Not many decks win by killing their own creatures. But with four copies each of Cruel Celebrant and Zulaport Cutthroat, that becomes a viable win condition!
This deck chucks corpses at the enemy like a trebuchet. Each creature death drains 1 life for every Cruel Celebrant or Zulaport Cutthroat in play—a less efficient method than just attacking, but much harder for opponents to block or disrupt. Cartel Aristocrat and Priest of Forgotten Gods make killing your creatures easy and profitable. The only limiting factor is finding enough bodies to feed to the wood chipper.
That's where Nightmare Shepherd comes in! No longer satisfied by terrorizing Standard players with it endless underlings, Nightmare Shepherd has come to Pioneer to supply you with fresh bodies.
Each creature that dies with Nightmare Shepherd around comes back as a 1/1 Nightmare token. Those lower stats and token status don't matter when their only purpose is to die again. In the case of token creators like Hunted Witness and Ministrant of Obligation, Nightmare Shepherd effectively doubles the tokens they can create, ensuring a constant stream of cannon fodder.
Massacring your minions never felt so good.
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