Creature — Spirit
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay . If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
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|Time Spiral (TSP)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Nether Traitor occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
Nether Traitor Discussion
2 weeks ago
You do not have enough evasive creatures nor do you have enough ways to make it difficult to block onboard ninjas. I've been fiddling with a Yuriko deck since her release so I'll point you to some true gems in the evasion category.
Cover of Darkness: Not only thematic but very effective at making it difficult to block ninjas.
Key to the City: Make target creature unblockable for 0 mana. Yuriko decks draw like mad so discarding a card won't hurt as usually we have to discard to hand size at end of turn anyway. More fuel for delve too.
Smoke Shroud: 0 mana evasion that's recurable for a ninja. Pitch it from overdraw but honestly 2 mana is still cheap if you have to cast it.
Bitterblossom: Expensive to purchase ($30...) but an unlimited source of 1/1 flyers come in handy for chump blocking and sneaky ninjas into play. Faeries also play a lot of tricks and are sneaky so they kind of fit into the deck seamlessly.
Trickery Charm: This card was MADE for Yuriko. Every mode is good at a different point in the game.
Wonder: Have you ever seen the Kung Fu movie Hero? There's a scene where two guys are fighting while dancing on water and it's super cheesy but I love it. Pitching Wonder to overdraw is not hard and you get to make all the flying ninja sounds you want when you attack now!
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive: Lots of ninja's and evasive creatures have power or toughness 1 including Yuriko. Even using him as your unblockable to shuttle in ninja's isn't so bad at 2 mana.
Wingcrafter: More flying ninjas, what's not to love!? It's cheap and can give another ninja evasion so it's a strong card in my opinion. It's decent on T1 without flying even because you only need one opponent open to swing at and it's doubtful each opponent will drop a creature.
Faerie Seer: Reusable Scry 2 on a flyer that sets up Yuriko triggers beautifully.
Mothdust Changeling: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well its a ninja. Keep away from bright lights.
Siren Stormtamer: Cheap flyer that protects your stuff later in the game.
Baleful Strix: A very annoying card for our opponents to play around unless they have flying tokens.
Thalakos Seer: Might as well read unblockable.
Cloud of Faeries: Essentially a 0 mana 1/1 flyer. Ninjitsu is a mana hog so deploying our evasive creatures for free is extremely valuable.
Spellstutter Sprite: Plenty of 1 CmC spells are played in EDH like Swords to Plowshares, Chain of Vapor, Sol Ring, Nature's Claim, etc. With more faeries out it can start hitting bigger spells but sometimes its just nice to flash in a flyer at EoT to get psuedo haste.
Nether Traitor: Probably the best creature printed with Shadow. Haste and it's recursion ability make it invaluable. Not a bad card to pitch to overdraw either and just sit with a up waiting for the inevitable board wipe.
3 weeks ago
Can I sacrafice Teysa to trigger Nether Traitors reanimate ability while also sending Teysa to the command zone to be recast later?
1 month ago
I'd also highly recommend Nether Traitor, Prized Amalgam, and Relentless Dead. Maybe not the cheapest cards, but they recur from the graveyard so easily. I'd also recommend going with 4 Desecrated Tomb since it plays such an important role in your deck. For the mana base, I'd recommend Cabal Stronghold and Castle Locthwain.
Also, I'd consider Stitcher's Supplier or other self-mill cards. In a deck with so many recurrable creatures, self-mill in a sense draws you more cards whereas you run the risk of running out of gas with discard.
The idea of the deck is actually very similar to mono-black in Pioneer. Jim Davis also tried a Golgari Desecrated Tomb deck for Pioneer and I really think once might be able to combine the ideas and just make a mono-black, Desecrated Tomb, aggro Pioneer deck.
2 months ago
Here are some thoughts from me:
If you are moving towards more cards that drain your opponents out, then the new Bastion of Remembrance is great! Enchantments are more difficult to interact with than creatures. This makes it a more sticky win-con.
The one thing I worry about when looking at this list is how vulnerable Shirei is. He is your deck's engine so more protection for him might be helpful. You already have Greaves, but you might want one or two more pieces. Cards like Swiftfoot Boots, Imp's Mischief, Champion's Helm, or Kaya's Ghostform are all options.
Likewise, running cards that can still be effective without him (like Nether Traitor, Reassembling Skeleton, or Tenacious Dead) might be useful. Each of those three cards can move in and out of your graveyard with-or-without Shirei. Plus, each of them go infinite with Phyrexian Altar and Pawn of Ulamog/Pitiless Plunderer if you are inclined to want to do that.
2 months ago
Nice suggestion valentin74, so I'll walk you through my thoughts:
The way I view Yahenni, Undying Partisan is as a sack outlet with the upsides of additional beatdown and being hard to remove, whereas Recruiter of the Guard would be a tutor, so it's a bit hard to compare directly.
