Altar's Reap

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) None
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis (DDR) Common
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Common
Commander 2015 (C15) Common
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Common
Conspiracy (CNS) Common
Magic 2014 (M14) Common
Innistrad (ISD) Common

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Altar's Reap

Instant

As an additional cost to cast Alter's Reap, sacrifice a creature.

Draw two cards.

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Altar's Reap Discussion

skroes on Aristocratokens

1 week ago

Bankrupt in Blood seems bad to me. Better off with cards like Costly Plunder or Altar's Reap . Both are instant speed and less taxing for a sac outlet.

Can always run stuff like Diabolic Intent and Angelic Purge aswell as strong one time outlets.

epartica on Black is still the best

1 month ago

7H30F7 Thanks for all the help and suggestions it has been an eye opener in what direction I should take this deck. Before I say anything I want to let you know that I made Black is Best Take Two with the cards I can't afford let me know what you think! That deck would basically be my end goal! Now, the deck here will be the cards I currently own and will be trying to work with. I agree with Carrion Feeder as a sack outlet along with being a zombie, which I would want to keep Endless Ranks of the Dead and Grave Pact . Altar's Reap I have some and would want those again. Profane Command would be god tear in this deck because it would on be 5 mana to get everything back so great call on that.

I don't see the point of Fatal Push because I would need something to die on their turn for it to really work. Liliana's Triumph would be better than Diabolic Edict however I think I would only run that if i got more Liliana's to really take advantage of that card. Liliana, the Last Hope I would love but it's just out of price range. I figure I can either get 2 Liliana, the Last Hope or 4 Thoughtseize and 4 Inquisition of Kozilek .

Blood for Bones over Unearth makes this deck a lot fast but I'll be loosing a sack outlet, still it's a lot faster. I think the last thing i'll get for this deck is lands because i really don't want to spend money on it.

7H30F7 on Black is still the best

1 month ago

epartica So modern as a format is in the perfect middle ground in terms of power level. The decks are not terribly broken (except for the fun Hogaak) and the control is not powerful enough to stop the most aggro decks. As you get to Legacy, however, you will see that aggro decks that are not combo decks/storm no longer exist. With the addition of Force of Will and Daze and cards like that, it's hard to have a deck that focuses on too much aggro w/o being combo. Thus, a tempo deck, which takes its place, is a deck that is more aggressive than not but also has a lot of control. Thus, while it can be a faster deck, it also uses control to lockdown the opponent. A good example is a Death and Taxes deck.

I'll do a little bit of thinking and get back to you on the other suggestions. I have a few right now.

At some point, if you're more committed to the deck, I really would recommend getting a couple Liliana, the Last Hope for the deck. But a good alternative would be Liliana, Death's Majesty it's about $6-7 (compared to the $40 for the Last Hope). Especially the {-7} will help with control, and the ability to recur creatures from your graveyard.

I also suggest adding a couple of more early game instants and sorceries that help control your opponent. Inquisition of Kozilek / Duress / Divest are good hand control cards. Fatal Push , Go for the Throat , and Liliana's Triumph would be good for creature control. All of the sacrificing your own creatures will trigger the revolt on Fatal Push a lot, so I really recommend it. All of them are pretty inexpensive. Profane Command can also be quite helpful. If you need GY hate, maybe Deadeye Tracker or Nihil Spellbomb .

I'd also suggest getting a couple better sacrifice outlets. The best I can currently think of is Carrion Feeder and Altar's Reap , but I'll get back to you w/ more. In addition, I would use Unearth rather than Blood for Bones . I would also definitely add Mortician Beetle .

For lands, I would suggest Blast Zone , Scavenger Grounds , Mortuary Mire , Ifnir Deadlands and Memorial to Folly are some that I can think of immediately, but I'll dig around for some more.

StopShot on MarDU you wanna die?!

3 months ago

There are some cards that are strictly better than the ones you are already running.

Run Spark Harvest over Bone Splinters

Run Costly Plunder over Altar's Reap

Run Deal Broker over Rummaging Goblin

Run Goblin Cratermaker over Reckless Reveler

Run Commander's Sphere over Rakdos Cluestone

Tylord2894 on W/B Teysa Commander

4 months ago

Okay, so after looking at this deck for a while, considering its sideboard, and adding some cards that I use often for similar strategies, I've come up with a list of edits (well, actually three lists).

Before I get to those, I would like to explain what I found. Firstly, I like the idea behind the deck. Token strategies are always a great way to make a casual deck that can scale to be for optimized. I love the afterlife keyword as it lends itself to this optimization really well. But there were several less-than-savory card choices in here. The two biggest issues that I saw are ones that I see a lot (and full into too). The first of these is that many cards have a very high cost-to-value ratio. That is, there were several cards that cost too much (mana) and do too little for it. Elgaud Inquisitor is a fantastic example. While Elgaud Inquisitor is on-theme with their on-death triggered ability, that is all they have going for them. The lifelink isn't super useful, and the CMC is WAY too high. They are only a 2/2 too boot. Second off, theme isn't the same as function. I understand that there is a vorthos element to this deck, but since this deck isn't a full tribal deck, I think it's better to focus on ways to make the good parts of the theme work great.

I saw lots of cards that were life gaining cards ( Pontiff of Blight , Impassioned Orator , Riot Control , etc). This deck can make a lot of tokens which Tesya gives lifelink. You need not worry about life gain card. The strength of your creatures that make tokens when they die is that you can easily recur them in W/B. In the lists below, there are many cards that give added value to dying creature or make killing your creatures more ways to die. Lastly and most importantly, you had ZERO ramp and ALMOST NO card draw. THESE ARE THE TWO MOST FUNDAMENTAL ASSPECTS IN EDH!!! You NEED to have them!!! You can not rely solely on the one land drop and card draw. I've listed several cards that assist the main strategy and draw you cards (things like Dredge and Altar's Reap ). As for ramp, there is almost no good ramp outside of green. That only means that you have to look harder. Mana rocks are a must. I only have three in the lists, but they are absolute must-haves. Next, I put in several cards that give you mana in other ways. Most of them align themselves with the main strategy ( Ashnod's Altar , Soldevi Adnate , and Pawn of Ulamog to name a few). Similarly, I added cards that draw you cards from creatures dying. There is one card that I would like to point out in particular, Erebos . The important part of Erebos is his last ability. You pay and 2 life to draw a card. Life is a resource, and you'll be making plenty of it. Be sure to spend it. There are lots of cards that help you turn life into various things, like Bolas's Citadel (which I almost put in and still think has a place here). I would encourage you to look into them. Lastly, I would remove 6 lands. You have other ramp now and don't want to be flooded all of the time.

Here is the list of cards that I would remove:

I understand that there is a budget to this deck, so I've split my suggestions into two lists. The first is all cards that are cheap and should keep you under budget. The second list of cards is for later edits. If you want to spend more money on this deck, those are the cards that I would recommend buying.

As you're read through these, you might notice that a lot of these came from your sideboard. There are lots of good cards in there.

I hope you enjoy these changes. Just remember that casual decks don't have to be un-optimized.

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Altar's Reap occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.14%

Golgari: 0.14%