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At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
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Oversold Cemetery Discussion
4 weeks ago
Hey there, I have a few suggestions:
Phyrexian Reclamation to replace/supplement Vampiric Rites. Why get a random card from your deck when you can get exactly what you need from your graveyard? Other interesting card draw/tutor/recycle cards for you to consider are Survival of the Fittest, Oversold Cemetery (very good for you, I think!), Fauna Shaman, and Evolutionary Leap.
Cards that care about how many creatures are in your graveyard or all graveyards, such as Golgari Grave-Troll, Nighthowler, Lord of Extinction (counts all cards), and especially Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, who is also a sacrifice outlet AND has built-in recursion.
Eternal Witness, which is a really great card in pretty much any green deck.
1 month ago
RUST-O that's what I was thinking as well. Ravos, Soultender is a more reliable Oversold Cemetery and a creature so it's easily recurred. I've been thinking about pulling the cemetery along with Restoration Specialist, and Ravos would replace that really well I think. Maybe I'll give him a try, thanks for the recommendation!
Also, do you have a list for your Queen Marchesa (long may she reign) deck?
1 month ago
For recursion like Oversold Cemetery, Meren of Clan Nel Toth will be great. Palace Siege is another good option. Also, Eternal Witness and Regrowth. I don't think Reclaim and Vile Rebirth do enough in here. I see why you have Repopulate, Death Denied, and Gravepurge, but not sure there aren't better cards to go with, like maybe Haunted Crossroads.
I think I'd get rid of cards like Cremate and Dark Dabbling. If you have them there mostly for the cantrip, better card draw engines like Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena, and Rhystic Study will serve you better. Sylvan Library would be better for card draw early on. Also, it goes along with the library manipulation I mentioned earlier with cards like Mirri's Guile, Soothsaying, and Sensei's Divining Top.
Rooftop Storm + Altar of Dementia + Gravecrawler give you an infinite win combo if you can get the pieces set and go off. I always like to have some combo like this in a deck if I can work it it. Fatestitcher is a great Zombie to have, too. Intruder Alarm might also provide some combo potential.
I'm not sure the infect theme would fit in with what you want to do here, but that's up to you to decide. I hope this helps some.
1 month ago
I would suggest more ramp. Ideally ramp on creatures that sacrifice themselves, yeah? Diligent Farmhand, Dawntreader Elk. Or some fatties who can help ramp/fix early like Krosan Tusker, Shefet Monitor which can cycle to draw you a card, plus either get a land to hand or to the battlefield, all while giving you a bigger body in the grave ready for Meren to use the effect again from hand or straight to the battlefield. Nothing can compare to Sakura Tribe-Elder and Wood Elves, but these guys help you stay creature heavy, feed into synergies, and helps you get to your ~49 mana/ramp sources. I would say you could cut 1-2 basics if you add in diligent and dawntreader at least. I have you at 49.
I don't know how much you like Primal Growth. It's pretty efficient if you are sacrificing a creature a lot of the time and that's feeding into your synergy, and there's even a card like Viridian Emissary who needs to be sacrificed to be useful, but I personally don't run either of those cards just because I'm in Karador (and tutor up Meren) with only 6 basic lands total. Instead I run more self-mill and include the new Ramunap Excavator, with cards like Splendid Reclamation, and Far Wanderings which is always 3 mana for 3 basics. Sure there is more risk in self-mill (make your opponents graveyard hate better) but I find that's less common than not having a sac outlet (Viridian Emissary) and/or needing my only blocker to avoid being beat up on early (Primal Growth). That being said, I think those two can definitely work better for you than me, but I would really like to say how well Splendid Reclamation has done for me, often netting 5+ lands even if cast early (turn 4-6). I feed that engine by using more cards like Ash Barrens, Myriad Landscape, the fetchlands (proxies lel- I hate expensive lands), and unfortunately some G/W lands that you can't run, but also stuff like Gather the Pack, Commune with the Gods, Crop Sigil (This can net you back a land on it's own), Drown in Filth which is removal as well.
