Altar of the Brood

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.

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Vintage Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Frontier Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Casual Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Highlander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal

Altar of the Brood occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Altar of the Brood Discussion

enpc on Najeela Hate Combo

5 hours ago

Mindblade Render and Oakhame Adversary are both your friends here. Generally in a cEDH envirnoment, you don't need to worry about evasion as much as you just want more card advantage. There will usually be at least one player who doesn't a have huge board state which you can use to springboard off to take out players with bigger board states. But card advantage is will make a huge difference.

Altar of the Brood feels underwhelming here and feels like it should be another dork like Deathrite Shaman, who is straight up one of hte best dorks in cEDH. You also have Elves of Deep Shadow and Arbor Elf which you can add and all help to get Najeela down turn 2.

TheSurgeon on Bruvac's Millibuster

1 day ago

DeinoStinkus- first, thanks for the upvote!

I don't have a Fleet Swallower. And you're right, it is a bit slow, and expensive.

I'm going to disagree with Teferi's Tutelage, though. I play a lot of multi-player commander, and Psychic Corrosion hits ALL opponents for the same cost. I find that the global mill is far more valuable than the ETB cantrip for the meta.

Mystical tutor is a nice card, but if I'm going to use it for Traumatize I could use a more budget version: Trapmaker's Snare. It's not as versatile, but it doesn't cost $15 either.

I've actually thought about putting in Fabricate and Altar of the Brood, but where to put them?

Suggestions and any other input are welcome.


MrKillStar on B-Waste Recycling

1 week ago

Check some Shirei decks, most creatures have just 1 power, so they can sac/reanimate all the time and its pretty sick :)
Village Rites is better version of Altar's Reap
Black Market can be very good, especially if you can go crazy and put tons of counters on it.. or it just eats removal instead of some more important card in your deck.
Tortured Existence - absolutely great creature retrieval just for and can go crazy with your Desecrated Tomb. I use it in combination of Phyrexian Altar as infinite etb/etg engine. Bitter Ordeal to exile everyone's library; Emergence Zone to make it instant speed if needed.
Hell's Caretaker can be fairly good reanimator for Shirei aswell.
Crypt of Agadeem,Dark Ritual,Bubbling Muck,Songs of the Damned are cheap for mana ramp.
Mutilate is just board version of Defile, might aswell use both?
Altar of the Brood easy mill just for that triggers upon any permanent you play.
Insidious Dreams - to cast your combos from top of your library if you manage to keep Bolas's Citadel on board. Forever Young/Gravepurge for casting creatures from your graveyard (top of your library with Bolas's Citadel).
Blanket of Night if you get more non-swamp lands and you're on low budget. Its just cheaper enchantment version of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.
Call the Bloodline could be easy way to get creatures into your graveyard, get some sacrifice dork and reanimate them later.
Priest of Forgotten Gods this pretty lady could be a nice addition to Shirei aswell, if you get some cards that make sacrifice dorks/etc. blahblah

MrKillStar on Rats, Rats, We are the Rats

1 week ago

Nice rat deck! :3

I might consider to swap the following cards:
Out: Blood Divination for: Bankrupt in Blood for - same amount of cards, but BiB costs less to cast, but requires sac 2 creatures.
Out: Coat of Arms for: Haunted Crossroads/Mortuary - You run not small amount of non-rat creatures. Even if CoA can buff your army of rats a lot, it also affects your opponent's creatures, but that depends on what kind of deck they use. Some kind of creature recovery could be definitely nice too.
Out: Rats' Feast for: Suffer the Past - Not a rat related card, but its strictly better version.
Out: Palace Siege - Im not really sure about this one, but I think that you would be better with any other creature recovery card/life pinging card. I would either use Force of Despair (board wipe if someone goes crazy; combos with your Thrilling Encore, which also works well with Living Death) or Profane Command, which is very flexible card.
Out: Temple of the False God for: Crypt of Agadeem/Bojuka Bog/Cabal Stronghold/Reliquary Tower...

Some more cards that could help aswell:
Emergence Zone; Path of Ancestry; Myriad Landscape; Altar of the Brood; Village Rites; Phyrexian Arena/Necropotence; Blanket of Night (budget version of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth); Unearth.
Cards that DemMeowsephs mentioned are also very good and strong, just not very budget friendly. Just like Cavern of Souls.

Metroid_Hybrid on Undying Phyrexian Autocracy

2 weeks ago

When it comes in the mail, I'm going to replace Endling with Bastion of Remembrance..

Altar of the Brood would function as an alternative/pseudo-9th 'Artist' effect, but I'm still working on trade out for it..

The rest of the 'Undying', 'Catalysts', & 'Artists' aren't going anywhere (including Open the Graves), as they are literally the combo pieces required to make this deck work (read:win)..

MrKillStar on Undying Phyrexian Autocracy

2 weeks ago

Sorry, my bad, definetly a good tip :P

When Altar of the Brood being a drop should be definetly good, especially when you can make so many tokens and it triggers upon any permanent etb under your control. Im not sure what to replace tho.. maybe Open the Graves? In my opinion, CMC for that is a bit too much :-/
Also, what about Skullclamp? Most tokens are 1/1, so it would be easier to draw 2 cards.

Metroid_Hybrid on Undying Phyrexian Autocracy

2 weeks ago

On second thought... Altar of the Brood might deserve a slot too..

Metroid_Hybrid on Undying Phyrexian Autocracy

2 weeks ago

I have Tortured Existence & Altar of the Brood in my Syr Konrad, the Grim deck (and they are absolutely bonkers there), but here they're only a cute distraction away from the main combo..

I already run the most expensive Grave Pact there is. I used to run Dictate of Erebos & Black Market, but they eventually got cut for other things.

The one good suggestion however is Bastion of Remembrance as an 8th Artist effect (and in an Enchantment too)..

A general tip though.. When you suggest cards to add, you should think about what to cut for it/them.. Especially in a dedicated combo like this..

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