Lord of the Undead


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Rare
Eighth Edition (8ED) Rare
Planeshift (PLS) Rare

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Lord of the Undead

Creature — Zombie

Other Zombie creatures get +1/+1.

{{1,B}}, Tap: Return target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Lord of the Undead Discussion

zAzen7977 on AETHER ZOMBIE HORDE (Orzhov Zombie Tribal)

1 week ago

TKDbeast, thank you for your detailed suggestions! I'm really happy that you like it :) I've tried to streamline it as much as possible.

The deck has several objectives - first, the goal is to generate as many zombies as possible in as little time as possible. Second, I've kept mana costs as low as possible so I can dump my entire hand within the first few turns and draw more cards with Blood Scrivener and Sign in Blood. Third, I want to get a combo going with Gravecrawler, Nantuko Husk, and other zombies if possible.

That's where the Aether Vials come in. They allow me to play additional zombies and dedicate my limited mana to reviving Gravecrawler if possible. The vials also help with Blood Moon, although I haven't gone up against a deck running it. That's something I need to consider more.

I chose Death Baron over other zombie lords because it gives my horde death touch for no additional activation cost, which makes every zombie an immediate threat. Other lords like Lord of the Undead require mana to activate their abilities and manipulate my graveyard. I don't want to bring zombies back from the graveyard except for Gravecrawler, because the more zombies in my graveyard, the bigger Diregraf Colossus becomes.

I've chosen to make the mana base as black-heavy as possible to improve the odds of starting with a black mana for Gravecrawler and Fatal Push. This is why I'm not running any Plains and I do not run Path to Exile - plus the latter helps the opponent too much, especially against ramp. Yes, Fatal Push definitely is more synergistic. Cavern of Souls helps against control and ensures that I can produce the white mana for zombies, so I'm not worried about additional white mana sources.

Regarding the sideboard, I chose Revoke Existence because it exiles the target and the deck is designed to spend mana on my turn and not my opponent's, so there is no incentive to run an instant like Disenchant. Withered Wretch is an old favorite of mine and it synergizes with Aether Vial. I want to target the opponent's graveyard and leave mine alone.

Other cards like Stillmoon Cavalier and Lifebane Zombie are too easy to kill at 1 toughness. Plus Stillmoon Cavalier consumes too much mana for this deck. I avoid expensive enchantments, planeswalkers, or non-zombies to maximize synergy. I have considered Plague Belcher due to its life-loss ability, but there is no room for it.

As far as blue cards go, I like Diregraf Captain, but I like white more as a splash color because of Tidehollow Sculler, which really helps against control, and I prefer having access to artifact and enchantment destruction.

Oops, I got a little carried away with this comment lol

TKDbeast on AETHER ZOMBIE HORDE (Orzhov Zombie Tribal)

1 week ago

This is a really cool deck! Zombies are really amazing, and it looks like you have a very competitive version of them.

What made you pick the Zombie lords over other lords, such as Cemetery Reaper, Lord of the Accursed, Lord of the Undead, and Risen Executioner? Or other Zombies-matter cards, like Skirk Ridge Exhumer, Plague Belcher, and Graveborn Muse.

If you're looking for crazy, kind of out-there ideas, it might be worth checking out Helldozer, Army of the Damned, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Grave Titan, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Liliana, Death's Majesty, or Necromancer's Stockpile.

Lifebane Zombie, Stillmoon Cavalier, Shamble Back, Celestial Purge, and even Selfless Spirit could make good SB additions.

I'm fascinated by Withered Wretch and Revoke Existence. What brought you to choose them over more traditional choices?

I'm even more interested as to why you didn't choose Path to Exile, considering that nearly every other brew out there running white uses it. Lack of slots? Helps opponent too much? Does it not synergize like Fatal Push does?

Also, what are your thoughts on Blue for zombie decks? There are plenty of good cards

Finally, your mana base. I'd consider taking out Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Bloodstained Mire, and a couple Swamps for Marsh Flats, a Plains, and ~2 Mutavaults. The Plains allows for you to cast stuff with a Blood Moon on the field, or fix your mana after getting a creature Path to Exiled. Also, Concealed Courtyards might be worth checking out, since you're so low to the ground. They're rotating out of Standard soon as well.

Sorry for the wall of text full of stuff you probably thought of before! Thanks for posting your deck!

SeekerofSecrets on Undead Delver - Aggro/Control

2 weeks ago

As is sits I would pull delver and tas and just go with the zombie theme or go more all in on midrange and drop a few zombies for additional support. You need 26-27 instants/Sorcery to reliably flip delver and without fetches and Thought Scour tas is just megh. I also dont't think that JTMS is a good fit, your not really a control deck I would just replace it for another Liliana.

I would also just stick to 3 colors regardless of if you decide to keep the zombie tribal or delver/midrange. You arnt playing enough creatures for you mana base to reliably utilize Cavern of Souls and the amount of life loss from City of Brass and Mana Confluence is just not worth it. Aslo with this high mana curve I would up the land count to 21-22 and use shocks and fetches.

I like the general theme of grave yard and recursion utilizing The Scarab God though! I would include a lord like Lord of the Undead, to make your zombies more potent and add additional recursion.

Happy Brewing!!!

Lord_Olga on Fun with Zombies

3 weeks ago

I think your problem is that you obviously want to be bringing your graveyard back into the battlefield as your strategy, but you also have a bunch of cards creating tokens. I’d replace those with resurrection focused cards.

Also, I’d find a way to work in a Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and I’d replace your Liliana, Death's Majesty with Liliana Vess. You also definitely need a Lord of the Undead.

Gravepurge and Ghoulcaller's Chant are also both great one time use resurrection cards.

ygor_gs on Zombies Deck

4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your tips

So, Do you think Go for the Throat is better than Cast Down?

Lord of the Undead is amazing but expensive, I'm trying to make it budget because it's a fun deck...

I can add Endless Ranks of the Dead and Gray Merchant of Asphodel

CalebMaSmith on Zombies Deck

4 weeks ago

Here's a few suggestions, I saw this and i was immediately intrigued because zombies share a special place in my heart, my first ever deck was a zombie deck. 1. Lord of the Undead: Pricier, but OP ;) 2. Gray Merchant of Asphodel: With mono black, this is a great card to deal some suprise damage 3. Go for the Throat is a fantastic removal card if you can get one. 4. Coat of Arms: Fantastic in a casual tribal deck, slower but it hurts a ton especially with the next card 5. Endless Ranks of the Dead: Pretty Self Explanatory

LuxCannonator on Delirious Scarab Nonesense

1 month ago

I love tribal decks. I think they're highly underutilised these days (except Elves and Merfolk) +1 from me, seems like a fun deck.

Here are some cards to think about.

Budget: Diregraf Captain, Ammit Eternal, Liliana's Reaver, Unbreathing Horde

Bordline Budget:Grave Crawler, Cemetery Reaper, Relentless Dead

Non-Budget: Death Baron, Geralf's Messenger, Lich Lord of Unx, Lord of the Undead

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