Fleshbag Marauder

Eliminate the Competition

Eldritch Evolution

Edge of Autumn

Dread Return

Diabolic Intent

Dead Drop

Curse of the Cabal

Cruel Edict

Consuming Vapors

Choice of Damnations

Chainer's Edict

Caravan Vigil

Bone Splinters

Bog Down

Barter in Blood

Instants

Altar's Reap

Carrion

Constant Mists

Crop Rotation

Culling the Weak

Harrow

Merciless Resolve

Momentous Fall

Plunge into Darkness

Rescue from the Underworld

Tragic Slip

Tribute to the Wild

Urborg Justice

Enchantments

Attrition

Bitterblossom

Black Market

Call to the Grave

Dark Prophecy

Death's Presence

Desolation

Dictate of Erebos

Fecundity

Gate to Phyrexia

Grave Pact

Greater Good

Hecatomb

Infernal Tribute

Lethal Vapors

Lifeforce

Mind Slash

Necrogenesis

Recurring Nightmare

Squandered Resources

Tainted AEther

Lands

Diamond Valley

Dust Bowl

High Market

Lake of the Dead

Miren, the Moaning Well

Phyrexian Tower

Artifacts

Zuran

Trading Post

Phyrexian Soulgorger

Phyrexian Altar

Mortarpod

Jinxed Idol

Helm of Possession

Eldrazi Monument

Demonmail Hauberk

Damping Engine

Claws of Gix

Burnished Hart

Ashnod's Altar

Altar of Dementia

Creatures

Slum Reaper

Shriekmaw

Sadistic Hypnotist

Phyrexian Obliterator

Ghoulcaller Gisa

Dawntreader Elk

Champion of Stray Souls

Bloodbriar

Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Savra, Queen of the Golgari

Hope you find something useful within all these!

audaciousrose on Sacrifice tribal

1 month ago

This deck looks like a great place for Abhorrent Overlord (high devotion to black and you love sac fodder), Bloodflow Connoisseur (it doesn't seem like you have a ton of always-usable sac outlets), Champion of Stray Souls (you have lots of sac fodder and lots of things you will want back), Doomed Necromancer (again, sac fodder that can get you back your good stuff), Fell Shepherd (an aggressive way to get all your non-token sacs back), Pawn of Ulamog (every nontoken sac should get you a token sac!), Phyrexian Soulgorger (the sac is supposed to be a drawback for an absurdly costed card, but for you it is another plus), Reaper from the Abyss (some free targeted killing every turn, hopefully not just on your turns), Skirsdag High Priest (who doesn't love free demons every round?), Tar Fiend (a huge creature that wipes your opponent's hand? yes please), and Killing Wave (you like sacrificing your stuff, they hate it).

I figure most of the times I get suggestions I only like a couple of them, so here's everything I could think of that would play nicely with what you're doing!

CaiusV on Double strike vs multiple blockers

1 month ago

My Pheres-Band Raiders is enchanted with Hopeful Eidolon and Ghostblade Eidolon, power and toughness each 7. My opponent is blocking with Champion of Stray Souls whose power and toughness are each 4, Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord whose power and toughness are each 5, and Rot Shambler whose power and toughness are each 8. That is the blocking order she is choosing in hopes that my Pheres-Band Raiders will die before it deals enough damage to her Rot Shambler to kill it. Will either of the first two blockers do ANY damage to my creature, or will the first strike kill both of them before either of them deal damage and she's killing them unnecessarily?

Tyr_W on Meren's Grave Shenanigans

2 months ago

Fun cards yet budget:

Browsing the cards, I think you could use reanimating creatures like Apprentice Necromancer and Doomed Necromancer as they can reappear.

Cards to cut:

GregariousG on Living Tokens

2 months ago

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triproberts12 on Necrotic Arachnidism

2 months ago

I've been looking at building an Ishkana deck, too. I was looking at mine from more of an online place, budget-wise, but I checked out the differences between our decks, and I think there are quite a few budget cards that would help: Tree of Tales and Vault of Whispers both net two types when milled. Vessel of Nascency was a standard in Standard Delirium, since it immediately puts and enchantment in your graveyard. Syphon Mind and Harmonize are both great value cards. Millikin is a great fit in Ishkanah decks, since it can ramp, chump to put two types in the graveyard, and mill, all on its own. Commander's Sphere is the same. It can ramp you from 4 to 5 mana and cycle to fuel delirium as early as turn 4. Foul Renewal should be pretty powerful in this deck, and I had Sight of the Scalelords and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper for the same toughness reasons. Finally, the piece of tech I'm proudest of is Champion of Stray Souls. If you're already milling creatures into your graveyard, then sacking 3 1/2 spider tokens for 3 real creatures is fantastic, especially since you can let Ishkanah go to the graveyard be be re-risen with fresh tokens. If you move away from budget options, I also think Buried Alive is a good choice. Choosing Arachnoid, nyxweaver, and a fattie, you get Delirium and a reanimation target. I also included a land tutor package. Here's my full list: Spiders.

crawler3 on The Devils Bleeding Crown (Volrath Reanimator)

2 months ago

@HOPMONSTER, yup alot of these cards were in my Fat Bottomed Girls (Liliana Reanimator) deck, which housed nearly all of the reanimation spells. alot of these got trimmed down to to add better support for Volrath the Fallen himself ( Whispersilk Cloak, Lightning Greaves, ect).

-Victimize is nice, but having two requirements to be met to activate means the simpler Animate Dead or Necromancy gets that spot

-Rise of the Dark Realms and Living Death funny and amazing, but im not discarding or self milling enough to warrant it

-Putrid Imp does what Necromancer's Stockpile does but cheaper, and out of 29 creatures, 3 of them are zombies

-Palace Siege is cool and has good utility with the life gain/loss

-I NEED A Sidisi, Undead Vizier

-Champion of Stray Souls is interesting... if he was legendary, hed be a great recursion/reanimator general but i dont want him in my deck, his abilities are too expensive

-Nightmare Lash and Lashwrithe may get worked in there, they combo too well with Liliana of the Dark Realms, plus they can be equipped little to no mana... i hate 4 drops though :/

ill take these under consideration, thanks for the advice and if im missing something with combos and whatnot, let me know :)

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