Abyssal Gatekeeper

Abyssal Gatekeeper

Creature — Horror

When Abyssal Gatekeeper dies (is put into a graveyard from the battlefield), each player sacrifices a creature.

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Abyssal Gatekeeper Discussion

wallisface on Golgari deatbonnet heirloom mirror

2 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • your build-around creatures of Deathbonnet Sprout  Flip and Heirloom Mirror  Flip are both incredibly slow cards to get running, so I think you want to be aiming this deck to be something more midrange-orientated than aggro (as a lot of decks will outspeed this interaction). Luckily you're in the right colour-pair for a very interactive and midrange style deck (more on suggestions around this below).

  • Both Jadelight Ranger and Merfolk Branchwalker seem like really bad options here, as they don't particularly help enable anything you're doing. Some better options could be as so: Eternal Scourge feels strong here in that your build-around creatures can exile it, but then it can still be cast, and the process can be repeated, helping you in long grindy matchups. Creatures like Demon's Disciple, Fleshbag Marauder, Abyssal Gatekeeper and Plaguecrafter all seem useful too, for both providing needed interaction to slow down the opponent, while also filling your graveyard with their juicy corpses ready for consumption.

  • I would really, strongly, suggest against you trying to run Orcus, Prince of Undeath in this deck. Him being red is going to push you into three colours, and trying to build a 3-colour deck on a budget while still having it function isn't easy. Secondly, it just demands an insane quantity of mana. For 5 mana he'll get you back a single 1cmc creature... that's pretty lame - without dedicated ramp he's just not going to perform well. I think you have a better chance of making something viable by keeping your plan simple, and that means ditching this guy.

  • I think Call of the Death-Dweller is a decent card to include in the deck, but don't bother with Gruesome Menagerie. It's a LOT of mana and is probably going to cause more deck building restrictions than actually help you out.

Just brainstorming here, but something like the below feels viable to me. Your meta and/or tastes may vary (the list I've built here is with Modern-legality in mind, just because that's the format I know best. Also tried to stay with budget cards) It centralizes around the Sprout and Mirror, but also abuses creature sacrifice with Glissa to accelerate your gameplan, and get Mirrors back if needed:

FormOverFunction on I'd like some help with …

6 months ago

Abyssal Gatekeeper was never (in my experience) a very hot card, but it seems great here.

Unlife on First attempt BW

10 months ago

I'm gonna put down a wall of text, so apologies in advance. Personally, I love Athreos, I run him in a commander deck myself. He relies a lot on draining your opponents through the attrition of your own creatures, as more often then not he is very hard to get rid of. Some more removal will help, but look at things like Abyssal Gatekeeper, Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, since even if you sac them to their own effect, there is a good chance of sending them back to your hand. Some wider discard effects such as Dark Deal can help, even though they're not attached to creatures being able to drop one in a large game with Waste Not out can net you a lot of benefits. Throwing in a few just good things like Rise of the Dark Realms, Dictate of Erebos, Grave Pact, all synergize with your deck, and can usually punish your opponents. Bone Miser is just another copy of Waste Not, The Haunt of Hightower seems to be on theme and I'd definitely bump up your mana rock number. In terms of a combo win, Sanguine Bond/Exquisite Blood just need a single loss of life somewhere, while Mindcrank/Bloodchief Ascension function well independently within your deck as well as combo off together. I have no idea what your budget is but I hope this helps.

iammute on Fleshbag Marauder Tribal

11 months ago

Hey there, cool deck. I've been thinking about making a Meren of Clan Nel Toth Fleshbag tribal deck but I don't want something that just folds to graveyard hate. Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is another option and they grow the surviving team to make winning through damage easier. Could be an interesting card in your 99. I think you would get a lot of use from Pitiless Plunderer too.

Abyssal Gatekeeper is another Fleshbag effect but you need to kill it first. Vona's Hunger and Archfiend of Depravity are great ways to take chunks of your opponents creatures out at once. Necrotic Hex could be great too but seven mana is a lot of mana.

Peoyogon on An Old-School Nightmare

1 year ago

Thank you for the recommendations, king-saproling. I have been stearing away from discard themes just because it's not a very welcomed mechanic in my play group. When I first blue-printed this deck, I had Mindslicer in there but for the above reason as well as it's high pricetag, I ended up looking elsewhere.

I will have to look into trying out some of those others though! Abyssal Gatekeeper paricularly looks like a really interesting option! Thank you again!

smilodex on Teysa Karlov

1 year ago

Hey, I have a small question, does Abyssal Gatekeeper trigger twice with Teysa?

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