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.

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Animate Dead Discussion

hkhssweiss on Need Help - Meren Upgrades?

3 days ago


What is your budget? I used to play Meren for a long time so here are a couple staple cards that can be considered :)

You can also add in more mana dorks so you can faster accelerate your game play, cards like Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves, Deathrite Shaman, Birds of Paradise, Elves of Deep Shadow, Fyndhorn Elves.

Hope that helps and feel free to ask questions!

TheAmazingSteve on Best Reanimation Targets

3 days ago

Worldgorger Dragon infinitely combos with Animate Dead and Dance of the Dead, just make sure you have a sac outlet.

hkhssweiss on Madness Commander

3 days ago

Some cheap recursion effects you can additionally run would be cards like Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead, and Necromancy.

Oversold Cemetery is also a great card that allows you to gain back pitched away cards to reuse madness costs :P

Hope that helps!

Triton on Best Reanimation Targets

4 days ago

Kederekt Leviathan is basically a Cyclonic Rift with Animate Dead or Dance of the Dead. :)

I wanna put it back into my Mimeoplasm deck but space is tight :(

Shuko24 on Multiplayer Tasigur Combo-Control

4 days ago

Thanks for the comment!

Terastodon and Crux of Fate are very recent additions. I'm not really sure if deck needs second wrath besides Damnation. Toxic Deluge is clearly better than Crux, it's just matter of budget. Same goes for Assassin's Trophy. Terastodon is in the deck not as removal, but as late game alternative threat which you don't afraid to tap out with. I also love utility like blowing out Mana Crypt / Necropotence that is going to kill you.

I thought about adding something like Emrakul, the Promised End as late game threat, still thinking about it.

Probably if I'm running Terastodon I should run something like Animate Dead. Btw, Eldritch Evolution is really good in this deck if I run Terastodon and both drake/deadeye, that is a good thing to consider.

Forbidden Orchard is a bit ambitious. The deck is really trying to control everything, and it aggresively uses life as resource without any way to restore it, and dying to mediocre beats for 1/1 is not a impossible scenario.

multimedia on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

6 days ago

Hey, very nice for your first Commander deck. Meren is a great choice.

Consider adding these cards:

Consider more one drop mana dorks? Because having more means consistently you can be able to play one turn one and help to ramp into Meren. Mana dorks are fine sac fodder to get experience counters later on in the game when you don't need them, but the reason to play them is to have early game acceleration. You prefer no Demonic cards, but consider Diabolic Intent? It's one of the best budget tutors in Commander and it fits perfectly with the sacrifice theme for Meren. The art is not a Demon. If you can't afford or don't want to include Demonic Tutor then Intent is a great replacement.

Consider Fauna Shaman? She's now budget thanks to Ultimate Masters and she's very powerful with Meren. She can fill your graveyard with creatures while at the same time tutoring for specific creatures. Consider Protean Hulk and Apprentice Necromancer combo? Get Hulk into your graveyard and use Apprentice's ability to reanimate it which then sacs Hulk; Hulk dies letting you tutor for 6 CMC of creatures from your library and put those creatures right into play. Phyrexian Delver and Viscera/Feeder is a great total 6 CMC combination to get. When Delver ETB reanimate Hulk for the cost of 7 life and sac Hulk with Viscera/Feeder getting to then tutor for another total of 6 CMC of creatures and put them right into play. You can set-up a loop of Hulk with Meren and a sac outlet like Viscera/Feeder then you can tutor for lots of different creatures.

Consider Animate Dead? It's a budget black staple for Commander. It can even steal and reanimate an opponent's creature. Consider Ashnod's Altar? It's one of the best budget sac outlets in Commander. It's pretty busted with Meren; sacing creatures getting experience counters and making mana. Consider Grim Haruspex? Getting to draw a card after you sac a nontoken creature is very good when you're doing a lot of sacing.

Consider cutting these cards:

  • Ant Queen
  • Ogre Slumlord
  • Necroplasm
  • Plagued Rusalka
  • Slimefoot, the Stowaway
  • Slum Reaperv
  • Waste Not
  • Drown in Filth
  • Stitch Together
  • Worm Harvest
  • Necrotic Wound
  • Yavimaya Elder

Good luck with your deck.

Dickie_Smalls on Creatio Ex Nihilo

6 days ago

You could also look into including Leonin Relic-Warder lines with Animate Dead. You just need a sac-outlet like Altar of the Brood, but it seems to be synergistic with all the etb triggers.

hkhssweiss on All Bow Before the True Queen

1 week ago

xander11 Since you checked out my deck, I'll check out yours :P

Some suggestions, you can use Body Snatcher as a pseudo Karmic Guide/Phyrexian Delver that can also swap cards from your hand while you have your big fatties in there, this card is a secret tech that not much people know about! xD

While I know your more creature heavy, there is good in using reanimation type cards like the cheap effect ones such as Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead, as well as Reanimate (Luckily it's getting reprinted in UMA so that $20 price tag doesn't stay for long). While this card may be broken, Protean Hulk does a lot for your build when you have to sac him to Vraska or Jarad, getting both value and efficiency. I can see there being loops with it going for infinite recursion, but that's if your all for going the combo route.

Some great cards to also run would be like Oversold Cemetery so you can keep a constant amount of creatures to be fodder and sac over and over again. With this in mind some recent cards like Vindictive Lich and Plaguecrafter get extremely fun! Hell's Caretaker is way too slow and there is a better option in Apprentice Necromancer. I'm also surprised you aren't running Living Death unless you run into a creature heavy meta than it's understandable. World Shaper is also one to think about as it is pure value, especially if you delve into a Dredge route as well.

Hope that gives you some feedback and feel free to ask any questions or advice!

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