Animate Dead

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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
Revised Edition (3ED) 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

demonicgrizzly on Combo Meren

1 day ago

What's your take on adding things like Animate Dead, Necromancy, and Dance of the Dead? Asking because I too play meren and am considering these in my own deck.

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 day ago

Hi wdmchale,

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel | Infinite Haste Angels:

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting Restoration Angel

  2. Restoration Angel Token Copy (Haste from Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker) enters the battlefield, target Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker with the triggered ability

  3. Exile Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and return him to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 as many times as you want, and attack each opponent with 1,000,000 3/4 Flying Haste Token Angels!

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage:

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting Reveillark making a Token Copy of Reveillark

  2. Active Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  3. Activate Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Token Copy of Reveillark (Not the original Reveillark) doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  4. Reveillark leaves the battlefield triggered ability targets Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, you can also bring back any other creature in the graveyard with power 2 or less as well (Grand Abolisher, Stoneforge Mystic, Etc.)

  5. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker returns to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 as many times as you want, and for as much damage to each creature and player as you like!

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Karmic Guide + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage + Infinite Haste Angels:

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting Karmic Guide

  2. In Response (WHILE the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker activated ability is still on the Stack), Activate the Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  3. The Karmic Guide Token Copy enters the battlefield (Haste from Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker) and targets Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker with its triggered ability

  4. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker returns to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 as many times as you want, doing as much damage as you like, and creating as many Karmic Guide Token Copy Angels with Haste as you like (You can also Goblin Bombardment the Karmic Guide Token Copies if you like)

Karmic Guide + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage:

  1. Activate the Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Karmic Guide doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  2. Activate the Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Reveillark doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  3. The Reveillark leaves the battlefield ability triggers and targets the Karmic Guide (and any other creature with power 2 or less in addition)

  4. The Karmic Guide returns to the battlefield, and targets the Reveillark with his enters the battlefield triggered ability and returns the Reveillark to the battlefield.

  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 as many times as you want, and for as much damage to each creature and player as you like!

Buried Alive + Reanimate or Animate Dead or Whip of Erebos | Tutor Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel + Karmic Guide Infinite Haste Angels:

  1. Cast Buried Alive and put Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Restoration Angel and Karmic Guide in the graveyward

  2. Cast Reanimate or Animate Dead or Activate Whip of Erebos returning the Karmic Guide to the battlefield

  3. Karmic Guide enters the battlefield ability triggers targeting the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker returning the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to the battlefield (Built-in Haste)

  4. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting the Karmic Guide. When the Karmic Guide Token Copy enters the battlefield, target the Restoration Angel with the Karmic Guide Token Copy enters the battlefield triggered ability, returning the Restoration Angel to the battlefield

  5. Restoration Angel enters the battlefield ability triggers targeting the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker who is Exiled and then returns to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  6. You now have the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel | Infinite Haste Angels Combo in place, so you can continue from there making as many Restoration Angel Token Copies as you like and attack each player with 1,000,000 Restoration Angel 3/4 Flying Haste Tokens

These are all the combos I have (I used to have more but honed in on these). Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel is the primary combo, and Reveillark is usually more of a Mid-range game strategy. A Razaketh, the Foulblooded usually can pull enough mana sources and Buried Alive to active that combo.

If you need any help understanding the "Synergies", "Maybeboard Synergies", or "Alternative Synergies Considered (But not used in this deck)" please let me know I will be happy to explain.

When I had Adarkar Valkyrie in the deck I played these, but I found I didn't need the extra combos, and Adarkar Valkyrie doesn't work properly with Kaalia of the Vast because it enters tapped, and her ability required .

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Adarkar Valkyrie + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Karmic Guide + Adarkar Valkyrie + Lightning Greaves or Dragon Tempest + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Adarkar Valkyrie + Aurelia, the Warleader + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Combat Phases

This is a very simple 2 card combo, but I found the converted mana cost WAY to high for a turn 3/4 win:

Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood + Damage or Life Gain | Infinite Damage + Life Gain

A common combo in Kaalia of the Vast is:

Hellkite Charger or Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine | Infinite Combat Phases

Cheers.

demonicgrizzly on Breya Ad naus

2 days ago

Hey mmcgeach, what do you think about adding in the Splinter Twin combo? It gives yh additional targets with Animate Dead and both Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch have useful abilities on their own. Thinking of adding it to my deck while I save up for some of the more expensive cards like Lion's Eye Diamond and dual lands.

Siq6Six on Tasigur, the Golden Appropriator

3 days ago

Long overdue update to the deck. Jin is in. As is Crypt Ghast & Animate Dead. Sheoldred ended up in another deck, so hopefully Ill pull one in Iconic for this deck.

shrapnel_ on Legacy Zombies

1 week ago

I play legacy zombies. Unless you play zombardment (not a true zombie tribal) they are pretty weak. Legacy is a brutal format and elves/gobs seem to be the main viable tribals. That being said I love the direction you took with your legacy zombs, way different than the way I went.

I do think 4x Gravecrawler with 3-4x Buried Alive is probably one of the most synergistic combos for a zombie tribal, especially with the mana ramp like Dark Ritual you have in there. I also think that if you are playing monoblack like this you should ABUSE the discard power black has with Thoughtseize or Hymn to Tourach. One of the most broken black cards in the format Reanimate or Animate Dead if you want budget is great with zombies as well. With these you have some nasty potential for turns 1-2 to either force and opponent to discard a powerful creature card and reanimate it on your side, or t1 start shitting out gravecrawlers from your yard and overwhelm. A turn 1 Buried Alive will also be great to fuel your graveyard for dropping a very early Gurmag Angler if you have to.

Relentless Dead is obscenely overpowered, especially with Corpse Harvester.

I have been playing with Smallpox recently, and it could have some potential.

Diregraf Colossus is nuts for zombies.

Since you are going hard ramp, 4x Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is great. Read the Bones is a good draw over Night's Whisper and Sign in Blood as well imo.

Bloodghast, Death Baron.

You have the same amount of land I ran in a GoN elves deck, which doesn't seem right.

DiamondFlavor on 2Powerful | Alesha Combo

1 week ago

I already see Fiend Hunter on your list, so maybe you already know this, but it also combos out with Karmic Guide, Sun Titan, and (I think) Reveillark and a sac outlet. Also Sun Titan goes with Animate Dead and Necromancy the same way as Leonin Relic-Warder.

I have wanted to build a deck like this for a while. But my playgroup is moving away from combo wars so it probably won't happen.

darklord1135 on Breya, Doom Shaper

1 week ago

What is the combo with Worldgorger Dragon and Animate Dead

allanrichardo on Scion of the Ur-Dragon Combos and Synergies

1 week ago
  • Another Combo : Infinite reccur to direct damage.Dragon Tempest+Scion of the Ur-Dragon+Bladewing the Risen+Animate Dead/any reccursion.
  • Tempest and Scion on play.
  • Activate scion ability, copying Bladewing.
  • Original bladewing go to grave, scion become bladewing copy.
  • Animate Original bladewing from grave.
  • Ori Bladwing etb, put 2 triggers on stack ( tempest & himself ).
  • State based acton checked : Legend rule ( two bladewing on play, choose the ori to die )
  • Triggers resolve, deal 1 damage from tempest and return target dragon card from grave to play, targeting bladewing. LOOP
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