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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed (DDQ)||Uncommon|
|Promo Set (000)||Uncommon|
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Creature — Zombie
Diregraf Ghoul enters the battlefield tapped.
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Diregraf Ghoul Discussion
1 week ago
I think the zombie theme is relatively strong right now. I also like Plague Belcher for zombies even though it rotates in a couple months. You can attack with a Diregraf Ghoul and then cast the belcher in the second main phase, put the -1/-1 counters on the ghoul which will kill it and deal an additional 1 damage to the opponent, and then you have a monster 5/4 zombie with menace on turn 3 which only gets worse when a Death Baron comes out to give it deathtouch and +1/+1. Demon of Catastrophes is the only demon I am running in my zombie deck right now, and I usually sac a Stitcher's Supplier to get him in, which also feeds your graveyard if you have a Graveyard Marshal.
2 weeks ago
It is hard to crit such a great deck. I would consider 2 Grave Pact, or a card with similar effect in place of 2 Diregraf Ghoul and might just cut the other 2 to max out Butcher Ghoul and Bone Splinters.
Maybe have the above as a side-board option, the current deck looks really good.
2 weeks ago
A mono-black demon and zombies deck could work, but it would be overall weaker than the mono-black zombies deck. There are currently several powerful lords and lord-like abilities (Death Baron,Liliana's Mastery,Lord of the Accursed), plus Graveyard Marshal's ability to generate zombies, which are definite 4-ofs in the deck, but you still need other zombies to make the deck work. You might be able to put a couple Demon of Catastrophes to use in conjunction with Graveyard Marshal while sacrificing Diregraf Ghoul/Dread Wanderer, but other than that, the demons are expensive to cast, and probably not worth it.
3 weeks ago
So I actually play Zombies is Modern as well, and I have some critiques for your list:
You want more one-drops. You are an aggro deck, so only 4 Gravecrawler aint gonna cut it. You want some number of Dread Wanderer and Cryptbreaker, Diregraf Ghoul if you want even more than that. I personally run 4 of each, besides Diregraf Ghoul where I run 3.
Your noncreature spells are gonna be relatively ineffective. Youre playing an aggro deck, you would never want to play a Rancor when you could cast another zombie. Same with Altar's Reap, you certainly dont want to get rid of one of your creatures, youd rather just play another creature. Ghoulcaller's Chant is fineeeeee, another zombie would probably be better, but I dont hate the card.
The manabase is a little meh. Im pretty sure running 4 Cavern of Souls, 4 Unclaimed Territory, and some number of Mutavault will be worth while. At the very least cut the Opulent Palace, you dont want lands that come in tapped.
And finally, there are two final cards I'd like to suggest. The deck will probably play completely fine without them, but they're cards I run in my list and are arguable 2 of the best cards in the list... those cards being Aether Vial and Relentless Dead. They're both very strong cards and worth including.
I like the list though, your list brought a lot of cards to my attention that might be worth while running in my list!
4 weeks ago
LUBD's +1 can miss, and I cannot imagine how bad it would feel to miss on that. This iteration of zombies doesn't focus on ways to get stuff out of the graveyard, so that ability does not seem particularly powerful. The -2 can be great if you have a wide board, and can be almost useless if you 1 creature. You can even be in a situation where you get board wiped, turn passes back to you, and her -2 is literally useless. Even the -3 doesn't interest me much, because you are still paying costs for all of them, so you need a lot of targets and a lot of mana to make it worth the wile. Even though Diregraf Ghoul and Dread Wanderer cost 1, they would enter tapped, so I would have to target bigger/more expensive things.
I think the deck will take a different route post rotation, using things like Graveyard Marshal and Stitcher's Supplier to focus more on graveyard mechanics, and LUBD may be a part of that, but for now and in this deck, I think Liliana, Death's Majesty is just better.
If others are playtesting with this deck and can provide insight into which Lili works well for them, I would love the feedback
1 month ago
Hi loving the deck. I can see the zombies really getting quite big.
One suggestion could be splashing a little white in the deck. I know it could mean getting some cards out onto the field (like graveyard marshal) a little more difficult. However, if you kept it to a bare minimal splash for Wayward Servant it could be quite effective. This splash could be made quite easily with Concealed Courtyards and or Isolated Chapels. Which would also enable you to put an Anointed Procession in there (double the zombies=double the fun :D)
if you do not like the idea of adding white Festering Mummy is quite a nice 1 drop I know it is not as big as Diregraf Ghoul but its death effect can be very useful especially against aggro decks. It also can still trade with an opposing creature with 2 toughness the same as Diregraf Ghoul. Sorry for the long post, I am excited to see zombies make a comeback :) Thanks for reading, Ed
1 month ago
With any devotion deck I see, my first recommendation is to add Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Its purely better than Cabal Stronghold in that it can give you loads of extra mana as early as turn 3 or 4, where Cabal Stronghold cannot generate more mana than you sink into it until about turn 5-6, which is usually before the game is decided in modern. It would probably be my #1 choice to save for, since its not the cheapest card and you did mention you want to keep this budget.
You also need some one-drop creatures, outside of removal or the few hand control stuff you have, you have literally no turn one play. I recommend stuff like Diregraf Ghoul or Rakdos Cackler or even Vampire Lacerator. I would also recommend Vampire Nighthawk and Bloodghast.
Also, try to get a full playset of Fatal Push into this deck.