Cruel Celebrant

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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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

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.

SufferFromEDHD on Athreos White Black Undying Evil

3 months ago

This is a neat build. At first I was turned off by the redundancy of the creatures overlapping with Atheros ability. I figured ETB/LTB effects would be the best way to abuse Atheros. But I am sucker for gimmicks/themes and I like the direction of this.

Bloodghast and Nether Traitor are auto includes to this strategy.

PlagueSpitter would be an upgrade to Noxious Field.

Deathgreeter, Cruel Celebrant, Daxos, Blessed by the Sun, Harvester of Souls, Body Launderer, Pitiless Plunderer, etc. type effects might be the engine missing from this strategy.

Vanishing Verse is slowly becoming one of my favorite removal spells. It would round out the playset of Orzhov exile.

Crypt of Agadeem on theme land.

And as always Null Brooch = <3

LandoLRodriguez on From Dusk Till Dawn

5 months ago

I have an Elenda deck as well! I would highly recommend Massacre Girl. As long as Elenda has at least 1 counter on her already, and assuming there's other small creatures out, Massacre Girl will kill everything but Elenda and herself, and Elenda will witness every death and love every second of it. Personally, I found the creatures that did single target damage on creature death (Blood Artist and Falkenrath Noble, namely) to be expendable. Looks like you've got almost all the important hitters that ding everyone else when your creatures die (Zulaport Cutthroat, Cruel Celebrant, and Bastion of Remembrance) and that is usually enough. Although you are missing Vindictive Vampire. I'd also recommend Grim Haruspex for card draw, although tokens dying don't trigger it. Feel free to check out my list here! Dusk Rose Parade

Mthibodeau on From Dusk Till Dawn

8 months ago

Removed Corpse Knight and added Cruel Celebrant.

GizmoTurtulez on From Dusk Till Dawn

8 months ago

Cruel Celebrant, Gift of Immortality, High Market, Supernatural Stamina, Phyrexian Reclamation, Captivating Vampire, Massacre Wurm, Morbid Opportunist have all been great in my list, i try to focus more on simply sacrificing Elenda rather than protect her, as the biggest worries are mass bounce and exile. Sadistic Hypnotist is great if you're feeling mean

nbarry223 on Glittering Company

1 year ago

Few Groupings / General Notes

Viscera Seer / Carrion Feeder / Cartel Aristocrat / Glittering Wish

ANTI -1/-1
Vizier of Remedies / Melira, Sylvok Outcast / Good-Fortune Unicorn (doesn't work with Devoted Druid) / Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit (doesn't work with Devoted Druid) / Glittering Wish

-1/-1 Win-Con (don't work with Vizier of Remedies / Melira, Sylvok Outcast)
Obelisk Spider / Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons / Glittering Wish

Lifegain Win-Con
Blood Artist / Cruel Celebrant / Dina, Soul Steeper / Glittering Wish

Mana Win-Con
Rhonas the Indomitable / Lair of the Hydra / Walking Ballista / Glittering Wish

Solo Combo Pieces
Kitchen Finks all-star
Devoted Druid all-star
Spike Feeder
Heliod, Sun-Crowned decent
Saffi Eriksdotter
Renegade Rallier also can ramp


  • Multiple legendaries are bad
  • Multiples of any grouping is bad
  • Kitchen Finks is good in multiples (good value)
  • Devoted Druid is decent in multiples (ramp)
  • If a card is multicolored, running 3 or less copies main lets you run +4 virtual copies for

Key Combos

Math to follow, just had to organize what I was going to be calculating for first.

JacobAGrossman on Glittering Company

1 year ago

I like having a little bit of everything going on. The deck has worked so well all these years and been so resilient because of its ability to adapt and my focus on that. The reason for the multiple win cons in the deck is to get around however my opponent is trying to stop me. If they deny access to the graveyard, I still have infinite life available with 1 Spike Feeder. The combo does actually come up often with 4 tutors that look at the top 6 cards, and 4 tutors that can just straight up put it in play. I get it almost every single game that I actually need it and seek it out. And if I'm denied infinite life, I have the infinite mana to swing through.

I agree it definitely could be optimized, and I like the cards you're suggesting. I just don't want to cut an entire strategy to do so, especially one that can be crucially useful for what it plays around. But I do like going more all in on the things I do have already going on. That was the thought behind including a Blood Artist main, backing the whole deck up with Eternal Witness, Endurance, Renegade Rallier, and Saffi Eriksdotter.

But maybe some of the fluffier things can change around. Maybe having Dina, Soul Steeper and / or Cruel Celebrant on the side is enough to take out Blood Artist main.

Maybe Dauthi Voidwalker is redundant after Endurance and Ashiok, Dream Render.

I never get the Saffi Eriksdotter and Renegade Rallier combo off, and only the latter is actually really good throughout the whole game. Although I like having a 2 mana protector, but it feels like I might as well go with like Giver of Runes or something at that point, which is meh.

Other thoughts include putting in more Devoted Druids for reasons I'm not even sure of yet. Or going back to Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit for more counters shenanigans. Not sure which direction to go yet.

nbarry223 on Glittering Company

1 year ago

I'm just going to ramble here, but probably some decent ideas to consider.

Bretagard Stronghold could be a thought for re-using persist triggers or just pumping creatures. Hex Parasite is an interesting idea with Kitchen Finks or maybe even Devoted Druid that just might be abusable (not quite infinite).

Cruel Celebrant is essentially a Blood Artist that doesn't target and is wishable. It's comparable to Dina, Soul Steeper except it doesn't work with the Spike Feeder + Heliod, Sun-Crowned combo but does work for Saffi Eriksdotter + Renegade Rallier. Since the second group is all multicolored, you could probably change some things around to allow for wishing for more game enders, and potentially freeing up some redundant slots while you are at it.

Obelisk Spider seems like it would work with Good-Fortune Unicorn and persist triggers etc. so it may be worth shuffling some cards around there. Also, now that I think about it, you could have Cauldron Haze as a persist set up giving you a nice protection option / potential sac outlet. You can also use Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons to make lots of tokens with triggers instead of going for life (probably not as ideal).

Varolz, the Scar-Striped might be a more versatile sacrifice outlet than Cartel Aristocrat. The scavenge synergizes nicely with persist, allowing some interesting plays. Unfortunately, you don't really have any cheaply costed overpowered creatures, so you miss some opportunities with Devoted Druid and mana.

So I'm thinking something like:
-1 Spike Feeder - only really works with Heliod, Sun-Crowned who combos with other cards like Kitchen Finks
-2 Vizier of Remedies
+2 Good-Fortune Unicorn
+1 Obelisk Spider
+1 Bretagard Stronghold
-1 Indatha Triome or Forest

-1 Dina, Soul Steeper
-1 Dromoka's Command
-1 Quillspike
+1 Cruel Celebrant
+1 Obelisk Spider or Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons
+1 Cauldron Haze

You could also concentrate more on certain infinite combos instead of being spread as much, but there's downsides to that as well.

zapyourtumor on Soylent Black is PEOPLE!!!

1 year ago

Village Rites > Altar's Reap

Eaten Alive > Spark Harvest/Bone Splinters

Konrad seems too slow and doesn't have much impact for a 5 drop.

One thing you badly need here is an instant-speed reusable sac outlet. which can be used to sac your tap creatures for untapped tokens to surprise block, or just sac anything that is targeted with exile removal, or get instant speed card draw/drain. The only good one in pioneer thats a human is Cartel Aristocrat, and it might be worth splashing white just for that. White would also let you run Cruel Celebrant (not a vampire unfortunately), and maybe Return to the Ranks.

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