Smothering Abomination

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Rare

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Smothering Abomination

Creature — Eldrazi

Devoid (This card has no color.)

Flying

At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.

Whenever you sacrifice a creature, draw a card.

Smothering Abomination Discussion

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

4 days ago

Serkus

Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin is a good aggro threat. I don't think he's substantially different in function than a card like Grave Titan or something similar.

he creates his own +1 counter and gives us some free sacrifice fodder and both of those are good things, but ultimately he's just a (resilient) aggro threat. at CMC3 i think he's definitely worthwhile in that role too. for me, I'm not looking for that type of card at the moment, but he is on my radar for sure.

I'm pretty happy with using evasive creatures like Thief of Sanity , Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip, Smothering Abomination , Wurmcoil Engine , Drana, Liberator of Malakir , etc... as aggro threats at the moment.

I'd say krenko is a good choice in that role and would recommend giving him a try if you need that.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

2 weeks ago

Serkus I haven't gone through the rounds fully testing Fleshwrither , Smothering Abomination , and Spark Double yet. They were all added at the same time shortly after WAR dropped, so it just hasn't been long enough for me to say yet. so far things are going well though.

I plan to test the new Yawgmoth, Thran Physician as well, assuming he is not $$$$. my guess would be that I'd drop something like Smothering Abomination or Impaler Shrike as they're also 4 drops that act as card draw. i'm leaning on shrike at the moment, but time will tell.

I think yawgmoth is a good fit. he gives a sac outlet and card draw, along with possibly some removal (I wouldn't count on it though). i'm hoping to pick one up in the near future if i can.

HalbrechtHalbrecht on Black Plague

1 month ago

Hey there! Sorry for the delay. I looked through a ton of black cards, and then have done a bit of playtesting myself. Below is the list I have been refining towards all night.

I agree with your assessment of Bloodline Keeper — awesome card! but not as good in this deck.

In my playtests, I found that I actually didn't need very much card draw. The Priest gave me a little, which was enough. So I completely removed Mask of Memory for more synergistic effects.

This list generally "goes off" turn 6 - 8 and wins straight away.



Decklist

Creature (16)

4x Blood Artist
3x Geralf's Messenger
4x Priest of Forgotten Gods
3x Qarsi Sadist
2x Undercity Informer

Enchantment (11)

4x Bitterblossom
4x Bloodchief Ascension
3x Grave Pact

Sorcery (9)

4x Beseech the Queen
4x Collective Brutality
1x Torment of Hailfire

Land (24)

24x Swamp

Maybeboard

Ruthless Ripper
Syphon Life
Smothering Abomination



Card analysis

Torment of Hailfire is an amazing finisher if you have lots of mana but are stalled out otherwise. You don't want more than 1x of it, especially since you can tutor for it if need be.

Collective Brutality proved to be one of the best additions to the deck. Early on, you can activate its third mode to help get Ascension counters. Once Ascension is activated, then its discard mode gets the Ascension trigger. It also can kill a creature, triggering all of your death synergy. It's just so flexible!

I cut Grave Pact down to 3 copies, just because it has a higher CMC and you really don't need more than 1 in play (maybe 2 if going against a deck that "goes wide"). Considering you have 4 tutors, this means you basically have 7 copies of it, so you're nearly guaranteed to be able to get it.

I like the addition of Undercity Informer , but he has no stacking effect and doesn't have to tap, so having more than one in play isn't helpful. He also feels like a mid- to late-game play, when you have the extra mana and creatures to sac them all and finish off an opponent.

Geralf's Messenger did some major work in this deck. Absolutely loved getting him. I considered even upping him to 4x. I'm not as in love with Qarsi Sadist , but I was also never disappointed to draw him, as the Exploit sac outlet provided another means to put a counter on Ascension, as well as trigger any Artists or Grave Pacts I may have in play.


Maybeboard thoughts

I was looking at Ruthless Ripper because I think it's very important to get Ascension online as quickly as possible, which means being able to make the opponent lose 2+ life during his turn, not just during yours. Currently, the only instant-speed option is Priest of Forgotten Gods (or an Undercity Informer if you have a Geralf's Messenger with no counter on it or 2+ Artists out). The Ripper provides another instant-speed option that doesn't rely on having another card out. But other than that, there's not any other synergy with the deck. I haven't playtested it, though.

I was considering Syphon Life just for its Retrace ability, which can help in mana flood situations, late game if things are stalling, etc. I haven't playtested it, but again, other than its repeatability (which gives you card advantage), it doesn't do multiple things like Collective Brutality or Qarsi Sadist does.

