Mathas, Fiend Seeker
Legendary Creature — Vampire
MenaceAt the beginning of your end step, put a bounty counter on target creature an opponent controls. For as long as that creature has a bounty counter on it, it has "When this creature dies, each opponent draws a card and gains 2 life."
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Mathas, Fiend Seeker Discussion
1 week ago
Good old Edgar! Sure, I'll give you some suggestions. For reference, here is my Edgar Markov deck. If you take a look at that to compare card choices, one thing to note is I'm running Vampire Nocturnus so I intentionally avoided nonblack cards, so you'll want to keep that in mind.
Akoum Refuge is another lifegain dual land if you want a fourth. It was only an ally-colored cycle so that's the only one of those you can run. Myriad Landscape is great and goes in almost any deck. Since this deck is so heavy in black, you might want to look at Tainted Peak and Tainted Field.
If you want to be aggressive, how about some one-drops? Viscera Seer is perfect for this deck. Easy include. I was also excited to discover Shadow Alley Denizen, though I haven't gotten to cast her myself in the deck yet. Getting intimidate off your Vampire tokens seems like it should be good for chipping in some extra damage.
Other cards, let's see... Sangromancer is very efficient and should play well here. Vampiric Rites lets you turn extra dorks into life and cards. It's not as efficient as Skullclamp, but you only get to run one of those. How about Mathas, Fiend Seeker? An evasive low-drop that draws cards and gains life sounds perfect!
Chalice of Life Flip - Doesn't gain life very fast and even a Lava Axe every round gives your opponents plenty of time to respond. If you want a way to win outside the combat phase, kill the table with Exsanguinate or Debt to the Deathless.
Licia, sanguine Tribune - I think Licia is cool, but she really needs a deck built around her. You aren't going to want to spend 7-8 mana to cast her and your deck isn't set up to gain huge chunks of life without investing mana that turn. You've got a few ways to do it, but without those she's kind of a brick.
Damnable Pact - this card feels like a bad Braingeyser and a bad Blaze. Flexibility is nice, but I don't think the efficiency tradeoff is worth it in this case. If you want an X-spell finisher, see above. If you want to draw cards, there are plenty of efficient spells like Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, Painful Truths, and Read the Bones. Or you could check out Vampiric Rites.
Diabolic Tutor - Four mana for a tutor is just so expensive. I'd rather just cast a card draw spell.
Defiant Bloodlord - Ok, so hear me out. I have had this guy in my hand in lifegain decks and man, I never want to spend seven mana on him. He's so much easier to kill than Sanguine Bond and, unlike Butcher of Malakir, you are unlikely to be able to make good use of his static ability the turn you cast him.
3 weeks ago
precociousapprentice, I am running Mathas, Fiend Seeker as a distraction. I want my opponents to target each other's creatures for benefits, whenever possible. Also, the lifegain will always benefit me, which helps out when I am doing damage to everyone. I think it's also a flavor choice. He's new and I just want to see how well it works. I may switch to another Mardu commander at some point.
I've thought about curses too, SomaCruz. I just find that they don't get the job done. They are definitely a flavor-win and can be fun. I might end up going that route just as a fun deck, but I've yet to see a curse-heavy list win. Thanks for your suggestions!
4 weeks ago
Honestly, as cool as Mathas, Fiend Seeker is, I would say Anafenza, the Foremost or another Abzan commander. You get access to Overwhelming Splendor, and Curse of Bounty. Sure, there aren't that many W/G curses, but filling it out with an enchantress package seems good.
4 weeks ago
I would like to make Curses my next project for an EDH deck but Im having a bit of trouble picking a commander and could use some help. Im considering using Mathas, Fiend Seeker, Anafenza, the Foremost, or Zur the Enchanter.
Mathas has become the defacto curse commander it seems so I have to consider using him.
Anafenza allows me to use a G/W Enchantress package to support curses primarily provided by Black. I do have to work with worse curses but the draw power and protection that Green opens up is definitely worth considering to me.
Zur is also being considered since he can reliably fetch up several curses for me or pillowfort pieces once the curses get going. Of course the down side to running Zur is Ill be public enemy number 1 even more so than normal with a curse deck.
These are the top 3 contenders but Im open to suggestions too!
1 month ago
Making a fun Mathas, Fiend Seeker deck full of curses. If I cast Open the Vaults with curses in my graveyard, will I be able to reapply them to my opponents like I want? Or will they be attached to me?
The card specifically states: "to the battlefield UNDER THEIR OWNER'S CONTROL."
In the rulings it states: "If an Aura can be returned to the battlefield with Open the Vaults, it must be, EVEN IF ITS OWNER DOESN'T LIKE WHAT IT WOULD ENCHANT."
(Side question, do enchantment creatures count as enchantments?)
1 month ago
1 month ago
Do you think that Mathas, Fiend Seeker could work as the commander? I've been looking for something to do with him since I took him out of my Edgar deck.
3 months ago
benlow, as its really quiet for some time i hope you don't mind me giving my opinion about the cards u mentioned :-)
Arrogant Bloodlord It's text screams don't play me, besides there are tons of 3 drop vampires that work better in my opinion.
Bloodghast Doesn't return to your hand/ isn't cast so no eminence to exploit. It can't block and the haste on it is irrelevant.
Gruul Draz Assassin haven't tested it yet but i think you never spend your mana to level it up?
Mathas, Fiend Seeker I recently cut it, as it helped the opponents to much.
Vampire Lacerator same as the arrogant bloodlord.