Costly Plunder


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Common

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Costly Plunder


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

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Costly Plunder Discussion

Poaralion on Swamps are fun

1 day ago

I'm not a big fan of Champion of Dusk with only 5 vampires in the deck. Ok, it makes you draw one if he is by himself but it's a weak effect for a 4/4 5 drop. If you want the draw effect, you can have Dusk Legion Zealot and if you need a big threat well the spot if free for Doom Whisperer and Twilight Prophet that you will add in the future.

Costly Plunder is a way to refund you critter in the late game. Kitesail Freebooter is a nice early drop, flying and prolly better than the rat early. The rat can get rid of the one card the op is holding for 15 turn but still. Demonlord Belzenlok is a big boi. Golden Demise is a brutal wrath against any token based deck. Vraska's Contempt is a must have when Teferi and Karn exist out there.

I hope this list will help you a bit !


3 days ago

So I just wanna say that I built this before I noticed you did it, then your build showed up in my "similar decks" feed, so I checked it out and our builds aren't that far off. Although I added an additional synergy with Costly Plunder. I have 3 Angelic Purge as an efficient removal spell as well as giving me a free way to sac Ichor Wellspring. Looking at my list against yours, the only differences are I have the aforementioned Angelic Purge in place of Battle Screech, one CP became a third BCV, and the journey's became a main-deck Relic of Progenitus and an additional land. Our sideboards differ quite a bit, but that's not important because that usually comes down to the meta you play with. Honestly this deck seems super sweet and I want to put together in paper already and start the spice. Good job on the deck and feel free to look at my version if you'd like. Mardu Valuetown

VanguardVII on Izoni, Golgari Aristocrat

6 days ago

MegaMatt13 Sure, my suggestions would be to cut Golgari Signet, Awakening Zone, Necrogenesis, Pernicious Deed, Saproling Symbiosis, Altar's Reap, Costly Plunder, Grapple with the Past, Grisly Salvage, Regrowth, Kodama's Reach and Cultivate. You can add more creatures with ETB to destroy artifacts or enchantments, creatures that mills you like Stitcher's Supplier and Glowspore Shaman, creatures to draw more like Bloodgift Demon, creatures to ramp like District Guide (this is kinda bad but you can find better ones) and I suggested both Cultivate and Kodama's Reach because you can add Harrow and take advantage by adding World Shaper and Ramunap Excavator . I hope this helps.

mewbusi on Goblin Deathwhirler 2.0

1 week ago

Very nice deck that seems rather fun to play. You don't see much standard goblins.

However I do have some suggestions for cards to replace Status / Statue as it seems rather narrow in its use.

Blood Divination, Costly Plunder, or Risk Factor for card advantage.

Contract Killing to provide slightly more mana for Balefire while also providing a good kill spell.

Gruesome Fate for something that could provide another possible Banefire.

As for sideboards I don't have a good idea of what meta is currently existing in standard right now so I doubt I would be much help.

multimedia on Etrata Dimir Kill

3 weeks ago

Hey, interesting concept, looks fun.

Consider adding ways to sac Etrata at instant speed after you attack with her? It has to be instant speed sac because you'll use it to respond after putting her trigger on the stack. When you do combat damage to a player with her, her triggered ability goes on the stack. When this happens you can response to the trigger and sac her putting her in your graveyard. Her ability is already on the stack and it will resolve exiling a creature opponent controls and putting a hit counter on that creature, but you will not have to shuffle Etrata back into your library instead she'll be in your graveyard. All you will do is instead shuffle your library, but she will remain in your graveyard. More ways not just surveil to put Etrata into your graveyard the better Lazav is at copying her. Good instant speed low mana cost sac to consider is Costly Plunder and Vicious Offering.

