Ebonblade Reaper


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

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Set Rarity
Onslaught (ONS) Rare

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Ebonblade Reaper

Creature — Human Cleric

Whenever Ebonblade Reaper attacks, you lose half your life, rounded up.

Whenever Ebonblade Reaper deals combat damage to a player, that player loses half his or her life, rounded up.

Morph (3)(Black)(Black) (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for (3). Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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Ebonblade Reaper Discussion

Psychic on Morphing Mind Games

7 months ago

Ebonblade Reaper, possibly? It seems like something that could be played in this deck.

Regoober on That Mardoo That You Do (Alesha)

7 months ago

Very cool! Much Budget (Which I like).

I feel like the next step is to get certain creatures into your graveyard. You've got all the discard outlets I like (Cathardic Reunion, Key to the City, Etc.). One I'd consider, but may be a little too late-game with your ramp is Grimoire of the Dead. You've got some great sac outlets, too. Goblin Bombardment might be a good add. With your ETB triggers, Panharmonicon seems good.

If you like Ambuscade Shaman, there's Ogre Battledriver, too.

Replacing Valor in Akros with Cathars' Crusade was the best thing I ever did in my creature deck(s).

I really like your assortment. I think Key to the City, Sol Ring, Skullclamp and Reconnaissance are all must-includes. I would cut the 2 Archetypes and Crovax as they are the weakest targets for recursion. Costly Plunder is probably next (Skullclamp just does so much more work!). Mardu War Reaper is "meh," but I could see it holding value as a sideboard (Agent of Erebos does it so much better).

Temple of Silence, Temple of Triumph, and Temple of Malice are budget duals that have a better effect than the life gain ones. Just a thought.

If you end up sinking in some money, definitely Entomb.

Very cool. Great usages of Ebonblade Reaper, by the way!

Coward_Token on Grixis!Zedruu

11 months ago

(I would add a proper community card but that feature seems to be malfunctioning right now.)

Farly straightforward, this card would mostly be Zedruu the Greathearted (although a different character, not simply her gone evil or something) with a casting cost of and an activation cost of . In EDH, this could lead to some fun usage of cards like the following:

(I realize you can basically already do this with any Grixis commander + e.g. Bazaar Trader, but that's a bit less straightforward.)

I'm unsure what would be suitable for its upkeep ability. Just copying Zedruu's straight off isn't too inappropriate, as drawing is certainly associated with black and life gain isn't too far out either, but that's kinda boring. Replacing the life gain with something negative towards opponents like milling, discard or plain life loss proportional to the amount of gifted permanent could be one option that's more in line with the color change (thought the negative effects would probably targeted in order to preserve some political potential). Putting a +1/+1 counter per gift on Zedruu the Grixishearted to take advantage of commander damage could also work (especially when combined with auras like Herald of Torment), in which case you could also change power/toughness from the original's 2/4 to 4/2 to signal greater aggression.

For the sake of flavor its subtype would be Horse Djinn, with the artwork depicting a djinn with a mare's head, wearing a mouth-covering veil.

Feedback would be welcome, especially on ways to make Grixis!Zedruu more distinct from the original while still fulfilling the basic function of giving out torturous black cards, in addition to the blue and red ones they both share.

(A version containing green could also be made for the sake of giving that color a chance to show off its painful cards, in which case the creature in question should probably have monkey paws.)

scotchtapedsleeves on That Mardoo That You Do (Alesha)

1 year ago

Also, a not on xSKINCOLLECTORx's Ebonblade Reaper suggestion, when you recur him using Alesha, his "Whenever Ebonblade Reaper attacks, you lose half of your life, rounded up" trigger doesn't activate because he enters the battlefield already attacking. I would bring him back for the one attack and then chump block him to get him ready to be brung back!

RazortoothMtg on Old, Hidden Gems in EDH

1 year ago

Nice ones so far! Ebonblade Reaper looks sweet in an Alesha, Who Smiles at Death deck, so you skip the attack trigger.

redkhan on Old, Hidden Gems in EDH

1 year ago

Ebonblade Reaper is fun. Especially if you can have it attack without actually declaring it as an attacker.

xSKINCOLLECTORx on That Mardoo That You Do (Alesha)

1 year ago

If you're looking for some high impact creatures for alesha to bring back Ignition Team Ebonblade Reaper and Raving Dead are things that usually need to be blocked. Wall of Blood Spike Cannibal Thief of Blood can be really dangerous depending on the meta

Fijifriend0 on Smiling Right from Ear to Ear

2 years ago

Sorry for the long post and I hope it doesn't sound patronizing, I've just given Alesha a fair bit of thought because I think she's super cool.

QuantumSkies EDH/Commander uses the Color Identity of your Commander Creature, not it's color. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is a red creature, but her Color identity is Red, White, Black. This is because Color Identity is decided by all the colors that appear on the card. Alesha has Red in her casting cost and then her ability has white and black (Split symbols count as both). The color identity of all cards in your EDH deck must be a subset of the Color identity of your Commander. So Ancient Grudge which is a red card has a color identity that is Red, Green and so can't go in Alesha. The one exception to this that I am aware of is cards with extort like Crypt Ghast because the split symbol is reminder text and reminder text doesn't count as a part of the card text.

Beio53 A subtle/tricky thing to be aware of with Alesha is that cards like Ankle Shanker which says "when it attacks" mean "when it is declared as an attacker" so grabbing him with Alesha only gives you a 2/2 and doesn't give all your things first strike death touch which is sad. But there are tricks you can do with that for instance Master of Cruelties plus Alesha will straight up kill if the opponent doesn't block Master. Because it it not being blocked happens before combat damage so they're both attacking because you were sneaky then Master of cruelties isn't blocked and neither is Alesha for some reason. So Master ability triggers and opponent's health becomes 1 then combat damage and Alesha kills them. Maybe Behind the Scenes could help with that. Another good creature to sneak out could be Ebonblade Reaper it never gets declared as an attacker if you bring it out with Alesha and so you have access to his upside without any of the downside (at least the first time it comes out).

You might also want to look into a few sacrifice outlets so that you can be sure your creatures die if you for instance want the death trigger or want to reanimate them again like Priest of the Blood Rite or Nekrataal. There is Viscera Seer or Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar or Butcher of the Horde or Disciple of Bolas. Just some cards that give you control of when something dies for an advantage because you're reanimating a death is only a small setback so if you can get some advantage out of it then thats just advantage. I mean if you're sacrificing Nekrataal to Butcher so you can have lifelink and then bring it back with Alesha 10 seconds later so it's still attacking and you just gave Butcher some meaningful ability while killing a creature for 2 mana that's awesome (also a bit of a dreamland scenario). Other creatures to look into might be Karmic Guide and/or Reveillark because they can bring back targets that are bigger than 2 power but also just bring something else back. Karmic Guide especially.

Personally I also don't think Shard of Broken Glass is a strong enough engine for self mill to be used in your deck Faithless Looting gives you a little more control over what ends up in the graveyard and can also give you draw. In a bad board state you can still use it to try and put yourself in a better position.

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