Grave Pact

Grave Pact

Enchantment

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

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Grave Pact Discussion

cfost827 on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

2 days ago

Masterful Yeah I can't wait to play tomorrow! Honestly, the infinite combo's are always a last resort (they are mostly frowned upon in our playgroup if that is your ONLY source of winning and not even interacting w/ the board and trying to combo out as fast possible.. not fun lol). I found from play testing that it's fairly easy to win through just doming people with the life drainers (Blood Artist, etc). Also, having Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact on the field really makes it tough on opponents if i'm just sacing creatures/tokens constantly.

I'll let ya know how it goes!!

Unlife on First attempt BW

1 week ago

I'm gonna put down a wall of text, so apologies in advance. Personally, I love Athreos, I run him in a commander deck myself. He relies a lot on draining your opponents through the attrition of your own creatures, as more often then not he is very hard to get rid of. Some more removal will help, but look at things like Abyssal Gatekeeper, Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, since even if you sac them to their own effect, there is a good chance of sending them back to your hand. Some wider discard effects such as Dark Deal can help, even though they're not attached to creatures being able to drop one in a large game with Waste Not out can net you a lot of benefits. Throwing in a few just good things like Rise of the Dark Realms, Dictate of Erebos, Grave Pact, all synergize with your deck, and can usually punish your opponents. Bone Miser is just another copy of Waste Not, The Haunt of Hightower seems to be on theme and I'd definitely bump up your mana rock number. In terms of a combo win, Sanguine Bond/Exquisite Blood just need a single loss of life somewhere, while Mindcrank/Bloodchief Ascension function well independently within your deck as well as combo off together. I have no idea what your budget is but I hope this helps.

loricatuslupus on The Beast and the Harlot

3 weeks ago

I am confused by this deck, for I do not understand its purpose. To start with, you have some some demons - big, expensive demons - and a small amount of ramp to help get them out eventually but I don't see any real synergy or payoff beyond Liliana's Contract. Many of these, as well as cards like Severed Strands, have abilities that require sacrificing other creatures but you have almost no token producers to make fodder and your other creatures seem to have been chosen to be useful when they're still alive. I would think about adding in more cheap things, preferably with a death trigger (low CMC is good for Citadel too) and maybe even Grave Pact effects if you take this further. These could replace things like Gifted Aetherborn (you have no vampire synergy and if you just want Deathtouch Foulmire Knight does that and more). Might be worth checking out some of the Rakdos Sacrifice staples such as Demon's Disciple, Village Rites and Archfiend's Vessel. Not having Rune-Scarred Demon is pretty strange too. Finally I think some of your other spells can just be upgraded: for the same price as Murder you could have Hero's Downfall/Murderous Rider or one more gives you the excellent Eat to Extinction; In Garruk's Wake is so expensive you'll usually wish you had a straight Damnation or Kindred Dominance while Beacon of Unrest gives you some more options and is reusable when compared to other spells. I wouldn't bother with Desecrated Tomb at all - design is great but at the end of the day it costs three and the return on it is a singular 1/1 when you resurrect something. This will not win you a game of commander. On the subject of reanimation, if that's one of your main lines then graveyard stockers such as Buried Alive are vital. While I quite like the look of the deck I would think about which aspects you like about it most (controlling opponents, value sacrifice, reanimation, casting big demons etc) and focus on just two or three of these. This will make your deck increasingly consistent and harder to disrupt as you'll have more redundancy. Hope that helps!

Oh and don't play Karn. You need him in the 99 to access that sideboard (which doesn't exist in EDH, so check with playgroup before you play that btw) and even then you'll probably only ever get one activation. If those cards are strong enough to be in your deck, and I see none which combo with with the rest of it beyond being good like the swords, then make room for them there. Do you honestly think that any opponent will allow you to untap with a Karn after they see you fetch Mycosynth Lattice? No, they'll kill him and leave you with a card that does absolutely nothing for you as you have no "artifacts matters" strategies and in fact might benefit them by being able to tap lands for other colours, something of no use to you in mono-black. I run him in a Karn, Silver Golem deck that is specifically focussed on artifacts but even there it's all about the static and I only play him when I think he'll survive. The "sideboard" he can fetch is the set of Kaldra pieces and Argentum Armor for flavour which I mainly keep on hand to swap out for the harsher stax cards.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 month ago

alexjustdoit

So far Teferi's Time Twist has been good. it's a pretty strong protective piece generally, and the +1/+1 counter on return for creatures makes it doubly so. But it's also good to be able to protect something like Mirage Mirror or Grave Pact in a pinch. it even helps vs a board wipe since it exiles until EoT.

