Apprentice Necromancer

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Urza's Destiny (UDS) Rare

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Apprentice Necromancer

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.

Apprentice Necromancer Discussion

multimedia on Meren Graveyard Reanimator

5 days ago

Hey, good budget version of Meren.

Some budget cards ($2 or less each) to consider adding:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Golgari Guildgate <-- Llanowar Wastes
  • Jungle Hollow <-- Ash Barrens
  • Foul Orchard <-- Jund Panorama
  • Korozda Guildmage <-- Apprentice Necromancer
  • Syr Konrad, the Grim <-- Phyrexian Delver
  • Glowspore Shaman <-- Satyr Wayfinder
  • Altar's Reap <-- Grisly Salvage
  • Murder <-- Beast Within
  • From Beyond <-- Pattern of Rebirth
  • Izoni, Thousand-Eyed <-- Dark Ritual: reduces the avg. CMC.
  • Mycoloth <-- Blood Pet: reduces the avg. CMC.
  • Moldervine Reclamation <-- Mausoleum Secrets: reduces the avg. CMC.

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Rakdos' Crazy Demon Party

6 days ago

Hey, good start and nice budget Rakdos deck.

The flavor is neat with Rakdos as General, but overall this Rakdos is lackluster. Consider Chainer, Nightmare Adept as Commander General? Chainer is being displayed as $8, but it's a glitch. It's not that much, in fact it's less than $2 at TCGPlayer.

Chainer can be an enabler for reanimation by discarding Demons or can recast Apostles from your graveyard. With Chainer any Demon you cheat onto the battlefield with Apostles gets haste. Reanimation and cards that are enablers for reanimation is a good secondary strategy when playing lots of high mana cost Demons. Apostles are the first plan to cheat Demons onto the battlefield and traditional reanimation can be a backup plan to also cheat Demons on the battlefield.

Budget cards to consider adding:

If you like these suggestions I offer help to make cuts. I also offer more advice if you like. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Meren of Clan Nel Toth Reanimator

1 week ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. I don't think adding Woodfall Primus and Greater Good will help to bring consistency. It's adding more CMC which is what you should cut from your deck not add.

Primus has potential as high end creature with an aristocrat theme with Blood Artist / Zulaport Cutthroat , but you're not playing that theme. Melira, Sylvok Outcast can prevent -1/-1 counter from stopping persist thus you can loop Primus with a sac outlet destroying all your opponents noncreature permanents. Adding an aristocrat to this loop makes it infinite life loss for opponents.

There's also an infinite persist combo that Protean Hulk can tutor for: Melira, Sylvok Outcast + Lesser Masticore + Disciple of the Vault + Viscera Seer . This combo is looping Masticore with Seer resulting in infinite life loss of opponents from Disciple since Masticore is an artifact.

You have part of a game winning combo that Hulk can tutor for already Mikaeus and Seer. Adding Walking Ballista who's CMC is 0 finishes the combo by doing infinite damage to your opponents with Ballista. Cards that can reanimate and sac Hulk are powerful especially at instant speed: Necromancy , Apprentice Necromancer , Wake the Dead and Footsteps of the Goryo .

multimedia on Dr. Yawgmoth

1 month ago

Hey, Geralf's Messenger is another powerful undying creature to combo with Yawgmoth. Buried Alive , Animate Dead and Apprentice Necromancer are budget cards for reanimation. Buried tutors which is helpful with creatures who return from the graveyard such as Gravecrawler . Tutoring for and get Vilis or Mikaeus into your graveyard to reanimate. Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Phyrexian Reclamation is a good pairing for budget mono black. Add a sac outlet to keep recurring and casting Gray. Viscera Seer and Yahenni, Undying Partisan are other budget sac outlets.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Tenacious Dead
  • Cinderbones
  • Weaponcraft Enthusiast
  • Abhorrent Overlord
  • Grimoire of the Dead
  • Necromantic Summons
  • Yawgmoth's Vile Offering
  • Soul of Innistrad

jpritcha on Blue/Black control

1 month ago

Here's some recommendations for cheap/casual reanimator from my experience building/playing these kinds of decks with friends:

  • More efficient reanimation mechanisms. Gravewaker has a really steep cost for what it does, I'd run 1 maximum. Cards like Apprentice Necromancer and/or Doomed Necromancer are cheap alternatives that let you reanimate much sooner.
  • Self mill and/or discard outlets. Need to get your fatties into the graveyard before you can reanimate them. Morgue Thrull and Necromancer's Assistant are good for self-mill and can block to buy time. Something like Abandon Hope might be fun for discard + disrupting their hand.
  • Look for "enters the battlefield" triggers on your reanimation targets. Dread Cacodemon doesn't make the best target since it only triggers when cast from hand. Something like Myr Battlesphere is a fun reanimation target with 'gains haste/sac at end of turn' type reanimation spells since it's 4 direct damage, swings for 8, and leaves behind behind 4 1/1s (also a great reason to play Dread Return , a super busted reanimation spell that is banned in modern and only costs a little over a dollar!). Or maybe Sundering Titan to kill a ton of lands. Both are also easy to cast late game being colorless.
  • Consider being more heavily black, and have more of a balance between counterspells and removal. If you are primarily concerned about creatures and are in black, removal is far more flexible than counter spells. There's tons of 2 mana black removal spells, many cost about a dollar for a playset of 4, ( Doom Blade , Ultimate Price , Walk the Plank , and Victim of Night all come to mind). I'd also advise against highly specific counters like Annul , as they have a good probability of being dead cards.

multimedia on Expensive afterlife

2 months ago

Wow, lots of good card here. It's not every day I see a Candelabra of Tawnos :)

I don't think you're taking enough advantage of having a sac outlet in the Command Zone. Grimgrin's no mana cost sac is his strongest ability.

These Zombies give you value when another Zombie dies, when one is saced by Grimgrin.

Some other upgrades to consider:

Black is too important of the color to have in the early game because the majority of Zombies are black not blue. 10x Island is a lot I suggest cutting lots of Islands and replacing them with other playable Dimir dual lands.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Divination
  • Scour All Possibilities
  • Gruesome Fate
  • Return from Extinction
  • Exclude
  • Defile
  • Walking Corpse
  • Tattered Mummy
  • Graveshifter
  • Gravedigger
  • Ingenious Infiltrator
  • Stronghold Assassin
  • Necromaster Dragon
  • Argentum Armor
  • Door of Destinies
  • Grave Betrayal
  • Finale of Eternity
  • Kindred Dominance
  • Ashnod's Altar

Good luck with your deck.

lonesentinel on Yawgmoth Reanimation Combo

2 months ago

saw your post on reddit.

I would cut Apprentice Necromancer for Extraplanar Lens

might want to run Caged Sun too since you're creature heavy.

Swap Urborg for Cabal Stronghold , and add Expedition Map or Diabolic Tutor to get either Cabals. In this case I might take out Mana Vault too.

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Apprentice Necromancer occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.17%

Golgari: 0.09%