Gatekeeper of Malakir


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Uncommon
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Gatekeeper of Malakir

Creature — Vampire Warrior

Kicker {B} (You may pay an additional {B} as you cast this spell.)

When Gatekeeper of Malakir enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, target player sacrifices a creature.

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Gatekeeper of Malakir Discussion

MrBiggieD on Mono Black Devotion

13 hours ago

I'd run Gatekeeper of Malakir over Doom Blade to get some extra devotion for gray merchant.

I'd also consider either Dread Shade or Nightveil Specter over Vampire Nighthawk .

SynergyBuild on Royal Assassin Out of Retirement

1 week ago

This could be a slick Mono-Black list. Probably a mono-black devotion deck. Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Geralf's Messenger , and Relentless Dead as a mini-zombie theme, Gatekeeper of Malakir , Bloodghast , and Kitesail Freebooter s to finish up the creature-base, with seriously high-value creatures, all of which add to devotion, and the rest of the mainboard can be removal like Fatal Push , Disfigure , Echoing Decay , Go for the Throat , etc. as well as discard in the forms of Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek .

For a price, Liliana of the Veil / Liliana, the Last Hope / Phyrexian Obliterator are all fine inclusions.

A sideboard filled with Duress against control (as though they could surive your onslaught of discard and recursive threats in the mainboard), Leyline of the Void against dredge and phoenix, Fulminator Mage against tron, Whip of Erebos for needed midrangy lifegain and recursion shenanigans, and whatever suits your meta, be it Ratchet Bomb against artifacts, tokens, or enchantments you find troublesome, Night of Souls' Betrayal for anti-swarm, Phyrexian Arena / Dark Confidant if you need some more grind, etc.

xaarvaxus on Black Creature Control

3 weeks ago

Dark Impostor is another removal spell on a stick that exiles the creature it targeted as well as gains its activated abilites, all for low CMC and low $. Same goes for Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief but she powers herself up for a quicker kill. Guul Draz Assassin and Big Game Hunter also fit into this category.

For single target kill spells: Sever the Bloodline is a bit overcosted for most targets but is a pretty good token killer, Price of Fame is cheap enough if targeting opposing commanders and lets you dig through your library looking for answers. Tragic Slip is low CMC and can be a way around indestructible.

For mass removal, Mutilate and Black Sun's Zenith are inexpensive options. Nevinyrral's Disk can wipe the board of both artifacts and enchantments which black flat out has no real way to directly deal with.

But one of black's specialties is getting opponents to sac their owns permanents, especially creatures: Gatekeeper of Malakir , Chainer's Edict , Geth's Verdict , Plaguecrafter , Slum Reaper , Fleshbag Marauder , Diabolic Edict

For some additional artifact ramp: Charcoal Diamond , Mind Stone , Worn Powerstone , Hedron Archive Unstable Obelisk with the Obelisk doubling as 'hit anything' removal and the Stone and Archive being some card draw as well.

...which leads into more card draw: Phyrexian Arena for steady card draw, Necrologia for that rush of cards.

For mono black Cabal Stronghold is a cheap option to gain extra mana late game.

I didn't price check everything listed above but nothing there should be too outrageously priced.

GoblinsBeatElves on More Text Here Makes People Look

1 month ago

Hey, Chasmolinker, thanks for the comment! Mortician Beetle could be strong, I guess, but I don’t think I have nearly enough sacrifice to make it worth playing. Gatekeeper of Malakir could go in for Master of the Feast , and that might be a replacement I make.

I was already thinking about switching those two cards that you said, for Gutterbones and Spawn of Mayhem (once the price dies down for that one). I think both of those would be upgrades.

Anyways, I’ll be sure to test your suggestions out, and thanks again for taking a look at my deck!

PeeBee on Blegh Blegh

1 month ago

Seeing as this deck top end of the mana curve is 3 I feel that deathtouch on a creature for removal isnt really a good point to keep the creature in, as you are an aggro deck and you will want to be attacking each turn if able and not leaving creatures back to block with.

Being an aggro deck is why I think Gatekeeper of Malakir is a better inclusion than Dusk Legion Zealot as you can curve out a 1/2/3 drop and use the kicker ability to hopefully clear the way to carry on attacking with vampires. Dusk legion fills the board with smaller vampires and makes the game go longer giving your opponent time to find a additional creatures or a sweeper like Wrath of God or Supreme Verdict .

Darth_Savage on Blegh Blegh

1 month ago

A draw spell on a vampire body might well be a reasonable option, in the same way a kill spell on one is Gatekeeper of Malakir ...

Darth_Savage on A Dark and Stormy Night

1 month ago

As a general rule, don't use poison unless you are playing a dedicated infect deck. To that end I'd cut Phyrexian Crusader for either Dread Shade or the already mentioned Geralf's Messenger, they both add more devotion and are decent threats. Like others I don't like Black Knight here, maybe in the sideboard, since you won't always be facing white, I'd run Relentless Dead or the already mentioned Gifted Aetherborn instead. Lastly you have 16 targeted removal spells, first this is a lot, second it does nothing against hexproof creatures, Geth's Verdict Gatekeeper of Malakir or Smallpox get around hexproof, if its your opponents only creature. You might want an early board wipe Bontu's Last Reckoning or card draw Phyrexian Arena. Hope this helps and as an aside I have a mono black devotion deck Sweet (black) devotion, this might give you further ideas, in any event good luck with your brew.

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Gatekeeper of Malakir occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.04%

Black: 0.94%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%