Consuming Aberration

Consuming Aberration


Creature — Horror

Consuming Aberration's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your opponents' graveyards.

Whenever you cast a spell, each opponent reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a land card, then puts those cards into his or her graveyard.

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Consuming Aberration Discussion

tfletch346 on The Colors of the Sea

1 day ago

Maybe even have Archive Trap. It is a great way to punish the use of a fetch land, and if you have Consuming Aberration in play that will give it +13/+13.

NoSoyYucateco on

5 days ago

Well, you basically had me design a Nicol Bolas deck here. Thanks for getting my mind going. I may not have come up with what you are looking for, but something here might at least give you some ideas. The good news is, you pretty much have a blank slate to work with.

Now, as far as what you have here, I'll suggest some things that might give the deck a bit of focus. You've already got pricy cards here so I'm not taking budget into consideration.

This is the advice I would want to receive if I were building a Nicol Bolas deck:

A. There is kind of no such thing as a casual Nicol Bolas deck. He is an intimidating commander, and as such, you are starting the game with a huge target on your forehead on turn 0. If you want to play Grixis casual, I'd go for a less scary commander like Gwendlyn Di Corci (who has natural synergy in this deck as well), Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, Nekusar, the Mindrazer, Sedris, the Traitor King, Tetsuo Umezawa, or Thraximundar.

B. Obviously if you plan on getting a commander into play, you'll want some major ramp and mana fixing, and people are going to be fighting hard to keep you from getting it. You've already got fetches and shocks to help you fix. Filters like Sunken Ruins, Graven Cairns, and Cascade Bluffs will help you hit all those double symbols.

C. Let's look at Nicol Bolas and what he does. What do you want to do with that discard? You've got some fun options, but remember that in EDH, cards often don't stay in graveyards for very long. You can snatch those cards out of their graveyards and essentially play other people's decks along with your own, or you can exile them so people won't get them back, because they will if you don't do something about it.

D. Now, to up your discard and your superfriends game. You do have this tagged as a discard deck, and you might as well build around your commander, because if you just want to build Grixis you might as well go with someone you'll actually get some use out of.

Keeping that in mind, Nicol Bolas on his own does not a discard deck make.

E. Now, for your superfriends theme. I don't think it seems like a terribly strong idea personally, but I could be persuaded otherwise.

F. Lastly, a few other friends of Nicol Bolas:

Epic Experiment

Forbidden Alchemy

Myr Welder

Psychic Intrusion

Slaughter Games

Stitcher Geralf

Struggle for Sanity

Bitter Ordeal

Toshiro Umezawa

Volcanic Vision

Anyway, I'm interested in seeing how you develop this. Your idea for a Nicol Bolas politics deck seems interesting--Marchesa, the Black Rose is who I usually associate with Grixis politics, and she is a total nightmare of course.

BladeAD on Commander Mill

1 week ago

Why not use Consuming Aberration?

8bitMick on mill all the people

1 week ago

You need Consuming Aberration, Mind Sculpt, and Grindclock. I ran blue/black mill for a long time and was successful a lot. Also you might want Traumatize. Trade Millstone for Grindclock. Trade Dimir Guildmage for Consuming Aberration. Then trade Mind Funeral for Traumatize. Happy to help! :D

DHWorlds on mill the day away

1 week ago

So, if you really like the mill deck type, and the Consuming Aberration i Suggest you come back with the Phenax, God of Deception as you said they have some REALLY cool interactions. Overall i would add Wall of Frost instead of Fog Bank because they mill more w/ Phenax and are really annoying. i would Surely drop 1 Hedron Crab or more if you are happy with a Control/Stall game with a late game Finisher. Some Survivability cards sure wouldn't hurt, as well as some counterspells like Countersquall just as an option, Murderous Cut would be quite quite nice. Thought Scour is a good draw engine and mill your opponent for 2 ( or yourself if needed ). Versitile is what i would call decks like this. if you wnat the AGGRESSIVE Mill, Snapcaster Mage is a Must, since you don't loose tempo, you recast your super important spells like Glimpse the Unthinkable and Overall board presence. Hope i could give you some insight+1 Nice deck, love MILL

square711 on PureMillingThoo

1 week ago

Nope, Surgical Extraction won't trigger Archive Trap. You're the one doing the searching, not the opponent.

If you're worried about the effectiveness of Archive Trap, add Ghost Quarter to your lands. It's a surefire way of casting your Trap for , though it also pushes you back in the mana race a little. Or you could splash white for Path to Exile (that way, not only would you have better removal AND extra trap triggers at your service, you'd also have access to Rest in Peace as sideboard tech, which is better than Leyline. Oh, and enchantment hate - plenty of it). Be aware that going 3-color requires a whole lot of mana fixing, and is sometimes not worth the hassle. Only testing can tell how benefitial it is to you.

The reason I told you to run 4x Leyline of the Void is that you absolutely want them in your opening hand. If you have to wait till turn 4 to play it, there's a good chance all the milling you've done up to that point will have been for naught (for example, imagine if you cast a turn 1 Hedron Crab, turn 2 Glimpse the Unthinkable and turn 3 Mind Funeral... and then, just before you get to the 4 mana needed for Leyline of the Void, the opponent plays Elixir of Immortality. Bummer).

As for your other sideboard cards... I feel Countersquall should be in the main (in place of some of those Archive Traps. It's a powerful card, but you won't be casting it all the time and you don't want too many of it in your hand. 2 traps is the sweet spot, but 3 might be fine). Consuming Aberration is a lot better than Nemesis of Reason (it triggers whenever you cast a spell, so you don't even need to attack with it!). That leaves 3 slots, which you should fill with other meta hate cards - Torpor Orb, Spellskite and Fulminator Mage are the first ones that come to mind. They all serve multiple purposes and can shut down several popular Modern decks.

Karns_Pyromancer on Cards like Jarad, Golgari Lich ...

2 weeks ago

Basically, I need more fling effects in a BUG EDH. I'm not really sure if this is the right forum, but o well.

I have Jarad, the Lhurgoyfs, Nighthowler, Consuming Aberration, etc. I just need to be able to consistently fling them.

Power / Toughness */*
Color(s) Black Blue
Cost 3UB
Converted cost 5
Avg. draft pick 3.4
Avg. cube pick 2.52


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

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Rare
Promo Set Rare


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