Consuming Aberration

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy 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
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Consuming Aberration

Creature — Horror

This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your opponents' graveyards.

Whenever you cast a spell, each opponent reveals cards from the top of their library until they reveal a land card, then puts those cards into their graveyard.

DemonDragonJ on Mind Over Matter

1 month ago

I have replaced Consuming Aberration with Esper Sentinel, which reduced this deck's average converted mana cost from 3.89 to 3.82, and also improved the balance of colors within the deck, as well, which is very good, as the sentinel better suits the theme of this deck than did the aberration.

DemonDragonJ on Diabolical Machinations

1 month ago

I have replaced Consuming Aberration with Plaguecrafter, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 4.40 to 4.37, because the latter creature better fits the theme of this deck than did the former creature; this deck does not generate any tokens and has only a minimal focus on creature reanimation, so I shall need to sacrifice Plaguecrafter to its own ability, more often than not, but that shall still hurt my opponents and help advance this deck's strategy, which is a good thing.

Gidgetimer on Should I Keep Consuming Aberration …

1 month ago

The Mimeoplasm seems like the type of deck that Consuming Aberration would thrive in. I would cut it from the other 2 decks.

I'm not sure how much my replacement suggestions are going to be to your liking since I feel like your decks need mana ramp and you have been resistant to that suggestion in the past. So I would add a talisman to each deck. Since they are replacing a UB creature Talisman of Dominance is the easy one to name off, but any from the "pain lands, but as artifacts" cycle would do. To fulfil your "preferably creatures" requirement I'd say Grand Abolisher in Sen Triplets and Plaguecrafter for Thraximundar.

DemonDragonJ on Should I Keep Consuming Aberration …

1 month ago

I have a copy of Consuming Aberration in three different EDH decks of mine: The Mimeoplasm deck, my Thraximundar deck, and my Sen Triplets deck, but I am wondering if I should keep it those decks; it is very useful in The Mimeoplasm deck, as that deck uses graveyards as resources, but the other two decks typically do not care very much about my opponents' graveyards, so I am wondering what other cards I could put into those decks in place of Consuming Aberration (preferably creatures with a mana value no greater than 5, so as not to raise the mana curves of those decks).

What does everyone else say about this subject? Should I keep Consuming Aberration in those decks, and, if not, what cards do you suggest as replacements for it?

UltimateRoxas40 on Eldritch Captain of the Deep [Lovecraftian Primer]

4 months ago


That's normally the case, but a bunch of cards from this Ravnica Block say 'Reveal X cards from the top of your Library until...'. That reveal condition makes it not technically Mill, which is just put cards from your library into the graveyard.

So it doesn't trigger Zellix, who cares about the Mill Keyword, but it does work for Captain N'ghathrod, who cares about any cards that enter the graveyard from the library (regardless if they pass that 'reveal' zone).

A good rule of thumb if you aren't sure if it's officially Mill or not is to check the Gatherer page.

That will have all the updated/errated cards with their official oracle text. Like Archive Trap was errated to say '...Mill 13 cards', but Consuming Aberration doesn't have that change.

I had to change out a bunch of cards that have the Reveal Mill effect when I switched this deck over from Lazav, Dimir Mastermind. It's such a small distinction haha. But I kept Consuming Aberration in this deck because it's still really effective, and it's flavor is on point with my Lovecraftian theme.

MistaMint on Eldritch Captain of the Deep [Lovecraftian Primer]

4 months ago

Isn't Consuming Aberration still considered to have mill on it and it's ability counts towards Zelix still? It came out in the Return to Ravnica block, so it's a clunky and outdated way of saying mill. Just like all old creatures that have keywords spelled out on them from before there were keywords are considered to have those keywords.

I play a very similar deck, and couldn't help but notice that comment. Anytime a player puts cards from the top of their library into their graveyard is considered mill even if it doesn't say mill, at least that is the way I've been playing the game. Just want you to get full use out of your cards

HeyImVegan on [Zellix] Kill with Mill (unlikely)

6 months ago

UltimateRoxas40 thank you for your comment!

Appreciate your information on mill; Im aware that not all effects count as "mill" and have no synergies with Zellix or Bruvac. There is also Consuming Aberration which wont work unfortunately..

Court of Cunning is a really nice addittion to the deck and i have that card laying around. Now i just need to find out what to cut for it

Lord_Olga on Mill deck

9 months ago

I'm personally okay with the presence of Jace's Phantasm, its cheap, big, and lets you defend yourself on the board. Your focus is milling, but you will have to keep yourself alive from attacks while you are doing the milling. It also gives you the option to attack if the mill doesn't work out and limits your opponents options as well. If you would like something less conditional and more focused on defense, Aegis Turtle can do it too.

I would probably remove Consuming Aberration and Cryptic Serpent as they're both expensive. You're going to want the game to be nearly over by the time you'll even be able to consider summoming either of them, and if their library is nearly empty, you wont need to blow 5 mana on a big creature, wait another turn, and start casting spells to finish the job.

In terms of adding cards, I'd recommend throwing in a couple Fraying Sanity. It's a little bit of a mana investment, but will double all your mill effects for the next few turns accelerating the pace of your victory. I'd definitely do some of the swaps wallisface mentioned in the last two points, except for maybe Tasha's Hideous Laughter since it doesn't put cards in the graveyard which will not trigger some of your effects, not worth the trade off to me for something that will mill maybe 8 cards, which is very doable already in this deck.

Additional note, in general when building for modern you want to keep your mana costs low unless you have mana ramp in the deck. Try not to go higher than 3 or 4 cost cards if you can help it. Keeps the deck efficient. Also for efficiency, try to get down to 60 cards. Even that extra 2 makes a draw rate difference that you dont want.

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