Billy Witch Doctor is back and if Mega Ultra Chicken wasn't enough, this time he's trying to resurrect Craterhoof Behemoth!

Now everyone chant with me..."BEHEMOTH ARISE! ARISE, BEHEMOTH! ARISE!"

I started building this deck using the Frites method to generate tokens and reanimate Craterhoof Behemoth for the big stompy kill. Since then it has been updated for RtR with inspiration from current competitive Standard Reanimator decks.

Suggestions and +1s welcome. :)



Why not run Griselbrand main board?

November 7, 2012 1:16 p.m.

Emrakool says... #18

It's geared more toward trampling over with a bunch of gigantic tokens. Griselbrand seemed a nice choice for if I board in anything, allowing me to draw outright.

November 7, 2012 2:24 p.m.
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November 7, 2012 2:49 p.m.

Then you would want more than 2 sources for token production. Maybe Armada Wurm would be a good fit.

November 8, 2012 9:39 a.m.

Emrakool says... #21

Perhaps, but I should be swinging for the kill turn 5-7 unless someone clears the board. Huntmaster and Lingering Souls put tokens out turn 2-4, which is when I want them.

November 8, 2012 11:03 a.m.

zurreal says... #22

+1 because this deck is obviously #1 in the hood, G. No suggestions, but I'm liking the idea!

November 9, 2012 6:53 p.m.

Emrakool says... #23

Thanks! I'm thinking about making room for another Angel of Serenity and Griselbrand in the main deck but right now I just have the one Angel.

Since I play a lot of casual multiplayer it's fun when people see the tokens with no buffs, think nothing of it, then get whacked for lethal damage a couple turns later.

November 9, 2012 7:41 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #24

I have no clue what would come out but Thragtusk would be pulling double duty here.

Gains you life to keep you in longer and gets you a token which is great.

November 10, 2012 11:31 a.m.

Emrakool says... #25

At first I considered Thragtusk and decided on Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip in the end. Unfortunately Tusk doesn't give me 2 bodies at once for the super Overrun .

November 11, 2012 1:09 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #26

It doesn't give you two bodies at once that's true but it does provide MUCH more lifegain.

I can see where you are coming from though. Huntmaster is a very good card.

November 11, 2012 1:14 p.m.

dabounca says... #27

Think I'd like to see -4 Huntmasters and +4 pilgrims.Gets you there faster and also provides more bodies for the craterhoof.You want to be unburying at 4 mana, not casting a huntmaster.

November 12, 2012 11:28 a.m.

Emrakool says... #28

Huntmaster provides 2 bodies for 1 card and 2 life. Sure if I can pull off Pilgrim, Lingering Souls , flashback, dump the Behemoth and reanimate in 4 turns it's lethal damage. But what else is going to give me that small swarm of creatures if I don't pull or dump Lingering Souls ?

November 12, 2012 4:20 p.m.

randalfwarren says... #29

maybe card:Avacyn's Pilgrim?

November 12, 2012 7:28 p.m.

dabounca says... #30

4x pilgrim, 3x deathrite, 4x lingering. Thats plenty of bodies. Dig dig and more dig, then flashback lingering souls. If you have the mana you throw out a centaur healer. Then the craterhoof. I think the huntmaster is clogging a turn that could be more active. Don't get me wrong, huntmaster is amazing, I just don't think it fits there.

November 12, 2012 9:55 p.m.

Emrakool says... #31

I'm not denying card:Avacyn's Pilgrim being a good card, but given comparison to Huntmaster I have to look at it this way...

card:Avacyn's Pilgrim - 1 creature. Adds W to my mana pool. Dies to everything.

Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip - 2 creatures, 2 life. Chump blocks two 1/1s all day long. Sometimes flips, sometimes doesn't. Survives Golgari Charm , Electrickery , etc. Provides a faster recovery from a board wipe.

Sure I love the opportunity for a 4th turn Craterhoof stompy death, but the truth is that more often than not it's just wishful thinking. I feel that Huntmaster stabilizes my board more in games that are going to run past turn 5.

November 12, 2012 10:23 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #32

Wow! You run card:Slayers' Stronghold! Good choice, it gives your reanimation targets haste so they don't sit there waiting for removal. I dig the use of Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip . He gives you a ton of value and can give you good board advantage.

November 20, 2012 4:47 a.m.

Emrakool says... #33

Thanks! I'd been looking to find room for at least 1 card:Slayers' Stronghold. Still means I need 7 lands to flashback Rites and give something haste, but with Griselbrand the 9 damage puts me ahead of the curve.

November 20, 2012 11:57 a.m.

stormkirkjb87 says... #34

Why no Lotleth Troll

November 21, 2012 12:05 p.m.

Emrakool says... #35

I haven't really thought about it. Would give me more options to discard. Right now I don't seem to have too much trouble getting Faithless Looting in my graveyard if I'm not dumping extra copies of what's in my hand to begin with.

November 21, 2012 12:12 p.m.

VexDizmo says... #36

what about an evelving wilds for a restoration angel? persay?

November 25, 2012 3:55 p.m.

i run this color option of the deck ( as do many other players) and this is what i use as my main board for creatures

2Angel of Serenity 3Deathrite Shaman 2Arbor Elf 3Thragtusk 2Griselbrand 3Craterhoof Behemoth

not to many mana dorks to keep the bonfires out from the board, but enough to get you the ramp that you need when u need it ( keep it real, all u need is one so that u can turn 1 mana, mana dork, turn 2 Lingering Souls turn 3 Grisly Salvage / Mulch and turn 4 resurect your behemoth (or other fatty)

i know that youre trying to get the overrun swarm on the guy, but when it boils down to it, thragtusk wins more games then the huntmaster will, just because people dont generally want to kill thragtusk, hunmaster is way to easy to kill and not feel like u waste a spell taking out one dude, and that is why thrag is a better fit in a deck like this. ( and not to mention the reason he is a $25 card)

November 25, 2012 5:13 p.m.

VexDizmo says... #38

then trade out griselbrand, swinging out the mana weight to your lands.

November 25, 2012 5:48 p.m.

Emrakool says... #39


I originally had Restoration Angel in the deck but outside of maybe extra lifegain it doesn't do a whole lot for me, so I replaced it with Angel of Serenity . Sure I could also blink Craterhoof Behemoth but that'd be unnecessary overkill.

As for Griselbrand , if he comes out and doesn't die quickly he puts this deck into overdrive.


I know Thragtusk is the greatest thing since sliced bread but I haven't had any real issues with Huntmaster. Given my schedule right now my playing time consists of about 95% casual multiplayer/5% competitive play. So for most purposes I find having 2 bodies is better than 1.

Originally this deck started with Birds of Paradise , Blade Splicer , Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip and Restoration Angel to work with. Tusk was just a twinkle in WoTC's eye at the time.

November 25, 2012 6:26 p.m.

bradon says... #40

Maybe Jarad's Orders would be good in here.

November 27, 2012 5:16 p.m.

Emrakool says... #41

I like card:Jarad's Orders but normally my digging is done in the first few turns. With 4 mana open I'd rather be casting something else.

November 27, 2012 5:52 p.m.

AlexOAwesome says... #42

Why not run red instead of blue?

December 17, 2012 10:07 p.m.

Emrakool says... #43

You mean blue instead of red?

December 18, 2012 12:35 a.m.

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