Endless Cockroaches

Endless Cockroaches

Creature — Insect

When Endless Cockroaches is put into to a graveyard from play, return Endless Cockroaches to its owner's hand.

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Endless Cockroaches occurrence in decks from the last year

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Endless Cockroaches Discussion

PaulMuadDib on Vito, Thorn of Dusk Rose

2 weeks ago

You are going to need more than 12 lands. Whenever I build a deck, I always start with 40 lands and then for every 3 pieces of ramp, which for a mono black deck would be a mana rock or swamp doubler or ritual spell like Dark Ritual, I remove a land.
Please retune the deck with 12 non-land mana sources and 36 swamps for starters and you can think of non-swamp lands you want to include later.
My suggestions for those sources are any 12 of the following, depending on your budget:
Sol Ring
Star Compass
Commander's Sphere
Crypt Ghast
Charcoal Diamond
Soldevi Adnate
Songs of the Damned
Worn Powerstone
Dark Ritual
Everflowing Chalice
Ashnod's Altar
Cathodion
Guardian Idol
Hedron Archive
Mind Stone
Magnifying Glass
Millikin
Prismatic Lens
Cabal Coffers <- could replace a swamp
Bubbling Muck
Pristine Talisman <- defiantly want that

After that you've got the commander, which takes up 1 card slot, so that leaves you with 51 cards to choose from.

I see the bare beginnings of either an aristocrats or a reanimator deck. In my opinion you should push more for aristocrats. It can draw you tons of cards and gain you quite a lot of life. There's no harm in keeping some reanimation spells in there though.

You want a good number of sacrifice outlets. I haven't heard of what a hard number should be so I'd shoot for at least 5. Here's a list of some that I remember off hand:
Witch's Cauldron
Vampiric Rites
Ashnod's Altar
Infernal Tribute <- has a funny synergy with Spine of Ish Sah
Gnawing Zombie
Altar of Dementia
Attrition
Blood Bairn
Bloodflow Connoisseur
Bloodsoaked Altar
Bloodthrone Vampire
Carnage Altar
Carrion Feeder
Corpse Blockade
Culling Dais
Dark Privilege
Diamond Valley
Disciple of Griselbrand
Gutless Ghoul
Lampad of Death's Vigil
Mind Slash
Spawning Pit
Phyrexian Plaguelord

For this strategy you'll need recurring creatures or token generators
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Reassembling Skeleton
Endless Cockroaches
Tenacious Dead
Nim Devourer
Bridge from Below
Open the Graves
Sanitarium Skeleton
Gravecrawler

value
Pitiless Plunderer
Bolas's Citadel

Lifegain
Blood Artist is a staple
Plunge into Darkness is something you might want for the pure lifegain of 3 per creature you sacrifice. Not sure that you want to use the "exile a bunch of your deck" too often.
Bontu's Monument
Corrupt
Drain Life
Shadows of the Past

reanimation
Living Death
No Rest for the Wicked
Sepulchral Primordial
Zombify
Rise from the Grave
Victimize
Apprentice Necromancer
Call of the Death-Dweller

spot removal/board wipes
Mutilate
Damnation
Defile
Hero's Downfall
Vona's Hunger

draw
Read the Bones
Sign in Blood
Damnable Pact
Smothering Abomination
Ransack the Lab
Minions' Murmurs
Harvester of Souls

and so forth. I'd look through some already built aristocrats decks to see exactly whether you want to take that strategy.

Oh yeah, for utility lands I'd choose any of the following within your price range:
Leechridden Swamp
Bojuka Bog
Reliquary Tower
Cabal Stronghold
Volrath's Stronghold
Phyrexian Tower
Myriad Landscape
Terrain Generator
Geier Reach Sanitarium

Balaam__ on Revelation 16:2

3 weeks ago

Yes I did some tinkering and moved the Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx’s to the sideboard, since Contamination would render them useless anyway. Then I swapped out Spiteful Returned for the Endless Cockroaches. Grim Guardian+Spiteful Returned functioned well together, but now it’s time to rest if the cockroaches will work as synergistically with Contamination as I’m hoping.

Since this build has a cumulative effect on opponent’s resources, I feel as though Contaminated Ground should remain in place. All the vitriolic effects add up exponentially over time.

