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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.
Open the Graves Discussion
3 hours ago
I recommend Open the Graves because you get zombies when your zombies die.
1 week ago
frosthammer_eden You are absolutely right, correction made, tyvm.
lorenzo712 I've got Kaya's Wrath in the sideboard, and I am considering mainboarding it in lieu of Unbreakable Formation . I've definitely run into more situations where wiping the board is the more useful thing to do. While Debtors' Knell would be exceptionally useful, I was trying to play this deck with some other expensive enchantments like Open the Graves and Ethereal Absolution and found it just wasn't working. With the way Pitiless Pontiff winds up carrying things while ramping up, I always want to leave 1 mana open to keep her a threat during my opponent's turn, and this considerably slows things down. Essentially playing one turn behind curve, starting turn 3. Spending 5 or more mana on an enchantment that doesn't immediately effect the board state just isn't worth it. I'm making an exception for 2x Divine Visitation s but I don't want anything else at this point that costs more than 4. Thanks for the suggestions!
1 week ago
Thanks for the advice crabclaw.
Thopter Squadron is in there to go infinite with an altar, zulaport, and annointed procession. Its a bit tough to pull off, but the token creation can help with a couple different cards.
Open the Graves wasn't originally in, however it was subbed in because both Requiem Angel and old teysa don't trigger on spirit deaths. Extra Skullclamp s are spicy, but I wanted to ensure more value when working with me other cards.
1 week ago
If you're looking for cards to cut to reduce your cmc, then:
Sadistic Hypnotist -- it's a nice effect, but you can't combo this, you don't have a reanimator shell, and you're not exactly a discard-focused deck. Is too dependent on other specific cards.
I'm not super sold on Seraph of the Scales as a commander card. I've not seen it played so I may not be the best judge.
Several of your 5-6 drop enchantments and sorceries could easily be swapped. Martyr's Bond does a little bit more for you than Grave Pact , depending on if you have one of your three treasure-generating cards out, which themselves are dependent on other things in order to create any treasure tokens. Not sure if the potential synergy is worth it.
Black Market will be nice in some cases, but will otherwise result in either a) unused mana or b) a blowout if anyone points removal at it. It's too undependable a source of ramp, especially because it limits your usage of the mana to your main phase. That you don't have a reliable mana sink with which to use the mana is even less ideal. More efficient, consistent sources of ramp will work better in its slot.
1 week ago
Some of these cuts below are for efficiency to reign in your cmc, others because there are better cards. Are you looking to make a lifegain-matters deck or a tokens/aristocrat deck? You have a ton of lifegain sources that situationally come into play.
Consider cutting some of the permanent-based sources of card draw for things like Night's Whisper or Sign in Blood . Harvester of Souls is great, especially with Teysa on the board, but it costs 6 mana and can potentially draw you into nothing. Or it may give underwhelming returns for the amount of mana you have to pay into it.
2 weeks ago
A few zombie cards I love you might want to consider-
Diregraf Colossus , who makes tokens who casting zombies. Open the Graves to make zombie tokens for killing off non-token zombies. Grimoire of the Dead , is a nice win-con if you can get it off. Rise of the Dark Realms on an artifact. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is a nice mean zombie maker, though exiling an opponent's creature might ruin some other plans of yoinking their dead monsters away.
For value from sacking your non-token zombies, try adding a Grim Haruspex . Get some much needed card draw, which you're lacking a bit of.
Also, try Victimize for even more revival. Just kill of a pathetic zombie token to get big boys back.
2 weeks ago
Where can i start suggesting...well Gravecrawler : can’t miss this. Diregraf Colossus : one of best zombies for swarming. Death Baron : best zombie lord imho. Open the Graves : a nice enchantment for swarming. Liliana, Death's Majesty
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the suggestions! I generally stay away from the signets and I'm pretty confident with my mana base right now, but I'll definitely keep those in mind, especially Magus of the Coffers because that could go great with Torment of Hailfire .
Mimic Vat could work, but I'm not sure I'd fetch for it. I like Dawn of Hope . Field of Souls and Open the Graves I feel would miss a lot because most of my field is tokens. I like Luminarch Ascension but that would make me a target unless it was a turn two drop.
Yeah, it was the first thing I thought of when I though of treasure tokens lol. I might change the name.
Open the Graves occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.02%