Deathreap Ritual


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Conspiracy (CNS) Uncommon

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Deathreap Ritual


Morbid — At the beginning of each end step, if a creature died this turn, you may draw a card.

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Deathreap Ritual Discussion

NV_1980 on Plunder the Everything

3 weeks ago

Hi Aldel,

My wife's favorite deck is her Meren deck. It's the scourge of our playgroup; many a groan is heard when she brings it out :) I like where you're going with your setup, but I think there's room for improvement. Since your deck hardly contains expensive cards, I'll recommend cheap (no more than 5 dollars per card) improvements only:

  • Archfiend of Depravity: forces everyone's army (except yours) to remain relatively small (unless your opponents have massive summoning/token generation capabilities within single turns) by having everyone sac all creatures except for two every turn.
  • Grim Haruspex: draw whenever you a non-token creature of yours dies (which should happen a lot :))
  • Hermit Druid: your graveyard is essentially your second library with Meren out. This card allows you to mill yourself a lot and thereby increases the amount of options you have with Meren's recursion abilities.
  • Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest: imagine you're facing three opponents and you have this card and several other creatures out. You force each of your opponents to sac a creature: bamn! All your creatures gain three +1/+1 counters. And that's just the bonus when forcing them to sac one creature. Imagine if it's two. Or three ...
  • Buried Alive: almost a 'must' in any Meren deck. Acts as a powerful tutor with Meren on the field.
  • Deathreap Ritual: keep in mind this doesn't just allow you to draw cards during your own turn (in case something dies), but the same goes for everyone else's turns!

In case you need any more ideas, here's the link to my wife's Meren deck! Have fun with your Meren build!



Olive_pdx on Caution Slime ahead

1 month ago

Rusty_Shackleford Yes I used to run Dictate of Erebos that's why I took Fecundity out. I overlooked that change. I really like Deathreap Ritual and especially Illusionist's Bracers !! I'm gonna try some of those cards and see how they play this week. thanks again for the great suggestions.

Rusty_Shackleford on Caution Slime ahead

1 month ago

Got a few more for you:

Deathreap Ritual--see above

Illusionist's Bracers--another card that lets you go infinite with Slimefoot and Ashnod's Altar.

Beastmaster Ascension and Coat of Arms, Primal Vigor--self explanatory.

NV_1980 on Meren EDH

1 month ago


First off; nice Meren deck! My wife plays a very nice version of it too (you can find it here: Meren's Returning Army).

Second: you're still missing a card; you're allowed 100 instead of 99.

Third, suggestions:

  • I would really recommend adding some cards that allow you to dredge. With Meren out, you can then quickly get to the creatures you need. Cards like Hermit Druid and Life from the Loam are exceptionally powerful at this.
  • Living Death; with a well-populated graveyard, this card can basically end games in your favor.
  • Attrition; combined with Meren, makes it easy for you to zap stuff without really losing anything.
  • Deathreap Ritual; for your deck, this means almost guaranteed extra card-draw at every one of your end steps + in all likely hood more draw at the end of every opponent's turn.
  • Fauna Shaman; discard a creature, look for a creature in your library, then use Meren at the end of your turn to return the discarded creature to your hand or even to the battlefiend; win-win.
  • Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest; pumps up everything you have with every sacrifice (including those made by opponents).

Hope this helps you. I wish you good luck at brewing and playing this deck.

With regards,


p.s.: I would appreciate your feedback on my deck(s) as well, should you have the time and inclination to give some.

ibstudent2200 on

2 months ago

Griffin Protector and Healer of the Pride aren't the greatest of ways to exploit Ghave in my opinion.

Dreampod Druid seems inconsistent with only 3 auras.

Cathars' Crusade > Valor in Akros.

Utopia Mycon is quite possibly the best 'Thallid' ever printed.

Deathreap Ritual is a very solid draw engine with Ghave.

Young Wolf, Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest, and Corpsejack Menace all play into making Ghave's loop more effective.

Earthcraft is pricy, but the effect is absurd. Glare of Subdual and Cryptolith Rite worse, but they're both amazing with sufficient tokens.

Retribution of the Ancients and Attrition both act as repeatable removal.

Martyr's Bond is an expanded Grave Pact. It's good.

Blah blah blah, Skullclamp is broken blah blah blah

I'd check your color balance. You're skewed very much towards green, but that isn't as reflected in your mana base. I'd also suggest Blighted Woodland and Oran-Rief, the Vastwood.

Squirrel_of_War on Death Pits of Nel Toth

2 months ago

@ZendikariWol Thanks, that helps a lot. I'll respond in order of your comment.

-Greater Good is an excellent card but not amazing in here so I will consider cutting it and possibly replace it with Sadistic Hypnotist since I would like to have a 'free' sac outlet in place of it.

-Massacre Wurm is amazing and with a few ways to double his triggered ability he is even better so he has to stay. That artwork too!

-Shriekmaw is in there because he can get rid of stuff and get me an experience counter. He is a bit narrow but I count it as 2 CMC and I'm trying to reduce my curve. I will definitely consider cutting it though.

-Rune-Scarred Demon is so great, I always cheat him in and he wins me the game if I'm recurring him every turn or doubling his ETB ability. Can't cut it.

-Deathrite Shaman was recently added and I'm not 100% sold on him yet. I like that it's grave hate and I'm anticipating Muldrotha, the Gravetide is going to be a huge presence after Dominaria comes out. I may Swap him for Agent of Erebos depending how the meta changes.

