Altar of the Brood

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Altar of the Brood

Artifact

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.

thefiresoflurve on Blink-a-holic

2 days ago

As far as win-cons (I didn't read your comment until after I posted): I use Altar of the Brood in my Esper deck in conjunction with infinite mill. Thassa's Oracle could be a good win-con, as well as just a solid ETB creature.

roadkill2104 on Mono Blue Illusions

5 days ago

Altar of the Brood for powering up Jace's Phantasm is a nice touch.

SufferFromEDHD on Millhouse | Bruvac Petitioners

1 week ago

Sakashima the Impostor Bruvac #2

Winds of Rebuke and Otawara, Soaring City are good removal.

Didn't Say Please on theme.

Altar of the Brood could be a cost efficient engine.

Dust Bowl would be useful with all those basics lands.

TheCardPool on Maraxus of Keld Pump & Dump

2 weeks ago

Solid build, +1!

I’ve been trying to find the right chemistry for playing maraxus. It’s awesome to see another deck out there. Would you mind checking my bike out and giving me some advice? The links down below. I use a bit more of a red chaos theme.

Also have you considered using Altar of the Brood as an alternate win-con? With all other tokens you could do some damage.

https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/the-red-giant-maraxus-edh/

Balaam__ on Altar of Despair

1 month ago

Thanks Andramelech, this one was a lot of fun to build. The Altar of the Brood engine you mentioned is definitely a viable way to go, but I wanted to focus just on the particular combos here. Adding that additional engine feels a bit crowded, although there’s probably a way it could be worked in somehow.

Andramalech on Altar of Despair

1 month ago

Balaam__ now THIS is a mill deck! I'm so impressed with this and it's nuts!

The only thing I could recommend to make it even crazier would be to include Altar of the Brood and Heartless Summoning, potentially with a little Myr Retriever feature, but I don't want to stray too far from what you've got happening here. It's incredible!

Admittedly not in traditional mill colors, but solid 8/10 deck with all this wonderful help. Another thought I had was Postmortem Lunge, and it reminded me (kinda) of a deck I've built called MBD Zombie, maybe give it a look?

SniperFrog on Oona

2 months ago

Alright. So there's a couple things I would change, but I don't want you to think it's better or anything, just what I would do. I'll give budget suggestions and non budget suggestions so you have a variety of choices without hurting the wallet.

I think I would go for mono blue so I can get Bruvac the Grandiloquent's effect in my command zone. It seems actually nutty to just be able to get this guy going. That being said, I like a lot of the black spells you have here, namely Mind Grind and Nightscape Familiar, so I would consider something like Phenax, God of Deception or maybe Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker to stay in dimir. Not really sure the red is helping much at all, though. Only four red cards is a bit of a bad look, though they seem cool in theory. I've never played any of them, so I don't really know how good they actually are.

So there are a few optimizations I would consider as well. Three mana rocks are a bit slow for my tastes and there are a lot of decent options at two mana, I'd recommend Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone and Arcane Signet to name a few cheaper options. There's also Sapphire Medallion, Chrome Mox and Mana Vault, though those are strictly non budget.

More optimizations for interaction seems good here as well. Maybe drop some of your three mana counterspells for some one or two mana spells. Counterspell is a mainstay and at very good price as well. I like Swan Song, An Offer You Can't Refuse and Drown in the Loch in this slot. There are a plethora of non budget options as well, particularly free counters like Force of Will and Force of Negation or other heavy hitters like Mana Drain and Cryptic Command. Plenty of cool things to do with this, however, so you have options.

Your lands look rough. I personally will always go with untapped lands with so many options, but that can get really pricy, really fast. Of course, if you didn't have to worry about a red splash, your landbase gets A LOT better.

If you're having trouble with hitting enough lands, consider lowering the curve a bit or even adding a couple more to try to smooth things out. I generally try to have around forty-two to forty-five mana sources, though my curves are usually around 2-2.5, so you might want a little more than that, maybe. I don't know. That's something you can figure out with playtesting.

Now comes the fun part. As it stands, including the above mentioned cards, I would try to find room for these:

Into the Story for some card draw.

Leyline of the Void or something similar like Planar Void along with Helm of Obedience mills infinitely. Also pretty good to beat the eldrazi triggers if you see these things regularly.

Rhystic Study and its baby brother Mystic Remora are both excellent card draw spells with humongous upside, though they are both getting a little on the expensive side now, with Rhystic pushing forty or fifty bucks.

I like Bitter Ordeal, but I think this is kind of a pet card that I want to make work, so I might be projecting here. lol

Reanimate effects seem VERY strong here. I like the ones that target opponent's graveyards the most, so I would stick with Animate Dead and Dance with the Dead along with the aforementioned reanimate. Didn't think about this at first. Could be really sweet.

Mesmeric Orb is money in these decks. Gives mad inevitability.

Altar of the Brood and Altar of Dementia are both combo pieces, but I feel like they're more build arounds than good on their own.

Folio of Fancies. I've never seen this card before, but I love it. Seems like it would fit nicely.

Tome Scour and Brain Freeze are insane with Underworld Breach but this is another build around that pulls you more into storm than mill, I think. Still maybe worth thinking about.

Sands of Delirium seems sweet.

A few draw X spells could be just what you need. Stroke of Genius, Pull from Tomorrow, Fascination and Prosperity come to mind. Skyscribing also seems sweet, but I'm not sure how good it is.

Some cards I would just outright cut:

Gravepurge, not positive what this is doing for you, beside gumming up your draws. I guess it can get something back but not sure it's relevant. Hard to say without playing the deck.

All three mana rocks. Darksteel Ingot, Dimir Cluestone, Ur-Golem's Eye, Hedron Archive are a few. There are actually a few more than I thought, so maybe cutting all of them isn't the right thing to do unless you are cutting like for like for cheaper rocks.

Grisly Spectacle, I feel like you can get a better removal spell. I see the appeal, but I feel like it will get at most six cards milled maybe. Something like Feed the Swarm is probably just better or Drown in the Loch which hits two birds with one stone.

Countermand. Four mana counterspell seems like a really hard ask. I know it's on theme, but something cheaper is probably just better. See above for suggestions on cheap counters.

I would maybe cut some other, stuff, but I feel like I've already given you a lot to think about. Love the list. I'm excited to see it once you've had a chance to keep tuning it. Follow for sure. :)

thefiresoflurve on Boros Legion Of Mil

2 months ago

Are your wincons meant to be infinite combos?

I was confused at Altar of the Brood being tied to "burn", since it doesn't actually deal damage itself.

Reveillark + Karmic Guide + any sacrifice outlet, such as Altar of Dementia (although there are plenty cheaper ones) will give you infinite ETB, and thus let Purphoros / Altar of the Brood instantly win.

On tokens: Brave the Sands gives Vigilance and blocking power.

Intangible Virtue is another option.

Harmonious Archon buffs all your tokens.

Inspiring Leader

Martial Coup - serves double duty as board wipe and token maker.

Prava of the Steel Legion - now your tokens can attack with reckless abandon.

Rabble Rousing - even if your 1/1s die when they attack, they replace themselves now! Combos great with Purphoros / other ETB effects.

Twilight Drover - basically awesome for tokens.

Also, make sure to pick up Boros Signet and Arcane Signet to help with ramp.

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