Lord of the Undead


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Tenth Edition Rare
Ninth Edition Rare
Eighth Edition Rare
Planeshift 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

LithiumHD on An Answer to the Prayers

22 hours ago

@APPLE01DOJ Drop Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and just run another swamp instead? I'm definitely all for making the deck better, so I'll try running it this way for a little, and see if it needs to be cut, but I see your point.

I also get that push is good, especially right now, so I'll go back to running x4 for now.

Nameless Inversion is my (arguably) lesser Grasp of Darkness. I like it here because it's recyclable with Lord of the Undead and triggers Diregraf Colossus to net me tokens.

As for SB changes, I'm gonna cry cutting Mikaeus, the Unhallowed because of personal ties to the card, but i do agree that its just too slow. the rest is solid. the reason they're not already gone is because of the card's ties to when this deck first started out as something casual. I suppose we'll see how this all goes, thankfully I already own extra copies of all the cards i need haha

Happymaster19 on Modern Mono-Black Zombies

1 day ago

Maybe a couple of Messenger's wouldn't be bad to have constant chump blocker with Relentless Dead and Lord of the Undead.

How has Relentless Dead been?

Pieguy396 on Looking for a Modern Zombie ...

6 days ago

I don't have a decklist, but a good place to start would be:

4 Gravecrawler

4 Aether Vial

4 Lord of the Undead (or Cemetery Reaper)

4 Death Baron (or Risen Executioner)

3 Diregraf Captain

4 Relentless Dead

For removal, you have Dark Salvation and Fatal Push, and of course Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize for hand disruption. The big problem with Zombies is that you have a bunch of great 3-drops and rather few good 2-drops. Relentless Dead is really the only one that comes to mind.

Mairon_Bauglir on Experimental deck

1 week ago

well first piece of advice I would give, is to drop a lot of those creatures and spells that don;t directly help, like Quest for the Gravelord is a card that usually looks good but is pretty slow compared to other zombie styles. I would highly recommend the following zombies, Gravecrawler that one is the best 1 mana drop zombie and most aggressive 1 drop that has proabably ever been made and can only be ever truly stopped by being exiled which is a rather uncommon deck strategy, Highborn Ghoul as he can swing past nonblack/nonartifact decks and provide easy constant damage and with the right buff could be a game ender by himself. Relentless Dead his menace is pretty good but his ressurection ability to bring back other zombies to the field is unparalleled and he can save himself by paying a single mana. Lord of the Undead is a good 3 drop buffer zombie and works as a slightly slower ressurection card but is still pretty good. Cryptbreaker is easily second best 1 mana drop zombie ever made even if he is more subtle than Gravecrawler because once Cryptbreaker has a zombie horde to work with he can draw a lot of draw very quickly and has been the cause of several touranment wins by himself plus his discard works pretty well if you have useless cards in your hands that you can turn into zombies. Diregraf Colossus works very well as he works with graveyard styled decks but his zombie spawning ability especially in combo with Gravecrawler can become crazy after a few turns. Also since you seem to want to build a zombie deck around Liliana, the Last Hope ultimate ability, I'm rather surprised you haven't seen or put in Endless Ranks of the Dead it is a bit slow at first but can create literally infinite token zombies to overwhelm most opponents. Spiteful Returned is a zombie a lot of people overlook but he can work very well either as a fighter or a buffer for an end game strategy, Unbreathing Horde is a really good frontline fighter that can be extremely hard to take down if a large amount of zombies are in play when he comes out, Death Baron his abilities speak for themselves turning the weak zombies into death dealing monsters and gives them a buffer, Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a really good zombie card to use as the exploit ability can be unparalled if used with the resurrection abilities of Relentless Dead and Lord of the Undead to bring out whatever you need to bring out to end the game. Attrition and Mind Slash work as sac cards that provide a lot of versatility and control to the field and work well with the making of zombie tokens. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is a good zombie that makes all your nontoken zombies harder to kill and makes them a bit tougher through his buff and undying ability, plus he is a 5/5 with intimidate which can be pretty powerful on it's own. Grave Betrayal is not really practical in too many situations but can be a fun card to put out and makes it fairly powerful. And finally if you're going all in with zombies it would irresponsible to not mention Coat of Arms that artifact makes all of your zombies hilariously strong, if 8 zombies are out they all get +7/+7 and as most zombies are 2/2 then they would all become 9/9 zombies just with Coat of Arms and not even taking into account all the other buffer cards. I hope these suggestions help! Cheers!

