Cabal Therapist

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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

Cabal Therapist

Creature — Horror Mercenary

Menace

At the beginning of your precombat main phase, you may sacrifice a creature. When you do, choose a nonland card name, then target player reveals their hand and discards all cards with that name.

lagotripha on Cult of the Forgotten Gods

5 months ago

Biggest question - how competitive do you want to be? Cause there are great sacrifice cards and effects for competitive play that just shouldn't mix with things on a more fun casual level.

On the competitive end, I'd look at CMC 1 and two, with a focus on card advantage and disruption; Bomat Courier for refilling the hand, Cabal Therapist as ersatz thoughtsieze, Carrion Feeder and Ravenous Squirrel as a chunky creature and repeatable sac outlet, cards like Dockside Chef as extra squirrel copies, there are a lot of really good options.

The hard part is what you are trying to sacrifice - cards that like being in the graveyard and come back tend to get pricy, meaning that you'll probably get more from token value - Mogg War Marshal is about the best budget option, but even there its only 3 triggers for two mana. An artifacts matter list is an option - bomat courier, Glaze Fiend, the dog from the new set and so on would let you run Oni-Cult Anvil or Pia's Revolution for a lot of value, while also taking advantage of treasure, blood food and other 'artifact tokens' as they are printed.

Young Pyromancer is a classic for a reason, but it does need instants and sorceries - more value from Dragon Fodder, but less from return from graveyard effects.

All told, a lot of it is about the kind of deck you want to build. All in elemental awakener is great, trying to loop changelings with awakener and stuff like Prowess of the Fair is hilarious if you want to go that route too.

Kazierts on Oops, All 1 Drop Zombies

9 months ago

Sorry for not realizing the entire deck was meant to be CMC 1, not just the creatures. With this in mind, I got a few other suggestions.

  • Cabal Therapy is a great discard spell that sees a lot of play in Legacy already. Alternatively, you could use Cabal Therapist for repeatable discard, though it's not on tribe.

  • Ghoulcaller's Chant could be an option in case you see the life loss from Phyrexian Reclamation being too much of a problem. Sure, it isn't repeatable but in some cases getting two zombies at once without losing life could be very useful.

  • One creature that's on tribe is Stitcher's Supplier. Since you have quite a few zombies that want to be in the graveyard in order to reanimate themselves, the Supplier can help you get them there.

HobbyMan5000 on Manaless Dredge

11 months ago

Epic, Cabal Therapist might be good.

Daveslab2022 on Will WotC Eventually Print an …

1 year ago

WOTC has been printing old effect onto creatures. Cabal Therapist is the only one I can think of rn, but I believe that they are doing this to give some more counter play to these kinds of effects. I do think that they may print a creature with that effect, but I think Urza, Lord High Artificer is the closest we’re going to get anytime soon.

lagotripha on BG budget Infect

1 year ago

I like this list. I'd consider Become Immense as a 1-of.

If I was building it myself, I'd turn up the hand disruption, run Cabal Therapist , and throw stuff like Tainted Strike or Apprentice Necromancer into the sideboard for the sake of silly wins, but I don't think those are actual improvements to the deck.

lagotripha on B/W Token Control

1 year ago

I like this list, but I feel like it should be more aggressively sideboarded - with traditionally sideboard plainswalkers mainboard, you've already freed up ~4 slots for those matchups, and control lists are already about reading the meta and packing answers.

In terms of budget discard, I've always leaned into 'going topdeck mode' with symetrical discard effects like Delirium Skeins , or just trying to reccur Raven's Crime (even without land recursion, it lets you trade otherwise dead land draws for a discard). Packing your sideboard with 15 duress variants will jank out wins. Cabal Therapist might be optimal here, but Cry of Contrition and Divest will do fine.

Right now I'd lean into more instant speed removal for all the lumimancer blitz and cut some more neiche answers, but it really depends on what you expect to face. Budget lists are all about reading the meta to see what drawbacks don't matter.

abby315 on Lurrus Rock

1 year ago

Did you give Cabal Therapist any consideration? I'm curious if it'd be good enough.

BiggRedd54 on The Great thief imposter

1 year ago

-1 Mob Rule cause it’s a shyte card. -1 Cabal Therapist <~ +1 Syphon Mind

You should build Blim instead. He’d be funner and also give you a sub theme strategy rather than just discard and exile. I think you can still roll with Valki and Tibby boy, but they’d be better as a surprise in the 99.

There are a lot of discard cards out there that will refine your strategy once you find them.

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