It's a card I've definitely been glad to have added. I would recommend it.

If you were confused by my "considered cards" section notes, I meant that I wasn't sure if Unstable Obelisk would need to go back in or not.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 month ago

alexjustdoit

So far Teferi's Time Twist has been good. it's a pretty strong protective piece generally, and the +1/+1 counter on return for creatures makes it doubly so. But it's also good to be able to protect something like Mirage Mirror or Grave Pact in a pinch. it even helps vs a board wipe since it exiles until EoT.

It's a card I've definitely been glad to have added. I would recommend it.

If you were confused by my "considered cards" section notes, I meant that I wasn't sure if Unstable Obelisk would need to go back in or not.

MrXilas on Dargo and Tormod Aristocrat/Storm cEDH

1 month ago

Have you considered any sac-based enchantments like Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos ? It would clean out the board when you windmill slam Dargo.

Vertical on Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest, the Insect Shaman

1 month ago

This looks like a pretty solid deck, I built a Mazirek deck and so far I think it's my strongest. There are a few things Your deck didn't have that mine does, but your deck seems to be built for the long game, while mine is built to have one explosive turn and pretty much win then and there.

This commander loves to sacrifice things, but he shouldn't be the only one in this deck. Effects like Zulaport Cutthroat are very powerful in aristocrat style decks, and Moldervine Reclamation can be good for drawing.

One of my favorite sacrifice outlets that I didn't see on your board was Altar of Dementia which lets you mill your opponents potentially out of the game, and provides you with a free place to sacrifice your vast army! And if any of your opponents like to use a lot of graveyard recursion, throw in a Tormod's Crypt for a free sacrifice trigger and some graveyard hate. There's also Priest of Forgotten Gods which forces opponents to sacrifice, lets you draw and gives you mana!

If you want to go down the path of forcing opponents to sacrifice their creatures, effects like Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos are fantastic. If you want something that can attack, Butcher of Malakir will be your new best friend. another card that can easily shrink an opponent's army is Archfiend of Depravity. If you do go down this path, throwing in things like Kothophed, Soul Hoarder will let you draw tons of cards off of opponents sacrifices.

If you're consistently having trouble finding creatures that generate tokens, I'd suggest throwing in a Fiend Artisan who has a sacrifice and tutor effect in one. If you're running some recursion, Jarad's Orders is a fantastic way to grab the creatures you need.

Well now you've sacrificed a bunch of things and your creatures are huge but you have nothing to do with them, so what now? One of the simplest ways to win is by using Rogue's Passage or something similar to make your commander unblockable and swing for lethal damage. If you want to stay on theme, Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord lets you drain your opponents fo ra ton of health with your creatures for a fairly small amount of mana as well.

If you want any infinite combos, throw in any creature with persist along with a free sac outlet. Probably the one that would be the most devastating to your opponents would be Woodfall Primus, as it can even destroy lands. When you sacrifice a creature with persist, two abilities go onto the stack, Mazirek's counter ability and the Persist ability. Since they are both your effects, you can choose what order they happen in, and you can choose to have the creature reenter the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter, and then remove that counter, and then you can sacrifice it again to repeat the loop. Check with your playgroup before you use this, as some people don't like having infinite combos in their games.

I know that was a lot and I'm sorry, but this deck was super fun and I love talking about it!

MrKillStar on Syr Konrad, the Grim

2 months ago

You only run 5 other zombies to get Gravecrawler back, I would probabky replace those small artifact creature with some more zombies. Also, in my Syr Konrad's For the Void deck, I run Phyrexian Altar with Tortured Existence aswell, in addition with Desecrated Tomb for infinite loop. From the new Commander Legends set, Tormod, the Desecrator could be used instead of Desecrated Tomb too. It honestly works great, not only for Syr Konrad himself, but also for cards like Bitter Ordeal, Altar of the Brood, Ayara, First of Locthwain or simply Grave Pact as a creature board wipe.

Tainted Strike - for Syr Konrad for some sneaky kills. With Phyresis you just become instant target unless you manage to kill everyone right away.

For a lower budget deck, Crypt of Agadeem is great land since you can get many creatures into your graveyard pretty easily. Its a land version of Songs of the Damned.

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