Diregraf Captain


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

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Blessed vs Cursed Uncommon
Dark Ascension Uncommon

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Diregraf Captain

Creature — Zombie Soldier


Other Zombie creatures you control get +1/+1.

Whenever another Zombie you control dies, target opponent loses 1 life.

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Diregraf Captain Discussion

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Sidisi Self-mill

3 days ago

Dread Return is a great card to self-mill into. With flashback, you can simply sacrifice three random Zombies you've created to reanimate something super powerful.

Wonder gives all your creatures flying from your graveyard; synergises well with your theme of self-mill, and especially good since Sidisi will be creating a ton of Zombies.

Even if it isn't a Zombie tribal list, Diregraf Captain is worth including simply because he pumps all the tokens made by Sidisi.

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord returns himself from your graveyard at the price of two lands, but the other important part is that he gets a p/t boost equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard (which will be quite a lot).

Cryptbreaker turns all your Zombies into card draw; excellent in a board stall where you have a ton of zombies but no one wants to attack.

Gisa and Geralf do a little self-milling on etb, but they also allow you to directly cast Zombies from your graveyard, which is a fair portion of your creatures.

Splendid Reclamation returns all the lands you've milled over the course of game, often ramping you for a bajillion in the process.

Victimize lets you put a useless or choice creature into your graveyard, then reanimate two fatties that will help close out games.

Rhyno52 on Modern Suicide Bomber

4 days ago

Hexcimal Plague Belcher looks not as good as Diregraf Captain to me. But as you said its a 3 slot and i dont know what to cut. For Cryptbreaker its pretty good but i dont know what to take out, also its discard is a bit of slow for my deck as it runs only few lands. The only place i could see him is on the Ghoulcaller's Chant slot because of its draw ability

As for Shamble Back, BioProfDude. Its OK but havent enough impact for me because Shambling Goblin makes the job much better, it kills something AND can be returned from my graveyard, also i can cast it right the way first turn and without to exile a creature from my graveyard if my opponent doesnt play any creatures.

PartyJ on Thraximundar

5 days ago

I think that your landcount is a little bit tight. I would suggest to go to at least 37 lands.

These lands are good additions:

Besides the land, you could also consider:

This should give you a first idea of the many possibilities you still have to improve your deck.

Exteez on Zombie sacrifice deck ideas

1 week ago

Diregraf Captain/Zulaport Cutthroat + Nantuko Husk/Carrion Feeder + Gravecrawler + Rooftop Storm = infinite lifedrain(You can change the lifegain zombie with Diregraf Colossus and you'll get infinite zombie tokens.)

JararoNatsu on Cheap Zombie Horde for Friday Night Magic

1 week ago

Keep in mind that Curse of Shallow Graves is not Modern-legal.

It seems like you want this deck to be rather aggressive. I would at the least suggest Vile Rebirth and Moan of the Unhallowed (Gisa's Bidding works similarly) to get your army started early. Having Army of the Damned as a 4-of is not a good idea, as you may flood your opening hand with them. Having it at a 2 or 3-of and having lower-CMC cards that generate tokens would be helpful.

There's a bit of a contradiction going on in your creature base. You want to have Zombies in the graveyard to cast Skaab Goliath and boost Diregraf Colossus, and yet your creatures hold several incentives for the opponent to NOT kill or block them, or they can't be blocked at all (I am looking specifically at Vedalken Ghoul and Rancid Rats here, and I can never talk smack about Diregraf Captain because I love it too much). If you want to set up Goliath/Colossus, you may want to find different creatures or get some cards that send your own cards to the graveyard (the latter can be rather expensive, though).

Also, I feel like Skinrender would be a really good card to have in this deck, as would both Butcher Ghoul and Carrion Feeder (can also get creatures into your graveyard).

Hope this helps!

LearnedHand on Infinite Loops

1 week ago

JararoNatsu thank you for setting me straight on Gnawing Zombie. I really like the idea of adding in Diregraf Captain and your other suggestions. Would Carrion Feeder's ability make it an infinite combo for +1/+1 using Rooftop Storm + Gravecrawler? If so would that trigger Diregraf Captain's life loss ability?

LearnedHand on Zombie sacrifice deck ideas

1 week ago

Sorry! I realize now that Rooftop Storm doesn't work the way I thought it did. It appears that it would be an infinite loop with Carrion Feeder + Gravecrawler. Would it work by adding in Diregraf Captain for the life loss. Or by beefing up Carrion Feeder and finding cards to make it unblockable?

JararoNatsu on Infinite Loops

1 week ago

Keep in mind that Rooftop Storm does not change the cost of Gnawing Zombie's mana ability. It only changes the cost to cast the creatures themselves. Therefore there really isn't an infinite combo going on here.

Plague Belcher from the new set may work well here. So would Diregraf Colossus.

If you're going to be sacrificing a lot of your own creatures, then cards like Diregraf Captain and the Skaab variety of Zombies would work well here. The former deals direct damage (as does Plague Belcher) when you lose a Zombie and the latter is made by exiling creatures from your grave. These would serve you well until you can set up your win condition.

Also, I don't know how much control you want, but I am always a fan of Compelling Deterrence.

Right now, this is a super casual deck that, as the person above mentioned, would be good to play friends with. Keep working on it, though.

P.S. I have two Zombie token decks on my profile if you wanna look at them. Could give you some ideas.

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