Cruel Celebrant


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

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Set Rarity
War of the Spark (WAR) Uncommon

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Cruel Celebrant

Creature — Vampire

Whenever Cruel Celebrant or another creature or planeswalker you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Cruel Celebrant Discussion

rotimislaw on Orzhov Vamps

5 days ago

To me, having Avg.CMC=2.5 you don't need more than 22 lands in the deck. Pulling out 1x Swamp and 1x Plains you could make space for more value plays (e.g. 2x Cruel Celebrant which is fine defense against Tribal-killing board wipes).

I'd also advise to smooth the mana curve a little and exchange 2x Vampire of the Dire Moon for 2x Adanto Vanguard . This should enable you dealing more damage in the early game.

jpritcha on Heartless Turtles

6 days ago

Of the X creature spells in Modern, Stonecoil Serpent fits this deck's strategy the best since it has relevant abilities and recurs as an artifact. I don't really want to be playing 0 CMC creatures just for death triggers.

There are other/cheaper drain effects, but they all have downsides that make them less relevant in this strategy than Falkenrath Noble (it has > 1 toughness, flying, and drains when any creature dies):

  • As you mentioned, 1 toughness creatures like Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat don't work.
  • Vindictive Vampire doesn't have flying and only drains when our creatures die.
  • Cruel Celebrant requires a white splash, only drains when our creatures die, and its mana cost isn't improved with Heartless Summoning . This deck could be modified to be BW or BG, but I refuse to pay ridiculous money for fetch lands, so I stick to mono-colored builds.
  • I'm thinking Bontu the Glorified may be the best option since it drains, provides a sac outlet, and can be a difficult to deal with threat.

I've looked at Fecundity lists, but most of them are GR token aggro lists.

TheFateless on Cleanse the Bloodlines

2 weeks ago

Slightly upgraded! Added Cruel Celebrant , Cordial Vampire , upgraded a couple to foils and got some signatures! Unfortunately Athreos, God of Passage didn't make the cut (He has a new and Loving home in my Teysa Karlov deck, and Necropolis Regent was also cut. Can't remember what else went in and out, but those were the most recent

BLOODGUILT on Aristocat's Pie Shop

2 weeks ago

I've been running a similar deck. Mine is mono black but i found that Plaguecrafter is better than Murderous Rider in most cases. Plaguecrafter basically would be a a cantrip in this deck with Liliana, Dreadhorde General or Midnight Reaper on the field. Plus it triggers Cruel Celebrant , Corpse Knight and Ayara, First of Lochthwain whereas Murderous Rider cost 2bbbb to do the same thing and you lose two life doing it. I've also took advantage of Gingerbrute . Sounds weird but it's free damage early in the game and most decks ive seen are playing tapped lands leaving opponents oppen for a turn or two. Gingerbrute is also a food which means you can sac him to Cauldron Familiar getting a few death triggers that way and the etb. anyway, here's a link to my version if you'd like to check it out and i too could use some advice.

Kalavas on Ed the Bloodsucking Bully

2 weeks ago

Here are some creature cards I'd like to add soon:

Dusk Legion Zealot , Cordial Vampire , Cruel Celebrant Knight of the Ebon Legion , Vampire of the Dire Moon , Changeling Outcast , Vampire Cutthroat , Duskborne Skymarcher . Lastly Purphoros, God of the Forge for amazing damage potential when i get the spare cash.

Some other cards I would like to get are the following:

Shared Animosity , Coat of Arms , Diabolic Intent , Phyrexian Altar , Cover of Darkness , Impact Tremors

Some Cards I'm considering:

Debt to the Deathless , Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord

Finally some Wishlist cards I hope to get sooner or later, but are more pricey:

Cavern of Souls , Marsh Flats , Vampiric Tutor

EdCartman on Vampire Life-Gain

1 month ago

you could also exchange Ayara, First of Locthwain for Blood Artist or Cruel Celebrant and they are not Legendary creatures so you can have multiple of them on the field

Sorin_Markov_1947 on Mardu Spite

1 month ago

There are several aristocrat cards that you might consider. Cruel Celebrant , and Midnight Reaper for example. Captive Audience would also work well in this deck, I think.

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