Crypt Ghast

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Gatecrash (GTC) Rare

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Crypt Ghast

Creature — Spirit

Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay . If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)

Whenever you tap a swamp for mana, you may add to your mana pool (in addition to the mana the land produces).

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Crypt Ghast Discussion

LordBlackblade on Mono-B WTF?!

1 day ago

I'd have to recommend the classic approach for Mono-Black: Big Mana. Just use Maralen of the Mornsong to fetch your mana doublers (Crypt Ghast et al.) and eventually fire off a super charged Torment of Hailfire or for more of a slow death Sadistic Sacrament kicked to gut an opponent's deck.

Another thought, perhaps try a less enabling commander if you want to tone things down. Maralen can be fun as a Mono-Black commander, but unless you're super aggressive with locking others out with her, the combo player will use her more effectively than you will, unfortunately.

kamarupa on No returns.

3 days ago

Looks pretty well thought out to me. Seems like with all the combo parts, there's not a lot of room for other spells left. Given the nature of instant win combos, the more disruption you can pack in the better. When I brew here, I often use the "Play Test" feature and just see how often I can get to the win-con within a 5 turns or so, depending on how much disruption I'm running. It helps me gauge the decks consistency and speed. Aside from that, I like playing against my friends on Cockatrice (free) - I further test new brews that seem decent there before I buy a list in paper.

Ramp options: There's not really much in the way of ramp for black - Crypt Ghast is pretty much it, and at 4CMC it won't really help you much. It does combo nicely with Liliana of the Veil which would offer you some added utilities, too, but together, that's a lot of mana spent on non-wincons. There's also Cabal Stronghold, but again, not really going to accelerate your game much. I suppose if you had more Goblins, Skirk Prospector might be an option. There are, of course, other red ramp spells, but at low CMC, you typically only gain 1 extra mana.

Lands: Perhaps you could make a little more room or create greater consistency running some Bojuka Bog (or Scavenger Grounds) over or in addition to Tormod's Crypt. 1xGhost Quarter/Field of Ruin will throw a wrench in Tron. 1xBuried Ruin will bring back destroyed Coils, which will probably useful sometimes.

Tutors: Another tutor to help you get Harmless Offering might be good - Dimir Machinations seems to fit the bill. Mastermind's Acquisition might also be a good idea. With no CMC tutor requirements it's got broader applications and not revealing the tutored card is probably worth the extra 1CMC unless you're confident your opponent has no removal ready.

Other useful spells: I imagine something like Geth's Verdict would be good in your sideboard against Indestructible/Hexproof threats that slip past your Divests. Dash Hopes - not really very good, but it seems somewhat relevant to your game-plan.

Ashmouth Hound seems like the least-essential spell in the list. I'd cut that in favor of more tutors, removal, discard, etc. (or just to get the list down to 61). After that, I'm looking at Gnat Miser as the next card to cut. It's a cool card, but only great against certain decks - blue control would suffer, while green ramp might not even notice it.

TypicalTimmy on Land destruction: taboo or legit ...

1 week ago

The problem with LD (Land Destruction) decks is that a they are slow. painfully slow.

I run one in Modern. Rakdos () LD.

You limit yourself to , which is a powerful color combination, but the issue here is you can win so much faster using those colors.

The majority of LD spells in red cost 4. This means you aren't doing anything until T4.

Rakdos has a serious lack of ramp. Sure, there ARE cards that are "technically ramp", but traditionally you are wanting to increase your available mana consistently every turn, not bring out Rakdos Keyrune on T3 and have MAYBE 5 mana on T4, assuming you hit all land drops each turn.

Keep in mind that even if you ARE hitting lands 4 turns in a row, in Rakdos that's not optimal. You want swift, cheap spells. Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push and Terminate. Not land after land after land.

Bleh.

Having said that, there are great ramp cards available. Infernal Plunge, Generator Servant, Koth of the Hammer, Crypt Ghast, Liliana of the Dark Realms, Iron Myr, Leaden Myr, Plague Myr, Palladium Myr... But again, you detract from your LD spells. The further you push back your goal, the further ahead your opponent gets.

Uuuugh... On a phone. Fml

NOW we get to the problems. In Modern, games are fast. Really fast. Pushing out a game 5 - 7 turns is not ideal when you can design to win on T1. Casually you're golden. FNM is a toss up. Competitively? Good luck.

