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Savra, Queen of the Golgari
Legendary Creature — Elf Shaman
Whenever you sacrifice a black creature, you may pay 2 life. If you do, each other player sacrifices a creature.
Whenever you sacrifice a green creature, you may gain 2 life.
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Savra, Queen of the Golgari Discussion
2 weeks ago
hi, really nice list imo, will use it as inspiration for a deck i will probably build in the future.
depending on how many grave pact effects you want you might want to consider Savra, Queen of the Golgari.
also i'd probably run Hissing Quagmire over the guildgate.
2 weeks ago
If this were my deck and I needed to make cuts from the list I would trim the following:
Oashra Cultivator seems a little slow but does have the advantage of being something your opponents will likely leave alone.
Champion of Stray Souls expensive and was a bit clunky when I used it. Would need haste for it to be worth it.
Deadbridge Chant the 'at random' part seems unreliable in a deck where your graveyard will be pretty big. YMMV.
Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is another card I tried hard to make work but it really needs trample to be useful. I'd sub in Geier Reach Sanitarium here though so this isn't really bringing the deck down to size.
Nyx Weaver just not a fan personally, it does fill the task of priming the graveyard.
Jarad's Orders good card and I use it in my Meren deck but since it only ends up putting one card into the yard maybe it doesn't make the cut here. It does draw you a creature too but I'm working on the assumption you're trying to turbo as many creatures into the yard as possible so this doesn't do enough on that front.
You may want to consider Command Beacon so you can cut down on the cost of recurring Izoni [though that might give you reason to keep the Excavator, etc]
Hopefully this might help you in making some decisions on what to cut.
4 weeks ago
Hey! I have some criticisms, and of course a deck to link below. For now I'll focus on cuts, but if you'd like I could also talk about cards to potentially add.
Before we move on to specific cards, there's an overarching problem I'd like to address; the mana curve. You have next-to-no one drops, and you have SO many four+ mana plays! Try to get your curve down a touch.
Butcher of Malakir, while good, is seven mana. You only really need one Dictate of Erebos effect on the field, and if you're running this right, then you should absolutely be drawing enough cards to get to it quickly even if you only have two (DoE itself and Savra, Queen of the Golgari).
Ghoulcaller Gisa is fine, but only if you have plenty of high-power creatures. Your deck is only reanimating one creature per turn (which I'll talk about more if we get into inclusions) and it can be EITHER a large creature OR a utility creature, most of the time.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury is nice, but as I have learned, 1) it's not really worth the cost if you also have to cast the card you choose, and 2) something about having their spells stolen really rubs people the wrong way. It tends to draw hate.
Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is 1) going to die very quickly, and 2) not going to do a ton anyway. Do you wanna sac your creatures? If so then those counters are going to be strictly temporary and not enough to do a whoke ton.
Midnight Reaper, if all goes well, will kill you. You will be sacrificing enough creatures that it will drain you out of the game. If all goes well, anyway.
Mycoloth doesn't make it to your upkeep. Not only that, but once you drop something like that, people perceive you as a threat for the rest of the game.
Pathbreaker Ibex is a great card, but it isn't going to do anything when you have like five creatures on the battlefield. Those five creatures, even with the boost, are still gonna be smaller than all your opponents'.
Rune-Scarred Demon? There are better tutors at much less mana.
Skullbriar, the Walking Grave is terrible in this deck. You have no way to put counters on it! Yeah, combat I guess, but that's not very effective. You'd be better served by Reassembling Skeleton, I think.
Viridian Zealot's mana cost is really clunky and its ability is not that great. There are just better creatures who do the same thing.
How many creatures are you attacking with per turn that makes Eldrazi Monument good??
Golgari Charm is not that great here.
Greater Good is usually just discarding cards and drawing one or two cards.
1 month ago
I also think Savra, Queen of the Golgari works as commander. Might test it out as well.
1 month ago
So this deck doesn't have almost any really bad cards, but it does have quite a few suboptimal ones. Imma try to explain which and
Butcher of Malakir is almost always worse than Savra, Queen of the Golgari and than Dictate of Erebos. Both of them are much cheaper (mana-wise) and therefore can deal more damage before the opponents gather momentum.
Filth is really just not the best here. Not terrible, but this isn't a beatdown deck. Many of your dudes are always gonna have summoning sickness and the others are gonna just be too smol to deal any real damage.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury is a card that I love and have playtested a lot, but in the 4-mana slot, there are many better things. It's a good card, just not that good.
When you don't want your creatures to be sticking around, +1 counters aren't really a good plan. That makes Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest suboptimal.
Mycoloth never makes it to your upkeep. Trust me.
Priest of the Blood Rite is fine, but there are better payoffs out there for five mana.
