Gatekeeper of Malakir


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

Gracco on Mono Black "Casual"ties

1 week ago

Phyrexian Obliterator Vampire Nighthawk Gatekeeper of Malakir Desecration Demon Abyssal Persecutor just some quality creatures to consider. You look too invested in creature removal. That is where I would cut at first.

Muscletea on TWIN LILIANA CONTROL (Mono-Black Devotion)

2 weeks ago

Hey, I would say that Dark Confinant is unplayable card against most of the modern decks. Your manacosts are too high to play them. They can work on sideboard against control decks, but I would replace them and few grey merchants with few Night's Whisper and add some Gatekeeper of Malakir too. Nice deck anyways :)

Woiteck on Edgar Markov

2 weeks ago

Gatekeeper of Malakir and Vampire Hexmage are nice vampires. Also, what about Debt to the Deathless - like effects?

MohenjoDaro on I bet you really enjoyed your hand

2 weeks ago

Painful Quandary or Soot Imp might fit in to try and discourage your opponent from casting things. I would say 2 would be the most you would want.

Fleshbag Marauder could work instead of Gatekeeper of Malakir

I think Smallpox could work.

Vona's Hunger might be able to work, but I'm not sure.

playmadness on Modern Vampire Drain BUDGET

2 weeks ago

The biggest candidates for replacement in the deck are Gatekeeper of Malakir and Vampire Aristocrat, as CMC of 2 is important for the Blood Artist + Return to the Ranks sacrifice combo.

ShreddedByCrows on Mathas EDH - A Real Pain in the Neck (Get it?)

2 weeks ago

SenseiRamen Here I come again! I'm glad some of my suggestions were helpful, I hope you're doing well with this version. It seems really cool, well done. :)

I tried a Mathas, Fiend Seeker's deck on my own those last week, with some cards I had left on my collection (so it's far from being optimized), and it's been a hell of good fun. I love the dilemma it causes on the game's state as even if you aren't the greatest tread everyone will play around your decisions and beware your control tools. This commander has surely a lot of serious potentials to exploit.

Before anything else, let me excuse myself for a mistake, I hadn't understood the interaction between the Kulrath Knight and Mathas at first sight... gosh, it's just insane! I really have to give a closer look at those cards I've nearly never seen. That's well thought!

Let's see now what we can improve once again. The etb sub-theme you choose to explore is definitely interesting, and as it goes I would suggest you replacing some creature over 4 mana cost (in order to make the Sun Titan even more reliable) with smaller ones with powerful etb effects. You could maybe, for the example, run something like a Bone Shredder, a Fleshbag Marauder, a Shivan Emissary (nice card but it will only trigger if you play it from your hand. The same is true for the Gatekeeper of Malakir, which is not a good idea there as its mana cost it 3B), a Duergar Hedge-Mage, a Ghitu Slinger (meh card though, the Bone Shredder is like...thousand times better), a Tooth Collector (delirium seems complicated to trigger, so I don't know if it could be that great), a Tidehollow Sculler, a Mesmeric Fiend, etc. I will give you further replacement's ideas for some of those.

Speaking of creatures around 3 manas, you could also play Kambal, Consul of Allocation, which is powerful and flavorful in a political meaning. For more cards with a cruel synergy with Mathas, you could even consider playing the Rampaging Ferocidon.

You may give a try to the Panharmonicon, or even to the Conjurer's Closet, if you do some changes this way, but I can't assure you it'll be that effective. The Cloudstone Curio, that I already suggested you in my first message, is certainly better (but a little more expensive), as it combines absurdly well with Tetzimoc, Primal Death and actually better with cards with Echo (if you decide to go for the Shredder).

Another really good option to never run out of removals is the creation of a Sunforger package. It generally consists of playing Mistveil Plains and something like 7-8 targetable removals. If you bought the Markov EDH deck (which contains Mathas), you could add in the Teferi's Protection (absurd and unfun card, but it's just so strong that you'll always appreciate it). I will, if you're ok with investing in just one card, replace Ob Nixilis Reignited with a Scroll Rack. If you plan to go to some Battlebond's drafts, try to get a Land Tax. It's certainly not a necessity if you play in a casual group, but it will give your global deck a lift - Scroll Rack / Land Tax interaction is what makes the Boros decks viable, as you play black in addition to those colours, you should be able to generate an excellent consistency between draw / ramp / control.

As it stands, you play the Rocky Tar Pit with only basic lands tutorizable, so it's basically just an Evolving Wilds that etb tapped. ^^' Smoldering Marsh and Canyon Slough are both affordable and very good for budget decks. If you decide to invest in a Scroll Rack or get the chance to get it by trading, Madblind Mountain is also a nice option as it enables you to re-shuffle a band hand in your library and to draw a brand new one.

