Butcher of Malakir

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander Anthology (CM1) None
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi (DDP) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
Worldwake (WWK) Rare

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Butcher of Malakir

Creature — Vampire Warrior

Flying

Whenever Butcher of Malakir or another creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.

Butcher of Malakir Discussion

CavemanlyMan on Cracking Rats - New and Improved

5 days ago

I love random, obscure tribals. My input would be that both Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact are better than Butcher of Malakir . If you want more death triggers you can consider Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat , Falkenrath Noble , Vindictive Vampire , ect, ect.

Also, Torgaar, Famine Incarnate seems weak when things like Scytheclaw , Quietus Spike , Virtus the Veiled , and other things that half life totals exist.

lazarusdraigon on The King Who Sacrificed It All

1 week ago

Pawn of Ulamog gives sac fodder and mana. Grim Haruspex and Butcher of Malakir staples in an aristocrats style deck

SideBae on Corrupt Aristocracy (Ertai)

2 weeks ago

So my first comment is that consistency issues are generally well-remedied by tutors, so including the Dark Petition and such should help.

Tidespout Tyrant was not meant as a combo piece. I meant it as an example of a stupid-good reanimation target, which you could use as a secondary win-condition in itself. Reanimating it can frequently swing the odds toward you.

The best way to find out what to cut in a deck is to playtest and see which cards rot in your hand while you wish they were something else. That being said, there is some a priori advice I can give you, and I'll try. Here goes:

  1. Generally, you want your curve to taper off around 5-ish, with maybe a few cards above that (excluding alternate cost cards like Commandeer , if you're running those). I feel like running all three cavaliers is likely excessive, since they're high casting-cost and you're unlikely to need all too many of them.

  2. You want to maximize the relevance of your spells. I've never liked Deathpact Angel , since there're likely better cards you can be running.

  3. Including tutors means you can lower your level of redundancy. I would cut Butcher of Malakir , since you already have Grave Pact and you can just tutor for it with Diabolic Tutor when you need it. (Note the underlying principle here: Diabolic Tutor can fetch the Grave Pact if that's what you need, or anything else for that matter; thus, Diabolic Tutor acts as more efficiently as a source of redundancy than a second card with the same effect.)

  4. I guess my advice can be summed up this way: Playtest the hell out of your deck, but if that's not enough, lower the curve and increase card-slot efficiency. Cards that represent a lot of effects (like tutors or modal spells) are generally better than rigid cards.

Good luck! I'm glad you found my first comment helpful.

Unha110w3d on Mazirek Golgari Aristocrats

2 weeks ago

Nice deck, you should consider adding Spore Frog is always nice to have to prevent combat damage also it's a sacrifice creature. As well as Butcher of Malakir , which will let you combo with sacrifices and with your commander out that means big creatures for you.

skibulk on Black Hulk ... Bulk

1 month ago

Seems really solid. Good job. You probably already know about the popular Reveillark / Body Double infinite combo? I know you just win with this deck, but I saw Abyssal Gatekeeper in your SB and thought Butcher of Malakir would be a step up.

patrickd117 on Scarab God Future

1 month ago

I'm not a big fan of: Butcher of Malakir It's a lot of mana, even if you're getting it reanimated. Stitcher Geralf has never impressed me. It's so slow and uses the same resource as Scarab. Unclaimed Territory has gotten worse and worse as you've cut more and more zombies. It's strictly worse than a swamp now, since you have no zombies that cost U. Undermine is just kinda worse than so many other options. Three damage just doesn't tend to matter. Same with Countersquall .

Generally, I think you want more ramp. Burnished Hart jumps to mind as a good option.

muffpuncher on Geth Mill and Zombers

1 month ago

Things to remove and why:

Worry Beads - too slow Endless ranks of the dead- dead if you don't have other zombies out

From Under the Floorboards - no way to activate madness which is what makes it good

Unbreathing Horde - you can keep if you want, but it only helps if you self mill and you just don't have that many creatures

Ashnod's Altar - you don't consistently have enough creatures to feed it, instead use a land slot or something and get a Phyrexian Tower

Dark Salvation - keep it only if you can fix your mana generation issues. If you can consistently get 10+ mana a game then keep it.

Exsanguinate - it's just a worse Torment of hailfire, and again you don't generate 20+ mana consistently.

Butcher of Malakir - Costs too much mana, and when you need to wipe the board you have boardwipes to do that anyways.

Things to add:

Codex Shredder

Unwinding Clock

Embalmer's Tools

Altar of Dementia swap that one out for Ashnod's, it's better in this deck

Grindclock , it's slow but it gets a lot better with Unwinding clock, and if you can land it early it'll do some serious work over the course of a game.

Helm of Obedience is a pricey card but definitely would do work here

Millstone if you took that one out

Phyrexian Arena // Necropotence to keep your hand full

Piew on Rayami, The Sampler

1 month ago

Death triggers such as Blade of the Bloodchief , Blood Artist , Butcher of Malakir , Roalesk, Apex Hybrid , Grave Pact are muted by Rayami's first ability.

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Butcher of Malakir occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.07%

Black: 0.51%

Golgari: 0.44%

Rakdos: 0.23%

WB (Orzhov): 0.55%