Sifter of Skulls


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

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

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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

McMayhem on An Air of Aristocracy

3 weeks ago

MattN7498, I find Reassembling Skeleton was my best piece, and my Entomb tutor of choice, because especially as the game goes later, it becomes more and more resilient against graveyard hate. Eldrazi tokens from Pawn of Ulamog or Sifter of Skulls make for great on-command creatures to sacrifice to enable Bontu at instant-speed.

Last Laugh is one of those weird cards that absolutely ends games when you're ahead but is an odd boardwipe even when behind that usually still gets you a good amount of value. Very, very strong with Nether Traitor as well!

No Mercy is one of those baseline "It's good, so I run it" cards. Not much to say on it, it's serviceable and people usually avoid prison cards.

MagicBlake on Lie, Steal, Cheat, and SURVIVE!

1 month ago


Love your deck (+1)!!! I swapped a few cards I was running with some of yours, I am going to try out Vindictive Lich and Filigree Familiar, but Death Cloud is a stroke of genius!!! I was running Jokulhaups and that was mostly successful.

I have a couple of recommendations for you as well, I think you should swap your Sifter of Skulls for Pawn of Ulamog. Pawn is cheaper, makes makes a spawn if it dies, and it's a vampire which matters sometimes (Patron of the Vein and Metallic Mimic.

Also, I would swap Wurmcoil Engine with Kokusho, the Evening Star. It has flying and when it dies it usually nets you 15 life and dishes out 15 damage (5 for each opponent). With a graft creature (see below) you are able to dish out 20 damage/round and heal 80 life.

My meta must be different than yours as well because I have a really hard time with enchantments and you seem to be running light on enchantment "answers" like All Is Dust.

My last and most important recommendation is creatures with the keyword "graft" e.g. Vigean Graftmage (which I see you are running but I run them all). Here is why, if you control a graft creature and another creature comes into play under your control (by casting it or by Marchesa's ability) you can put a +1 counter on the creature as soon as it hits the battlefield, no dethrone required. If you control your commander and a sac outlet as well, you can sac the creature and trigger it's enter the battlefield or death trigger on each of your opponents turns as well as your own (~4x/turn). just dont forget to sac your graft creature while it still has one +1 counter and when they all return to the battlefield stack the triggers so the Graft creature enters the battlefield first so it can redistribute the +1 counters.

Please come check out my Marchesa deck as well. Marchesa, Death & Betrayal

shmadum on JLK's Shadowborn Apostle l Game Knights #18

3 months ago

Also I'd personally swap Indulgent Tormentor for Overseer of the Damned but thats just me. Oh and Sifter of Skulls gives you some really good sac fodder, it isnt really in flavor tho so meh

Shinwizzles on Whisper, Blood Liturgist EDH: To Make an Omelette

4 months ago

SynergyBuild, thanks for the thoughtful recommendations! There's no denying that the Triskelion and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed combo is useful, and would fit nicely into this deck, but I already have it in another one of my more competitive decks. I wanted this one to be pretty casual for the most part, which is also why I avoided putting too many tutoring cards in there.

As for the 0-drops such as Memnite, Shield Sphere, Ornithopter, etc.: I'd rather focus on creatures that can generate tokens like Abhorrent Overlord, Sifter of Skulls, and Sengir Autocrat for the sac bait. Since CMC isn't an issue for Whisper, Blood Liturgist's ability, there'd be no point to include the 0-drops that would only be worth a single sacrifice, and not necessarily be worth bringing back with Whisper, Blood Liturgist to sacrifice again.

I do think that most of the cards you suggested be cut still have pretty valid reasons to be present in the deck. Most of those cards are either for spot removal Malicious Affliction, control Grave Pact, ETB/upon death triggers Kokusho, the Evening Star, discard effects Call the Bloodline, or token generation Noosegraf Mob. I mean, sure, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger doesn't really fit in the deck, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to potentially cheat out an Eldrazi titan on like, turn 4.

I could probably drop Ancient Craving for one of the more efficient cards like Night's Whisper though. I really like Corpse Connoisseur too. Diabolic Intent fits the theme of the deck, so I might swap that in for one of the other tutoring cards. Withering Boon seems pretty great too. Counterspells in black are hilarious, and often unexpected. Toxic Deluge could very well end up replacing Damnation, because you're right, it is pretty good. Just not sure if paying that much life is always worth the effect.

Thanks again for all the great suggestions! I've definitely still got some work to do on this deck.

Trompi on Get MaziREKT

4 months ago

I am building a Mazirek with very similiar budget and target power-level as yours. Therefore, your deck is a great help! +1!
PS: I've noticed that you're running Sifter of Skulls, yet Pawn of Ulamog is missing even though he is almost strictly better.

ZendikariWol on Who Needs $150+ Decks???

4 months ago

Gotta respect a fellow budget brewer, especially when they work with a lot of the same material. Take a look: Okay, the Whole Death Thing? Minor Setback. NOW, some tips for your brew:

Does Sifter of Skulls do enough? It rarely seems like it does for me. And instead of your current ramp package, try Borderland Ranger or Primal Druid or Viridian Emissary, maybe all of them. Definitely Perilous Forays is a good plan.

Gutter Grime gets huge, Lifecrafter's Bestiary is SOOO much value, Zulaport Cutthroat is a strictly better Blood Artist. Treasure Keeper is fantastic. Thragtusk is good, and finally, Sepulchral Primordial, a pretty legendary finisher.

elgosu1337 on Garna Creature Eggs!

5 months ago

Pitiless Plunderer, Pawn of Ulamog, and Sifter of Skulls are other great ways to get mana from sacrificing creatures.

Warstorm Surge, Pandemonium, and Stalking Vengeance also burn your opponents while you sneak creatures in or make zombies. Since Garna gives haste, Furystoke Giant, Nettle Drone, Lightning-Rig Crew, Goblin Fireslinger, Goblin Sharpshooter, and Cinder Pyromancer can also deal damage. Myr can also tap for mana before being sacrificed.

Razaketh, the Foulblooded is good for finding other combo pieces.

I have a tentative list you can check out.

Garna the Sneakflame

Commander / EDH* elgosu1337


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