Open the Graves

Open the Graves


Whenever a nontoken creature you control is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Historic Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Open the Graves occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.2%

Open the Graves Discussion

tiagompm on Phyrexian high class

4 weeks ago

Hey rupeldja!

Very nice budget version! wath you think about Desecrated Tomb for Open the Graves...?

Keep the good work!

ShutUpMokuba on Yawgmoth M.D

1 month ago

New changes to the deck: Open the Graves -> Bitterblossom: strickly better upgrade

Commander's Sphere -> Thought Vessel: having a lower cost and the ability to have unlimited hand size is great here.

Gate to the Afterlife -> Bastion of Remembrance: i like the first but the second is great because it gives a body and the artist effect to combo off

Ogre Slumlord -> Chittering Witch: the first is far worse than i expected, the second gives usually 3 tokens to sacrifice

Falkenrath Noble -> Ayara, First of Locthwain: similar effect, lower mana cost.

Gauntlet of Power -> Extraplanar Lens: as above.

Sheoldred, Whispering One -> Tombstone Stairwell: the first looked like the kind of card that does anything i was looking for in this deck. Unfortunately, i usually end up not casting her because of her high mana cost. The second gives a bunch of tokens each turn and works great even if you don't pay the comulative upkeep.

ZendikariWol on Casual Hydras

1 month ago

A couple things with this.

1) hi I'm Tom, I've played Magic for ~7 years and I've been teaching new players for a little over a year now.

2) now onto the deck. You have a couple weird picks that I want to discuss.

Elvish Archdruid seems an odd choice. The odds are it comes down on turn 3 and very, very rarely generates more than two mana- sometimes just . You'd probably be better off with Elvish Mystic. It'll let you play a little faster.

Parallel Lives,Enlightened Tutor, and Endless Ranks of the Dead are all functional only when Open the Graves is in play. Having two cards that synergize with one another is good, encouraged, even, so long as they slot naturally into the deck. However, none of these four cards support your hydra theme at all. You could fill these slots with more ramp or more hydras to make this deck more consistent and focused.

Consider cutting black and white, and if you've ever played commander you might consider building around Zaxara, the Exemplary or Gargos, Vicious Watcher.

3) some cards I might recommend include Unbound Flourishing, Rampant Growth, Courser of Kruphix, Voracious Hydra, and Tuskguard Captain.

4) if you want to overhaul the deck completely, go Blue/Green- it has excellent ramp and +1/+1 counter payoffs.

CaptainToll on Follow the leader Scarab [control]

2 months ago

Hey nice deck :) you could add Trophy Mage as a tutor for Phyrexian Altar and if you did swap out Open the Graves for Desecrated Tomb as a 3cmc artifact aswell to generate infinite bat tokens. You would lose the upkeep-trigger from Scarab dude, but with infinite mana/flying tokens winning shouldn't be an issue. Might add this myself to my Deck, got inspired from your Open the Graves inclusion.

TDemers on No Time to Die Teysa

4 months ago

Significant changes made.

Moved the deck even further away from token generators and more towards self recuring non-token creatures. Also reduced the average CMC to 3.10.

KibaAlpha, I would love to get your feedback on my latest edits if you can spare some time.


Arcane Signet, Gutterbones, Relentless Dead, Orzhov Locket, Erebos, God of the Dead, Bloodsoaked Champion, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Orzhov Guildgate, Vindictive Lich


Mind Stone, Syr Konrad, the Grim, Requiem Angel, Yawgmoth's Will, Reveillark, Open the Graves, Martyr's Bond, Teysa, Orzhov Scion, Secluded Steppe, Ogre Slumlord

edengstrom1 on Teysa & the Aristocrats

4 months ago

Added Phyrexian Altar and Anointed Procession and took out Debt to the Deathless and Open the Graves . I have Ministrant of Obligation somewhere, I just haven't taken the time to look for it. Do you guys think Whisper, Blood Liturgist is what should come out? I like the recursion, but he is a little slow.

BioProfDude on Mono-black zombies in Pioneer

5 months ago

Cytex, thanks for the suggestions! I think at for Open the Graves , I'll stay at the exact same mana cost for Liliana's Mastery . Getting the +1/+1 anthem effect has proven to be exceptional, and what are effectively 2x 3/3 zombie tokens for 5 mana is pretty good. Graf Harvest is okay, but I can get the same effect from Lord of the Accursed . Sure, it's a bit more expensive, but I get multiple functions from the single card (anthem effect and the menace bit), and I don't have to remove any of the current cards to try to find room for Graf Harvest . Many of the Liliana planeswalkers would work well in the deck. I think Liliana, the Last Hope is often used, and I know many recent builds have Liliana, Untouched By Death . I think Liliana, Untouched By Death might be okay as 2x in the sideboard, but I prefer to just slam some creatures.

Thank you for the suggestions!

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