Pith Driller

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Pith Driller

Artifact Creature — Phyrexian Horror

( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

When Pith Driller enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

Mortlocke on New hubs to be added

2 years 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

EnbyGolem on Kulrath Bonder

5 years ago

Interesting deck! I like the many different combos that are open for you to explore! Some other creatures that may help you get some -1-1s rolling are Fume Spitter, Festering Mummy, or even Pith Driller. Simple and cheap but in your deck, might help start some shenanigans.

sonnet666 on

6 years ago

Ok, so lets talk about main game plan before we start nitpicking particular cards.

I've never tried to build Mikaeus myself, but from what I know about combo decks there are three categories of pieces that make the deck work: 1) Creatures that can re-undie with Mike's ability; 2) Sac outlets to feed them to; and 3) Death triggers that can create a win condition.

From the looks of this deck, what you tried to do was to load up on as many of each these as you could to get the best chance of drawing into the ones you need. Here's what you have of each category:

  1. Walking Ballista, Triskelion, Crystalline Crawler, Chainbreaker, Spincrusher, Banewhip Punisher, Wingrattle Scarecrow, Tatterkite, Plague Belcher, Skinrender, Lingering Tormentor, Pith Driller, Soulstinger, Cinderhaze Wretch, and Carnifex Demon. 15 Total

  2. Altar of Dementia, Blasting Station, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Viscera Seer, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Bloodthrone Vampire, Carrion Feeder, Spawning Pit, and Tainted AEther. 10 Total

  3. Zulaport Cutthroat, Blood Artist, Altar of the Brood, Grim Haruspex. 4 Total

So, all in all, 29 of your deckslots are focused on nothing except your main win condition. That's a lot of bloat for a deck that needs to ramp at least to 6, and should be packing disruption aimed at its opponents on top of that. Considering you're in the color with the best unconditional tutoring, I think you can get away with cutting a lot of those redundant combo pieces, and right now the first category is what you have the most of. I'd say anything that doesn't reduce the need for additional pieces or generate infinite mana is worth cutting.

I'd cut all of the following:

For more tutors, draw, and ramp. (That would also lower your curve to where Ad Nauseam is viable.) Leave Banewhip Punisher, Chainbreaker, and Spincrusher since they're the cheapest, and Banewhip Punisher is semi-decent removal.

I also recommend Skullclamp in terms of draw, as it goes very well with the reccruing creatures and sac outlets. You could also consider a bit of a reanimator strategy to get your combo pieces, since black can tutor to the graveyard.

Maxeyum on Mikaeus doesn't know what to do

6 years ago

@usaDiabetic Thank you so much! Ill expand my black inventory with these awesome (and budgety) cads you have suggested!It will be alot more fun to play. Tatterkite was already recomendet to me beacuase of the Insta win combo with cards such as Grinding Station+Any Sac outlet(but on itself is pretty nice in that constellation) , or Walking Ballista, Pith Driller and Triskelion(Note: If somebody in my playgroup wins via infinite hes either beaten up verbally for the next couple weeks or the drinks for the evening are on him.)

obitus on Necroskitter Wither

7 years ago

@Benmtgmage: Thanks for the suggestion.

Eye Gouge is nice, but it technically is not a -1/-1 counter. We are trying to activate Necroskitter.

Pith Driller would be nice if I could make it come back onto the battlefield repeatedly.

I hope you have better luck building a wither deck.

Sleazebag on Mikaeus, Extreme Sub $20 Budget EDH

8 years ago

Paul_Soup: Pith Driller is in play. You sacrifice it, undying triggers, and it enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter. Pith Driller's ETB triggers, it targets itself and gets a -1/-1 counter. These two counters remove each other as a state-based action and the end result is zero counters on Pith Driller. Then you sacrifice it again, undying triggers, since it has no +1/+1 counters on it undying triggers, repeat.

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