Skaab Ruinator


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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.FlyingYou may cast Skaab Ruinator from your graveyard.

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Skaab Ruinator Discussion

Gody322 on Mono Blue Self Mill (Budget, about $25)

1 month ago

I have thought about Eternal Scourge before the problem with it is it is hard to play a lot cards that need to be exiled from the graveyard. I found that Misthollow Griffin works better since it cost 4 and both Stitched Drake and Skaab Ruinator cost 3, letting you curve out with them.

If your interested in Eternal Scourge I was thinking of a deck that uses Selective Memory to exile Misthollow Griffin and Eternal Scourge, almost letting you draw 8 cards, but I found the deck was too inconsistent. If you are interested in Eternal Scourge it would work in a deck like that.

Thanks for the suggestion Zehk :), but I don't think Eternal Scourge works to well in this deck.

EXOSURE on $50 Mindshrieker + Ula Cycling Aggro — Magic Aids

2 months ago

Hi Kukitan, tes, there are a lot of ways to go with non-budget upgrades! The big one is Tasigur, the Golden Fang over Gurmag Angler/Skaab Ruinator. Aside from the ability, the reduced cost is a bigger deal than it might look. One copy of Training Grounds is another super cool option that makes Mindshrieker that much more deadly and also comboes with Tasigur. Finally, fetchlands greatly improve the effectiveness of your Delve cards, and I'd run maybe a copy or two of Halimar Depths to help make your Ula triggers more consistently.

Toxicnerve on Blue/White/Black Control

2 months ago

I like it. I know it was created 6 years ago, based off of what this says, but I really like the concept. The combination of board wipes and graveyard creatures is beautiful. The only thing is it may struggle with other control decks. Another concept you could look into for sideboard maybe is the synergy between Skaab Ruinator and Eternal Scourge. I know when this deck was constructed the eldrazi were not a thing yet, I believe, but the synergy is undeniable. The only problem is getting 3 at a time. You could use some tutor spells (lots in black) to find the creatures you want and go to town with another 1 or 2 Skaab Ruinator. You would probably have to use Forbidden Alchemy to get them into the graveyard if you wanted to hold onto the board wipe for a better moment. I feel like Dictate of Erebos would be great for this deck too. And on the newer side, Torment of Scarabs for some constant pressure. I don't know if you'll see this or if you even want to play this anymore but those would be my suggestions to either you, or anyone who also sees the beauty in this deck. I still can't get over how well the graveyard creatures work together with the board wipe and just overall. Nice job. :)

Xica on [Community Discussion]: Modern Chat

2 months ago

Scavenging Ooze is not a threat.
(compared to other beasts that inhabit modern, like Tarmogoyf, Death's Shadow, Primeval Titan, Reality Smasher... etc. those are game winning threats, not frikkin Goblin Guide that can get +1/+1 counters, if you pay , and have dead creatures in graves)

Yes you can play it and play removal on the same 3rd turn, but it will stay the same puny little 2/2.
And then what?
Paying its cost 2x to grow it to be a 4/4 is not so great when it will still be murdered by Fatal Push, and it will still have its ass handed to it by the Hollow One casted for the sky high cost of

Of course if you build a deck that ramps and puts a lot of creatures into the grave it can become big (and do so reliably and at reasonable speed).
But that's the same territory as building a deck for Skaab Ruinator, and ain't no spike got time for dat!

Icbrgr on Oh No! My Deck is Ruin(ator)ed!

2 months ago

well spending on T3 without having the ability to cast Skaab Ruinator at the time still leaves mana open to cast a 1 drop like Hedron Crab or Dream Twist all while working toward the primary win condition (bringing the opponents life total to zero) and drawing a card and most likely discarding a creature card for casting fuel... and gaining another 3/2 body on the field.... as long as your able to get at least one combat damage with him i say its worth it.

Xica on Oh No! My Deck is Ruin(ator)ed!

2 months ago

as i learned with Vampire Cutthroat skulk on a 1/1 is basically unblockable.
Most deck don't run creatures with 1 power.
And even the ones that do, only run 4x, like burn with Monastery Swiftspear, or mono white death&taxes with Thraben Inspector

The only question about the creature is spending on turn 3, and the fact that it dies to removal (but that can be said about everything else).
Still considering that for , you get to draw, play a 3/2 colorless creature, and put a body in the grave for Skaab Ruinator i would say it's probably worth running.

IlGuale on The best cards not worth ...

3 months ago

Kefnet the Mindful. I have always known that it is nearly umplayable, but since i found a Kefnet's Invocation at AKH prerelease i tried to build around it. The only decent deck based on the ibis god i found (not mine) is Kefnet the Modernful.

Reading your discussion about Skaab Ruinator i came up with the idea of it being a possible finisher/must answer threat in a Hatebirds build. The reasons are simple: the main colour of Hatebirds is blue as for the Skaab, so you don't have to splash; the Skaab flies and is fairly cheap (if you can afford the graveyard clause) and; Hatebears play Smuggler's Copter, which can loot creatures to fuel the Skaab; the whole point of Hatebirds is to play cheap, Flying creatures which can pressure your opponent from the skies and sacrifice themselves to counter your opponent's spells. Now, this is just an idea and i don't know if that deck can dump enough creatures in the GY consistently, but i still wanted to help.

Icbrgr on Oh No! My Deck is Ruin(ator)ed!

3 months ago

@Xica yup self mill with Skaab Ruinator is far from perfect/bullet proof. However for budget purposes and the fact that I own this decklist in paper its fairly solid. Laboratory Maniac is a gamble but that is the price to pay when playing self mill. It's a main board answer to Rest in Peace as well as for milling yourself out before Skaab Ruinator could take the game (usually by T8)... Worst case scenario he is just casting fuel... And that's why I strongly urge you to avoid noncreature spells... Every time I tried something cheeky like Increasing Confusion or Psychic Spiral or other typical spells I end up just wishing it was milling me/enabled me to cast Skaab Ruinator... This list is all in to CONSISTENTLY cast and recast him between T3-T5.

However if you don't go all in with self mill then yeah there are more options available to you to make the deck playstyle more versatile.... Like using Aether Vial/Collected Company and such.

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