Culling the Weak


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Exodus (EXO) Common

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Culling the Weak


As an additional cost to play Culling the Weak, sacrifice a creature.

Add (Black)(Black)(Black)(Black) to your mana pool.

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Culling the Weak Discussion

ninexpad on EDH Maralen Combo

3 weeks ago

Try to play some Mana Rocks to speed things up for a turn 4 kill. Best Options are Jeweled Amulet, Everflowing Chalice and Lotus Petal but I am also playing some CMC 2 ones as they don't hurt too much. For cashing in Maralen for even more mana to go off I recommend Culling the Weak.
To get another shot if things go wrong Elixir of Immortality is a good inclusion.
Optimal Line:
Turn 1: Swamp
Turn 2: Swamp + Any Manarock
Turn 3: Swamp + Maralen of the Mornsong and pray she survives
Turn 4: Swamp + search Ad Nauseam draw your deck use Lotus Petal to kick off Culling the Weak or Dark Ritual (I run both as I personally go for Skirge Familiar + Torment of Hailfire as my finisher). Now just kill everyone with the Dark Sphere + Sickening Dreams combo

Nice addition: In order to protect my Maralen I sometimes go one turn later and use Supernatural Stamina to back her up against kill-spells

wonderboyrox on Rapid Reanimation

4 weeks ago

Ahzrei I really like the theme of the deck you have here, but right now I see a few issues.

First of all, you have 62 cards in the deck right now.. Assuming you want to be running a 60 card deck, that should be fixed.

Arc Runner is a nice card, but think of this.. If your plan is to hard cast him, and then play Rite of Consumption before end of turn.. this is a combo that'll have to wait until turn 5 at the soonest. Not to mention that he is easily chump blocked once your opponent has the slightest idea of what you're up to (since he doesn't even have trample).

Here is what I would do:

-4 Arc Runner (Too mana intensive to allow for shenanigans)

+4 Hellspark Elemental (Better replacement for Arc Runner imo)

-4 Heart-Piercer Manticore (Too mana intensive. Also, Rite of Consumption would just be a faster alternative here.)

-4 Demigod of Revenge (Not sure he fits the theme like you may think. Official ruling of the card states: "This ability triggers when you cast Demigod of Revenge as a spell. It wont trigger if Demigod of Revenge is put directly onto the battlefield.")

+4 Demonlord of Ashmouth (This is your win con. He also allows you to sac him once at no cost = profit.)

+2 Culling the Weak (This card really speeds things up for you, potentially giving you a T2 Demonlord of Ashmouth.)

-4 Apprentice Necromancer (Soonest he is useful is turn 3, after some thought on this one, I am thinking this:)

+4 Undying Evil (...fits the theme a little better than the Necro, & useful in more situations.)

and finally..

-2 Sneak Attack (With the new lowered mana curve here, I don't see as much need for this card in the deck.)

+2 Grave Pact (Fits the theme better, and also gives more fuel to your Mortician Beetles.)

(You should also look at fixing your mana base. Even without making changes to the deck, you should be more swamp-heavy than mountain-heavy.)

Kross33 on Brudder's Brews (#2): Paradox Storm Revisited

4 weeks ago

Hi, I love the list! I just have two questions for you.

Why no Helm of Awakening

I noticed you play Culling the Weak but do not include Diabolic Intent is there a specific reason why you chose this?

Kross33 on 4C Paradox Scepter Storm

4 weeks ago

Ok thanks, just two more questions. Why no Helm of Awakening ?

And I noticed that you play Culling the Weak but opt not to play Diabolic Intent is there any reason for this choice?

Thanks again! :-)

Kezvin on Maralen Competitive

1 month ago

I didn't read the errata on Culling the Weak, and, based on its non-oracle wording, assumed it was an enchantment (and wondered why it wasn't worth hundreds of dollars). But yeah, that does make it worse. The Skirge Familiar line is still pretty consistent even without it being an enchantment though.

Megalomania on Maralen, The Master Tutor

1 month ago

No rituals? Dark Ritual and Culling the Weak seem like good additions here. I would also go for Mike n' Trike and make the deck a bit more combo-centered.

Not sure how much of an issue budget is but adding Vampiric Tutor would be nice too.

VincentVonVeltschmerz on extreme budget 4

1 month ago

I really like this one too, and you'd have the mono black deck you always wanted.

Consider: Culling the Weak, Nekrataal, Bone Shredder and Bad Moon

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