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Call to the Grave
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a non-Zombie creature.
At the beginning of the end step, if no creatures are on the battlefield, sacrifice Call to the Grave.
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Call to the Grave Discussion
5 days ago
with 3.59 avg cmc it's too slow try to cut some of your big finisher to add more cycle and cheap minion. this deck really shine for its destructive snowboal kit if you are ahead with this deck it become REALLY disgusting
land : where is Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers also I'm not a big fan of Ghost Quarter, Arcane Lighthouse also Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Cavern of Souls Ik it cost 100$ but it's soooo good Unholy Grotto could also be good
planeswalker: liliana, death's majesty is all you need
artifact: Lightning Greaves. Worn Powerstone is a meme Expedition Map is usefull to get urbog, crypt or coffer Skullclamp we all know why it's good... why play Konda's Banner when Vanquisher's Banner exist Ashnod's Altar give lots of mana and you can respond to removal by sacrificing. Door of Destinies oh boy
just try to lower the average cmc of the deck and it is really good but the problem of zombie in general is graveward hate so try to adapt if they have too much graveward hate try to play less with the graveyard
1 week ago
I adopted the binder process so i purchased 1 of every edh stable and am able to use them in all of my decks so i dont have the first problem. I'd drop the visions, fallen ideal, and dredge sorrow for erebos, arena, and Reiver Demon. Also love the idea of adding the other 3 cards. I play tested the deck against my No Riku? No Problem!, Natures Overwhelming Surge, and Simic Shenanigans decks. It played great but ended up losing after the animar deck took 3 turns in a row. What i found was i ended up holding cards like Call to the Grave because Crypt Ghast isn't a zombie. To prevent it you could add Arcane Adaptation and with 8 of your creatures not being zombies this would give 1/5th of your creatures the same treatment as zombies.
1 month ago
Thanks Korath37, of course that should be in here
I put the the Call to the Graves in the sideboard now since a slow sacrifice card like that isn't good against every deck.
1 month ago
I too run a The Scarab God EDH deck. Mine started as a Grimgrin combo deck, so it's got a very similar feel. My comment will be a bit nit-picky, since it's coming from someone with experience with a similar deck. You seem to have gone full combo, which is pretty fun to see. I have lots of combos, but am backed up by lots of Anthem affects, since there are so many Zombies that already have that affect.
How's the mill sub-theme working for you? Do you often mill your opponents out? Not via the Duskmantle combo, but like milling with Undead Alchemist and what not. I'm very curious, because there are a few powerful mill cards in there, I'm just curious how well it works against 100 card decks. Especially multiple of them. Speaking of multiple, is this a 1v1 EDH deck or a multiplayer EDH deck?
Geralf's Messenger is a good Zombie. I have a hard time running him over other more powerful Zombies though. Cryptbreaker is really solid both early and late game. More draw and tokens is never a bad thing. It also gives you a way to put cards into your graveyard that need to be there. Cards like Wonder, which I'd also recommend.
A couple new cards that I've been seeing a lot of success with are Arguel's Blood Fast Flip and Search for Azcanta Flip. Blood fast is draw when you need it, for a price. Once it flips though, it can save you from a loss. Especially if you've got some big zombies out. Azcanta helps fill the graveyard with the right things and is a crazy good and consistent draw engine once it flips.
If this is a multiplayer EDH, Call to the Grave is really solid. Much less value in 1v1 though. Endless Ranks of the Dead is also one that is amazing in multiplayer, as the games tend to last a little longer.
A good late game combo is Grave Betrayal + Plague Wind. Both cards are very good on their own, but when it combos out you win. It's super fun to just take all your opponents creatures, turn them into zombies, add a 1/1 counter, and demolish your foes with their own, now zombified, creatures.
Distant Melody is a stupid good way to refill your hand.
Urza's Incubator helps drop the cost of zombies. I run a few more zombies then you do, so I get a bit more affect from it.
Lastly, Gisa and Geralf is fantastic.
Anyways, take this with a grain of salt as my deck is a bit different than yours, even if we do run a lot of the same combos and the same commander / theme. This seems like a really fun deck!
