Creature — Zombie
When Ghoulraiser enters the battlefield, return a Zombie card at random from your graveyard to your hand.
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2 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.
2 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.
3 months ago
4 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.
5 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!
5 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!
5 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?
7 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