Spawning Pit


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

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Set Rarity
Darksteel (DST) Uncommon

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Spawning Pit


Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit.

(1), Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.

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Spawning Pit Discussion

nmiller on Esper Solemnity Combo

3 weeks ago

Interesting ideas! I like Zur because he can get what I need into play reliably, but Idyllic Tutor seems amazing. Spawning Pit does seem a lot better, so I will definitely add some. Thanks!

mahdik on Mushroom Hunting: Slimefoot, the Stowaway

1 month ago

Is it me or there's actually no reliable and (more importantly) easy way to go infinite mana? Sure Necrotic Ooze shenanigans, and there's a bunch of crazy mana enabler don't get me wrong, but with all the tutor you have you can easily integrate easy and cheap combo in your deck (Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth to name a few) as plan B. A cute Swords to Plowshares and you're down for some turns in other cases. You should diversifies your combos.

I suggest Umbral Mantle; on ANY of your heavy mana producer is an infinite combo (works with Priest of Titania, Arbor Elf, or even Necrotic Ooze in some extend). That's mostly if you stay with the enchanted land plan (which I wouldn't do but we're all different player, do what you like).

If money isn't your problem (I don't think it is), you should also consider Doubling Season, or even Parallel Lives, or moreover Primal Vigor if you don't mind helping others. They are just crazy unabler for token decks. Any of these with Ashnod's Altar (I'll talk about that card in a minute) is infinite mana with your commander in play; don't need Necrotic Ooze, don't need Devoted Druid, just an easy infinite combo that wins the game.

But the important part; play some sac outlet. Relaying on others board wipes is just dangerous (relaying on others at all is). I know the deck has A LOT of tutors and way to get your combo out; Protean Hulk and Razaketh, the Foulblooded are crazy tutor target/combo unabler, but a Path to Exile can kill the deck if you can't protect them .Spawning Pit, Viscera Seer, Ashnod's Altar will work (the 2 last ones are my favorite). Protects your saprolings against mass-bounce/exile/flicker which would make them disappear without killing them (Evacuation and Cyclonic Rift will kill your combo). You can also kill your board in response to a Decree of Pain or even a Living Death for max value. I can't say it too much, you NEED sac outlet for your combo, it's necessary.

And just because I love this card: Conspiracy. It changes the creature type of all your board to saproling (in your case); gives a lot of reach to your deck. But it might be underwhelming. Arcane Adaptation is all around way better, but ya know... blue.

There's some card that just wouldn't make the cut if I was you. Dark Confidant, Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast and Abrupt Decay are just underwhelming in commander IMO. Cabal Therapy and Collective Brutality (unless you intend to target yourself as a way to discard prematurely for a surprise win) are just REALLY underwhelming. Target discard in commander is no legacy.

All the cards I proposed don't go out there way off of your play style, so I hope you take it greatly :D

I_TappedWrong on the dire sneak a pod

1 month ago

bem77 Viscera Seer would be good but i already have Scroll Rack Sensei's Divining Top and Sylvan Library plus Liliana Vess and Haunted Crossroads are all better at top decking then Viscera Seer and dont cause me to sac a creature im already wanting to sac.

Ogre Slumlord would help against board wipes but i think if i wanted that effect id rather go with Spawning Pit because it works well with the amount of tokens im trying to generate with the deck.

Funkydiscogod on Steal and Sacrifice

1 month ago

I'm not sure how many things I can recommend that will make the gimmick easier, but I can recommend things to make it more absurd.

Back in Alara/Zendikar standard, I ran a Jund-colored control and sacrifice deck that used Ooze Garden. I would take their creatures, and sacrifice them to keep their power on the battlefield under my control. I also ran cards like Zektar Shrine Expedition to make a 7/1, and I'd attack, and sac it to make an untapped 7/7 ooze. This strategy can be almost modern fast with fetchlands.

Jinxed Idol was my sideboard choice for control matchups, since they couldn't stop Khalni Garden from passing it back to them, and they cared far more about their creatures then I cared about mine (if any stuck). This might work in modern, since Death's Shadow decks thrive on dealing damage to themselves, you could hold/pass the Idol as needed.

I would say Culling Dais and Spawning Pit are the best sacrifice outlets that let you control an opponent's critter when you cast Mark of Mutiny on turn 3. Also, Wrangle hits a fair number of modern creatures.

Shinwizzles on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

2 months ago

LeeRoy_Jenkiins, I particularly like Altar of Dementia because it thins out my opponents' decks while also potentially depriving them of valuable cards. I don't think I'd ever use Spawning Pit's second ability to make creatures. Having to pay one mana, as well as having to remove two charge counters seems like it might be a little more difficult to get up and running than simply sacrificing a creature to mill an opponent a few cards.

I've been waffling over Sepulchral Primordial for a while now. I'm not too crazy about the mana cost, but I certainly do like that he hits each opponent's yard. I think you make a good point about including him if I keep Altar of Dementia in the deck.

Thanks for the suggestions!

LeeRoy_Jenkiins on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

2 months ago

You could switch Spawning Pit for Altar of Dementia. Pit has the same CMC, sacs a creature for free and in my opinion pit has a better ability than than altar.

I think that you don't actually gain anything from altar milling an opponent. You don't run any reanimation from the graveyard or anything else to benefit from it.

If you keep altar I would recommend Sepulchral Primordial. This card can be repeated value using marchesa's ability and primordial has some evasion stapled on it.

Shinwizzles on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

2 months ago

LeeRoy_Jenkiins, your mention of Souldrinker reminded me that I do have Unspeakable Symbol in the deck, which has been an absolute all-star. I like Souldrinker, but I don't like that he only puts the counter on himself. I'll consider finding a spot in the deck for him if I make some cuts.

I like Spawning Pit, but I'm on the fence. I'd never use the creature generation ability, meaning it'd only be a 2-mana sac outlet. While that in and of itself might not be too bad, I'm not sure if I want a card that I'd only use half of in the deck, especially when there are so many 2-mana or less sac outlets out there (Goblin Bombardment, Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder, Skullclamp, Greater Gargadon, Bloodthrone Vampire, Dark Privilege, Dross Hopper, etc).

I think you've got a good point about boardwipes too. I should find some more to put in the deck. Been thinking about Damnation and, as you'd suggested previously, Toxic Deluge.

Thanks for the suggestions!

LeeRoy_Jenkiins on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

2 months ago

Sadly, I don't think there are any other similar cards. :( Unless you want to pay 1 B to filter Mana.

I have a budget version of the deck that is full of creatures that enter with counters or easily obtain counters, sac outlets and paying life. Most of these abilities do not cost any Mana and allow me to respond whenever I want.

One weird card that has preformed quite well is Souldrinker. It provides itself with protection while paying life. Spawning Pit is an underated sac out let that can create you tokens.

Also I think board wipes are quite good in these decks because Marchesa's ability easily allows you to kill all of your opponents creatures while you lose next to nothing.

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