Devouring Swarm


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set (M12) Common

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Devouring Swarm

Creature — Insect

Flying Sacrifice a creature: Devouring Swarm gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Devouring Swarm Discussion

theLeyzin on Meren Tribal Insects!

9 months ago

Looking over the list we probably could use a couple, Westvale Abbey  Flip seems like a real nice inclusion. Also brought in Devouring Swarm since it flies and I didn't have any creature-based sac outlets. Thanks again

Gattison on Rakdos Sacrifice

11 months ago

ok, I still like it. =)

One more thing, what about Devouring Swarm instead of Bloodthrone Vampire, because of the flying?

Spirit_Logan on Budget Competitive Prossh

1 year ago

I am trying to build a competitive Prossh deck and stay on a budget . Obviously I need to buy Food Chain, but what to do with the 99? I wanted to do a lot of extra combats and abuse cards like Frontline Devastator and Devouring Swarm.

zingzang on Mikaeus, the Broken EDH

1 year ago

I play a Mikaeus-deck myself and I really like your work. But I think your mana-curve is not really that optimal. I play many ramp cards and only combo-pieces, which allows to make a turn 4 or turn 5 kill, nearly every time. Please also be aware, that Mikaeus gives all your creatures +1/+1, so things like Mindless Automaton don't work, even if you kill them manually, it's stuck with only one +1-counter. If you want to make your deck more consistent and more deadly, take out all cards that don't kill your opponents IMMEDIATELY with Mikaeus. Cards like: Abhorrent Overlord or Dusk Urchins all need preparation time, so think about cutting them. Also cards like Liliana of the Veil don't do anything for your combo in this deck and are better off in a good modern deck (Oh, I wish I had one myself :( ). Here are some cards that I highly recommend to you, in order to combo off faster, and better:

Retribution of the Ancients

Fume Spitter (I love him but only in my starting hand)

Blood Artist

Blood Bairn

Zulaport Cutthroat

Devouring Swarm

Bloodthrone Vampire

Diabolic Servitude (maybe, but recommend)

Falkenrath Noble

Altar of Dementia

Altar of the Brood

Phyrexian Ghoul


Infernal Darkness (maybe, but always worth it)

Sidisi, Undead Vizier (maybe...)

Diabolic Intent

Dread Return (maybe...)

Pentavus (The only 7-drop allowed in this deck)

Nantuko Husk

Grim Haruspex

Grinding Station (you have many artifact creatures then...)

Wingrattle Scarecrow


Lingering Tormentor


Some nice ways to tutor are:Dimir Machinations and Shred Memory. They get you all the combo pieces.

You may ask: "And what shall I cut?"Every Planeswalker, they do nothing for you in this deck. Every damn card that costs 5 mana or more (Only Exceptions are Pentavus and Triskelion) . (Yes, you can also cut Sidisi, Undead Vizier, if you have enough tutors). And everything, that doesn't combo with Mikaeus in a way that doesn't kill all your opponents immediately. Your goal is to win the game as soon as Mikaeus hits the battlefield. Most of the time the disruption can't do anything, because you can combo off in response to that. And to make it as fast as possible, add all mana artifacts known to mankind to your deck. Thran Dynamo, Jet Medallion and so on, and so on. You don't need any removal or any Temporal Extortion or Imp's Mischief and stuff like that. Aim for a turn 4 kill and cut everything that doesn't support your idea. There will be no threats on turn 4 or five that need you to have any special removal.

Hope this helps out.

If you want, I can post a link to my Mikaeus deck. I don't like to do advertisement for my decks, so I do it, if you want to see my idea of a perfect deck.


Uncanny_Ghoul on fleshbag funbag

1 year ago

First of all, with this high CMC you need 24 lands.

While I understand you are trying to sacrifice your creatures for beneficial effects, the high converted mana cost of your deck makes it kind of hard to work with.

Here are some lower cost creatures that could be good:

Augur of SkullsBasal Sliver (mana accelerator to cast Ruthless Deathfang faster)Bile UrchinBlind ZealotBlood BairnBloodthrone VampireCarrier Thrall (mana accelerator, 2x creature)Corpse HaulerDeath CultistDemonic Taskmaster (need tokens spawn everyturn)Devouring SwarmWestvale Abbey  Flip This is a must have.Disciple of Griselbrand Save yourself.Doomed Necromancer Worth it.Eldrazi Skyspawner Mana acceleratorFont of ReturnFume SpitterGnawing ZombieGutless GhoulMerciless ExecutionerMortician Beetle -------> Cause why not.Nezumi Bone-Reader ControlPawn of Ulamog mana acceleratorQarsi SadistQuest for the GravelordThoughtpicker Witch controlThrull Surgeon controlVampiric RitesVoracious Null

Skirsdag High Priest Isn't this amazing?

LordPenzo97 on Mikaeus The Unhallowed Infinite combos

2 years ago

Im thinking of switching out Altar's Reap, Sadistic Hypnotist, and either Devouring Swarm or Nantuko Husk for Exsanguinate + Retribution of the Ancients + Thief of Blood . The Altar is only a one time draw which is less useful than an infinite combo, especially if Smothering Abomination is on the field. The devouring swarm and nantuko husk are just extra sac outlets. The sadistic hypnotist, he doesnt have a game winning ability. I could also take out Toxic Deluge as i do not have any infinite life combos.

ImmortalCancer on RitesoftheUnholy- Mikaeus Infinite

2 years ago

I've had a mike combo deck for quite awhile starting with the Mikaeus, Extreme Sub $20 Budget EDH after i acquired him in a trade.

Personally i would drop Sifter of Skulls for Pawn of Ulamog the card is almost strictly better for mike because when Pawn of Ulamog dies you also get a token mind you it's a 0/1 instead of a 1/1 but serves the same purpose. Also for Recursion Diabolic Servitude works really well as you can resolve the undying trigger before the exile trigger and get Diabolic Servitude back to your hand. Also Nim Deathmantle is crazy good with mike as Ashnod's Altar + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Nim Deathmantle + any creature = infinite dies and ETB effects. Another great recursion card is Strands of Night.

While this does look like a great start you have 3 very exploitable weaknesses

Weakness #1: You have literally 1 answer to enchantment's and artifact's if Spine of Ish Sah has already been used or get's countered or even if the have a way to recur Leyline of the Void or Rest in Peace you lose.

Solution: Run card's like All Is Dust,Perilous Vault,Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre,and Scour from Existence

Weakness #2: Complete Dependency on Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, if anyone has played against your deck more than once they will quickly realize that all they have to do is keep Mikaeus, the Unhallowed off the board and you more than likely can no longer kill them.

Solution: Consider other win cons like Ashnod's Altar + Grave Titan + Nim Deathmantle for infinte dies/etb/token/colorless mana.

Weakness #3: Too many creatures are only good with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed as a sac outlet or sac engine. if Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is unusable due to cards like Nevermore or Declaration of Naught. Creatures like Chainbreaker or Devouring Swarm are literally useless. The only way you may be able to win after that is by recurring Gray Merchant of Asphodel over and over with Phyrexian Reclamation.

Solution run infinite sac's like Carnifex Demon and Cinderhaze Wretch for added utility.

Looks pretty solid in terms of creature hate, recursion, ramp, card draw, and tutors though.

Here is my own Mikaeus, the Unhallowed deck if you would like any idea's. Although I still haven't started/finished the description listing all of the combos and what not yet, But i will soon.

Hope i was helpful and may your hands be full and your mana plenty. =D

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