I would try out a 1x of Smothering Abomination just to give the deck reach if the game goes long. I like the idea of card draw that doesn't drain you life. Since many of your creature deaths will be due to sacrifice, it's almost as effective as Dark Prophecy . And while it costs 1 mana more, it also gives you another creature. Even its downside of forced sacrifice isn't that bad, since you can turn it off at any time by sac-ing itself to its own ability.

saint5one on Meren, building process

1 month ago

hey HashMasta, i am not running that many big things as i kind of want the deck to combo out fast and just win the game then and there - but in the future when ppl dont wanna play against it anymore it could be fun to just make it huge good stuff :D I can see why Smothering Abomination can be strong, and it is definitely high on the maybe board! with endless one its bassicly just casting it for 0 and then for 0 out of your graveyard any rounds right? or am i missing something :)

HashMasta on Meren, building process

1 month ago

no Grave Pact ;-;

and if you want some more budget stuff... Smothering Abomination is a really underrated card imo.

Plaguemaw Beast might also be a good choice since it will basically double meren counters (then again not many of your creatures are tremendously high cmc)

might also look into some of the eldrazis that are cheap but strong as hell like Bane of Bala Ged , Pathrazer of Ulamog Decimator of the Provinces Artisan of Kozilek . and then of course if you get the money would also go for the actual eldrazi titans themselves.

you could use Endless One as a real jank way to up experience but ill let you be the judge on that one

Abzkaban on Don't Default on your Payments to Orzhova.

1 month ago

Okay! I was finally able to take a look at your deck. I have some suggestions that I would add, but first it would help to have a better understanding of what you want from the deck. I assume you're not against infinite combos since you've included Darkest Hour , but are you going for a traditional Aristocrats theme? Do you want to win as fast as possible or are you trying to go a more stax route?

I notice you have Reveillark , but I don't see Karmic Guide . I highly recommend you pair them together for an infinite sac loop but also to be able to get everything out of your graveyard with power 2 or less.

Nim Deathmantle is another that works great with Teysa. It can even go infinite with Ashnod's Altar and your commander if you sacrifice the creature you get from Teysa first so you have 4 to pay to the mantle.

Ogre Slumlord is excellent for providing sac fodder. He gets ridiculous pretty fast.

I would add Zulaport Cutthroat or the new Cruel Celebrant in addition to your Blood Artist to have additional means of draining your opponents. You could also go big with Kokusho, the Evening Star if you want to throw him into a recurring sac loop.

You've got Reassembling Skeleton which is great, but I'd also add Nether Traitor . He's so easy to abuse especially with Phyrexian Altar .

Smothering Abomination is great for card advantage, and if you can find room for him, you probably won't regret it. Dark Prophecy is probably the best in terms of card draw and would recommend you find room for it. I might also replace Burnished Hart with Solemn Simulacrum . He'll draw you cards and ramp you. Plus you can recur him to use him again.

Speaking of graveyard recursion, Phyrexian Reclamation is one of the best in terms of getting single creatures back to sac again especially if they're cheap to cast. Athreos, God of Passage is amazing for recursion as well. You might also try Trading Post for recurring your artifacts which can be essential to your strategies.

Martyr's Bond is great, but no Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos ? I'd run at least one of those in addition to Martyr.

In line with some stax play, Yosei, the Morning Star is an all-star (ha...) especially if you can bring him back and sac him again (say with Nim Deathmantle ).

As for more cards in your Maybeboard, Sun Titan is an excellent choice if you want to include him. Bojuka Bog is always handy when you're going against other graveyard decks, and Reliquary Tower is good to have on hand when you end up drawing half your deck, which can realistically happen if you run Darkest Hour . I would definitely keep Blasting Station but I'd probably cut Loxodon Warhammer and Felidar Sovereign . The way Teysa runs, they aren't the most useful cards in her arsenal. I've found Felidar just becomes the primary target when he comes out anyway.

Anyway...just a few thoughts. Like I said it would be helpful to know the direction you want to take the deck. Otherwise I'm just spitballing with cards I would personally use to run Teysa.

VampiricTooter on Golgari Guild Kit Commanders?

2 months ago

Merciless Executioner Plaguecrafter etc. Give you a double trigger and you can sacrifice them to their own ability Or sac a token and save them for blocking. Get a Blasting Station to add extra value damage Ashnod's Altar Phyrexian Altar probably a total of 6 to 8 sac outlets. Pitiless Plunderer for more mana. Green ramp spells, Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat Vindictive Vampire Falkenrath Noble to drain and gain life. Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Hell's Caretaker are great sac/recursion. some creatures that etb and give you creatures tokens, such as Sengir Autocrat . Sanguine Bond if you want to further capitalize on the life gain. Torment of Hailfire to kick em while they are down. Smothering Abomination Sifter of Skulls Razaketh, the Foulblooded and that is mostly just the black part of the deck. The nice thing about Golgari is that there are a great deal of synergies between the legendary and dual coloured creatures to a point where a lot of them are playable in each other’s decks and when you sac a creature of both colours you receive both benefits from savra. A life gain sub theme or mass resurrection are both decent approaches. Buried Alive and Entomb are great! Well I’m sure that you probably were aware of most of these cards but hopefully these are useful to you. I will check back later to see who you chose as a commander. Cheers.

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Smothering Abomination occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Black: 0.24%

Golgari: 0.21%

WB (Orzhov): 0.49%