Plague Belcher

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Rare

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Plague Belcher

Creature — Zombie Beast

Menace

When Plague Belcher enters the battlefield, put two -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.

Whenever another Zombie you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life.

Plague Belcher Discussion

xaarvaxus on Varina - Zombie Tribal

3 weeks ago

No Risen Executioner ? This looks like a zombie swarm style deck so the Executioner would be a good fit here as you shouldn't be blocking much. 4/3 for 4, can get itself out of the graveyard [with Varina helping to control the cost] and is another anthem for the horde.

Without either Entomb or Buried Alive this trick might not work so well but in my Grimgrin deck I run Wonder to help solve the 'can't block those #[email protected] flyers' problem that an army of ground-pounders runs up against.

Swapping Phyrexian Altar in for Ashnod's Altar would give you an aristocrats style combo drain finisher using Gravecrawler to sac for and then recasting with Plague Belcher or Diregraf Captain in play. May not be your cup of tea or in your budget but it does make for a pretty good backup plan if the board stalls out.

multimedia on Expensive afterlife

1 month ago

Wow, lots of good card here. It's not every day I see a Candelabra of Tawnos :)

I don't think you're taking enough advantage of having a sac outlet in the Command Zone. Grimgrin's no mana cost sac is his strongest ability.

These Zombies give you value when another Zombie dies, when one is saced by Grimgrin.

Some other upgrades to consider:

Black is too important of the color to have in the early game because the majority of Zombies are black not blue. 10x Island is a lot I suggest cutting lots of Islands and replacing them with other playable Dimir dual lands.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Divination
  • Scour All Possibilities
  • Gruesome Fate
  • Return from Extinction
  • Exclude
  • Defile
  • Walking Corpse
  • Tattered Mummy
  • Graveshifter
  • Gravedigger
  • Ingenious Infiltrator
  • Stronghold Assassin
  • Necromaster Dragon
  • Argentum Armor
  • Door of Destinies
  • Grave Betrayal
  • Finale of Eternity
  • Kindred Dominance
  • Ashnod's Altar

Good luck with your deck.

Happymaster19 on The Undead Curse [Modern Zombies]

2 months ago

Larwig

I had Mob in the sideboard but I think Dark Salvation can function similarly. It’s back in.

Geralf's Messenger is a great value three drop zombie. But aside from Diregraf Colossus , three drop slots are reserved for lords. Colossus is stiff competition against Messenger for value three drop, but in a true tribal shell the payoff of Colossus simply outmatches Messenger. Considering we can take advantage of the combo of Carrion Feeder + Gravecrawler with Undead Augur , Colossus is another value piece that plays with that sac engine.

Gray Merchant of Asphodel is simply too expensive for your typical Aether Vial curve. Better served alongside the aforementioned Messenger in a devotion shell.

Plague Belcher in interesting in that you can loosely mimic Arcbound Ravager / Walking Ballista by combining with Carrion Feeder and dump your board on your opponent’s life. But like Diregraf Colossus to fill that role. He can be big on his own and also puts more pressure less directly on our opponent’s life.

multimedia on Varina, Queen of the Damned

3 months ago

Hey, interesting version of Varina, but why only 21 Zombies?

DemMeowsephs has the right idea try to make all your sources of white and blue come from dual lands that can make black mana or fetch you black mana. Budget lands to consider adding:

Adding these dual lands can let you cut Plains and Islands for more Swamps. Or some could replace lackluster dual lands such as Tranquil Cove and Sejiri Refuge.

Zombies within the budget to consider adding:

Varina can gain you life which can make Command the Dreadhorde a powerful mass reanimation spell since it can also reanimate your opponents' creatures/Planeswalkers. Liliana, Death's Majesty is good for Zombies; all of her loyalty abilities are busted repeatable effects. It's helpful to play at least one Planeswalker if choosing to play Command the Dreadhorde.

Wonder and Filth can be good support since Varina is an enabler to get cards into your graveyard making these essentially free effects. Giving flying or Swampwalk to your Zombie horde can be game winning. Cut more Plains than Islands if choose to play Wonder.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Tranquil Cove and Sejiri Refuge
  • Macabre Waltz
  • Cemetery Recruitment
  • Hedron Archive
  • Greed
  • Ever After
  • Geralf's Mindcrusher
  • Swiftfoot Boots
  • Graf Harvest
  • Fumigate

Good luck with your deck.

wallisface on Green Black Budget -1/-1 Counters

4 months ago

Love the deck! I’ve been brewing something similar for ages now (deck’s called “Filth and Sickness” if you wanted to see). I have some thoughts here for consideration:

1) Blowfly Infestation , is a trap. Yes, it makes an infinite combo really easy. But if you can’t stop that infinite combo, all you’ve done is force a draw, because the game can’t continue. I’d drop it entirely, as it’s more effort than its worth.

