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Creature — Human Wizard
Morph (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it face up at any time for its morph cost.)
Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, draw a card.
Grim Haruspex Discussion
3 days ago
triproberts12, thanks for looking at the deck and for all your suggestions! I am trying to keep this list as close to $30 as possible, so unfortunately a lot of your suggestions won't make it into the list.
Like you suggested, Ghoulcaller's Bell could be a great turn one drop. Thanks!
The reason I run Ashes to Ashes is because it hits two creatures and can deal with indestructible nonsense. I like Mark of the Oni because even if I don't have a demon out to keep the steal, I prob have a sac outlet out to sac the stolen creature (which also deals with indestructibles). You're right about Mortuary Mire being a little weird. I'd be ok with or without that card in Chainer. I actually LOVE Wanderer's Twig -type cards in all my non-green budget decks. They are a turn one play that thins the deck and makes sure I hit all my land drops. I've built a lot of $30 decks, and I find that securing land drops is one of the best things a budget deck can do in its first few turns.
3 days ago
I would add cards that give you advantage through all the sacrificing and creature removal you have going on. Dark Prophecy would be my first add, and you might be able to pretty easily trade for a $3 Midnight Reaper , being from a currently printed set, and if Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos are too pricey, Butcher of Malakir and Grim Haruspex could be good substitutes, especially since you have the means to reanimate him after a wrath. Black Market is a pretty unique effect, although Revel in Riches is a good win-con, if not as powerful on the mana-source side.
I would also look into adding Bojuka Bog . You might also want a little mill to speed things up, since you're light on win conditions. Dread Summons is a good late-game punch, while Ghoulcaller's Bell could be a good turn-1 play for a deck without a lot of early plays. It That Betrays could be a good win condition, too, if you're forcing sacrifices.
As for cuts, I don't think you have enough demons to consistently turn on Mark of the Oni . I would reconsider Ashes to Ashes , since you want reanimation targets, not to exile creatures. Mortuary Mire is a little weird, since you like to play things on the cheap from the yard, if anything, it's working backwards against what your deck wants to be doing. Wanderer's Twig and Traveler's Amulet . I feel like I'm missing something, but it makes no sense to me. Armillary Sphere , less so, but I would run Myriad Landscape and Isolated Watchtower first.
6 days ago
Alright, this is going to be a doozy.
First off, you have multiple ways of playing Varina. From what I've experienced playtesting her (your deck specifically), she seems really good as a draw engine/fill the graveyard with stuff. But your deck doesn't seem geared towards this specific ability. I would recommend a few cards that encourage more synergy with Varina's ability. The madness cards you use currently are great examples of what I'm suggesting. Other such cards are Big Game Hunter and Archfiend of Ifnir .
I also find you're not running enough graveyard shenanigans. I'd consider cards like Dimir Doppelganger , Body Double , Lazav, the Multifarious , and Dralnu, Lich Lord as ways to further increase graveyard abuse (if you start casting more from the graveyard, River Kelpie is a possibility too).
You're playing a lot of cards that damage your opponents when a zombie dies, but very few sac outlets. It makes your deck rely a little on your opponents killing your zombies for you. In order to circumvent this, I would recommend playing "free" sac outlets such as Carrion Feeder , Voracious Null , Nantuko Husk , Viscera Seer and Grimgrin, Corpse-Born .
2 weeks ago
A few zombie cards I love you might want to consider-
Diregraf Colossus , who makes tokens who casting zombies. Open the Graves to make zombie tokens for killing off non-token zombies. Grimoire of the Dead , is a nice win-con if you can get it off. Rise of the Dark Realms on an artifact. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is a nice mean zombie maker, though exiling an opponent's creature might ruin some other plans of yoinking their dead monsters away.
For value from sacking your non-token zombies, try adding a Grim Haruspex . Get some much needed card draw, which you're lacking a bit of.
Also, try Victimize for even more revival. Just kill of a pathetic zombie token to get big boys back.
3 weeks ago
I am definitely on board with Diregraf Colossus , it is excellent redundancy for Bridge from Below, which is easily disrupted. The same could be said for Pitiless Plunderer , which is a dupe for Phyrexian Altar when used with a sac outlet. I love the redundancy.
Regarding Midnight Reaper , I’d be hesitant to use it because I am concerned that the damage would add up and eat into our life total for Razaketh. Reaper is a zombie and draws for itself which is nice but I’d probably go with Grim Haruspex first.
