Grave Pact


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

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
Planechase (HOP) Rare
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Rare
Eighth Edition (8ED) Rare
Stronghold (STH) Rare

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Grave Pact


Whenever a creature you control dies, each other player sacrifices a creature.

Grave Pact Discussion

TwinStags on Tablet of Guilds wording

4 days ago

My opponent plays Tablet of the Guilds , choose B&W, then plays Grave Pact . They go to gain 3 life because of the 3 B in the cmc.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t they only gain 1 life?

The “each of the chosen colors” is just referring to each of out of those two colors. So max 2 life could be gained.

Valengeta on Horde of the damned

1 week ago

I would sit out Surgical Extraction for Ghoulcaller's Chant . You don't need it against every opponent. It's better used as a sideboard option imo.

You can also switch 1x Endless Ranks of the Dead for Grave Pact if you want to use it in mainboard.

As for Aether Vial , maybe take out 2x Quest for the Gravelord ?

Itakiki on Valengeta

1 week ago

Aha! It seems as though we are on almost the exact same page. I love Gravecrawler. I picked up a playset a few years ago when they were 2.50 each. I don't think I saw Quest for the Gravelord mentioned but I love that card especially paired with Spark Harvest I really REALLY like Grave Pact and Ghoulcaller's Chant . But have trouble thinking of how to get them in my deck. Same thing with Aether Vial . I think Relentless Dead is a bit slow but I see its uses for more important creatures. I just feel like you're gonna mess up your own tempo with it. Aether Vile, grave pact, and ghoulcallers chant. I do want those in my deck. Hard to figure out how. Possible side board options. I also quite like Vile Rebirth nice little combat trick for a surprise blocker. Straight up another 2/2 body and can also interrupt someone's grave shenanigans. Although it's not a super powerful card and would likely be better replaced worth something else. Thanks for getting back to me though it means a lot! Best of luck

Demarge on Spammable

2 weeks ago

This honestly is all over the place, very much a jammed all your cool cards you heard were for edh type of deck. I would suggest focusing the deck to be more efficient in two aspects, ramping up to a primary strategy and interacting with the table.

With how much you seem to be focused on ramping with non land permanents and the focus to protect a board with hexproof so badly I'm more assuming your main focus is to use ghave's token engine to power you through, as such Blood Artist type life gain often serves better than soul sister as ghave's token engines are more sac engines than anything else.

Now one major problem with newer commander players is often the expectancy that you are just racing to build your cool battleships and it's broadsides will result in your win. The issue though is some of those battleships are a lot easier to build than others and ghave's engines to get going requires a lot of high cmc spells to stay put, for you once it's turn 10 you could be well established to be unstoppable, but you'd be the archenemy long before that or more likely someone's assembled their strategy and is keeping you from yours, in short removal spells really help let you trip up the biggest threat on board, be it a creature kill spell, naturalize, or Beast Within / Generous Gift . Having removal also brings communication better into your games Grave Pact is really good to keep everyone off their strategies, but it is also really good to become 3 v 1, which is good, but there's no communication unlike having that disenchant to stop someone's grave pact from getting way out of hand.

Now I also suggest taking advantage of black's biggest strength in commander, tutoring. Final Parting and Jarad's Orders are both decent for tutors that don't drastically increase your deck's power level, course also running a bit stronger reanimation strategy would make them even stronger.

bushido_man96 on Spammable

2 weeks ago

Evolution Sage is another great proliferate outlet for you.

You have some cards in here that I don't think really fit. Radiant Destiny doesn't really seem to be worthy of a slot. Intangible Virtue is better, but I'm not sure how important the vigilance aspect of it is for you. Aether Vial , Thran Temporal Gateway , and Quicksilver Amulet I think could be replaced by other cards that better fit what the deck wants to do. If you really want the effect, Elvish Piper does it better. I think I'd cut Leyline of Sanctity . The new Leyline of Abundance fits what you want to do better. If you still want the Leyline of Sanctity effect, Shalai, Voice of Plenty does it better for your deck, in my opinion.

Phyrexian Vault could be replaced with something better and repeatable, like Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip or Greed . I'd also consider running cards like Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos to take advantage of sacrificing your creatures.

And here's some fun tech: Plaguemaw Beast + Thornbite Staff .

Hope this helps, and enjoy your Commander experience!

Valengeta on Valengeta

2 weeks ago

Hi there, thanks for taking an interest in my decks. About zombies: It's still hard to have a Tier 1 deck, but you can make something really competitive nonetheless. The thing is, as you know, dropping low-cost and efficient creatures is mandatory for Modern. I'll give you some zombie cards to consider, 3 CMC max:

These are my favorite zombie creatures. There are a few more around but for Modern I think the ones I mentioned are the ones that really shine. But please do search and see if you find any other you prefer

Then you need to worry about interaction. Bet on discard cards like Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek and even Duress , as they are good control and your only way of getting rid of artifacts and enchantments. Creature killers are a must as well: Fatal Push , Spark Harvest , Go for the Throat , Tragic Slip , Dismember or Defile (when you have many basic lands only). The last three kill indestructible creatures

It's a good idea to have some other spells. Reanimation like Ghoulcaller's Chant and Unearth sits well with what we're trying to do. One or two copies of Sign in Blood might be something to consider as well. Also you can try enchantments that benefit on death like Grave Pact or Open the Graves . Endless Ranks of the Dead and Whip of Erebos are amazing too. If you have planeswalkers, do not be tempted by their abilities while forgetting the mana cost and the turns you need to activate ultimates. Liliana, Dreadhorde General is nice but too expensive and slow. Try Liliana, the Last Hope or Liliana, Untouched By Death instead if you insist on planeswalking. If you're lucky enough to have Liliana of the Veil , then use it

Lastly, Aether Vial does wonders for saving your mana casting creatures, and Surgical Extraction punishes non-basic lands and combos the enemy might throw at you

Hope I helped somehow. If you have questions please ask! Also, if you like Rakdos I invite you to check my deck Hell Awaits. Have fun and good games

FunBun on Muldrotha, the „Fun“ in „Funeral“ *Primer*

2 weeks ago

I played my first game today with my Muldrotha deck against a Ghave, Guru of Spores and a Lord Windgrace deck. I was well under way to kill the Ghave player (18 Commander damage), having lost only 4 life from my own sources. The Ghave player was slow due to lack of mana, but had a quick Doubling Season in play. Eventually he had a few tokens and ambushed me with Craterhoof Behemoth and I died. It was a cool experience to play though, and I was really happy to have Tamiyo, Collector of Tales against the Ghave player's Grave Pact :D

Thanks for the inspiration, Pikobyte :)

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Grave Pact occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.08%

Black: 0.68%

Golgari: 0.35%

WB (Orzhov): 0.74%