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Creature — Zombie Beast
Haste; fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
Whenever Lightning Reaver deals combat damage to a player, put a charge counter on it.
At the beginning of your end step, Lightning Reaver deals damage equal to the number of charge counters on it to each opponent.
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Lightning Reaver Discussion
7 months ago
Given what you've told me I would run these instead:
7 months ago
How to play:
On the bench, ready to sub in!:
Phage the Untouchable: I feel like I should explain this one first. I know that it looks like you should be grabbing Phage every time, but I encourage you to think again. First off, by the time any of you who are inspired to make this deck actually do so, unstable will no longer be legal in commander (unless you're ultra-quick and super-cool). Therefore, the only way you'd be able to play this within your playgroup is by Rule 13, which essentially states that you can use banned cards in a casual setting only if all members of your playgroup agree to it. And if you slam down Phage every time, they're gonna start to not like you. Sorry if this section went on too long, but it had to be said.
Ashling, the Extinguisher: This is mostly for if your opponents have a troublesome indestructible creature. Or also if you think that the art looks great.
Avatar of Slaughter: This one is for if you need straight damage, as it deals the most of any creature at 16. Maybe you're low on life and it has Loxodon Warhammer. Maybe you want to deal a ton of damage without killing them. I'm not judging.
Blightsteel Colossus: This one follows the same rules as Phage the Untouchable, only this one also protects against milling. Using this product may put at risk of winning, overzealous gloating and being banned. Administer at own risk.
Dragon Mage: Maybe you're secretly a group hug player. Maybe you're just low on cards in hand. Either way, this is a great all-around option.
Greater Harvester: It's like eldrazi, only you don't have to actually attack with it to trigger annihilator, meaning you also get some damage through.
Hellcarver Demon: An opponent is comboing out and you need to make one last defiant stand without actually winning. That's when you break out this boy.
Lightning Reaver: Why on earth did you sub in this! It's just in here because I like the art!
Lord of the Void: This is my go to benchwarmer. It makes you highly likely to win the game without actually guaranteeing it. My kind of card.
Necropolis Regent: This one actually works because +1/+1 counters stay between switches.
Rakdos the Defiler: Be sure to sub him in after declare attackers and blockers so that his attacking trigger won't activate, but his damage trigger will.
Raving Dead: If you want to do something but you don't want the game to end yet, this is a good choice.
Enemy forces and how to ignore them!
Now, subbing out is most effective if whatever you're replacing can get past the declare blockers step. Unfortunately, this is rakdos colors, so we don't have much in that respect. What little that's available is below.
Whispersilk Cloak: Definitely the best option we have. With evasion in both aspects, and the fact that equipment stays equipped makes this a favorable option.
Trailblazer's Boots: In commander, you can scribble out the existing text and say, unblockable. It saves time.
Prowler's Helm: If any of you frequenly go toe-to-toe with a wall tribal deck, please let me know, that sounds awesome. And if you want to make them happy, play this. They will be so proud of their soulless, empty defenders. They need the pick-me-up.
Panic Spellbomb: Yeah, it's not the greatest. Moving on.
Key to the City: Card filtering and unblockable? Please tell me the downside.
Hot Soup: Do not, I repeat, Not play this against a ping deck. It'll be like christmas came early for them.
Glaring Spotlight: I would tell you how great and good this option is, only I can't see the text from all this brightness.
Last random notes:
Planar Portal: This is the one case where it's superior to Planar Bridge. You see, Mary switches things in your hand, not on the battlefield, so with the bridge, they get affected by summoning sickness.
8 months ago
1 year ago
Carrion Feeder better sac outlet than gnawing zombies
Apprentice Necromancer hasty zombies are cool, this seems like an all star under mimic vat
Plaguebearer-anti token tech
Relentless Dead good all around card
Shepherd of Rot good with whip of erebos
Tymaret, the Murder King sac outlet with minor upsides. the more zombies in the deck the better
Anathemancer silly ramp decks with their fancy dual lands
Cemetery Reaper graveyard hate and lord
Death Baron no one will block thrax
Diregraf Colossus seems good at swarming, really good with gravecaller and phyrexian altar
Lich Lord of Unx slow token production, kinda cool win con
Lord of the Accursed another lord
Nantuko Husk free sac outlet. maybe better than ashnod's altar?
