Animate Dead


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn (GRV) Uncommon
Masters Edition (MED) Uncommon
Fifth Edition (5ED) Uncommon
Fourth Edition (4ED) Uncommon
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Uncommon
Revised Edition (3ED) Uncommon
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Uncommon
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Uncommon
Collector's Edition (CED) Uncommon
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Uncommon
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Uncommon
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Uncommon

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Animate Dead

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature card in a graveyard

When Animate Dead enters the battlefield, if it's on the battlefield, it loses "enchant creature card in a graveyard" and gains "enchant creature put onto the battlefield with Animate Dead." Return enchanted creature card to the battlefield under your control and attach Animate Dead to it. When Animate Dead leaves the battlefield, that creature's controller sacrifices it.

Enchanted creature gets -1/-0.

Animate Dead Discussion

Pikobyte on Muldrotha, The Mangrove Queen

2 days ago

Nice starting list, looks pretty similar to mine except for the lands. I suggest Diplomatic Immunity for additional protection.

Try Necromancy over Animate Dead , it’s 1 cmc more but you can cast it at instant speed and sac the creature end of turn. Triggers your world shaper, hulk or night incarnate without the need of a sac outlet. That can be pretty helpful.

+1 for a solid starting list

hkhssweiss on Varina, Lich Queen

2 days ago

Considering that your curve is a bit on the higher side, you can cut away the less efficient zombies and run a bit of artifact ramp as well as either more card draw or reanimation tech.

Some cards you can consider for reanimation are:

Some ramp or card draw you can consider:

Hope that helps!

crabclaw on Ayli Combo / Aristocrats

3 days ago

I've had a good deckbuilding session tonight based on your feedback. I've added in Animate Dead , Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , and Forsake the Worldly . I must not have been paying attention, because Mikey definitely pulls his weight in the deck.

Thanks again for the suggestions. I'll be keeping an eye out for other underperformers so I can try out Gray Merchant of Asphodel . He has a higher potential ceiling than Kokusho, the Evening Star , (and doesn't depend on a sac outlet) but for now I like Kokusho for consistently draining 5 life per opponent.

rores28 on Judith cEDH

4 days ago

I think there's at least a few auto includes youre missing here

Auto Includes
1. Toxic Deluge
2. Fire Covenant
3. Blood Moon
4. Magus of the Moon
4. Pyroblast Functional clone of Red Elemental Blast and a better version of some of your other red counter spells
5. Gamble This downside isn't always all downside because of the GY focus of deck

Should Strongly Consider
1. Dark Confidant You have very low avg CMC so this will never be a problem
2. Demonic Consultation
3. Reanimate
4. Praetor's Grasp
5. Imperial Seal
6. Blood Artist Has a lot of synergy with your combos
7. Rakdos Signet
8. Talisman of Indulgence
9. Cabal Ritual
10. Cursed Totem
11. Pyroclasm

Other possibilities
1. Rolling Earthquake
2. Dark Petition
3. Azra Oddsmaker
4. Pestilence
5. Infernal Darkness
6. Contamination
7. Anger of the Gods
8. By Force
9. Animate Dead
10. Phyrexian Arena
11. Mindblade Render

multimedia on Muldrotha, The Budget-Conscious

4 days ago

Hey, sometimes it's not good to have so many ideas because then you feel you have to put them all into one deck, which is not necessary :)

Budget cards ($1 or less each) to consider adding:

Budget cards ($4 or less each) to consider:

Opponent mill is not worth it in multiplayer Commander; it's too slow, not reliable enough unless infinite combo with Altar of the Brood or Altar of Dementia . Self-mill however is good especially with dredge. Consider Grave-Troll and Thug? These along with Stinkweed who you're already playing give a lot of budget repeatable self-mill. Buried is a powerful budget spell especially with these dredge creatures since you can tutor for and put all three into your graveyard with one card.

If you're willing to add a few other cards that are over $1 then consider adding Eternal Witness , Fauna Shaman and Protean Hulk ? These three are powerful and do different effects that are good with Muldrotha. Witness can recur any card from your graveyard. Fauna is a repeatable creature tutor while also an enabler to get creatures such as dredge creatures into your graveyard. Hulk has budget combo potential.

Consider Flash + Protean Hulk + Phyrexian Delver + Carrion Feeder or Viscera Seer + Body Double ? It's a budget combo to tutor for creatures by sacing Hulk and repeatable with Muldrotha.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Golgari Guildgate
  • Thornwood Falls
  • Jwar Isle Refuge
  • Ambush Viper
  • Fleet Swallower
  • Scribe of the Mindful
  • Dreamborn Muse
  • Manic Scribe
  • Chronic Flooding
  • Mirror-Mad Phantasm
  • Necrotic Ooze
  • Werebear
  • Carapace
  • Mind Grind
  • Tolarian Winds
  • Villainous Wealth
  • Bloodchief Ascension
  • Mindcrank

hkhssweiss on Ayli Combo / Aristocrats

5 days ago

You can try adding in Oversold Cemetery as another way to bring back your sacrificed creatures back to your hand. You can also try your hand at a bit more reanimation effects like Animate Dead , Dance of the Dead or Necromancy . I am also a fan of using cards like Faith's Reward for some janky plays like sac/ing all your creatures and than using it to bring back everything. Or for a 7 mana combo, using Hour of Revelation in conjunction with Teferi's Protection or Faith's Reward .

Hope that helps!

hkhssweiss on May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

5 days ago

Yo Darky, not much really to add since you are already refining. I can't upvote anymore as well :P

But have you considered adding in Dark Ritual or Culling the Weak . Giving that extra boost to cast your spells helps tremendously. Since you are already abusing the creatures to come back from the grave, Culling the Weak is an exceptional play.

You can also have some back up reanimation plans as well like Reanimate , Animate Dead , Dance of the Dead , or Necromancy in case there are the times where the creature is in the yard. Hope that helps buddy!

hkhssweiss on Golgari Commander

1 week ago

You can consider adding in a bit more creature sac outlets to abuse Meren's ability a bit more such as Viscera Seer , Carrion Feeder , or Yahenni, Undying Partisan . Some cheap reanimations spells never hurt as well, here might be some to your liking, Reanimate , Animate Dead , Dance of the Dead , Necromancy , Living Death . These also got recently reprinted so they are quite great to pick up~ Entomb / Buried Alive , great to fill up your grave super quick.

If you need more ideas feel free to check out my version of her as well.

Filthy Casual Meren | Primer

Commander / EDH hkhssweiss


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Animate Dead occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.14%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.08%

Black: 0.31%

U/B (Dimir): 0.19%

Golgari: 0.18%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.16%

Rakdos: 0.18%

RBW (Mardu): 0.21%

BUG (Sultai): 0.39%

W/U/B (Esper): 0.08%

BGW (Abzan, Junk): 0.26%

U/B/R (Grixis): 0.13%