Balaam__ on Revelation 16:2

3 weeks ago

Brilliant suggestion(s) Peoyogon.

I’m going to pass on Reassembling Skeleton because I have limited free slots to tamper with (This build works with a synergy other decks seldom achieve), but Contamination stopped me in my tracks. It’s on theme, potent, and affordable enough to merit consideration. If I coupled the board altering quality of that enchantment along with your other suggestion of Endless Cockroaches, I believe I can more or less shut down the specific decks I was struggling against in my playtesting (specifically a brutal Green deck that ramps very quickly into a Craterhoof Behemoth finisher).

I’ll pass on Brood of Cockroaches because life points are a factor in this build. But the other two suggestions are fantastic. They’ll almost certainly be included. What would you suggest I remove to add 4x of each?

Peoyogon on Revelation 16:2

3 weeks ago

I love the theme of your deck!

It might be kind of a difficult card to work around but your description really reminded me of Contamination. If you did want to use it, creatures like Reassembling Skeleton, Endless Cockroaches, or Brood of Cockroaches all seem to still fit the mood of your deck while also synergyzing with contamination. What do you think?

harbingerofduh on Fixed Matches

1 month ago

Phyrexian Altar needs to be in this deck. With your commander in play, it essentially gives all creatures you control the ability "Sac this creature: Draw a card." Combined with Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder and Endless Cockroaches, you have a combo that wins on the spot, drawing your deck and giving you more than enough mana to cast whatever you need.

Strangelove on Omertà - Torgaar's Mafia

1 month ago

Hey rangab7, +1

@your post.

I'm not seeing much good-stuffs... and it really looks like you're trying to make aristocrats: I see more tokens and sac-outlets than control.

I made a Turn 1 Hogaak deck with a very similar playstyle (play creatures, sac creatures, rush my commander, etc).

Also check out my mono-black Belzenrok deck.

It looks like you have enough draw, but inconsistent value-engines... like why Endless Cockroaches? Seems like you need more fodder like Gravecrawler or Oathsworn Vampire. I know it combos with Endrek, but your focus should be on Torgaar.

And then most of your big plays come after your engines are online, so often you'll be stuck with lots of cards you can't cast all at once that don't really trade well with your opponents' cards.

I would cut as many 4+ drops as you can (anything that doesn't draw 4+ cards or swing the game is slowing you down) and play a lot more spot removal. Then you'll be in a great spot to disrupt your opponents while gaining value until you're ready to end with a full board of tokens, 1-3 drops, and Blood Artist, etc.

You might also consider...

Deathrender

Bolas's Citadel... buy it while it's cheap!

Sacrifice

Dark Ritual

Good luck!

TDemers on No Time to Die Teysa

2 months ago

Major update made, moved the deck more towards a strategy using board wipes and mass recursion spells to better control overall game tempo. Considered swapping in Elenda, the Dusk Rose as the commander given the new rule change but decided to leave her in the 99 for now.

In: Flagstones of Trokair, Out: Godless Shrine (moved to a new deck)

In: Prismatic Lens, Out: Arcane Signet (moved to a new deck)

In: Day of Judgment, Out: Anguished Unmaking (moved to a new deck)

In: Black Sun's Zenith, Out: Toxic Deluge (moved to a new deck)

In: Burnished Hart, Out: Commander's Sphere

In: Austere Command, Out: Attrition

In: Bastion of Remembrance, Out: Priest of Forgotten Gods

In: Command the Dreadhorde, Out: Swords to Plowshares

In: Rally the Ancestors, Out: Mimic Vat

In: Thrilling Encore, Out: Nim Deathmantle

In: Phyrexian Arena, Out: Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder

In: Yawgmoth's Will, Out: Utter End

In: Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Out: Relentless Dead

In: Dusk / Dawn, Out: Gutterbones

In: Bloodghast, Out: Endless Cockroaches

In: Wrath of God, Out: Archon of Justice

In: Rise of the Dark Realms, Out: Phyrexian Reclamation

In: Knight of the White Orchid Out: Expedition Map

In: Altar of Dementia Out: Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim

Gbeail on Enter Thrall

3 months ago

For the purpose of this deck Assault Suit is just a cheaper version of Conspiracy. Also Culling the Weak and Carnival of Souls make every creature free and gives infinite mana with Endless Cockroaches

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