Sifter of Skulls

Sifter of Skulls

Creature — Eldrazi

Devoid (This card has no color.)

Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, put a 1/1 colorless Eldrazi Scion creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add to your mana pool." ( represents colorless mana.)

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Set Rarity
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Rare
Promo Set (000) None

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Legality

Format Legality
2019-10-04 Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pioneer Legal
Noble Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Legacy Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Hero Legal
Leviathan Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Frontier Legal

Sifter of Skulls occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.15%

WB (Orzhov): 0.47%

Sifter of Skulls Discussion

Buffstu on Garna Combo

1 month ago
This deck is not going to be the fastest out the gate lets get that clear right away and nor is it going to be drawing nervous glances around the table early on as you turn your vast army sideways, but what Basic this can do is put some ever so slight pressure on someone who has decided to play creature-less or is just playing mana dorks as this deck does run a few token creators and can get some beats in on an unprepared opponent...But lets be real most of the time early game we are gonna try and get into a stable mid game, try and not look like the weakest or the strongest at the table and start setting up some of engine pieces and mana to begin looping for value. This means finding sac outlets, mana reducers, mana rocks and draw cards are gonna be part of this phase of the game.
Now once we have enough mana and/or mana reducers to play something from our hand and Garna with a sac out let we are in business next stop value town, we play the card from hand and Sac it then play Garna, responding to Garna's ETB by sac'ing her while her ability is on the stack, then Garna's ETB will resolve and put back to hand both the first card you played from hand ( and any other cards that hit your graveyard this turn) and Garna and that is a basic loop ( What I will refer to as Looping). So now the question is what is the point of all of this Looping?

Here is were I will explain what we can do with the basic loop premise to gain value: Is the creature we are casting from hand a token generator? like Weaponcraft Enthusiast or Goblin Instigator or even Doomed Dissenter if we can keep looping these cards then we will end up with more and more tokens to play with.

Is the creature we are Looping creating mana via treasures or Eldrazi Scions? Dire Fleet Hoarder,Wily Goblin,Carrier Thrall then everytime we loop we are building a stockpile of mana for our future turns.

How about more cards? Dusk Legion Zealot,Phyrexian Rager

But we can get more than just value from the creature we are sac'ing oh much much more, how about value from the sac outlet it self? Viscera Seer Start scrying through your deck for your combo pieces ThermopodAshnod's Altar Help you generate more mana for more cards to be cast from hand for multiple card loops Carrion Feeder Keep adding +1/+1's to make a threat that needs to be dealt with before it spirals out of control Spawning Pit why not add more tokens to this to create a potential army of 2/2's that can snap into existence at instant speed? Greater Gargadon How about ticking down a clock to a 9/7 coming to smash your enemies into small digestible pieces?

You think we are done with what value we can get from Looping? not even close, what about other effects that occur when they see cards getting sac'd for greater good of value? Zulaport Cutthroat,Falkenrath Noble,Syr Konrad, the Grim This will start putting pressure on opponent's life totals whenever you sac a creature, or cast in the case of Bontu's and special mention to Syr Konrad as he also does damage when they go back to hand from your yard...oooh that value.

You want card draw? we got it,now its not as clean as blue draw and it does have a distinct smell of decomposing flesh but hey we will take it. Smothering AbominationGrim HaruspexMidnight Reaper even Hazoret's Monument as you do cast in a loop and remember all discard cards will be put back to hand via Garna's ETB.

Mana? Sifter of Skulls,Pitiless Plunderer we got you covered

You might be wondering with all this value being gained from sac'ing creatures what could we do to sac more of our own creatures per turn? I like your thinking and that's why we have multiple creatures that replace themselves mana wise. Cards like Priest of Gixor Priest of Urabrask or Cathodion even Overeager Apprentice and Bog Witch ( remember we will get the discarded card back via Garna's ETB) the fact that Garna gives haste also allows Basal Thrull and Generator Servant to be able to activate their abilities the turn they come down as long as you do it when Garna is in play and therefore you are probably doing it in response to her ETB as your about to sac her to get her to go to your hand.

What all this mana positive and mana neutral creature casts lets us do is frankly more of the same, play multiple creatures a turn to make multiple treasures or make multiple tokens or scry multiple times it all depends on the set up you have at the board at the time but the more creatures to sac the more effects, the more the merrier the bigger the better.

