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|Commander 2017 (C17)||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi (DDP)||Uncommon|
|Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE)||Uncommon|
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Pawn of Ulamog
Creature — Vampire Shaman
Whenever Pawn of Ulamog or another nontoken creature you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add to your mana pool."
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Pawn of Ulamog Discussion
6 days ago
Definitely Add Show
Possibly Add Show
- Forge of Heroes
- Preyseizer Dragon
- Hound of Griselbrand
- Ion Storm
- Curse of Stalked Prey
- Cyclonic Rift
- Mark of Mutiny
- Sower of Temptation
- Conquering Manticore
- Dragonlord Silumgar
- Aura Thief
- Puca's Mischief
- Infernal Tribute
- Claws of Gix
- Viscera Seer
- Ogre Slumlord
- Open the Graves
- Pawn of Ulamog
- Sifter of Skulls
- Falkenrath Noble
- Power Conduit
- Palace Familiar
- Surveilling Sprite
- Ogre Battledriver
1 week ago
Hi MediSyntax, you make some great points - and some less great points. Though I think that Plaguecrafter is a strict upgrade from Fleshbag Marauder in 99% of cases, I'm lead to believe that in this one instance - it's less effective. Solely due to the fact that one can still cast Gravecrawler while it's in play. I'd probably include it, but there aren't many flex-slots - not even a Merciless Executioner or Innocent Blood that fill the same role.
Running Liliana, Untouched By Death is strong - especially with the rest of the build. Being able to sacrifice and recast other 1-drops as alternative combo pieces is awesome - 10/10 suggestion.
I also want to mention Pitiless Plunderer as it's a mana more than Pawn of Ulamog - but makes coloured mana when any of your creatures die - which means that it's a recurrable creature version of Phyrexian Altar as long as you have carrion feeder or something out (also it blocks Tymna).
Doom Whisperer is cool - but given you need to sit at a cozy 20 life for Razaketh, the Foulblooded it's a tough squeeze - though I might place it over Void Winnower since digging through the top 20 is much more pro-active than locking out some cards (worth testing - maybe board for sure).
Mausoleum Secrets could be cool with some testing - I'm building a version similar to this atm. My best question is what would you cut in order to include this (sometimes functioning) tutor? The main gripe is that with Rest in Peace or Leyline of the Void in play - the card is turned off.
Furthermore, an interesting include that came to me is Thornbite Staff - with Soldevi Adnate (and with Priest of Forgotten Gods) and Gravecrawler - you have another copy of Phyrexian Altar. Granted it requires more mana and setup than Phyrexian Altar, but if you don't want to use paradox engine to achieve the same effect with sacrificing and replaying Gravecrawler, then this is the next best thing.
1 week ago
BlueBat93 I think it's the right call to remove the lifegain aspect, since there are no double triggers on them.
As for Blood Artist, he's alright. But even with Teysa, you 'only' target two players. It could still be good though with the right engine on the board.
Some more cards I think are interesting:
I mostly highlighted the generate X tokens since you'll be doubling your token generation. If put alongside Anointed Procession, you're quadrupling your creature count.
Recursion: Gift of Immortality. Cauldron of Souls, Nether Traitor (another Reassembling Skeleton almost), Mimic Vat (allows you to disrupt your opponents as well as enables some shenanigans on your own board), Lifeline (another must, I find, considering your deck prioritizes things dying as much as possible)
The 'must-adds' in my book are Black Market, Nether Traitor, Gift of Immortality and Lifeline though. The rest are food for thought mostly :)
Hope you're having fun, Aristocrats is always hilarious fun to play ^__^
1 week ago
You might have a slight misconception with Garna and showstopper, Garna doesn't put them back on the field, and showstopper doesn't hit opponents directly, only their creatures.