But let's first check what the Recruiter could get: Combo pieces: Both Reassembling Skeleton or Nether Traitor and Pawn of Ulamog All drain effect creatures like Blood Artist Sack outlets Woe Strider and Carrion Feeder Card draw: Midnight Reaper, Grim Haruspex and Mentor of the Meek Stuff I can sack: Doomed Traveler and alike, and if our graveyard is full Hallowed Spiritkeeper.
So actually it seems like Recruiter is indeed a versatile tutor and a card that I should probably include. I am not sure what I am going to cut for it though. Probably either Yahenni or Woe Strider. This is a meta call on how many destroy all creature wipes you see, as Yahenni can survive those and get's more powerful in the process, giving a bit more beatdown. Strider has the upside of doing something more useful when sacking, coming with a token himself and the escape ability if we really need that sack outlet. For now I'll swap out Yahenni. Thank's for the suggestion!
2 months ago
Pitiless Plunderer my man.
I love seeing Sek’kuar, he’s awesome. I have a sek’kuar deck too so +1 from me :)
2 months ago
Board wipes that seem "on theme" and white "ramp" to consider. Kaya's Wrath Fumigate Retaliate Austere Command Decree of Pain Martial Coup Merciless Eviction Descent of Dragons Angel of the Dire Hour Magister of Worth Sunblast Angel Boreas Charger Oreskos Explorer Surveyor's Scope Solemn Simulacrum Sword of the Animist Verge Rangers Smothering Tithe Sword of Feast and Famine Dowsing Dagger Flip
Queen Marchesa doesn't have a clear single way to build so you have lots of options. However, I feel like said you want to play her like the Kween she is and create a royal court full of politicin' and group interaction to make all the boys whine. I don't think you want to discourgage people from taking the monarch from you, more encourage them to swing others IE: NO Ghostly Prisons, YES Teysa effects. Punish the ones who swing you only after the fact and reward the ones who swing others. There is a lot listed!
You will also want to get retake the throne each turn and lets face it, the Assasin's won't always get through Dauthi Embrace Dauthi Trapper Nether Shadow Nether Traitor Soltari Visionary Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul Break Through the Line Ferropede Gingerbrute Key to the City Whispersilk Cloak Trailblazer's Boots Zhang He, Wei General Yellow Scarves Cavalry Wei Night Raiders Wei Scout Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior Shadow Alley Denizen
Finally here are some other fun interactions befitting the royal court. Crown of Doom Kor Haven Cathars' Crusade Electropotence + Pandemonium (Nasty with deathtouch) Field of the Dead Mentor of the Meek In the Web of War Mace of the Valiant Ogre Battledriver Orc Sureshot Mathas, Fiend Seeker Master of Cruelties Anya, Merciless Angel Tree of Perdition Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Ashling, the Extinguisher Azra Oddsmaker Aurification Bloodforged Battle-Axe Contested War Zone Thaumatic Compass Flip Dread Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip Iroas, God of Victory Aurelia, the Warleader Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Five-Alarm Fire Hellrider Hixus, Prison Warden Larceny Necropolis Regent No Mercy Phage the Untouchable Quietus Spike Skeleton Key Throat Slitter Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Vraska, Scheming Gorgon Scourge of the Throne Akroan Horse Captive Audience Goblin Spymaster Forbidden Orchard Clackbridge Troll Hunted Dragon Hunted Lammasu Hunted Horror
Theme directions to explore? Lifegain to stay above the swings? Angelic Chorus Answered Prayers Anointer Priest Authority of the Consuls Ayara, First of Locthwain Daxos, Blessed by the Sun Healer of the Pride Impassioned Orator Pious Evangel Flip Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Archangel of Thune Suture Priest Ajani's Welcome Dawn of Hope Deathgreeter Exquisite Blood Epicure of Blood Falkenrath Noble Karlov of the Ghost Council Noble Purpose Righteous Cause Sanguine Bond Searing Meditation Seraph Sanctuary Serene Steward Shattered Angel Spirit Loop Sun Droplet Vizkopa Guildmage Well of Lost Dreams Alhammarret's Archive Licia, Sanguine Tribune Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Eternity Vessel Chalice of Life Flip Resolute Archangel Storm Herd Felidar Sovereign Divinity of Pride Serra Ascendant
Aristocrats of the Court (slow life drain strategy)? Bastion of Remembrance Corpse Knight Impact Tremors Purphoros, God of the Forge Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Outpost Siege Bontu's Monument Brutal Hordechief Campaign of Vengeance Cliffhaven Vampire Cruel Celebrant Kambal, Consul of Allocation Polluted Bonds Retreat to Hagra Vindictive Vampire revenge Sorin, Grim Nemesis Judith, the Scourge Diva Stalking Vengeance Syr Konrad, the Grim
2 months ago
thanks for your feedback and all the cards you have suggested. I'll definitly think about it and try those cards if possible. Nether Traitor and Gingerbrute would be definitly an improvement to the deck. Evasion and haste, everything we need, nice!