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Creature — Zombie
When Ghoulraiser enters the battlefield, return a Zombie card at random from your graveyard to your hand.
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1 month ago
2 months ago
Often when you start out it might be hard to really focus on a thing in decks. What catches my eye is that you have multiple things you want to do with your creatures in your graveyard and some of them are anti-synergistic/not efficient enough with what you want the deck overall to do (as far as i can tell). You seem to want to create a critical mass of zombies and/or tokens to aggro your opponent out of the game, while getting value out of Zombie Tribal synergies and through Eternalize/Embalm by basically getting two creatures out of one card.
To that end (aggro out an opponent) you can either focus more on token creation or up the number of "Lord" effects aka cards that give a certain creature type a +1/+1-boost.
Since i presume you want to keep the Blue for The Scarab God i suggest adding some Diregraf Captain which act as Lords and further hurt your opponent for killing your creatures and some number of Liliana's Mastery to create more zombie tokens and as a +1/+1 boost on an enchantment (it's harder to remove for your opponent than a creature).
Other cards you might want are cheap aggressive creatures, preferably with some kind of evasion that makes them hard to block. I think Cursed Minotaur is an option you might want to add, others would include Binding Mummy to tap down blockers, Mummy Paramount which can grow pretty big, Tattered Mummy which works well with Diregraf Captain, Wayward Servant to gain life back and of course the good ol' Diregraf Ghoul.Also Time to Reflect is wonderful in Zombie Tribal Decks.
If you want to explore the Eternalize/Embalm road some more, Sunscourge Champion and Miasmic Mummy would be great additions, since Champion can eternalize pretty early, can gain back life and both can dump somthing with Embalm/Eternalize into your graveyard. Ghoulraiser can be pretty good here as well, since he only get's back a Zombie and leaves your Eternalize/Embalm creatures in your graveyard to use them.
Whatever direction you want to evolve this into, i's strongly suggest to get a second The Scarab God even if it is pretty expensive at the moment, but it does so much for zombie decks. Perhaps wait some more until the price drops a bit?
Other suggestions i have is to look up cards from all the Innistrad sets (the new and the old) as well as Shards of Alara cards that have Unearth.
Also, since The Scarab God can basically rebuy your creatures, everything with an "enters/leaves the battlefield" ability is especially good with him.
I hope i could help you out a bit!
2 months ago
(Note: My playgroup is casual but with the heat turned up)
In playing AINT NO PARTY like an UNDEAD party.., I have taken a liking to getting out my general and Rooftop Storm, and then casting Sidisi, Undead Vizier, exploiting Sidisi to herself, and getting a bunch of free bodies out. I search out Possessed Skaab, Phyrexian Delver, and Gravespawn Sovereign, return sidisi to my hand, cast sidisi again. I re-use sidisi as much as I can, Including once from the general. The last thing I plop down is Gray Merchant of Asphodel for a big effect.
I'm planning on adding Gravedigger, and Sibsig Muckdraggers as additional creatures to chain together. I'm also going to add Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Phyrexian Reclamation, Havengul Lich and Panharmonicon to help enable the overall plan. Don't really want to run Ghoulraiser since it's random and my grave is likely to be somewhat full.
I was wondering if there are any creatures (they have to be zombies for it to work, since it relies on Rooftop Storm allowing me to cast for free) that I missed that have an effect like Gravedigger.
If anything else pops into your brain related to the shenanigans I'd love to hear that as well.
6 months ago
Couple alternative creatures:Blood Scrivener for card draw if you manage to empty your hand (probably too conditional). Unbreathing Horde for a large and durable threat, or a vanilla 3/3 with sudo-persist 90% of the time if played on curve. Gangrenous Zombies is a overcosted 2/2, but if you run snow-swamps its a low level board wipe on a stick. Wight of Precinct Six cmc 2 gets you a 1/1 at worst, with +1/+1 for each creature in your opponents bin, not great against creatures sparse match-ups. Ghoulraiser randomized regrowth stapled to a 2/2 for cmc 3. Putrid Warrior if it connects, it connects as a 3/2, or a 1/2 with lifelink, the modality may have some added value. Zombie Master give all other zombies regeneration for B, and swampwalk if that incidentally is relevant, I realize the 2/3 body is not great in the format.
