Cryptbreaker

Legality

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

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Eldritch Moon Rare

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Cryptbreaker

Creature — Zombie

1B, T, Discard a card: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

Tap three untapped Zombies you control: You draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Cryptbreaker Discussion

zephyr_chang on I wish that the meta was brains [[Primer]]

1 day ago

Fair enough - I started out mono black too and it is still a great deck with value creatures. But then I just ran into too many combo and control decks (e.g. Tron, U/W Control, etc.) during playtesting, which just crushes creature decks like ours. I really wanted my Zombies deck to be more competitive, which is why I decided to have more interaction mainboard.

Also, I see that you are going for a devotion theme, but I wonder what your mana sink is, or what you need so much mana for? By the time you have enough permanents on the battlefield to profit from Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, I imagine you are almost empty-handed, what with AEther Vial helping you dump your creatures, AND your only source of card draw being Cryptbreaker. Additionally, how many times have you been in the situation of having a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in hand and unable to cast your BB or BBB creatures?

I don't think Diregraf Colossus underperforms, I think I said Diregraf Ghoul was the one. Diregraf Colossus was actually the card that made me seriously test a Zombies build after it was spoiled. It really is nuts together with a sac outlet and Gravecrawler. You can do a fair impression of a Thopter Foundry deck!

How has your playtesting been going so far? Do you keep track of your wins and losses against specific decks?

Ghenni on Discard Zombies? Standard?

1 day ago

+1

Except for sorceries/instants, this deck is really similar to mine lol

Geralf, the Necromancer. Mine is just not Standard legal due to some cards there and the fact that I mill myself.

I like the fact that you chose 4x Cryptbreaker as it's the best way to speed up your deck indeed. I feel you're going to need more Corpse Churn.

Oddly enough, I hadn't thought of Collective Brutality when I built my deck. Good choice here.

GearNoir on Cryptbreaker and the stack

4 days ago

Cryptbreaker's second ability is an activated ability. The cost to activate the ability is to tap three untapped zombies. Tapping three zombies does not pay for any other activations unless the ability is a triggered ability that reads something like "whenever you tap three zombies...". This means you would have to tap three untapped zombies to activate the ability for each Cryptbreaker.

Note that having multiple Cryptbreakers is redundant in regards to the second ability. You may activate the second ability from the same Cryptbreaker as many times as you would like, as long as you have enough untapped zombies.

Mairon_Bauglir on Cryptbreaker and the stack

4 days ago

Hello all, I have a question about how Cryptbreaker and his second ability works. His second ability is to tap 3 untapped zombies then draw a card and lose a life. does this ability stack with multiple cryptbreakers out? Such as having 2 of them on the field and tapping 3 untapped zombies and drawing 2 cards and losing two life? Or do multiple Cryptbreakers have their own separate effect needing 3 zombies for each cryptbreaker on the field?

Wizno on The Endless March

1 week ago

I love me some good ol' zombie tribal! Deck looks like a lot of fun! I run a similar style deck with Gisa and Geralf at the helm. I'm not sure what your budget is but I do have a few suggestions (budget-pending):

I would consider adding in the following zombies:

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Death Baron
Zombie Master + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth = unblockable zombies!
Prized Amalgam
Shepherd of Rot
Cryptbreaker
Balthor the Defiled
Vengeful Dead (really hurts if you go infinte sac with Gravecrawler)

I feel these zombies can help replace some of the weaker members of your horde like the following:

Abattoir Ghoul
Gavony Unhallowed
Gravedigger
Ghoulraiser
Returned Phalanx
Stitcher Geralf

Along similar lines, I see that you have some reanimation spells in your deck however, if your budget allows, I would make the upgrade to some of the following:

Reanimate
Necromancy
Dread Return
Living Death
Rise of the Dark Realms
Beacon of Unrest

Best of luck!

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