Endless Ranks of the Dead

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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Endless Ranks of the Dead

Enchantment

At the beginning of your upkeep, put X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is half the number of Zombies you control, rounded down.

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Endless Ranks of the Dead Discussion

StopShot on Rate each draw engine from ...

4 days ago

A draw engine is a two card synergy that results in repeatable card draw. I run a Mardu deck so most of the cards will be in colors. I've numbered each engine so you just need to post the engine number followed by your personal score for each. (Feel free to skip any since the list is lengthy. No card is mentioned more than once however.)

A score means the draw engine is janky, unreliable, clunky, inefficient, etc. Basically an engine you'd never consider running under any circumstance. A score means the draw engine is consistent, reliable, fast, and effecient at drawing cards. This score signifies a considerable auto-include for any EDH deck.

) Skullclamp + Bitterblossom//Reassembling Skeleton = Draw off equip cost.

) Land Tax + Scroll Rack = Exchange 3 basic lands for 3 new cards every turn.

) Mentor of the Meek + Norin the Wary = Draw a card every time Norin flickers.

) Underworld Connections + Deserted Temple = Double draw by untapping enchanted land.

) Skyhunter Skirmisher + Mask of Memory = Dig through four cards while discarding only two.

Sensei's Divining Top + Quicksmith Genius = Repeatable loot effect by resolving QG's ability last.

Greed + Ivory Tower//Authority of the Consuls = Gain life to mitigate life loss from Greed.

Ghirapur Orrery + Tireless Tribe = Discard your hand to activate the Orrery's second ability.

Tower of Fortunes + Braid of Fire//Mana Flare = Use extra mana to activate ToF's ability.

Geth's Grimoire + Geier Reach Sanitarium = Draw extra cards equal to the number of opponents.

) Phyrexian Arena + Strionic Resonator = Double draw from Phyrexian Arena.

) Well of Lost Dreams + Peace of Mind = Discard one card to draw three.

) Aggressive Mining + Drownyard Temple = Pay three mana to draw two cards on every turn.

) Endless Ranks of the Dead + Cryptbreaker = Produce lots of zombies to draw cards with.

) Gift of Immortality + Moriok Replica = Pay 2 mana to draw 2 cards and lose 2 life on every turn.

) Invasion Plans + Infiltration Lens = Draw 2 cards for each creature that blocks equipped creature.

) Otherworld Atlas + Voltaic Key//Energy Chamber = Accelerate charge counters for draw power.

) Call the Bloodline + Slate of Ancestry = Produce multiple vampires to draw multiple cards.

) Strands of Night + Magus of the Wheel = Repeatable draw seven cards.

) Humble Defector + Homeward Path = HP regains control of Defector after drawing 2 cards.

Not all draw engines need to be rated. Rating the ones that are the most interesting will do. This feedback will be crucial for other people when considering what draw engine to use for their decks.

Saljen on The Scarab God of Zombie Combos

3 weeks ago

I too run a The Scarab God EDH deck. Mine started as a Grimgrin combo deck, so it's got a very similar feel. My comment will be a bit nit-picky, since it's coming from someone with experience with a similar deck. You seem to have gone full combo, which is pretty fun to see. I have lots of combos, but am backed up by lots of Anthem affects, since there are so many Zombies that already have that affect.

How's the mill sub-theme working for you? Do you often mill your opponents out? Not via the Duskmantle combo, but like milling with Undead Alchemist and what not. I'm very curious, because there are a few powerful mill cards in there, I'm just curious how well it works against 100 card decks. Especially multiple of them. Speaking of multiple, is this a 1v1 EDH deck or a multiplayer EDH deck?

You probably only need 2x Islands tops. Making the rest Swamps would increase the value from Cabal Coffers when Urborg isn't in play. It also makes it easier to spam Gravecrawler shenanigans.

Mana Drain is better than Counterspell. That being said, I'd suggest dropping one of your 3 CMC counter spells for it.

Geralf's Messenger is a good Zombie. I have a hard time running him over other more powerful Zombies though. Cryptbreaker is really solid both early and late game. More draw and tokens is never a bad thing. It also gives you a way to put cards into your graveyard that need to be there. Cards like Wonder, which I'd also recommend.

Entomb would help you get Gravecrawler more reliably. It's also great with Wonder and Risen Executioner.

Mystical Tutor can net you a counter spell, or it can grab a Demonic Tutor to fetch anything. Being able to fetch Cyclonic Rift is always nice.

Liliana, Death's Majesty and Liliana, the Last Hope both offer repeatable ways to recur creatures from your graveyard.

A couple new cards that I've been seeing a lot of success with are Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip and Search for Azcanta  Flip. Blood fast is draw when you need it, for a price. Once it flips though, it can save you from a loss. Especially if you've got some big zombies out. Azcanta helps fill the graveyard with the right things and is a crazy good and consistent draw engine once it flips.

