Animate Dead

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

5 days ago

StopShot, those are really good observations. I always appreciate the feedback.

As for responses, I will first address your question of Aikido. Aikido does not mean not defending yourself against attacks if it would mean disruption of your opponents' efforts. The discussion of ethics is about the most preferable ways to defend yourself. I include spot removal, and that affects board states and plans as well. The highest ethical level in Aikido is to defend oneself while preventing harm to both the attacker and the defender, but it leaves the possibility for defense that harms the attacker if necessary, it is just much less preferable. In the case of storm, you are right in that the board state of storm is the storm count, but no one goes off in storm without the intent to win the game, so defense in this situation can be justified. The alternative is to lose. Preferably, you could Deflecting Palm or Comeuppance an Aetherflux Reservoir for a win of your own, but causing the storm to fizzle is acceptable when you can't end the game yourself. The higher in the ethical hierarchy you play, the better you are, but dipping down to avoid disaster is OK.

I like a lot of your suggestions. As for Vampire Nighthawk, at this point it is sort of a legacy card. I think about removing it every time I consider an alternative. It is in the wincon spot now as an oversight from when I ran Hatred and had several lifelink creatures to go with it. Now it is just a flying rattlesnake. It currently occupies the most likely flex spot, and is in danger of losing it's place. If it is cut, it is likely to be replaced by something more than a simple flying blocker.

Mimic Vat is a fascinating idea. Limited graveyard hate and Aikido wincon. I will have to consider. Animate Dead has done a pretty good job for me, so I could see Mimic Vat doing the same.

Reverberate and Fork have been in the deck in the past. I think you are right in that they function very well in the right meta, and my previous meta was not the right place for them. My new meta may be. The fact that I now face combo and more counterspells means that it will probably function exactly the same way you say. I may trial this in the Vampire Nighthawk slot, probably my revised Fork. The other option I consider for this spot is Praetor's Grasp or Wheel of Fortune. Both can really mess with combo.

As for what combo I face, Karlov of the Ghost Council with Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood, both Mizzix of the Izmagnus and now Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain storm, a new Muldrotha, the Gravetide infinite Villainous Wealth, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight infinite attack phases, Purphoros, God of the Forge Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker shenanigans, Damia, Sage of Stone infinite turns Deadeye Navigator, and Palinchron BS, and probably more. I would say that many decks use combo wincons in addition to other strategies, but there are some that only win with combo, such as the storm and Damia decks.

Sloanan on EDH Inalla Wizards

6 days ago

I see you're running Bloodline Necromancer. If you're looking for a good and easy way to win, I'd thoroughly recommend finding a place for a Ashnod's Altar. Aside from being a great sac outlet that can really ramp you ahead with all of the token copies you make, it goes infinite with the Bloodline Necromancer, making infinite copies of it with haste so you can swarm the board (or cast Inalla and use her ability if someone is using Ghostly Prison or whatever). It's also a very solid option when you've got a bunch of wizards with counters on them and a Marchesa out.

On the subject of counters, I'd also suggest finding a place for Sage of Fables and Metallic Mimic if you can, as those can give your wizards a little more kick for combat and all, which is generally one of their weaker aspects.

I don't have my decklist online yet, but I built mine primarily as a tribal reanimator deck that abuses creature sacs and ETBS, then reanimates them to do it again. One of my typical lines of play involves putting out a Direfleet Ravager, making a copy of him, saccing both, cast something like Animate Dead on it, creating another copy, and by that point the table is drained enough that even my smaller wizards can swing for lethal. I also run Living Death and Patriarch's Bidding, as those reeeeeally help the deck have some longevity. A lot of my deck also involves looting, for which I'd recommend Champion of Wits as well, as that'll move things along quicker for you.

Spellseeker has also done some work as of late. Vedalken AEthermage is the tutor wizard you mentioned and well worth the include. AEther Adept is also a good choice as well, making for some solid tempo swings. Anathemancer can sometimes be a great finisher if you can find ways to reanimate it. Sower of Temptation is also good, as you can steal a few creatures off of it (plus you can oftentimes sac them if you've got a sac outlet and they try to kill the sower).

Seeing that you also have a Dualcaster Mage, I'd encourage getting Ghostly Flicker for the deck. If you cast flicker on whaever, then flash in the dualcaster mage, you can go infinite and make enough wizards to kill the board. Same for Naru Meha, Master Wizard with a kicked Rite of Replication (the copies will die due to legendary, but you can make infinite copies of every creature on the board with all the ETBs).

5_Emmas_in_Main on Missing a Combo Deck!

1 week ago

I think you maybe should try Doomsday. In Breya, Etherium Shaper it is my favorite cause you can have a Worldgorger Dragon/Animate Dead, a Laboratory Maniac and a Bomberman Pile.

onehitterquiter on

1 week ago

Animate Dead, Necromancy, and Copy Enchantment might be kewl here. Also, eldrazi processors like Murk Strider and Oracle of Dust have a neat synergy with Astral Slide.

Nice deck!

RazortoothMtg on Muldrotha, the Gravetide

1 week ago

magicthegatheringplayer37 your obviously a troll. This is why I wish T/O had a report user function :/

Anyway, staroceansurfer, the deck looks pretty sweet. Reminds me a lot of my Tasigur, the Golden Fang build - just grind out value and play a bunch of sweet cards in . Since this is Muldrotha specifically, maybe add Wayfarer's Bauble or Font of Fertility as ramp spells that synergize with your commander. However, they are a bit slower than fast mana like signets and Sol Ring, so there is a good argument against them in a faster, reanimator deck. Also, no Entomb? Seems generally better than Buried Alive at the least, since it lets you turn 2 any creature in the deck with Animate Dead. For reanimation spells, Dance of the Dead is another good one. You have to pay to untap the creature, but if that creature is Consecrated Sphinx or Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, untapping isn't super important.

Also, how good has World Shaper been for you? Obviously you can mill yourself fairly well with Splinterfright, Perpetual Timepiece, Shaper itself, etc, but it doesn't seem like you have a reliable way of getting it killed. You can always just hope someone kills it in combat or point your own removal at it, but that seems inefficient.

u_wot_m8 on Volrath the Risen

1 week ago

Maybe some more grave recursion would be dope, Reanimate, Zombify, Dread Return, Dawn of the Dead, Exhume, Animate Dead etc

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

2 weeks ago

Honestly MegaMatt13 that could potentially just replace Animate Dead. I use Animate Dead more late game than to cheat out early stuff, and I often use it to steal a fattie wincon, usually after a big board wipe. The only problem I see is the need to hold up waiting for that board wipe. Seems rough. I think it may be better in a deck that packs it's own board wipes, so you can plan for it. I would love to hear people's experiences with it when they play it, though.

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