This is why Blood Moon, and in some decks Alpine Moon are so important. They CONTROL the lands, not remove them. If you want to optimize LD, look for cards that destroy lands as a secondary effect, such as Ghost Quarters, Field of Ruin, and Encroaching Wastes. -- The problem here now is you fill your deck with colorless lands, and you destroy your land base while giving your opponent basic lands of their choice (mostly).

Ugh, this was a poor decision to type it all out on my phone...

Okay. So let's ask a question: Why Rakdos?

There's a surprisingly good amount of land destruction spells in Modern and in Red (34 in Sorcery) and the cheapest are Cryoclasm, Molten Rain, Stone Rain, and Peak Eruption. Note that with Cryo and Peak, you don't need to target basics. You can target lands such as Hallowed Fountain and Irrigated Farmland, or combine Peak Eruption with Blood Moon.

In black, there's really just Rain of Tears, if you're trying to keep it all under CMC < 4.

You'll also want to recycle spells. Good way to do this is Charmbreaker Devils, but at 5 CMC there are better spells. I like to run him because he let's me get back LD spells every turn. If they don't have 1-Drop removals like Path to Exile, they are F-'ed. I run minimal removal and lots of LD, so even if I don't topdeck into one I can always get one back for free.

Now it is true that green has LD as well. Acidic Slime, Creeping Mold, Reap and Sow, Spreading Algae, but again they are either slow and require ramp or are very specific in nature.

The more colors you add, the more fixing you need, and the less specialized your deck is.

That's why we don't run green. Stick to res as your main color with black support.

I'd focus on red LD sorcerys, and black instant creature removal for cheap, such as Fatal Push and Terminate.

Overwhelm with cheap 1/1s like Goblins, and pick cards with huge bang for your buck. Kiln Fiend and Monastery Mentor are perfect. Goblin Guide hurts you here as he is doing what you don't want - Getting them more lands.

Goblin Offensive and Krenko's Command are good. Two 1/1s for 2 CMC? Decent.

Overwhelm and go wide. It's cheaper and saves you Mana for LD.

If you want and can work it in, Reverberate and Increasing Vengeance copy spells so you can hit twice in one turn.

I'm not going to build a deck for you, but I hope I helped a lot.

It's a legit strategy, but needs to be precisely honed and even than may be too slow.

Control / removal is better than LD, but LD does work. Modern prides itself on non-basic lands.

That's where you attack.

As for EDH? Against 3 other opponents, you'll be so vastly overwhelmed it's not even worth it.

Skinken on Mono-Black Control Commander

1 week ago

First of: Welcome to EDH: the format where you can pretty much brew anything you like!

However, some cards are much stronger than others in this format, and theres a general rule to evaluate the cards in your deck. First you have to evaluate how you win the game. Then you have to look at the cards and say: "Does this card forward that goal". For instance a card like Stronghold Confessor is not very good generally. It is a creature that deals at most 3 damage. At this point you could also play a Diabolic Tutor, finding part of a two-card combo that will win you the game. Avoid any cards that dont forward your gameplan. The best example is Serra Ascendant. A lot of people wrongly include this in their decks. Yes, it is a 5/5 flying lifelinker for . But if you can't kill them with it, the 20+ damage it might deal is not relevant.

So what cards should you run? Usually the answer is combo of some sort. And then all the cards that get you there. In black you can add a reanimation package (Pathrazer of Ulamog or better It That Betrays does win you a game if played on t2), you can go for an infinite damage combo (see for inspiration), or you can get lots and lots of mana using Cabal Coffers and the like and play a very big Torment of Hailfire.

If you wanna play reanimator you wanna get all the good reanimation spells

Most of them arent that expensive. The expensive part about this strategy is buying the targets. But it should be ok, just find some you like.

If you wanna build combo just play all the tutors you can afford. Also the all-in ones like Demonic Consultation.

If you wanna build big-mana.deck consider the following

... and so on. A wierd tech you will not find anywhere else: Onyx Talisman ;)

Good luck brewing my guy!