6 months ago
I'm not sure it you noticed but you have some Zombie tribal going on here. I highly recommend running 4x Ghoulraiser and 4x Ghoulcaller's Chant. If you choose to keep Gravedigger, I would probably only use 2 (depending on your mana curve). Maybe add some Rotting Rats for discard. And don't underestimate Gray Merchant of Asphodel!
I was inspired by your deck so I decided to build my own of interpretation of it. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think.
7 months ago
8 months ago
I have a similar deck that I was actually able to just build out of cards I had lying around and a 60 card casual zombie deck I gutted. Lots of sad filler zombies in mine but lots of cool stuff too. I like this list a lot, but there are some improvements you could make. Here are my suggestions:
First of all, I agree that the Sanguine Bond/Exquisite Blood combo should go. It doesn't really fit the theme of the deck, and the chances that you find both, they both resolve, and they both stay on board is minimal. Other win conditions I would recommend are Grimoire of the Dead (try to have a counter spell to protect it, but discarding isn't usually a big deal for you), Rise of the Dark Realms, Exsanguinate, and a bunch of stuff you already have.
A few counter/removal improvements could be made. Countersquall could be just a tiny bit better than Negate in this deck since you have plenty of black mana. Arcane Denial is one I am fond of, better than Scatter to the Winds in my opinion. I second In Garruk's Wake, it will help your horde of zombies get through for lethal and act as an effective reset button. Cyclonic Rift is a similar board wipe I would recommend. A couple more wipes could be included like Black Sun's Zenith (I'm sure there's better ones I can't think of), but aren't as necessary because you'll probably usually be the one with the token swarm. A few are never a bad idea though, I see you already have one or two which is good.
Pox can be really rough for all kinds of decks (controllier decks with huge hands don't want to discard, creature decks don't want to sac creatures, sacrificing lands sucks for everyone), but you should be able to safely recur many of your lost resources. Smallpox and Death Cloud are similar.
I like Diabolic Revelation more than Behold the Beyond. For only one more mana you get the same amount of tutors, but without having to discard your hand first. Plus you can pay less or more mana as appropriate.
You are playing blue. You are playing commander. Therefore, Rhystic Study is never a terrible idea.
Now, on to more zombie-related things:
Lim-Dul the Necromancer and Havengul Runebinder are both fun cards with zombie synergy, but aren't zombies themselves. Runebinder requires you to exile stuff from your graveyard, but it could definitely be worth it.
Corpse Connoisseur will help you tutor up the zombies you need and dump them in your graveyard for future use.
Nantuko Husk is a surprisingly useful free sac outlet, and later on forces people to block it or immediately take lethal. It also protects your stuff from getting exiled - sac to Nantuko Husk in response.
Withered Wretch could be cut, and a Swamp could be replaced with Bojuka Bog instead. The wretch just doesn't seem too great to me. It's not terrible if you need graveyard hate I suppose. Depends on your meta.
Good luck! Zombies are fun.
9 months ago
I love me some good ol' zombie tribal! Deck looks like a lot of fun! I run a similar style deck with Gisa and Geralf at the helm. I'm not sure what your budget is but I do have a few suggestions (budget-pending):
I would consider adding in the following zombies:
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Zombie Master + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth = unblockable zombies!
Shepherd of Rot
Balthor the Defiled
Vengeful Dead (really hurts if you go infinte sac with Gravecrawler)
I feel these zombies can help replace some of the weaker members of your horde like the following:
Along similar lines, I see that you have some reanimation spells in your deck however, if your budget allows, I would make the upgrade to some of the following:
Best of luck!