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

Happymaster19 on An Answer to the Prayers

11 hours ago

Cryptbreaker is insane. Dark Salvation is more variant that Dismember but you can learn to play well with it. You don't always have to dump everything into it. You can just pay a mana, count your zombies, and point at a dude. I think a card that more modern decks should experiment with is Smuggler's Copter. While some creature choices might look fun or interested, I think the creature base could be simplified and made to have room for Copter. It's a flying beater that fixes your draws and you also tend not to care about discarding. It might not have the flavor but it definitely has the function.

I also wouldn't argue with swamping in a second Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth over a swamp. It can help smooth clunky colorless land hands.

LithiumHD on An Answer to the Prayers

11 hours ago

nishanrox111 i am currently considering dropping one LOTV for a Last Hope. Cryptbreaker is my access to draw. i wouldnt want to drop him. he has come in use if i happen to just need to find a play for the turn, or digging through the library faster

not sure how i feel about Dark Salvation

APPLE01DOJ on An Answer to the Prayers

13 hours ago

Since you're adding a Cavern of Souls then you should consider dropping a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. In a deck with 22 lands, I wouldn't run more than 3 colorless lands. Sure Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can be good on occasion but it's the weakest of your utility lands. Mutavault has synergy with Gravecrawler and your lords, Cavern of Souls still provides colored mana but Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can't do anything without an already established board state.

I would also immediately go up to 4 Fatal Push. It's just too good of a card not to be running 4. I would drop 1x Diregraf Colossus and 1x Cryptbreaker for it. Diregraf Colossus is good but because of the point it comes into play you really only need 3. Cryptbreaker in my experience is less than stellar and would be an easy cut.

I may be missing something (am I?) but I see no value in running Nameless Inversion. It could be good vs Merfolk I guess but due to the anti synergy you can't use it to pump your own creatures which leaves a less than desirable Ulcerate. I would replace it with a 1-2 Bile Blight or a Go for the Throat.

In order to make this as competitive as possible you really need to ditch the deck extensions on the SB.

Army of the Damned may fit the Zombie theme nice but I can't think of a single match that siding in an 8 mana card is going to help you out?

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed may be good vs Alley's or White Weenies but both of those decks are Aggro decks and will close the game out way before a 22 land deck reaches 6 mana.

Endless Ranks of the Dead this is the definition of a win more card. It's useless when you're loosing and if it's good you're already winning. The 1 MB copy is fine for flavor but siding it in isn't going turn the tides of any match up.

Sidisi, Undead Vizier Tutors can be good but this is just too slow and comes with a significant down side. You've already decided it's not good enough for the MB and it's just wasting space on the SB.

Cutting those cards will free up 5 slots. I would suggest Thoughtseize #3, 2x Lifebane Zombie and 2x Phyrexian Crusader. If you don't like any of those suggestions Demon's Horn is also good.

Happymaster19 on Modern Mono-Black Zombies

1 day ago

I can dig it. Glad Cryptbreaker made it. I know I've asked before but have you managed to do any testing with Diregraf Colossus? That card can be nuts with Gravecrawler. I think it would be more fitting here than Gary. IMO

WillySmasher on Gisa's Ghoulfriends

4 days ago

Hard to say since there's a lot of synergy in your deck and honestly it depends on your meta, Stromgald Crusader seems pretty mana intensive for what he does. Metallic Mimic and Adaptive Automaton interrupt the zombie recurrence theme going on, cards like Diregraf Colossus don't benefit them being in the graveyard.

Blood Scrivener is a debatable one, while at low CMC and added card draw it depends how often you have 0 cards in hand, other than that I couldn't tell you what creatures to cut.

This is where your meta comes into play, personally I would cut most target removal, in a 4 player free for all if you 1-for-1 with an opponent your other 2 opponents are now up a card(however can save you from infinite combos and such) so it's a tough call to make. That being said I would cut Tragic Slip since you can't control morbid on other peoples turns and maybe Slaughter Pact depending on how often you verse other black decks.

Sign in Blood is another card I would consider cutting and replacing with a more repeatable draw engine like Necropotence or Dark Prophecy or at least replace with Read the Bones.

Other than that I couldn't recommend anything else to cut your deck seems solid to me.

Edit: here are some other cards I found that go well with your decks synergy:

Cryptbreaker card draw

Call to the Grave control

Dictate of Erebos control

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip If you add any lily planeswalkers be careful not to run too many since you can't have more than one in the battlefield at a time.

Potential yet high CMC sweepers

Decree of Pain

Plague Wind

Hellfire

In Garruk's Wake

Life's Finale

In place of Mutilate I would run Damnation but it's much more expensive.

APPLE01DOJ on Zombie Deck

5 days ago

maxon, Zombie lords are really bad. They're too slow for modern, have very little board impact, and if they're effective you're probably winning already. Beyond that they're overpriced in terms of real monetary value.

So I come from a time when Tarmogoyf, Deathrite Shaman, and Scavenging Ooze all shared a graveyard. Gravecrawler has plenty of flex room. Gurmag Angler dodges most common removal (Bolt, Decay, Push) and hits hard. There's a reason Grixis plays it. In addition to all the benefits it's also a Zombie. Not to mention I just won a game vs Goblins on the back of Gurmag Angler.

xyr0s, Lashwrithe really should be something different, any suggestions?

Relentless Dead is one of the worst cards in the deck. It's just too cost intensive for modern. In the extreme occasion it could be really good but for the most part it is just a bear. Cryptbreaker is typically nothing more than a chump blocker. I've yet to reach a point in any game where either of it's abilites are relevant.

Diregraf Colossus on the other hand is great but 4 would just be dead cards in hand. He takes a while to get going before you get value out of him. This deck works best when you play it control style with mana open for constant removal while you slowly build your board state.

xyr0s on Zombie Deck

5 days ago

I agree with maxon - why exactly bring gurmag angler? I'd suggest +1 Diregraf Colossus and +1 Cryptbreaker instead. Without having played it, I also think Relentless Dead are too important to only play 2 of - that's how you get back in a game after a sweeper, right?

Also: Lashwrithe? I could see it being good in a monoblack deck. But you only have 8 swamps, so exactly what is it supposed to be brought in against?

PartyJ on Zombie

1 week ago

You could consider these cards:

My ideas are drying up now xD

Good luck deciding!

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