Shadowborn Apostle


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander 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.

B, 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

bobanderson on How to mill an opponent on Turn 6 in Commander

1 week ago

Another cool thing about this deck is that the general makes the mill effect repeatable.

I'm going to describe an interaction and talk about turn n, where n is whatever turn you pull off the first combo.

Turn n-1: Extractor Demon and Abhorrent Overlord (including harpies & friends) are on the field, as well as Thrumming Stone and the ridiculous number of Shadowborn Apostles.

Turn n: Sacrifice an Apostle or a Harpy to the Overlord, crack six Apostles to get the Demon of Dark Schemes, kill a few hundred creatures, massive mill.

We got all that already.

Second main phase (still turn n): Cast the General.

Turn n+1: During upkeep, choose Demon of Dark Schemes to sac to Abhorrent Overlord.

During your main phase, exile the General to the command zone and return all Apostles to the field. The Schemer makes them 0/0s, so Extractor sees 60 triggers and mills for another 120.


You'll notice that it takes two turns for this to cycle. However, commander tax increases by two each time the general goes to the zone. You're also guaranteed every land drop, since you have no other cards in your library at this point.

If you're playing a massive game and you need even more mill, you can get more than twice that mill in one more turn, as follows.

Turn n+1: Sac Demon of Dark Schemes to the Overlord, like before. DON'T SAC THE COMMANDER.

Turn n+2: Sac the Overlord to itself, then crack the commander. Return all the Apostles, the Overlord, and the Schemer. They all hit the battlefield at the same time, so you can choose which ETB effect to trigger first. Put the Schemer's ability onto the stack, then the Overlord's. The Overlord sees 60 Apostles (1 devotion each) and 9 more devotion from the demons. This gets you 69 harpies. Then those 69 harpies and the 60 Apostles die from the Schemer's ability, netting you 129 triggers for the Extractor and 258 mill in three turns.

SirFowler on I Need Help with a ...

2 weeks ago

I've been unhappy with my dimir deck that i have in real life for a long time. Milling is just too common nowadays and not fun anymore. So I just wanted to make a fun gimmick that revolves around Sphinx of the Chimes. Weird, right? Well, that's the idea by having Library of Leng and either Shadowborn Apostles or Relentless Rats, preferably the apostles since they're cheaper, not only in mana cost but in price as well.

The way this works is that you discard 2 Shadowborn Apostles from Sphinx of the Chimes's ability to the top of your deck using Library of Leng. You can then draw 4 cards, 2 of which are the apostles, then repeat this process as many times as you like. You then drop Laboratory Maniac and win. Weird, fun, and a bit of a glass cannon.

The problem is, I'm not sure how else I want to construct this deck. Do I have other stuff in case it gets countered? Do I go for a more control style deck? And if so, how many counter spells are too many? (I usually don't play control, so I'm not the best at balance) And if I do go control, does it go against the casual way?

The Search for Happiness

Commander / EDH* SirFowler


If anyone has suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them. The thing is, I'd like to keep the deck under $100, maybe $150 if I already have some of the cards on hand. I don't want to go too overboard on the deck.

xhuggels on The Dumbest Deck You Will Ever See (Primer!!!)

2 weeks ago

I didnt even think about it, but where on earth are you going to find 52 foiled copies of Shadowborn Apostle? Honestly if i even play against a foiled version of this i just concede, cause whoever took the time to collect it deserves the pay-to-win all the time.

Aaerys on Help refining my Athreos Shadowborn ...

1 month ago

Hi all!

I've been working through pulling together a fun deck using the effect of Shadowborn Apostle along with Athreos, God of Passage as my commander.

The deck can be found here:

Athreos, God of the Shadowborn

Commander / EDH* Aaerys


I've gotten some suggestions through comments and other people and I'm having trouble working out which cards would be better in and out of this deck.

Any help or extra suggestions would be much appreciated!! :D

Babe3ruth on Babe3ruth

1 month ago

Lilbrudder My opponents really vary, I have faced a wide variety of decks a deck that got Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker out and combo off around turn 5, a Thrasios, Triton Hero Tymna the Weaver deck that combed off at turn 4, a deck that used Shadowborn Apostle to win around turn 8ish, or occasionally I will face a mill or wheel deck that are both pretty slow along with a variety of others. I have never faced a stacks based deck at my local shop or an FNM.

t3hdarkness on Meren's Demonic Apocalypse (Burn the Jund!!)

1 month ago

I just realized Shadowborn Apostle is a cleric. Try out a Rotlung Reanimator for some extra redundancy on top of Xathrid Necromancer

Midwest on Razaketh's Radical Razavoir

2 months ago

Cool deck! I play a more casual version of Mono-Black Storm based around Shadowborn Apostle and Thrumming Stone. Razaketh, the Foulblooded is in the 99 (to be tutored for with Apostles) and Sidisi, Undead Vizier is the Commander instead.

Any consideration here for Mana Crypt and Mana Vault?

mlequesne on Cant touch this (invincible combo)

2 months ago

Hi bro, I like your deck but I don't get the 50 Shadowborn Apostle's, if you dont have any demons, there are two that comes to my mind right now: Rune-Scarred Demon and Razaketh, the Foulblooded. With any of these you can come a step closer to your combo. =)

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