One of the cards just previewed from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt is sure to give black aggro decks and sacrifice decks a nice boost. Take a look at Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia:
Resources on Innistrad are scarce, and Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia isn't going to let anything go to waste. pic.twitter.com/sa9kg16hAW
— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) September 2, 2021
Jadar offers a lot of action at very low cost. For just two mana, you get a 1/1 and a 2/2 right off the bat (assuming they don’t have an instant-speed removal spell) and if you can trade off or sacrifice the Zombie, you’ll get another to replace it.
3/3 worth of stats for two mana is interesting to begin with, and being spread across two bodies plus having the possibility of extra triggers makes Jadar very interesting indeed.
It is unfortunate that he’s legendary, and isn’t a Zombie himself, as both those are slight drawbacks, but I still like the value to cost ratio here quite a bit. The most exciting place to play Jadar is in a RB Sacrifice shell, which could look something like this:
4 Blightstep Pathway 4 Brightclimb Pathway 4 Deadly Dispute 4 Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia 4 Extus, Oriq Overlord 4 Eyetwitch 4 Goldspan Dragon 2 Immersturm Predator 2 Hunt for Specimens 3 Kalain, Reclusive Painter 1 Valki, God of Lies 2 Malakir Rebirth 2 Mountain 4 Needleverge Pathway 1 Orcus, Prince of Undeath 3 Shambling Ghast 2 Shatterskull Smashing 4 Showdown of the Skalds 2 Swamp 4 Haunted Ridge Sideboard 1 Environmental Sciences 1 Mascot Exhibition 1 Necrotic Fumes 2 Pest Summoning 1 Start from Scratch 2 Skyclave Shade 2 Ray of Enfeeblement 2 Check for Traps 2 Burning Hands 1 Inferno of the Star Mounts
Jadar offers a cheap way to get multiple bodies, and with Deadly Dispute or Immersturm Predator, you can sacrifice the Zombie token each turn to get maximum value. I could also see Jader being solid in Mono-Black Aggro, as it does give you a lot of power for not a lot of mana, and is resistant to removal spells.
Another card worth mentioning alongside Jadar is Champion of the Perished. This is a natural 1-2 curve, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Zombies got another go-round with the release of Innistrad.