Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker

Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker

Legendary Creature — Spirit

Whenever a creature with power 1 or less is put into your graveyard from the battlefield, you may return that card to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step if Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker is still on the battlefield.

Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker Discussion

Tzefick on Taborax's Apostles of Despair

1 week ago

Very nice alternative. I must say I think your list of searchable demons is a little thin and not that much utility to get. It appears you mostly have demons that grant card draw in some fashion.

I would probably put in something like Archfiend of Depravity or Pestilence Demon for swarm control. And I do find Archfiend of Despair a very neat tech choice to wallop an opponent out who has taken a bit too much damage. Or Sower of Discord to either dissuade an opponent from attacking into you or to utilize damage against one player to swing against another.

While Reaper from the Abyss is a very nice card that keeps on giving, I find Overseer of the Damned to be a good alternative, as the effect happens immediately and can better be utilized to save your skin or deal with a problematic creature from an opponent.

Also I'm surprised to not see Secret Salvage nor Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker in your list.


All this being said I don't think I'll ever drop the Orzhov variants of Shadowborn Apostle decks.

The amount of value you can get with Black-White is well worth it in my eyes.

Cards like Aven Shrine or Remembrance are easily paying themselves back in short time.

Include cards like Immortal Servitude and Rally the Ancestors and if you're a bit more casual; Angel of Glory's Rise. Even if you only have a small slew of Apostles, you can use them again and again for quite cheap.

Of course there's the palette of removal that is accessible with white; Vindicate, Utter End, Anguished Unmaking. Merciless Eviction is also a favorite along with Austere Command.

And while we're at it, throw in a Smothering Tithe.

Pemmins on Riders on the Storm

1 month ago

Hi Harry,

Long time Muddstah viewer here. I watched you play the deck on the channel multiple times and I gotta say it's hands down the most interesting and fun-looking deck I've seen in quite a while. I don't know if you came up with the idea yourself or not, but if so, kudos on that. It's kinda hard to make me actually interested in a new build, but the deck really caught my attention when I first saw it in action and I've been theorycrafting around the concept ever since.

I just wanted to ask if there's any reason why you're not running Priest of Gix. Running it alongside Priest of Urabrask means that Ashnod's Altar turns your Imperial Recruiter into an XXRRBB wincon. The line should be pretty intuitive for you, but I'm gonna leave the steps here in case you want to check out the math.

Start with XXRRBB.

  • 1st cycle: cast Rec (RBB), grab PoU, sac Rec (CCRBB), cast PoU (RRRBB), sac PoU (CCRRRBB), cast Garna (RB), sac Garna (CCRB).

  • 2nd cycle: cast PoU (RRRB), sac PoU (CCRRRB), cast Rec (RRB), grab PoG, sac Rec (CCRRB), cast PoG (RRBBB), sac PoG (CCRRBBB), cast Garna (RB), sac Garna (CCRB).

  • 3rd cycle: cast PoU (RRRB), sac PoU (CCRRRB), cast PoG (RRRBBB), sac PoG (CCRRRBBB), cast Garna (RBX), sac Garna (CCRBX).

You can now loop the 3rd cycle netting either B or R with each iteration, making infinite mana of both colors. You can then recast the Recruiter to tutor up for an actual wincon (e.g. Gary).

The same result can be achieved replacing Ashnod's Altar with Heartless Summoning. In that case you can start with just RRBB in your pool, but you do need to have a separate (free) sac outlet in order to loop Garna (if it is Phyrexian Altar you can start the loop with just RRB).

Blood Vassal and Basal Sliver also net mana with Heartelss Summoning, albeit at a lower rate.

Also, maybe it's a little on the cute side, but if you do indeed find yourself aggressively tutoring for Heartless Summoning, then you might want to consider running Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. All your 1/1s and 2/1s will pop in and out the battlefield on each player's turn, netting you a lot of value and/or mana through their ETBs without you having to continuously spend and looping Garna (thus saving her as a trick against grave-hate and/or to save Shirei). (Of course the same applies for any other 1/x or 2/x that can sac itself, or actually any other 1/x or 2/x if you have a sac outlet.)

Finally, if do you decide to go this route, then you might want to also consider running Sultai Emissary. Manifested permanents are going to be returned to the battlefield by Shirei's ability even if they're not actually creature cards. With such a low number of instants and sorceries in your deck, you should be able to generate a lot of value.

ilovemydoghisnameistuna on He Sacc'd Everything But the Budget

2 months ago

I see you have a lot of creatures that reanimate themselves (i.e., Bloodsoaked Champion), and also a ton of creatures that give you value when they die, both for the purpose of sacrificing to Yawgmoth (I assume). It might be nice to add a couple of cards to reanimate the little-er stuff with some amount of repeatability: my favorite is Phyrexian Reclamation, but I bet there are a ton of budget options for that kind of thing. Also, another one that might work is Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker.

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Gadianten on Divine Machinations (Cleric Tribal)

4 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions DarkRequiem, I have had both Scion of Darkness and Dark Supplicant in the deck, in foil to boot, and I tend to cycle them in from time to time. The only real problem I have had with them is the lack of haste in the deck. Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker is fun but gets kinda shut down hardcore by Ravos, Soultender with his anthem effect although if I were to go Shadowborn Apostle it would be hilarious. I really wish they had a partner cleric with red in the cost for the haste...

DarkRequiem on Divine Machinations (Cleric Tribal)

4 months ago

Although it isn't a cleric, which is a shame, he could help you lots here: Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. Most of the clerics with a sac ability are 1 power, so...

Also, have you considered Scion of Darkness with Dark Supplicant?

ihaveadogandhisnameistunathesecond on Shadorei Shizostles

5 months ago

Janky concept shadowborn apostles deck with Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker at helm. Can use help!

pidyon on Liliana and her Shadowborn Cult

5 months ago

Another suggestion: Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. He'll get your Apostles back after you sac them, generating a pretty disgusting amount of value from your deck

yurixquest on Trynn & Silvar, Dangerous Bonds.

6 months ago

I am also thinking of using Death Cultist and Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. I could have synergy with my low power humans and still make a combo

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