Shadowborn Apostle


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2014 (M14) Common

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Shadowborn Apostle

Creature — Human Cleric

A deck can have any number of cards named Shadowborn Apostle.

, Sacrifice six creatures named Shadowborn Apostle: Search your library for a Demon creature card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Shadowborn Apostle Discussion

DrkNinja on Rule #2: The Double Tap v2.0

5 days ago

@cdkime I'm not a fan of Graf Harvest, I get why it's good I just don't like it it's value in the deck is lackluster especially when I can give most of my creatures swampwalk.

Victimize is good... I'll probably add that I just have to find room, and my creature count is running low at this point.

Unbreathing Horde... That makes me moist... jk. Really though that card looks dope I will be adding that for sure.

@WanderingSpirit Bro trust me if all the other decks at my table weren't tribal I'd do it... but I play against a Scion of the Ur-Dragon reanimator deck and this would shaft me so hard.

As far as that bonkers combo, not in this deck. Quad black is a lot to ask in a 3 color deck but... That combo 1000% will go in my wife's demon deck!

@TearsInRain23 So I put Carion Feeder in, and cut M19 Lili for Death's Majesty. M19 Lili just didn't do what I wanted it to the last few times I've played it. Last Hope actually over preformed for me so I'm going to keep her. Razaketh is also just too powerful and is in a few of my other decks... My play group hates it... I tutor up a turn 3/4 win in my Teysa, Orzhov Scion Shadowborn Apostle deck.

ZendikariWol on God of Demons

1 week ago

This feels like a diet Athreos' Apostles deck. It somehow manages to be 500$ but has a pretty high mana curve and not enough rocks. It's got a lot of flavor, I'll give you that, but the power's just not there. Not only that, but if people are consistently destroying your demons or you don't draw into Liliana's Contract or worse yet someone destroys that, what happens then? You go on the beatdown plan with some kinda-powerful fliers?

I suggest you get some tutors for the contact, about 40 Shadowborn Apostles, and Athreos, God of Passage. Throw in more removal using the newly-acquired white cards, get some graveyard recursion (preferably mass recursion bc your opponent will probably pay the 3 life a lot).

Or you could go blue/black and go control w/ the apostles, go tribal and throw in Arcane Adaptation as a more or less instant win.

Shit, there are a lot of creature tutors in green. Better yet, dredge is really good card advantage! You could run a delirium/recursion/grave shenanigans build in golgari. You could run a super fun, bizarre Meren of Clan Nel Toth brew.

In red you could try Grusilda, Monster Masher if your friends are all right with some unstable mechanics.

What I'm saying is that you could open up a lot more possibilities if you moved out of mono-black. Sorry if any of this sounded harsh, your deck is really exciting and I love Lili's Contract as a win con. Happy brewing!

Squiggy686the2nd on UB Turn 3 Emrakul (4 real)

3 weeks ago

Nice idea, I have thought of shadow born apostle plus surgical, but never thought of any way to abuse it, clever thinking, I would recommend two things: One, Serum Powder, it is a very good card when you are reliant on having certain cards or combinations of cards in ur hand- it really doesn't see enough modern play! Secondly Griselbrand seems very good as a two of in ur deck, the reason is twofold. It is a good backup plan in most matchups when you don't hit emrakul, secondly you can fetch it up with Shadowborn Apostle if you don't have the isle. Other than thad sweet deck +1!

M_Malcom on UB Turn 3 Emrakul (4 real)

1 month ago

Correct me if I’m wrong but wouldn’t Arcane Adaptation allow you to turn Emrakul into a demon and sacrifice your Shadowborn Apostle to fetch her out of you deck.

Lame_Duck on UB Turn 3 Emrakul (4 real)

1 month ago

Serum Powder would allow you to mulligan and still discard to hand-size turn 1 and I'd probably replace the Shadowborn Apostles with Rat Colonys because, as unlikely as it is that you'll win with Rat beatdown, it's still way more likely than winning with Apostle beatdown.

Funkydiscogod on Could this work? (UB Turn ...

1 month ago

In my opinion, this deck would be improved by trading speed for consistency. We can disagree, but I believe a control shell would give a more consistent kill.

Your deck is looking to Surgical Extraction a Shadowborn Apostle from your graveyard once you have the Shelldock Isle with a game-ending threat underneath it.

I like your combo because it doesn't get blown out like Polymorph when they cast it targeting a token. But, it can be interrupted by most graveyard hate in Modern, like Nihil Spellbomb(which doesn't stop Extirpate) and Rest in Peace(which does). If the opponent is lucky enough to draw their sideboard Pithing Needle, you'll also have a difficult time. I suggest Selective Memory as the alternative because it doesn't share the same weakness to removal the other strategies do, mostly because it can pack removal and doesn't target or use the graveyard.

Control decks can far more reliably set up Little Miss in the top 4 cards for Shelldock Isle with Serum Visions and the Wallet Sculptor(if you can afford him). If control decks can make enough mana to swing with a Celestial Colonnade, they could cast Selective Memory and threaten both Remand to protect it or a game won if the opponent doesn't respond.

It's not like 4 mana is unreasonable in modern: Cryptic Command comes to mind as proof control decks easily make it happen. In fact, you could run up to 26 non-fetching land with a control strategy, since you know you want to have 4 land for the Selective Memory, and 1 Island and 1 Shelldock Isle when you combo.

Maybe I missed the point, and the deck concept wasn't to try to cast Emrakul, the Aeons Torn from under a Shelldock Isle, but to cast it as inconsistently as possible by turn 3.

Funkydiscogod on Could this work? (UB Turn ...

1 month ago

I bet you could turn that into an actual deck if you replace the Shadowborn Apostles and Surgical Extraction combo with Selective Memory, and other more competitive cards.

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