Plague Belcher board wipe i dare you
Unbreathing Horde big dumb guy, possibly hard to kill though
Agent of Erebos graveyard hate that could be repeatable
Corpse Augur card draw, you might be lacking on this type of effect right now
Drunau Corpse Trawler two zombies in one card
Forgotten Creation get that hand cycling for living death and patriarch's bidding
Risen Executioner another lord with possible upside
Undead Alchemist go wide in clever way
Undead Warchief super good card
Vengeful Dead another anti wrath tech
Custodi Lich card draw and board control
Gray Merchant of Asphodel life gain in massive swings is good in my book
Havengul Lich awesome card, would play
Lightning Reaver no one expects the hasty zombie, and gets around pillow forts. might make people target it/you
Noxious Ghoul super great card! it's been an all-star in every zombie deck i've run
Phyrexian Delver reanimation is good i hear
Possessed Skaab The zombie eternal witness?
Sidisi, Undead Vizier get your rooftop storm on curve
Woebearer slowish reanimation
Deathbringer Thoctar more creature control
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed the best lord
Noosegraf Mob go wide
Twisted Abomination good early and late
Dark Salvation flexible kill card. make sure you understand the card before goofing it up
Cemetery Recruitment cheap draw 2
Curse of Shallow Graves kinda risky token maker
Empty the Pits instant speed army please?
Gisa and Geralf the type of non zombie i like in this deck
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet graveyard hate and tokens, winner winner chicken dinner
Vizier of Many Faces the embalm is a zombie, and you can get value out of milling it
Call to the Grave a payoff card to running zombies
Ghoulcaller Gisa swarm and sac outlet
Liliana, Death's Majesty if you want a planeswalker
Stitcher Geralf remember you can exile the creatures your opponents mill
Syphon Flesh expensive creature kill
Ever After could be good
Zombie Apocalypse this seems great
Army of the Damned yeah zombies
gnawing zombie- i think carrion feeder is better
mind slash- really slow, like really
phyrexian crusader- if this is your only infect threat i'm not sure i like it
defiler of souls- call to the grave is better in my book
cruel ultimatum mana curve reasons
curse of the cabal see above
trophy mage non zombie
phyrexian obliterator non zombie
you could think about cutting mulldrifter and skriekmaw as well because they aren't zombies
well that's a lot to think about, i'm excited to see what you put together!!!
1 year ago
So, proposed edit list
I ran a list with a similar number of ramp spells to make Sen Triplets work, and 3-drop artifacts are really hard on your early game. 2-drops curve out so nicely in comparison. Here are a few changes on that note:
Lose: Tormenting Voice for Cathartic Reunion. I've run both and if your hand is sad enough to want to blow mana on card advantage, you probably want to cycle as much hand as possible. If budget allows, Wheel of Fortune is oodles better, or the "miracle" wheel the name of which I cannot remember.
Lightning Reaver because awesome for multiplayer.
Coldsteel Heart Is a great rock for 2 mana. Take a look at your artifact base when all the edits are done and see where/if you can fit it.
Scorched Ruins is an amazing way to hedge mana against Rakdos if your meta isn't blowing up targeted lands. Or if you have a crucible... ;)
Grenzo, Havoc Raiser is so incredibly badass when you're connecting with demons. No backswing to worry about, and more damage to your opponents. In multiplayer this guy is king.
Necropotence suits the suicidey theme and refills your hand better than any card in the game.
Rakdos, Lord of Riots I think is really good in this deck.
Give Larceny some consideration after playing the deck a bit. See how much your demons are actually connecting. Great value.
Pain Magnification is a solid include given all your flying shenanigans.
1 year ago
Lightning Reaver can't go in the deck. Only colors in the commander's color identity can be included, so no red.
1 year ago
Painful Quandary goes with your Commander's theme and can be really punishing.
Polluted Bonds is another powerfully nasty enchantment you might want to look into.
Tree of Perdition greatly restricts your opponent's life total in combination with Kaervek.
Spiteful Visions is a pretty good enchantment for whittling down opponents' life totals and giving yourself more things to cast.
Underworld Dreams gets more pings into your opponents, and is especially powerful against blue players.
Lightning Reaver is a great pinging creature to look into.
1 year ago
Green can provide you artifact and enchantment removal, and red can provide artifact removal as well. I would absolutely recommend red. Alara has some decent zombies in Grixis, things like Lightning Reaver, Nekusar, the Mindrazer, and Thraximundar
Green offers less, but does offer a lot of graveyard recursion, which is something zombies are all about, plus again you get to use the zombie support from Sultai to create zombies and fill your graveyard. Think Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
In a zombie tribal theme, I would think white offers you the least overall that can't be obtained from other colors along with other benefits. If I were building for this, I would say go for Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and Kraum, Ludevic's Opus as the partner generals.