Creature — Zombie Wizard
When Corpse Connoisseur enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a creature card and put that card into your graveyard. If you do, shuffle your library.
Unearth (: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.)
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Corpse Connoisseur Discussion
2 days ago
Sidisi works really well with Brain Freeze, Mulch, Buried Alive, Corpse Connoisseur and Fact or Fiction. More mass reanimation like Patriarch's Bidding, Zombie Apocalypse and Balthor the Defiled would be fantastic, as well as cheap ones like Reanimate, Animate Dead, Unearth or Endless Obedience.
Since your deck is very proactive and therefore often needs a lot of mana on its own turn, 3cmc counters with small upsides like Dissolve and Scatter to the Winds seem weak here. Cheaper ones like Swan Song, Stubborn Denial, Arcane Denial, Delay or Counterspell are much better, since you can more easily keep the mana open to cast them once it matters.
Naturalize is a solid card, but with all the tokens you generate, Sundering Vitae should usually be the same effect for 0-1 mana.
1 month ago
Do you actually play/own this deck or is it theoretical?
Seems like with such an expensive commander you'd want some protection. You appear to have decent mana-ramp so I suppose recasting a few times isn't the end of the world. Still though, it appears you only have five or six reanimation cards other than her so I'm wondering how heavily she plays into the overall strategy. Value is value, right?
Looks like you have a stellar goodstuffs list going with strong control elements (which I love), but perhaps calling it "reanimation 101" is a bit off. You have a few tutors but no Buried Alive or Entomb--just Corpse Connoisseur. I'm not saying you're doing it wrong--I'm just curious if you feel the deck is cohesive and on-theme. Certainly looks functional. How are you on card-draw? Looks a little light, though you do have the A-#1 draw staple in black.
1 month ago
Perusing the internet this morning, I came across the "seven by nine" rule. If your not familiar with it, you can check it out here, under note three - http://www.quietspeculation.com/2011/05/building-depietro-depauper/
Anyways, I found it quite brilliant. I broke out my EDH deck (The Cairn Nel Toth) and decided that it needed a serious overhaul.
I decided that my nine "slots," if you will would be the following:
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 1 or less)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 2)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 3 or greater)
Utility/assorted random cards
So i started sorting the piles, and quickly realized I had too many cards for some slots, and not enough for others. I started the long, laborious, and painful process of cutting cards. I couldn't quite cut enough cards from the utility pile, so I decided I would have nine utility cards, and only six distinctly self-mill and CMC three or greater sacrifice fodder cards, because a lot of other cards can do those things in addition to doing their main purpose (if that makes any sense).
Anyways, I'll list the cards I have for each slot (its quite different than the original deck). Also, many cards serve multiple purposes, so I'm putting them in the category of their MAIN purpose.
Self-mill - Golgari Grave-Troll, Life from the Loam, Altar of Dementia (The best card in the whole deck, hands down. Not even kidding. Every Meren deck should run this card), Mesmeric Orb, Grapple with the Past. I need one more card for this slot (Stinkweed Imp?).
Sacrifice Outlets - Ashnod's Altar, Skullclamp, Attrition, Mind Slash, Evolutionary Leap. I don't love one-off sacrifice spells, but I have the slot for one. I've been debating between Altar's Reap, Morbid Curiosity and Eldritch Evolution.
Thoughts? What cards should fill my unfilled slots? Any cards I should replace?
1 month ago
I like your creatures, you're abusing your commander which is good. I think the cards that are bad here are the cards you would think are bad, as you're playing you'll realize that say burn from within is bad because fireballs aren't good if you're not really ramping or decide is worse in commander than Erase and erase isn't really that great, these are knit picky things the big picture is to keep upgrading. Get a Sol Ring it's broken and everyone needs one, stock your graveyard to really abuse your commander red and black have good options, Faithless Looting like effects are great, black has Buried Alive and other things that do that Corpse Connoisseur is a good one for budget. Look up other alesha decks and keep getting better, best of luck.
1 month ago
Hey there, Mortiferus_Rosa, thanks again for popping in.
I like some of the suggestions you threw up there and I think I'm going to affect some of those changes.
Things I'll be taking out: Gonti, Lord of Luxury (this was a try it for a F of it card, and you're absolutely right about it), Creakwood Liege (he's nice and has come in handy more often than not, but yeah, there could be a better something in his place), and, I know this wasn't meant to be something to take out, but I'm going to take out Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. He's fine in this deck, but he's actually much more awesome in my Atraxa deck, lol, and I only have one. I also don't have much need for infinite damage as I've found controlling the board isn't too hard with this deck and a lockdown in more often how this deck wins.
In their place, I am going to add Vampire Hexmage (this was my favorite suggestion of them all...I love it, Hell's Caretaker (he used to be in here a while ago, but I'm willing to give him another go), and Corpse Connoisseur. This is a great suggestion and one I hadn't considered it.
For various reasons I'm going to forego the other suggestions for now. Some things I'm keeping because of personal preference or just the fact that playing them for months has shown me their true value. I will be making the three switches though, and thank you.
Oh...and that Conjurer's Closet...? Don't doubt it! LOL. My playgroup HATES it when that thing comes out. There are some ETB effects in this deck that Closet just makes horribly, horribly better.
Appreciate all the time you spent for the suggestions! Those two cards outside of Hell's Caretaker are now on order.
1 month ago
Ok, im back. Here is a list of recommendations/suggestions. I am going to break your rules somewhat.
- Triskelion is the other half of an infinite damage combo with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed.
- Vampire Hexmage is an excellent Meren enabler that demolishes planeswalkers (and other things reliant on counters.
- Hell's Caretaker is a both good way to get more value creatures out of your graveyard, especially since you have such an abundance of tokens.
- Hermit Druid, especially given your ~12 basic lands he is a great way to fill the graveyard
- Corpse Connoisseur, another Entomb but on a creature
Ok and here are some thoughts on some cards in your deck that you could evaluate for taking out in favor of any of the above mentioned cards (other card suggestions below as well). Just want to emphasize that this is merely my opinion and nothing more.
- Gonti, Lord of Luxury. I feel like he is, best case scenario, a win more card. If you are relying on him to hit something of your opponents to win you the game you are either in dire straits or toying with your food.
- Conjurer's Closet. Reusing enter the battlefield effects is nice, but it only nets you one extra a turn. Kinda slow imho.
- Crop Rotation. This one im confidant on because i dont know if you are aiming for a specific nonbasic land or not. If you are might i suggest either Expedition Map so you dont have to sac one of your own lands to get it or Life from the Loam so you can get them out of your graveyard.
- Creakwood Liege. He is a very very slow token generator. Would you tutor for him, or do you find yourself going for someone like Ghoulcaller Gisa instead?
- This one is more personal preference. Harvester of Souls is better in the later game. Grim Haruspex is better for the earlier game.
- Same deal, Sadistic Hypnotist works quite well in your deck since you have so many token enablers. I prefer to be more... ah... abrupt? and use Mindslicer. You discard your hand too but a) you can easily refill it and b) it hits everybody all at once.
Hope some of this helps.
2 months ago
Some creatures:Shepherd of Rot Ghoulcaller Gisa Noxious Ghoul Phyrexian Delver Nantuko Husk Advanced Stitchwing Corpse Blockade Overseer of the Damned Corpse Connoisseur Haunted Dead Instant and Sorcery ideas: Ancient ExcavationDay's UndoingWindfallWhispering MadnessNecromantic SelectionLife's FinaleEnchantments:Grave PactCall to the Grave Graf Harvest Necromancer's Stockpile Artifact: Ashnod's Altar