Mortis Dogs

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vintage Legal

Mortis Dogs

Creature — Phyrexian Dog

Whenever Mortis Dogs attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn. When Mortis Dogs is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, target player loses life equal to its power.

Henchman31 on Notorious B: Ready to Die [Remastered]

8 months ago

Gattison: Thanks again for the tips on updating the decks. To celebrate getting out of quarantine, last night I took this deck to my LGS to test it out with the other Pauper players. I made some minor changes beforehand:

Lands: +2 Mortuary Mire, +2 Barren Moor Instants: +4 Deadly Dispute

Sideboard: 2 Nihil Spellbomb, 2 Sylvok Lifestaff, 3 Tragic Slip, 4 Dash Hopes, 2 Feed the Swarm, 2 Shrivel

We're normally a small group but that night we were only 4: myself, another Pauper regular, and two others who are very active in the competitive Modern league. We settled into 3 rounds and... oof: 5 losses, 1 win, and one undecided due to overtime. Here's how it went down:

Round 1: vs. BG Dredge/ Tortured Existence 0-2-0 Not a good matchup at all, I'm afraid. Spore Frog made the combat step irrelevant, Thoughtpicker Witch kept me drawing lands and exiling my answers, and saccing his chump blockers to the deck's namesake kept me from activating any beneficial death triggers. All my card-draw got shuffled to the bottom in both rounds and there wasn't much I could do until he got a couple Gurmag Angler out to end my misery. On a side note: I hate playing against Dredge almost as much as Blink or Tron--all of which are beloved in this local meta. Maybe it's just ze Germans -_-. I'm always on the lookout for answers against these.

Round 2: vs. UB Looting/Control 0-2-0 Things were looking hopeful while I was developing my board and he was just casting different versions of Preordain for the first few turns. His main beater turned out to be Shipwreck Sifters, which got uncomfortably swole thanks to repeatable looting. Dross Golem was a star in this round and almost killed him in the first match. However after sideboarding, his removal became much more aggressive and I wasn't even left with blockers. Missing answers and sigh card draw, he took it home with some beefy spirits.

Round 3: vs. Temur Cascade or Gruul Walls + Mulldrifter -_-' 1-1-1 This was a weird one: aggressively defending and ramping with Tinder Wall, Overgrown Battlement, and Tuktuk Rubblefort until he could cascade into Boarding Party and other beaters. By turn 3 he had at least 6 walls out, each with at least 3 toughness that brushed off anything I could turn sideways. We were both surprised when my card draw engine started working in match 2 and I could slap out my own beaters with multiple rituals and disputes in a single turn. While he was missing his and Winding Way, I managed a Soulcage Fiend and Mortis Dogs by turn 2. After taking the 5-life hit from Dash Hopes twice, I had him on turn 5; clinching it with Howl from Beyond. Although the last round was undecided and he was prepared to kill me with hasty Pirates again, I was still pleased to pull off the primary wincon at least once.

Overall thoughts: This was my first outing with the deck so I still need to play it more to see the clear differences between the inherent weaknesses and my own misplays. I like aggressive decks and when this got going, I was down to clown. All-stars of the night were Mortis Dogs, Dross Golem, and especially Deadly Dispute. So much value. Add a dash or two of Dark Ritual and Sign in Blood in a single turn? chef's kiss That being said, I still think some adjustments are in order: First, that Mortuary Mire got to go. It slowed down the deployment of creatures and messed with my draws. Silly me. Unearth is much better recursion hands down. Second, sadly the goblins and newts must make room for another 1 or 2 Festering Mummy and a full set of Shambling Ghast. The latter does the same thing as the others but gives the option to ramp--which is especially relevant in my meta where creature decks are scarce. Third, better quicker removal? I left out Innocent Blood this time but either that or the asymmetrical Geth's Verdict could work. Fourth, mass removal or damage-dealing ala Crypt Rats or Pestilence? Sure, it would kill our forces but isn't that the point?

After looking at some other Suicide Black lists, I've seen what makes this deck unique and I'm still interested in making it work. I like the focus on death triggers and I'd love to find more ways to exploit them. Other creature-based lists use beaters like Guul Draz Vampire, Dauthi Slayer, and Carnophage to drop that life total to the floor. Pumping beaters like these and/or giving them lifelink seems appealing, but I'd like to stay true to the spirit of this deck as much as I can.

Sorry for the wall of text, I just wanted to get this all out now while it was still fresh. I hope this proves interesting to you or any others looking to try this deck out.

