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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Vintage Legal


Creature — Elemental


When Reveillark leaves the battlefield, return up to two target creature cards with power 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

Evoke (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

multimedia on Death by Mutation (Budget)

1 month ago

Thanks for the upvote. I find that creature tutors and entomb effects are good enough since all the combos here only require creatures not a noncreature card. Having tutors that put creatures directly into graveyard not hand is also helpful. Diabolic Tutor would be worth paying 4 mana if I needed an artifact or enchantment to combo, but that's not the case here. Good instinct to cut Diabolic.

Karmic Guide + Reveillark + Viscera Seer is the classic creature reanimation combo that's been around for years and honestly it's perfect with Nethroi since it's an all creature combo. What's nice about Lark with all creature combos is you can include in the combo a 2 power or less creature such as Vile Entomber to setup the rest of the combo for a wincon.

Karmic + Lark + Seer + Entomber you tutor/put into graveyard Blood Artist then Lark reanimates it to give the combo a wincon. Any other creature with 2 power or less who self-mill could replace Entomber to do the same thing just puts more cards into your graveyard such as Satyr Wayfinder.

Karmic Guide + Body Launderer + Viscera Seer is the new excellent combo for all creatures combos because it too can setup the rest of the combo by looting until you get Reveillark and Blood Artist into graveyard. Then Karmic + Launderer stops reanimating each other and instead one of them reanimates Lark who then reanimates Artist for the wincon.

If playing Body Launderer and Karmic Guide, Saffi Eriksdotter + Viscera Seer combos with each of these creatures too. Having a backup Launderer infinite loot combo piece is helpful.

In multiplayer Culling Ritual wrecks and it can make enough mana including a green mana that's needed to mutate Nethroi plus more. If you're using a combo that requires attacking with Nethroi or another creature then consider adding Culling since it can clear the battlefield of all tokens who could be blockers. Culling also destroys many of the best opponent graveyard hate cards Rest in Peace, Ground Seal, Scavenging Ooze, Grafdigger's Cage, Weathered Runestone, etc.

Speaking of graveyard hate that exiles that's why I'm playing Riftsweeper. It has a unique ETB trigger that lets me remove an exiled card putting back into my library. That's also why I'm playing Elixir of Immortality to combat against exiling of my entire graveyard since in response I can shuffle my graveyard back into my library. This is mostly to combat Bojuka Bog and Scavenger Grounds, the most played graveyard hate in Commander.

Gidgetimer on Abzan Graveyard Recursion Help

2 months ago

Reveillark is a good creature for reanimation shenanigans too. With a sacrifice outlet Lark and Guide return al creatures power 2 or less from your graveyard. With Saffi you can use Saffi to recur Lark and then use Lark to recur Saffi and Guide allowing you to reanimate your entire graveyard if you don't want to go for the infinite drain but still want to do busted stuff.

Looking at your list, Crop Rotation is an undoubtably strong card, but I am a little confused as to what your tutor target is since it isn't ramp without a Gaea's Cradle and I don't see any powerful utility lands.

H-E-N-R-Y on Rafiq Controltron

2 months ago

I like the idea of controlling the board and coming in for the kill with some big fun creatures/your commander! Cool concept, and I'm seeing a little lack of direction with the deck.

You have a very good ramp curve and if you want to use it to your advantage I would mix in some card draw.

You got some super scary creature cards in there and then some cards that just have me sitting there asking, why? I think these ones can probably get the cut for some make big spells for your commander: Temur Sabertooth,Reveillark, Deep Gnome Terramancer, Temur Sabertooth

I like what you have here, it just needs a little more of an edge and you'll have something really scary ;-)

DawnsRayofLight on But, it's no sacrifice No sacrifice

2 months ago

I mean, it seems strong. It should do rather well, the only worry I see is how it will do against

1) very strong aggro based decks like Isshin, Two Heavens as One, Jetmir, Nexus of Revels, and Godo, Bandit Warlord--> board wipes should help keep these under control to an extent, and fortunately board wipes work with your strategy.

2) Combo decks--> these can be trickier as turbo decks can go off quick and other combo decks can have infinite life strategies. (though I think your commander gets around that, I think the life loss he triggers is counted as commander damage, someone correct me if I am wrong)


3) games that go too late: I can see a deck like this running out of steam

Lurrus is a helpful piece to the list but it may be worth considering dropping the companion requirement after testing to relieve yourself of the restriction which gives you access to more cards that I think would honestly make the deck stronger. (combos like sac outlet + Karmic Guide + Reveillark for infinite sac loops, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed (especially with Putrid Goblin and Puppeteer Clique with a sac outlet for another loop), one of my favorite things to do back in the days of zombie pod was Geralf's Messenger + Restoration Angel)

nuggnugg on Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim

2 months ago


Great suggestions all around. I have looked into Karmic Guide and Reveillark and I think it is a good combo. I might put it in, the only issue is that I am unsure what to cut for it.

As for Altar of Dementia, I think it's a good choice, but I am happy with what I have atm. I agree though. It is really good for decks where there are more recurrsion.

And that's a great suggestion! I have not heard of those two cards. I will most likely end up going with Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose. The effect is slightly better, and who knows. Maybe I will want to use the activated ability at some point, though that is unlikely. What really pushes me for it is that I can always get a token from him from Ratadrabik of Urborg.

thefiresoflurve on Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim

2 months ago

I mean, I'm never going to not recommend Karmic Guide and Reveillark in aristocrats decks. Together, they go infinite with any sac outlet such as Blasting Station, etc.

One good sac outlet you might consider adding: Altar of Dementia, although IME, it works better when you have more graveyard recursion and you self-target with it e.g. when running something like Muldrotha, the Gravetide. Not sure it would work quite as well here.

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose/Marauding Blight-Priest would be great in addition to or instead of Sanguine Bond. Cheaper, does (almost) the same job, and synergizes better with your sac outlets since they can die.

thefiresoflurve on Boros Legion Of Mil

3 months ago

Are your wincons meant to be infinite combos?

I was confused at Altar of the Brood being tied to "burn", since it doesn't actually deal damage itself.

Reveillark + Karmic Guide + any sacrifice outlet, such as Altar of Dementia (although there are plenty cheaper ones) will give you infinite ETB, and thus let Purphoros / Altar of the Brood instantly win.

On tokens: Brave the Sands gives Vigilance and blocking power.

Intangible Virtue is another option.

Harmonious Archon buffs all your tokens.

Inspiring Leader

Martial Coup - serves double duty as board wipe and token maker.

Prava of the Steel Legion - now your tokens can attack with reckless abandon.

Rabble Rousing - even if your 1/1s die when they attack, they replace themselves now! Combos great with Purphoros / other ETB effects.

Twilight Drover - basically awesome for tokens.

Also, make sure to pick up Boros Signet and Arcane Signet to help with ramp.

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