If this is a multiplayer EDH, Call to the Grave is really solid. Much less value in 1v1 though. Endless Ranks of the Dead is also one that is amazing in multiplayer, as the games tend to last a little longer.

Dictate of Erebos compliments Grave Pact very nicely. I can't get enough out of spam cast/sac'ing Gravecrawler when one of those bad boys is out.

A good late game combo is Grave Betrayal + Plague Wind. Both cards are very good on their own, but when it combos out you win. It's super fun to just take all your opponents creatures, turn them into zombies, add a 1/1 counter, and demolish your foes with their own, now zombified, creatures.

Distant Melody is a stupid good way to refill your hand.

Ashnod's Altar is a really good ramp engine and a permanent/free sac engine. Gravecrawler gold right here.

Urza's Incubator helps drop the cost of zombies. I run a few more zombies then you do, so I get a bit more affect from it.

Lastly, Gisa and Geralf is fantastic.

Anyways, take this with a grain of salt as my deck is a bit different than yours, even if we do run a lot of the same combos and the same commander / theme. This seems like a really fun deck!

tylorlilley on Scary Dad

1 month ago

Trying to help with your 124 card deck: Here are the 28 cards that jumped out at me as possible cuts. Some of them, like Endless Ranks of the Dead or Lich Lord of Unx look a lot better on paper then they actually play as, coming from someone who had a Grimgrin, Corpse-Born commander deck for years. Anyway, I would pick four from these to keep and cut the rest:

Arcane Adaption,
Endless Ranks of the Dead, Graf Harvest, Liliana's Mastery, Rooftop Storm, Training Grounds, Mindcrank, Psychic Strike, Ancient Excavation, Traumatize, Syphon Flesh, Mind Grind, From under the Floorboards, Dark Salvation, Stitcher Geralf, Risen Executioner, Soulless One, Prized Amalgam, Phyrexian Obliterator, Lord of the Accursed, Liliana's Reaver, Lich Lord of Unx, Hanvengul Lich, Hostage Taker, Geralf's Mindcrusher, Geralf's Messenger, Crypt Breaker, Cemetery Reaper,

Saljen on The Scarab God and Zombie Tribal

2 months ago

Some cards I'd recommend:

Temple of the False God - Solid little bit of EDH ramp.

Caged Sun/Gauntlet of Power - Since you seem to be going high mana and abusing anthems, these could be strong.

Door of Destinies - This card is surprisingly strong. A little slow to turn on, but left unanswered it can win games.

Ghoulcaller Gisa - You can sac anthem'd up zombie tokens to produce a ton more zombie tokens that come in just as large as the one you sac'd. It can be quite a fun card.

Lord of the Undead - The last zombie anthem that you're missing, other than Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Death Baron.

Noxious Ghoul - Effective non-zombie board wipe when paired with tons of spells in your deck.

Plague Belcher - Secondary wincon for your sacrifice combo.

Wonder - Gives all your zombies flying!! Works great with Buried Alive.

Unearth - Brings back pretty much all of your zombie anthems, which are primary targets for removal.

Counterspell - I know you got mana drain, but counter spells are so powerful and this is the second best one.

Hinder/Spell Crumple - Yet these ones also let you counter your opponents commander in a way that they can't send it back to the Command Zone.

Soul Manipulation - Pretty sweet situational counter/draw. I find a lot of use out of it.

Endless Ranks of the Dead - Slow... Sure... But so much fun. Super strong if unanswered.

Vanquisher's Banner Another anthem that also gives crazy draw.

I have a bit more counters in my zombie deck, and Grimgrin is my commander so the deck focuses more on the Gravecrawler combo. Here's mine if you want to check it out:

CavusCanis on

2 months ago

I'd love to see the Zombies from HOD get into this deck, zombies like Frontline Devastator. Afflict would be a fun way to force through damage with a lot of creatures that aren't able to block. Lord of the Accursed is a great finisher lord due to his menace mechanic. I like this. A friend of mine made a Zombie deck with Endless Ranks of the Dead and I have a great desire to Rakdos against it.

TheAngryPidgeon on Mono Black Zombie Fun

2 months ago

Death Baron is an intriguing one, and seemingly a strict upgrade to Lord of the Accursed. Most of the others seem a bit slow. Endless Ranks of the Dead is also interesting, but I'm not sure how synergistic it will be given the number of Vamps and that I'm attacking in, knowing I can bring most creatures back, more often than sitting back and defending.

Shliken on Mono Black Zombie Fun

2 months ago

I also just remebbered some cards I enjoyed with varying degrees of usefulness:Nested Ghoul, Death Baron, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Army of the Damned (more of a finisher), Festering Mummy makes great fodder and permanently weakens enemies

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