Skullwinder

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) Uncommon
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon

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Skullwinder

Creature — Snake

Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

When Skullwinder enters the battlefield, return target card from your graveyard to your hand, then choose an opponent. That player returns a card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.

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Skullwinder Discussion

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

2 weeks ago

Chansamu:

Glad you love the deck, man! :D As for your flying problem, I can't say that I have one. My meta usually consists of fast combo decks that aim to win around turn 5-6 or heavy control and stax decks. The deck currently has the best possible suite for general creature control without compromising the combo and as an added side bonus Great Oak Guardian can also help if absolutely needed.

Furthermore, there are other precautions you can take, like the Thornweald Archer . You can also use Kraul Harpooner and Emerald Charm . Personally, I don't like the other guys cause they do nothing for the combo at hand.

As for the Hexproof, you have access to Lignify and Song of the Dryads which can be brought out via Genesis Hydra . However, this is only relevant when you're trying to wipe the field with a pesky Hexproof creature and you're trying to end with Shaman of Forgotten Ways .

If damage is that much of an issue you can still make some concessions for something like Spore Frog or Timbermare for killing blows or set up a Turbofrog with Eternal Witness / Skullwinder .

However, if your pod makes you the archenemy because you're playing Yeva Draw-Grow, you might not be in the right arena. This is a deck that should be matched with similarly strong decks that don't rely on damage/voltron-like strategies that can pummel this deck in archenemy-like situations. Though, I promise you this deck will still manage to pull through those situations if played correctly and patiently as is.

I hope this helps!

JuQ on

1 month ago

Deathtouch works wonderfully together with trample (you only need to asign 1 point of damage to the defender and trample the rest), so cards like Overrun would be a nice finisher in the deck. Revenge of the Hunted is a nice alternative/redundancy to Destined / Lead

Frist strike and deathtouch is also a broken combination: Glissa, the Traitor is absolutely badass because he already has the combo on herself and her triggered will help you retrieve some of your important artifacts. Equipments that give you first strike are also a good choice Chariot of Victory , Bladed Pinions , Sword of Vengeance ...

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Pharika, God of Affliction create more deathtouchers. Hapatra may need some help to get through, but Pharika is pretty good on her own, your deck already has a lot of creatures, and it can be used also as graveyard hate if needed.

Acidic Slime , Liliana's Reaver , Gifted Aetherborn , Gonti, Lord of Luxury , Skullwinder , Vengeful Pharaoh and The Gitrog Monster are some other of my favourite deathtouchers.

enigmadox on Help with Meren plz

1 month ago

It looks like your trying to go budget with this list as well as low cmc, and +1/+1 counters. Meren of Clan Nel Toth wants creatures to get those experience counters. As well as sac outlets. id recommend increasing creatures and cutting from mostly instants and some enchantments possibly sorcerys too. Also not entirely sure why your running Black Knight . On that note.

Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Carrion Feeder

Nantuko Husk

all low drop creature sac outlet to make those xp counters while meren is out yahenni can get particularly mean as he gets big from board wipes that he can survive.

Skullclamp card draw.

Ashnod's Altar sac outlet and mana.

Sakura-Tribe Elder is great ramp as if meren see it die she gets a xp counter and if she has 2 she just puts it on the battlefield at end step to ramp even more.

Wood Elves is also a good card to res to ramp ahead. It can even tutor Overgrown Tomb if you have one (they are going for about 7 bucks as of this comment don't know your budget.)

Corpsejack Menace explosive with +1/+1.

Fleshbag Marauder make em sac get a counter.

Plaguecrafter make em sac premium.

Merciless Executioner make em sac more.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest benefit from them sacing.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari benifit from sacing only if you can sac reliably though. i still feel she is worth mentioning.

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord a sac outlet that gets big and can win you the game.

Pir, Imaginative Rascal get more counters.

Managorger Hydra get alot of counters.

Gyre Sage get ramp with +1/+1.

Poison-Tip Archer make em pay with life for all the death.

Skullwinder good for politics.

Pollenbright Druid uber cheap proliferate or +1/+1.

Ravenous Slime make other graveyard deck hate you as your creature get huge.

Reyhan, Last of the Abzan a less potent but cheaper Death's Presence .

Scute Mob adorable and terrifing if left on the field to long.

Tendershoot Dryad if you like tokens.

Vigor he makes everything bigger.

Vulturous Zombie bird that gets big.

Winding Constrictor more counters

Golgari Grave-Troll dredge +1/+1 counter a golgari staple cheaper since the reprint

Skullbriar, the Walking Grave +1/+1 staple

you also might want creatures to bomb into with meren.

Avenger of Zendikar high cmc yes but if hes in the grave with enough xp free plants that get bigger or die for xp.

Hornet Queen same as avenger but deathtouch and flying they dont get bigger but dont really need to.

