Ravenous Chupacabra

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Ravenous Chupacabra

Creature — Beast Horror

When Ravenous Chupacabra enters the battlefield, destroy target creature an opponent controls.

scottbaker91 on Budget Meren Eldrazi spawn

4 months ago

I think Hand of Emrakul, Decimator of the Provinces, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, and Pathrazer of Ulamog are too expensive to cast / commander ability for what they do. Some replacement examples would be: Terastodon, Void Winnower, Fleshbag Marauder, Noxious Gearhulk, Ravenous Chupacabra, Plaguecrafter, Eternal Witness, It That Betrays, Woodfall Primus, Acidic Slime, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Sepulchral Primordial, Overseer of the Damned, etc.

cards like Dalek Squadron with a sac outlet will get you a lot of Meren counters quickly. cards like Greater Good are great at filling your graveyard and your hand. cards like Oversold Cemetery are great for your low mana creatures and late game expensive creatures. Tragic Slip isn't a very good card for multiplayer commander, unless you are using something like Isochron Scepter

I think your deck is a little heavy on creature token generators, especially your creatures. I know they are there to build up tokens on Meren and to generate mana, in the early game, but they aren't doing much in the mid to late game. Maybe replace a few with some faster reanimator spells like: Living Death, Lifeline (a personal favorite), Necromancy, Animate Dead, Victimize, Rescue from the Underworld, Beacon of Unrest, etc.

Other cards I would consider cutting: Skullbriar, the Walking Grave (too slow imo unless he is your commander), Blisterpod (needs to die to get the token), Pawn of Ulamog, Vorapede, Village Rites, Gray Merchant of Asphodel (starts to shine with lots of reanimator stuff), Woe Strider, Scion Summoner, Brood Monitor, Deathreap Ritual, Commander's Sphere

It's tough to suggest cards for a budget deck. A card that I might consider to be absolutely necessary could require cheaper options in other parts of the deck to make it fit.

wallisface on Why Do Recent Sacrifice Effects …

6 months ago

DemonDragonJ Sounds like your opponent was "better prepared" ;)

Some thoughts on that interaction:

  • This could have been played around by having another expendable nontoken creature in play. "Disposable troops" don't have to come in the form of tokens.

  • Sheoldred  Flips effect is supposed to be removing a creature of value, not just some useless lacky. If the cards etb were worse, your opponent could conceivably just be running something like Ravenous Chupacabra instead.

  • Note that as Sheoldred  Flip lets the opponent choose what is being sacrificed (as opposed to targeting something), the effect is still incredibly weak/niche compared to most other forms of destruction. There's no reason to make the effect weaker.

  • Every strategy should have counterplay to it. The fact that your opponent had counterplay to what you were doing is just a sign of the format being interactive.

In this scenario your tokens are still as-valid as they were previously - you haven't lost any of them. Producing tokens is still a strong effect for chump-blocking, or go-wide attacks. They are still perfectly serviceable as " cannon fodder" - just not in every conceivable situation... there's going to be times like this one where the opponent can circumvent the token horde.

DreadKhan on "The High Priestess of Helgrind"

9 months ago

Well, I had a bit of time so I took another look!

I feel like Bond of Revival isn't enough value for 5 mana, and the effect probably doesn't scale especially well. Disentomb seems small, I would usually prefer to have a more impactful card, and a 1 drop that you can't play early is often annoying in my experience. I'm not sure why you're using Expanded Anatomy, I doubt you'd miss it. Introduction to Prophecy is really bad if you have access to Black spells, paying a few life to get more cards in hand is a good deal. Do you have big enough creatures to justify Thud in here? If you don't expect to have a huge creature (power high enough to kill a player with a decent life total) I'd cut it. Ebony Charm seems like a strange choice, the evasion isn't the best and the exile effect feels very small for Commander, where you usually want effects that deal with an entire Graveyard (if not everyones). Effects like Enthusiastic Study aren't usually very good, and Learn doesn't work so you just loot IIRC, which isn't enough added value. If you're going to run Get the Point I think you should look at stuff like Ravenous Chupacabra, Nekrataal, either kills something but each leaves a body you can sacrifice, and both cost less mana. Same with Reach of Shadows, there are wildly better cards you could use that are still cheap. If you're going to sacrifice a creature for Rescue From the Underworld I think you could just run Victimize, it's bigger and less mana.

