Creature — Zombie Spirit
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the number of Zombies you control.
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Graveborn Muse Discussion
3 hours ago
MRDOOM3, thanks for the suggestions! :D Let's take a look at these suggestions with mah nub eyes. >: D
Plunge into Darkness seems like it will let me sac a ton of creatures in one sweep and will trigger Defiant Bloodlord and Sanguine Bond when doing so, which could be a surprise blowout when done at the right time, being six damage per sac with both on the field, and its other effect works well with Bontu's constant scrying. It can be copied with Isochron Scepter and reused as well. Excellent suggestion, I probably would have passed this over without a second thought! :D
Urborg Justice I had on my list of cards earlier, but I ended up cutting it for Dictate of Erebos, as that has a better multiplayer version of the effect and lasts for more than one turn, although Urborg Justice does imprint on Isochron Scepter for multiple uses. Is there another unique interaction I'm missing here that could push it ahead?
Eliminate the Competition seems like a combination of Urborg Justice and Plunge into Darkness, with the former's effect and the latter's ability to let me mass sac creatures. :o It is a bit pricey and I can't imprint it, but it might work as a mini-boardwipe and has excellent synergy with Overseer of the Damned, making a token to replace each spent one! :D Not sure what I'd replace, though. Hrmmmm : '
Bitter Ordeal looks like another card I'd have passed right over at first glance, but it looks awesome now! :D I was having problems dealing with an indestructible artifact deck last night, but if I can just exile key pieces from a deck before they come into play that gets around the problem completely! Guaranteed for, at the very least, my sideboard. :D Thank you again! \ O /
Out of curiosity, is there a monoblack card I could combo this with that would somehow allow me to play the cards I pull from my opponents library before they exile? :o
Reprocess is another multi-sac outlet for card draw that would let me bounce Spine of Ish Sah, which could be super useful as I only recall one other way I have to return that at the moment. I have been looking at other options for card draw to replace Sign in Blood and Cemetery Recruitment (though I might still keep the latter for recursion purposes) as well, and this could fit here, though I'll have to analyze it a bit further against Graveborn Muse, Necropotence, and Yawgmoth's Bargain, which were three of my recent additions into the category.
Thanks again for the additions (and making trimming this even harder!) ;p
1 month ago
The most powerful thing the zombie tribe has going for it are all the lords. Its what makes a few 2/2 tokens into a scary horde of death. There are ones that pump black creatures and ones that pump zombies to choose from. Some are cheaper than others but these are all around 3$ and under: Hall of Triumph, Bad Moon, Ascendant Evincar, Cemetery Reaper, Metallic Mimic, Paragon of Open Graves
In my experience with using this commander, having too many cards that just recycle dead creatures should be unnecessary with this deck. The whole point of using this commander is that it does that job pretty well already. I would just use a couple of the best.
Personally I found River Kelpie, Secrets of the Dead and Necromancer's Stockpile underwhelming and ineffective in actual gameplay. Almost anything that just normal draws cards is better than them. Graveborn Muse can be such a draw engine you have to kill it after a few turns but its amazing. I also love Curse of Shallow Graves its so great. And lastly, Conspiracy is nuts, it makes it so you can cast any creature from your graveyard and the commander gets pumped from zombie lords then too. Happy gathering!
1 month ago
Nice deck! Got a couple ideas for you.. I'm a big fan of Duelist's Heritage over Battle Mastery... Sword of the Animist is great in non green decks especially Voltron style ones... Inspiring Statuary is great with lots of equipment cards... I like effects like Dictate of Heliod over aura pump spells here since you have so many small value creatures, plus a bunch fly. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can get crazy in 2 color decks. Also I feel like you could use some big card draw spells. There's so much black card draw out there that uses life loss as a drawback that you could probably some no problem. Skeletal Scrying, Phyrexian Arena, Parting Thoughts, Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Graveborn Muse, Minions' Murmurs, Moonlight Bargain, Necrologia, Promise of Power, and Underworld Connections... That's more than you need, but i would pick a few of them...Alhammarret's Archive is great in life gain but it's better with card draw effects... also Rhox Faithmender & Boon Reflection for more life gain doubling. Happy gathering!
2 months ago
I would rather be running Graveborn Muse rather than warchief.
3 months ago
Ok, changes made: In Garruk's Wake in, Forced March out. Palace Siege in, Macabre Waltz out. Liliana of the Dark Realms, Dread, and Graveborn Muse are in, and out go Death Denied, Dutiful Return, and Foul Renewal. Lands in are Vesuva and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for Subterranean Hangar and a Swamp.
That's where Volrath stands for now. I think I will be adding a Thespian's Stage in the future, as well, and I will keep looking into the other suggestions the more I play it and see how it works out. I hope that I haven't pushed my mana curve too high for it to be consistent.
If you think I should have subbed something different, please offer up more suggestions!
3 months ago
looks like a solid deck! I have a couple ideas that i hope will improve your deck!
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
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
3 months ago
Earlier mana ramp. Dorks Elves of Deep Shadow, Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves, Fyndhorn Elves, Priest of Titania, Scorned Villager Flip, The workhorse that is Deathrite Shaman Rocks: Chrome Mox, Gilded Lotus, Fellwar Stone, Mox Opal could hold it's own. Card Advantage in the form of Baleful Force, Graveborn Muse and Ohran Viper as living Phyrexian Arenas, Necropotence
3 months ago
Ok, updates coming. I've placed a card order, and this is what I have coming in:Dread, Graveborn Muse, Liliana of the Dark Realms, In Garruk's Wake, Palace Siege, and two good lands, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Vesuva. I decided to splurge just a little bit in the hopes of pushing this deck's performance up. I've always liked playing black, and Volrath is a lot of fun as a commander, so I'm going to make it worth while.
The lands will be easy to sub in, but the others I will take any suggestions on. In Garruk's Wake will take the place of Forced March. I'm thinking Gravedigger might get cut as well, as I have more than enough graveyard bounce spells, I think.
Comments and suggestions are welcome, please!