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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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Sifter of Skulls Discussion
5 days ago
Ramp is super important in EDH, but Muldrotha opens up less traditional options that end out being far superior when Muldrotha is in play. Cards like Font of Fertility and Wayfarer's Bauble may be sub-optimal in most decks, but in Muldrotha decks their value increases ten fold. You can use them in the early game for ramp, then use them over and over in the late game for ramp, as they are permanent cards that Muldrotha can cast from your graveyard. Here's a few more that I use in my budget Muldrotha deck: I already mentioned Font of Fertility and Wayfarer's Bauble; Coiling Oracle, Dawntreader Elk, Diligent Farmhand, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Silverglade Pathfinder (most discarded cards can be played from the yard with Muldrotha), and most importantly Hermit Druid and Song of Freyalise. Let me explain why those are the two most important pieces of ramp for Muldrotha. Hermit Druid doesn't ramp per-say, as the basic land only goes to your hand. What it does do for you though is mill the hell out of your library if you keep your basic land count down. This means that when Muldrotha hits the battlefield, you'll essentially have a 20+ card "hand" in your graveyard. Song of Freyalise turns all your little x/1 dudes into mana rampers for two turns, then allows you to attack all out. This means every third turn all your creatures are Indestructable, Vigilance, and Trample; letting you plan around it for some crazy turns.
The same thing can be said for most aspects of the deck. Here are some great removal pieces tied to either creatures, artifacts, or enchantments: Seal of Doom, Seal of Removal, Executioner's Capsule, Bone Shredder, Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, and sort of Baleful Strix (it has deathtouch). Here's some good artifact and enchantment removal: Seal of Primordium, Acidic Slime, Caustic Caterpillar. Here's other various good things that are re-usable from your graveyard: Diplomatic Immunity for keeping your commander safe, Swiftfoot Boots for the same reason. Elephant Grass means you can pay 1 mana per turn to have this effect in play by sac'ing it and playing it again, rather than the escalating cumulative upkeep, Mystic Remora is also great for the same reason. Lotus Petal provides re-usable free ramp. Dawnstrider gives you repeatable fogs. Siren Stormtamer is a repeatable counter to keep your team safe. Spore Frog is one of the core pieces of the deck, letting you fog every turn for 1 mana.
One thing you'll want to do with Muldrotha is make sure your creatures, artifacts, enchantments have somewhat even distribution, so you can play many cards from your graveyard per turn. A lot of these effects are tied to creatures though, so in my Muldrotha deck I like to gain additional benefit from sacrificing these creatures or permanents. Cards like Dictate of Erebos/Butcher of Malakir force all your opponents to sac a creature whenever you lose one. Since you're sac'ing for the creatures effect anyways, you get to double dip a bit. Other cards that help here are: Catacomb Sifter for scrying, Grim Haruspex for draw, It That Betrays for some fun shenanigans, Sifter of Skulls for ramp + more things to sac, Smothering Abomination for more draw and a sac outlet.
If the sacrifice route tickles your fancy, then you probably want to run some sacrifice engines. Here's some good ones for Muldrotha: Altar of Dementia is a free sac engine that fills your yard, perfect here. Skullclamp is both a sacrifice and a draw engine. Lots of creatures that are good with Muldrotha are x/1, so Skullclamp becomes crazy efficient, especially since you can replay the lost creature.Grimgrin, Corpse-Born is another free sac engine that powers himself up and lets you use his removal ability. Hell's Caretaker can sac a tiny creature to return something awesome from your yard when the commander isn't around, or if you dont have the mana to play it from the yard. Izoni, Thousand-Eyed comes into play with lots of sacrifice fodder, and for [b][g] you can sac a creature and draw a card. Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord can use his ability as a win-con, especially when paired with Grimgrin, Corpse-Born.
My absolute favorite card with sacrifice focused Muldrotha decks hands down is Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest. All your x/1 sacrifice fodder turns into a terrifying army with this guy. The best thing about him, is his ability triggers whenever you sacrifice a perminant. That means things like Executioner's Capsule and Seal of Primordium will trigger his ability, and more importantly cards like Terramorphic Expanse, Evolving Wilds, Blighted Woodland and Myriad Landscape. Everything you sac increases the power of your army, and every time you sac something you're getting a ton of value. The Gitrog Monster pairs really well with Mazirek. Sac a land every turn, draw more cards, play more lands, trigger the +1/+1 counters on all your creatures every turn. Tons of synergy.