ghoul_Legion on Experimental deck

1 week ago

Some cards from modern/standard that are popular in zombie decks I might have forgotten some, but I havent played zombie in a damn while.

Cemetery Reaper

Death Baron

Lord of the Undead

Blood Scrivener

Zombie Infestation or Rotting Rats + Prized Amalgam is also a nice combo


Diregraf Captain

Undead Warchief

Diregraf Ghoul

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip

Compelling Deterrence


Sunken Hollow

Choked Estuary

Firebones675 on Blue Blood

2 weeks ago

Looks like a good start, here are couple suggestions

Lords: Although the term is a bit outdated, lords refer to a creature that buffs all your other creatures of its creature type like Diregraf Captain. Fortunately for you, zombies have several lords in modern including Undead Warchief, Cemetery Reaper, Lord of the Undead, Risen Executioner, and Death Baron. Some of them are a bit pricey but figured i'd mention them as options if it's a direction you wanted to move in.

Here are other cards that aren't lords but go great in zombie decks:

Gisa and Geralf, Diregraf Colossus, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Relentless Dead

LithiumHD on Zombies R Fun lel

2 weeks ago

just going to go ahead and list some zombies, some of them are budget friendly some of them are... well:


Relentless Dead

Undead Warchief

Lord of the Undead

Death Baron

Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Geralf's Messenger

Diregraf Ghoul

Graf Harvest

Endless Ranks of the Dead

Nameless Inversion (technically a zombie, plus its a great card so yeah)

hope this helps!

Sargeras on Last Hope

2 weeks ago

I have to agree with nastalgia here, this deck needs action or it will just get run over in the current metagame. If you want to make this deck truly competitive, you'll need to make some changes.

  1. Having tried to brew a Blue-black Zombies build myself, I can tell you that the blue splash really isn't worth it unless you are running Prized Amalgam and cards like Thought Scour for card draw and access to more resources. The only other reason I'd see a reason for splashing blue is to run something like Echoing Truth to remove an Ensnaring Bridge or something of the like. I personally think that a mono-black Zombie build would be far more successful and consistent, but that's up to you.

  2. Every black decks needs some form of discard to survive in the current modern meta, the best options for this are Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, although there are budget versions like Wrench Mind and Distress which may work in certain metas, but they are not the same and should be treated like they are on the same power level.

  3. While Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Cemetery Recruitment,Skirsdag High Priest, and Dark Salvation are cute cards that have some synergy with the cards you play, they are all too slow, as Modern's turn 4 kill rate is exceptional, and you will be dead long before these cards will have any effect on the game.

  4. Black has an incredible amount of outstanding removal options, and Bone Splinters is not one of them, and the reasoning is simple. Over half the decks in format, (from Infect to Titanshift) can kill you on their turn, whether it's by an Inkmoth Nexus or Primeval Titan and sorcery speed removal can't target them. Some of the best options for this are Go for the Throat, Victim of Night, and Fatal Push, as these cards can kill the majority of creatures and manlands that are floating around the modern format.

  5. Black has some outstanding Zombie cards that you could be playing, cards like Geralf's Messenger, Cemetery Reaper, Death Baron, Lord of the Undead, Lifebane Zombie, Cryptbreaker and Phyrexian Crusader.

  6. I'd try to make room for Collective Brutality, this card is outstanding against many of the decks that mono-black is not good against, such as burn.

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