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Sidisi, Brood Tyrant from 'Khans of Tarkir'

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
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Spoiled today Sept. 1, 2014 in an article by Mark Rosewater on, Sidisi, Brood Tyrant is one of the newest Magic: The Gathering cards from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert expansion set Khans of Tarkir. This mythic rare legendary creature card can potentially create a horde of Zombie creatures to unleash against your opponents.

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant - 1BGU
Legendary Creature - Naga Shaman (Mythic Rare)
Whenever Sidisi, Brood Tyrant enters the battlefield or attacks, put the top three cards of your library into your graveyard.
Whenever one or more creature cards are put into your graveyard from your library, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

Grave Titan saw competitive play, and Sidisi, Blood Tyrant comes down a turn earlier. While it won't create multiple Zombie creature tokens at once in a deck with little to no non-creature spells, you'll be able to maximize Sidisi, Blood Tyrant's effectiveness.

Creatures which have abilities that can be used out of your graveyard like Gravecrawler and Vengeful Pharaoh are fantastic with Sidisi, Blood Tyrant. Scavenge creatures such as Deadbridge Goliath and Dreg Mangler also make great inclusions. Spinterfright is another excellent creature to include in an Sidisi, Blood Tyrant deck along with that runs Kessig Cagebreakers and Mirror-Mad Phantasm.

One way to help activate Sidisi, Blood Tyrant's ability is with cards that have dredge. Life from the Loam (recently reprinted in Modern Masters and featured in the Golgari deck of Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari) will help put more creatures into your graveyard while also granting card advantage by recurring that Vesuva you milled or Strip Mine to attack your enemy's mana base. Golgari Grave-Troll and Stinkwood Imp are two other excellent dredge creatures to include.

There's many other ways of getting creatures into your graveyard. Deadbridge Chant is an enchantment that'll put the top 10 cards of your library into your graveyard. It'll also help you gain card advantage by returning a random spell to your hand or recurring a random creature from your graveyard back onto the battlefield. Spells like Drown in Filth, Grisly Salvage, and Curse of the Bloody Tome will also allow you to mill yourself.

Because you'll be putting so many creatures in your graveyard, Sidisi, Brood Tyrant begs to be abused with Living Death in Commander. Another interesting card to include for late game superiority is Creeping Renaissance.

It's important to note that Sidisi, Brood Tyrant's trigger goes on the stack whenever it attacks. That means if you or an opponent has a way of removing it from combat, such as with Maze of Ith or Mystifying Maze, you'll still be able to use its ability.

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