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Diregraf Ghoul enters the battlefield tapped.
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Diregraf Ghoul Discussion
2 hours ago
Yeah, Diregraf Ghoul is a terrible card and I hate playing it. Still. this is an Aggro deck, so I don't want games to go long. Therefore, I decided against Cryptbreaker, a 1 power creature needs a significant aggro-relevant ability to be included in an Aggro shell, and Cryptbreaker is a pretty grindy card. It's really good on boardstalls, so it is not far-fetched to put into the sideboard.
I thought about flicker effects, but I'm not sure my ETBs are impactful enough. Against which decks would you side it in?
3 days ago
I don't know how competitive/expensive you want to get, but whenever I see a tribal deck, I think Cavern of Souls and Aether Vial are good choices. Other notables, (depending on what rout you want to go):
Vile Rebirth: Instant speed dudes just seems good. Plus it can interrupt graveyard interaction with creatures.
Blood Scrivener if you feel like you're top decking a little too much
Lord of the Undead for recursion
Geralf's Messenger for annoyance
Diregraf Ghoul for aggro
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to ensure you have that black mana (especially if you go with Geralf's)
Fetches/Shocks(?) to thin out the deck
All in all, seems like it could be annoying!
1 week ago
Its basically when relentless dies you are tapping one mana for a new one, think of it more like card draw and sustaining a hand size, Ive found this to be one of the harder things to do in aggro.Also there is a card called "Dread Wanderer" coming with Amonkhet but he isnt in the registry yet, hes pretty much a combo of Relentless Dead and Diregraf Ghoul with one less toughness
1 week ago
I would recommend dropping off Diregraf Ghoul, hes just so slow any bland imo, maybe swap him out with some Dread Wanderer cause then you can atleast bring him back or if you want a good 2 drop Relentless Dead
3 weeks ago
I would consider cutting the westvale from your mana base and adding in Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Nykthos will speed you up considerably. Also consider swapping Diregraf Ghoul for Cryptbreaker. same cmc, but Cryptbreaker offers a lot more value.
4 weeks ago
it would do you well to add another copy of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, because your mana ramp is so high.
thats assuming you keep the mana curve up so high. if there's one thing that I'm proud of here, its that im the real Lord of the Undead here on the site. i've spent way too much time analyzing zombies and figuring out what works, but back to the point:
in my testings, (which there have been a lot of), i've found that zombies are meant to be fast. cards like Cryptbreaker open up draw for you later game, while giving you a creature to play on turn one, build out board state from turn two on, and so on.
Diregraf Ghoul is another one drop that seems like an unlikely card choice, but when youre able to drop multiple zombies a turn, and then make them all stronger with your lords you can easily overwhelm your opponent.
Relentless Dead has sadly been the biggest under performer for me. adding one copy of Graf Harvest does the menace job better, and the return to hand/return a creature to battlefield seems really great but is honestly really hit and miss, which is a shame. not enough to cut the card completely, but i think that a full play-set is a bit much.
Death Baron is the best zombie lord for the 3 drop slot. he pumps, plus gives everyone deathtouch. you should look into maybe adding a few.
i've also found that Liliana's Reaver didnt do enough for my own deck to stay, and i dropped it in favor of lesser mana cost creatures, things like Highborn Ghoul would work here keeping with the devotion aspect.
also, because this deck is more devotion minded then my own, you might get better use out of Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed then i did. but for me they just cost too much to get out reliably and when they did come down, either i was already winning and it didnt matter or it was already too late
good luck with the deck, tag me if you need anything
1 month ago
Thanks for the suggestions and the upvote! :D
I agree that Gravecrawler Is much better suited than Diregraf Ghoul, but the Ghoul has a much friendlier price tag than the crawler. Aside from the fact I only have 1 Gravecrawler right now, the price is the reason i haven't used it too much....maybe someday, but not today.
I did not realize Altar of Dementia wasn't modern legal....Undercity Informer is a great card, but I'm really trying to stay tribal with Zombies, so that's not exactly going to work with my other cards. Empty the Pits is something i could definitely see using, same with Mesmeric Orb except for the whopping $10 price tag. lol