Grave Betrayal

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Return to Ravnica (RTR) Rare

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Grave Betrayal

Enchantment

Whenever a creature you don't control dies, return it to the battlefield under your control with an additional +1/+1 counter on it at the beginning of the next end step. That creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.

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Grave Betrayal Discussion

ThallionDarkshine on Grixis Good Stuff..?

4 days ago

Lifebane Zombie and Augur of Skulls both feel like they are very low-impact, with the zombie being very limited in what it can hit, and the augur only being a single-use discard effect only hitting one opponent. Obviously the augur is better in a 1v1 situation, but having it in multiplayer just feels bad. I would recommend Syphon Mind, but it suffers from the opposite problem of being great in multiplayer but bad in 1v1. I believe that the specters and specter-like cards are plenty of discard.

You've got a pretty good amount of strong etb-abilities, so Deadeye Navigator would be a great inclusion. Another great and fun card in decks packing a lot of removal is Grave Betrayal to let you steal the things you kill.

Finally, I would probably consider adding some more ramp. Talisman of Indulgence and Talisman of Dominance are some more great 2-cmc rocks, as is Fellwar Stone.

SirSchwaenzelot on Athreos, God of Board Wipes

1 month ago

Nice one, but I feel like you kinda went to heavy into the token strategy, because those don't trigger your Commanders abilty. That's why I think more creatures and less token producer would be helpful and adding some value.F.e. Drain: Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, etc.; Mana: Black Market, Revel in Riches (with an extra-cheeky win-con); Thiefery: Grave Betrayal; Card-Draw: Harvester of Souls Commander Boosting: Eternal Thirst If you really like tokens than you may include: Overseer of the Damned And maybe Necromantic Selection as an very good Wrath and even a finisher like Rise of the Dark Realms.I hope you still are interested in the deck and think that my suggestions are helpful.

ElTacoDude on Neheb, the Eternal Slaughter

1 month ago

Debtors' Knell is hybrid mana which makes it an illegal card in your deck. Things with hybrid mana costs have to be in decks whose commander is both colors of that hybrid, sorry. If you are looking for something similar, I'd try Grave Betrayal.

NV_1980 on Torment of extort

1 month ago

Extort is a great way to tackle multiple opponents. If I'm right, your main strategy is to use extort AND (s)tax cards to whittle down your opponents' strengths.

The biggest problem I see with your deck is that its average CMC is way too high in order for you to use extort effectively. You will need to make some cuts to make the deck more effective in that area. I would also really find some additional ways to add some ramp to your deck, to make it a little faster. Last but not least, I would lessen the deck's focus on both tax (paying extra mana for stuff) and stax (forcing sacrifices) while also trying to build an extort deck.

Here are my suggestions:

Cuts

Before suggesting additions, let me first suggest some cuts:

  • Abhorrent Overlord: too expensive, bad synergy with rest of the deck
  • Ashen Rider; cool creature, nice spot removal, but too damn expensive. Especially when you need your mana each turn to use your extort abilities.
  • Darien, King of Kjeldor: too expensive, bad synergy with rest of the deck
  • Emeria Shepherd: nice recursion, but too expensive CMC
  • razaketh, the foulblooded : this is one of the main reasons that currently makes this deck very ineffective. It's one of two reason (Eldrazi Monument being the other) that you are running so many token generators.
  • Dictate of Erebos: this is really not the deck's focus, and not needed if you also use tax cards.
  • Debtors' Knell: nice recursion but fucking expensive (CMC-wise); there are cheaper alternatives.
  • Grave Betrayal: nice steal card but again, unreal-fucking expensive
  • Martyr's Bond: too expensive, there are cheaper alternatives
  • Eldrazi Monument: no reason why this should be in here
  • Everflowing Chalice: you need ramp but this does not work too well unless you're playing a counter/proliferate deck.
  • Godsend: spot removal is nice, you need it, but there are cheaper ways.
  • Devout Invocation: nice finisher but this deck can do without such an expensive card.
  • Increasing Devotion: you do not need tokens
  • Rout: I would replace this with a more interesting wipe (more on that below).

Additions

Ok, now that my removal suggestions are out of the way, time for some addition suggestions.

Mana/Ramp

Adding two more lands wouldn't hurt. I would also consider adding Solemn Simulacrum, Burnished Hart or even Weathered Wayfarer. If you feel like spending big, Land Tax might be nice. In terms of ramp artifacts, Mind Stone, Thought Vessel or Commander's Sphere would fit well here.

More extort

I'm missing Treasury Thrull. Not just a great extorter, but also nice for recursion purposes.

(S)tax

Norn's Annex is an even better version of Ghostly Prison in my opinion. Especially for you since giving up 4 life to cast this in turn 2-3 is not a problem at all; you're gaining oodles of life anyway. Authority of the Consuls is awesome in this deck too, and so cheap! Since you're so fond of recursion, how about Athreos, God of Passage. His ability synergizes so well with your deck! Finally, Karmic Justice is cheap to cast and is almost as good as Martyr's Bond. And not a (s)tax card perse, but Crawlspace stops any ambitious token player dead in its tracks against you.

Lifegain

Your deck can really benefit from Rhox Faithmender, Boon Reflection or even Alhammarret's Archive! Since you seem to like big creatures, you could also consider Serra Ascendant or Divinity of Pride.

Draw/Tutors

In terms of draw, with the amount of life you can gain with this deck, it basically begs for a Necropotence (or maybe an Underworld Connections or Greed). For tutoring, I'd add something like Enlightened Tutor (as enchantments are important to your deck's success). Diabolic Tutor could also be added; even Vampiric Tutor if you feel like throwing money around.

Removal

For spot removal, I'd suggest Unmake. For wipes, I'd replace Rout with Fumigate (gain live while wiping; noice :)). Also, Toxic Deluge is simply made for lifegain decks like yours, and it will even get rid of indestructible creatures.

As an afterthought

Due to your commander AND your focus on extort, a card like Mindcrank just becomes completely hilarious (just like Bloodchief Ascension).

Well, I hope I did not forget anything and that any of this helped. If not, feel free to curse my name haha. If it did help, I would ask in return if you could peruse a deck of mine and leave your comments and/or likes. Thanks and happy gaming!

Pieguy396 on Patron of the Vein + ...

1 month ago

Ah, you're right, Harnellas. I thought there was a replacement effect. It's actually the fact that Grave Betrayal is a delayed trigger that prevents the interaction from working.

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