Skaab Ruinator


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Innistrad (ISD) Mythic Rare

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Skaab Ruinator

Creature — Zombie Horror

As an additional cost to cast Skaab Ruinator, exile 3 creature cards from your graveyard. Flying You may cast Skaab Ruinator from your graveyard.

Skaab Ruinator Discussion

MoonHollow124 on My first modern deck. Improvements?

1 month ago

Lightning Bolt is just strictly better than Wizard's Lightning , so you should be at a 4/3 split or maybe even 4/4 if you are trying to go aggro. Skaab Ruinator is not that good because you have no way to get creatures in your graveyard. To slow things down, remove some aggro creatures and put in Kess, Dissident Mage , and to speed things up, try to lean into wizards with Soul-Scar Mage and Adeliz, the Cinder Wind . If you want to be midrange, Young Pyromancer could be good, as well as Fatal Push , or my favorite budget alternative Tragic Slip as removal. Serum Visions can help set up delver to flip earlier if you are all in delver. Remand can disrupt your opponent's tempo while cantripping on your side. I hope these can help you with your deck, and happy brewing!

Darth_Savage on Ode to Hogaak

1 month ago

The "problem" with Nemesis of Mortals is that it lacks evasion and if I was using a card which cared about creatures in the graveyard it would probably be Skaab Ruinator and I'd go back to 3 colours. By all means test it, but I suspect it will just be chump blocked and that it isn't really better than Gurmag Angler Tasigur, the Golden Fang or Hooting Mandrills which don't care about card type...

Darth_Savage on zombievine

1 month ago

With Faithless Looting (alongside Hogaak) banned, a Golgari shell might well be the best way to approach graveyard decks. However as someone who played Hogaak and before that Hollow One (with the Vengevines) in modern I'd say your missing a payoff creature. The problem with Vengevine is it dies and is exiled to Anger of the Gods which is a pretty common sweeper. You really want one of the bigger delve beaters here; Tombstalker Hooting Mandrills Gurmag Angler Necropolis Fiend Tasigur, the Golden Fang Become Immense or with perhaps a little work Soulflayer

My plan has been to try Tombstalker, I'm not sure it's good enough and unlike Hogaak can't be recurred, the other option that might work in a Vengevine shell, if you want the blue splash is Skaab Ruinator which is both a zombie and a horror, which might still be relevant... The deck list I'm working on is Ode to Hogaak if you fancy a look.

ClockworkSwordfish on Lazav - the Multif**kwhatsthat?

5 months ago

I don't really have much experience with Lazav, but I think a neat trick to have on hand would be the capability to turn him into creatures who are very cheap for their size but have drawbacks when they come into play. Myr Superion , Skaab Ruinator , Hunted Horror , Eater of Days and Phyrexian Dreadnought all lose their drawbacks if you stick them in the 'yard and have Lazav turn into one. Likewise, it might also be worthwhile to find room for Buried Alive so you can line up three options for Lazav.

Ghenni on Golgari Graveyad

7 months ago

Hey DevisTheWayfarer I'm still not settled with Skaab Ruinator . I removed it once (and this deck became BG), but honestly, there were times when I wished I could just cast from the graveyard, so I put him back. Sure, it exiles 3 creatures, but the only creature I have that can come back to my hand is Stinkweed Imp , so I'd cast Skaab when I find myself in a difficult situation in the game. It's a 3-drop for a 5/6 flying, so I think it's a good trade-off.

Necrotic Wound is great, but it doesn't cause any mill. If your deck has more Dredge creatures, I think that is a great option. Because mine doesn't, I'm relying on Drown in Filth for more self-mill abilities.

Wanna share your deck so we can discuss some ideas? :)

DevisTheWayfarer on Golgari Graveyad

7 months ago

Hi I'm building a similar deck, but I'm having several doubts. Isn't it better Necrotic Wound than Drown in Filth ? Furthermore, don't you think that Skaab Ruinator could be dangerous for your strategy?

Klein_Horus on Sultai Ruinator - Overflowing Grave

8 months ago

I have a deck similar to yours Skaab Collector

Like others said having Skaab Ruinator with Splinterfright and Boneyard Wurm seems to me more like a disadvantage.

I would suggest adding Eternal Scourge because it can be cast from exile and maybe Fauna Shaman to tutor for the creatures you need. That way you can discard Eternal Scourge or no longer needed Satyr Wayfinder . If there is no graveyard hate you can even discard Skaab Ruinator to search for other creatures like Sidisi.

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