Xathrid Demon

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders 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
Commander 2014 (C14) Mythic Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Mythic Rare

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Xathrid Demon

Creature — Demon

Flying, trample

At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature other than Xathrid Demon, then each opponent loses life equal to the sacrificed creature's power. If you can't sacrifice a creature, tap Xathrid Demon and you lose 7 life.

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Xathrid Demon Discussion

benettnash on Endrek Sahr, Master Durdler

2 months ago

OUT: Xathrid Demon - fatties are far more scarce for this demon to be reliable and not to backfire.

IN: Pontiff of Blight - this is very much needed life gain because this deck tends to be targeted a lot.

Coward_Token on Grixis!Zedruu

2 months ago

(I would add a proper community card but that feature seems to be malfunctioning right now.)

Farly straightforward, this card would mostly be Zedruu the Greathearted (although a different character, not simply her gone evil or something) with a casting cost of and an activation cost of . In EDH, this could lead to some fun usage of cards like the following:

(I realize you can basically already do this with any Grixis commander + e.g. Bazaar Trader, but that's a bit less straightforward.)

I'm unsure what would be suitable for its upkeep ability. Just copying Zedruu's straight off isn't too inappropriate, as drawing is certainly associated with black and life gain isn't too far out either, but that's kinda boring. Replacing the life gain with something negative towards opponents like milling, discard or plain life loss proportional to the amount of gifted permanent could be one option that's more in line with the color change (thought the negative effects would probably targeted in order to preserve some political potential). Putting a +1/+1 counter per gift on Zedruu the Grixishearted to take advantage of commander damage could also work (especially when combined with auras like Herald of Torment), in which case you could also change power/toughness from the original's 2/4 to 4/2 to signal greater aggression.

For the sake of flavor its subtype would be Horse Djinn, with the artwork depicting a djinn with a mare's head, wearing a mouth-covering veil.

Feedback would be welcome, especially on ways to make Grixis!Zedruu more distinct from the original while still fulfilling the basic function of giving out torturous black cards, in addition to the blue and red ones they both share.

(A version containing green could also be made for the sake of giving that color a chance to show off its painful cards, in which case the creature in question should probably have monkey paws.)

SteelSentry on Challenge: The Budget EDH Name ...

3 months ago

Xathrid Demon.

there's quite a few that start with X. Anything related to Xathrid, Xenagos was a huge character in Theros, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed, Xira Arien from Legends.

lordAKU on The Frogs

5 months ago

Getting that ob-nixilis the fallen is game ender with splendid reclamation.Lord of Extinction,Terravore, Centaur Vinecrasher, Vinelasher Kudzu, Undergrowth Champion, are all efficient beaters for this kind of deck. And when they get big, having a Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord or Xathrid Demon or Ghoulcaller Gisa can help blow out the game

AMJacker on A card like Jarad, Golgari ...

7 months ago

One looks like it does but it sucks...

Xathrid Demon (6)Creature Demon (7/7)

Flying, trample

At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature other than Xathrid Demon, then each opponent loses life equal to the sacrificed creature's power. If you can't sacrifice a creature, tap Xathrid Demon and you lose 7 life.

MoonTurtle7 on So I'm double dipping here...

8 months ago

Lord of the Void, and Demon of Death's Gate are pretty awesome. Xathrid Demon is pretty neato, but risky.

UnleashedHavok on Graveyard Shenanigans

9 months ago

Thanks landofMordor! I like the Ogre Slumlord, and for another token producer I slid a Hornet Queen in. I'm also considering Avenger of Zendikar I just changed several more cards, but I don't have a solid wincon yet. I'm debating whether or not I want to do a typical Lord of Extinction or Craterhoof Behemoth for the win. Or if I want to use Pathbreaker Ibex with a bunch of deathtouchy tokens. The Ibex just feels to me like it would take too long unless I get lucky. I'm still needing to pick up a Stinkweed Imp and a Xathrid Demon to try out as well.

Anyway, I'm thinking I'll provably need to shave my artifact hate for a slot or two, I'm feeling like there is too much right now. Overall what do you think now? And what are your thoughts about game closers

landofMordor on Graveyard Shenanigans

10 months ago

Hey friend (: it's my pleasure.

First, for potential cuts: Bloodbriar (there are better options like Mortician Beetle), Agent of Erebos, Eater of Hope, Pharika's Mender, Skullwinder, Vampire Aristocrat (see Bloodthrone Vampire), Vampire Nighthawk. Also, depending on how you feel about your top-curve creatures, those could be flex spots.

I love how strong this deck is with ETB abilities and "when this dies" abilities. Treasure Keeper is phenomenal, for one. You've also got excellent one-shot sacrifice outlets like Devour and kickers and so forth. The permanent sacrifice outlets like Viscera Seer and Jarad are great, but there are few enough of them that you might have trouble sticking a sacrifice outlet.

So, what I would focus on at this point would be finding ways to cheat your fatties into play from the grave, and finding redundancies in your "permanent" sacrifice outlets. There's nothing worse than being a reanimator player with no grave and no ways to sacrifice creatures (it happens...and not always on bum draws). Splinterfright, Jarad's Orders, self-mill like Deadbridge Chant, and anything Dredge (like Stinkweed Imp) will fill your grave with creatures for you, so that when Meren has sixteen counters you'll actually have targets worth pulling. Disciple of Griselbrand, Nezumi Bone-Reader, Birthing Pod are all ways to get more sacrifice triggers when you want them. And don't be afraid to up your curve with Xathrid Demon or other high-CMC win-condition-like cards.

Then, I guess if you're feeling extra adventurous, I'd investigate ways to produce more tokens, because a lot of those sacrifice effects are still powerful for non-tokens, and tokens will help you go wide when you stick Pathbreaker Ibex. Golgari Germination, Verdant Embrace, Ogre Slumlord are all options. The worst part about GBx reanimator imo (I run Karador, Ghost Chieftain) is that the endgame is pretty grindy, so going wide with tokens is a must for me if you want to play a second game.

So, in summary, the deck is super strong in staples/ramp/card draw/core mechanics. Self-mill/extra sacrifice/token synergies are things you can pick and choose to personalize and make it fun for you, the pilot. Best of luck, and be sure to mention me if I can help with anything else!

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