K1ngMars on Rat Deck

2 weeks ago

Seguendo la linea di analisi che ti ho descritto nel vocale e partendo dal principio che piuttosto che una carta scarsa è meglio un Relentless Rats, ti dico:

  • Dirty Wererat è scarso, toglilo.
  • Mortal Combat è forte se giochi un mazzo che si automilla/scarta molto, altrimenti rischia di diventare inutile, io la toglierei.
  • Death Denied è situazionale, rischi di non usarla affatto, così come Gravepurge. Il tuo obbiettivo è avere tante creature in campo, non tante creature al cimitero per usare queste due carte. Togli entrambi e metti il Beacon of Unrest, che può anche riprendere il Thornbite Staff (anche quello di un avversario), che è una win condition.
  • Go for the Throat è forte, ma ti serve? Idem per Malicious Affliction. A te le creature non nere o non artefatto non interessano, perché tanto sono quelle che non possono bloccare i tuoi ratti con paura. Toglili entrambi e metti Archetype of Finality, così il giocatore in difesa ci pensa due volte prima di bloccare un topo 1/1, o ad attaccarti.
  • Thousand-Year Elixir ti fa stappare Marrow-Gnawer una volta sola, mentre Sword of the Paruns te lo fa fare quante volte vuoi, switchale.
  • Trova un posto per Illusionist's Bracers. Sacrifichi un solo topo, ma fai l'abilità due volte. Magari togli un Relentless Rats, o mettila al posto di una delle carte non terra che toglierei, come i due qua sotto.
  • Gnat Miser e Locust Miser mi fanno pensare, perché sono facilmente counterati da una Reliquary Tower, nel caso toglili. In effetti, il tuo non è un mazzo fatto per far scartare... non hai Nekusar, the Mindrazer in zona di comando, ecco. Io li toglierei.
  • Swarmyard è forte, ma vale 10 euro? Come rapporto prestazioni/prezzo, meglio una Swamp.
  • Terramorphic Expanse in un mazzo monocolore è utile come i cavoli a merenda, metti una Swamp.
  • Sign in Blood la usi una volta e basta, mentre Carnage Altar, Vampiric Rites e Phyrexian Vault le riusi. Io cercherei di metterle tutte e tre al posto di carte che sarebbe meglio togliere o di qualche Relentless Rats.
  • Whip of Erebos non mi sembra particolarmente adatta qui, toglila. Non hai bisogno né di lifelink, né di recursion che poi esilia. -Crypt Ghast e Caged Sun servono se hai cose grosse da lanciare, non per lanciare tante cose piccole (perché in quel caso finiresti solo per finire le carte in mano e basta), io le toglierei, tanto la tua curva è bassa.
  • Profane Command, Life's Finale ed Extinguish All Hope non ti servono molto, poiché ti riprendi in fretta dai boardwipe. Metti piuttosto qualcosa che fa resistere Marrow-Gnawer ai boardwipe, come ad esempio Unhallowed Pact, Undying Evil, Supernatural Stamina o Rescue from the Underworld (almeno i primi tre mettili). Se ci pensi, io, nel mazzo di Meren of Clan Nel Toth, non ho nessun boardwipe, però funziona lo stesso, perché ho modi diversi di interagire con la board. Il tuo mazzo, in modo diverso, fa la stessa cosa. Se stai attaccando con 10 ratti con paura e deathtouch dall'Archetype of Finality o semplicemente casti Sudden Spoiling (che puoi castare anche se non sei tu il giocatore attaccante) dopo che il giocatore in difesa dichiara i bloccanti, o dopo che tu hai dichiarato i bloccanti, non è quasi la stessa cosa?

Talonisnthavingit on Meren deck

2 weeks ago

1: Instead of Crypt Ghast, I'd add Black Market. That way, you get mana from creatures dying instead of how many swamps you control. Getting swamps and lands is often harder than getting things to die.

2: Instead of Gleancrawler, add Journey to Eternity  Flip. First off, gleancrawler doesn't help your strategy too much. Secondly, if a board wipe goes off, gleancrawler won't bring anything back while journey to eternity will A. Return a creature then B. be able to return more later for possibly less.

3: Torment of Hailfire is kind of better than Exsanguinate. First off, it can possibly just board wipe them. Secondly, it could just kill them outright. Either way, it's more devastation for less mana.

4: Deadbridge Chant is a bit too much on the luck side. Winding Constrictor would be better for multiple reasons.

  1. Instead of Nether Traitor, I'd put Korozda Guildmage in. Nether Traitor is cool and all, but for what it does, it's not the best. Korozda can give a creature intimidate and +1/+1, as well as create you a good number of saprolings and give you some death triggers.
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