Harvester of Souls

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) None
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Rare
Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed (DDQ) Rare
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Rare

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Harvester of Souls

Creature — Demon

Deathtouch

Whenever another nontoken creature dies, you may draw a card.

Harvester of Souls Discussion

SideBae on Mono-Black Gold (Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker)

3 days ago

Mana Vault on turn one allows you to cast your general turn two. I imagine one of the challenges with this general is his costing 5, as lack of access to another color means your options for ramp are rather limited. By the same token, Charcoal Diamond , Coldsteel Heart , Chrome Mox and the Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth combo are your friends as well.

Nausea is good for you, as it gives you a way to kill off a bunch of little creatures and rebuy their ETB triggers. As Non-Linear points out, Grave Pact is good in your deck. Nausea makes it into a one-sided board wipe.

God-Eternal Bontu seems kind of absurd, with all them creatures you can feed him. With all the sac-ing you're likely to be doing, you might have luck with Harvester of Souls .

I see Demonic Tutor is in your 'Maybeboard.' I feel that this should be in the main deck of any black EDH deck if at all possible. It simply gets whatever you need more efficiently than anything else can.

Qarsi Sadist allows you to drain an opponent for two at each end step, if you have it exploit itself each time and Shirei stays on the board.

Night of Souls' Betrayal is an interesting thought. With a carful build, it could probably bust the deck wide open, as it auto kills each 1/1 and then brings them right back each end step. Pairing it with something like Burglar Rat , Skyscanner , Pilgrim's Eye , Black Cat or other such creatures seems simply rude as ****.

Finally, regarding the lands, I haven't had much luck with Crypt of Agadeem . You might want to replace that, Mortuary Mire and Memorial to Folly with basic lands. I also don't think Ghost Quarter is very good in EDH, unless your meta plays some powerful utility lands like The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale or Glacial Chasm . Ancient Tomb is a better Temple of the False God , but it is a more expensive card.

Pal00ka on Sapling, all Creatures

6 days ago

An interesting list!

More Card advantage creatures: Soul of the Harvest , Harvester of Souls , Masked Admirers , Garruk's Horde , and Garruk's Packleader .

More sacrifice creatures: Ghoulcaller Gisa , Bontu the Glorified , Dimir House Guard , Izoni, Thousand-Eyed , Krav, the Unredeemed , and Razaketh, the Foulblooded .

More ramp creatures: Dawntreader Elk , Ondu Giant , Veteran Explorer , Primal Druid , Burnished Hart , and Wild-Field Scarecrow .

More recursion creatures: Cadaver Imp , Deadwood Treefolk , Den Protector , Dutiful Attendant , and Gravedigger .

I would look at lowering/smoothing out your curve, I have found it helps improve the functionality of a deck.

Spirits on Kaalia of the Cruel

1 month ago

LordKunai,

I use all those same tricks in my Budget Commander League deck Glissa, Scrap Trawler $50 EDH.

It's difficult because the A/D/D use the same abilities so the obvious Torpor Orb is out.

The best way is using Haste, Lightning Greaves swing with Kaalia of the Vast , if you've tutored and resolve a Iona, Shield of Emeria naming you should be in pretty good shape for example.

Avacyn, Angel of Hope can protect you from Woodfall Primus .

Leyline of the Void is the best, if it's in your opening hand then It's CMC0, otherwise CMC4 is quite reasonable. Shuts down the recursive component of the deck. Bojuka Bog is a classic. Rest in Peace / Grafdigger's Cage but since you have some recursion too might hurt you on occasion. With either you could combo with Helm of Obedience . Some others Angel of Finality (Angel). Nihil Spellbomb (Draw). Keep in mind that Leyline of the Void also means Meren of Clan Nel Toth isn't getting experience counters since the creatures are exiling not "die"ing.

Cauldron of Souls might also help, but they can see it coming, and CMC5. Cauldron Haze is a bit more tricky. Archangel Avacyn  Flip but doesn't help against Sacrifice (shes no Sigarda, Host of Herons ). Teferi's Protection works good.

You can also just have fodder to sacrifice, Angel of Invention or Bitterblossom or Abhorrent Overlord or Regna, the Redeemer something like that.

Replace the cards with something like Harvester of Souls but he might get killed, or Midnight Reaper .

Another way is to pick an Infinite Combo (like my Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel ). Winning on your turn (maybe with a Grand Abolisher out), is the easiest way to avoid the conflict!

Or just haste + Master of Cruelties him lol, if the board is clear.

lpl930 on Rakdos, Lord of Riots

1 month ago

I really like your suggestions. I took out Kothophed, Soul Hoarder , Harvester of Souls , and The Immortal Sun for Pandemonium , Impact Tremors , and Ancestral Statue . I'm really struggling to decide what to cut for Purphoros, God of the Forge , any suggestions?

Necron_Maverick on Rakdos, Lord of Riots

1 month ago

Great deck! but you run TOO MANY fatties and not a lot of enablers to cast Rakdos =(

I'm brewing one myself, but mine plays A LOT like Animar, it' less resilient than your list but it's much more dangerous... Then again my playgroup has a lot of strong decks and long /grindy games are pretty rare. Anyway, I recommend Impact Tremors , Purphoros, God of the Forge , Pandemonium and Ancestral Statue , the last one has an infinite combo with Phurphoros, Impact tremors and Nettle drone, closing the game on the spot and you don't even have to swing with rakdos to do that XD. Kotophed is bad in this deck and so is Harvester of Souls , so cutting them out is a great start!

