Birthing Pod


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare

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Birthing Pod


( may be paid for with either or 2 life.)

, , Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to 1 plus the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Birthing Pod Discussion

Andrewpayseur on Gaddock Teeg

5 days ago

It might be worth tinkering with! The only thing is that it falls under the same lines as Vedalken Orrery , where (pending a board wipe) I may not have an opportunity to cast it. I might proxy it and run it to see what happens, because the only way around Teeg is to Birthing Pod or Altar of Dementia him away to cast either, and then hopefully have enough mana to recast before my end step.

bushido_man96 on Omlette du Fromage

1 week ago

I'd cut Mayael the Anima and consider running Call of the Wild . Mayael is too Mana intensive for a chance at missing. A sac outlet to go along with this deck would be Evolutionary Leap and/or Birthing Pod .

For more library manipulation, Sylvan Library and Scroll Rack , if you can afford them.

+1 my friend!

multimedia on Rayami Voltron

2 weeks ago

Hey, interesting brew.

Birthing Pod and Prime Speaker Vannifar seem like good repeatable sac outlet enablers for creatures to die while tutoring for other creatures putting them on the battlefield. Neoform and Eldritch Evolution are more tutors that also sac. These cards all give you value (another creature onto the battlefield) when you sac a creature which is helpful since you need creatures to sac to power Rayami. These cards can tutor for the better creatures allowing you to play less lackluster creatures who are here just to give Rayami abilities.

Rayami's ability cancels all dies triggers from nontoken creatures when they die. Cards like Blood Artist won't trigger when nontoken creatures die if Rayami is on the battlefield.

SaltySpecula on How do sacrifice effects and ...

2 weeks ago

I'm trying to look into the new Anafenza, the Foremost commander and it's interactions with sacrifice effects. Obviously, things like Black Market won't get any benefit due to the replacement effect, but what about sacrifice as a cost?

Do cards like Diabolic Intent , Ashnod's Altar or Birthing Pod work with a card like Anafenza, the Foremost already on the field? Or do they fizzle because your creatures get exiled instead of dying, meaning you can't ever actually pay the additional cost?

SideBae on Yarok and Ya-roll

2 weeks ago

Firstly, I feel I should mention that you can't play Kitchen Finks or Murderous Redcap in Yarok, as their commander identities are outside your colors. I know they're in the Maybeboard, but I thought you should know.

So the main bonus of playing green is the access to mana dorks. I think you should definitely run Llanowar Elves , Birds of Paradise and Elves of Deep Shadow , and Fyndhorn Elves , Elvish Mystic , Deathrite Shaman , Priest of Titania and/or Bloom Tender are all excellent cards as well. They also work with your Craterhoof Behemoth , which (by the way) I think is a great win con for you, especially with your Natural Order . Consider God-Eternal Rhonas as a secondary Craterhoof. Land-ramp like Nature's Lore or Farseek is also good.

In the same vein, lowering the average CMC of your deck is worth attempting. Lower CMCs mean a faster deck. Sol Ring is kinda a busted card.

You should consider tutor-cards. Demonic Tutor , Worldly Tutor and Mystical Tutor are all worth considering, as they can help assemble the combo really well. Similarly, card-draw is at a premium at EDH. Wirewood Symbiote is a great way to return Elvish Visionary or Masked Admirers while potentially making mana, if you choose to run dorks. Because you're running so many creatures, Slate of Ancestry may be a good artifact to include. Tireless Tracker is an excellent card for a landfall-Yarok deck.

I think you're running too many lands, even for a landfall deck. I suggest cutting two to five. If you choose to, keep in mind that lands that have the ability to ETB untapped are significantly better; make sure you cut Foul Orchard before you cut Woodland Cemetery . Fetch lands are great for making sure you have the colors you need; Prismatic Vista and the Zendikar/Onslaught fetches are the gold standard, though they're definitely hard to get ahold of. Slow fetches like Bad River or Flood Plain are good and much cheaper, though they're significantly slower (hence the name).

Xerox cards like Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are all good in blue decks. They'll dig you to the lands you need or get you past the lands you don't need. Brainstorm is mediocre if you don't have shuffle effects to get rid of the cards you don't want.

Some ETB-cards to consider:

  • Manglehorn : Yarok makes him into a 2-for-1, and the second clause is very significant in many games.

  • Reclamation Sage : Similar to Manglehorn .

  • Temur Sabertooth : This is a good way to return creatures to your hand, both to protect them and to recur their ETB abilities.

  • Eternal Witness : Being able to recur any two cards from your 'yard is pretty good, especially if you choose to run the aforementioned tutors or land-ramp.

  • Baleful Strix and Ice-Fang Coatl : Two-mana draw-twos are great, and these can hold off early attackers. Baleful Strix is better, mostly because you don't have to have snow-basics to get Ice-Fang Coatl deathtouch.

  • Birthing Pod : This can tutor the creature you need and put it right onto the board. You just have to be careful you keep your creature-curve smooth enough for it to keep fetching.

  • Sire of Stagnation : Six mana, and it gets double triggers with Yarok.

  • Plague Engineer and Phyrexian Revoker : This might need a rules check, but I'm pretty sure Yarok lets you name twice. Naming the same creature type should give them all -2/-2 -- using this as removal seems pretty reasonable, and turning off two cards seems pretty good too.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck, man!

SueMe on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

1 month ago

Great suggestions, thanks!

Okay, you got me. I was focusing so much on the combo aspect of this deck, that I (for some reason) took out Grafted Exoskeleton , which was a mistake. I need multiple ways of winning. Not just one.

Birthing Pod + Craterhoof Behemoth seems solid. I'll try to find some space for Craterhoof. I personally like Birthing Pod + Razaketh, the Foulblooded .

You're right about the Awaken the Erstwhile .

The reason I haven't been putting in cards like Izoni, Thousand-Eyed , Creakwood Liege or even Monkey Cage , is they're on the high CMC side, and I wasn't really trying to go too deep into a token build. I feel like for Izoni in particular, she wouldn't actually give me that many tokens. A lot of the time, there's only 3 or 4 creatures in my graveyard.

I particularly like your Ooze Garden suggestion. 2-mana 8/8s seem pretty good.

I still need to do some more testing to see if cards like Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord or The Gitrog Monster are worth it in the deck.

Megalomania on Huatli, lifegain

1 month ago

Have you considered using cards that can cheat your combo pieces into the game? Finale of Devastation , Eldritch Evolution and even Birthing Pod might be worth trying. Worldly Tutor too.

You might also want to use the CMDR tag on your Oathbreaker and Signature Spell so people can easily see them.

enpc on Triton Weaver

1 month ago

I already have win conditions in the form of Reality Shift , Assassin's Trophy or Swan Song loops and Walking Ballista . I want to be careful not to saturate the deck with win conditions. I've also seen the Ashiok, Dream Render / Narset, Parter of Veils , however I'm not running this as a proactive hate deck but instead focusing more heavily on combo. That's why I'm running things like bomberman and Birthing Pod . It may not be the most optimal for the typcial cEDH combo heavy metas, but it's howe I enjoy playing the deck.

I have Abrupt Decay in the maybeboard already, however I routinely come up against stuff that needs removing at a CMC higher than 3 (mostly creatures). So that's why I've opted for Swords to Plowshares over it.

And I had already swapped Gitaxian Probe back into the deck.

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Birthing Pod occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Golgari: 0.36%

BUG (Sultai): 0.7%