Lifecrafter's Bestiary


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Aether Revolt (AER) Rare

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Lifecrafter's Bestiary


At the beginning of your upkeep, scry 1.

Whenever you cast a creature spell, you may pay . If you do, draw a card.

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Lifecrafter's Bestiary Discussion

tbjbenjamin on Golgari Holocaust

1 day ago

Hi ZendikariWol,

Plaguecrafter replaces one of the Edict brothers either Fleshbag Marauder or Merciless Executioner, and we don't need more than 2 of those in this deck.

As for Ravenous Chupacabra, it is too slow and Spore Frog is generally un-needed as my deck is setup to establish fast locks even before creature combat becomes relevant. Why stop combat damage if you remove their creatures or even prevent their creatures from ever being casted?

Solemn Simulacrum and Viridian Emissary count as bad ramp. They are all too slow. Run full set of 1 cmc dorks instead for the most efficient mana ramp. There's a reason why I also did not even consider Sakura-Tribe Elder.

Your other suggestions are also over-costed effects: Thoughtpicker Witch would be good if it did not have a 1 colorless activation cost. Sadistic Hypnotist belongs as a combo piece in Nath of the Gilt-Leaf. For discard you generally want them to be cheap and recurring, like Bottomless Pit, Burglar Rat, Liliana of the Veil or Oppression. Mindslicer is an exception because the effect is extremely powerful.

Lifecrafter's Bestiary is too slow. Run Dark Confidant instead. Even Phyrexian Arena barely makes it to the list.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari is over-costed and slow. The life component is generally irrelevant and for the sacrificial component, it is way faster and more efficient to tutor or chain into the Edict brothers through Birthing Pod, Fauna Shaman or Survival of the Fittest and then recurring through Meren.

To make Meren competitive, any card that costs more than 3 CMC has to either cripple your opponent decks by cripping their important pieces or be part of your win conditions. Stax pieces are very important to stop combo decks from steamrolling over you.

Kitsune_18 on Yeva, Draw-Go

3 days ago

Thanks for the Suggestions! I've tried Lifecrafter's Bestiary in an earlier iteration of this deck and I wasn't that impressed by it. I'm trying to keep the artifact count relatively low, but I think I will go ahead and add at least Lightning Greaves!

Jagd_Tallgeese on Yeva, Draw-Go

3 days ago

Since you are only missing three cards for the deck, I would suggest including Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Swiftfoot Boots, and Lightning Greaves.

bem77 on Najeela, Three's a Crowd

1 week ago

Get more ramp with Primal Growth and more card draw with Elemental Bond and Lifecrafter's Bestiary.

Jagd_Tallgeese on Gishath, Sun's Avatar

1 week ago

You probably replace the Witches' Eye with a Lifecrafter's Bestiary since it provides an upkeep auto scry and some card advantage without having to either equip, or tap a creature. The Guilds of Ravnica set made a reprint of Chromatic Lantern so it may not too costly an alternative for the Opaline Unicorn!

dizzierabit on shady

2 weeks ago

Beast Whisperer ? if you have the extra mana Lifecrafter's Bestiary would be another good draw option. Doesn't add to your devotion tho

bushido_man96 on Najeela, Warrior Token Madness

2 weeks ago

I agree with the above. You should also add some more card draw. Skullclamp and Lifecrafter's Bestiary should be in here, along with perhaps some green draw spells, like Rishkar's Expertise and Shamanic Revelation, and even Collective Unconscious. In fact, switch out Life Goes On for Shamanic Revelation. Lifegain is ok, but its just ok, and it doesn't seem to be a theme your deck is running with. It just appears to be incidental. I'd also dump Smelt for Disenchant; its just better. I think I'd also switch out Mask of Avacyn for Swiftfoot Boots, unless you decide to run both.

As for board wipes, you'd do well to go with Wrath of God and Day of Judgment. Since you have access to , you could go with one-sided wipes like Plague Wind or In Garruk's Wake, although they do have steep mana costs.

It looks good, and I hope this helps you focus things in a bit.

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