Have fun bashing face! Rakdos is a lot of fun!

K1ngMars on Kooopa Meren *Suggestions Appreciated*

1 month ago

Hi, nice deck! By the way, not to be mean or anything, but this seems grabbed straight out from EDHREC, but you can easily fix it up. I enforce the comment from ZendikariWol (he helped me out with They See Me Diggin', They Hatin', my meren deck, sometime ago), in that you need to cut those things which don't really help you winning, but instead make you just "win more". I would consider trying to run more creatures, as you can recycle them any time you need them for their effects. Apart from the cards you already got suggested to add, which I suggest too, I'd also consider:

  • Ashnod's Altar is a really explosive must include card. Free sac outlet.
  • Skullwinder is super strong. can be used oplitically, but more importantly lets you buy back those noncreature cards that happen to have hit your graveyard. Plus, it's a 1/3 deathtouch.
  • Nyx Weaver is the same as the above, but can only be used once. But if it rebuys you the spell that makes you win the game, it suddenly becomes so powerful...
  • Mind Slash is a cool sac outlet, that lets you get rid of those spells you don't like, and slow your opponents down.
  • Avenger of Zendikar as it floods the board and gives you sacrifice targets. It also can pump up those token, but that's far less likely to happen. Still really solid.
  • Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder is a cool token generator if you ahve access to free sacrifice outlets, but it's a bit slow.
  • Harvester of Souls draws lots of cards. The potential of decking yourself is not that much of a problem, considering that you may draw a card, but are not obliged to.
  • From Beyond is a cool little token/mana generator, that can tutor up Smothering Abomination .
  • Izoni, Thousand-Eyed is both a sac outlet, card draw and token generator. Must have.
  • Pathbreaker Ibex and Overwhelming Stampede both make up for very powerful win conditions with all of the aforementioned token generation.
  • Woodfall Primus has recently gone down in price and it's a nice piece of removal that can be used twice if a sac outlet is provided.
  • Primal Druid is a cool dude that can chump-block and will ramp you like crazy if you start chain reanimating it. It's a worse Viridian Emissary , which is again a worse Dave .

MediSyntax on RazaBridge Reanimator

1 month ago

I guess Stitcher's Supplier gets better when you have Grim Haruspex , Grim Haruspex , and Harvester of Souls .

What I’m more surprised by is Mindblade Render . Does it really get through often enough to get the draw? If you land it T2, sure, but it doesn’t seem like a great topdeck later.

lithiumbrigadebait on RazaBridge Reanimator

1 month ago

Bunch of cuts, bunch of additions! Notably, Meteor Golem gives us a not-completely-embarrassing out to Stony Silence/Null Rod effects, which otherwise shut down Phyrexian Altar , treasure tokens from Pitiless Plunderer , and Walking Ballista (in other words, all of our win conditions) as well as Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void , meaning the stupid Rings/Monolith combo is no longer relevant!

Main theme of many of the changes is maxing out on redundant effects for recursive creatures and interchangeable pieces for the end win condition, as well as the full suite of 'draw cards on death' triggers to go with our recursive dorks.

Recursive dorks: Gravecrawler , Nether Spirit , Bloodghast , Bloodsoaked Champion

Gravecrawler and Nether Spirit are obvious, as the cleanest win conditions. Bloodghast is largely for value, or for a free body to come in alongside a Buried Alive fetching Razaketh. Bloodsoaked Champion is a cheaper alternative to Reassembling Skeleton , which I hate paying the upfront 2 mana for. (It also has the fringe benefit of being a Warrior, which plays nicely with Mindblade Render !)

Draw-on-death triggers: Grim Haruspex , Midnight Reaper , Harvester of Souls

Replaced the one-shot card draw like Night's Whisper with more engines. Particularly nice if you have Walking Ballista + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed with no sac outlet (Ballista can kill itself repeatedly to draw into an unrestricted sac outlet) or Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar / Pitiless Plunderer + sac outlet without a source of extra bodies or mana.

Other miscellaneous additions:

Pitiless Plunderer -- Excellent addition, reanimate-able Altar as long as you have a sac outlet on board. Can even stockpile Treasures for burst turns or casting fat.

Diregraf Colossus -- Not super useful on its own, but it does serve fairly cleanly as a castable/reanimate-able Bridge from Below while also being a Zombie for Gravecrawler. Major downside is that it does absolutely nothing with Nether Spirit or any other card combinations, so I'm on the fence but excited to give it a shot.

Priest of Forgotten Gods -- Came in to accompany the greater focus on recursive dorks and death draw triggers. Very, very good with Pawn of Ulamog/Diregraf Colossus tokens.

Stitcher's Supplier -- Little dude does SO MUCH WORK. Liliana -1 to bring him back is a fairly common play, and often very strong. It's even a zombie!

Songs of the Damned -- I was worried this would be dead too often, but it's crazy explosive, and I'm tempted to try Crypt of Agadeem .

As soon as War of the Spark is released, Liliana's Triumph is slotting RIGHT in; card is nuts.

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Harvester of Souls occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Black: 0.49%

Golgari: 0.17%

Rakdos: 0.63%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.47%