Mortician Beetle


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
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
1v1 Commander 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

DrowZgam3r on Lamb of Meren

1 month ago

my favorite version of meren uses a heavy elf package with Arbor Elf,Boreal Druid,Deathrite Shaman,Devoted Druid,Elves of Deep Shadow,Elvish Mystic,Fyndhorn Elves,Llanowar Elves, Sylvan Ranger and Priest of Titania. Of course you dont have to go this in depth with mana dorks but I would definitely consider running a fair number of any of these cards.

As far as what I'd cut, its tough to say since you seem to be split between a reanimator and a aristocrats theme. But regardless I think these are easy drops:

  • Solemn Simulacrum: Its a good card but since you are in green and already have access to better ramp I think he would be a easy cut
  • Mortician Beetle: Strong in 1v1 but not really all that great in multiplayer
  • Golgari Signet: good ramp piece but if you are going to be using lots of mana dorks then its unnecessary.
But other than that I can't make any solid recommendations for what to cut because I'm afraid I'd be destroying the deck identity you have worked to build. So its really up to you to decide to cut based off of how you want this deck to function. Although as general deckbuilding advice, you only need a few big flashy creatures to finish a game and right now you seem to have a excess of large and hard to cast creatures.

On a side note I'd also recommend shelling out a few bucks to upgrade your manabase. Lands may not be the most glamorous purchase, but when it comes straight down to it a solid mana base will help you win more games than you would think. Even if you dont want to shell out a small fortune I'd still recommend any of these lands

lagotripha on Crappy Mountains/Swamp

3 months ago

Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my big list of everything I've (somewhat) tested in mono black in modern. Feel free to look through - its grouped by card effectiveness.

There are a lot of cards that aren't good enough to be 'everyone uses 4', and so the supply massively exceeds demand once they rotate out of standard and they end up pretty cheap and working pretty well. Good enough to win FNM, not quite enough for major tournaments.

Sign in Blood and Night's Whisper are perfect examples. They're premuium quality card draw- they're just outclassed by Dark Confidant and Phyrexian Arena, so they don't see regular play. They're a fantastic engine in budget lists.

For this specific list, I'd look out for copies of Mortician Beetle, Genesis Chamber and Carnage Altar. There are some interesting sacrifice outlets out there, but they're mostly tuned for combo rather than value.

Similarly, there are spells in B/R like Rakdos Charm which are amazingly versatile and effective sideboard cards that there are more copies of than people playing those colours in modern, and as such are cheap.

All that said, this is substantially more together than my first few MTG decks, and I see a bright future deckbuilding if this is the quality of list you are starting with.

Enkaes on Casual Ball Sac

3 months ago

qwertyking Yeah, I was thinking about adding a sac engine of some kind, but apart from the Mortician Beetle and Quest for the Gravelord which completes easily anyway, I'm not really that dependant on sacrificing early on. I've changed Butcher Ghoul to Carrier Thrall for some additional easy sacrificing and to help mitigate land destruction from Smallpox and to help cast Desecration Demon more easily.

APPLE01DOJ on Help me Brainstorm

4 months ago

Well I mean Scapeshift traditionally wins the game in its current deck.

That being said it might pair well with Mortician Beetle

5finga on My Life

4 months ago

since you sacrifice a lot, Mortician Beetle could be a 4/4 or 5/5 or even bigger very soon.

Gattison on Help building a Bloodbriar deck

4 months ago

lol, Crack the Earth is awesome! I didn't even remember that card!

It's a more versatile Innocent Blood, and seems better than Misguided Rage. If you were thinking Rakdos, I'd say Innocent Blood because it will also trigger Mortician Beetle. Since you're thinking Gruul, then Crack the Earth obviously, and maybe you could make use of things like Blisterpod, Goblin Arsonist or Bequeathal.

Also: Rancor is also excellent in Brian decks because you can enchant a chump, sac the chump, and then re-use Rancor on Bloodbriar or whatever else helps you win. All for a single a pop.

Gattison on Help building a Bloodbriar deck

4 months ago

Another thing we learned in our testing: Brian needs a back-up plan. Since other than his ability to grow he's vanilla, he needs protection and strong support, or else the decks all seem to need a Plan B. Hence combining him with something like Mortician Beetle or Fling or Gurmag Angler is often necessary.

Daarkest on Help building a Bloodbriar deck

5 months ago

Shadow63- Mortician Beetle is a great suggestion.

EDedan- Innocent Blood and Bone Splinters are great sideboard cards.

Gattison- Nice to see you again lol. Wild Cantor seems nice. Also, Seal of Strength and Llanowar Augur seem awesome because not only does Bloodbriar get +3/+3, he also gets a +1/+1 counter out of it. I might do red because of the options. I’m glad to be a part of Team Brian! Thank you!

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