Cruel Celebrant

Cruel Celebrant

Creature — Vampire

Whenever Cruel Celebrant or another creature or planeswalker you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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War of the Spark (WAR) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Historic Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Cruel Celebrant Discussion

multimedia on Vampiric Eminence (Budget)

1 day ago

Hercules23, the most logical upgrade path is based on the amount you're willing to spend for upgrades, but I don't know what you're willing to spend. If you give me an idea of how much over $200 you want to spend then I can better help with upgrades. Phyrexian Altar is the best upgrade to make because it's an infinite combo with Oathsworn Vampire + Blood Artist/Cruel Celebrant because of eminence. This combo gives you a win condition with Vamps without having to attack.

MTGMad2 on Grim Sacrifice

5 days ago

Splash white for Cruel Celebrant

KibaAlpha on Teysa's Cheery Sacrifice

2 weeks ago

First you don’t need more than 37 lands.

You are missing the best 4 free sacrifice outlets Ashnod's Altar, Phyrexian Altar, Altar of Dementia and Spawning Pit.

Creature sacrifice outlets to add Viscera Seer, Woe Strider, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician.

Additional life drain cards Cruel Celebrant, Bastion of Remembrance and Vindictive Vampire.

You are lacking card draw look to add Skullclamp, Greed, Erebos, God of the Dead, Midnight Reaper and Dark Prophecy.

I’ll suggest more when I’m not at work.

Omnes_Spiritus on Lifegain for the Win

1 month ago

My first suggestion would be to add Arcane Signet. You will have a use for it in essentially every EDH deck, like Sol Ring.

In terms of competitive play Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista is considered the strongest life-gain combo (its a bit on the expensive side though). As seen here https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/im-walking-on-sunshine/ For your win condition Vizkopa Guildmage can situationally be cheaper than Sanguine Bond.

While there isn't much combat in competitive EDH, the 2 creatures that stick out to me are Serra Ascendant and Tymna the Weaver. Building on their styles of life-gain Serra Ascendant could easily be parred with Divinity of Pride, Resplendent Angel and Felidar Sovereign. Tymna the Weaver is an incredibly oppressive draw engine that synergizes with token-esk strategies. In modern, there is a fringe deck generally referred to as Soul Sisters that uses Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant in conjunction with small creatures to generate life gain triggers. With this, you can draw cards with Mentor of the Meek, Skullclamp, Dawn of Hope and Alhammarret's Archive. Other notable synergies include: Ajani's Pridemate, Angel of Vitality and Archangel of Thune.

Other fun stuff: Extort, Spirit Link + Lifesteal, Blood Artist/Zulaport Cutthroat/Cruel Celebrant, Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord and Kambal, Consul of Allocation.

Here are some recourses I use to build decks:

https://scryfall.com/advanced

https://edhrec.com/themes/lifegain

https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/budget-magic-94-15-tix-modern-stake-sisters

BaileyQG on Commander Alesha, Khan of the Mardu

1 month ago

Pitiless Plunderer + Squee, the Immortal along with Ashnod's Altar + Bastion of Remembrance can be a game-winning combo. Bastion can be replaced by Cruel Celebrant for a similar effect with different cost, but enchantments (typically) have more staying power on board.

I know that's like, 4 cards to add, but it seems like a common theme with this deck - set up a combo and win the game. But, that's most EDH from my minimal experience lol

Snowball501 on Mardu Aristocrats Ikoria

1 month ago

It's true. Dreadhorde Butcher is phenomenal on turn 2 or an empty board, but other than that I have not been overly impressed with it. It does have the capacity to run away with games, but I am not sure as we want to try to stretch our mana that way. It's definitely a better card than Cruel Celebrant but I'm not sure as we can split colors that far. Maybe I'm wrong tho, what would the manabase look like?

