Choose one--Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand; or return two target Zombie cards from your graveyard to your hand.
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Ghoulcaller's Chant Discussion
1 week ago
Okay, first of all, I would cut Geralf's Masterpiece, Geralf's Mindcrusher and Forgotten Creation, they're simply not worth the mana cost. Always try to keep your curve low! Instead you should add Geralf's Messenger, it's a tad more expensive($), but it's a really good card, probably the best zombie card out there. Other zombies you should consider to add:
Plague Belcher - target your Gravecrawler turn 4 after combat and you've got a 5/4 with menace in combination with your opponent loosing 1 lige, plus you can cast Gravecrawler again. Potential trigger for both Diregraf Colossus and Prized Amalgam. Having Plague Belcher + Diregraf Captain in play at the same time strongly disencourages the opponent sweeping the board, since he/she will loose a lot of life.
Diregraf Ghoul - 2/2 for 1 mana, it's an okay card.
Cryptbreaker - Bit more expensive, but it can discard a Prized Amalgam, giveng you a nice 2/2 blocker, and gives you card advantage.
Relentless Dead - Also a bit more expensive, but this card is pure win, attack with it and if it dies you can return it to your hand and return a 1 cmc zombie to the battlefield, triggering Prized Amalgam.
Somewhat interesting zombies:
Lifebane Zombie - Sideboard
Zombie Outlander - Sideboard
Dark Salvation - You can pay X=0, giving you a 1 mana kill spell if you have enough zombies. If you have a lot of mana that you can't use otherwise you get a couple of tokens. A solid card.
Personally I'd consider cutting Unbreathing Horde, Butcher Ghoul, Cemetery Reaper (you want to keep your GY), Dimir Aqueduct, Bone Splinters, Ghoulcaller's Chant, Necromancer's Stockpile and maybe Rotting Rats in favor of the above.
Fatal Push - Great removal.
3 weeks ago
Cryptbreaker - Great for dumping creatures into the graveyard, making tokens, and drawing you cards.
Death Baron - Not a budget option, but highly effective.
Empty the Pits - I have a bunch of these from my Khans redemption.
Ghoulcaller Gisa - A great way to get creatures in to the bin and make a significant amount of token zombies.
Ghoulcaller's Chant - An interesting option as you can recur two zombies for one black mana.
Grave Betrayal - Similar to your commander's abilities as it steals dead creatures and makes them zombies under your control.
Graveborn Muse - Card draw FTW!!!
Gravespawn Sovereign - A spendy activated ability for an powerhouse ability.
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet - Not all creatures need to fit the tribal theme as your commander makes them Zombies.
Liliana's Reaver - Token generation, discard effect, decent rate. Viable option.
Necromantic Selection A board wipe with a recursion ability.
Noosegraf Mob This card makes a ridiculous amount of zombies!
Quest for the Gravelord - An interesting, cheap, enchantment with repeatable value.
Risen Executioner - Odd Zombie Lord.
Rooftop Storm - A must in any Zombie deck.
Metallic Mimic - Lord
Vizier of Many Faces - Clones!
AND OF COURSEZombie Fanboy
1 month ago
Anything that spawns extra zombies or buffs zombies I find useful. Ramp is important to get the big guys out with any speed. The rest is just preference.
My Walking Dead is my Zombie deck.
2 months ago
I love the deck, but some of the cards you're playing seem underpowered for modern. Playing a Highborn Ghoul into a goyd cannot be a good feeling. Same for Ghoulcaller's Chant into Ancestral Vision, Bone Splinters and Path to Exile, etc. I think the best way to improve the deck from here is likely just to find more powerful versions of the cards you're playing. For example, with all your 1-mana removal, I bet Bone Picker is a better threat than Highborn Ghoul.
2 months ago
Seeing your Esper deck I automatically decided Time to Reflect had to play. Fantastic removal in a zombie deck that I didn't know existed. Therefore I also added a Wayward Servant. For this I have to maintain the fetch lands and I also added Caves of Koilos, because any other alternative for / mana is beyond my reach at the moment.
I added a 3rd Diregraf Colossus and two Unbreathing Horde. While I can see the use for Lord of the Accursed in such a deck, I just prefer Risen Executioner and can't really fit him. Took out Wharf Infiltrator, Grave Titan, one Executioner and Geralf's Mindcrusher as you suggested.
I added two Ghoulcaller's Chant, since two zombies back in my hand for one mana is pretty great and two copies of Compelling Deterrence. Also took the Pulse of the Grid out for one copy of Necromancer's Stockpile. I wanted two but I can't really find a way to fit another, especially since I'm already risking too much playing only 22 lands with 3 colors, I feel.
Rooftop Storm was initially part of the plan (before I published it here), but now that the converted mana cost for creatures is pretty low I don't think it's worth adding it for the 6 mana it requires.
What do you think of it now? And remember, I'm also trying to work with what I have available since I'm not in a position to spend much on this.
Thanks a lot for all the help!
2 months ago
For reanimation, Ghoulcaller's Chant, Cemetery Recruitment, and Wander in Death are both useful. Bontu's Monument can also help you keep your life where you need it. And while the Colossus can't reanimate itself, the constant supply of tokens more than outweighs it. For a bit more control, Compelling Deterrence is a zombie staple. If you want even more toys, an Esper ()zombie deck is now viable thanks to Amonkhet. If you'd like, you can check out my take on it here: Standard Esper Zombies. Drownyard Temple is nice cause you can always discard it and then return it to the battlefield. Dark Salvation is a bit situational, but it might prove useful. Gempalm Polluter is a great late-game wincon, along with Grey Merchant of Asphodel. Havengul Runebinder could also be interesting. Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip is expensive, but well worth saving for. Necromancer's Stockpile is probably better than Pulse of the Grid for card draw and creature advantage. And, of course, Rooftop Storm is a classic. Unbreathing Horde and Undead Alchemist are my final suggestions for a . Hope this helps!
2 months ago
Sorry for the slow reply. I haven't had time to get on here recently....
Thanks for your suggestions! :D and I'm happy my list could inspire you.
Cemetery Reaper like you said doesn't exactly flow as well I'd want it to, but it is fantastic for the sideboard as something I could replace the colossus with in case I need to.
Ghoulcaller's Chant is fantastic and something I've considered using in the past, but I never really found a spot for it. I shall try to put it somewhere in here...and even if I can't it as well is fantastic for the sideboard and will definitely have a place there.
2 months ago
Hexcimal Plague Belcher looks not as good as Diregraf Captain to me. But as you said its a 3 slot and i dont know what to cut. For Cryptbreaker its pretty good but i dont know what to take out, also its discard is a bit of slow for my deck as it runs only few lands. The only place i could see him is on the Ghoulcaller's Chant slot because of its draw ability
As for Shamble Back, BioProfDude. Its OK but havent enough impact for me because Shambling Goblin makes the job much better, it kills something AND can be returned from my graveyard, also i can cast it right the way first turn and without to exile a creature from my graveyard if my opponent doesnt play any creatures.