Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest


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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 (C15) Mythic Rare

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Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest

Legendary Creature — Insect Shaman


Whenever a player sacrifices another permanent, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest Discussion

AkaAkuma on Atraxa-less Atraxa (Reyhan/Ishai +1+1 counters)

1 week ago

Sooo, how often are creatures of you going to connect? You have quite some cards that want to beat face (e.g. Drana, Liberator of Malakir , Necropolis Regent , Bred for the Hunt and Thrummingbird ). Most are small but could be good though! Personally I haven't been able to profit much from bred for the hunt, but I never run the flying creatures and the heralds that you do.

But on to the questionable cards. Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest wants the Butcher of Malakir , Cataclysmic Gearhulk or Slaughter the Strong kinda effects. But Yehenni seems like your only man. So why play him?

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth seems like a bit of a waste here. You don't play nearly enough swampwalk or Crypt Ghast / Magus of the Coffers effects.

I personally also used to play Bramblewood Paragon solely for Reyhan. But still, you only play 4 warriors in total. So even if it hits the cmc, isn't the new Zegana, Utopian Speaker a better choice?

If you like to run more sacrifice outlets. I am an absolute fan of Greater Good , and recently became addicted to Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim .

You run allot of instants and sorceries for a deck that cares about creatures and counter-interaction, but you miss the Reyhan staple Living Death . Really, it's gorgeous (and also works with Mazirek)!

"When an effect happens or card becomes played this is put on top of an imaginary stack.

However, when a card is in the middle of being resolved, any new effects cannot take place until the card is done. So Reyhan's ability can only be placed on the stack when Living death is resolved.

Thus, Reyhan can choose new targets for all the counters that would've been lost otherwise!"

Stipped right off my primer: Reyhan&Ishai | Where Unstoppable Meets Immovable!

You have an expensive taste, maybe Assassin's Trophy is an option?

Together Forever does not only score points on it's amazing flavor between Reyhan and Ishai, creatures "die" before returning to your hand. It's all Reyhan ever needs to hear.

Lastly I'd like you to take a look at your creatures and their base power and toughness, and then take a look at Octopus Umbra . It's off-theme, but packs quite a package. Just saying.

mrdehring on The Shattergang Brothers deck idea

2 weeks ago

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is the best Vulturous Zombie for a deck like this.

On the lower end of the curve Abyssal Gatekeeper makes them sac two creatures when you sac it.

Whip of Erebos as a way to recur your creatures for another sac effect. Speaking of Erebos... Dictate of Erebos is a Grave Pact that is a little easier on colors and has flash.

There are a few inspired cards that make enchantment creatures for you to abuse as well. Forlorn Pseudamma has some evasion which might make it easier to tap. I personally love Felhide Spiritbinder because... well, I once copied a Blightsteel Colossus ... so maybe I have a bias.

I like your method of making clues to sac for card, or sometimes to clear the board of pesty artifacts. If you find you need more card draw look into Viridian Revel , there are always artifacts around.

You seem to be building a swarm style deck. Look into some swarm pump effects Beastmaster Ascension comes to mind.

ZendikariWol on The Shamans of Jund

2 weeks ago

Suggested cuts:

Ambuscade Shaman and Primal Forcemage : only works with hasty creatures.

Anowon, the Ruin Sage : slow and introduces a different tribal theme- feels out of place, especially to vorthos weirdos like me. Can't have a vampire card in a shaman deck, man!

Beastcaller Savant , Bloodline Shaman , Shaman of Forgotten Ways , and more or less all of your planeswalkers: dependent on the number of creatures in your deck and even without the cut cards has a <50% chance to draw you a card.

Dragon's Herald and Hellkite Overlord seems like an odd package.

Fauna Shaman and Underrealm Lich : you have no reason to stock your graveyard and very few things that get things back from the graveyard.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest - also Door of Destinies : so many people put him in aristocrat decks, it confuses me! Do you want your creatures to die or not??

Mindclaw Shaman : for you to get any real value out of him, you need to be casting an instant or sorcery that costs at least 4 mana. Decide depending on your meta whether that's consistently feasible.

Stoneshaker Shaman : how much instant interaction is there in your meta? If the answer is less than ALL OF IT, this card is bad.

Reach of Branches feels like bulk here. This card belongs in an Azusa, Lost but Seeking deck.

chirz2792 on Your Most Complex/Expensive InfiCombos/Game-Ending Synergies

2 weeks ago

I recently put together a Ghave, Guru of Spores abzan lands matter list and I discovered that if you have Retreat to Kazandu / Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest , Squandered Resources , Life and Limb , and Ghave on the board you can get infinite landfall triggers. Activate Ghave creating a saproling, the saproling enters as a land because of Life and Limb , which triggers landfall on Retreat to Kazandu putting a +1/+1 counter on Ghave. Then sac the saproland to Squandered Resources for a , which you use to activate Ghave again. If you have Lotus Cobra it also nets you infinite mana.

