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|Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3)||Common|
|Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE)||Rare|
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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
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.
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
2 months ago
Cards I'd cut:
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.
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.
Labyrinth Guardian - This critter adds nothing to your strategy.
Marrow Chomper - Too slow.
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.
Utopia Mycon - Too slow.
I'll add more comments when I get more time to look over the next few categories.
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.
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 ;-)
4 months ago
Understood and thanks for clarifying Mortician Beetle for me. I appreciate it!
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:
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If no one has any responses the triggers start to resolve, starting with the last one you placed on the stack.
- 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.
- Dread Return resolves, returning Mortician Beetle to the battlefield. (Any creature that dies after this step will trigger Mortician Beetle.)