Harvester of Souls
Creature — Demon
Whenever another nontoken creature dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), you may draw a card.
|Have (3)||metalmagic , IcyLightning , Hardhitta7|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Harvester of Souls Discussion
2 months ago
This looks bbn like a fun build, my only suggestions are to help reinforce the aristocrats aspect of the deck.
2 months ago
Here is an interesting article on lands (CMC0 Artifacts are lands) https://edhrec.com/articles/superior-numbers-land-counts/
Topic: Card Advantage! (There's lots of discussion on this if you search it, it can be a bit complicated, but ultimately, it means playing more cards than your opponent, in this deck, bringing multiple creatures back again and again is a way, draw is key, you don't ever want an empty hand)
Staying on theme with draw:
Skullclamp is going to be a necessity with your afterlife mechanic and hopefully a Teysa Karlov . Turn creature advantage into card advantage (yes Teysa Karlov make 2x spirits for afterlife 1, and then draws 4! cards when it dies).
Grim Haruspex is a common way to get some draw in and very well suited.
Viscera Seer is another way to get advantage, protect creatures from being exiled or stolen, as well as turn creature advantage into scry and hopefully draw with another ability on-board. This also means if you have recursion in hand but nothing to target, you can make a target.
Village Rites can be ok, if you're holding recursion to, or in response to someone unfavorably blocking your creature or if you just need to dig for an answer. It's not my favorite because its one-shot though.
Midnight Reaper is another way to utilize your deathtouch to remove opponents creatures and refill your hand.
There are some other guys, maybe not within your deathtouch theme, so maybe not right for you Reassembling Skeleton , Bloodghast (kind of like a Soul Stair Expedition effect but on a creature. Check out this deck for more guys like this, Yawgmoth Thran Physician EDH, if interested.
There's also some ways to utilize your life total to draw, Bolas's Citadel is amazing (can win games or get you back in them), Necropotence (it's really good if you've never used it, Greed or Arguel's Blood Fast Flip (crappy greed). You have some draw, Eg. Priest of Forgotten Gods , but I would get at minimum 8 draw mechanics into the deck, staying on theme, up to 12 is even good.
Liliana, Dreadhorde General does this pretty good too, and has a nice ultimate but is pricey ($20?), Phyrexian Arena is a classic ($12), Avoid anything with an activation costs on a triggered ability like Mentor of the Meek (static like Greed is ok).
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord really fits your recursion theme, think he like $2 now, he doesn't draw cards, but gives all your guys lifelink and allows you to recur multiple creatures, and has lifelink himself for the +2 pinging ability.
This sort of led into another Topic: Winning
The most common way for to win is Gray Merchant of Asphodel and recurring him, multiple times. Torment of Hailfire is nice, but you need much more land/ramp. Command the Dreadhorde is really strong too, if you can get a little bit extra life and have protected your life with your deathtouch, can get a bunch of strong/deathtouch back for relatively low life, even hits opponents graveyard.
Not sure i like the payoff for God-Pharaoh's Statue by the time you get there, your opponents will have ramped ( especially) enough mana to pay it.
Archetype of Finality is also not a great payoff for the mana cost, I would rather Command the Dreadhorde or Bolas's Citadel anytime. Plus many of your creatures have or can get deathtouch by themselves.
Just replace some key payoffs and you'll find your high CMC spell require a response from other players. Lots of ways to get there, whatever you like based on the theme.
I'll do one more post tomorrow with some other specific card evals, but quite a bit there. Trying to recommend some cuts as well as I go, I know it can be just as difficult deciding what to cut as it is for what to play.
Staying Low-Mid (battlecruiser/low) means you probably dont need a tutor package, but I'll give some ideas on the interaction package which you'll still need to answer some things your opponents are doing. Check back later. Happy reading :)
2 months ago
Best way to improve a deck is more ramp and draw effects. Solemn Simulacrum , Pitiless Plunderer , and Burnished Hart will be the most synergistic in this deck in the ramp category--but there are some staples that you could also consider, which work in every deck (hence their staple status): Arcane Signet , Mind Stone , Talisman of Hierarchy , Orzhov Signet ... the list goes on.
3 months ago
I think the similarity to Martyr's Bond is obvious, so this definitely is a white ability. I would say this feels neither like an angel nor Boros. Instead, thisvfeels like the whitest possible version of gravepact plus Harvester of Souls .
I really like the flavour text, btw. It combines white's conviction of being "the right way" and adds in the maliciousness of a demon, very cool. Looking at Lord of the Pit , I'd actually change the text to "exile another target..." you control.
3 months ago
The biggest potential weakness I see in this deck is that there's a sort of "cost void" between your 1-drops and your big demons, and the biggest threats in the deck may not be the most mana efficient. For instance, I'd probably run Desecration Demon or Demon of Catastrophes in a sacrifice deck instead of Goremand . I imagine he's a pet card for you though, so maybe you could lean more into the reanimator angle to cheat him in quickly. Most modern versions seem to be running Goryo's Vengeance into Griselbrand and praetors still, but I tend to prefer the budget alternatives. Some additions to Blood for Bones and Gravewaker are repeated activation creatures like Hell's Caretaker and Whisper, Blood Liturgist . Unburial Rites is also fairly popular if you don't mind splashing white. For the discard, staples include Thoughtseize , Collective Brutality , Ransack the Lab , and Mind Rake . For sacrifice synergy, I think Smallpox and Sinister Concoction could be options too. I'm also a big fan of creatures that mill for this role such as Stitcher's Supplier (which helps to play the very useful Gravecrawler ) or the green Satyr Wayfinder and all its Mulch brethren. Reanimator lets you play other big threats too, some of which could be Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Eater of Hope , or Xathrid Demon to stick with the demon theme. Another card I see as being pretty expensive here is Soul Foundry . The aforementioned Hell's Caretaker can usually produce a similar result without the 1 mana tax every turn. Furthermore, the tokens it creates could interfere with Grim Haruspex , a card draw engine I usually prefer to Dark Prophecy (or maybe Harvester of Souls if I'm feeling spicy.) There is some downside in cutting noncreature permanents for their creature counterparts, so choose the option that is being hit by removal the least in your meta. If creature hate is a problem, maybe a Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos could dissuade your opponents.
4 months ago
Thank you carpecanum for your suggestions! I really like Vampiric Link and perhaps Soul Conduit . I've added them to the maybeboard and I'm going to see if I can cut some for those! Now I have a Vampire deck in which I had to cut Blood Tribute for being to slow to what it does, as it targets only 1 opponent and only half of the life. So I won't be running it in this deck.
And thanks again for your comment Massacar! Funny thing I don't run Elixir of Immortality in ANY of my decks. But the reason I put this deck out with the special flag to mark for help is because I want to learn new cards so I've added it immediately. Other changes I made brought my average CMC from 3,53 to 3,35 and are:
Thanks again for all your help and I'm looking forward to see more suggestions!
6 months ago
osiczym - Honestly the only reason they're in there is to filter out land from the deck so it's more likely to draw into the Apostles later on. For a more budget version, they're definitely not needed.
Harvester of Souls is one that I did consider but it does require a big set up and doesn't have any evasion. A potential "Pay B: Search for any demon, put it in play and draw 6" is amazing but really you end up paying 12 to 14 mana to do it. On the other hand, Griselbrand cuts that down to 7 or 8 mana and 7 life, the life being easy to regain when it's out on the field, and draw one extra card.
If this was an EDH deck, absolute auto-include because it would do extremely well. I can't say the same for this as you can't guarantee the game would go long enough to get the worth out of it.