Altar of the Brood

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Altar of the Brood


Whenever another permanent enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

leon_bulminot on Animar's Wildlife Sanctuary

4 months ago

Have you considered Grinning Ignus? Great card to rebuild Animar with if he gets removed. Could even add in Birgi, God of Storytelling  Flip for free red mana. Plus, infinite combo. And using Vizier, you already would have an infinite mana combo with Grinning and Animar. Add in Urza, Lord High Artificer and now you cast your whole deck. Add in Altar of the Brood and you can just mill everyone and pass turn for wins.

In general though, Grinning Ignus should be an Animar staple. He rebuilds Animar so fas and lets himself be recast for almost free. Plus once Animar gets 2 counters, you start generating free colorless mana. Which, with Vizier, lets you start casting more things.

Also consider Ornithopter of Paradise. Same thing as Birds but it’s colorless so free casting with Animar and free counters.

leon_bulminot on Animar

4 months ago

Best card I’ve seen for Animar because one: it generates mana and paired with something like Vizier of the Menagerie, you go infinite with Animar.

Grinning Ignus. He is self explanatory with Animar. And even if you don’t have the ability to go infinite, make everything a Mountain and you can dump multiple counters on Animar each turn with him. Add in something like Altar of the Brood and now you are doing damage with him to decks.

Now if you want a game winning/play your entire deck Combo: Animar with 2 counters, Birgi, God of Storytelling  Flip, Grinning Ignus, and Urza, Lord High Artificer. Animar and Birgi being down, bounce Grinning a million times. You’ll have more than enough mana to cast anything using colorless mana. That’s where Urza comes in with his 5 cost ability. Game over.

Now switch Urza out for Altar of the Brood. Milling wins. And even for someone playing Phyrexian Unlife, you still win.

Best part is if you don’t like the infinite combos, just add Grinning Ignus and leave Birgi and Vizier out. Without a way to generate red mana or use colorless mana as red mana, Grinning is great for rebuilding Animar when someone removes him.

Flagellum on Need help with Samwise Gamgee

9 months ago

Could possibly run a cheerios-esque style deck. Sprinkle a few artifact cost reducers in there like Foundry Inspector to reduce 1 or 2 drop artifact creatures to 0. Being budget though you lose out on Doubling Season and Anointed Procession which you could utilize with Ashnod's AltarPhyrexian Altar/Krark-Clan Ironworks to net mana while sacrificing the tokens and or nontoken creatures. But I'm not sure how effective it would be without these. Blasting Station or Grinding Station (works well with your Altar of the Brood) could finish out games.

Though you could potentially make a large Darksteel Juggernaut with a large amount of food tokens and cheap 0-1-2 drop artifact creatures (whose cost could be further reduced) which would be budget. Easily tutorable in Green/White and throw a Mirrorworks or something in there to copy it. Sculpting Steel it too just to have 2-3 big bois roaming around would be comical. Anthems and trample enablers (instants/sorceries/enchantments/equipment) are plenty in these colors too. This would be on the more casual side.

Crow_Umbra on Can't Thwart the Wild Court [Primer]

9 months ago

Solid deck and fun primer! I've been on the fence to build either Ellivere or Gylwain, Casting Director. G/W Auras was one of my first favorite decks when I first started playing 10 years ago, and Aura Voltron was subsequently the first commander deck I put together via Tuvasa the Sunlit.

I'm a little surprised Spirit Mantle is in your Maybe-Board, but I can see how Benevolent Blessing has a functional similarity, and has benefit of having Flash. If anything, I think Spirit Mantle could replace Unquestioned Authority, esp since you tend to draw from Ellivere quite a bit.

Similarly, I think Sigarda's Aid could be helpful in moving it over from your Maybe-Board. In one of my last Aura decks, it let me turn some of those Aggro Auras into combat tricks, or the removal stuff like Kenrith's Transformation into instant speed shenanigans.

My last rec is that you do have a potential combo option with Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Shielded by Faith. Only hang up is that you need either a haste enabler like Concordant Crossroads or Crashing Drawbridge to give the tokens haste, or Altar of the Brood to negate the need for haste. It's a combo option, but your deck might not need it if the Aggro is already working well for you.

Either way, nice build and keep up the primer writing!

Doombeard1984 on The Happy Couple

10 months ago

So I dont see the relevance of Bloodchief Ascension apart from it being an annoyance. I guess what you could do is run something like Altar of the Brood/Altar of Dementia to make it more impactful by making the most of Edgar Markov eminence ability.

Blade of the Bloodchief is an awesome card for increasing +1/+1 counters.

Suppose you could also run Divine Visitation to change those vamp tokens into Angels

UltimateRoxas40 on Eldritch Captain of the Deep [Lovecraftian Primer]

1 year ago

Yeah, I love the art for Eater of the Dead. The older magic art is great, and there are some really creepy pieces that would fit right in, like the aptly named Cosmic Horror. It's basically a Shoggoth, and is a massive 7/7 Horror, but the upkeep cost is awful haha.

As for Altar of the Brood, I tried running it a while ago when this deck was originally helmed by Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, and it never did enough for me then. But you're right, the flavor/theme is on point. Can't be a good cultist without an altar haha. I'll revisit it again in this deck at some point. What do you think I should take out to put it in?

Willen on Eldritch Captain of the Deep [Lovecraftian Primer]

1 year ago

I undestand. Eater of the Dead goes only to combine with Phenax, but still a good Horror to go wild in the field, and has a good image for the theme, although in my vision, I guess. Another possible card to include is Altar of the Brood. Many of the mythos had uncontable statues and figures about the Old Ones and the Ancients. Not only this, but this artifact make any permanent wich enter a threat to your oponents. Just a idea, of course.

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