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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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Cruel Celebrant Discussion
2 days ago
I am looking to improve the Ruthless Regiment deck, whose main commander is Jirina Koudro.
For the game plan: human tribal, mardu, aggro aggressive (creatures that can be launched quickly and evolve) and with some midrange effects.
I've already tried several games with Silvar, Devourer of the Free in command, but it didn't do me any more.
Where I'm having the most trouble is identifying which cards to remove and which to add to the counterpart.
My budget to start all these modifications is about $50 and i will make it evolve later.
I've identified a few cards that I like:
- General Kudro of Drannith
- Cruel Celebrant
- Demonic Tutor
- Outlaws' Merriment
- Judith, the Scourge Diva
- Kambal, Consul of Allocation
- Mikaeus, the Lunarch
- Swords to Plowshares
- Yahenni, Undying Partisan
- Tajic, Legion's Edge
I also heard about the combo with these cards:
Thank you all
2 weeks ago
REPLYING: Yeah the camps I mentioned are nice for lifelink and such. You don't have any way to make sure your creatures die, so I'd prob take out Cruel Celebrant in favor of something else (but idk). Lol I suck at mana so can't help there
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
1 month ago
Hey there, I just updated my deck to the list I ended up running in the tournament (it was reported to a month later in favor of multiplayer commander as many of us had unfinished decks)
I had the opportunity to trade for some cards and made a lot of changes to the deck, adding more hand attack and removal to better fit the meta, and removing all accelerants. Sorry I didn't see your comment, but from my experience at the tournament I don't think a banner effect would've helped me much.
So about the tournament (more like an FNM to be honest) : there were only 4 of us so we played against every one of us and I faced :
A Feather, the Redeemed deck which had a lot of cards that targeted its commander for value, and this was the matchup I was quite scared of as it would surely pack quite a few 'protection from color' cards that would blank all of my removal, and my lifegain isn't quite as useful as the deck intends to win on commander damage. I still managed to win 2-1, thanks mostly to Kambal, Consul of Allocation as my opponent played a lot of spells every turn and Priest of Forgotten Gods which helped me kill Feather through all the protection and damage prevention spells.
A Grenzo, Havoc Raiser deck full of goblins that I thought I had a good matchup against but it was still scary as it was very well optimized. I lost 1-2, losing every game in which I was on the draw as the goblin horde was just too hard to deal with (especially Goblin Recruiter which absolutely destroyed me one game). Sram's Expertise and Cruel Celebrant proved to be very strong in this matchup.
A Heliod, Sun-Crowned deck with lots of enchant-based removal, cheap creatures and the infamous Walking Ballista combo. I think this was my best matchup as most of my removal would easily stop the balista combo and I was right. I won 2-1, thanks to my greater card advantage with Skullclamp and Hymn to Tourach, and the one game i lost was besause I had only black creatures and my opponent gave protection from black to his commander out of nowhere, so if I do get a banner effect it probably won't be Honor of the Pure x).
Thus I came in second place in the tournament, not too bad for a first :) (though I did play 5-10 games with the deck before the tournament to test it and make changes)
Overall I felt like Lingering Souls was the strongest card in my deck as it provided sacrifice fodder, an evasive threat, and creatures entering the battlefield for the soul sisters. Effects like Unearth, Vesperlark and Revival / Revenge gave me a lot of value throughout the games and were key to my success.
It was very fun playing this Karlov deck that I intended as an aggro deck with a good amount of card draw as I'm generally not a fan of aggro but I really didn't have the cards to make a proper control or combo deck. I'll be playing it again and hopefully updating it from time to time.
1 month ago
Sure, Ghast lets you double your mana but when you play him you’re already at 4 mana and your top end is 5. You really don’t need the mana doubling ability, and extort is just meh, since you will hopefully curve out and spend all your mana every turn anyways. Having multiple heartless summonings in your hand and this guy in the field also feels really bad, since you CAN cast them but don’t really want too.
As far as Unearth, it just doesn’t fit with the core theme of the deck. It’s cool to bring back dudes, but the few you do have to return aren’t amazing.
1 month ago
I have to admit some bias right out of the gate because I love any deck that includes Judith, the Scourge Diva. Alongside Ajani, Jace, Ashiok, Chandra et al we have Judith. But she isn't just some ol' lady. She's a friggin scourge diva to boot! Sorry but I love her!
I didn't have the wild cards for Hero of Precinct One and a few other random cards so I made a few small changes but in doing so I decided to add Luminous Broodmoth. I started off strong dropping a Footlight Fiend turn one, turn two Cruel Celebrant, got out an early Teysa Karlov and good ol' Judy and then I dropped a Dreadhorde Butcher. Next turn I pulled Kaya's Wrath and with that opponent went from 20 to 0 before all the triggers resolved. Holy SHIT. The best part is that with LB up there added they all came right back so if for some reason it wasn't enough I still have a full board and on top of that they're all now fliers. Nice concept though man. So much more effective than I was expecting!!
1 month ago
Cruel Celebrant for the same mana as corpse knight does more especially when your focus seems to be to kill your things. Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose will turn any lifegain into damage as well which works well with Ajani's Welcome and Cruel Celebrant. Teysa Karlov is a must have in any deck focusing on triggers caused by creatures dying, although she is a little higher mana cost. Dark Prophecy will help you draw cards and play things faster since you would have a lot of mana from cryptgast.