Jotun Owl Keeper

Jotun Owl Keeper

Creature — Giant

Cumulative upkeep (White) or (Blue) (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

When Jotun Owl Keeper is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 white Bird creature token with flying into play for each age counter on it.

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Set Rarity
Coldsnap (CSP) Uncommon

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

Jotun Owl Keeper Discussion

JediCat on Pattern Recognition #39 - Upkeep

2 years ago

Great article, as always! My favorite cumulative upkeepist is Jotun Owl Keeper BTW. He's really efficient, because even if you pay his upkeep once, you get two birds. And if you, well, have nothing else to do, you'll be rewarded with a big flock, while being able to use his 3/3 body. Also, he performs so great in my Storm Crow duel deck, I couldn't not mention it.

RazortoothMtg on Big creatures into little creatures

2 years ago

Mitotic Slime comes to mind. Reef Worm is sorta like that, but in the wrong colors. Abzan Ascendancy/Golgari Germination/Gutter Grime/Requiem Angel are sorta close, Belfry Spirit turns the creature it haunts into a card like that, Brindle Shoat, Tuktuk the Explorer and Doomed Dissenter just get bigger. Liege of the Hollows gives everyone squirrels when it dies. Symbiotic Elf, Symbiotic Beast, and Symbiotic Wurm turn into insects. Chasm Skulker explodes into a pile of squid (wrong colors again tho). Maalfeld Twins breaks apart into 2 zombies, and Mausoleum Guard into 2 spirits. Promise of Bunrei makes one of your dudes explode into spirits. Sporogenesis is kind of a cool card that makes your guys explode into saprolings on death. Sprouting Thrinax is good. Wurmcoil Engine is a popular one.Goblin Marshal/Mogg War Marshal makes goblins when he ETBs and dies. Hallowed Spiritkeeper, Hangarback Walker, and Hooded Hydra all work. Jotun Owl Keeper in blue again. Mongrel Pack is another one, as is Murder Investigation. Theres a whole bunch of "Penumbra" cards from odyssey that all make a black clone of themselves when they die (e.g Penumbra Wurm). Ulvenwald Mysteries turns each dead guy into a clue that it then turns into a soldier.

If I were to make a commander deck around this idea, I would go with a Jund, not Abzan, sacrifice deck led by Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper, or perhaps Shattergang Brothers. In addition to these you have a ton of guys that just make 1 token on death- Seed Guardian, Sifter of Skulls, Pawn of Ulamog, Tukatongue Thallid, Blisterpod, Myr Sire, etc.

mmanes on Owl's the time

2 years ago


I want to be playing more of a control game, and more than 15 creatures might be too much.

So Favorable Winds feels unnecessary.

But maybe I'll change my mind and put some Jotun Owl Keeper and Tidehollow Strix just for the fun of it!

Samuel-Frederick on Make Tokens, Steal Life

3 years ago

I'm not quite sure what the focus of the deck it, it's a little all over the place. You have some sacrifice, but you don't have an awful lot that takes advantage of it. If you're making tokens to sacrifice, then it seems counter intuitive with running Intangible Virtue. You're making your tokens powerful, but then sacrificing them. The deck would be so much stronger if you focused more on one thing, and really strengthen it.

Firstly, if you want sacrifice, then think about running Zulaport Cutthroat, not as good as ze ol Blood Artist of course, but as you can't run 8 Artists, the Cutthroat does okay lol. So, if you want to be sacrificing, then you want cards that can take advantage of it. Things such as Bloodsoaked Champion, Carrier Thrall, Bloodghast (if you've got some serious money to throw at it), even Vengevine (again, money... it's grimly expensive). Things like that. Or if you want a more zombie feel, Gravecrawler with Sultai Emissary and, Geralf's Messenger which I love.

For tokens you have Carrier Thrall... sort of... Here are some token themed cards to thinnk about (some better than others lol)

You can run Doomed Traveler which I love, Myr Sire which I don't love so much lol Hallowed Spiritkeeper is awesome if you're a little more creature heavy, but awesome anyway I think. I know I know, not enough owls, well, here you go :D Jtun Owl Keeper! Promise of Bunrei is great value and works well in a sac deck. Elgaud Inquisitor and Mausoleum Guard aren't all that good, but decent sac outlets, and make tokens of course. Or add a little cruelty to the deck with Seize the Soul, and Belfry Spirit.

IronApparition is right with Viscera Seer being a really sweet sac outlet, but there are others if you want something a little different. Bloodthrone Vampire lets you sac and she can get mighty big for potential novas! If you did go more vampire based Cliffhaven Vampire works well along the Artist and the Cutthroat. I'm also partial to a one of Vampiric Rites, not a free outlet, but it draws cards!

Not the best card, but I card I also love is Chalice of Life  Flip, win through life gain feels nice.

Anyway, that's probably enough for now lol, stuff to think about at least.

brother1 on Head in the Clouds (Derevi Tribal Lockdown)

3 years ago

Favorable Winds and Soraya the Falconer are a couple more mass buff options, Jotun Owl Keeper is another way to make a bunch of bird tokens (although he's not the most efficient), and Windreader Sphinx gives you a bunch of draw triggers. Love the idea, +1 from me!

DaringApprentice on

3 years ago

Also, Jotun Owl Keeper isn't legal in this deck since it has a blue mana symbol in its text bock.

As for other bird suggestions, Emeria Angel and Scion of Vitu-Ghazi could be nice, and you could replace Knighthood with Archetype of Courage, if you don't mind that it's more open to removal than a non-creature enchantment.

Havtorn on Birds!

4 years ago

You need Soulcatchers' Aerie.

Emeria Angel, while not being a bird, sure makes birds. Glint Hawk Idol is a good way to get some extra Bird-value from your artifacts while also living through Wrath of God or similar.

Have you considered maybe going in to blue? If you do Kangee, Aerie Keeper is a neat commander that you play late-game when you can have him enter with a ton of Feather tokens, making all your birds absolutely nuts. Going into blue also gives you access to Dovescape, for when you have a bird-favorable board state (Your birds will always be bigger than theirs), Airborne Aid, Crookclaw Elder, Keeper of the Nine Gales, Jotun Owl Keeper, Azorius Keyrune and Thrummingbird (which proliferates Kangee) and a bunch of plain ol' blue-colored bird creatures.