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Sacrifices Must Be Made


Hello, everyone! This past weekend at Mythic Championship VII, Piotr Glogowski took home the trophy with his Jund Sacrifice deck. Congratulations to him! This week, we'll be taking a look at three different versions of Sacrifice decks that were all played at MagicFest Brisbane in the Saturday Standard PTQ, so you can have the option of playing whichever suits you best. Let's get started.

Golgari Sacrifice

The first deck I have for you came in First Place at this tournament and is in Golgari colors. Let's take a look at the deck:

Wicked Wolf
Like any sacrifice deck featuring Green and Black mana, this deck features the combination of a complete playset of Cauldron Familiar, Witch's Oven, and Trail of Crumbs. For those who aren't familiar with this combo, you'll want to begin by playing a Witch's Oven or a Cauldron Familiar. Follow that up by playing the other. You now have a repeatable way of sacrificing Cauldron Familiar with the Witch's Oven, creating a Food token in the process. That Food token can be sacrificed to return the Cauldron Familiar to the battlefield from your graveyard, triggering its enter-the-battlefield ability. With Trail of Crumbs in play, every time you sacrifice a Food token to bring the Cat back, you can pay 1 mana to essentially draw a card nearly every time.

This deck is also playing a few copies of one of the most dangerous creatures currently in Standard, Wicked Wolf. Thanks to the amount of Food tokens you're likely to have in play, you'll usually be able to kill an opponent's creature when you cast Wicked Wolf since you can easily make it indestructible.

Trail of Crumbs isn't the only way to draw additional cards in this deck. Bond of Flourishing allows you to search the top three cards of your deck for any permanent. As an added bonus, you also gain three life when it resolves. That extra life can be useful if you choose to activate Castle Locthwain to draw an additional card as well.

Jund Sacrifice

The next deck I have for you is very similar to the deck that won the latest Mythic Championship. Let's take a look at it:

Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
This deck also features the combo of Cauldron Familiar, Witch's Oven, and Trail of Crumbs. It also adds a couple of cards that work especially well with this combo. The first is Mayhem Devil. If you have a copy of Mayhem Devil in play, you'll be able to deal a point of damage to any target whenever any player sacrifices a permanent. You can use that damage as a means of creature destruction or speed up your opponent's demise by pointing that damage at their life total instead. It gets even better if you have more than one copy of Mayhem Devil in play.

The other card that is amazing with the Cat/Oven combo is Korvold, Fae-Cursed King. Whenever you sacrifice a permanent, you'll put a +1/+1 counter on Korvold and draw a card. As you can imagine, you can trigger this ability a ton of times with a deck like this one. Since Korvold has flying, he can be a difficult creature for your opponent to block effectively, so you should be able to get in quite a bit of damage with him in a short period of time.

Rakdos Sacrifice

The final deck I have for you this week came in Fifth Place. By playing only two colors, neither of which is Green, you lose access to Trail of Crumbs, but you gain access to a few other cards. Let's take a look at it:

Priest of Forgotten Gods
Since Trail of Crumbs is important in the other sacrifice decks as a means of drawing additional cards, this Rakdos deck must find a different way to maintain card advantage. This is usually done with the combination of Gutterbones and Priest of Forgotten Gods. Since Gutterbones has an ability that allows it to be returned to the battlefield from your graveyard, it's the perfect creature to sacrifice over and over. Since Priest of Forgotten Gods causes your opponent to lose two life and also produces two Black mana when you activate its ability, you can sacrifice Gutterbones and replay it in the same turn.

Priest of Forgotten Gods works wonderfully when used in conjunction with Claim the Firstborn also. Simply steal one of your opponent's creatures with a converted mana cost of three or less, attack your opponent with it (if possible), then sacrifice it with Priest of Forgotten Gods ability. For added value, you'll want to do this when you have a copy of Mayhem Devil in play, which might allow you to deal enough damage to destroy another of your opponent's creatures.

Mayhem Devil works great in this deck when you're able to deal combat damage to your opponent with Rankle, Master of Pranks. Whenever that happens, you can force each player to sacrifice a creature. Mayhem Devil will trigger for each of those sacrifices, possibly allowing you to destroy additional creatures as well. Also, remember that Mayhem Devil will trigger whenever any player sacrifices a copy of Fabled Passage. Every instance of sacrificing will trigger Mayhem Devil, not just the sacrifice of creatures.

Wrapping Up

Sacrifice decks are nothing new, and they have proven themselves to be powerful options in our current Standard environment. They're also a lot of fun to play, so I'd encourage everyone to give them a try.

What do you think of these decks? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or email me directly at mikelikesmtg@gmail.com. Also, feel free to share this article with your friends anywhere on social media. And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in Standard. I'll see you then!

- Mike Likes

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