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Pawn of Ulamog
Creature — Vampire Shaman
Whenever Pawn of Ulamog or another nontoken creature you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add to your mana pool."
6 days ago
Foster_I_Amkirbysan Crawling Chorus is definitely a great new addition, even though it's a bit boring. Currently, I'm torn on replacing either sultai emissary, carrier thrall, or ministrant. Here's a breakdown of my thoughts:
- A manifest is not a token, so it triggers all our non-token death triggers, including Grim Haruspex, Midnight Reaper, Pawn of Ulamog, and Luminous Broodmoth. Not that it comes up super often, but manifests have a particularly interesting interaction with broodmoth. If any manifested permanent dies, like a land, it will come back with a flying counter.
- We can flip over the permanent if it's a creature, meaning manifested creatures are not only fodder but card draw. Because we have 35 creatures, Emissary will effectively draw us a card one third of the time.
- The downside is that he's 2 mana for a fodder creature, and the manifest doesn't die to Skullclamp.
- Tokens can sac themselves and provide mana. He effectively pays for himself with Teysa out.
- Both sides die to Skullclamp.
- Unfortunately 2 mana to play.
- With Teysa out, has 5 bodies for one instead of 3.
- 3 mana is even more unfortunate than 2.
Currently, I'm considering ministrant more heavily because of how inflexible 3 mana is. I was already thinking of replacing him for Hallowed Spiritkeeper because of more potential upside, so this might be the right time to replace.
1 month ago
A few things that might help, I'm hoping I've understood what you're looking for!
Viscera Seer is among the best sac outlets ever printed at only B, but the most popular altars are all really pushed, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar and Altar of Dementia. Ashnod's is probably the best, but Phyrexian is still very good. Skullport Merchant is great on a budget, if you want a recursive body some of the better options are Gravecrawler, which only needs a Zombie and can easily go infinite with a lot of things, and Haakon, Stromgald Scourge who lets you recast any Knights, which also includes Changelings but most importantly lets you loop the same 1 drop Knight. These sorts of cards also like Pitiless Plunderer, Pawn of Ulamog and Sifter of Skulls, and any colourless sources can benefit from Bog Initiate. Nether Traitor can let you get an extra sacrifice for each Black mana you have to match a dying creature. If you usually have a cheap sacrifice outlet, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder can make a ton of bodies for you. Another recursive body that can offer some ongoing value is Silversmote Ghoul, you just want a way to gain a bit of life, so something like your Exquisite Blood or Whip of Erebos can help ensure you gain enough. Ogre Slumlord is a decent source of bodies if you have some ways to kill enemy creatures, the nice thing is that once the Slumlord gains some steam, you're pretty tough to attack on the ground. Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs can make bodies that discourage people from swinging at you. Really bad in some ways, but Bloodsoaked Altar can make weenies into beefy demons, plays well with token generators obviously.
If you expect to have medium size creatures die, Mask of Griselbrand can draw a reasonable number of cards, it can also gain you decent life while offering evasion. There are very few downsides to running this card in my experience, even in a deck that doesn't run many creatures your Commander can wear it.
Blade of Selves would be funny if you ever get your Commander melded, when you swing you get a copy of your meld for each opponent (though you only get the ETBs before they die unfortunately).
War Room is a very good land to look at, maybe Bonders' Enclave if you think you can get a big enough body out consistently. Agitator Ant can help ensure you have a big enough body fwiw, the effect can get very out of hand though if you lack wipes.
1 month ago
You might like these: Rasaad yn Bashir, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Lena, Selfless Champion, Pawn of Ulamog, Sifter of Skulls, Sling-Gang Lieutenant, Teysa, Orzhov Scion, Skullclamp, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Woe Strider, Abhorrent Overlord, Rakshasa Gravecaller, Priest of Forgotten Gods, Tormod, the Desecrator, Adeline, Resplendent Cathar, Haazda Marshal
Personally I would cut these: Corrupt, Asphyxiate, Go-Shintai of Hidden Cruelty, Go-Shintai of Shared Purpose, Honden of Cleansing Fire, Honden of Night's Reach, Sanctum of Stone Fangs, Bogbrew Witch, Bubbling Cauldron, Festering Newt, Bloodsworn Squire, Blood Host, Staff of the Death Magus, Dead Weight, Mind Rot, Proclamation of Rebirth.
There are some other cards I would add and cut. Let me know if you're interested. Good luck!
2 months ago
It's not really a great card, but Shivan Gorge can deal some damage to each opponent, which can let you shave mana off of spells for a turn. There is also stuff like Spear Spewer that pings each player, that's a much better way to achieve that goal I suppose. There are also Kessig Flamebreather and Firebrand Archer that can turn any non-creature spell into damage, not sure you have enough stuff to justify them, but felt they were worth a mention. There is also good old Pyrohemia/Pestilence, which can ping each opponent (and it clears out x/1s if tokens are an issue in your area). Not sure if you will be able to get in for damage consistently, but Rite of the Raging Storm tokens usually suck to block, so you might get 5 damage per turn in some metas.
