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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.
Grave Betrayal Discussion
1 month ago
Thanks for the suggestions, only thing was that I tried Grave Betrayal , but I felt it to be somewhat slow with it's huge mana cost
1 month ago
One of the first things I'd do is take out all of the tapped lands that fit your deck budget and replace with ones that can be used right away. This will free up more mana to be used and not put you back a turn. I'm in the process of revamping my mana base to move away from EBT lands.
I also run a zombie deck, its one of my favourite decks to be played in our group. The deck has been reworked with a few commanders, with Grimgrin now running the show and hes fun. Grimgrin, zombie extraordinaire.
If you are wanting to swarm your opponents with The Scarab God imho, you're going to want Endless Ranks of the Dead building up your army every upkeep. Dark Salvation can be a good card too, can help with zombie numbers. Grave Betrayal can be a nice addition for you to build things up at the cost of your opponents armies dieing by your hands or others.
Feel free to get some ideas from my deck, I have a different set up but I'm also going for token swarming and have different cards that might be of interest to help you achieve victories.
1 month ago
My maybe board is kinda wild right now as I need to playtest this with my group to see where I should adjust. Here is my maybe list: Aetherworks Marvel Bontu's Monument Cauldron of Souls Coalition Relic Eldrazi Monument Elixir of Immortality Goblin Bombardment Golgari Signet Grave Betrayal Gruul Signet Hedron Archive Lifecrafter's Bestiary Phyrexian Tower Rakdos Signet Reliquary Tower Rings of Brighthearth Sword of the Animist Tamiyo's Journal
1 month ago
The name is why I clicked (despite Teysa being one of my favorite characters in Ravnica's lore). It's a double entendre, something that's used a lot in recognized literature such as Shakespeare. Is this Shakespeare's level? Probably not, but I found it to be a witty name nonetheless. I even told a friend I wished I had come up with it. That alone gets my plus one.
As for the deck, it looks fairly solid. Some recommendations I might suggest include more draw effects. Cards like Grim Haruspex , Mentor of the Meek (you have enough creatures that fit the requirements plus afterlife tokens), Midnight Reaper , Smothering Abomination (if you feel you have the right amount of sacrifice outlets...if not Viscera Seer is a good addition!), and Dark Prophecy to name a few. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim could help as a good sac outlet as well as removal bonus.
Cards I would recommend cutting are:
Grave Betrayal : Really costly & with all the creature removal you're running, by the time this is out, iit's just win more.
Wound Reflection : Just a win more. By the time you're draining life, you should pretty much win without needing this. Especially given it's cost.
Mirage Mirror : I'm not sure if I'm missing something crazy cool with this, but I don't see it's purpose.
Overseer of the Damned : With all the Grave Pact effects you have, this one seems subpar. The zombies tokens sure seem great, but this is something I would cut if you're trying to lower converted mana costs. (I understand if you decide not to cut him though as I do see the work he can pull)
1 month ago
Firemane Angel Flamewake Phoenix Grave Betrayal Gruesome Menagerie Gutterbones Immortal Servitude Infernal Offering Isareth the Awakener Marshal's Anthem March from the Tomb Magister of Worth Necrotic Plague Profane Command Rally the Ancestors Rescue from the Underworld Restoration Gearsmith Return to the Ranks Stitch Together Tempt with Immortality Tethmos High Priest Undying Evil Unhallowed Pact Victimize Wake the Dead Whisper, Blood Liturgist Call to the Feast Countless Gears Renegade Custodi Soulbinders Dawn of Hope Entrapment Maneuver Leonin Warleader Martial Coup Sram's Expertise Start / Finish Butcher of the Horde Mardu Ascendancy
1 month ago
Cards like Endless Whispers or Grave Betrayal allow for putting a card you don't own onto the battlefield directly under your control, and those creatures would be the ones exiled if their controller leaves a multiplayer game with two or more players still in it.
2 months ago
You have a lot of sorceries. They're not necessarily bad, but they are taking up space where zombies could be. You can get rid of innocent blood (use fleshbag marauder instead), aether snap, twilight's call, life's finale
You don't really need vensor's journal or whispersilk cloak. You don't really have big creatures that do anything on combat damage to a player.
For instants I think tendrils of corruption, grasp of darkness, murder, go for the throat, and doom blade do well in mono black
And you got some jank creatures. What is that vulture? no. No dross hopper, no gangrenous zombies, no zombie brute, gutless ghoul is kind of crap, you have a lot of things with activated abilities and I just don't think you're going to be using them that much.
You also don't have card draw. You have a sign in blood and that's it really. Black has some good pay with life card draw cards.
You have the sanguine bond/exquisite blood combo, but your sanguine bond is completely useless. You don't gain any life except from vensor's journal and you don't have much card draw, so it's not going to do much.
Good zombie cards to add: Fleshbag Marauder (so good with mikaeus) Ghoulcaller Gisa Ghoulraiser Graf Harvest Grave Betrayal Grave Defiler Graveborn Muse Gravecrawler Infernal Caretaker josu vess Liliana's Mastery Lord of the Accursed Maalfeld Twins Necromancer's Stockpile Necromantic Selection Noosegraf Mob Open the Graves Grave Titan Liliana's Reaver Cadaver Imp Corpse Connoisseur Accursed Horde Archdemon of Unx cemetary recruitment Cryptbreaker Diregraf Colossus Doomed Dissenter Empty the Pits (is hilarious) Ever After Overseer of the Damned Plague Belcher Rakshasa Gravecaller Relentless Dead Risen Executioner Rot Hulk Shepherd of Rot Stir the Sands Zombie Infestation
I think I have some of these. You can have them if I do
3 months ago
Though our colors and budgets are a bit different, I might recommend you look at my Home alone deck, which features a similar strategy using Thantis, the Warweaver instead of War's Toll . My deck is a bit different; it's based less on not being attacked, but on forcing people to attack you and then punishing them for it; but the general ideas are the same.
Of immediate note to me is Vicious Shadows . People tend to see this card and read "when a creature an opponent control dies, that creatures controller takes damage equal to the number of cards in their hand." But it's not that. It's any creature, and it's target player. With a card out like war's toll, you should have some options.
Stuffy Doll is a really fun card to look at, and like vicious shadows, it gives you some political power. Watch people attack you with a single creature, knowing you'll block it and hurt a mutual foe. It also pairs really well with red murder spells Blasphemous Act and Star of Extinction . I'm noticing you don't really have board wipe spells here; those two and also the white Wrath of God are good choices.
Archetype of Finality gives every creature you have death-touch, making every blocker you have extremely capable.
Blood Reckoning is a good for making people not want to attack you.
Grave Betrayal is very, very good.
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is a creature that is incredibly good.
Grave Betrayal occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%