Empty the Pits


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Mythic Rare

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Empty the Pits


Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting the spell pays for {1}.)

Put X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield tapped.

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Empty the Pits Discussion

ExpletoryOrb on what am i doing

2 weeks ago

alright so here goes, so the cards to the left can be swapped with the ones to the right, it has the same or very similair effect but for a reduced mana cost etc.

Throttle -> Grasp of Darkness

Bloodtallow Candle -> Dismember

Whispers of Emrakul -> Hymn to Tourach

Painful Lesson -> Night's Whisper (there is also: Sign in Blood

Lethal Sting -> Victim of Night (there is also Go for the Throat)

Dutiful Return -> Ghoulcaller's Chant ? (its cheaper and will almost always be for a zombie? a lot cheeper but its your call.)

Abyssal Specter -> Hypnotic Specter

the next ones are cards i think you should strip, i will list them and then explain why:

Ruin Rat : you already have a few of these, and this isnt even a zombie. there are just better cards out there that arent expensive at all, (i'll give some suggestions further down the post)

Shambling Attendants : Just strictly bad, you dont want to play a 3/5 dude for 8 mana ever.

Cruel Feeding : its just pretty bad, the strive cost is very expensive just to +1/0 lifelink. dont use this unless you had something specific in mind that i didnt catch up on reading the list.

Duress and Divest : these never really do much, yes you get to pick away 1 card and see 1 hand but you will almost never hit anything especially good, only run this if you are planning to do a lot of 1v1 EDH.

Here are some suggestions of cards that are very cheap and are pretty good:

Empty the Pits

Zombie Apocalypse


Zombie Master

Nevinyrral's Disk


Tenfrente on Sidisi Zombie Brood

3 weeks ago

JoeNathan37 Too right, it's certainly a struggle at times, haha. I definitely empathise :P Oh crap, of course I couldn't mirror my legendary creatures, how stupid of me! I'm not going to lie, I've only used the Altered Ego a couple of times since I made this deck as it often ends up milled and isn't worth reanimating usually. The two times I did play it, the first time I copied my friend's big stompy green creature with a couple extra +1/+1s (much to his annoyance), and the other time I copied a zombie Hornet Queen I had reanimated, before I removed it from the deck. It was these times I was referring to when I said it's put out work, but you're quite right, there probably are better options in this specific build :P It's certainly one of the weaker links at the moment.

Door of Destinies can be very, very good if you draw it early like you mention, but you're also correct in that it isn't great lategame... It can literally swamp my opponents with huge zombie token armies in some games and for that I do love it, but it is quite an expensive drop to not have an effect on the turn it does drop, and there's always the chance you're not going to be able to play any zombies for a couple turns too :P conversely, it does pair extremely well with Rooftop Storm at times. Which brings me to my next point... Out of Door of Destinies and Herald's Horn. I'd probably be more inclined to swap out the horn just because it becomes fairly useless once Rooftop Storm is out... Also Undead Warchief does have the same effect with reducing zombie cast costs early game, but removing the horn would mean I'd lose the start of turn ability, which is the best part about it honestly and can put out a lot of work. I'll have to consider about these two carefully and make an informed decision. :) Ah, yes. Wildest Dreams was my initial thought to replace for Muldothra, and now you mention it aswell I've taken the liberty to switch the two on the mainboard ^^ I was thinking about it earlier like 'oh crap, but what if my Muldothra gets milled?', but then I remembered I have numerous ways to reanimate a creature, or to bring them back to my hand. So it is certainly a better option, thanks :)

Torrent Elemental has been in this deck since I started building it and is somewhat of a nostalgia pick for me xD I know it isn't the best in terms of pure synergy, but it's one of those unexpected flavour picks that can catch people by surprise when they think they're playing pure zombie tribal. It has won me a good number of games, I won't lie. If I have Mikaeus, the Unhallowed on the field, it's not uncommon that I would tutor for Torrent Elemental with Sidisi, Undead Vizier or Diabolic Revelation just to apply that extra pressure on the opponent's defenses. It is also extremely nice to exile with delve like you mentioned, but since I removed Temporal Trespass due to not being able to sufficiently hit the triple island around the time the spell would be useful I don't have any delve mechanic cards other than Empty the Pits. Also, the deck did use to have an extreme weakness to fliers, hence the Hornet Queen and Torrent Elemental, but now that I've added Wonder to the build pairing with Entomb, I don't see that being much of a problem anymore and it's certainly an idea to switch out the elemental for something more tribal orientated, to stick with the theme of the deck :P It would likely assist in the final streamline.

Excellent point about Kodama's Reach, I don't own that card but then again I don't own a fair few cards on the mainboard yet, I'm just attempting to organize the final build. I suppose Nissa's Pilgrimage would suffice for the time being, altho Kodama's will be better ^^

Once again, many thanks for the suggestions, I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere on this deck that has eluded my final touches for quite some time now :P will be nice to see it finished, for sure. Cheers for the help dude

MisterMomotaro on Torgaar rise, die, repeat

2 months ago

I like it, there's some spicy shit here. I'm sure you know you can target yourself with Torgaar to gain life, so you should be running more pay life effects. Necropotence and Greed are amazing. Carrion Howler and Kuro, Pitlord might be good too. Vedalken Orrery goes in almost every deck. Playing Torgaar at instant speed seems really good. I'm not a fan of Yahenni's Expertise. Toxic Deluge is just better. Empty the Pits is also bad. Too expensive and you don't want Delve to be exiling your stuff. I would also take out some of the vanilla creatures to make room. Finally, Cabal Coffers and Cabal Stronghold (the new one from Dominaria.)

saturn999 on

3 months ago

if you're able to get your lands back what about your creatures? i know you have Dutiful Return. have you thought about Corpseweft or Empty the Pits as 1 ofs? and possibly a Sidisi, Undead Vizier to find your 1 ofs. just a thought. neat deck. +1

saturn999 on Zulaport Sacrifice

4 months ago

this deck is great! +1! you'll have a huge graveyard and probably would've killed your opponent pretty quick with all the life loss but in case you didn't maybe Corpseweft or Empty the Pits for some nice tokens? good stuff either way!

chadsansing on Phenax god of mill

4 months ago

Fraying Sanity + Traumatize ought to get you one kill point.

With Altar of Dementia, you might want to include the Gravedigger + Cadaver Imp + Deathrender combo. Essentially, with both creatures in hand, or a way to get both, or with 1 on the battlefield and 1 in hand, you attach Deathrender to one creature, sac it to the Altar, play the other creature on to Deathrender and use the RTB trigger to get the first creature back to your hand from the graveyard. Loop infinitely to mill everyone out.

You might also play Bloodchief Ascension since you have Mindcrank.

Cyclonic Rift and River's Rebuke are good complements for Aetherize.

Altar of the Brood would benefit from more token producing cards like Army of the Damned, Dark Salvation, and Empty the Pits.

The Zombie Mill EDH archetype is probably worth looking at, as well.

Happy brewing!

chadsansing on The Counter Mill

4 months ago

Great deck name!

More zombies, fewer non-zombies, and a Rooftop Storm? Liliana, Death's Majesty, and Liliana, the Last Hope, might be cool walkers for this list, too. Spells like Empty the Pits and Curse of Shallow Graves might also be flavorful.

You might also consider a more zombie-friendly commander that won't hurt you too badly, such as Gisa and Geralf or The Scarab God.

Happy brewing!

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