Gatekeeper of Malakir


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
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

xyr0s on First deck help

6 hours ago

Way too many one-ofs, and no real focus.

Try this: Decide which 4 cards you really like seeing on your opening hand, and get a full set of each of these. Remove other cards that are similar, but at higher cost.

Also, to be brutally honest, a lot of the cards are very low powered, even by casual standards. Just consider cards like Duress or Gatekeeper of Malakir... both are budget-friendly options, and you've included neither of them. Silvercoat Lion is a 2/2 for 2 mana - that is (problems with mana colors aside) the same as gatekeeper. Which do you think is better?

A card like Azorius Arrester could be funny - if you built your deck around small, aggressive creatures and disruption to let them attack without too much interference. But then one of the next cards on the list is Hopeful Eidolon, which is a card that wants you to cast spells at it. Sure, you have some bestow-spells, but mostly they are way too expensive in mana compared to cost, and you don't have much else heroic to justify the extra expense. All in all, you could remove everything heroic and bestow, and up the numbers of small and aggressive creatures, for a better deck.

Land... there are so many kinds of dual colored land in modern, and it's really useful to have those.

Coding on Vampires everywhere (Edgar-Commander)

2 days ago

I like your deck! It is pretty similar to mine. And I got some inspiration of your cards... But I think the ability of Dark Impostor is too expensive. And there might be better cards than Gatekeeper of Malakir Maybe check mine: Fun with Blood

JoacoCard on Budget Mono Black Devotion

3 weeks ago

Exactly, or kill them with Tragic Slip or sac them with Gatekeeper of Malakir

ParadoxRift on I'm not even sorry

3 weeks ago

Hello, fellow white-black player! Your deck looks like quite a bit of fun :D

I'm putting together a BW Tokens list at the moment and definitely love the colour pair too.

My only recommendation would be to swap some 3-drops for a few more 2-drops. Have you considered Collective Brutality + Bloodghast? Ghast helps with the devotion and brutality can also discard lingering souls. Other stuff to think about are Gatekeeper of Malakir, Wall of Omens and a fun one is High Priest of Penance.

One last thing is that I've found the Tron matchup to be extremely difficult and while our decks aren't exactly the same, I feel like that goes for most decks that aren't trying to win by turn 4. I notice you already have Damping Sphere and Stony Silence but having a couple of Fulminator Mage or Ghost Quarter somewhere in the 75 may help, especially when combined with your Surgical Extractions.

Anyway once again, nice deck and good luck with future versions!

APPLE01DOJ on Shadowblitorator

4 weeks ago

I like the list. I think that you will win flat out more games if you swap the Maelstrom Pulse to MB in place of Gatekeeper of Malakir.

Ash3n on Shadowblitorator

4 weeks ago

wallisface thanks! I checked out your deck and it looks really fun. I like the fight mechanic with Obliterator a lot. Has it worked well for you?

Also, how has Grim Flayer worked for you? I have thought about testing him in this build in place of Gatekeeper of Malakir.

I really like the idea of Scavenging Ooze in the SB. What match ups does he shine in? Also what would you recommend swapping out for it?

Eledain on Gary and Friends

1 month ago

Some suggestions for you mate:

Ruthless Ripper is a "one mana kill spell" which gives you devotion and a bit of reach.

Graveyard Marshal can give you some graveyard recycling.

Gatekeeper of Malakir is an easy two for one against creature decks. Especially good against boggles.

Bloodghast could be used as a steady stream of attackers.

Plague Mare was always a good one of sideboard card for me.

And one funny thing: Torment of Hailfire is really awesome with Nykthos Mana. With two Urborg I would play three Nykthos.

Chasmolinker on Mono-Black Control

1 month ago

I would consider splashing green for Assassin's Trophy for leyline post SB. That card demolishes mono black decks. Have you tried running Gray Merchant of Asphodel? You certainly have the devotion going. One other card to consider is Gifted Aetherborn. It's in the same realm as Vampire Nighthawk but I like it over Gatekeeper of Malakir at times. Good Luck +1

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