Blood Scrivener

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Dragon's Maze Rare

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Blood Scrivener

Creature — Zombie Wizard

If you would draw a card while you have no cards in hand, instead draw two cards and lose 1 life.

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Blood Scrivener Discussion

lemons452922 on zombie power

4 days ago

I don't know how competitive/expensive you want to get, but whenever I see a tribal deck, I think Cavern of Souls and Aether Vial are good choices. Other notables, (depending on what rout you want to go):

Vile Rebirth: Instant speed dudes just seems good. Plus it can interrupt graveyard interaction with creatures.

Blood Scrivener if you feel like you're top decking a little too much

Lord of the Undead for recursion

Geralf's Messenger for annoyance

Diregraf Ghoul for aggro

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to ensure you have that black mana (especially if you go with Geralf's)

Fetches/Shocks(?) to thin out the deck

All in all, seems like it could be annoying!

Darth_Savage on Black Hole

1 week ago

The default discard deck is 8 Rack, named for The Rack and Shrieking Affliction, you can find Rack decks here.

Now that being said, if you want to try something a little different, thats ok. You do have one bad card choice, Assassinate isn't good. You want instant speed kill spells and you want them to cost less than what you are killing. Victim of Night or Fatal Push would be better choices. Alternatively you could use Dark Withering as you should be able to use madness, also madness gives you Call to the Netherworld.

You really want 2 copies of Lilliana Necrogen Mists can pretend to be your second copy. I'd say you want Blood Scrivener rather than Asylum Visitor for the zombie synergy. For the same reason Gifted Aetherborn would be better as Black Cat. Finally the Tree of Perdition is a cool card but Liliana's Reaver would now fit in with a zombie sub theme and it causes discard.

Couple of other cards to look at are Waste Not and Tasigur's Cruelty. Hope this helps.

wittenss on Doran Zombies

1 week ago

Couple alternative creatures:Blood Scrivener for card draw if you manage to empty your hand (probably too conditional). Unbreathing Horde for a large and durable threat, or a vanilla 3/3 with sudo-persist 90% of the time if played on curve. Gangrenous Zombies is a overcosted 2/2, but if you run snow-swamps its a low level board wipe on a stick. Wight of Precinct Six cmc 2 gets you a 1/1 at worst, with +1/+1 for each creature in your opponents bin, not great against creatures sparse match-ups. Ghoulraiser randomized regrowth stapled to a 2/2 for cmc 3. Putrid Warrior if it connects, it connects as a 3/2, or a 1/2 with lifelink, the modality may have some added value. Zombie Master give all other zombies regeneration for B, and swampwalk if that incidentally is relevant, I realize the 2/3 body is not great in the format.

Darth_Savage on Krusty-O's

2 weeks ago

Some suggestions, in no particular order; Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Blood Scrivener, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Crypt of Agadeem are in theme and might help.

Darth_Savage on Zombie Devotion

2 weeks ago

Relentless Dead and Blood Scrivener could both be useful creatures in this deck. Crypt of Agadeem could work with the graveyard theme.

Firebones675 on BU Zombie tribal

1 month ago

Looks better although from playtesting I think I might have been wrong about aether vial being a 3 of (sorry about that). The issue is that so many of your creatures are 3 drops making it maybe a tad slow (still strong mind you) I looked to see if there were any other decent 2 drop zombies but for the most part they aren't amazing. Blood Scrivener as a 2 of going down a vial and an amalgam maybe (you don't have too many ways to trigger it) could be decent source of card draw

WillySmasher on Gisa's Ghoulfriends

1 month ago

Hard to say since there's a lot of synergy in your deck and honestly it depends on your meta, Stromgald Crusader seems pretty mana intensive for what he does. Metallic Mimic and Adaptive Automaton interrupt the zombie recurrence theme going on, cards like Diregraf Colossus don't benefit them being in the graveyard.

Blood Scrivener is a debatable one, while at low CMC and added card draw it depends how often you have 0 cards in hand, other than that I couldn't tell you what creatures to cut.

This is where your meta comes into play, personally I would cut most target removal, in a 4 player free for all if you 1-for-1 with an opponent your other 2 opponents are now up a card(however can save you from infinite combos and such) so it's a tough call to make. That being said I would cut Tragic Slip since you can't control morbid on other peoples turns and maybe Slaughter Pact depending on how often you verse other black decks.

Sign in Blood is another card I would consider cutting and replacing with a more repeatable draw engine like Necropotence or Dark Prophecy or at least replace with Read the Bones.

Other than that I couldn't recommend anything else to cut your deck seems solid to me.

Edit: here are some other cards I found that go well with your decks synergy:

Cryptbreaker card draw

Call to the Grave control

Dictate of Erebos control

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip If you add any lily planeswalkers be careful not to run too many since you can't have more than one in the battlefield at a time.

Potential yet high CMC sweepers

Decree of Pain

Plague Wind

Hellfire

In Garruk's Wake

Life's Finale

In place of Mutilate I would run Damnation but it's much more expensive.

ghoul_Legion on Experimental deck

1 month ago

Some cards from modern/standard that are popular in zombie decks I might have forgotten some, but I havent played zombie in a damn while.

Cemetery Reaper

Death Baron

Lord of the Undead

Blood Scrivener

Zombie Infestation or Rotting Rats + Prized Amalgam is also a nice combo

Gravecrawler

Diregraf Captain

Undead Warchief

Diregraf Ghoul

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip

Compelling Deterrence

lands:

Sunken Hollow

Choked Estuary

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