Creature — Zombie Wizard
, , Sacrifice Apprentice Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. That creature gains haste. At the beginning of the next end step, sacrifice it.
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|Ultimate Masters (UMA)||Uncommon|
|Commander 2017 (C17)||Rare|
|Urza's Destiny (UDS)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Apprentice Necromancer Discussion
1 month ago
You are going to need more than 12 lands. Whenever I build a deck, I always start with 40 lands and then for every 3 pieces of ramp, which for a mono black deck would be a mana rock or swamp doubler or ritual spell like Dark Ritual, I remove a land.
Please retune the deck with 12 non-land mana sources and 36 swamps for starters and you can think of non-swamp lands you want to include later.
My suggestions for those sources are any 12 of the following, depending on your budget:
Songs of the Damned
Cabal Coffers <- could replace a swamp
Pristine Talisman <- defiantly want that
After that you've got the commander, which takes up 1 card slot, so that leaves you with 51 cards to choose from.
I see the bare beginnings of either an aristocrats or a reanimator deck. In my opinion you should push more for aristocrats. It can draw you tons of cards and gain you quite a lot of life. There's no harm in keeping some reanimation spells in there though.
You want a good number of sacrifice outlets. I haven't heard of what a hard number should be so I'd shoot for at least 5. Here's a list of some that I remember off hand:
Infernal Tribute <- has a funny synergy with Spine of Ish Sah
Altar of Dementia
Disciple of Griselbrand
Lampad of Death's Vigil
For this strategy you'll need recurring creatures or token generators
Bridge from Below
Open the Graves
Blood Artist is a staple
Plunge into Darkness is something you might want for the pure lifegain of 3 per creature you sacrifice. Not sure that you want to use the "exile a bunch of your deck" too often.
Shadows of the Past
and so forth. I'd look through some already built aristocrats decks to see exactly whether you want to take that strategy.
Oh yeah, for utility lands I'd choose any of the following within your price range:
Geier Reach Sanitarium
4 months ago
4 months ago
Just some quick off the top of the head Mire Triton Gorging Vulture Buried Alive Final Parting Bond of Discipline Apprentice Necromancer Syr Konrad, the Grim are all super budget friendly cards that are functional in reanimation decks. I like to mill as fast as possible with 2 drops and use stuff like Reanimate and Animate Dead to get out big pay off cards like Sheoldred, the Whispering One or Vilis, Broker of Blood to the field earlier than later but they arent all budget. I also like Meteor Golem or Ravenous Chupacabra in mill decks because once they are in your bin you can grab them any number of ways, and even though their stats arent great you can always feed them to your Blood for Bones to either destroy something else (they go to the bin before the ability resolves so you can return the creature you sacrifice) or you can put it back in your hand to hard cast later. I really like graveyard decks theyre fun even when you lose.
4 months ago
I am a player who loves my graveyard ... I have more competitive decks: Meren lord of the undead - Gitrog The Bogeyland - Muldrotha Competitive/Stax and others more goodstuff with land-theme Taisigur Lands Matter - Muldrotha Land Power!
There's a card that the commander's guys don't give much value but is stupidly strong on a Meren deck: Skirsdag High Priest! Try matching with Apprentice Necromancer and you have two friends for life!
I don't see much use to Seedborn Muse and Underworld Dreams. Be very careful with The Gitrog Monster because you don't have a lans-reanimator like Crucible of Worlds or Ramunap Excavator ... having a Life from the Loam would be a good help ...
I hope I could have been useful! Continue this journey of digging up the dead! Muuuahahah!
4 months ago
Some other recommendations you might like- Phyrexian Delver. Reanimation that can be reanimated.
Doomed Necromancer. Another reanimator on a body.
Apprentice Necromancer is another, slightly more temporary reanimator.
Living Death is more mass reanimation.
Altar of Dementia could be a good way to get stuff in the grave since you can target yourself, though Orzhov colors lacks the ability to get your sorceries/instants back.
Happy brewing, and I hope these suggestions help.
4 months ago
Very good golgari budget!
I looked at your Apprentice Necromancer and immediately remembered Skirsdag High Priest! Very good for any time of the game and easily create a horde of demons! I will seriously consider putting it on my Meren lord of the undead!
Eldritch Evolution is one of the best tutors for Meren;
Good Luck to your decks and keep safe!
5 months ago
Hi pao2 i am using your list as a guidance on what to run on my semi-cedh Hulkweaver (used to be Karador testing Nethroi currently),so i have 2 suggestion and 2 questions if i may.
Wake the Dead. Since you run Apprentice Necromancer why not run his instant brother?
Altar of Dementia. A 2 mana fill the graveyard and can win with both combos.
1.Why not Carrion Feeder,Phyrexian Delver for the redundancy.
2.Is Natural Order that bad? it feels like its exactly the same cost/ability as Pattern of Rebirth and i am honestly thinking or replacing birthing pod to it. Pod will tutor my pieces but at the same mana with a sac outlet on the field i win the game.
i would be honored in case you wanted to check my deck: Nethroi Hulkweaver
5 months ago
Oh snap. Thanks for your ideas!! You're right about Animate Dead. I thought that was in here. That's fixed. And I like Nezumi Graverobber-it's a mana sink and the flip would work pretty well in my meta. (The graveyard shenanigans are intense). I love Emeria, The Sky Ruin but I've played it in a bunch of decks and never been able to hit that Plains sweet spot so I ended up taking it out. After play testing I'll probably fool around with the mana base again.
For recurring Lurrus there's Apprentice Necromancer, Eternal Taskmaster the Nezumi Graverobber (if he's flipped and thank you! he's doing double duty already), Phyrexian Reclamation and then I added in Omen of the Dead and Unburial Rites. I like those over some of the other reanimate spells because Omen of the Dead is recurrable and Unburial Rites you can cast twice. But I do have an Unearth floating around I can work in after some play testing.