Piper of the Swarm

Piper of the Swarm

Creature — Human Warlock

Rats you control have menace.

, : Create a 1/1 black Rat creature token.

, , Sacrifice three Rats: Gain control of target creature.

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Throne of Eldraine (ELD) Rare

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Format Legality
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pre-release Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Unformat Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Historic Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Frontier Legal
Brawl Legal

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Piper of the Swarm Discussion

thijmnesoy on Musophobia

6 days ago

Finally a deck where I can put in my prerelease promo Piper of the Swarm

MrKillStar on Ayara Ping

1 week ago


I would cut Conspiracy, since most of your creatures are zombies anyway and little tokens you create, you could just sacrifice asap with Ayara/Conrad on board.

Prismatic Geoscope - read rules on Gatherer.wizards.com - its 5 mana rock, that enters the battlefield tapped and can produce only one mana = useless in mono color deck. Better go with Sol Ring/Mana Geode/Arcane Signet are better options for that.

I use Tortured Existence+Desecrated Tomb in my For the Void deck and its just pure awesomeness. Every activasion of TD triggers Syr Conrad's ability twice (one creature coming out of you GY, another one coming in) and DT gives you 1/1 BLACK bat token with flying (which matters for Ayara). Its also insant speed activation, so you can use them to create flying blockers and a lot of tokens to sacrifice. Add in Phyrexian Altar and you can go infinite with either Ayara or Syr Konrad.

Sanguine Bond - With weak life gain in this deck, I wouldnt bother with this. I would replace it with more ramp - Caged Sun/Black Market or Songs of the Damned (which would work even better with Buried Alive), etc.; Village Rites would be very nice card draw (of course Phyrexian Arena, Necropotence is a big thing too).
Liliana of the Dark Realms could be also pretty nice for ramp.
You can always keep Sanguine Bond and throw in more life gain stuff life Whip of Erebos/Dread Presence/Ivory Tower/Venser's Journal or graveyard hate cards like Crypt Incursion/Suffer the Past.


Woe Strider could be used as instant sac outlet for your Ayara, with a 0/1 WHITE token and scry 1 as a nice bonus.

Cabal Coffers,Lake of the Dead,Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx - also very good lands for mono black decks, just not for low budget decks. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - probably not worth it if you dont run that many non-swamp lands.

Cards I would cut off:

Forlorn Pseudamma - 4 cmc 2/1, that needs to be tapped and pay additional just to make 2/2 zombie seems not very good.
Piper of the Swarm - they only thing making rats is Piper and Plague of Vermin (which is ok though). Piper works much better in Ayara rat decks. In this almost zombie tribal deck, Piper just doesnt really fit.
Syphon Flesh - Very independent on your opponent's board state and number of opponents.. So its kinda 50/50.
Conspiracy - Unless you're going to do some shenanigans with making non-zombie creatures and tokens into zombies (I counted 10 things in total that are either non-zombie creatures or make non-zombie tokens), I really wouldnt waste a card space with it, unless you can do some absurd amount of tokens.
Prismatic Geoscope - as I already said above.

Scallywallwest on Rakdos: Threat or Menace?

1 month ago

rjife: Thanks, I was considering Master of Cruelties! I'll probably only add one copy, as it is a finisher, and I'll only be needing it a little bit. As for Piper of the Swarm, it sounds good, but I think that by turn 3 I'll still be playing creatures and removal spells, and It'll end up sitting in my hand as a dead card.

ZareZare: I completely agree! I'll most likely end up swapping a copy of the Howlbonder for a Master of Cruelties.

Both of you, thank you so much for commenting! Have a great day! (Or night, depending on when you read this...) :D

rjife on Rakdos: Threat or Menace?

1 month ago

I think Master of Cruelties could be a great finisher, If you still want that, because being a demon, you can use the Frillscare Mentor to give it menace, the only problem is the budget... I also feel that Piper of the Swarm is a great card for this deck because it continually pumps out creatures with menace, and creates a form of removal, while still being budget.

darkshot999 on Rats the Musical

1 month ago

This looks fun!! First thing here I see you have 2 ghost quarters listed.... lol This deck really needs Ogre Slumlord and Piper of the Swarm (because stealing commanders is fun) Along with deathtouch and with as many rats that go to the yard I think Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact which will make it hard to attack you.

I would also put in some board wipes, Damnation is great for black, Bontu's Last Reckoning is the budget version but I don't prefer it, also Deadly Tempest is also really good for late game as well as In Garruk's Wake is really good, then to support all of the things going to all the graveyards you can use Rise of the Dark Realms

Hope this helps!!!

