Return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand, then discard a card.
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Common|
|Shadows over Innistrad (SOI)||Common|
|Magic Origins (ORI)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Macabre Waltz occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
Macabre Waltz Discussion
2 days ago
if this deck is for casual then i'd say its pretty alright for a fun break from the norm. Only 10 cards short of a commander deck too if you want to go that route. But if you're looking for more competitiveness, I'd say to do the following:
The first thing we need to do before anything, is to figure out the strategy we're going for. Obviously a token based liliana deck is way out of reasonable budgets. The blue you added does give me an idea for a control based zombie deck.
So the first thing to do is remove the cards above 60 that we wouldn't need, along with cards that will don't either assist or protect our strategies. I would start by removing the following: 2 - Advanced Stitchwing. 2 - Certain Death. 1 - Collective Brutality. 1 - Corrupt. 1 - Corrupted Roots. 2 - Disentomb. 1 - Doom Blade. 1 - Essence Harvest. 1 - Gnawing Zombie. 1 - Grixis Slavedriver. 1 - Grixis Grimblade. 1 - Hunted Ghoul. 1 - Haunted Dead. 3 - Ingenious Skaab. 4 - Laboratory Brute. 1 - Lamplighter of Selhoff. 1 - Maalfeld Twins. 2 - Macabre Waltz. 2 - Midnight Recovery. 1 - Mistvein Borderpost. 1 - Moan of the Unhallowed. 2 - Paranoid Delusions. 1 - Polluted Dead. 2 - Psychic Strike. 1 - Recover. 1 - Rise from the Grave. 1 - Scrapskin Drake. 1 - Shambling Attendants. 1 - Sibsig Host. 1 - Sibsig Muckdraggers. 1 - Sidisi's Pet. 1 - Sip of Hemlock. 1 - Skinrender. 1 - Spineless Thug. 1 - Stitched Mangler. 2 - Thraben Foulbloods. 1 - Strange Augmentation. 1 - Undead Executioner. 1 - Zombie Outlander. 15 - Swamp. 10 - Island.
It IS Quite a lot, but it's because we need to make room for the cards that'll make the bulk of our strategy, not to mention there are cheaper, better alternatives to most of these cards (lands were removed because the mana base will be changed later). With these cards taken out, that leaves us with the following: 3 - Cemetery Recruitment. 1 - Ghastly Conscription. 1 - Sign in Blood. 1 - Graf Harvest. 1 - Rooftop Storm. 2 - Gavony Unhallowed. 1 - Jhessian Zombies. 1 - Vedalken Ghoul.
these are pretty linearly focused for an effective strategy. to fluff out the rest of the cards for the deck, I'd recommend:
+1 - Cemetery Recruitment. +3 - Sign in Blood. +4 - Mana Leak. +3 - Duress. +3 - Vedalken Ghoul. +3 - Jhessian Zombies. +1 - Rooftop Storm. +4 - Go for the Throat. +4 - Rotting Rats. +3 - Claim / Fame.
4 days ago
In all probability those will be the 2 best cards in the set. The rest of it will be cards that didn't need reprinting.
I'm guessing the common and uncommon cards will be things like Burn Trail, Staggershock, Macabre Waltz Agonizing Memories, Overblaze and Furious Reprisal. And, of course, Double Negative as the counterspell for the set.
The reprint people asked for least: Increasing Vengeance
The card people will wish most is in the set, but isn't: Tooth and Nail
2 months ago
Alright, let's see if maybe this will help. I'm really new to everything on here sorry. //Lands 2 Dismal Backwater 1 Dimir Guildgate 2 Submerged Boneyard 4 Evolving Wilds 2 Desert of the Mindful 1 Arcane Lighthouse 1 Reliquary Tower 1 Temple of the False God
//Spells 4 Duress 2 Ghoulcaller's Chant 3 Macabre Waltz 3 Sleep 4 Slip Through Space 2 Taigam's Scheming 4 Tome Scour 4 Lich's Caress 4 Sovereign's Bite 4 Resourceful Return 3 March of the Returned 1 In Garruk's Wake 1 Army of the Damned 1 Dutiful Return 1 Decompose 1 Worst Fears 1 Rise of the Dark Realms 4 Hubris 4 Countermand 1 Tezzeret's Touch 1 Paranoid Delusions 1 Coerced Confession 2 Mind Sculpt 1 Compelling Argument 1 Index 1 Redirect 1 Dream Twist 2 Gift of Tusks 2 Rewind 3 Thought Scour 2 Psychic Spiral 1 Gigadrowse 4 Negate 1 Overwhelming Denial 1 Dramatic Reversal 1 Impulse 2 Cremate 3 Crypt Incursion 2 Grim Harvest 1 Scarab Feast 1 Grim Return 1 Gravepurge 1 Dark Ritual 4 Font of Return 3 Death's Approach 2 Cast into Darkness 1 Triskaidekaphobia 1 Grave Betrayal 1 Endless Ranks of the Dead 3 Invisibility 2 Curiosity 4 Curse of the Bloody Tome 3 Illusory Wrappings 3 Ice Over 1 Chronic Flooding 1 Navigator's Ruin 1 Chant of the Skifsang 3 Bone Saw 3 Millstone 3 Tormod's Crypt 2 Trepanation Blade 1 Ghoulcaller's Bell 1 Masterwork of Ingenuity 1 Sol Ring 1 Nihil Spellbomb 1 Illusionist's Bracers 1 Codex Shredder 1 Profane Memento 1 Loxodon Warhammer 1 Bonehoard 1 Trusty Machete 1 Mirari 1 Argentum Armor