2) run 4 Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons . Her along with Nest are your wincons, so you need to make sure you draw them early.

3) Carnifex Demon is cute, but waay too much cmc. I’d suggest the amount of mana dorks you’re running are not worth it to support him.

4) Fume Spitter is our best 1-drop so try to run the full playset. Conversely, the glistening-boy is not very useful unless you’re planning to win through infect (which you’re not).

5) as far as you’re other creatures go, consider the following: Necroskitter , Plague Belcher , Ammit Eternal , Skinrender , and Dusk Urchins . All are pretty cheap to buy, and will work better than your mana dorks, glistener, quillspike.

6) if you have enough $$$, Black Sun's Zenith is just too fun and auto-winning not to play

Anyway, hope this helps, and good luck spreading the -1 counter plague :)

Goron3 on Varina Life Swing

5 months ago

This is a classic Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar deck. The ultimate goal is to have one of the following: Zulaport Cutthroat , Wayward Servant , Plague Belcher , Diregraf Captain , Corpse Knight ; alongside the Gravecrawler constantly going back and forth.

There are some cards that allow this combo without Phyrexian Altar . Mikaeus, the Unhallowed can combo with Putrid Goblin . Both can also double sacrifice effects if they are alone for value without combo- ing off. Rooftop Storm can replace Phyrexian Altar or unlock Relentless Dead to replace Gravecrawler .

With a commander like Varina, Lich Queen , with a strong Draw/discard effect, we need cards to discard. Cards that can make incredible value for Windfall + Whispering Madness + Memory Jar while refilling our hand and filling the graveyard. From Under the Floorboards , Waste Not (for opponents), Reanimate , Stitch Together .

multimedia on Muldrotha Zombie Tribal

5 months ago

Hey, nice start, well made first version.

I think it's a mistake to play more Forests and Islands than Swamps because you need Swamps more than any other lands to play Zombies. Consider less Forests, less Islands replacing with more Swamps and dual lands? Lands within the deck's budget to consider adding:

Undead Augur and Cryptbreaker are great tribal Zombie cards. I especially like the interaction of these Zombies with Gravecrawler . Cryptbreaker is an engine for Zombie tribal which is busted for a one drop. Carrion Feeder is another one drop Zombie who has good interaction with Gravecrawler and Augur. Plague Belcher has a good Zombie tribal ability. Wonder is powerful when you have discard outlets, good with Island dual lands (Watery, Breeding, Sunken and Fetid). Buried Alive can tutor for Gravecrawler and Wonder and put them into your graveyard. Having another way to tutor for Gravecrawler and other Zombies and get them into the graveyard is helpful to play them with Muldrotha. Deathrite Shaman is not a Zombie, but its a great versatile card in multiplayer Commander. Mystic Remora and Animate Dead are excellent cards to replay with Muldrotha.

Some cards that are within the deck's budget that are upgrades:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • 4x Forest
  • 4x Island
  • Rampant Growth
  • Murder
  • Razaketh's Rite
  • Diabolic Tutor
  • Gilded Lotus
  • Liliana, Untouched By Death
  • Risen Executioner
  • Soulless One
  • Curse of the Bloody Tome
  • Dread Summons
  • Graf Harvest
  • Kindred Dominance
  • Havengul Lich
  • Noosegraf Mob
  • Kodama's Reach

Consider cutting Ashnod's Altar , Altar of Dementia and Door of Destinies to clear enough price to add Phyrexian Altar ? Because of having Gravecrawler then Phyrexian Altar is a big upgrade since it can make colored mana which can combo with Gravecrawler and another Zombie. Good luck with your deck.

skookes on GB Undying

5 months ago

So after sharing ideas and looking at the direction you were headed with your list i made one of my own. Calling it Retribution Rock. So subtle differences from yours and reasons. Dryad Arbor over a Pendelhaven . i like the idea of fetching a creature to sacrifice. Other lands that peak my interest for this deck Mutavault Bojuka Bog Llanowar Reborn So a huge reason i ran Aether Vial was because of how difficult it can be casting double and triple colors. Many opponents will board in Blood Moon against me even when i was running 4 Channeler Initiate and 4 vials, and surprisingly it always tempo'd me or sometimes shut me down. So Sylvan Caryatid helps reach that triple black, since casting Geralf's Messenger is priority in this build, having a hexproof manadork helps ensure one hits the board. Also the big butt on Caryatid triggers evolve, and can absorb 2 -1/-1 counters from Plague Belcher in a pinch. Speaking of, that extra damage from a zombie dying from the Belcher can really mean the difference, hence i strongly believe in running a playset. I really look forward to my Tuesday night modern. I really look forward to pilot the deck and have creative lines of attacking and interacting with Retribution. Will report back with how it fares.

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