I'm looking through here and I've noticed you have a relatively large number of single target single card discard effects, in my experience these scale very poorly in multiplayer. I think you could keep the best one or two, but you don't need so many of them I feel.

Another potential issue here is that you have a LOT of redundant sacrifice outlets, I'm not sure you really need that many when you have your Commander, I think I would look for cards that offer a payoff for sacrifices, there are lots of cards in Rakdos that care about death triggers, any of them is probably better than something like Voracious Null when your Commander offers a great sac outlet.

I'm not sure if you'll really have problems or not, but if you find you are short of mana you could probably add a few mana rocks, Rakdos Keyrune is pretty versatile, Phyrexian Totem is potentially a creature as well. There are Charcoal Diamond and Fire Diamond, there is Mind Stone, and many more that are 2 or 3 mana. I find decks that have enough lands are probably better in most situations, but having a few mana rocks can be good sometimes.

RockIV on Power Word Death

11 months ago

DreadKhan ty again for the advices! , the good part is that i have almost every card that you mentiioned. To improbe or change the deck i need to play more. I need to know if taking out some creature killing spells will improbe the deck or not. I also want to continue with the creature killing theme in this deck.

Another creature i always think about is Ravenous Chupacabra , but i ended using Skinrender because it can kill creatures with regenerate or indestructible.

i have almost all the discard spells that you name, but again i would need to take some removal.

PolarisFluff on Marchy March and the Funky Bunch

11 months ago

scotchtapedsleeves Thank you for the reply!

Fell Stinger is cool, but they also just printed Triarch Praetorian! I guess I was worried that cards like this wouldn't have targets when they entered, but I don't have to sacrifice every creature that has a counter at once.

You're totally right about Blood Artist. I was thinking to myself, "Why the hell did I even add this?" lol. I kept pinging myself with it because I didn't want to be the highest life total.

Vengeful Ancestor was a pet card but it can totally go. Same with Gyruda, Doom of Depths. I wanted to try and make the deck different than most marchesa effects, but some of the cards just don't end up playing well.

Don't you diss Woe Strider! It costs a little more, sure. But it also makes a token itself so it functionally has scry 1 on etb attached, and it can escape from the yard with +1/+1 counters if it somehow gets dumped.

Faerie Artisans is unironically maybe one of the strongest cards in casual. The particular synergy in marchesa is that if you sacrifice it, you get to keep the last token that it just made even when it comes back, since it's a new object. It also draws much less hate than direct theft.

What's the point of Rakdos Cackler as sacrifice fodder if we're not running aristocrats effects?

Thran Vigil seems absolutely terrible. It gets you a single +1/+1 counter per round. Not even per turn. It only triggers on your turn, and only at most one counter on your turn.

Ravenous Chupacabra too expensive? What is cheaper and repeatable?

scotchtapedsleeves on Marchy March and the Funky Bunch

11 months ago

Hey! Coming over from Reddit to give some advice.

First off, some overarching themes that I notice:

  • Draw vs Card Advantage - A lot of the cards in your "Draw" category don't actually provide any impactful draw, only scrying and cantrips. I'm an enormous fan of Fell Stinger and Thought Sponge. Easily repeatable draw effects that dump cards in your hand. Scry isn't useful unless you're drawing a ton of cards or are doing some topdeck manipulation.

  • Your creatures are too big - Marchesa appreciates small bodies with big effects rather than big bodies with meh effects. For this reason, I would take out Combustible Gearhulk, Vindictive Lich, Vengeful Ancestor, and Gyruda, Doom of Depths. Playing lots of small, cheaper bodies lets your deck fly under the radar until it pops off. It will also give you more targets for Imperial Recruiter.