-Walking Ballista is only in there because I recently added in Protean Hulk and Ballista allows for me to infinite combo win. that whole group of 5 cards is just on a trial period for the time being so Ballista may end up coming out of the deck. (see most recent update)

-Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is in as a combo piece, he lets persist creatures return to the battlefield indefinitely. He is also good for going wide but that is rarely my strategy. He is staying for the time being.

-Grave Titan is 10/10 on 3 bodies for 6 CMC. He is on par with Wurmcoil Engine (which used to be in here). He is staying for now.

-Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed is a super star, he gets ANY black card so I can play cards like Entomb, Damnation, Living Death, even Contamination, more than one time. The self sac is a bonus.

I see your reasoning behind running more cards that don't require sacrifice to do things. My reason behind having cards that can self sacrifice is I want to be able to get value from the creatures without relying on a sac outlet. In my meta a sac outlet will usually not last long because they know it will end badly for them if it stays on the battlefield. Another reason is I decided to go with an ETB theme, Panharmonicon and Strionic Resonator make them even better. Depending on how stupid my board state gets I sometime have quadruple triggers for every ETB.

Where on earth is Reclamation Sage? I opted to go with Manglehorn since there are some lighning fast decks in my meta that rely heavily on artifact ramp and another arch nemesis I have is Memnarch.

I'm going to break the deck down and see if I will include some of your suggestions. The ones I'm currently considering are:

-Vindictive Lich - literally bought this card a week ago with the intention of putting it in but couldn't decide what to replace.

-Wurmcoil Engine - was in here before might be in here again.

-Deathreap Ritual - love this card just took it out a while back but maybe I'll put it back in since it's so goo with Strionic Resonator.

-Archfiend of Depravity - I tried it out briefly, if the art was better I'd put it in immediately. Still might though.

-Thragtusk - great card but I'm not a fan of the artwork.

Thanks again for the comments and the +1! Keep an eye out for the updated list in a day or two.

ZendikariWol on Death Pits of Nel Toth

2 months ago

It's nice to see someone who is so gracious in accepting new ideas. Time to sound like an ass now I guess...

First off, I don't know how many cards you usually draw off of Greater Good, but it seems like you'd usually discard more than you draw. Perhaps that's intentional dredging but still likely a loss of card advantage.

And once again, I'm not sure how many creatures you kill with Massacre Wurm, but it can't be that many? Is your meta full of tiny things?

I've never felt Shriekmaw hits enough things. If you do then keep it, but it's worth considering.

Rune-Scarred Demon is not a bad tutor, by any means. However at 7 mana, you should probably go 1 more and try for Razaketh, the Foulblooded. Give 'em the good 'ol razzle dazzle. That or just a really good source of card draw or draw control.

Maybe Deathrite Shaman doesn't do enough compared to Viridian Emissary, Primal Druid, or even Veteran Explorer (if you feel like having the table on your side).

How much are you usually casting Walking Ballista for? Is it enough?

Given how long your creatures stay around, how much do those +1 counters from Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest do?

And how many swings does Grave Titan get in?

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed is maybe not as good as Baloth Null. More on why a little lower down.

Okay. My reasoning behind this comment. Aristocrats decks like this have an advantage for one key reason: every spell is several spells. If your creatures enter the battlefield or die and trigger an ability in doing so, that is one spell. Normally whatever you gain from sacrificing them is another. However, if they do nothing when they enter and sacrifice themselves, then really you have only cast one spell.

It benefits you more to trigger one effect when the creature enters or dies, one or two triggers from other creatures when any creature dies, amd another from sacrificing it yourself.

For example, you cast a Baloth Null. It enters the battlefield and you rummage in your grave a bit. You sacrifice it to Viscera Seer and scry. Then you have a Deathreap Ritual out so you draw into whatever you scried for.

Assume you have the same board. You cast Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed and sacrifice him. You get one thing back from the grave and draw a card from Deathreap Ritual at end of turn. It's really not as great.

Having creatures that freely sacrifice themselves is good, but cuts one spell out of it.

ZendikariWol on Death Pits of Nel Toth

2 months ago

Your deck is better than mine (assuming a few cards are potent in your meta). However I do believe there are a few cards you could borrow from my build.

Viridian Emissary is pretty good early-game ramp.

Vindictive Lich is an easy way to personalize the pain of your opponents. It'll screw over voltron and pillow forts pretty easily.

Wurmcoil Engine is just horrifying. Gigantic body, good life gain and can trade off with big attackers. Great way to deter attackers.

Deathreap Ritual is just fantastic. Very nice source of advantage.

Lifecrafter's Bestiary. It looks kinda neat, but trust me it gets out of hand VERY quickly.

Archfiend of Depravity is a must-have if anything in your meta is going wide. I play against Odric, Lunarch Marshal and this card destroys it.

Where on earth is Reclamation Sage?

Perilous Forays is a ramp legend.

Dictate of Erebos and Butcher of Malakir are great ways to starve opponents of resources.

Ravenous Chupacabra is at least worth considering.

Thragtusk is good life gain and a token.

Treasure Keeper as a really powerful semi-cascade effect.

If you're at all interested in hearing my opinions on what you could cut for some of these, I will assume you aren't until further notice :)

Have a nice day and happy brewing!

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