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
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.
2 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!
2 months ago
Seems like a good prototype, especially for it's low cost. It seems a bit split though between a re animator style deck and a swarm type. If you're going for reanimator, try looking into Dregscape Zombie and Ghoulraiser as budget options for Gravecrawler and Relentless Dead. If you want more of a swarm type, maybe look at Sarcomancy and Graf Harvest. As for what you have, Liliana's Elite is a little counter-intuitive for both kinds of deck. In reanimator, you (hopefully) wouldn't have many creatures in your graveyard, and with swarm, you'd be using tokens, which don't stay in the graveyard. I'd say the other card I'm not sure of is Highborn Ghoul. It depends on how many people in your playgroup play black, I guess, but between intimidate and menace, I'd go with menace. Still though, I like what you came up with, especially considering you had a pretty strict budget it seems. I hope my suggestions help, even if a little bit!
2 months ago
Hey Supahpikmin, I edited my deck to take your suggestions and some from another person helping me with this. Specifically, I:
- Removed those you suggested
- Replaced 2 Black Cat with 2 Relentless Dead
- Added 2 Cemetery Reaper
- Replaced 2 Diregraf Ghoul with 2 Gravecrawler
- Replaced 3 Undead Alchemist with 3 Havengul Runebinder
- Replaced 2 Ghoulraiser with 2 Cemetery Recruitment
- Added 4 Lich Lord of Unx
- Cut the number of Screeching Skaab by 1 to make room for other cards
- Added 2 Shamble Back
- Added 2 Call to the Grave
- Added 2 more Endless Ranks of the Dead
- Cut the number of Cellar Door by 1 to make room for other cards
I think that's everything, anyway. Any suggestions for the updated deck?
4 months ago
with the CryptBreaker and the Collective brute's in here... wouldn't a Ghoulcaller's Chant help?... even with the Gravecrawlers they will need to be discarded 1st... get 2x zombies back, then discard them...
even something like Ghoulraiser get a Zombie to yer hand.
Undying Evil is always fun... kinda a "Create-your-own" Geralf's Messenger (and much like the "Grammer Nazi" said, which BTW, Nazi is a name and has Capital's, Zeesh/Shesh/shit I can't spelt that one??, lol) Gerry is AWESOME... undying + Diregraf Colossus.... ???
come back my Zombies.....xoxo
GL (miss spelled too, I know) :p
4 months ago
Hey there, you have to love zombies right! Here are a few suggestion to have a think about.
There are loads of sweet zombies out there, and because you have the ability to play some nice one and two mana cards, I feel that playing Dark Ritual is a bit of a waste. The advantage it gives you isn't worth the card advantage. However, I don't know your meta of course, and if it does let you overrun them, then that's fair enough! Either way, here are some zombies I like that may be worth a peek at;
Diregraf Ghoul of course! It isn't Gravecrawler by any means, but playing them alongside each other makes it almost certain that you'll get an aggressive turn one play down.
Not the best card, but if you end up running more multi colour guys, then Grixis Grimblade isn't too bad. He's a 3/2 deathtouch for two, he's solid, and he gets no play, so he's certainly not expected.
Zombies, as with most aggro decks (especially tribal), are vulnerable to removal. You already have creatures that come back, and that take advantage of the dead, but there is always more that can be done! Let's make these zombies impossible for control to deal with! First off, Spiteful Returned. May not look that exciting to start off, but he does a really good amount of damage. His strength of course is when he is bestowed, as it means your opponent will have to kill him twice, and his bestow is only four mana, it's a bargain! Next is another card that doesn't look exciting, Sultai Emissary. He'll get boosted by your lords, he'll be a zombie in the yard when he dies, and he'll put a 2/2 onto the field. If that card is a creature, then that's extra bonus, either way, he takes two removal spells to kill. Geralf's Messenger is of course one of the all stars, but he is a little greedy when it comes to the mana... Awesome though! Ghoulraiser is much less exciting, but draws you a card as he enters, and counts towards your zombie count, and is boosted by lords. If you wanted to drop the blue to tidy the mana, you can run Cemetery Reaper instead of the Captain, another way to reanimate guys from the grave. Or, stick with the blue and maybe throw in Prized Amalgam as he's going to keep coming back as well. Finally, Undying Evil is awesome, one mana save a guy and make him bigger!
You could go down the route of keeping your graveyard nice and tidy, changing out cards that want zombies in there, and change them for those that clean and take advantage of it. So Cemetery Reaper is a card that cleans the yard, and it works well with Risen Executioner as he is then cheaper to keep bringing back. They work well with Gravecrawler as well as he gets himself out the yard. Stitched Drake, and Relentless Skaabs are really awesome, clean the yard, and pack one hell of a punch as well. Or, if you really wanted to go bit, Skaab Ruinator is huge, allows the Executioner to always come back cheap, is three mana, and can be cast from the graveyard himself. Or if you want to cast them from the yard, then Havengul Lich is the guy to do it!
Or you could go mono black to take advantage of the Gray Merchant of Asphodel. You want those black pips, so cards like Stromgald Crusader, Sangrophage, Lifebane Zombie (who is obviously awesome against Green and White decks!), the Messenger is obvious the king of black pips. For four mana, he isn't a zombie, but he's all sorts of crazy worth it, Phyrexian Obliterator... I mean, who made that guy, he's so powerful and awesome, and he adds 4 to your devotion for the Merchant!
Just a few directions the deck could go in, and some suggestions of cards that I like and think you may enjoy. Give them a go, some of them might surprise you.
6 months ago
Eiyros, sure, let's work on it :)I'm open to suggestions. Even if it's an aggro deck, having 28 creatures is too much IMO, but I can't pick one of them to remove.
I'm between removing Gravecrawler or Ghoulraiser, what do you think? I'm already able to put new Zombies with Cryptbreaker and there are so many cards to "resurrect" my Zombies thatGhoulraiser doesn't look like a good fit here.
What do you mean with "The new sets have awesome zombie cards you could try"? Please share some of them :)
Thanks for the feedback!