Pestilent Kathari

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom 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
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Conflux (CON) Common

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Pestilent Kathari

Creature — Bird Warrior

lying

Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.)

{{2,R}}: Pestilent Kathari gains first strike until end of turn.

Pestilent Kathari Discussion

TheMadRocketeer on GhastBlast

9 months ago

It's a nice concept, but IMHO you need to drop some of the nasties in favor of more early drops. You don't need so many nasties, as by the time you can cast them, you'll have had several turns to find them. This is a good article on the subject of mana curves. - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/beyond-basics/how-build-mana-curve-2017-05-18 - It goes beyond the usual advice to cover not just costs but when you'll actually be wanting to cast each item. Even after reducing your big mana cost cards, you'll need a lot more ramp. Avoid the trap of just stuffing in great bombs you want to put on the battlefield. In a given game, you won't see most of your deck anyway.

As to actual cards, I like Vampire Nighthawk a lot. It's like Gifted Aetherborn 's big brother. Great value.
Cards like Typhoid Rats and Pestilent Kathari can plug up the battlefield a bit while you work on getting out a finisher or two.

mbnixon88 on Noble Countermath Menace

2 years ago

Those are all solid suggestions. Oran-Rief Survivalist with Bojuka Brigand is a great idea! I'll try those in place of Ainok Guide and Pestilent Kathari for a start, and I'll look at possibilities for your other suggestions too. Thank you!

TheVectornaut on B/U Royal Assassin Control

2 years ago

From what I understand, most competitive control lists want win conditions that fall into the category of "inevitability". Such conditions will inevitably close out a long game because of their inherent resilience. Pearl Lake Ancient and AEtherling are two such cards. Demon of Death's Gate, by comparison, could easily die to an errant kill spell if your pool of counterspells runs dry. At the very least, I'd add more copies and/or related alternatives to insure a win condition will stick. On that note, Lightning Greaves will often be too slow since it must be equipped at sorcery speed.

Most control decks support those win conditions with a wide range of counters and other removal spells. Creature count is usually low, but I'll make some suggestions regardless. Vampire Nighthawk and Gifted Aetherborn could be replacements for Black Knight and Pestilent Kathari. They provide the threat of deathtouch, and the lifegain is a nice boon in the control game. If you're set on using Royal Assassin as removal, I've had some fun synergizing him with Minister of Impediments. If you are into the demon theme, Desecration Demon, Bloodgift Demon, and Ob Nixilis Reignited are some other beaters. Playing a wider variety of threats could also make Diabolic Tutor stronger.

In no particular order, some control spells in U/B are Killing Wave, Hero's Downfall, Dissolve, Mana Leak, Summary Dismissal, Disallow, Black Sun's Zenith, Cryptic Command, Victim of Night, Remand, Thoughtseize, and Echoing Truth. Some alternative win conditions are Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, Liliana, the Last Hope, and good old Elixir of Immortality.

ShishkyBob on

3 years ago

-1 Liliana's Reaver - nice creature, but didn't do much politicking aside from being a deathtouchy beatstick

+1 Fumiko the Lowblood - forces your opponents to attack each turn if able, which directly futhers your goal of making your opponents kill each other

-1 Pestilent Kathari - I liked the flying deathtouch with potential first strike, but, like the Reaver, it didn't do much politicking

+1 Maddening Imp - much more political--forcing an opponent to attack or lose creatures. Best of all, if it's down to just you and one other player, and you have several Ghostly Prison effects out such that they can't pay enough to attack with all their creatures, it can effectively act as a one-sided board wipe.

Dustypinkcat on The Burning Death Touch!

3 years ago

Thank you, I love the Graveblade Marauder and will be ordering them. The Ornithopter are for sacrificing, I did have some deathtouch spells to give them deathtouch but had to chop them. You are right on target with the Pestilent Kathari. I will be revising this deck for some time yet. Thanks for taking time to help. I wish you good things.

BioProfDude on The Burning Death Touch!

3 years ago

Graveblade Marauder is a very, very good deathtouch creature that could easily make its way into a Modern deck. It looks like it could fit well into your deck. You also seem to have a lack of fliers, with Ornithopter being your only flier. There are a lot of deathtouch fliers that could be useful (e.g., Fetid Imp, Malakir Familiar, and Pestilent Kathari looks like a fabulous addition to your deck with a possibility of deathtouch AND first strike!!).

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