Champion of Stray Souls

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Champion of Stray Souls

Creature — Skeleton Warrior

, , Sacrifice X other creatures: Return X target creatures from your graveyard to the battlefield.

: Put Champion of Stray Souls on top of your library from your graveyard.

TheVectornaut on Dead of Night

7 months ago

I think the biggest weakness of this deck is that it's hard to curve out early with so many of the slots occupied by cards at 3 CMC or higher. The ideal play pattern is probably to slam down Champion of the Perished on turn 1 and then follow up with a zombie or 2 every following turn until finishing with a bomb. This is difficult to do with Relentless Dead as your only 2 drop, and if you don't draw Champion, the lack of 1 drops makes things even worse. I'd recommend adding something like Gravecrawler, Diregraf Ghoul, Cryptbreaker, or Dread Wanderer to provide early pressure in the absence of a champion. Then, on 2, I personally like Undead Augur for the draw, especially paired with a sac outlet like Carrion Feeder. Other 2s could be Waste Not with a discard package, Graveyard Marshal as a lordless Cemetery Reaper, or you could dedicate the slots to cheaper removal. Invoke Despair is very flashy but seldom as efficient as a Thoughtseize or Fatal Push. On 3, you have enough cards, although I would still offer Geralf's Messenger, Diregraf Colossus, and Lord of the Accursed as other options to consider. To make room, the most obvious place to start is the bloated 6-slot, and as much as I love using him in my Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest EDH deck, Champion of Stray Souls is very slow in 60-card formats. Helm of the Host, Liliana, Dreadhorde General, and Killing Wave (without a drain package with Gray Merchant of Asphodel) also seem underwhelming to me. It should be noted that I'm using modern as the basis for my evaluation. If your local casual meta is slow enough, running more big guys isn't as big of a problem, although I'd still try for more 1s and 2s just to avoid games where you're bricked until turn 3.

1empyrean on

1 year ago

I think building an artifacts deck around Ashnod isn't really exploring anything new with her.

Anyways, here are some suggestions for cards that I think are interesting. Not all of these will really work for thr deck you are trying to build, but some will.

Pentavus, Priest of the forgotten gods, Dreamscape Artist, Ruthless Knave, Scrap Welder, Sloppity Bilepiper, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Champion of Stray Souls

seshiro_of_the_orochi on More cards like Phyrexian Reclamation

1 year ago

Working with Syrix, Carrier of the Flame?

Champion of Stray Souls has something similar going, although a lot more expensive. I'm also trying to include a little dredge to get creature cards out of the graveyard. Gravewaker is bullshit-expensive to activate, but is another possibility. Another useful card might be Undead Gladiator.

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