Costly Plunder

Costly Plunder


As an additional cost to cast Costly Plunder, sacrifice an artifact or creature.

Draw two cards.

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Set Rarity
Double Masters (2XM) Common
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
Ixalan (XLN) Common

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Historic Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Pioneer Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Highlander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

Costly Plunder occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Costly Plunder Discussion

Splingo on Timing Mayhem Devil Damage vs ...

1 week ago

Hello all,

first question here, I hope I am doing everything correctly.

We just had a situation where my opponent had 1 life left and could gain life by sacrificing a creature. In this case he had Slimefoot, the Stowaway on the table and wanted to sacrifice a token with Costly Plunder

I had Mayhem Devil on the table.

How is the timing in this specific case? Would he gain a life first and be able to draw cards or would Mayhem Devil deal damage first?

Strangelove on Omertà - Torgaar's Mafia

1 month ago

A trick that really helps me cut is setting up custom categories like this:

1x Pawn of Ulamog #Combo
1x Sol Ring #Ramp

Establish a base of ramp and draw and then limit cards that don't function on their own (#Combo).

Sling-Gang is definitely one of my favorites for a deck like this (keep it).

I think you're still split across extra themes (good-stuff and reanimator vs aristocrats): Torgaar is pretty narrow, so play things you can easily sacrifice for value and cut cards that don't directly feed this theme:

Conjurer's Closet... this really only works with 1/3 of your deck and putting 3 creatures into play to cast Torgaar is effectively the same thing.

Gonti, Lord of Luxury... fun, yes, but really its just "2BB: Draw a card" ...see Dusk Legion Zealot.

Whisper, Blood Liturgist/ Demon of Dark Schemes/ Chainer, Dementia Master... these are all clunky; how are you going to put cards in graveyards that are actually worth the high cost of reanimating? These belong in a different deck or with things like Key to the City.

Nightmare Shepherd... I love this card, but it warps the deck in that it asks you to stop playing from the graveyard entirely (you could just keep drawing instead). This would definitely the direction where cards like Deathrender shine.

Krav, the Unredeemed/ God-Eternal Bontu/ Costly Plunder... I'm realizing that since Torgaar is your sac-engine, you really just want "free" draw like Midnight Reaper and Liliana, Dreadhorde General... followed by Dark Prophecy/ Erebos, Bleak-Hearted/ Harvester of Souls... and maybe Gate to the Afterlife.

Also, you're going to want Living Death.

Also, at least 36 lands. As long as you have 6+ drops, you really want 37-38.

I'm actually really liking Torgaar. He's mostly a sac-outlet in the command zone, so if you can jam a good base of creatures and keep drawing, you'll be able to find a lot of room to do what you want.

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

1 month ago


I've always considered her being Sultai but ooooh Jund sounds amazing!!

Vraska, Ravnica's Ire

Legendary Planeswalker - Vraska

+1 Target creature loses all colors and gains defender. It becomes an Artifact and a Construct in addition to its other types.

-2 Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.

-7 Destroy all creatures, then exile all graveyards. Target opponent's life total becomes 5.


I've always wanted a Vraska Planeswalker who turns creatures to stone. We have seen in the artwork of Costly Plunder that she absolutely is fine with turning someone to stone, destroying them and using them for her own personal gain.

So her +1 ability is her lashing out with her rage to turn someone to stone. Possibly more powerful then even Oko's. But, that's why she costs 5 and 3 colors.

Her -2 should be used to destroy that creature for card advantage, though it could also be used to remove problem artifacts as well. Basically, for every 2 creatures you turn to stone, you get to destroy 1 and draw a card.

She's also set up that you can -2 twice in a row and get some advantage and removal while bringing her to 0.

Her -7 is unleashing her rage.

Anyone else remember that weird time when Nissa gained blue? No? Just me?

Okay. Make another Simic Nissa, specifically meant for our return to Zendikar at the end of the year.

EldraziOfRavnica on My Meren Deck

2 months ago

Spark Harvest is probably better than Severed Strands. Crashing Centaur is a little slow for a discard outlet at six mana. The shroud is nice, but you might want to consider Bog Witch. Costly Plunder is strictly better than Altar's Reap. Talisman of Resilience is good ramp, and a wrath or two lie Crux of Fate or Damnation might be good, depending on your budget. Stitcher's Supplier is very good self mill, as is Satyr Wayfinder. Cut Windgrace Acolyte for one of those, or some other, cheaper self mill if you can't find those two. Deathgreeter does Sultai Flayer's role better than the Flayer.

Gbeail on It's Treason, Then

3 months ago

For instant speed sacrifice there's Carrion Feeder for one mana, and Flesh-Eater Imp which costs more but has infect so it can on occasion one shot someone. Then for more value from a sacrifice there's Stronghold Assassin which in this deck lets you take out two creatures, the one you took control of and any other of your choice. Then Sadistic Hypnotist is instant speed and makes them discard. Then for card draw there's Vampiric Rites a repeatable Altar's Reap and Costly Plunder is the same as Altar's Reap. And other card draw is Bushmeat Poacher and Smothering Abomination but that last one may kill some of your creatures by accident.

Arktaurous on Edgar Markov Vampires

4 months ago

Great deck!

I would swap Vampire Cutthroat with Vampire of the Dire Moon because deathtouch is handier than skulk.

I would get Dark Impostor in there. You could swap out Stromkirk Condemned,Vampire Hexmage, or Vampire Nocturnus. More than half your deck isn't black cards so Vampire Nocturnus might not be as handy not to mention showing your opponent your next draw is not usually advantageous.

Purphoros, God of the Forge is kinda expensive for a chance at extra damage. Consider Brutal Hordechief; relative same cost but more bang for your buck. Along with Sanctum Seeker and say Foul-Tongue Shriek you could be doing a ton of damage.

I would swap Basalt Monolith out for Ashnod's Altar. A lot more mana production, a lot more synergy with other cards in the deck, less expensive, more utility est.

I think you really need some card draw in there but I'm not sure how to make those changes. You could use cards like Oathsworn Vampire as a way to sacrifice a creature for cards like Altar's Reap, Carnage Altar,Costly Plunder, Dredge, Merciless Resolve, Morbid Curiosity, Phyrexian Vault, Reprocess, Skulltap, or Vampiric Rites.

Idol of Oblivion could get you some extra card draw with all of Edgar's token generation.

Cliffhaven Vampire, Defiant Bloodlord, and Epicure of Blood are all worthy of consideration.

Drana's Emissary is also nice to have early game.

eyes2sky on Bacon and Eggs

7 months ago

Cheerful_Zucchini Tempting Witch is already on my main board and Costly Plunder is on my maybe...(i don't have any at the moment).

Cheerful_Zucchini on Bacon and Eggs

7 months ago

Maybe it works out better than it looks to me. Just seems like Tempting Witch is necessary if you want a chance at winning, are there any other similar cards that you could include?

Also, Costly Plunder looks like a great idea. Card advantage is never a bad idea ;)

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