Gnawing Zombie


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition Common
Magic 2014 Uncommon

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Gnawing Zombie

Creature — Zombie

, Sacrifice a creature: Target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Gnawing Zombie Discussion

LearnedHand on Infinite Loops

2 months ago

JararoNatsu thank you for setting me straight on Gnawing Zombie. I really like the idea of adding in Diregraf Captain and your other suggestions. Would Carrion Feeder's ability make it an infinite combo for +1/+1 using Rooftop Storm + Gravecrawler? If so would that trigger Diregraf Captain's life loss ability?

JararoNatsu on Infinite Loops

2 months ago

Keep in mind that Rooftop Storm does not change the cost of Gnawing Zombie's mana ability. It only changes the cost to cast the creatures themselves. Therefore there really isn't an infinite combo going on here.

Plague Belcher from the new set may work well here. So would Diregraf Colossus.

If you're going to be sacrificing a lot of your own creatures, then cards like Diregraf Captain and the Skaab variety of Zombies would work well here. The former deals direct damage (as does Plague Belcher) when you lose a Zombie and the latter is made by exiling creatures from your grave. These would serve you well until you can set up your win condition.

Also, I don't know how much control you want, but I am always a fan of Compelling Deterrence.

Right now, this is a super casual deck that, as the person above mentioned, would be good to play friends with. Keep working on it, though.

P.S. I have two Zombie token decks on my profile if you wanna look at them. Could give you some ideas.

LearnedHand on Zombie sacrifice deck ideas

2 months ago

Hey all, I am new to magic and I could really use some advice on a deck I am trying to build. It is centered on using Gnawing Zombie + Gravecrawler + Rooftop Storm. It basically creates an infinite loop of life loss. I fear the problem is that it will take too long to get the combo out. Any ideas?

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ghoul_Legion on fleshbag funbag

3 months ago

First of all, with this high CMC you need 24 lands.

While I understand you are trying to sacrifice your creatures for beneficial effects, the high converted mana cost of your deck makes it kind of hard to work with.

Here are some lower cost creatures that could be good:

Augur of SkullsBasal Sliver (mana accelerator to cast Ruthless Deathfang faster)Bile UrchinBlind ZealotBlood BairnBloodthrone VampireCarrier Thrall (mana accelerator, 2x creature)Corpse HaulerDeath CultistDemonic Taskmaster (need tokens spawn everyturn)Devouring SwarmWestvale Abbey  Flip This is a must have.Disciple of Griselbrand Save yourself.Doomed Necromancer Worth it.Eldrazi Skyspawner Mana acceleratorFont of ReturnFume SpitterGnawing ZombieGutless GhoulMerciless ExecutionerMortician Beetle -------> Cause why not.Nezumi Bone-Reader ControlPawn of Ulamog mana acceleratorQarsi SadistQuest for the GravelordThoughtpicker Witch controlThrull Surgeon controlVampiric RitesVoracious Null

Skirsdag High Priest Isn't this amazing?

hoardofnotions on gisa and geralf zombie

4 months ago

looks like a solid deck! I have a couple ideas that i hope will improve your deck!

Nephalia Academy, Radiant Fountain and Waterveil Cavern could be upgraded, maybe Terramorphic Expanse, Nephalia Drownyard, Drownyard Temple, Bojuka Bog

Chronic Flooding, Corpse Churn, Strategic Planning, Forbidden Alchemy, Mesmeric Orb could be a clever way of adding cards to the graveyard

Sol Ring is a stable in commander, more mana rocks? Dimir Signet, Worn Powerstone, Gilded Lotus

Raise Dead dosen't seem strong enough. maybe Beacon of Unrest?

Exhume, Gnawing Zombie, Grave Peril, Gravepurge, Moan of the Unhallowed could be possible cuts

Secrets of the Dead is awesome! maybe swap for or add River Kelpie as well!

Fleshbag Marauder is super good!

Grimgrin, Corpse-Born is great!

Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon seems out of place

Rise from the Tides seems out of place as well

Call to the Grave is very good

Death Baron, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Grave Defiler, Graveborn Muse, Gravespawn Sovereign, Lich Lord of Unx, Lord of the Undead, Noxious Ghoul are some zombies that i think could improve your deck!

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet isn't a zombie but makes them and provides a good effect for commander!

Maybe add a some sources of life gain as well, Whip of Erebos is a good one

Havengul Lich is amazing with Rooftop Storm!

Gus550 on Black Green Graveyard Deck

4 months ago

Drop the Mistcutter Hydra and Gnawing Zombie.

try adding Pharika, God of Affliction and Putrefy could be good in it. and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is good to get zombies on Scrapheap Scrounger could be a card annoying to all your opponents because it keeps coming back.

ThatGuy4242 on Graveyard Smash

6 months ago

I absolutely love the deck. After seeing this I am now determined to make my own variation including some of the following suggestions. Btw this is so long because its also a note to myself.

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