These effects can also be found on creatures Mindwrack Demon is a beater and delirium is easy to achieve. Splinterfright, Sewer Nemesis are big X/X beaters who enable themselves to get bigger, Grim Flayer filters your draws and stocks your yard. Of course the dredge spells, four of which I find good enough to run Golgari Grave-Troll, Golgari Thug, Stinkweed Imp, and Life from the Loam. For a bonus when you run this much grave interaction you can use this nifty old creature Keeper of the Dead, oh you'll also want ways to get cards back from your graveyard besides Eternal Witness (my main target often being Splendid Reclamation) I would recommend adding Den Protector, Hag Hedge-Mage, and Greenwarden of Murasa. I find these to be generally better than Magus of the Will unless you've already got 10+ mana.
From your Maybelist I would definitely recommend Fleshbag and Merciless Executioner. Maybe Ashnod's Altar although I find Altar of Dementia to be even better without any infinite mana combos. Grave Pact is of course a house.
Some other random cards I think are include worthy, mostly cards that remove opponents stuff: Caustic Caterpillar, Avatar of Woe, Deathrite Shaman, Reclamation Sage (how could you cut this? lol), Shadowborn Demon. Possibly Oversold Cemetery, Undertaker for more recursion. Hell's Caretaker, Doomed Necromancer, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Animate Dead, Necromancy, Phyrexian Delver for recursion to the battlefield. Fauna Shaman, Traverse the Ulvenwald, Rune-Scarred Demon, Evolutionary Leap, Survival of the Fittest, Jarad's Orders for tutors.
1 month ago
Making some more changes, for the better, I hope. I did a total deck break-down on paper to see what cards I had that were doing what, and I may break down in the description later on. I'm wanting some more recursion options, so I added Palace Siege and will also be adding Oversold Cemetery. These cards will help run the deck if Meren is out.
I'm also seriously looking to add Buried Alive and Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and possibly Merciless Executioner and Fleshbag Marauder. I just need to figure out what to cut, and I think I have that narrowed down, too. Deathgreeter is likely to get cut, and Disciple of Griselbrand is on the chopping block, too. Disciple of Griselbrand might stay, just because he can be a sac outlet. Deathgreeter only offers life gain, and isn't a sac outlet himself, so he just doesn't quite do enough work.
2 months ago
I am a huge fan of Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord because he does everything I want in a golgari deck which is (for casual) playing fatties, attacking, doing value with my graveyard (ie Sakura-Tribe Elder with Oversold Cemetery active). You can also win without attacking but if you do so, you'll likely have some demons, beast and so on that you can even sac to Jarad if they were blocked
2 months ago
Abilities that trigger "when creature X dies" do not Trigger when you put the creature in the command zone. putting the commander there is a replacement effect and it goes in the command zone INSTEAD of the zone it would go otherwise. I would recommend a lot of Reanimation spells to get the commander back out of the graveyard, either to play or to the Hand. For example Animate Dead, Reanimate, Shallow Grave, Dance of the Dead, Necromancy, Goryo's Vengeance, Karmic Guide, Unburial Rites, Oversold Cemetery, Haunted Crossroads
Another thing that has to be said is that very specific requirements for a card aren't often found on a lot of cards. When you want a certain ability on a certain card type for an interesting or funny but also rare strategy, having to pay between 5 and 20 dollar for a card that fits isn't unusual. It also has to be noted that buying cards from the reserved list is always interesting when you can make a good deal because if something won't ever get reprinted, the prices won't ever drop much and if the card happens to become an important piece in a legacy or vintage deck sometimes in the future you might even be able to sell it for a lot more.
2 months ago
I would get rid of one or two Oversold Cemetery because Lilliana does what that does but way better
If you take out 2 put in at least one Lilliana maybe two