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Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. If it's a Zombie card, draw a card.
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Cemetery Recruitment Discussion
4 weeks ago
Modern is often described as a turn four format, this means your deck needs to be in a position to win on turn four. Card choices are based on efficiency and consistency, there is a reason decks run 4x of cards, it is to improve the chance of drawing the card you need. Often you don't want to run just a 4x but you want a card with the same or similar effect meaning 8x so for example running 4x Ghoulcaller's Chant and 4x Cemetery Recruitment might make sense in your zombie based deck, but a card like Dutiful Return is just too expensive.
Diregraf Captain is a good lord type creature and if you want flying zombies Scrapskin Drake, Siren of the Silent Song or Stitched Drake would be better choices. I'd also suggest Gravecrawler, even if you are working to a budget, it is worth it.
You need to strip your deck back to a core, decide what it is you want to play and run 4x of those cards and 4x of the cards which support or protect that plan. You also need to balance your mana base better (27 is too much), land cards are worth the investment because they can be used in a variety of decks, so 4x Sunken Hollow probably wouldn't go wrong...
4 months ago
Thank you for taking the time to write down all those suggestions.
I did have a lot of Basic lands, I replaced eight of them with Dimir Guildgate, Temple of Deceit, Sunken Hollow, Smoldering Marsh, Temple of Malice, Crumbling Necropolis, Vivid Marsh and Barren Moor. I also cut Mycosynth Wellspring < Gem of Becoming and Manalith < Fellwar Stone which I think are superior.
I followed your advice and replaced a few removals and less good board wipes. Sudden Death < Doom Blade, Consuming Vapors < Dreadbore, Grasp of Darkness < Cemetery Recruitment, Extinguish All Hope < Victimize and In Garruk's Wake < Syphon Flesh.
Still tweaking a few things left and right, let me know what you think. Thanks !
5 months ago
First I recommend taking out: Havengul Runebinder, Cemetery Recruitment, Undead Alchemist, Nantuko Husk, Geralf's Masterpiece, Geralf's Mindcrusher, Ashes of the Fallen, Perpetual Timepiece, Secrets of the Dead, Ancient Excavation, Murder, Compelling Deterrence, Liliana's Mastery, Obelisk of Urd, Graf Harvest, and Zombie Infestation, Ghoulcaller's Chant,
Cards that you should put in: Gravecrawler, Gravespawn Sovereign, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Grave Pact, Unholy Grotto, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Living Death, Cryptbreaker, Death Baron, Phyrexian Reclamation, High Market, Corpse Harvester, Balthor the Defiled, Reassembling Skeleton, Skullclamp, Grave Defiler, Graveborn Muse, Zombie Apocalypse, Crypt of Agadeem, Geier Reach Sanitarium, Reliquary Tower, Bojuka Bog, Diabolic Intent, Patriarch's Bidding, and Demonic Tutor.
If you are really trying to stay Timmy with the deck, then I won't recommend Phyrexian Altar because it goes infinite with Gravecrawler and any kind of death/ETB trigger, but then again, it does it with Rooftop Storm and a sac outlet too.
Other cards that can be really good in zombies include: Sheoldred, Whispering One, Corpse Connoisseur, Zombie Trailblazer, Twilight's Call, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Demonic Collusion, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Scourge of Nel Toth, River Kelpie, Phyrexian Arena, Attrition, Kokusho, the Evening Star, Burnished Hart, Disciple of Bolas, Harvester of Souls, Damnation, Rune-Scarred Demon, Phenax, God of Deception, Beacon of Unrest, Corpse Augur, Palace Siege, Infernal Caretaker, Contamination, Plague Belcher, Vengeful Dead, Dread Wanderer, Boneknitter, Grimoire of the Dead, Pontiff of Blight, Custodi Lich
5 months ago
So I know you're trying to splash in blue, but I don't think there are enough good blue cards good with zombies to do that. Also, I think adding Army of the Damned into your mainboard would help you out a lot, especially if you had Endless Ranks of the Dead out. Another few suggestions I have are to switch out Grasp of Darkness with Tragic Slip, as a lot of creatures are going to die so you can take out bigger creatures for less mana, and also consider switching out Dread Wanderer for Gravecrawler as well. Instead of using Cemetery Recruitment, if you're only using it to get Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip, you could use Raise Dead. And also you could use Zombie Apocalypse, maybe Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, and probably also a Rise from the Grave. None of these cards are too expensive, with the exception of Mikaeus, but I think they can help your deck out a lot more.
5 months ago
You know this deck isn't standard, right? Standard is a format that contains only the sets Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, and Ixalan. You can change the format to Modern or Casual.
6 months ago
8 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion, I think I like the added remove of Shamble Back over Cemetery Recruitment. Now that I am thinking about it, pulling a creature from the graveyard for 2 mana is way less supportive of the delirium side of the deck, so it's off to the sideboard for that.
8 months ago
Cool deck! Love some mono black shenanigans, but it seems like it could be a little slow. Have you considered Carrion Feeder as a lower to the ground sac outlet? Also, Cemetery Recruitment could be a better alternative to Macabre Waltz, since usually you can get two cards. In bigger thoughts, have you thought about moving a little away from recursion spells and that time spiral combat trick, and more into a little heftier removal package and maybe some more threats? Recursion is good, but in some matchups you're definitely going to run into grave hate, so it's not always as good as just being another good card. Keep up the good work!