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Whenever a player sacrifices a creature, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Mortician Beetle.
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Mortician Beetle Discussion
6 days ago
solarPULSAR I considered that, but that would make me commit to a full Blood Artist + Zulaport Cutthroat deck, and that isn't my goal. I have Smallpox in there for creature removal, since i don't mind losing a creature. If i did want to take that route though the deck would be completely different with inclusions of Mortician Beetle and possibly Quest for the Gravelord in there.
1 week ago
Hey friend (: it's my pleasure.
First, for potential cuts: Bloodbriar (there are better options like Mortician Beetle), Agent of Erebos, Eater of Hope, Pharika's Mender, Skullwinder, Vampire Aristocrat (see Bloodthrone Vampire), Vampire Nighthawk. Also, depending on how you feel about your top-curve creatures, those could be flex spots.
I love how strong this deck is with ETB abilities and "when this dies" abilities. Treasure Keeper is phenomenal, for one. You've also got excellent one-shot sacrifice outlets like Devour and kickers and so forth. The permanent sacrifice outlets like Viscera Seer and Jarad are great, but there are few enough of them that you might have trouble sticking a sacrifice outlet.
So, what I would focus on at this point would be finding ways to cheat your fatties into play from the grave, and finding redundancies in your "permanent" sacrifice outlets. There's nothing worse than being a reanimator player with no grave and no ways to sacrifice creatures (it happens...and not always on bum draws). Splinterfright, Jarad's Orders, self-mill like Deadbridge Chant, and anything Dredge (like Stinkweed Imp) will fill your grave with creatures for you, so that when Meren has sixteen counters you'll actually have targets worth pulling. Disciple of Griselbrand, Nezumi Bone-Reader, Birthing Pod are all ways to get more sacrifice triggers when you want them. And don't be afraid to up your curve with Xathrid Demon or other high-CMC win-condition-like cards.
Then, I guess if you're feeling extra adventurous, I'd investigate ways to produce more tokens, because a lot of those sacrifice effects are still powerful for non-tokens, and tokens will help you go wide when you stick Pathbreaker Ibex. Golgari Germination, Verdant Embrace, Ogre Slumlord are all options. The worst part about GBx reanimator imo (I run Karador, Ghost Chieftain) is that the endgame is pretty grindy, so going wide with tokens is a must for me if you want to play a second game.
So, in summary, the deck is super strong in staples/ramp/card draw/core mechanics. Self-mill/extra sacrifice/token synergies are things you can pick and choose to personalize and make it fun for you, the pilot. Best of luck, and be sure to mention me if I can help with anything else!
1 week ago
I enjoy aristocrat type decks, and is actually all I play online. Bloodthrone Vampire is in my opinion just an upgrade from husk, so I'd run that instead.
Also, have you thought about running some more value sac creatures? Ones that come to mind are Mortician Beetle, Young Wolf, Brindle Shoat and Viscera Seer. Tragic Slip is also crazy in these decks. These types of creatures generally offer a more all in/nuke type approach so it can be fragile, but that is where cards like Vines of Vastwood and Apostle's Blessing can help out...
Best of luck!
2 weeks ago
Okay, I'm looking it up in the official rulebook.
You still can't include Flash Conscription in Zada, because color identity.
Here's part of Rule 608.2g. "If an effect requires information from the game (such as the number of creatures on the battlefield), the answer is determined only once, when the effect is applied." This is in the "resolving spells" subsection of rules, which is what your question is about. So let's run through some scenarios to flesh out this rule:
You copy Flash Conscription through Ink-Treader Nephilim. Each copy will determine whether W was paid for that copy before it resolves its effect. The answer will be "no", because you didn't pay any mana for the copies. No lifelink.
The same thing (sadly) applies to copies of Kicker spells like Blood Tribute.
Now, that rule does not apply to involuntary "As an additional cost...", because on spells like Lightning Axe, the spell can't legally be cast unless you pay that non-mana cost. If you were able to copy Lightning Axe a few times without paying its mana cost, you would still have to discard or pay the "additional cost" for each copy as you cast it, since that's an effect outside of the mana cost. Yep, it's depressing.
On the other hand, sometimes the answer to information obtained from the game will be "yes". You cast Go for the Throat on Ink-Treader Nephilim (don't ask me how, and don't ask me why). You also control a Arcbound Worker, a Mortician Beetle, and a Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip. The Worker stays alive, while everybody else dies, because each copy of Go for the Throat obtains information before it resolves. If you were able to flip Jace into a PW, he would also stay alive, since he left the battlefield and is now a "new" permanent. Same thing would happen if you used Liquimetal Coating on Jace before the spell resolved. That same reasoning would also apply to secondary effects on combat tricks, such as Fistful of Force -- if you win the clash each time, everybody gets big.
Now, let's say you control Harness the Storm and have a Flash Conscription in your grave, with 12 mana up (again, don't ask me how). You cast Flash Conscription from your hand, then also cast it from your grave using Harness's ability. Both copies would grant lifelink, since you paid W for each one.
Hope that helps! MtG has some notoriously confusing interactions, so I have asked many a question myself on this forum. Best of luck. Hit me up when you finish building and I'll be glad to look at your decklist.
3 weeks ago
Have you considered replacing Mortician Beetle with Scavenger Drake? It does drop slower due to the three extra cost, but that just means 3 more thrulls, right? :D It also has flying and gains a counter when creatures die for any reason, as opposed to when they are sacrificed like the beetle.
For enchantments and artifact removal, have you considered a Steel Hellkite? It's a six drop so it won't kill Endrek AND can remove both enchantments and artifacts if you can get it in. There is also the combo of Karn, Silver Golem and Spine of Ish Sah for the same purpose; Karn on his own allows you to use creature removal on any artifacts on the board for 1 colorless, but you can also animate the Spine after it drops, sac it, and repeat as needed. It can be expensive to do this, but with Ashnod's Altar and Endrek out you'll get at least one rep with just the four mana for the Karn drop.
4 weeks ago
Black Market, Falkenrath Noble, Flesh Carver, Loyal Cathar Flip, Maalfeld Twins, Murder Investigation, Pious Evangel Flip, Return to the Ranks, March of Souls, Nether Traitor, Phyrexian Plaguelord, Killing Wave, Spirit Bonds, Meekstone, Kjeldoran Outpost, Nomads' Assembly, Sidisi, Undead Visier, Martial Coup, Secure the Wastes, Adarkar Valkyrie, Archdemon of Unx, Ophiomancer, Stronghold Assassin, Carrion Feeder, Mortician Beetle, Army of the Damned, Abhorrent Overlord, Requiem Angel, Cauldron of Souls, Call to the Grave, Vampiric Rites
4 weeks ago
Mortician Beetle would be a pretty good addition to help keep the mana costs low.
4 weeks ago
Sylvan Caryatid one of the best mana dorks in the game, and underutilized as well. Fallen Ideal is a great Aura for this deck.Exile into Darkness can help you deal with opponents creatures and get some triggers for a Mortician Beetle that NEEDS to be in this kind of deck, Bone Splinters, it's a tragedy that Falkenrath Noble isn't in here. If you can tell me what the decks are you are planning to be playing with i can help offer some counters to those decks, i would put more focus on sacrifice and reanimation.