Grimoire of the Dead

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Mythic Rare
Innistrad (ISD) Mythic Rare

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Grimoire of the Dead

Legendary Artifact

, , Discard a card: Put a study counter on Grimoire of the Dead.

, Remove three study counters from Grimoire of the Dead and sacrifice it: Put all creature cards from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control. They're black Zombies in addition to their other colours and types.

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Grimoire of the Dead Discussion

Cameron2394 on Dr. Yawgmoth

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the upvote and feedback, multimedia! I will definitely be adding Phyrexian Reclamation and Buried Alive . Geralf's Messenger will be added as well. Gray Merchant of Asphodel would be great, too. I just need to find my copy I have laying around. And thank you for suggesting cards to cut! That is always a difficult part.

Thanks xaarvaxus for the feedback on the Grimoire of the Dead . I have yet to play the deck with it in it, so I will probably remove it.

xaarvaxus on Dr. Yawgmoth

3 weeks ago

I will second cutting Grimoire of the Dead . Ran it in my Grimgrin deck for a long time and while super flavorful, etc., it was just painfully slow. It was usually allowed to stick around for a couple of turns and then someone would remove it after I'd chucked some cards to it. Ended up being lose/lose all around. Still hated cutting it since the art looks so cool but the deck runs much better without it.

Hapix on The Scarab God's Arisen Horde

1 month ago

@multimedia, your comment is much appreciated! A lot of thought and play testing has gone into this deck (if I’m being honest though, this isn’t the first attempt as this is around the 8th iteration of scarab god due to play testing and not posting until now LOL).

I want to preface my response to your recommendations by saying that lowering the cmc of the deck is not really a priority as I usually have more than enough mana to do, but bringing down the amount of 5 drops and just generally increasing the tempo of this deck is on my radar. Furthermore, some inclusions (such as Consuming Aberration and Noosegraf Mob ) are in response to the meta of my table wherein they perform well (for example, one of my buddies plays an interesting Alesha, Who Smiles at Death homebrew that focuses on controlling the board state by altering base power/toughness of all creatures, Consuming Aberration on its own has saved my hide more times than one against Alesha lol).

Moving onto your recommendations:

Wonder > Grimoire of the Dead

Just the concept of Wonder alone is fantastic and it was even a part of the original iteration of this deck, but during playtesting (and this might just be me being unlucky) but it was often a mid-game dead draw and when I would have it in my graveyard, having a handful of flying zombies was nice, but not often game ending – hence non-inclusion. Grimoire of the Dead is slow AF and it the second eff is not easy to pull off, the only reason it is in the deck right now is I do not have a Rise of the Dark Realms , not sure what I will replace it with yet but I will take it out.

Windfall > Ancient Excavation

I like Windfall , it is a great wheel and I would like to include it. As it is right now Ancient Excavation is a card I keep in for the versatility of both self-mill and the basic landcycling, although I might swap it out for the Lim-Dul's Vault that you brought up later in your comment (I really like its’ effect tho).

Diabolic Intent > Exsanguinate

Diabolic Intent is a good card and that I plan to add in someday, but just to save $ I’m looking at Wishclaw Talisman as a budget alternative with some inbuilt politicking mechanisms. When it comes to Exsanguinate , it was a filler card I tossed in for play testing I’ll replace it with the aforementioned Wishclaw Talisman most likely

Relentless Dead > Noosegraf Mob

Relentless Dead is a card I used to have in here but I removed it since it felt slow and I just never really utilized the secondary eff I’m looking at getting a Gilded Drake in as a replacement. I agree though that Noosegraf Mob , as a six drop, is quite lackluster in comparison to the other high cmc cards. The potential value of 6 ETBs and/or death triggers is enough to keep him around for now, but if there is something I find I like more I’ll probably take mod out.

Graveborn Muse > Liliana's Reaver

Graveborn Muse I tested it out and saw myself dying to it more often than not, if I move further away from the zombie tribal aspect I might reconsider it. As for Liliana's Reaver , It isn’t to flashy but it works, no need to remove it rn but if anything better comes along I might.

