Raise Dead

Raise Dead

Sorcery

Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Set Rarity
Welcome Deck 2017 (W17) Common
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Common
Ninth Edition (9ED) Common
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Common
Eighth Edition (8ED) Common
Seventh Edition (7ED) Common
Starter 1999 (S99) Common
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Common
Portal Second Age (P02) Common
Portal (POR) Common
Fifth Edition (5ED) Common
Fourth Edition (4ED) Common
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Common
Revised Edition (3ED) Common
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Common
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Common
Collector's Edition (CED) Common
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Common
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Common
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Raise Dead Discussion

Boza on Aristocrats of the Black Forest

2 months ago

I have worked on trying to perfect a list here - bg sac value pauper. I think that Brindle Shoat and loam dryad are the key cards. I think your list can use a couple of lands and a better Raise Dead effect and more card draw.

I would go - 4 raise dead and -1 pulse (too expensive) + 1 land, + 3 Winding Way and + 1 Death Denied .

Twist35 on Golgari feeding grounds

2 months ago

I don't think this is a suicide deck, aristocrats would probably be a better hub. Other than that the deck looks pretty cool, maybe add some more repeatable sac outlets. Carrion Feeder . Mortician Beetle is a very synergistic card. I would add some more card filtering and recursion, like Raise Dead and Grisly Salvage anyways, happy sacrificing!

Boza on Custom Cube

6 months ago

Black:

  • blackblade's bite -> this might as well read B:Exile target creature.
  • dark draining -> powerful at that mana cost, and any target to boot.
  • davriel -> looks to be incredibly weak. It is graveyard hate, but wants to cast non-creature spells with its second ability, but the only thing you want to hate is creatures, since those come back easily...
  • defiled anthem -> sure, but this is incredibly hard to actually trigger and will create memory issues.
  • duskmantle shade -> shades usually have the black firebreathing effect, eg Liliana's Shade
  • eliminate - white has the exact same card, except the lose two life clause. Why?
  • festerspawn - better than existing options by a mile. Phyrexian Rager feels shame.
  • hired hit - why does this one destroy the creature, while the previous ones exiled it?
  • hungering shadow -> ninjutsu and devour is an interesting combo, but this is a very weak card.
  • memory -> why do these cost 5 mana? these are so limited in application.
  • mind scourer -> this can end games on turn 3.
  • Moonglove-Blade Assassin -> a 4/3 for 5 mana with basically super Murder attached to it?
  • Ominous Form -> if it wasn't for the OP removal to deal with this, it would be too powerful. It probably still is.
  • Pain -> blue and white did not have something similar, so it is not a cycle. This is quite powerful and warps the game around it.
  • psionic lashing -> do not do this. suprise "I win" cards are not a good idea. Though, if you target yourself, you kill yourself, which is a different application.
  • return journey -> very cool design!
  • rotgrub swarm -> 1/1 for 1 mana that you will never play on turn 1. Probably not a good idea.
  • rotplague -> too powerful for a one-sided card.
  • something wicked -> when would you ever choose the first option on this overcosted Raise Dead ?
  • soul pillage -> when would you ever choose the first option on the above when this card exists?
  • will rot -> not a black effect.
  • zulaport alley-watcher -> where is there a city with alleys on Zendikar?

Bulwer on Lilianna

8 months ago

Nothin' wrong with an Animate Dead . Swap it for Raise Dead . Easy! (except the price increase)

Daedalus19876 on Message from Surgeon-General Yawgmoth Re: COVID-19

9 months ago

bushido_man96: The deck doesn't precisely have a discard theme, but it does work to strip resources from my opponents in an asymmetric fashion. If I can resolve Mindslicer , I will almost always win (because I can rebuild my hand extremely quickly and they cannot).

Abzkaban: I did end up cutting Bloodghast . I'll be honest that I'm suspecting that Necromancy will also eventually come out, possibly for Dread Return .

budlaorf: Vilis is almost certainly finding a home here -- the only real question is whether he is better or worse than Razzledazzle. Apart from him, I'm unsure about Blood for Bones , and probably not including the other two.

firestorms90: Yeah, Contamination is extremely good in mono-black, and is more upside than downside for us, but it does harm us a little. I'm glad I could help! :)

Rambolicious_0: Yes, you could choose to reanimate OR recur the thing you just sacrificed. In a certain sense, it's like a black Cloudshift to reuse an ETB, in many cases (stapled to an additional Raise Dead ).

Gattison on Holy Chit, Earring Ghosts!

1 year ago

Snogglesworth: I respectfully disagree. I've always preferred the art on Raise Dead .

Flooremoji: That I can agree with, however there are only 4 zombie cards in this deck, so I don't think it will have a big enough impact. On the other hand, I did just get some more Undying Evil , so there's a change I can make.

Recon419A on Orzhov Vampire Deck

1 year ago

It's worth noting that Moment of Craving will not count as "damage" to a creature; rather, it's a static effect. Also, you should be aware that Sengir Vampire and Raise Dead aren't in Standard right now. I don't really have any suggestions for you to replace Gifted Aetherborn ; it's a really good card, and probably would be even at a three-drop slot. Arvad the Cursed is the closest creature in Standard right now and he's a much more expensive legendary (five mana).

Recon419A on Orzhov Vampire Deck

1 year ago

Raise Dead isn't a bad graveyard retrieval card, but there isn't much that's better in Standard right now; options would be Recover , Soul Salvage , and FinD. Cast Down hits non-legendary creatures, and Price of Fame hits legendary creatures for cheaper than non-legendary creatures, so they complement each other nicely. If you're willing to ramp your opponent and splash green, you can pick up Assassin's Trophy , although probably not on a budget. Moment of Craving is not a bad card; it's one of the few things that get rid of Adanto Vanguard cheaply (since a creature with zero or less toughness is removed from the battlefield even if it's indestructible). You might consider replacing some or all copies of it with Vicious Offering if you're willing to sacrifice creatures sometimes, or with Dead Weight for a persistent effect without the life gain. A strictly more powerful but also more expensive option is Vraska's Contempt . None of those cards synergize especially well with Sengir Vampire because Sengir Vampire is a 4/4, which means that most of the time it will either kill a creature by itself or die to it, rendering the later death of the creature meaningless since you no longer control Sengir Vampire. If you're looking for that type of synergy I recommend Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood , although he's very expensive mana-wise for a Standard deck (which is probably not horrible in casual play but might bite you in the butt at a tournament when he gets killed with Price of Fame or similar after sideboarding). As an additional recommendation that's kind of like Moment of Craving thematically, you might consider Arterial Flow (both are useful in your deck but serve different roles); there's also Moment of Triumph as another vampire-themed combat trick. If you like all these vampire-themed cards for flavor reasons, search through the Ixalan and Rivals of Ixalan sets; they were tribal sets with Merfolk, Pirates, Vampires, and Dinosaurs as the tribes, so probably about 20% of the cards are vampire-themed in those two sets.

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