Dawn of the Dead

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Torment (TOR) Rare

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Dawn of the Dead

Enchantment

At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.

At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste until end of turn. Remove it from the game at end of turn.

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Dawn of the Dead Discussion

passascats on Ayli Life Siphon

4 days ago

So, I would definitely work in Palace Siege, Phyrexian Reclamation, and Dawn of the Dead. Being able to recure your creatures is going to be really helpful with Ayli.
These are some creatures I run in my deck: Wall of Reverence, Divinity of Pride, Wurmcoil Engine, Archangel of Thune, and Rhox Faithmender. Some of them are pricey and may not fit exactly what your going for, but Divinity of Pride is pretty solid.
I run Proper Burial for value on sac triggers. I also like Riot Control, I have a lot of tokens in my meta so the creature count can get crazy, but depending on what decks you play this may not be a good fit.
Good Luck!

eleventhend on Muldrotha EDH

1 week ago

Couple of notes up front (might just be due to ongoing edits):

  • You have 2 copies of Victory Chimes in the list
  • You only have 96 cards in the list (including the duplicate above) instead of 100

Design Strategy

Want to suggest a couple of deck strategies to consider focusing in on (they are all fairly synergistic but it might help to pick one to focus on to help the deck feel like it has a clearer win condition):

Mill-Value

With your current list of mill-value and beats, the missing pieces only seem to be ways to close the game.

Potential Additions

Discard Group Slug

I think this is a really interesting avenue for Muldrotha: running cards like Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Waste Not, Oppression, Mindslicer and Myojin of Night's Reach to clear out your own and opponents' hands while benefiting from Muldrotha and other graveyard recursion effects to allow yourself to keep making plays. It would be a deck unlike any other at our table so far.

Your win conditions could be both mill, using cards like Keening Stone to close, or life-loss with cards like Liliana's Caress and Bloodchief Ascension mixed with some mild creature beats.

Other solid cards that support this archetype:

Graveyard Theft or Pure Recursion

This concept would run recursion spells like Boneyard Parley to steal the best things from opponents graveyards. In this case, Muldrotha allows us to consistently run targeted recursion from our graveyard, and we can focus our deck construction on the grave-robbing package. Because of Muldrotha's ability, we want to focus primarily on "theft on sticks" which we can repeatedly cast as needed, likely leaning heavily into Black.

Theft on Sticks examples

Self-recursion

Paranoiac on Zombie Swarm Affliction (Needs Help)

1 month ago

scrapaholic09, no worries :).

So suppose you bring a creature back to the battlefield with Sedris or Dawn of the Dead. Both Sidris and Dawn have an ability that the game is tracking. That is to say, at the end of the turn the creature that was brought back would get exiled. When you activate the Sundial you basically remove the game’s ability to track the exile clause and the creatures stay permanently. Let me know if that makes sense.

A “sac” outlet is something that will let you sacrifice a creature or permanent as an activation cost. Black has some of the best sac outlets for creatures and life. Examples would be Carrion Feeder or Ashnod's Altar. There are quite a few actually. Notice Dawn of the Dead does not have a clause saying “or if the creature would leave the battlefield”. This means you can bring a creature back with Dawn, sacrifice it using Carrion Feeder’s ability and rise and repeat once each turn. With Sedris you would need the Sundial to get the same effect because of his “leave play” clause.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

Paranoiac on Zombie Swarm Affliction (Needs Help)

1 month ago

scrapaholic09, no worries :).

So suppose you bring a creature back to the battlefield with Sedris or Dawn of the Dead. Both Sidris and Dawn have an ability that the game is tracking. That is to say, at the end of the turn the creature that was brought back would get exiled. When you activate the Sundial you basically remove the game’s ability to track the exile clause and the creatures stay permanently. Let me know if that makes sense.

A “sac” outlet is something that will let you sacrifice a creature or permanent as an activation cost. Black has some of the best sac outlets for creatures and life. Examples would be Carrion Feeder or Ashnod's Altar. There are quite a few actually. Notice Dawn of the Dead does not have a clause saying “or if the creature would leave the battlefield”. This means you can bring a creature back with Dawn, sacrifice it using Carrion Feeder’s ability and rise and repeat once each turn. With Sedris you would need the Sundial to get the same effect because of his “leave play” clause.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

Paranoiac on Zombie Swarm Affliction (Needs Help)

1 month ago

Thanks for the elaboration. I see what you are saying. I think you would be able to get around the Sedris hurdle by using Sundial of the Infinite. If you have some sac outlets you would be able to get around the Dawn of the Dead hurdle as Dawn will not exile the card if you can sac it somehow. With the Sundial you might be able to do some Sneak Attack shenanigans as well so you are not taxed for mana when playing creatures.

Have you considered Tombstone Stairwell? It can help generate lots of zombies for you as well :).

Also, I do like the deck as is :). Just adding some food for thought.

scrapaholic09 on Zombie Swarm Affliction (Needs Help)

1 month ago

Paranoiac I appreciate the feedback. I plan to incorporate Thraximundar when I get my hands on a copy of the card. At first this deck was designed to swarm my opponents with zombies. It worked ok, but I found that with most opponents at my local store they could decimate my ranks before I got a single chance to do more than 5 or 10 damage to a single player. And without a serious mana generator I couldn't cast enough spells or trigger enough abilities to unearth or resurrect my graveyard. So I put in the several cards that allow for token generation and a combo which deals damage based on the number of zombies I have. The deck then morphed into a death draw engine in that when my opponents would draw cards they would lose life based on the act of drawing or the amount of cards in their hands via Nekusar, the Mindrazer, Otherworld Atlas, Price of Knowledge and Liliana's Caress. Then I found the Exsanguinate and Sanguine Bond card combo and now several cards will deal into that win combo for an endless cycle of you lose life so I gain life and it causes you to lose life, etc. I just can't seem to find the balance. I even bought Sedris, the Traitor King before I realized that if I use his unearth ability I have to remove the card from the game after I bring it back.That's the issue I have with Dawn of the Dead as well. I'm going to take a look at your deck and see what I can do for helping my own. I find that dated in some cases provides the best help.

Paranoiac on Zombie Swarm Affliction (Needs Help)

1 month ago

I think you may be better off picking a commander that will cater more to zombies. I like Nekusar, the Mindrazer, but he really works best with wheel a strategy. Just something to consider. My personal favorite for a zombie commander Thraximundar :).

Here is my zombie tribal deck I made a while back Thraximundar, Zombie Overlord. It may be a little dated, but hopefully you might find some inspiration.

Some recommendations for improvements would be to improve your recursion of zombies. Cards like Dawn of the Dead, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Cauldron of Souls, and Nim Deathmantle might be helpful.

u_wot_m8 on Volrath the Risen

1 month ago

Maybe some more grave recursion would be dope, Reanimate, Zombify, Dread Return, Dawn of the Dead, Exhume, Animate Dead etc

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