Tormod's Crypt

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon
Magic 2015 (M15) Uncommon
Magic 2013 (M13) Uncommon
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Chronicles (CHR) Common
The Dark (DRK) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Tormod's Crypt

Artifact

, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

Tormod's Crypt Discussion

Squirrelbacon on Enchanted Spirits

1 week ago

I have a friend that runs a budget-y version of spirits, and let me tell you Remand is super important to his strategy. However, he is not running a Tallowisp package either which eats up some slots...

A good budget card for this strategy is Ojutai's Command . It's pretty flexible and says draw a card and can work as an ALTERNATIVE to Cryptic Command if you want to. I don't know that that's necessary either though.

As for some sideboard options, graveyard hate should be a number one priority right now with dredge and Arclight Phoenix being silly. Rest in Peace is probably the best card for your list, however, Relic of Progenitus and Tormod's Crypt would also work (Relic > Tormod's). A great creature for this list in the sideboard is Remorseful Cleric as it can serve as a creature or as graveyard hate, so maybe consider this as well.

Some counter magic in the side is also great, namely Negate to beat up on any and all non creature spells as well as Spell Snare to just stop 2-drops ( Snapcaster Mage , Manamorphose and any of storms Rituals or Dorks to name a few). Other great options against storm (and storm type decks, looking at you Phoenix type of decks) can be Thalia, Guardian of Thraben , Render Silent and even Silence to stall out a turn.

For your sideboard right now, I'd for sure recommend putting in...

2x Relic of Progenitus

2x Remorseful Cleric

2x Spell Snare

1x Negate

and then removing...

2x Spell Pierce

2x Mana Leak

1x Lavinia, Azorius Renegade

2x Nebelgast Herald

patrickd117 on Feather, the Reedemed

1 week ago

This deck seems sweet! Looking through the list, I'm much more convinced that the aggro side works!

I don't like: Hero of Oxid Ridge (this card just seems bad) Tormod's Crypt , (there are better graveyard removal options) Journey to Nowhere and Oblivion Ring (these always get removed in my experience) Borrowed Hostility (I think I want my pump spells to either draw a card or be stronger than this)

I'd test: Mirrorwing Dragon Pyromancer's Goggles Primal Amulet  Flip (this saves you a lot of mana on the 2+ cmc spells) Zada, Hedron Grinder (synergizes really well) Shelter (draw seems incredibly important for feather) Weathered Wayfarer (staple for boros imo) Crimson Wisps (better than accelerate) Chandra's Ignition Fight with Fire Boros Charm is probably just better than Assault Strobe and should probably come in.

Kai-Erik on Tymna and Ravos Stax

2 weeks ago

DarkStarStorm What do you think about its potential? Also regarding Tormod's Crypt vs. Nihil Spellbomb , I like that Tormod’s is free and I’m not tempted to crack it early. But Nihil has that sweet redraw, it’s just too tempting for me if I kinda want another card haha.

malthusthomas on The H.G.R. (Handsy Gray Rats)

3 weeks ago

Just to leave a note on Hymn to Tourach . It may or may not be legal in the setting you're playing in. It has been printed at common but it was never released online and so isn't legal according to MTGO rules which some LGS use for their events.

I think Tormod's Crypt is in the same boat.

Maybe you already knew that, and if so, sorry! If not, then you might just want to double check pauper legality on Scryfall.

Rapifessor on kambal's Death and Taxes

3 weeks ago

This is nice. I've been looking for a good death and taxes build in EDH for some time, and recently realized that Kambal was pretty much exactly what I was looking for.

I notice that there are a lot of unlimited hand size effects, 5 if I'm counting right. This seems like too much for a deck that doesn't appear to have much card draw; maybe consider taking at least a few out for more impactful cards like Underworld Coinsmith . The Coinsmith gets even better if you add more enchantments like Sphere of Safety , Blind Obedience , and possibly Dictate of Erebos .

There also seems to be a lot of graveyard hate. It looks like a couple of those cards are actually pretty useful since they have additional effects besides exiling a graveyard, but Relic of Progenitus and Tormod's Crypt don't do anything else, so I would replace them with more useful cards unless you have a lot of graveyard decks in your meta. Maybe consider Aetherflux Reservoir ?