Halflingz on Queen Marchesa

1 month ago

Board wipes that seem "on theme" and white "ramp" to consider. Kaya's Wrath Fumigate Retaliate Austere Command Decree of Pain Martial Coup Merciless Eviction Descent of Dragons Angel of the Dire Hour Magister of Worth Sunblast Angel Boreas Charger Oreskos Explorer Surveyor's Scope Solemn Simulacrum Sword of the Animist Verge Rangers Smothering Tithe Sword of Feast and Famine Dowsing Dagger  Flip

Queen Marchesa doesn't have a clear single way to build so you have lots of options. However, I feel like said you want to play her like the Kween she is and create a royal court full of politicin' and group interaction to make all the boys whine. I don't think you want to discourgage people from taking the monarch from you, more encourage them to swing others IE: NO Ghostly Prisons, YES Teysa effects. Punish the ones who swing you only after the fact and reward the ones who swing others. There is a lot listed!

Politic theme links to Scryfall searches Monarch, Will of the Council, Council's Dilemma, Join Forces, Curses, Tempting offer, Goad

You will also want to get retake the throne each turn and lets face it, the Assasin's won't always get through Dauthi Embrace Dauthi Trapper Nether Shadow Nether Traitor Soltari Visionary Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul Break Through the Line Ferropede Gingerbrute Key to the City Whispersilk Cloak Trailblazer's Boots Zhang He, Wei General Yellow Scarves Cavalry Wei Night Raiders Wei Scout Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior Shadow Alley Denizen

Finally here are some other fun interactions befitting the royal court. Crown of Doom Kor Haven Cathars' Crusade Electropotence + Pandemonium (Nasty with deathtouch) Field of the Dead Mentor of the Meek In the Web of War Mace of the Valiant Ogre Battledriver Orc Sureshot Mathas, Fiend Seeker Master of Cruelties Anya, Merciless Angel Tree of Perdition Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Ashling, the Extinguisher Azra Oddsmaker Aurification Bloodforged Battle-Axe Contested War Zone Thaumatic Compass  Flip Dread Elbrus, the Binding Blade  Flip Iroas, God of Victory Aurelia, the Warleader Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Five-Alarm Fire Hellrider Hixus, Prison Warden Larceny Necropolis Regent No Mercy Phage the Untouchable Quietus Spike Skeleton Key Throat Slitter Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Vraska, Scheming Gorgon Scourge of the Throne Akroan Horse Captive Audience Goblin Spymaster Forbidden Orchard Clackbridge Troll Hunted Dragon Hunted Lammasu Hunted Horror

Theme directions to explore? Lifegain to stay above the swings? Angelic Chorus Answered Prayers Anointer Priest Authority of the Consuls Ayara, First of Locthwain Daxos, Blessed by the Sun Healer of the Pride Impassioned Orator Pious Evangel  Flip Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Archangel of Thune Suture Priest Ajani's Welcome Dawn of Hope Deathgreeter Exquisite Blood Epicure of Blood Falkenrath Noble Karlov of the Ghost Council Noble Purpose Righteous Cause Sanguine Bond Searing Meditation Seraph Sanctuary Serene Steward Shattered Angel Spirit Loop Sun Droplet Vizkopa Guildmage Well of Lost Dreams Alhammarret's Archive Licia, Sanguine Tribune Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Eternity Vessel Chalice of Life  Flip Resolute Archangel Storm Herd Felidar Sovereign Divinity of Pride Serra Ascendant

Aristocrats of the Court (slow life drain strategy)? Bastion of Remembrance Corpse Knight Impact Tremors Purphoros, God of the Forge Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Outpost Siege Bontu's Monument Brutal Hordechief Campaign of Vengeance Cliffhaven Vampire Cruel Celebrant Kambal, Consul of Allocation Polluted Bonds Retreat to Hagra Vindictive Vampire revenge Sorin, Grim Nemesis Judith, the Scourge Diva Stalking Vengeance Syr Konrad, the Grim

TheSimikBOat on TRY JUND! [Ikoria]

1 month ago

Fiend Artisan is bad in this deck because I don't have a lot of creatures.

I designed a deck based on Fiend Artisan and Nethroi, Apex of Death, that uses the artisan to sacrifice and search for value-generating creatures, Cruel Celebrant and a sacrifice outlet (Woe Strider); then mutate Nethroi with cheap Mutate Spells, returning the Cruel Celebrants and then with Woe Strider sacrifice the creatures to drain the opponents to death. Works in a similar way to the old Rally the Ancestors decks of Oath of the Gatewatch standard.

Here is the link to the deck (only the maindeck): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2910771#paper

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