Cemetery Reaper

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set Rare
Archenemy Rare
2010 Core Set Rare

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Cemetery Reaper

Creature — Zombie

Other Zombie creatures you control get +1/+1.

2.B, Tap: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

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Cemetery Reaper Discussion

Pieguy396 on Looking for a Modern Zombie ...

5 days ago

I don't have a decklist, but a good place to start would be:

4 Gravecrawler

4 Aether Vial

4 Lord of the Undead (or Cemetery Reaper)

4 Death Baron (or Risen Executioner)

3 Diregraf Captain

4 Relentless Dead

For removal, you have Dark Salvation and Fatal Push, and of course Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize for hand disruption. The big problem with Zombies is that you have a bunch of great 3-drops and rather few good 2-drops. Relentless Dead is really the only one that comes to mind.

PartyJ on Zombie

1 week ago

You could consider these cards:

My ideas are drying up now xD

Good luck deciding!

ghoul_Legion on Experimental deck

1 week 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

LithiumHD on Rise of the Living Dead

1 week ago

please remove the standard tag from this deck. standard is only cards from the latest 4 sets, this deck goes a lot farther back then that.

with that being said; you really want to have around 20-22 lands in your deck so adding about 10 more swamps will do the deck good.

you should also aim to hit 60 cards total in the deck. that number is standard for most formats as it provides plenty of card choices while still remaining reliable.

as far as actual cards in your deck, zombies will be zombies, try and cut some of the less impactful zombies in favor of cards that reliably come down and immediately effect the board state like Cemetery Reaper which pumps all the zombies you have down on the board.

some more zombies you can look at are:

Diregraf Colossus This guy is just amazing when youre running tribal zombies

Diregraf Ghoul is cheap and decently powerful

Geralf's Messenger another really solid zombie

Gravecrawler amazing for when you want to go aggro

some more expensive options are also availible, but for the most part those are some budget friendly options good luck and hope this helps

Firebones675 on Blue Blood

2 weeks ago

Looks like a good start, here are couple suggestions

Lords: Although the term is a bit outdated, lords refer to a creature that buffs all your other creatures of its creature type like Diregraf Captain. Fortunately for you, zombies have several lords in modern including Undead Warchief, Cemetery Reaper, Lord of the Undead, Risen Executioner, and Death Baron. Some of them are a bit pricey but figured i'd mention them as options if it's a direction you wanted to move in.

Here are other cards that aren't lords but go great in zombie decks:

Gisa and Geralf, Diregraf Colossus, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Relentless Dead

Sargeras on Last Hope

2 weeks ago

I have to agree with nastalgia here, this deck needs action or it will just get run over in the current metagame. If you want to make this deck truly competitive, you'll need to make some changes.

  1. Having tried to brew a Blue-black Zombies build myself, I can tell you that the blue splash really isn't worth it unless you are running Prized Amalgam and cards like Thought Scour for card draw and access to more resources. The only other reason I'd see a reason for splashing blue is to run something like Echoing Truth to remove an Ensnaring Bridge or something of the like. I personally think that a mono-black Zombie build would be far more successful and consistent, but that's up to you.

  2. Every black decks needs some form of discard to survive in the current modern meta, the best options for this are Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, although there are budget versions like Wrench Mind and Distress which may work in certain metas, but they are not the same and should be treated like they are on the same power level.

  3. While Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Cemetery Recruitment,Skirsdag High Priest, and Dark Salvation are cute cards that have some synergy with the cards you play, they are all too slow, as Modern's turn 4 kill rate is exceptional, and you will be dead long before these cards will have any effect on the game.

  4. Black has an incredible amount of outstanding removal options, and Bone Splinters is not one of them, and the reasoning is simple. Over half the decks in format, (from Infect to Titanshift) can kill you on their turn, whether it's by an Inkmoth Nexus or Primeval Titan and sorcery speed removal can't target them. Some of the best options for this are Go for the Throat, Victim of Night, and Fatal Push, as these cards can kill the majority of creatures and manlands that are floating around the modern format.

  5. Black has some outstanding Zombie cards that you could be playing, cards like Geralf's Messenger, Cemetery Reaper, Death Baron, Lord of the Undead, Lifebane Zombie, Cryptbreaker and Phyrexian Crusader.

  6. I'd try to make room for Collective Brutality, this card is outstanding against many of the decks that mono-black is not good against, such as burn.

Firebones675 on Zombies

3 weeks ago

Anyways let's talk about the deck a bit. I think it's a pretty good start.

Couple points i want to mention briefly

Lords: Although the term is a bit outdated, lords refer to a creature that buffs all your other creatures of its creature type like Diregraf Captain. Fortunately for you, zombies have several lords in modern including Undead Warchief, Cemetery Reaper, Lord of the Undead, Risen Executioner, and Death Baron. Some of them are a bit pricey but figured i'd mention them as options if it's a direction you wanted to move in.

Here are other cards that aren't lords but go great in zombie decks:

Gisa and Geralf, Diregraf Colossus, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Relentless Dead

Consistency: A lot of the cards in the deck are 1-ofs. This means the deck might be a bit more unreliable. Since you're just starting out and don't have as many cards dont worry about it but as you pick up more, ask yourself what cards you would want to have in your hand most often and add extra copies of them to the deck. (the one caveat to this is to be careful with legends, planeswalkers and high mana cost cards so they don't end up stranded in your hand).

obitus on Gisa - brain eaters.

1 month ago

The first thing I would ask is are you going to combo?

The second thing I would ask you is if this is a good stuff deck or a deck centered around Gisa ability?

My builds are a bit more commander focused than most builds, but some of the suggestions TrevaTheCleva mentioned are in my deck. You have a lot of high cmc cost creatures, 11% of your deck has 5-6 cmc creature cost.

Scourge of Nel Toth is good if your not running to many high cmc creatures, he is your only flying zombie. I include him for that fact alone, but TrevaTheCleva point is still valid.

Fodder, anthem, and token producing is the key to making a swarm of zombies with Gisa ability. Out of the three, fodder has to be the highest amount. If you don't have any zombie you want to sacrifice with Gisa then your just sitting there dead in the water.

That being said, you will need help with your token producing via alternate effects, like endless rank of the dead instead of Grave Betrayal . The two go hand and hand with more emphasis on fodder. The anthem part is the trickest, you do not want just a vanilla anthem effect. You need to have your anthem do more than just their designed effect, Adaptive Automaton is a bad anthem where as Cemetery Reaper is a good one.

A lot of that was from the description of my deck, but I hope it helps. This certainly is not the only way to build Gisa.

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