Cemetery Reaper

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom 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
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
Archenemy (ARC) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) 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.

Cemetery Reaper Discussion

SideBae on Tymaret, the Duke of Death

2 days ago

So the first card that comes to mind is Mindslicer . In Rakdos decks, you can typically tune your 99 to make you the king of top-decks; this is part of the reason reanimating Sire Of Insanity is such a brutal play in decks like Xantcha, Sleeper Agent .

You're likely to be sacrificing a whole butt-ton of creatures. I advise ways to exploit your guys dying: Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact come readily to mind. Skullclamp is pretty busted if you're going to be sacrificing creatures anyways, and its especially good seeing as you're running Gravecrawler already.

Zombies is one of the oldest archetypes, and thus it has access to a LOT of tribal effects. Cemetery Reaper , Death Baron , Zombie Master , Undead Warchief , Lord of the Accursed and Lord of the Undead are all good ways to pump your team and/or give them extra abilities. (Depending on the meta, you may want to run Bad Moon as well.) Call to the Grave is really good if you can tune the deck to have 2 or fewer non-zombie creatures. Dark Salvation and Liliana's Mastery are both viable cards in this deck. Graveborn Muse is another good card draw engine next to Phyrexian Arena , which I see you're already running. Unholy Grotto gives you a measure of recursion over your zombies. Noxious Ghoul also comes to mind, as does Withered Wretch as a form of one-sided graveyard hate.

One common issue I've seen in a lot of EDH decks is the prevalence of 1-for-1 instant and sorceries. In a majority of EDH games, you're going to have 2-3 opponents, rather than just one; this means you are facing roughly 2-3 times as many cards as you yourself have access to. Cards like Dreadbore and Terminate are good in 1-on-1 formats like Modern, but in EDH I have frequently found them to just not be good enough. I advise you run cards like Fire Covenant , Ashes to Ashes , Volcanic Fallout or Toxic Deluge instead. These have the potential to take out several creatures at the cost of one card, leaving you up that many cards over your opponents.

On a related note, since most games of EDH are decided by card advantage, anything you can do to draw cards will always be welcome. Ambition's Cost , Night's Whisper and the like are good ways to refill your hand. Wheel of Fortune is another good card, but it's about $100 now, so... consider carefully. Light Up the Stage is another one to consider. While Rakdos is good at topdecking, managing to draw extra cards means it is more likely to hit.

Black has access to many great tutor effects. You may want to consider running Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor if you're able to get ahold of the cards. Gamble is a good red tutor.

Looting effects tend to be very good in zombie decks, which have access to graveyard recursion. Faithless Looting is essentially card advantage in your deck, because you can discard things like Gravecrawler at no cost. Similarly, I advise running a bigger reanimation package (supplementing your Animate Dead ) to get back fatties your opponents may have killed or you may have discarded. Reanimate , and Necromancy are good cards -- if you want to get spicy, Dance of the Dead is a card most people have never played against before, mostly because it isn't nearly as good as the other three. But I figured I'd mention it. Also, a bigger reanimation package means things like Entomb or Buried Alive become exponentially better.

With regard to planeswalkers, Liliana, Death's Majesty is a good card for any zombie deck.

With regard to your lands: I don't think Blighted Fen is very good, and Temple of the False God should be replaced with Ancient Tomb if at all possible. If you want good utility lands that can kill pesky creatures, I advise Blast Zone . If you are able, I advise running Bloodstained Mire and/or the off-color fetches in order to grab your Blood Crypt or Smoldering Marsh . These fetches are in effect extra dual lands.

If you have a lot of recursion, which I see you do in things like Phyrexian Reclamation , you may have luck with pox-style cards. Pox is one of the most brutal cards to resolve in EDH, and Smallpox and Innocent Blood also can be played to great effect. Note that these get around hexproof, shroud and indestructible.

Depending on how hateful your meta is, you may want to consider some pretty mean red cards. Changing your land base slightly will give you access to Blood Moon , Magus of the Moon and Ruination , while Price of Glory will make people think twice about casting counter-magic. If your meta is as blue-heavy as mine, Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast are also fine considerations. If you end up running a lot of lord effects, you may want to consider Pyroclasm or Anger of the Gods , as your guys won't die if they're big enough. Possibility Storm is a good way to disrupt combo players -- I should know, as I play Storm in cEDH.

Because black has literally only one card designed to destroy artifacts ( Gate to Phyrexia ), red is a welcome addition to the team. By Force is a favorite of mine, but Shattering Spree , Vandalblast and Shatterstorm are also good ideas.

Rocks are great in EDH, especially if they're only 1 or 2 mana. I advise Talisman of Indulgence to replace Rakdos Locket and Mind Stone to replace Commander's Sphere . Coldsteel Heart is good as well, though it enters tapped, just like Charcoal Diamond and Fire Diamond . Thought Vessel is also worth considering.

