Culling the Weak


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Exodus (EXO) Common

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Culling the Weak


As an additional cost to play Culling the Weak, sacrifice a creature.

Add (Black)(Black)(Black)(Black) to your mana pool.

Culling the Weak Discussion

BS-T on Who say's dreams (NIGHTMARES) don't come true?

1 month ago

WUBRG87 Last thing I'd want is to sculpt your deck into something that doesn't feel like yours(!) - I love EDH's lack of homogeneity. Happy to give you my 2 cents with the direction I'd be thinking of from here though and with not too bad of a budget...

More of a sacrifice direction that isn't 'aristocrats'; add another altar ( Phyrexian Altar or Altar of Dementia ), maybe switch Dark Ritual for Culling the Weak - then you would have a good level of sac outlets to have some heavy hitters like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Kokusho, the Evening Star replace Noble/Zula/Buccaneer. It's a bit contradictory adding sac outlets and removing aristocrats I know but I think the aristocrats make better use of volume (like tokens) and our boy Chainer is better off packing more value into a big recur-able punch.

Blood for Bones , Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Diabolic Intent could be included then too. I like your use of Desecrated Tomb here and it gives you fodder for those last three I mentioned.

If it were me, I'd be thinking:

Also, to your point about the 'Compet-o-meter', I'd say the impact will be from the system rating Zula/Noble highly because of combo involvement in decks that revolve around them and the Buccaneer showing up in Nekusar, the Mindrazer lists, which tend to be pretty savage!, rather than necessarily your changes being significantly worse one-for-one. I actually really like Embodiment of Agonies in this, it's cheap and can be a massive beatstick pretty easily.

epartica on Black is still the best

1 month ago

7H30F7 I appreciate the suggestions! However, this is indeed a budget deck to an extent. I would like to spend at most 15 dollars on a card but for the moment I would only really be willing to spend 5 because that will end up being 20. Originally I ran a bunch of Culling the Weak and Dark Ritual , which was how I was able to cast Army of the Damned in tell so one told me that not Modern legal. So, I love the idea of Undead Augur because that is card draw and triggers for Endless Ranks of the Dead . Grave Pact is kind of my staple of this deck and the hole reason for making it. So i'd like to make this more control I guess? What do you mean by tempo?

Daedalus19876 on 2 Demons 1 K'rrik

1 month ago

Mana Crypt , Lotus Petal , Cabal Ritual , Mana Vault , Songs of the Damned , Culling the Weak ! Gotta get that K'rrik out ASAP! Could also run Imp's Mischief as at least a MINOR piece of anti-counterspell protection. I'd cut lands for this, you definitely don't need THAT many.

Kozelek on Marrow-Gnawer in Teenage Mutant Ninja Rats

1 month ago

Lab Rats is fun Culling the Weak is good one shot mana boost to get mr rat king out on T2 drop Wayfarer's Bauble for Expedition Map , why no Skullsnatcher he works well with graverober?

Apollo_Paladin on Budget Speed Dredge (Two 5-Card "Golden Hands")

1 month ago


At least in the playgroup I use this deck in, Enchantment hate isn't super-common, but it's definitely not unheard of either. There's an array of 1 and 2-mana instants that an opponent can use to smite one off in the event I'm playing against a deck that includes it. Since Annihilator is the crux of the win strategy, that'd be unfortunate in gaining the upper hand.

Shallow Grave could be interesting to try, and yes I'm very much aware of Dark Ritual haha. The issue there is that with 3 mana the only (current) Graveyard-to-Play effect I can use it for in the deck is Exhume . By using Culling the Weak it allows me to pick from the vast array of 4-mana spells with that effect, Dread Return just happened to be my best available choice of cards that I had on-hand.

I'm still up in the air on whether to deviate from the concept of this deck of all budget cards. Entomb certainly doesn't apply (at least to my standard), but Buried Alive could be a solid choice. If I were to make this deck to play on MTGO I'd definitely include Entomb , but those are some really solid suggestions!

Thank you very much, sir! You've given me some things to ponder on this build for sure.

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Culling the Weak occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.14%

Golgari: 0.13%