Anyways, sorry for the wall of text. I just finished doing a ton of research for my Muldrotha deck to make it as good as I could for around $100. Hopefully some of my research will help you in your efforts :)
1 month ago
Bloodghast is the gift from a friend so it is cool. Kathari Bomber has given me some doubts and thr goblin player in my group seems a but biased insisting in me playing it so I appreciate the opinion.
Fleshbag Marauder was my choice because if I sac it with no other creatures on board I have no penalty, but it might be too conditional and will think of replacing it instead.
Finally, Pitiless Plunderer is indeed good for ramp and along Pawn of Ulamog, Sifter of Skulls or Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder can give me huge amounts of mana or even an infinite loop with Reassembling Skeleton. Ogre Slumlord gives me the black tokens but there aren't many red token generators in the Aristocrats department. Goblin Assault or Krenko perhaps
1 month ago
Some Cards To Look At: Pawn of Ulamog , Ogre Slumlord ,Requiem Angel , Pitiless Plunderer , Sifter of Skulls. Also may want to add some more Mana rocks if you're going the spells that make token route. Seems lacking in card draw as well. Just things to think about.
1 month ago
SirFowler: he was in the deck before but his mana cost just made him cuttable. Sifter of Skulls is the same way and he was cut as well. Pawn of Ulamog fills that need pretty well on his own so I don’t run the other two despite liking redundancies in decks like this. However, looking at my list, I think Mind Stone is kind of weak, so I’ll exchange them this weekend and see how that goes. It’s not fast mana and it doesn’t do much else for the deck in terms of fixing so I think that would be an okay exchange.
The life gain is much more relevant than you think. I’m constantly paining for cards, plus Chainer activations, and also I’m considered “that guy” at the table almost 100% of the time, so I get focused on somewhat. I do agree that there could be better things, and every time I look at my list and see him in it, I get pissed off. But on the other hand, every time I’ve played him, he has more than pulled his weight. Pro white puts him above the pack in a lot of games and 4/4 is solid. I just have a hard time thinking about that sometimes because it’s a fairly shitty card overall and I hate that it’s one of the better life gain creatures out there.
1 month ago
Oh? Then if you want to make it a life deck, I'd encourage you to take a look at Karlov of the Pings. It's a life gain deck of mine, has a lot of great stuff. However it should be noted that to truly break Krav's ability there should be some token producers too.
Benevolent Offering can win you some friends on the table. Brimaz, King of Oreskos is a powerhouse. Captain's Claws can be equipped to Regna. Cenn's Enlistment can get rid of garbage lands. Doomed Traveler is a generally great card. Entreat the Angels is awesome. Ghoulcaller Gisa is oddly both a sac outlet AND token producer. Hero of Bladehold is a legend. Hidden Stockpile is honestly pretty good. Hoofprints of the Stag and Krav work great together. Hunted Witness is a slightly worse Doomed Traveler, Icatian Crier is a great way to pitch lands. Legion's Landing Flip is a nice one-drop and a permanent source in the late game. Leonin Warleader is nice. Lingering Souls is a classic. Militia's Pride, along with all these other cards, makes me wonder if attack-based tokens is a viable modern strategy. Mobilization is great if the game gets stagnant. Monastery Mentor is soooo good. Necromancer's Covenant is insane against aristocrats. Ogre Slumlord is a great rattlesnake and honestly the freaking best. Ophiomancer isn't quite as good, but still nice. Patrol Signaler- again with the attackers! Pawn of Ulamog could also be a great mana source, in the same vein as Sifter of Skulls. Promise of Bunrei seems really good. Quest for the Gravelord is a good thicc boi. Raise the Alarm is actually pretty underrated. Regal Bloodlord is great here. Sacred Mesa is great, and very repeatable. Smothering Abomination would be devastating here. Sengir Autocrat is 4 sac targets. Skirsdag High Priest can make some thicc bois. Sorin, Lord of Innistrad and Sorin, Grim Nemesis are both perfect for this deck. Twilight Drover is also freaking amazing. Wingmate Roc is, once again, practically designed to be played here!
1 month ago
1 month ago
Hi! I think this deck could really use a Sifter of Skulls in that you have some sacrifice outlets. Also Dictate of Erebos or its expensive cousin Grave Pact could benefit a ton not only to the creatures sacrificed to Razaketh, for example, but also the tokens from the Sifter! Finally, the stone nuts situation would be to have It That Betrays on the field and get everything that gets sacrificed! :D
Anyway, those are my suggestions. In general I like a lot the list, have fun brewing! :D
1 month ago
If there are others I've missed or you have other thoughts for the deck I'd like to hear about it. Thanks.