So its gotten to the later stages of the game, hopefully we find our selves in value town but how do we actually win? Well this deck has a few options for you to choose depending on what cards end up in your hand.
DeathrenderThis is the Big daddy of the combo's we have, so big in fact that Hoarding Dragon is here mainly just to get this card in our hand and to be honest so is Dimir House Guard. The combo starts like this: Deathrender on the field and attached to any creature, a sac outlet and enough mana to cast Garna we start by sac'ing the creature attached to Deathrender and then we put another creature from our hand onto it, repeat until all creatures are out of hand, then sac the last creature and flash in Garna in response to the deathrender trigger on the stack, and then respond to this by sac'ing Garna, now Garna's ability will be on the stack and resolve and get back every card that hit your graveyard this turn, including herself. Now resolve the Deathrenders ability and well now you have a full hand of creatures ready to be sac'ed so pick one of them to be attached and begin the deathrender sac fest all over again and this is an infinite loop since you can keep getting Garna's ETB from deathrender. An important thing to note is that when getting Garna to the battlefield via the Deathrender ability is to make sure there is allays at least one other creature in hand when you put Garna to the battlefeild, since the way the ability's will stack is that the deathrender ability will pull something out ( that being Garna in this case) then that will trigger any ETB's and we will respond to that by sac’ing Garna, this will trigger the deathrender trigger and this will occur BEFORE we can refill our hand with Garna's ETB, so we just need one creature in hand to be pulled onto Deathrender and then everything will go back to hand and we can keep sac'ing and looping infinity.

We now have an infinite loop going and this deck can use this in multiple ways to end the game. Refer to the infinite loops section to see all the options

You have seen the best now lets get on to the rest, another combo that has far more hoops for the same payoff. It begins with Zombie Infestation in play and at least 4 creature cards in hand, with a Pitiless Plunderer in play, and just a smidge of mana reduction in play, actually you need at least 3 total mana cost reduction for specifically Garna, oh and a sac outlet, got all that? good then lets gooo So now we discard all 4 creatures with zombie infestation, creating 2 zombie tokens, don't get too attached as we immediately sack them via our sac outlet and create a black and a red mana via Pitiless Plunderer now with a black and a red mana and our mana cost reducerd Garna is free to cast! so we play her and sac her as her ETB is on the stack and get all 4 creatures that we discarded and Garna back to hand to begin the Loop again.
So we have found yourself in an infinite loop via the methods above^^ how do we win?

Do we have Zulaport Cutthroat,Falkenrath Noble,Syr Konrad, the Grim any of these with an infinite loop will end the game

Do we instead haveDesecrated Tomb or any creature that creates tokens as part of our loop? make sure to end the loop with several millions tokens created and stop the loop with Garna in play, all your tokens now have haste.... Good game? This can also be done is a few other more janky ways using Spawning Pit and either Ashnod's AltarPitiless PlundererSifter of SkullsBlood PetCarrier Thrall and clever use sage of sac'ing for counters and then sac'ing for mana ( or just allays sac'ing for counters if Plunderer or Sifter are in play).

ilovemydoghisnameistuna on <PRIMER> Shirei, Guiding the Dead </PRIMER>

2 months ago

I really want to put in some ways to make sure my creatures have 1 or 0 power when they die (I currently have 6 creatures that don't fit Shirei's requirement -- Crypt Ghast, Grim Haruspex, Midnight Reaper, Pawn of Ulamog, Phyrexian Plaguelord, and Sifter of Skulls). I was thinking at first that I should do -1/-1 effects like Phyrexian Plaguelord, but there aren't really enough that make the cut beyond that one. After that I found Sorceress Queen, which seemed promising, but again, there aren't very many effects like her. Any suggestions?

IQuarent on Meren of Clan Nel Toth - Bring out your Dead!

3 months ago

No problem! Ogre Slumlord and Sifter of Skulls also do similar things to Pawn of Ulamog if one of those seems like a more attractive option or you want to run multiples of the effect, although in my opinion Pawn is the best of the three.

Georgeplucky on golgari mindfuck

3 months ago

Red_X I made some changes inspired by your comment, I think I may be missing something as it still takes until about turn 8 to reliably win on one turn and it's with less damage. to defend some of my original List however, Risen Reef because it is an enter the battlefield effect combos nicely with Journey to Eternity  Flip or Supernatural Stamina and being able to play the land directly seemed to bring more benefit than Elvish Visionary and the splash generally had no downsides. Blisterpod and Risen Reef would often allow me to play Liliana, Dreadhorde General on turn 4 or 5. I do greatly agree with Blood Artist, Bloodthrone Vampire, and Immortal Servitude. I'm working on bringing the deck from a more casual speed to a competitive modern speed, and would love to be reliably going wide with tokens by turn 4 in order to rogues passage Bloodthrone Vampire for lethal on turn 5. I also have an attachment to Parallel Lives but it does often slow me down, do you know of a card with similar effects (maybe Sifter of Skulls) but is actually cheaper and legal in modern?

king-saproling on Merciless Mayhem

5 months ago

Looks great! Personally I would make these swaps:

xSKINCOLLECTORx on The Nightman Cometh

6 months ago

How are you getting the infinite mana for the reassembling skeleton and phyrexian altar? I have to have a Pawn of Ulamog or Sifter of Skulls or Pitiless Plunderer or Desecrated Tomb in addition to the altar and the skeleton

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