//Creatures 1 Archetype of Finality 1 Overeager Apprentice 1 Agent of Erebos 1 Butcher Ghoul 1 Risen Executioner 1 Dutiful Attendant 1 Sly Requisitioner 1 Sepulchral Primordial 2 Zombie Assassin 1 Nightmare 1 Marshmist Titan 3 Graven Abomination 4 Workshop Assistant 4 Guardians of Meletis 2 Phyrexian Revoker 2 Ornithopter 1 Juggernaut 2 Veilborn Ghoul 2 Minotaur Abomination 4 Undead Servant 3 Gravedigger 2 Mogis's Marauder 2 Bogstomper 4 Walking Corpse 3 Corpse Hauler 4 Gravewaker 2 Returned Phalanx 3 Faerie Miscreant 1 Master of Predicaments 2 Benthic Giant 1 Stormtide Leviathan 4 Screeching Skaab 2 Seer of the Last Tomorrow 1 Floating-Dream Zubera 3 Fog Bank 1 Possessed Skaab 3 Armored Skaab 2 Murmuring Phantasm 1 Wall of Frost 4 Doorkeeper 1 Clever Impersonator 1 Jace's Mindseeker 1 Oculus 1 Mindshrieker 1 Willbreaker 1 Spellweaver Eternal 1 Wall of Mist 1 Sultai Skullkeeper 1 Diregraf Captain
4 months ago
Ghoulcaller's Chant is definitely almost always better than Macabre Waltz . If you want a madness package, definitely run waltz... looking into it, there may be a pretty solid madness deck in pauper. Unfortunately, it doesn't cross over much with Zombies. All in all, I'd stick with the Chant.
1 year ago
Update — Jan. 10, 2019
I decided to buy some upgrades for the cube.
- Reanimate is now making its appearance and replacing Thrilling Encore , which was a fun card, but a little confusing and nowhere near as iconic.
- Eternal Witness is replacing Pulse of Murasa . With this change, it felt wrong to have green outshining the reclamation abilities of black, so…
- Gravedigger has been moved to the common rarity, replacing Macabre Waltz .
- Replacing Gravedigger in the uncommon slot, is Plague Mare .
1 year ago
I'm really enjoying the idea of this deck! The only things that I have qualms with right now is the lack of sacrifice fodder and the lack of surveil effects. I think this may stem from a conflict of interests. The deck seems to be trying to capitalize on both it's milling/surveiling effects (Disinformation Campaign) and the fact that it sacrifices creatures (Open the Graves).
This becomes problematic in that the focus of the deck is now split. Think about it this way, I'm going to state what the focus of the deck is and you can determine whether that's the direction that the deck is going or not:
Surveil The Grave aims to use the mechanic of surveil to pitch large creatures into the graveyard, and then return them to the battlefield using recursion. The primary engine for recursion is the use of Reassembling Skeleton and Whisper, Blood Liturgist.
The key here is that sacraficing creatures with Whisper is just a method to achieve the goal of the deck so all other cards should serve to further the goal of the deck (Doom Whisperer) rather than try to capitalize on a side effect of the deck's engine (Open the Graves, Midnight Reaper)
In theory you can sacrifice the creatures you're recurring after their ETB trigger goes off but why would you want to sac such a nice body after you put in all of the work to get it out? Additionally something I would watch out for is return to hand effects like Macabre Waltz. Because they return to the hand, you'll still have to cast them, so you're not actually cheating out a creature early, you're simply searching out that card earlier and getting it into your hand when it otherwise wouldn't be.
Overall I think the deck is going in an excellent direction, it just needs a little fine tuning! I'll leave a few suggestions for cards I think could work well below, best of luck!
1 year ago
1 year ago
I'd be happy to help EPICSpider23, grave based decks are my jam. To get off the ground you need creatures in your graveyard; the best budget option for this being a set of Glowspore Shaman pulling double duty by milling 3 and letting you ensure a land drop next turn if needed, followed by a mix of Ixalli's Diviner and Seekers' Squire, Stitcher's Supplier being a bit more expensive option. Path of Discovery may also be a sleeper for this deck that is worth testing with the amount of creature recursion and token production you'll have going on. Black gives you fantastice reanimation options, I'd personally take out some or all of of Bishop of Rebirth and 1 Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle to add in 1-2 Isareth the Awakener depending on how heavy you want to go on black, and a mix of Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Journey to Eternity Flip. Bone Dragon has fantastic synergy with Desecrated Tomb because you get one trigger when you pay the cost of its ability, and another when it resolves so it would make a nice one of. I'd put in one or two higher CMC reanimation targets that will win the game as well such as: Lotleth Giant, Vigorspore Wurm, Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, Vampire Sovereign, or Pelakka Wurm; you can use discard tech like Macabre Waltz to help get them out of your hand if you find them difficult to cast. You also are seriously lacking removal: Cast Down, Vicious Offering, Price of Fame, and Seal Away are all fantastic options. You'll have to figure out how to balance the mana base yourself based on the weight of each of your colors. The last peice of advice I can give is to remember that this is your deck and only you have to like