Grave Pact


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

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
Planechase (HOP) Rare
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Rare
Eighth Edition (8ED) Rare
Stronghold (STH) Rare

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Grave Pact


Whenever a creature you control dies, each other player sacrifices a creature.

Grave Pact Discussion

CavemanlyMan on Cracking Rats - New and Improved

2 days ago

I love random, obscure tribals. My input would be that both Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact are better than Butcher of Malakir . If you want more death triggers you can consider Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat , Falkenrath Noble , Vindictive Vampire , ect, ect.

Also, Torgaar, Famine Incarnate seems weak when things like Scytheclaw , Quietus Spike , Virtus the Veiled , and other things that half life totals exist.

skroes on Life is a Resource

1 week ago

Unfortunately we don't play with tutors in my pod. Just trying to cut back on quick kills and end step digging for infinite combos. As much as I hate not being able to find a timely wrath or spot removal, I like the gameplay better than an LGS looping Timetwister effects on turn 3 or 4.

The complete board wipe effects I'll have to give some thought into. I could see a case of swapping out Martial Coup with one, I just happened to have a Martial Coup available so I threw it in the deck.

Black Market is a really good card, but its a non-bo with Karlov and seemingly better in Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos led decks that utilize sacrifice effects moreso than exile effects.

Appreciate the suggestions!

SideBae on Corrupt Aristocracy (Ertai)

1 week ago

So my first comment is that consistency issues are generally well-remedied by tutors, so including the Dark Petition and such should help.

Tidespout Tyrant was not meant as a combo piece. I meant it as an example of a stupid-good reanimation target, which you could use as a secondary win-condition in itself. Reanimating it can frequently swing the odds toward you.

The best way to find out what to cut in a deck is to playtest and see which cards rot in your hand while you wish they were something else. That being said, there is some a priori advice I can give you, and I'll try. Here goes:

  1. Generally, you want your curve to taper off around 5-ish, with maybe a few cards above that (excluding alternate cost cards like Commandeer , if you're running those). I feel like running all three cavaliers is likely excessive, since they're high casting-cost and you're unlikely to need all too many of them.

  2. You want to maximize the relevance of your spells. I've never liked Deathpact Angel , since there're likely better cards you can be running.

  3. Including tutors means you can lower your level of redundancy. I would cut Butcher of Malakir , since you already have Grave Pact and you can just tutor for it with Diabolic Tutor when you need it. (Note the underlying principle here: Diabolic Tutor can fetch the Grave Pact if that's what you need, or anything else for that matter; thus, Diabolic Tutor acts as more efficiently as a source of redundancy than a second card with the same effect.)

  4. I guess my advice can be summed up this way: Playtest the hell out of your deck, but if that's not enough, lower the curve and increase card-slot efficiency. Cards that represent a lot of effects (like tutors or modal spells) are generally better than rigid cards.

Good luck! I'm glad you found my first comment helpful.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

2 weeks ago


Currently my deck wins through combat damage after a battle of attrition. The game plan being to control the board by recurring my creatures for value while keeping my opponents from progressing with cards like Grave Pact , Glen Elendra Archmage , and etc.

You could easily include any of the various Mikaeus, the Unhallowed combos if you'd prefer a combo win while only making minimal changes to the deck.

there's plenty of room for something like the Dramatic Reversal Isochron Scepter combo.

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Zealous Conscripts would both be good on their own and also obviously combo together.

Whitehamma on Black Plague, On The Rocks: Yawgmoth EDH [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

Altar of Dementia and Grave Pact I wanted to say gravepact, but its in your primer just not on the list so you have already thought about it. I do like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed in your maybe board..... I don't know what to replace. I still need to read the primer more, to know your combos

Poly_raptor on Korvold Buff Bot

2 weeks ago

I’d strongly recommend running some free sac outlets.

Ashnod's Altar

Phyrexian Altar

Altar of Dementia

Also there’s some good combos with Words of Wilding and Animation Module that let you infinitely buff of Korvold if you have acess to an altar that adds mana.

Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos could be better than butcher of Malakir due to their reduced casting cost.

Hope this is of some use :)

RNR_Gaming on King of Fools: Thraximundar

3 weeks ago

Things that force players into sacing creatures like Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos work nicely with your commander if you go the beat face/voltron route.

chadsansing on Smaug's Everlasting Avarice | Primer

4 weeks ago

Sweet list. Late to the party, but have you thought about something like Sprout Swarm or Presence of Gond or even Tendershoot Dryad to ensure you have tokens for the sac trigger? Prossh, Skyraider of Kher might also be helpful there. Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist can help gain life back. Hardened Scales , Doubling Season , Pir, Imaginative Rascal , Reyhan, Last of the Abzan , Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest , Winding Constrictor , Corpsejack Menace , or something like Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact might add value, as well.

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Grave Pact occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.08%

Black: 0.68%

Golgari: 0.35%

WB (Orzhov): 0.74%