Strangelove on Perpetual Servitude

1 month ago

Hey Sauwse, +1

Here's my take on Shirei.

You want cards that, unless they ramp or draw, do at least two things (like sacrifice themselves and trigger). Also, I found death triggers to be more useful than ETBs with Shirei and the stack.

I'd say you can cut the following:

Tree of Perdition... I love it too, but... it paints huge target on your head. I almost never get this to go off without boots, etc. Anything that has to tap is going to be clunky.

Piper of the Swarm... also clunky.

Tattered Mummy / Cauldron Familiar... compared to Sling-Gang Lieutenant? or Qarsi Sadist?

Deathgreeter... I'm not sure if I like this more than Bottle Gnomes, and I like that Deathgreeter costs 1, but I think you have enough lifegain as is.

Macabre Waltz... one of the weakest cards for sure.

Hope that helps! Good luck.

DudeMan1031 on A Swarm of Dungeon Rats

2 months ago

Piper of the Swarm to give your rats menace and maybe Archetype of Aggression to give them trample? Also Swarmyard seems like a must run.

Blobby_Bobby on Kambal - First Approach to Commander

3 months ago

That is a very good question, what to cut. I don't want to micromanage anything but here are cards I feel are "weak" with what you have going (also, keep Dash Hopes if your play group hates it, it must be good ;))

Out (?): Conclave Tribunal

Dictate of Erebos (I know, it's an amazing card, but without creature support it isn't actually doing anything for you. This is a soft cut, it's always going to put a little work in just like Butcher of Malakir)

Maybe replace Prison Realm with One Thousand Lashes and/or Faith's Fetters

I LOVE Subversion but is it really putting in enough UMPH for 5 CMC? I really like Righteous Cause but that's just me. Hissing Miasma is pretty cool too, no life gain but it's cheaper and deters attacks.

Consecrate / Consume (hope formatting works here) is a 4 cmc kind of squanky force sacrifice of the most dangerous (most powerful) creature of an opponent. I don't like it. You have a huge removal suite and this seems like a good cut. You have Orzhov, you are the removal king and you can Murder or Return to Dust

Consecrate / Consume is too situational to be useful in your go-to 100

Revival / Revenge is sexy, keep it. But look at what cards actually make it mean something. Serra Avatar Evra, Halcyon Witness Sunbond etc. Play around with it, but in my experience, it is rare for doubling your life total to more impactful than gaining 3 instances of life gain. (but look at Wall of Reverence

Cut Dismember for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Make a Stand for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Nightmare's Thirst It is too situational for you. We can find better removal. Find room for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Rootborn Defenses we're going to add some creatures who love life gain after this section

OK, stick with me on this one: Liliana, Dreadhorde General draws cards for dead creatures, right? But... you don't have creatures (really) in your deck... Not saying cut her, but she would and will be happier in a sacrifice black deck (Maybe a Sheoldred, Whispering One deck, I think you could do it). If you need to make cuts I'm saying she isn't doing much for you here but letting you draw sometimes.

We're not abusing Athreos, God of Passage but he's too awesome to cut. If he isn't pulling his weight in this deck you can ship me the card, I'll give you my address. ;)

Mentioned Butcher of Malakir before: awesome card as deterrence but it shines when you have a lot of token to sacrifice for value. not an immediate cut, but if you include Sheoldred, Whispering One and Dictate of Erebos you might want want to add some sacrifice/recursion to capitalize. Making your sacrifices give you advantage and hurt your enemies is the coolest thing black can do.

Cut Piper of the Swarm replace with Vampire Cutthroat or Vampire Nighthawk or Call to the Feast or really anything. Piper isn't helping your mechanics. Replace with Sunscorch Regent because that guy beefs up fast and hard.

In (?)

Dusk is a great wipe and the dual nature of the card gives utility.

This is your call. I'd recommend Sunscorch Regent as a win-con.

Serra Avatar is great with life gain, especially if you add Rogue's Passage

Just look for ways to make that life gain work for you: Bloodbond Vampire Bloodthirsty Aerialist Ajani's Pridemate

Rebuff the Wicked is a fantastic counterspell, works with you control aspect. If it were me I'd add more card draw and Approach of the Second Sun and aim for that. Easier win con than Revel in Riches in my experience (have mardu deck based on treasure, removal and alternate win cons and Approach of the Second Sun is much easier and more reliable than Revel in Riches.

I don't know what else to say. You make your own Kambal deck. Just know you need some "UMPH" to take down your opponents beyond some life gain and drain. I love the build, but you need to 'seal the deal' as it were.

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