Diregraf Captain


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

Bababad on Egyptian God of the Rising Sun (Butts up!!!)

22 hours ago

I've been tinkering with a French brew of this, but mostly focusing on life loss/damage. That being said, I have some fun options.

Breathstealer's Crypt is god tier. helps drain your opponents of resources and life while gaining you a litany of options by discarding your own creatures for free. Hoses mass draw decks/toolbox decks.

Even though you run a handful of non-zambles, Noxious Ghoul does some serious work...with your level of recursion wiping all non-zombies just gives you options and a winning swing.

Lord of the Undead and Phyrexian Reclamation / Tortured Existence make Gempalm Polluter's cycle abusable as heck

Tombstone Stairwell serves me pretty well in testing, but I generally see it as a worse Endless Ranks of the Dead

depending on your meta Balthor the Defiled might serve you well, I plan on playing mostly 1 v 1 with this deck so his ability should win me the game whenever I decide to use it, since ive been exiling/stealing all their good pieces the entire game. Otherwise he is just a body version of Living Death for you without requiring any sacrifice

Grimgrin, Corpse-Born is a solid beater that doubles as a free sac outlet and slow creature removal (but efficient), usually him alongside Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and as many Diregraf Captain effects as you can fit ends the game outright (scarab trigger on upkeep then clearing your field can do substantial damage). He even fits your mill strategy with Phenax, God of Deception, just tap/mill/sac/untap/etc. until they are wiped out...milling one more card every time you do so

StopShot on T O L A R I A W A V E [Kydele & Silas Artifacts]

2 days ago

Personally I think Pongify and Rapid Hybridization are excellent removal spells along with Reality Shift. Nature's Claim and Seal of Primordium are also pretty nice. Pact of Negation is also an incredibly effective counter spell.

If you want a cute combo that gives you infinite colorless mana, creature tokens, and card draw I'd suggest you use the Words of Wilding + Ashnod's Altar + Skullclamp infinite combo.

Another cute combo is Diregraf Captain + Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar.

If you need greater consistency of combo pieces I'd suggest Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor Lim-Dul's Vault and Entomb since you have access to artifact recursion.

Also Blighted Agent + Cranial Plating + Lightning Greaves would probably be an obnoxious way to take out opponents. I'd throw in Volrath's Stronghold if it starts scaring your opponents into removing it.

Interesting enough you have a Kiora's Follower If you equip it with Illusionist's Bracers it will generate you infinite mana of any color since it can untap a land and itself as many time as you like. Throw in a Staff of Domination or a Helix Pinnacle and you win the game.

Another way to generate infinite mana would also be Selvala, Heart of the Wilds + Umbral Mantle which would also make herself bigger giving you more and more mana. You can then use all that mana to infinitely pump all your other creatures with Umbral Mantle as well or use that mana for Helix Pinnacle or Staff of Domination.

Another combo would Geralf's Messenger + Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar which you can sacrifice twice to get 4 mana, reanimate with the mantle and repeat with each death causing your opponents to lose life.

I also forgot to mention if you've drawn enough cards Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix can also generate you infinite mana with Umbral Mantle.

Hope the suggestions help. Also, could you tell me how you got your music video to play automatically as soon as I opened the page? Thanks!

The_Dark_Adonis on Egyptian God of the Rising Sun (Butts up!!!)

3 days ago

Phyrexian Altar is a good card to have in here. Not only does it provide colored mana for sacking tokens but if you have Gravecrawler on the field its infinite sack/reanimate. With Diregraf Captain or Vengeful Dead you win right there. Noxious Ghoul acts as a zombie friendly boardwipe.

gramoride on Graveborn Scarabs

3 days ago

What about a Diregraf Captain? for some more combo fun.

BantBitch on Egyptian God of the Rising Sun (Butts up!!!)

6 days ago

I'm currently making the same deck, and I think the best way to make this deck is to make it as versatile and resilient as possible. The thing that's great about The Scarab God is that the card helps zombies have 3 effective ways to win. The first is just pummeling people with Lords and Hordes that overrun them. The second is unique for our commander since we can stall the board and whittle our opponents life totals. Everything of TSG helps out by wearing opponents down, keeping our options open, and creating a 4/4 body at instant speed. These are the reasons why I would HIGHLY recommend countermagic in this deck. Once our Highlander hits the board, we can play a slow paced grind to win by fishing for countermagic from wrath's and using leftover Mana to create threats at instant speed. I don't think wraths are good for us at all because the deck's tempo and boardstate will take a while to catch up. The other way we win is combo. Rooftop Storm, Gravecrawler, a free sac engine, and any of Plague Belcher, Diregraf Captain, and Vengeful Dead get us there. The combo aspect is also why I suggest countermagic, because keeping a board by holding counters to fend off wraths lets you dig for combo pieces.

casmiel on 3-Color Dead Stuff

1 week ago

I agree that it is a very strong option. I'll try running some in place of 2 Messengers for a while. I only abstained so far because I disliked them being a 3-drop, that is the slot with the most competition. If we had Carrion Feeder in Modern, just how awesome would that be?

I also like the grindy approach of your BUG deck. I think you'd really enjoy some copies of Diregraf Captain there. I think it's superior to Plague Belcher in most aspects and a much better CoCo hit.

GabeCubed on Gravemind

2 weeks ago

I'm going to be honest with this, and I am sorry:

Deck isn't good. Especially for Modern, which is a cutthroat and very quick format, which winning on turns 3-4 is common, through some disruption. Many of your cards are too much mana, and don't really flow together.

However, there are some roads to take it.

  • You could go with Zombies, a viable tribe nowadays. I know little about it, but someone on this site can point you in the right direction.

  • Or, the alternative is Mill, which is Burn, but you get to run a bit more blue at the cost of being slower.

Unfortunately, neither deck really cares about Undead Alchemist, and many of the planeswalkers (besides Queen Liliana of the Veil). Other than that card, Gravecrawler and Diregraf Captain are your only options to put in a Zombie deck, and Mind Funeral could be used for Mill. Oh, and Drowned Catacomb.

Hope that is a bit help! Sorry if I was a bit too brutal.

KarnAgGolem on AINT NO PARTY like an UNDEAD party..

3 weeks ago

I have some suggestions:

the two above go infinite mill with your Geralf's Mindcrusher

this alter + Gravecrawler + Secrets of the Dead = draw your deck and kill opponents when tied with your Diregraf Captain

and personally, the real MVP of your deck, and the card that we all wish could be its commander is:

My deck I've worked on for quite some time. Take a look. maybe it will inspire some new ideas for ya. Gisa and Geralf, Corpses Everywhere!

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