AkaAkuma on Reyhan&Ishai | Where Unstoppable Meets Immovable!

1 month ago

@Last_Laugh: interesting suggestions. Most of them actually have been in here, but scrapped for other cards.

  • I have a Bramble Sovereign reserved for this deck, but in the end it never got in. The only reason why is because he only works with ETB and not existing creatures. But he indeed is very good here!

  • Fathom Mage has been scrapped one update ago for Guardian Project . She definitely is amazing and would be the 101st card included but the issue is that her card draw is not reliable. I end up drawing 20 cards when I'm ahead or none because her power is to high. Most creatures of mine enter as a 1/1 anyway. I actually lost and won once with Walking Archive . Strategy is to dump a library worth of counters on him in your end step. But one opponent flashed a Laboratory Maniac in play when I did that a second time.. Just my luck.

  • Rishkar, Peema Renegade yes he is a beast! Also a scrapped and reserved card in the deck. I think I can do without. Might re include him.

  • Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest has been on my radar allot. But I think I'll need to run Dictate of Erebos sorta cards along with it. Not really the direction I want to go, but definitely good!

  • Shalai, Voice of Plenty : I skipped her for a reason. Since ravnica I was able to pick up a Privileged Position and found shalai looking terrible on her first inspection (why would I ever pay 6 mana to..!?). But perhaps she is a good addition! I'll test her.

Thanks man, the suggestions are much appreciated. I'll definitely check your deck out!

@DrowZgam3r: thanks for your suggestions and compliment!

  • Sheoldred, Whispering One is very strong, and even more oppressive! Never have I had a game where someone played her and everybody celebrated with dance and joy. People have scooped a game because of her. But perhaps if I play a compatitive game!

  • Rancor interesting you say its not fitting for edh. To me it's an evasive effect that permanently effects my boardstate. But I might look for a replacement.

Last_Laugh on Reyhan&Ishai | Where Unstoppable Meets Immovable!

1 month ago

Bramble Sovereign seems really good for your 'abuse legendary clones' strategy... granted doubling down on anything for 2 more mana is tits.

Shalai, Voice of Plenty is worth it just for giving you and your team hexproof but it also makes a great evasive beatstick that can pump your team. You've got yourself an allstar here.

Fathom Mage I like here more than Walking Archive. Only you draw instead of everyone and you can draw a lot more cards too. (Get the foil promo... dirt cheap and absolutely gorgeous art)

Rishkar, Peema Renegade is king of the mana ramp here. Don't leave home without one.

Last is Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest which is kinda meta dependent. Much better if you see lots of fetchlands in your playgroup and also better when you run lots yourself (you can technically run all 10 fetches in 4 colors, I did).

Anyways, feel free to check out my list for ideas. Obviously not budget after the all 10 fetches comment but plenty of options that're more reasonable. Feedback, Upvotes, and/or Ideas on any of my decks is appreciated. Atraxa-less Atraxa (Reyhan/Ishai +1+1 counters)

Abzkaban on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

1 month ago


Thanks for the comment. I used to run Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest , but he was cut due to others of lower mana cost able to do his job to help keep the curve low. Filth is fun in aristocrat decks, but we hardly ever need to use the combat step here. If we do it's with infinite tokens, so who cares how many blockers they have. Unfortunately Mycosynth Lattice doesn't synergize with enough of the deck to merit its cost. While it's fun to consider running alongside Aura Shards , if I want to destroy everything I'll just use Woodfall Primus . I like Mycoloth a lot, but he's no good for this deck for two reasons. First of all he just produces a mass amount of tokens rather than providing us with a piece to go infinite, and you have to wait a full turn cycle just to reap the benefits. As soon as he comes out he's a huge target. If he's removed, then you've just sacrificed a bunch of creatures to him for nothing. He might be good in other decks if you can protect him, but there's no room for him here.

Thanks! I'd love to take a look at your deck and give you my thoughts if you drop a link to it.

Whitehamma on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

1 month ago

The cards I had in mind were Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest just synergy with sacrifice, this plus Cathars' Crusade +1/+1 when they come in +1/+1 when they leave. In sacrifice decks i love incarnations example Filth with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . I see you have Aura Shards how about a Mycosynth Lattice because F*** em. I was curious have you ever considered Mycoloth ? These are just some of my favorite cards. I didn't see them and didn't see any post them.

I love Ghave and you have a badass page. I do have a few cards i like in my Ghave deck which i would also like your thoughts.

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Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

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