Vulturous Zombie is only for opponents' graveyards.
So yeah. That's it. If you want me to propose some cards to include I will, but for now I'll assume one very lengthy comment is enough. Have a nice day, and happy brewing!
1 month ago
So I commented on this deck over 6 months ago and now I saw it on the feed so... Imma do it again. And Imma be more specific this time. Let's start with cuts.
Bane of Progress is not great. If all goes well you'll absolutely be hitting your own enchantments and artifacts.
Gray Merchant of Asphodel is not anything exceptional in this brew. Yeah his ETB is really strong but it draws a ton of hate and you don't seem to have many ways of subverting or withstanding that hate.
Greenwarden of Murasa is really mana-costly. 6 mana for an eternal witness effect? Pass.
It That Betrays is really bad. Better when you can reanimate it, but still unless your opponents are running aristocrats or you're forcing them to sac things (and yeah I know It does that but that's not enough), really bad. Oh yeah, and that thing I said with Gray Merchant about drawing hate? That.
Lord of Extinction's lack of trample makes him pretty meh.
Massacre Wurm is pretty meta-dependent. If your buddy runs weenies he's decent but if not...
Mycoloth is great, but the 5-mana slot is competitive.
Pathbreaker Ibex honestly doesn't seem that great. Most he's giving your guys is +5 unless you find Lord of Extinction.
Terastodon is really cool and all, but it does have one huge drawback... You can EITHER repeat the etb OR have it as a beater. And for 8 mana, repeating the etb is not enough.
Greater Good is great when you have larger creatures than this deck does. As it is it's just gonna make you discard a bunch of cards, probably.
Torment of Hailfire gives your opponents something you don't want them having: choice. They'll just sac a bunch of useless crap or discard lands. Without steps to limit their options, it's not a great card.
So I looked at your maybeboard and holy crap dude, you need to put some of those in. Night Incarnate, Whisper, Blood Liturgist, Savra, Queen of the Golgari, Craterhoof Behemoth, I'm actually adding the first two to my brew now. Thanks for the ideas, sorry for stealing them.
Now Imma give you some card suggestions.
You forgot Fleshbag Marauder when you got the rest of the edict gang!
Thragtusk is pretty underrated in aristocrats.
As is Treasure Keeper, but that's less good in your deck since you have a really high mana curve.
Vindictive Lich gives you options!
Wall of Blossoms is good protection and a draw!
Hell's Caretaker is reanimation and a sac outlet.
Phyrexian Delver is also good reanimation.
Attrition is excellent removal.
Perilous Forays is an awesome card for this deck, I love it.
Quagmire Druid isn't the greatest ever, but it's enchantment removal.
Sadistic Hypnotist can play the long game, run opponents out of resources.
Thoughtpicker Witch can screw combo.
Vraska, Golgari Queen is an epic sac outlet and the ult is perfect for this deck.
Entomb is legendary.
Grim Flayer is great card advantage.
Fauna Shaman is like Entomb but better maybe?
Underrealm Lich is good card advantage.
Thank you for coming to my ted talk.
2 months ago
As for Ravenous Chupacabra, it is too slow and Spore Frog is generally un-needed as my deck is setup to establish fast locks even before creature combat becomes relevant. Why stop combat damage if you remove their creatures or even prevent their creatures from ever being casted?
Solemn Simulacrum and Viridian Emissary count as bad ramp. They are all too slow. Run full set of 1 cmc dorks instead for the most efficient mana ramp. There's a reason why I also did not even consider Sakura-Tribe Elder.
Your other suggestions are also over-costed effects: Thoughtpicker Witch would be good if it did not have a 1 colorless activation cost. Sadistic Hypnotist belongs as a combo piece in Nath of the Gilt-Leaf. For discard you generally want them to be cheap and recurring, like Bottomless Pit, Burglar Rat, Liliana of the Veil or Oppression. Mindslicer is an exception because the effect is extremely powerful.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari is over-costed and slow. The life component is generally irrelevant and for the sacrificial component, it is way faster and more efficient to tutor or chain into the Edict brothers through Birthing Pod, Fauna Shaman or Survival of the Fittest and then recurring through Meren.
To make Meren competitive, any card that costs more than 3 CMC has to either cripple your opponent decks by cripping their important pieces or be part of your win conditions. Stax pieces are very important to stop combo decks from steamrolling over you.
2 months ago
Needs more Fleshbag Marauder, Ravenous Chupacabra, Solemn Simulacrum, Spore Frog, Viridian Emissary, Viscera Seer, maybe Thoughtpicker Witch and Sadistic Hypnotist, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, and DEFINITELY Savra, Queen of the Golgari.