A few suggestions (including replacement ideas) :

  • Duergar Hedge-Mage IN > Cataclysmic Gearhulk OUT (the CG (worst abbreviation of all times) is interesting, but most of the times it will put you in really uncomfortable situations. You play a bunch of artefacts and enchantments, so you'll often end sacrificing too many cards to inverse the course of the game. I understand the idea that it enables you getting rid of your opponents' enchantments/artefacts... but they can choose which one they keep so it's not even that good in the best scenarios.

  • Bone Shredder IN > Fountain Watch OUT (Having protection for your cards is always great, but the FW feels just way too weak. It's expensive to cast and have a minimal impact on the board state. It doesn't offer you any interaction with your other cards that can justify it... you will just prefer something that offers you more control on the game and which works well with Sun Titan.)

  • Cloudstone Curio IN > Ambition's Cost OUT (Draw is pretty important in this kind of deck, so why did I chose to cut the Ambition's Cost? It's not a bad card on its own, it's even fairly good tbh, but I feel you just don't need it. With Mathas' ability, Phyrexian Arena (and maybe later Scroll Rack), you're still gonna draw a lot of cards - you won't need it. The Cloudstone provides you with a powerful grip for the late game. Being able to recast your etb tread is just insane.

  • Scroll Rack IN > Indulgent Tormentor OUT (Again, the Tormentor is not that bad... but it's not that great either. It's slow and understated. Most of the time, your opponent will just pay the 3 life needed, if the Tormentor doesn't die to any blast since then. The Scroll Rack is godlike but I could understand your reluctance about the investment it symbolizes. Go for a Sunforger in this case (honnestyl I'll play both of them in a optimized list).

  • Land Tax IN > Bonfire of the Damned OUT (The Bonefire is strong, but it only gains a miracle cost if it's the first card you drew this turn. It's not that unreliable but it's still is a bit. I will prefer an effective and sure board clear over it. You will find one just there below ^^)

  • Fire Covenant IN > Void Winnower OUT (The Winnower is surely a funny card. It's big, it locks a bit the game and gives you the initiative... but I think that in an optimized decklist you just don't need it. It competes for a slot with cards that synergizes better with Mathas, so that's why I would cut it.)

  • Sunforger IN > Orzhov Signet OUT

  • Teferi's Protection IN > Swamp OUT

  • Canyon Slough IN > Unknown Shores OUT

  • Smoldering Marsh IN > Vivid Crag OUT

  • Forbidden Orchard IN > Mirrodin's Core OUT

  • Mistveil Plains IN > Spire of Industry OUT

  • Madblind Mountain IN > 1xMountain OUT

Terminate is also a powerful card to consider with Mathas, but I can't actually find which card to cut for it. I hope those suggestions will be helpful, let me know how does it evolved and worked out! Have fun brewing, mate. :)

zAzen7977 on TWIN LILIANA CONTROL (Mono-Black Devotion)

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the comments DrkNinja and xPotatox! All help is appreciated.

DrkNinja, I'm torn over Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. I used to run 1, and each time I drew it, it was during the first couple turns and it set me back a turn. But since you mentioned it, I'm going to pop 1 back in and see how testing goes.

xPotatox, regarding Gifted Aetherborn, I previously ran 4, but I noticed that they were useless during the late game, and I really needed removal. I like the card tho, it's a dilemma. I've also run Geralf's Messenger and its a great card, but it comes into play tapped and is too slow in my opinion. I'd almost always rather play a Liliana or a kicked Gatekeeper of Malakir instead.

You're right about the Damnations. My meta is super creature heavy, but it may be overkill. I've been leaning towards Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet as well, I've never used it but you and others use it, and it seems effective. What is your experience with Kalitas??

I'm considering Stony Silence on the sideboard, but I'm not sure what to cut!

xPOTATOx on TWIN LILIANA CONTROL (Mono-Black Devotion)

3 weeks ago

Hey, I also run Mono Black in Modern, and would suggest Gifted Aetherborn certainly!! Also, if you are splashing white, I suggest using it more, because it has some of the best sideboard cards in the modern format (i.e. Stony Silence and Rest in Piece.

Your list is also more heavy on removal than mine, but that is all meta dependant, but I am questioning the mainboard Damnation's, and would suggest threats like Gatekeeper of Malakir, Geralf's Messenger, and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, or other removal that is more versatile like Collective Brutality.

Hope some of my insights help, and here is my list for some reference (would love input on it as well)!!! Black Death

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