Diregraf Colossus


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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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad Rare

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Diregraf Colossus

Creature — Zombie Giant

Diregraf Colossus enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each Zombie card in your graveyard.

Whenever you cast a Zombie spell, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.

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Diregraf Colossus Discussion

Happymaster19 on Modern Mono-Black Zombies

9 hours 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

3 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


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

4 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

4 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?

roba1444 on

4 days ago

I was considering getting rid of the Diregraf Colossus for that same reason, i wanted to add more blue in there but then my creature development changed because i realized i didn't have any flying, so I may switch out all the zombies for vampires and go for more lifelink build with a few more kill spells. Broken Concentration was one of the hard choices to not put in there and the reasoning that i switched to the insidious will was the option to redirect spells toward their own creatures, or be able to copy a beneficial one from like a white or green deck. thoughts? although switching to Broken Concentration would for sure help with my high mana costs

Despionnage on

4 days ago

Your Key to the City isn't doing much for your deck at the moment. So, I'd say that you can replace some land with that possibly. For the control side of things, I'd recommend to take out your Insidious Will and replace it with a straight counter spell that's cheaper like Broken Concentration. It's cheaper and I think you'd get more use out of it.

I'd also recommend somehow getting your cmc down and finding a way to get Gisa and Geralf in there. He would take advantage of the Prized Amalgam that you have there as well as just being able to cast your zombies out of your graveyard.

If you're going to use Diregraf Colossus, you need more zombies. Right, now his ability is only triggered by maybe two creatures. So, it's either change your plan or get more zombies. It really depends on what you have in mind.

TheSurgeon on The Never-Ending Zombie

6 days ago

This deck is great looking!

The land count is really high though, you could take out 2 swamps for more removal like Fatal Push, which is great with all of your death triggers, or perhaps even a couple Diregraf Colossus to use in conjunction with your Crawlers.

+1 I love a nasty zombie deck

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