Good luck with your deck.

perplexedsquirrel on Bar

4 weeks ago

Thanks I'll probably end up finding space either a couple of Costly Plunder or Abnormal Endurance. Plunder is hands down better as an all purpose response to bounce/exile but endurance really shines in enabling unexpected trades and triggering etb/death effects. I like Demon of Catastrophes but Whisper, Blood Liturgist is hard justify given the lack of large creatures to recur and its frailty. I know Gravewaker and his ability isn't a great deal either recurring mostly 2-3 mana creatures but in late game mana will likely be more plentiful than creatures.

leo5873 on Bar

1 month ago

This looks like a fun mono colored deck. For more card value I'd add in Costly Plunder and I feel like your deck can take advantage of Demon of Catastrophes. Also I'd consider swapping Gravewaker for Whisper, Blood Liturgist.

Spirits on Budget Thraximundar - EDH $50

1 month ago

Night's Whisper $1.58 is too much, Sign in Blood is $0.18 (and can target opponents), Read the Bones is $0.16 but I don't like the CMC3. Night's Whisper/Sign in Blood definitely the best. Brainstorm $0.70 is even better imo. Ponder is $2.30 so not a great option. Brainstorm/Sign in Blood best for budget. Altar's Reap don't like it either. Costly Plunder also not quite right.

Telling Time also not bad in budget $0.23 lets you scry one to bottom and replaces itself.

Dimir Signet $1.80 is so much. Talisman of Dominance $1.29 is better because it's CMC2. Also, Talisman of Indulgence $0.72. Fellwar Stone $1.25 but less predictable. I think the Signets are great, but $1.80 is tough.

Baleful Strix is $2.95 but pretty amazing, if you free up enough cash for him.

Archfiend of Depravity $1.01 can dominate this format, you've seen it from my Glissa, the Traitor deck.

Displacement Wave slows you down too much I feel, it can give you a Thraximundar alone. You control it with , but it's not going to work in 1 hour format, outside of the 1 hour feel it's pretty weak anyway.

Soul's Fire also feels wrong, a turn you cast Thraximundar you won't have mana for it, only a handful of creatures going to deal enough to be of consequence.

Shrieking Affliction is going to guarantee that 3x players are attacking you, and it's too slow to win you the game.

Nighthowler is a better Wight of Precinct Six (you can run both), he is CMC3, but he also counts your graveyard, and he also has Bestow if you have the extra mana (modular)

Consuming Aberration is a higher CMC, but he can also build the graveyards, remember that time SolomonsEfreet had him out. But high CMC. $1.90 too.

Can up you mana ramp with stuff like Mycosynth Wellspring $0.15,

You have Fleshbag Marauder & Merciless Executioner but missing their good buddy Slum Reaper $0.19.

Traveler's Amulet and Wanderer's Twig are great for color fixing and ramping. Wayfarer's Bauble goes onto the battlefield for CMC1 more.

Deadeye Navigator has lots of positive applications in your build, but he's $2.15. I won't list everyone, you can read the LTB/ETB guys, but Peregrine Drake is infinite ETB & infinite mana.

Murder always a nice multi-purpose removal in this format.

Far // Away $0.24 can also be handy.

You're mana source distribution is quite good 24% / 24% / 37% .

Vona's Hunger was pretty good when SolomonsEfreet played it.

Diabolic Tutor for Torment of Hailfire or the other half of Rite of Replication / Gray Merchant of Asphodel win-con.

Dark Petition is $2.32 but can assist with casting the Gray Merchant of Asphodel, I also don't mind Razaketh's Rite because I just cycle it for if it's drawn early on.

Desecration Demon might be fun, he's only CMC4.

I think your fairly balanced too, maybe a little too heavy on Sorcery, sub 1 for an instant or another creature or artifact.

One of the nice things with Thraximundar is you should get left alone early on because your not an immediate threat vs. someone like your Xenagos.

I wouldn't go counterspell (maybeboard has so many), won't work in this format effectively.

Havengul Lich has some recursion built in, but wouldn't say he's really that synergistic with Thraximundar but he can target others graveyards.

He's not a Xenagos, God of Revels but a good serviceable Commander in $50 budget. Crosis, the Purger no way lol, Sedris, the Traitor King would also work but he the same CMC anyway,

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