1 month ago
What did you splash green for? Splashing additional colors is supposed to do the opposite of that since you gain access to a greater card pool. The downside of adding colors is your mana is less consistent. But in only two colors, the mana base should be easy to fix.
There are lots of zombies that would fit in a zombie tribal sacrifice-centric shell with Gravecrawler, Cryptbreaker, Relentless Dead, and Lord of the Undead. Geralf's Messenger, Undead Warchief, Plague Belcher, Nantuko Husk, Fleshbag Marauder, Skinrender, Smuggler's Copter, Mutavault, Death Baron, Black Cat, Lifebane Zombie, Rotting Rats, Tattered Mummy, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Liliana's Reaver, Lord of the Accursed, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Call to the Grave, Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip, Phyrexian Obliterator (not a zombie, and does not like to be sacrificed... but is just a really good card in mono black), and Diregraf Colossus would all be cards to consider. You of course would not be just limited to just zombies, but you would want a fair number of them if you wanted to abuse Gravecrawler and Relentless Dead.
Yes losing 1 life every turn might feel bad on paper, but the advantage they offer far exceeds the drawback. Your life is a resource. You only lose if you get to 0 (unless you have Phyrexian Unlife in play...). You can spend it to gain advantages. I am personally not a huge fan of Bitterblossom overall as I feel it is great in your opening hand, but a terrible card to draw any turn after turn 2. But that is simply because it does not do anything the turn it enters play, and is not a high impact play for most decks in those later turns when high impact plays are needed. But in a deck with Blood Artist effects, you dont actually lose 1 life a turn. With just 1 Blood Artist effect in play, you actually go even, and cost your opponent 1 life. Multiple effects in play begin to net you life and hurt your opponent more. Bitterblossom is just a stream of free bodies to generate advantage off of. Phyrexian Arena is similar. While it does not provide you bodies, it gives you a lot of "free" cards that are often bodies to sacrifice, or answers to your opponent's board. In most trading card games, if you have more cards than your opponent, you are probably in a good place to win the game just because there are so many more additional lines of play you can make since you have access to more resources.
So do you think you want to go with more of a zombie shell? Did any more of those cards spark your interest?
2 months ago
Door of Destinies is really strong in any tribal deck. Vanquisher's Banner gives you another anthem affect along with an excellent draw engine. Bontu's Monument, Herald's Horn, and Urza's Incubator all make Zombies easier to cast, and the first two offer good secondary affects as well.
Unholy Grotto is a staple of Zombies.
Liliana, Death's Majesty is pretty good and relatively cheap.
3 months ago
Ok, are you playing in MTGO or paper? Either way, here are the cards I might take out, either because they are too slow, or they are better in multiplayer (or they are just bad). Dark Salvation, Prized Amalgam, Noxious Ghoul, Liliana's Reaver, Army of the Damned, Crux of Fate, Vanquisher's Banner, Noosegraf Mob, Vindictive Lich, Dread Summons, Endless Ranks of Dead, Altar of Dementia, Sol Ring, Undead Alchemist, Kindred Dominance, Geralf's Messenger, Never / Return, Call to the Grave Grimgrin, Corpse-Born. You could definitely take out others as you play the deck.
Here are some good cards that would be good to have, but not all will make the cut. Rings of Brighthearth, Basalt Monolith, Talisman of Dominance, Arcane Denial, Counterspell, Lim-Dul's Vault, Swan Song, Pact of Negation, Snapcaster Mage, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip, Toxic Deluge, Damnation, Leyline of Anticipation, Vedalken Orrery, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Thought Vessel, Glen Elendra Archmage, Commander's Sphere, Solemn Simulacrum, Gilded Lotus, Cyclonic Rift, Overwhelming Denial, Search for Azcanta Flip, Forbid, Bloodchief Ascension, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Underground Sea, Sunken Ruins, Cavern of Souls, Ancient Tomb.
I'm sure there are many other cards that would be great in the optimized version of this deck, but these are the ones I can think of right now. Also, I am not extremely familiar with the current meta of MTGO(?) 1v1 commander, so there may be cards that are good because of the meta. You will want to do some research and you will definitely make changes as you play. Have Fun!
3 months ago
Call to the Grave has a hidden synergy, since Daxos is a zombie.