I feel like it's worth throwing in something like Carrion Feeder or Viscera Seer if you want a sac outlet that can clear out lots of bodies and derive value from it, Feeder even works with Pitiless Plunderer (or another 'mana from dead creature' card, Pawn of Ulamog and Bog Initiate will work on a budget) and Gravecrawler to go infinite.
Final point, maybe a few Annihilator creatures that have high MV as their drawback, they tend to be colourless anyways, so can give a full discount and be free sometimes. Artisan of Kozilek and Pathrazer of Ulamog are good examples that aren't too pricey, but Titans are obviously more expensive/powerful, it's worth noting you'll always get cast triggers, even if you're casting them for nothing/very little. Some of these can also let you run cards that care about high MV, like Protection Racket and Timesifter, both are very strong in some metas. Heck, I think I'd just run Protection Racket either way now that I think about it, I'm not sure there is a drawback to that card in this deck, it's big drawback is that it's bad in combo decks because people won't give you combo pieces, but in a deck that isn't attached to any one card you can run it safely. There is also Meteor Golem, Platinum Emperion and even Platinum Angel to offer some value if stuff like Darksteel Colossus or Blightsteel Colossus are over the budget, and there are big old utility beaters like Tsabo Tavoc that are worth a look, you can shave 5 mana off still.
Rakdos is a pretty nifty Commander, hope you're having fun with him!
2 months ago
Hey, make your deck here and link to it? Just seeing what you have so far for a deck list can help those who want to help you. What direction you're going and what the budget is, such as do you have or can you afford Dockside Extortionist?
Ratio 3:1, 3 fodder sources to 1 sac outlet. In my opinion a lower amount of quality sac outlets is better than a large quantity of lesser sac outlets. Sac fodder is more important for gameplay than sac outlets. Korvold can be a repeatable sac source if you have fodder, but to keep attacking with Korvold you need fodder. Sac outlets also need fodder to grow Korvold as well as draw more quicker and to combo which can be a wincon Goblin Bombardment.
Fodder doesn't have to come from just tokens it can come from one drop mana dorks Ignoble Hierarch, mana rocks Arcane Signet, lands Ramunap Excavator, creatures who can reanimate themselves Reassembling Skeleton and enchantments that can return to hand Rancor. Use dorks to help to ramp into Korvold first and then they can be fodder. If you draw them after you control Korvold then they're only 1 mana to be fodder. Rocks are worse as fodder than dorks because the better sac outlets only sac creatures.
Creatures and other permanents that can self-sac, not needing a sac outlet are helpful Viscera Seer, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Haywire Mite, Plaguecrafter, Mind Stone, Fabled Passage, etc. Treasures Tireless Provisioner and Eldrazi Spawns Pawn of Ulamog are nice value with Korvold, permanents to sac to make mana and draw. Repeatable sac outlets are best, but some nonpermanent spells that sac a permanent to give more value than the mana cost are good too Diabolic Intent, Victimize, Deadly Dispute, Eldritch Evolution, Harrow.
3 months ago
a couple ideas, just thoughts:
Knight-Captain of Eos makes tokens, keeps you alive.
Hero of Bladehold makes tokens,
Grave Titan makes tokens.
Luminarch Ascension is a win con late game if it sticks.
Divine Visitation makes your tokens awesome.
Training Grounds reduces the cost of your commander's ability.
Inkshield can be a big turn around and makes tokens.
Dramatic Finale makes tokens.
Nightmare Shepherd makes tokens
Pawn of Ulamog and Sifter of Skulls make tokens
cheers, have fun!!!
4 months ago
Lucrative1020 - I really like some of the potential combos you have going on with the deck. Lots of token creation paired with some cards that pump when sacrifice occurs and the heavy hitting Dictate of Erebos in a sac deck is killer. I am dabbling in a vampire aristocrat themed deck as well at the moment (Sucks to Suck (Aristocrat)) and really like the idea of adding Pawn of Ulamog as that would potentially give me more creatures to sac...had not that of that as a contender so thanks! I am jsut imagining sacing tokens with Cordial Vampire in play for a quick powerup and mana generation...
In regard to your deck, how often do you actually get to use Dictate of Erebos or Mycoloth? With Dictate, that is a wincon for sure but pretty high CMC and only running 2 copies will be pretty rare to see it in a game. The same is true with Mycoloth and it does not have the same protection as being an enchantment. Had you considered maybe adding Parallel Lives as a way to generate more tokens to sac?
5 months ago
Thank you for the suggestion, Pawn of Ulamog was initially included in the deck, however as new cards were released and it became easier for me to look for 1 or 2 cmc cost creatures that created one or more tokens upon their death, that particular card ended up being cut.
He does add value but im my opinion not enough for me to swap him out with anything at this time.
As for Midnight Reaper and Grim Haruspex you are correct in stating why they aren't in the deck. This being a token focused deck I really didn't want to include such cards that don't trigger when a token dies.