To that end, Twilight's Call, Patriarch's Bidding, and Wake the Dead (don't ask me how I missed them myself) are 3 other amazing sources of mass recursion in black you could use. However, if you're willing to play it out, you could still use Garna and similar "back to hand" style mass recursion by abusing Pawn of Ulamog and Phyrexian Altar (or also see Pitiless Plunderer and Thermopod). Assuming just a basic 7 rats in hand, you can cast the first one, sack it to the altar for black and the eldrazi spawn token that is created at the same time provides the colorless (if needed) to cast the next rat line. Thus dumping every single one from hand back into the yard for (hopefully) massive damage and if nothing else a high storm count (if you wanna abuse that for anything). Bonus round: use the latter two I mentioned to keep casting Squee, the Immortal
As far as Showstopper goes, I think I'll be dropping it myself unless I decide to slot in a Stuffy Doll or something similar. The best use for it is when an opponent tries to decide when you kill your own board state, so you would use it to take out their board as well. Except in commander they are probably doing so via a board wipe of their own so it might be a moot point. Idk. I'll have to do some testing.
Lastly, kudos for finding yet another line of play for Judith. Since your rats will be boosting their own power most of the time, you may not need to use Ogre Battledriver for the power boost or the haste, and may want to play around Anger or slot in another form of evasion for your team.
1 week ago
I was looking into a similar thing, and I think it would work better with a more normal aristocrats build. To do so, I would cut down on legendaries (as Scion_of_Darkness suggested) and add Blood Artist. It's Zulaport Cutthroat, but better! The name Aristocrats comes from Cartel Aristocrat. It's a good sac outlet because it protects itself very well as long as it has stuff to sac. another possible thought is Butcher of Malakir. The 7 CMC is kinda dumb, but it's Dictate of Erebos with a 5/4 flyer body.
Since Athreos, God of Passage and Pawn of Ulamog have somewhat restrictive mana requirements for turn 3, I would add some more dual lands. It doesn't have to be anything expensive like Godless Shrine, but Concealed Courtyard would do wonderfully for under $3 per card.
3 weeks ago
Hey, you're welcome.
Gary is good when you can repeatedly use his ETB ability, but not as a one time play for five mana. Gary needs a combo; being able to repeatedly reanimate him or blink him. You have part of a combo already with a sac outlet, need the last piece to be able to reanimate Gary.
Nim Deathmantle is a card to consider; with it on the battlefield after you sac Gary pay and return him to the battlefield able to use his ETB ability again. As long as you have the sac outlet, Gary and Nim in play at the same time you can do this combo every turn multiple times depending on how much other mana you have. Nim is especially powerful with Ashnod's Altar since you can sac the creature you want to reanimate to make of the that's needed to pay for Nim's ability to reanimate a creature.
Ashnods + Nim + any creature who makes at least one token when it ETB or dies equals infinite reanimation of that creature. With Slimefoot, Tukatongue Thallid is an infinite combo since when Tukatongue dies it makes a Sap. You can repeatedly sac Tukatongue thanks to Ashnods and repeatedly reanimate it with Nim; Slimefoot does the rest. This combo also works with Cutthroat/Artist/Archer.
Pawn of Ulamog is another creature who like Tukatongue makes a token when it dies. However it doesn't make a Sap it makes an 0/1 Eldrazi therefore has less synergy with Slimefoot, but still combos with Cutthroat/Artist/Archer.
1 month ago
I'd toss some of the sorcery speed draw for sac-drawers, like Vampiric Rites and Thallid Soothsayer. if you had more self reanimators I'd run Grim Haruspex also, but since you're focusing on the token theme it's less useful.
if you were running more cheap creatures I'd say Sword of the Animist, but you seem to have gravecrawler as a 1 drop, and then no other bodies until 4-5 range
1 month ago
Yes EsperPanorama, I have considered using Pawn of Ulamog. Currently, I have Pitiless Plunderer in that roll, but you're absolutely right in saying that Pawn doubles up. The original build of the deck was token heavy, and so Pawn didn't trigger nearly as much to make it worth a slot. With the current iteration Pawn would fit much nicer.
Considering I just updated the deck while you were commenting, let me know what you think about removing most of the token generators for the 1-2 cmc self-sacrificing creatures.