BruhYouFarted on Almost Broke The Format, Until …

1 year ago

I have been silently in the Pauper community for a while now. I like building decks around unique cards that not many people talk about. Ive made decks (on Goldfish) centered around Mortis Dogs , Nested Shambler , Bayou Groff , Morselhoarder + Power of Fire + Sinking Feeling , and Ghostly Possession + Palace Guard . Most decks go nowhere, from a lack of flashiness to a lack of supporting cards. I decided to peek inside the MTGO exclusives, the Master's Editions, since those sets could dictate Pauper legality. When I peeked around with Master's Edition 4, I saw a pretty interesting card, Library of Leng . I thought of useful synergies for it regarding its "If an effect causes you to discard a card, discard it, but you may put it on top of your library instead of into your graveyard" effect, and found Drannith Stinger and Drannith Healer . My thought process was that using these cards, i could cycle a 1-mana cycler, (ex: Frostveil Ambush ) and recur it using the libraries affect; creating a ping machine. I than remembered that Street Wraith was a thing, and my mind was blown. You see, you could turn-1 Library of Leng , turn 2 a Drannith Stinger or a Drannith Healer , and than turn 3 either a Drannith Stinger (or a Drannith Healer if you didnt have one) and swing. OP at 18, You at 20, and 2 2/2 Citizens of Drannith on the board (Again, the only combo of the 2 creatures that wouldn't work would be 2 of the Drannith Healer s), and a Street Wraith in hand. Than, cycle Street Wraith over and over. you have either created a machine that domes each player for 1, or a machine that does it for 2. Either way, as long as you had a life advantage, you could win on the spot. Just to make sure that this worked, I went to the rulings on The Gatherer. My heart was broken. On October 4th, 2004, this was alarmed: "You can’t use the Library of Leng ability to place a discarded card on top of your library when you discard a card as a cost, because costs aren’t effects." I was in disbelief. I thought I had broken Pauper, or at least invented a new deck, but no. Soooo, back to the drawing board. The Library still seems like a great card, but I need enough good synergies to make a full list. Any synergies or recommendations would be welcome. Faithless Looting or Merfolk Looter , Anyone?

Mortlocke on New hubs to be added

1 year ago

Hello legendofa,

I propose a new hub to be added: Phyrexian. During Modern Horizons 2, 225 creatures were retconned into having the Phyrexian creature subtype to join Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider . Additionally, there were a smattering of Enchantments, Artifacts and etc that ether have the Phyrexian subtype or create creature tokens that do. Thanks to this retcon I now have a deck that has a Phyrexian tribal theme. For your reference, below is a full list of spells that were affected by WotC's Phyrexian errata.

Source: https://mtg.fandom.com/wiki/Phyrexian

Embree on Suicide spicy dogs

2 years ago

Twist35 yes it would! i thought about that instead of the witches but i like the fact that the witches bring repeatable ping. But i think there's a faster version that could benefit from Serrated Scorpion

Wirex thanks! it's stupid fun and weirdly consistent. Kaya's Ghostform is very nice and could work if i expect longer grindy games. The burn factor brings a speed element that leads me to not really care about bringing my creatures back. And another reason why Dark Ritual is the rock star here is because if im pitching Mortis Dogs with Village Rites but i have another dog + ritual in hand, I'm still getting a dog back on the battlefield. This happens a fair amount and if i hold my ritual for this purpose, even control decks don't seem to expect it. And i don't know what I'd even cut to be honest! but i love KG and i think there's a place for it

Rhadamanthus on Does Metamorphic Alteration override triggered …

2 years ago

If you selected all the targets correctly to make Mortis Dogs a copy of the face-down Mystic of the Hidden Way then this shouldn't have happened. The face-down status changes the copiable characteristics of a card. Mortis Dogs should have become a colorless 2/2 creature with no name, creature type, or abilities. Its first ability shouldn't have triggered when it attacked and its second ability shouldn't have triggered when it died.

Tylord2894 on Does Metamorphic Alteration override triggered …

2 years ago

Assuming that Mortis Dogs was enchanted (which I assume it was), then there shouldn't have been any trigger. The Dog should have been a vanilla 2/2 because that's what the morph creature was.

I would report what happened, but WOTC doesn't get to MTGO issues very quickly

Best of luck!

reseune on Does Metamorphic Alteration override triggered …

2 years ago

Hey all,

I believe I found a bug in MTGO, but before I try to report it as such I want to make sure I am not an idiot (well, no more so than usual), so here I am checking my understanding of the rules.

My opponent has a Mortis Dogs in play. I have a Mystic of the Hidden Way played face down. I cast a Metamorphic Alteration on my opponent's doggies choosing my face-down card as the one to copy. The Mortis Dogs did appear to change to a copy of my 2/2 creature; however, when my opponent attacked, a triggered event went on the stack (and it even said it was the Mortis Dogs trigger), increasing his 2/2 copy of my face-down creature to 4/2. When it took lethal damage and went to the graveyard, the second trigger from Mortis Dogs went on the stack, and I lost life equal to the dogs' power. (We were actually both surprised by this turn of events.)

Regarding Metamorphic Alteration, Gatherer says, "The enchanted creature will be a copy of the chosen creature as it dies, so any “when this creature dies” abilities it gains from the copy effect will trigger. Any “when this creature dies” abilities it normally has will not trigger." I believe that neither of the normal Mortis Dogs triggered abilities should have gone on the stack. Am I mistaken? Or was this an actual bug?

Thanks!

mal099 on Dog Eat Dog World

3 years ago

Nice deck! Shadow Rift , Aqueous Form and Distortion Strike might be good alternatives for Ghostform , as they're cheaper and all have other potential advantages. Also, Demonic Appetite and Vampire's Bite might be nice as an alternative to Unstable Mutation if you happen to not draw it at the right time. Could potentially replace Supernatural Stamina , Carrion Feeder or Vapor Snag ? Especially Carrion Feeder doesn't seem all that useful, as this deck doesn't seem to have all that many weak creatures to sacrifice. You might also consider one additional Dark Ritual to get those Mortis Dogs out as early as possible.

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