“2 drop mana rocks > Commander's Sphere

Commander's Sphere is place holder card that I had socketed in while I was looking for some better mana rock options. Thanks for bring Arcane Signet to my attention, I’ll probably toss that or the signet in.

Arcane Denial > Countersquall

Arcane Denial isn’t a card I’d normally consider since the +2 for my opponent kind of hurts, but in a format like EDH with the 99 filling up a library, it seems pretty negligible so I’ll add it but won’t remover Countersquall since Its not that hard to get either {B} or {U} mana on demand. This though does touch on a different subject, I do want to add in some more counter magic, tutors, and removal (I’m looking at Arcane Denial , Swan Song , Pact of Negation , Mystical Tutor , Mastermind's Acquisition , Cunning Wish , Death Wish , Wishclaw Talisman , Victim of Night , Hero's Downfall , Murder , and Doom Blade but am stuck on evaluating which are the most beneficial inclusions).

To wrap up, thank you very much for your input it has been really helpful in reevaluating this deck. I sure do have some tinkering to do, haha. The nature of deckbuilding in EDH to me is everlasting and I hope I can continue to improve and refine my decks with recommendations and insight from other kind folks, like you, on this site :D

One last question, a friend is considering selling their Mana Vault to me at a discount, is this a card that I should seriously consider including or not?

Cheers!

PaneledSmile40 on Anje Falkenrath goes MAD(ness) in cEDH

3 months ago

ewok2000 Chaos Warp is a card i really like to move in the mainboard because i can deal with any pice of hate which can prevent the combo going off, Vandalblast too is a really nice card to run for the same motivation, the other 2 enchantments are really good especially the curse but you will 90% of the time have to discard them with Anje Falkenrath just for cycling purposes, Bone Miser can go infinite value but his 5 cmc without madness discount make him too slow, same for Solemn Simulacrum K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth considering that the deck need to combo off at turn 3, max turn 4, i really haven't time to play those dudes even if they are really strong, maybe they can be played in a more thematic/casual build but too clunky for cEDH (edit: that's true even for Perpetual Timepiece and for Grimoire of the Dead ). Blasphemous Act is a card i totally forgot about and can be very effective resetting the board state if we have to wipe out 5/6 creatures, i don't like effects like Dark Deal , Wheel of Fortune , Gamble etc. i feel those cards too random in their effect so i decided to cut them entirely, i don't even play Hymn to Tourach so i can't consider to play those cards but is only a gamestyle issue, otherwise they can fit really well in this strategy but i don't feel lucky enough to play them xd. ty for the ideas i really appreciate it :D

GhostChieftain on Atraxa, Horror Tribal

3 months ago

I have low key been wanting to try this too, but I have been focusing my money on my cEDH adventures.

Whenever I think horrors, I think H.P. Lovecraft. Grimoire of the Dead and Brain in a Jar both have the lovecrafty feel and fit atraxas proliferate

KingMathoro on Who Needs $150+ Decks???

3 months ago

Thank ya! I am a fan of Moldervine Reclamation mainly because I wanted to slot something in that was the same CMC as Black Market that still provided advantages to the deck while on a budget. I don't think any of the new cards appeal to me yet besides Sanctum of Eternity from C19, but some of the reprints surely do. Beacon of Unrest getting reprinted again is nice and so is Grimoire of the Dead . Both were above the $3-$5 mark so hopefully we will see the prices drop more for them as well as Solemn Simulacrum , Sol Ring , Lightning Greaves and some other staples. That would be very nice.

Godzerker To answer your question I think you could slide Phyrexian Arena in for Moldervine Reclamation , or Smothering Abomination , or even a basic land. I think you could make it work. Just never drop below 36 lands.

Are there any Commanders that you guys are interested in lately? I know I have been looking to revamp my WG token deck with a RWG deck. I am also thinking about brewing Morph and a Landfall deck.

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