Underrealm Lich is a great way to filter through your top deck and load your graveyard. combos with the oh so pricey but oh so worth it Sylvan Library the way the replacement effect works with these two out has you drawing three cards keeping one putting two into the yard 3 times for 3 more cards in hand an 6 more in your graveyard for meren to see at endstep. (sorry if unnecessary i love that combo.)

i may have gone a little overboard (and could go on) but i think looking through the creatures i mentioned might be able to give the deck a shot in the arm probably aim for 30-35 creatures as thats what meren wants to abuse. thats just the creatures though and you still might want to look into increasing your ramp and card draw.

i hope this helps.

K1ngMars on Kooopa Meren *Suggestions Appreciated*

3 months ago

Hi, nice deck! By the way, not to be mean or anything, but this seems grabbed straight out from EDHREC, but you can easily fix it up. I enforce the comment from ZendikariWol (he helped me out with They See Me Diggin', They Hatin', my meren deck, sometime ago), in that you need to cut those things which don't really help you winning, but instead make you just "win more". I would consider trying to run more creatures, as you can recycle them any time you need them for their effects. Apart from the cards you already got suggested to add, which I suggest too, I'd also consider:

  • Ashnod's Altar is a really explosive must include card. Free sac outlet.
  • Skullwinder is super strong. can be used oplitically, but more importantly lets you buy back those noncreature cards that happen to have hit your graveyard. Plus, it's a 1/3 deathtouch.
  • Nyx Weaver is the same as the above, but can only be used once. But if it rebuys you the spell that makes you win the game, it suddenly becomes so powerful...
  • Mind Slash is a cool sac outlet, that lets you get rid of those spells you don't like, and slow your opponents down.
  • Avenger of Zendikar as it floods the board and gives you sacrifice targets. It also can pump up those token, but that's far less likely to happen. Still really solid.
  • Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder is a cool token generator if you ahve access to free sacrifice outlets, but it's a bit slow.
  • Harvester of Souls draws lots of cards. The potential of decking yourself is not that much of a problem, considering that you may draw a card, but are not obliged to.
  • From Beyond is a cool little token/mana generator, that can tutor up Smothering Abomination .
  • Izoni, Thousand-Eyed is both a sac outlet, card draw and token generator. Must have.
  • Pathbreaker Ibex and Overwhelming Stampede both make up for very powerful win conditions with all of the aforementioned token generation.
  • Woodfall Primus has recently gone down in price and it's a nice piece of removal that can be used twice if a sac outlet is provided.
  • Primal Druid is a cool dude that can chump-block and will ramp you like crazy if you start chain reanimating it. It's a worse Viridian Emissary , which is again a worse Dave .

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

3 months ago

channelfireball12345: Usually getting it off the field is enough to seal the deal, since the ideal situation is looping it, but there's always Soren841's solution as well.

The only thing I am not a fan of is the reliance on E-Wit once Brutalizer Exarch is out of the deck. Makes me want to find a slot for Skullwinder .

pizzagod13 on Improving a Oops all Creatures ...

3 months ago

Interesting suggestions... well I don’t really need to do double the triggers to kill everyone most of the time.

Despite lifegain being the most popular theme on EDHREC it’s rarely played in my playgroup. And in the case that it is played I just have to focus that player earlier to keep them at a reasonable life total.

I was thinking of cuts so I could add Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Harvester of Souls to the deck.

I think the weakest card that could be cut is Molder Slug but I don’t know what else to cut.

Whiptongue Hydra is an option as it is a nonbo with my flyers. However, there is a Kalia in my play group that it would be pretty good against.

The other option is Skullwinder or Golgari Findbroker since 4 Eternal Witness effects seems like to many and I think they are the worst? But, maybe you can never have too many?

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

4 months ago

CyborgAeon: I wouldn't want Soul of the Harvest or Primordial Sage . That's way too much for something that starts yielding after it's in play. So I have to agree with Soren841 the cost is an issue and E-wit/beast within is already in the deck regardless of direction.

Dango: Your point is exactly why it's still in the deck, but lately the lines of winning are more definitive whereas Exarch is more for more attrition based wins.

This might warrant revisiting Skullwinder , perhaps?

As for Ezuri, Renegade Leader ,slightly enticing but it only really stops Fire Covenant in my meta.

SynergyBuild on Yeva Draw-Grow

4 months ago

I think this list running Vitalize , Ravenous Slime , Scryb Ranger , Grafdigger's Cage , and Shimmer Myr would make it better. Maybe even Skullwinder , or with a different take on the landbase; Early Harvest .

This would let the deck go off at instant speed much easier

Question is what to drop... Skullclamp needs more than 15 creatures that would die with it IMO, and Umbral Mantle may be too slow at sorcery speed. I think it is worse than staff because it doesn't draw cards, but I may be wrong in that assessment. One or the other could get dropped I think. Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip I think is too slow, but I'd need testing on that. Otherwise Blighted Woodland ? It doesn't seem like it belongs.

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Skullwinder occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Green: 0.12%

Golgari: 0.15%