Liliana, Untouched By Death was a thought experiment and I am pretty comfortable saying the deck is better without it. Unless you REALLY recommend Thornbite Staff to me, I suspect that same could be said of it too.
multimedia on Teysa
1 month ago
Hey, this is a good start. For upgrades consider adding more cards that give you repeatable value when creatures die especially draw?
One of the best upgrades to consider is Skullclamp . This card is amazing with Teysa and tokens because when the equipped creature dies you draw four cards, yes four cards. There's a large amount of low mana cost creatures who create a token when they die; with Teysa they create two or more tokens. These cards give you three or more possible creatures to equip Skullclamp too.
Doomed Traveler for example can draw 12 cards, three different equips for 3-5 mana depending on if you already have Skullclamp/Traveler on the battlefield or not. You already have Elenda and she's the kind of token value you want when creatures die or when she dies. Other cards that can be repeatable draw when creatures die are Dark Prophecy , Grim Haruspex and Midnight Reaper . Prophecy triggers when tokens die.
Cards to consider adding:
- Grim Haruspex
- Dark Prophecy
- Midnight Reaper
- Doomed Traveler
- Reliquary Tower
- Hunted Witness
- Hallowed Spiritkeeper
- Tithe Taker
- Hangarback Walker
- Solemn Simulacrum
- Demonic Tutor or Diabolic Intent or both
- Enlightened Tutor or Open the Armory or both: Enlightened is more expensive price because it can search for any artifact or any enchantment where as Armory can only search for Skullclamp.
- Karmic Guide
- Viscera Seer
- Carrion Feeder
Reveillark (Lark) + Karmic Guide + no mana cost sac outlet (Ashnod, Dementia, Seer, Feeder, etc.) is an infinite combo that includes a infinite dies loop (Lark and Karmic loop each other). Lark is a great card with Teysa because if it leaves the battlefield as a result of it dying (evoking it, being saced, being killed by opponent, dies in combat) then it will trigger Teysa or other cards dies abilities. With Teysa if it does die you can reanimate four creatures with power 2 or less instead of two, but you don't actually need Teysa to combo with Lark.
This combo is powerful with Cutthroat and Artist since then it's also a win condition. It's also a win condition with Dementia as the sac outlet by milling all your opponents decks. Ashnods makes unlimited colorless mana. Solemn you draw your deck and put all your basic lands onto the battlefield. There's many other cards you can add that do different infinite effects with this combo. What's great about Lark and Karmic is they're good cards with or without the combo.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Ancient Stone Idol
- Aryel, Knight of Windgrace
- Knight of Sorrows
- Laquatus's Champion
- Pitiless Pontiff
- Priest of Forgotten Gods
- Death's-Head Buzzard
- Black Cat
- Gleaming Barrier
- Butcher of Malakir
- Whisper, Blood Liturgist
- Dowsing Dagger
- Bankrupt in Blood
- Revival / Revenge
- Exquisite Blood
- Sanguine Bond
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
Sage of Fables , Glen Elendra Archmage , Vindictive Lich , Viscera Seer , Venser, Shaper Savant , Corpse Augur , Sower of Temptation , and Grim Haruspex are all great wizards in Marchesa. Metallic Mimic deserves a spot too.
Anyways, feel free to check out my list for inspiration. It's not tribal but is still very optimized. Feedback, Upvotes, and/or Ideas on any of my decks is appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Sadist To Love Them
1 month ago
Budget upgrades to consider:
- Pitiless Plunderer > Syndicate Messenger
- Pawn of Ulamog > Knight of Obligation
- Zulaport Cutthroat > Knight of Sorrows
- Reveillark > Orzhov Racketeers
- Archon of Justice > Revenant Patriarch
- Grim Haruspex > Spirit of the Spires
- Mentor of the Meek > Vizkopa Confessor
- Plaguecrafter > Forbidding Spirit
- Carrion Feeder > Orzhov Advokist
- Doomed Traveler > Purge the Profane
- Remorseful Cleric > Beckon Apparition
- Dark Prophecy > Knight of the Last Breath
- Swords to Plowshares > Orzhov Charm
- Crush Contraband > Expose to Daylight
- Fumigate > Culling Sun
- Read the Bones > Bankrupt in Blood
- Twilight Drover > One Thousand Lashes
- Underworld Connections > Pillory of the Sleepless
- Commander's Sphere > Orzhov Cluestone
Can add all these upgrades for about $14. Most of these cards do something when other creatures die which triggers Teysa. Repeatable abilties and effects are very good in Commander.
Nonbudget cards to consider adding:
If you like some these suggestions I offer more help.
Good luck with your deck.
Grim Haruspex occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
W/B (Orzhov): 0.78%