Retribution of the Ancients

Retribution of the Ancients


, Remove X +1/+1 counters from among creatures you control: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn.

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Retribution of the Ancients occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Retribution of the Ancients Discussion

wallisface on

6 months ago

You've got waay too many strategies going on here to ever pull one off well.

1) You have stuff like Corpsejack Menace and Retribution of the Ancients but the only card that actually benefits from it is Mycoloth , so seems waaay too niche (sure, there's undying, but typically they don't benefit from having 1 extra counter, and Death's Presence doesn't really care whether you're putting down 5 counters or 10... it's "win-more")

2) You have Second Harvest , but again only Mycoloth benefits from this at all.

3) You have Vampiric Rites but I don't see how you gain a whole lot from sacing your creatures other than Blood Artist , and if you're sacing Mycoloth fungus tokens, you're probably already winning and being greedy.

So, what I would recommend:

1) Make sure each of your cards can interact positively with a large percentage of the other cards in your deck

2) Don't go overboard with high-casting-costing cards. You probably don't want more than 8 cards that cost 4cmc or over.

3) Decide if you want to go down the route of lots of tokens, or +1/+1 bulky creatures. It seems like your deck focus's around getting out Mycoloth , but without any fetch spells, you need to have backup plans and be able to do things without him. In either case, pick one plan and ditch the cards that don't do that plan. So

  • Either lots of stuff that makes tokens and then things that can buff them as a whole.
  • Or more things that generate +1/+1 counters and ways to make them bigger ( Winding Constrictor ). In this scenario you probably don't bother with Mycoloth .
  • Or ways to benefit from sacrificing stuff, and lots of ways to recur stuff.

4) Canopy Cover is a bad card because it's mana cost makes it hard to play on the same turn you play the creature you want to protect, and even if you do, people can always respond (and will do). I've come to think it's an unplayable card. However, the Vines of Vastwood is much better as it provides hexproof to respond to the killspell. If you have more of them, use em!

PookandPie on I Ghave Up My Creatures Budget

6 months ago

Since this is a budget list, I'll list some budget recommendations. Cool? Cool, let's do this

Corpse Knight should be in. He's half of Zulaport Cutthroat but for half the work- you put the tokens in, they just lose life, no need to sacrifice anything (so you can maintain a board state while being doubly threatening). This is one of my favorite new cards so I'd recommend you add this in on either of your lists. It's half the cost of Poison Tip Archer, for example, so that could be a straight upgrade for this slot.

Generous Patron is very, very good. 1 mana = 1 card draw by sacrificing a creature token is huge.

Retribution of the Ancients is better than Phyrexian Swarmlord.

Geralf's Messenger makes an infinite combo with Ashnod's Altar and Ghave that kills all of your opponents. Any Undying creature + Ashnod's Altar + Ghave = Infinite creatures at minimum, so I'd recommend Butcher Ghoul , Young Wolf , and Geralf's Messenger . They're overtly good counters sources assuming you have a sac outlet (1 mana = 1 token is good), but go infinite at the drop of a hat. That's better than Verdant Force, Avenger of Zendikar, and Vindictive Lich, as it forwards your gameplan faster.

You don't need Mana Geode. Sakura-Tribe Elder is one mana cheaper and grabs any basic, so I'd recommend that.

No Cathars' Crusade seems odd. It goes infinite with Devoted Druid and Ghave, but it also gives counters everywhere and makes you threatening even when not in an infinite combo.

That's all I've got for now. Hope this helps!

Snowmen1 on Bioterrorist Dissemination

7 months ago

This is very similar to a deck I worked on with someone else It is a very cool deck and I never thought of running hapatra, seems sweet as a controlling draw combo. Just those 2 cards together make me excited about this deck again, partly because this interraction doesnt use the graveyard. Although this deck is very super sweet, in testing with the deck I made, there needs to be a different approach or better undying creatures printed for the deck to be really good. I strongly suggest you play Retribution of the Ancients , I have a full explanation of why on my deck description. also with undying creatures, it is nice to upgrade them and just swing in, so I recommend some combination of Viscera Seer and Carrion Feeder . those in conjunction with retribution let you machine gun creatures down. also I noticed you dont have Strangleroot Geist , Id replace your Butcher Ghoul with them. Anyways, cool deck! +1

KibaAlpha on Little Rey of Ishine (Reyhan/Ishai 2.74 cmc)

7 months ago


Read the card to quickly. LoL. Have opted to try it out myself.

These might be meta specific but Aven Mindcensor and these next two synergize well together for creature removal Bloodcrazed Hoplite and Retribution of the Ancients provided your opponents use +1/+1 counters.

skookes on Retribution Rock

7 months ago

Sunday Modern 3-1

1-2 Burn

2-0 Infect

2-0 Merfolk

2-1 Mono-red Pheonix

The loss came down to a top deck against Burn in the first match. In the Infect matchup i won through a mistake (forgot Carrion Feeder could not block). Merfolk was able to land a Retribution of the Ancients first game then landed a turn 2 Choke and won through mana flood. Final game steamrolled by Arclight pheonix, game 2 opponent stuck on one land tempo'd him out, game 3 landed turn 0 Leyline of the Void which tipped the balance in my favor.

skookes on GB Undying

7 months ago

4-0 with the deck. Strong outing with wins over 2-0 Grixis Ninjas, 2-1 Eldrazi Tron, 2-0 Elves, and finally 2-0 Infect.
I took out a Peatland and am running an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . In the matches i felt like the Peatland were a bit too painful sometimes and Urborg can help with that, and there are times you want as much black mana you can get for Retribution of the Ancients . Pretty exciting this deck is for real

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