APPLE01DOJ on Speed issue in new deck

3 weeks ago

How do you feel about a green splash?

R/B are arguably the worst 2 colors for sideboards (with white then green being the best).

Green would give you access to stuff like Raking Canopy as well as Simic Keyrune which is highly valuable to your deck.

As for Tron, pick your flavor of land destruction. Crumble to Dust is my pick. They can win through almost any form of hate, even Blood Moon and Pithing Needle effects so you just need to be quicker than they are. Keeping them off Tron will makes things easier.

Your actually decently tech'd against burn with Izzet Charm , Rune Snag , Lightning Bolt and Remand . If you need something more Kraken's Eye or Dragon's Claw can work wonders. I'm a personal fan of Amulet of Safekeeping as it's useful for against many decks and great against Storm. I also like Fountain of Renewal since it can be played turn 1 and involves no additional investment, plus can be cashed in if it gets to a point its not needed.

As far as the graveyard decks, you could run Relic of Progenitus or Surgical Extraction without splashing. You could run Leyline of the Void but if you side it in you would have to commit to mulling for it. Sentinel Totem and Tormod's Crypt are decent as well.

Liliana's Caress is good against Hollow One but you could use Hurkyl's Recall or Echoing Truth against it.

Dissipation Field and Anger of the Gods can be good against Izzet Phoenix & Humans but you need to survive long enough for them to be effective. Damping Sphere can slow Phoenix.

clayperce on Thoughts on UG Control?

3 weeks ago

APPLE01DOJ,
Thanks much; I'll give your Kefnet deck a hard look, for sure.

heckproof and APPLE01DOJ,
Yeah, those are all good examples.

PlatinumOne,

> weird mashup of ramp into semi-big threats with suboptimal control elements.

That's actually a great definition of what Ponza is all about! I usually describe the deck more like "aggressive ramp into bulk rares that you would never expect could be good in Modern, with an overlay of annoying mana-denial Control", but yours will certainly do. The thing is, it works surprisingly well in many metas.

> besides fetchlands, what activated or triggered abilities are you hoping to stop with Repudiate / Replicate

I actually laid that out in the deck description, but in case you missed it here it is again:

  • Opponent transforms a Thing in the Ice? Repudiate the triggered ability and our team stays on the field.
  • Opponent wants to make us sac' a creature with Lili, put a Terminus on top with Jace, or ultimate whatever random Planeswalker they have? Repudiate the activated ability and we've totally turned the game around.
  • Opponent tries to Modular a ton of +1/+1 counters onto their attacking Inkmoth Nexus, wipe our board with an Oblivion Stone, Equip a Batterskull, Crew a Smuggler's Copter, etc, etc, etc? Repudiate gives us answers (or at least options) we never had in 'normal' Ponza.

Here are more details though, looking at the top meta decks in turn ...

All that said, it's clear that in many cases a 2-mana counterspell (e.g., Negate or Mana Leak ) is better than a 2-mana stifle effect ... certainly UW Control has found that to be the case! What's not clear to me yet is if that's the case in UG Control as well ...

Chasmolinker on Relentless Obliterator

3 weeks ago

blakesmach1: Recasting Relentless Dead as a chump blocker is not the game plan you want to be stuck on. Gifted Aetherborn would probably be a better option.

The problem is that you really don't have any other Zombies to Reanimate with its last ability (outside of a second copy). If you like the menace, Glint-Sleeve Siphoner is a better alternative. The possible card advantage, while slow and tedious, is a nice upside. If a recurring threat is what you want, Bloodghast is the better (More expensive) option.

Relentless Dead thrives with cards like Prized Amalgam and Gravecrawler . Graveyard decks are kind of a thing right now, so there is TONS of hate floating around. Mainboard Nihil Spellbomb , Surgical Extraction and Tormod's Crypt would throw a deck like that to the wolves imo.

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Tormod's Crypt occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.05%

Red: 0.05%

Legacy:

All decks: 0.04%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Blue: 0.14%