  • Aristocrats style - Marchesa doesn't play like your typical aristocrats deck, Blood Artist isn't very effective when you're only sacrificing 2-3 creatures a turn. It's also counterintuitive to Dethrone. Abusing ETB and LTB effects is more important than slowly draining opponents

  • Not enough counter distribution - You only have 5 cards under counters and they're all either situational or restrictive. Drop some Thran Vigil type cards in there and you'll go far

Overall, you're too reliant on creatures for draw, removal, etc. Run some efficient draw and removal spells

Next up, cards I recommend removing. I've playtested most of these and they're not nearly as impactful as they seem.

  • Blood Artist - Covered this above, you don't want to gain life
  • Combustible Gearhulk - Opponents will often just take the damage early game and late game you do NOT want to be spending 6 mana on a 6/6 with no impactful ETB.
  • Vindictive Lich - An alright card, not fantastic though. I'm very pressed for 4 drops in my deck so it didn't make the cut.
  • Vengeful Ancestor - Not a very impactful card. You're running Kardur, Doomscourge so this card is just overshadowed.
  • Gyruda, Doom of Depths - 6 mana to maybe cheat in one creature? Not a huge fan. If you want to replace it with a grave robber effect Puppeteer Clique is better. Still not fantastic, it didn't make the cut in my deck
  • Aether Channeler - A fine card, the mode selection is okay. I'm not in love with the effects it gives though
  • Morbid Opportunist - Only one draw a turn? Blasphemy
  • Woe Strider Free sac outlets are nice, but I find I get overrun with them when I have more than 5 in a deck. Also more expensive just to scry? Not a fan
  • Dauthi Voidwalker Will generate so much hate. Unless you can fend off your opponents don't run it
  • Faerie Artisans Not the kind of stealing Marchesa likes, tokens aren't the name of the game here. Something like Zealous Conscripts will take you much further
  • Phantom Steed Same as above, tokens are nice but this isn't a great card
  • Ravenous Chupacabra Too much mana for removal. Black and blue have much cheaper options

There are more that I personally wouldn't run, but that's up to how you like to play your deck.

Now for some cards I would include in every Marchesa deck

  • Thran Vigil - Allows you to immediately sac creatures that come back + an extra layer of protection
  • Uncivil Unrest - Same as above but you can also give haste to fresh casts. Double damage doesn't hurt
  • Fell Stinger - Repeatable, powerful draw on a deathtouch body
  • Thought Sponge - Incredible draw engine. Sac it on opponents turns every time it enters and you'll draw AT LEAST 6 cards a turn cycle.
  • Iron Apprentice - Great 1 drop, can distribute counters if you're having trouble and is sacrifice fodder
  • Rakdos Cackler - sacrifice fodder
  • Flayer of the Hatebound - This card gets a bad rap but it's great in Marchesa
  • Herald of Secret Streams - Wincon alert! This card sneaks under the radar until you hit someone with 25 unblockable damage
  • The Ozolith - Expensive, but who doesn't want to keep their counters for 1 mana!

Of course, please take a look at my deck if you need inspiration. It's pretty casual, but the synergies can be backbreaking if your opponents don't keep you in check. I also have a ton of cards in my maybeboard that I'm considering or have saved for later.

https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/guess-whos-back-back-again-and-again/?cat=custom&sort=&cb=1689648313

Squee_Spirit_Guide on Non-Competitive Beast Tribal (Feedback Welcome)

1 year ago

I love this! It's always nice to see less mainstream tribes getting some attention. For the main board take a look at Ravenous Chupacabra for removal that also advances the beast plan. Leyline Prowler looks pretty nice as well. And Craterhoof Behemoth is costly, but could be a nice finisher.

If you're looking to add a sideboard Obstinate Baloth, Manglehorn, and Thragtusk would make a good start

Also, Beast Within seems too thematically good not to include here :)

Best of luck with the build!

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