Mortician Beetle

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Common
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Rare

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Mortician Beetle

Creature — Insect

Whenever a player sacrifices a creature, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Mortician Beetle.

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Mortician Beetle Discussion

Boza on card rarity methodology

13 hours ago

Not to mention, changes in rarity. Mortician Beetle was originally printed as rare, but its reprint is at common. Additionally, the requirements for the rarity of something move. Planeswalkers started as rare, but the moment mythic started existing, they were upshifted to mythic. Cards with multiple printings usually have multiple rarities. Lightning Bolt is either a common or an uncommon, depending on the set.

Power level is also not a consideration. Why is Rampant Growth a common, but Thunderherd Migration strictly worse and uncommon? Additionally, power level is deceptive - Ancient Stirrings is a powerful common from zendikar block that commands a 5 dolar price tag, just because it sees play in 1 modern deck, despite not doing much on the surface.

Price is highly subjective too. Force of Will was originally an uncommon and used to be in the triple digits until it was reprinted as a mythic.

akkd on Sheoldred, Whispering One -†-BLΔCK-†- SΔCR‡F‡C3

1 month ago

Great deck man! I had a couple of Phyrexian Obliterator , Mortician Beetle, Geth's Verdict, Phyrexian Arena, Grave Pact and Tribute to Hunger just laying around in the wardrobe and never knew what to do with them ..until now, so tks for that!The only difference is that I rather run Gatekeeper of Malakir than Tribute to Hunger. +1

JibJig on Sacrifice

2 months ago

CREATURES

Cards I'd cut:

Aberrant Researcher  Flip - There are better options to throw cards into your own graveyard. Examples include Sultai Ascendancy or Search for azcanta which will later let you Anticipate each turn.

Accursed Witch  Flip - Curses alienate one player and make them hate you. You don't want people to hate you in EDH. Also curses aren't very good to begin with.

Ashling, the Extinguisher - 4 mana with no evasion makes it very unlikely this critter will actually connect with players. I recommend cutting it for a better force-sacrifice effect like Innocent Blood.

Bloodbriar - It's selfish (it only gives itself +1/+1 counters) and it has zero evasion. Not worth it. I recommend Reyhan, Last of the Abzan in its stead; it has the same CMC and lets you move around +1/+1 counters all day.

Briarbridge Patrol - Not very good. Tireless Tracker is so much better. Replace the creature-searching with Evolutionary Leap or if you want to spend $75 Survival of the Fittest is amazing.

Centaur Rootcaster - Same reason as Ashling. Get rid of it. Wood Elves and Sakura-Tribe Elder instead.

Deadeye Plunderers - You only have two artifacts in the deck.

Demon of Wailing Agonies - Slow. Especially when your commander has CMC 6.

Gatekeeper of Malakir - BBB cost is really hard to get sometimes in BUG colors.

Glissa, the Traitor - Slow. She's neat and a good blocker but it doesn't matter because you only have two artifacts.

Greater Harvester - Same reason as the Gatekeeper. Run Smothering Abomination instead.

Labyrinth Guardian - This critter adds nothing to your strategy.

Magus of the Mirror - I've killed people with their own Magus. Also the same problem as the curses; it alienates one person. Also Tree of Perdition exists.

Marrow Chomper - Too slow.

Mortician Beetle - Selfish. Swap with Fleshbag Marauder and Slum Reaper.

Patron of the Nezumi - Not enough rats to make it worth it. Effect is meh.

Phylactery Lich - Same reason as Gatekeeper. Also you only have two artifacts.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari - She does nothing on her own; she needs other things to do her work which isn't good.

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant - Just run Grave Titan instead.

Skullmulcher - Consider Soul of the Harvest instead. Both are good but you might need more gas than Skullmulcher can give you.

Utopia Mycon - Too slow.

I'll add more comments when I get more time to look over the next few categories.

Araignee on Mortician Pauper

4 months ago

My original idea was that you can always sacrifice a goblin token generated by Mogg War Marshal or Kathari Bomber if Stingscourger is not around. Because they will still put counters on both Gavony Unhallowed and the Mortician Beetle and hit your opponent for five. But I am not sure how to balance it out with the other creatures... I meant it mosty as safeguard in case you get stuck in the beginning of the game with no Beetle out.

gamer.ray on Big Zombie Pauper

4 months ago

Me again ;-)

Maybe Fume Spitter could also be a good addition because of the "sac at will" option.

And of course the all-beloved Mortician Beetle ;-)

Hydronvanquisher on Can I pay a single ...

4 months ago

Understood and thanks for clarifying Mortician Beetle for me. I appreciate it!

sonnet666 on Can I pay a single ...

4 months ago

Long story short: Zulaport Cutthroat and Butcher of Malakir will both trigger 3 times. Mortician Beetle won't trigger at all. Your opponents will lose 3 life and sacrifice 3 creatures, and you will gain 3 life.

I don't know where you got the idea that Mortician Beetle "is in play before all the cards resolve." That's not what happens.

Here's what does happen:

  1. You sacrifice 3 zombies to cast Dread Return from your graveyard, targeting Mortician Beetle. (Sacrificing the 3 zombies is a COST to flashback Dread Return.)
  2. Zulaport Cutthroat and Butcher of Malakir both trigger at this time, along with anything else on the battlefield that triggers when creatures die. 3 of each trigger are waiting to be put on the stack. Mortician Beetle does not trigger, because it is not on the battlefield yet.
  3. Once you've finished casting Dread Return, the game moves to give you priority. Any triggers that were waiting to be put on the stack get placed there before you're given priority.
  4. Since you control all 6 triggers, you can put them on the stack in any order you'd like, but that probably won't matter.
  5. If no one has any responses the triggers start to resolve, starting with the last one you placed on the stack.
  6. Once all of the triggers have resolved (with a round of priority in between each for players to respond), there's one more round of priority before Dread Return finally resolves.
  7. Dread Return resolves, returning Mortician Beetle to the battlefield. (Any creature that dies after this step will trigger Mortician Beetle.)

Altar of Dementia doesn't even factor into the equation if you're paying for Dread Return.

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