Good luck with deck building!

hkhssweiss on Zombies with a little Staxx

2 months ago

Heya Dazzla, Scarab God is definitely a fun deck. Going for the synergy build is pretty good. Here might be some cards you can consider as well.

  • Liliana, the Last Hope , she stalls, she recurs, and as her ult she gives you recurring Zombies at the end step at each of your turn, she is pretty much one of the best cards you can acquire for your deck. Her price albeit is rising exponentially, I would try obtain one.
  • Endless Ranks of the Dead , pretty much the ult version of the above Liliana. It stacks and progressively gets worse the longer someone doesn't get rid of it.
  • Training Grounds , reduces the cost of your commanders ability as well as a few other creatures that you run.
  • Cemetery Reaper , another lord as well as gravehate for other players.
  • Havengul Lich , Fun card, but very mana intensive, great for a creature based meta.
  • Mystic Remora / Rhystic Study / Phyrexian Arena , Card draw engines, a must for any decent decks.
  • Graveborn Muse , a high risk high reward card, as said earlier card draw is essential.

Hope that helps and feel free to ask for any advice!

DRmagic2017 on Rise of the Lich Queen

3 months ago

Hi! Zombie tribal is one of my favorite decks too. I think Dark Salvation is a must. The same about Endless Ranks of the Dead . I also like Grimoire of the Dead . Oath of Liliana is another fun card but you'd better find at least a couple of Planeswalkers. For example Jace, Unraveler of Secrets (card advantage and control) and Liliana, Death's Majesty or Liliana, Untouched By Death . Zombie lords: Death Baron , Cemetery Reaper , Lord of the Undead . Board wipe is strongly recommended (at least one of these): Wrath of God Day of Judgment , Cleansing Nova , Damnation , Cyclonic Rift . Useful creatures: Diregraf Colossus , Metallic Mimic . Mana stabilization: Unclaimed Territory , Mana Confluence , Path of Ancestry . Good luck in brewing!

multimedia on Zombie Queen

4 months ago

Hey, before you get Lili (I presume Liliana of the Veil) which is an expensive card consider first improving the manabase? There's several budget lands to consider adding in place of the really bad dual lands. For a little less than the price of Lili you could add all the cards below and Rift/Labman: upgrade the manabase, add some good Zombies and nice support cards. That's much better for your overall deck than adding one card.

Lands to consider adding:

Zombies to consider adding:

Other cards to consider:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Dimir Guildgate
  • Desert of the Glorified
  • Desert of the Mindful
  • Forsaken Sanctuary
  • Meandering River
  • Submerged Boneyard
  • Vivid Marsh
  • Dismal Backwater
  • Orzhov Basilica
  • Venser, the Sojourner
  • Sanguine Bond
  • Open the Graves
  • Levitation
  • Graf Harvest
  • Army of the Damned
  • Dark Salvation
  • Terminus
  • Time to Reflect
  • Anointer Priest
  • Aven Wind Guide
  • Geralf's Masterpiece
  • Gravedigger

Good luck with your deck.


RedmundR2 on Zombie Island

5 months ago

I love mono-b zombie aggro decks - I think you've included a ton of the best cards available but I have some suggestions to improve the list.

Death Baron is a great way to buff all your zomblers and gives some great keywords as well. I consider this card a must have for any zombie tribal deck.

Dread Wanderer Since we are always an aggro deck, more one drop creatures are better than expensive enchantments like Endless Ranks of the Dead. Plus it has built in recursion making Ghoulcaller's Chant unnecessary!

Lord of the Accursed lets us make our zomblers hard to block for a turn 4 or 5 swing for the win! Value!

Diregraf Ghoul more 1 drops and a great body is always wanted by this deck! Zomblers!

Plague Belcher is a great way to turn dying zomblers into value.

Cemetery Reaper Probably the worst zombie lord but still, we are a zombie tribal deck and we love lords!

Overall I like your deck list. My best advice is to load up on more zombies and try to limit the tech and utility cards in favor of running more zombies, that way we can hit our curve more consistently and always have creatures to play.

Cheers!

PandaBossCake on Sidisi’s Zombie Farm

5 months ago

BelugaWhale217 that’s true but if I want to boost zombies more I’d honestly just use cards like Cemetery Reaper and Lord of the Undead, besides, the deck doesn’t really look for the kill with the zombies, they’re more like glorified defenders who can block up while I set up a win with something like Laboratory Maniac or Rise of the Dark Realms, but I do appreciate the suggestions Connor (private message me on Discord, my username is PandaTheMemeMan #4915)

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Cemetery Reaper occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.14%