Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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

multimedia on Sacrifice Golgari Commanders

6 days ago

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is a much better Commander than Savra.

If you have Mazirek I would make the switch. Five mana for Mazirek shouldn't be a problem since you're playing green which has many ramp options including many creature ramp options who are good to after ramping then sac to Mazirek. You can play Savra in a deck with Mazirek as Commander since Mazirek also cares about sacing creatures, but not just creatures any permanents which can bring a whole other fun strategy. Mazirek has flying and she can grow herself along with the rest of your creatures when you or your opponents sac a permanent this makes her a threat with Commander damage. Savra doesn't have evasion and can't grow; she will not attack unless it's completely safe which is a drawback.

You can always let your Commander go to your graveyard and not back into the Command Zone when it dies. This is a huge help for Golgari since playing black you can play recursion (to hand) or reanimation (to battlefield) spells. These effects get around Commander tax. When your Commander dies you can choose to put it into your graveyard.

When your Commander is in your graveyard and an opponent exiles your graveyard your Commander isn't exiled it goes back to the Command Zone. As long as your Commander is in your graveyard you have free reign to interact with it using cards that interact with your graveyard. However don't put your Commander into your graveyard unless you have cards that can get it back :)

K1ngMars on Need help with new G/B ...

1 month ago

Interesting budget cards that interact with +1/+1 counters:

Haeffound on Sek'Kuar, Aristocratic Orc

1 month ago

I have Squee, the Immortal in the deck. Is there a point to have the 2 version? Also a Rekindling Phoenix and a Goblin Chainwhirler incoming.

I will include Stronghold Assassin , Viscera Seer and Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest . The hard choice is what to remove. Getting rid of attacks sorcery like Overrun , Overwhelming Stampede ? Also, Farseek ? I feel I havn't enough mana accelator.

Goblin Grenade / Goblin War Strike ; only one of the two, or none?

As for creatures, removing Goblin Cratermaker , Jund Hackblade and Pawn of Ulamog ?

Shabompistan on Sek'Kuar, Aristocratic Orc

1 month ago

Reassembling Skeleton and Squee, Goblin Nabob if you want more recursion for creatures. Maybe even Ashcloud Phoenix

You may need more reliable sac outlets, I would recommend Stronghold Assassin or Attrition if you want to lean towards control. Viscera Seer and Goblin Bombardment are generally good in any situation.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is perfect when you have hordes of tokens.

metalmagic on Destructive Force + Mazirek. Will ...

1 month ago

In short, if none of your creatures have greater than 5 toughness prior to resolving Destructive Force , they will all die. This would make no difference if it had a "then" clause, or even if it were on a separate line of text. Here's the in-depth explanation:

Official rule by Wizards: 8/15/2010 - First the player whose turn it is chooses five lands to sacrifice, then each other player in turn order does the same, then all chosen lands are sacrificed at the same time. After that, Destructive Force deals 5 damage to each creature.

Nothing can happen in between sacrificing the lands and dealing the 5 damage, because nothing can interrupt a spell that has already begun resolving. As Destructive Force resolves, state-based actions will be checked before the active player (presumably you) receives priority again and before triggers are put on the stack, and all creatures that have damage equal to or greater than their toughness marked on them will die. After that, you will place triggers from Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest onto the stack for each land sacrificed. This does not matter if it lived or not, as it was in play as the lands were sacrificed - which is when Mazirek's ability was actually triggered, although the triggers don't go onto the stack until this point. If anything you controlled is still alive when the triggers start resolving, those creatures will get the counters.

I may have broken it down a bit more than necessary, but I hope that is intelligible and answers your questions!

FenrisBurgess on Destructive Force + Mazirek. Will ...

1 month ago

So say you play a Destructive Force , but you have a Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest .

Since Destructive Force doesn't have a 'then':

  • Would the damage and sacrifices happen at the same time?
  • Would the sacrifices happen first, and therefore grant the counters before the damage?

AkaAkuma on Little Rey of Ishine (Reyhan/Ishai 2.71 cmc)

2 months 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 months 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.

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

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Golgari: 0.32%