Blood Artist

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Blood Artist

Creature — Vampire

Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life. (Dying is being put into the graveyard from the battlefield, tokens enter the graveyard before they cease to exist.)

wallisface on My zombie tribal deck

1 month ago

Dead_Blue_has already provided a great list of killspells. Fatal Push is usually the default go-to, though depending on your budget Infernal Grasp might be the most viable option.

The legacy cards there at the moment are Brainstorm, Ponder, and Bad River. I think for any kind of aggressive creature build those blue drawcards aren’t great anyway (because they’re not applying pressure).

As far as alternate strategies, Zombies usually do well in incorporating sacrifice and/or the graveyard. As an example that’s in the wrong colours and probably over-budget, my zombie list here is a good example of a zombie deck taking full-advantage of sacrifice mechanics, to give itself more options when it can’t win a direct beatdown. Your colours are a bit trickier to work around, but something like Blood Artist might help alongside the Carrion Feeder/Gravecrawler package. Blasting Station could also be useful. Blue-zombies in particular have access to Skaab Ruinator, which is a pretty efficient/chunky body, and possibly something to build your deck around - and going down that route both Mire Triton and Stitcher's Supplier might help get it out faster. Cryptbreaker is another interesting zombie that could be considered, depending on what you’re doing - it does play better in midrange strategies so if your deck ends up being one of attrition then its worth including.

lhetrick13 on Priest of Cutthroat Blood

1 month ago

PlanesRunner73 - I like the deck and the concept, but with hardly any one drops and very little interaction with your opponent, it feels like this deck will struggle getting set up as you will not really hit your stride for about 4-5 turns. That is assuming your opponent does not interact with your board at all either.

Also feels like the deck is really missing a strong win combo. You do have a lot of sacrificing related cards but if the main thing is built around you shaving away at your opponents health with Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, and Priest of the forgotten gods when you sacrifice creatures with Priest of the forgotten gods, that requires a lot of creatures/tokens on the field unless you are going to sacrifice key creatures that you can only return to the battlefield with a single card in the deck. Maybe Unearth or Call of the Death-Dweller would be a good addition in case you lack the board presence to effectively sac creatures you can bring them back if needed. I also feel like you could likely get a bit more graveyard reanimation with cards like Oathsworn Vampire.

I am far from an expert but those are my two cents just looking at the deck. Good luck and happy brewing!

LandoLRodriguez on From Dusk Till Dawn

1 month ago

I have an Elenda deck as well! I would highly recommend Massacre Girl. As long as Elenda has at least 1 counter on her already, and assuming there's other small creatures out, Massacre Girl will kill everything but Elenda and herself, and Elenda will witness every death and love every second of it. Personally, I found the creatures that did single target damage on creature death (Blood Artist and Falkenrath Noble, namely) to be expendable. Looks like you've got almost all the important hitters that ding everyone else when your creatures die (Zulaport Cutthroat, Cruel Celebrant, and Bastion of Remembrance) and that is usually enough. Although you are missing Vindictive Vampire. I'd also recommend Grim Haruspex for card draw, although tokens dying don't trigger it. Feel free to check out my list here! Dusk Rose Parade

TheMartyrMaker on Sacrificial Lambs

1 month ago

thanks a ton. Underrealm Lich and Acidic Slime are on my to add list already. and for Blightstep Pathway  Flip i was just saying the other day i need to do some land work on this deck to make it run more efficiently so thank for pointing out to change to Darkbore Pathway  Flip.

i had never heard of Blood Artist or Grim Haruspex but ill make sure i grab them and find a way to work them in same with Krosan Grip and Indrik Stomphowler.

to_regatha_and_beyond on Sacrificial Lambs

1 month ago

Good deck all around. I do have a couple of suggestions based on my long history with Meren.

1- Replace Blightstep Pathway  Flip with Darkbore Pathway  Flip. I'm assuming that's what you meant to enter?

2- Underrealm Lich is super underplayed in these reanimation-based decks, but it's beyond useful. It fills up your graveyard and protects you from milling out.

3- Blood Artist is pretty much a must-have for any aristocrats deck.

4- Grim Haruspex is incredible for card advantage.

5- Cards like Acidic Slime, Krosan Grip, and Indrik Stomphowler as most graveyard-hate cards are artifacts and enchantments and you'll want to be able to shut those cards down whenever you can (think Tormod's Crypt, Rest in Peace, Leyline of the Void, Relic of Progenitus, etc). You have some, but you could have more.

I like the deck themes you're working with; this looks pretty different from my build but I think this could help improve your power level a bit.

Calum13395 on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 month ago

What do you think of Sanguinary Priest? He's 4 mana, which is much higher than Blood Artist and co, but the ability to target other player's creatures with your death triggers seems like a powerful way to control the board.

I guess the downside is that killing creatures rather than draining our opponents directly is slowing down our main wincon, and if we're just planning on draining then we should play one of the cheaper options instead...

Squee_Spirit_Guide on He went to Jarad

1 month ago

I like the look of this! A couple of things came to mind looking at the list Zulaport Cutthroat would be a good option if you need more Blood Artist effects. Collected Company could help get creatures out more quickly, and only doesn't hit Jarad himself. Worldly Tutor would be great for finding Jarad.

multimedia on Death by Mutation (Budget)

2 months ago

Thanks for the upvote. I find that creature tutors and entomb effects are good enough since all the combos here only require creatures not a noncreature card. Having tutors that put creatures directly into graveyard not hand is also helpful. Diabolic Tutor would be worth paying 4 mana if I needed an artifact or enchantment to combo, but that's not the case here. Good instinct to cut Diabolic.


Karmic Guide + Reveillark + Viscera Seer is the classic creature reanimation combo that's been around for years and honestly it's perfect with Nethroi since it's an all creature combo. What's nice about Lark with all creature combos is you can include in the combo a 2 power or less creature such as Vile Entomber to setup the rest of the combo for a wincon.

Karmic + Lark + Seer + Entomber you tutor/put into graveyard Blood Artist then Lark reanimates it to give the combo a wincon. Any other creature with 2 power or less who self-mill could replace Entomber to do the same thing just puts more cards into your graveyard such as Satyr Wayfinder.

Karmic Guide + Body Launderer + Viscera Seer is the new excellent combo for all creatures combos because it too can setup the rest of the combo by looting until you get Reveillark and Blood Artist into graveyard. Then Karmic + Launderer stops reanimating each other and instead one of them reanimates Lark who then reanimates Artist for the wincon.

If playing Body Launderer and Karmic Guide, Saffi Eriksdotter + Viscera Seer combos with each of these creatures too. Having a backup Launderer infinite loot combo piece is helpful.


In multiplayer Culling Ritual wrecks and it can make enough mana including a green mana that's needed to mutate Nethroi plus more. If you're using a combo that requires attacking with Nethroi or another creature then consider adding Culling since it can clear the battlefield of all tokens who could be blockers. Culling also destroys many of the best opponent graveyard hate cards Rest in Peace, Ground Seal, Scavenging Ooze, Grafdigger's Cage, Weathered Runestone, etc.

Speaking of graveyard hate that exiles that's why I'm playing Riftsweeper. It has a unique ETB trigger that lets me remove an exiled card putting back into my library. That's also why I'm playing Elixir of Immortality to combat against exiling of my entire graveyard since in response I can shuffle my graveyard back into my library. This is mostly to combat Bojuka Bog and Scavenger Grounds, the most played graveyard hate in Commander.

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