Reanimate

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Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Tempest Remastered (TPR) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn (GRV) Uncommon
Archenemy (ARC) Uncommon
Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Uncommon
Tempest (TMP) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Reanimate

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Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

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Reanimate Discussion

Sgtpopnfreash on Grixis Twin

2 days ago

I wouldn't just add a Doomsday package to a re-animator list. Doomsday is really not that great of a win condition. The only thing it has going for it is how fast it is and how well it works with enablers such as Ad Nauseam. If you build your deck around Reanimate style effects you dilute the Doomsday plan and you lose the speed that it can sometimes go off with. A better secondary plan is to just Notion Thief and Wheel of Fortune to empty everyones hands and draw 28.

SlavicGhaespar on Sidisi M.I.Y (Mill It Yourself) EDH

4 days ago

This can hardly be considered competitive deck, but nevertheless it can be fun to play. Some stuff to bet you going that should be here. Buried Alive, Phyrexian Arena, Mesmeric Orb, Reanimate

Gypsyhatten on alesha testtest

1 week ago

Switching to English, thanks Tappedout.

None of the following recommendations/cuts are as important as they were with Karametra, since this deck is built on a solid ground and only needs a better defined game plan.

You have three archetypes to choose from, and you should focus on one or two of them. Trying to build all three will be too inconsistent.

  • Aggro - win by dealing 40 damage to everyone through combat damage and Purphoros/Blood Artist effects. Alesha is used to punch things and reanimate token producers/anthems/beaters.

  • Control - win by taking care of threats and staying relevant until late game where you outvalue whoever's left. Alesha is used less for combat damage and more for reanimating value/removal.

  • Combo - win by assembling an infinite combo. Alesha is mostly just there as a backup plan in case a combo piece is stuck in the graveyard.

I would recommend going for either aggro-control or combo-control.

Utter End - being able to target anything is very strong

Duplicant - one of the best creature-based removal cards

Wear / Tear - similar to Duergar Hedge-Mage but casts for 1/2 when you really need it, or a two-for-one for 3 mana at instant speed

Rakdos Charm - instant speed graveyard hate, or cheap removal, or a way to kill someone who's going wide and is about to win

Painful Truths - very good card draw in 3 colors

Toxic Deluge - the best creature board wipe in the game

Merciless Eviction - amazing against artifact decks, amazing against enchantment decks, amazing against reanimation decks, amazing against indestructible and very good against everything else

Chromatic Lantern, Commander's Sphere, Coalition Relic and Darksteel Ingot - good mana rocks for 3, prioritize from left to right

Fellwar Stone and Talisman of Indulgence - good mana rocks for 2

Animate Dead - reanimation for 2 mana is just too good to pass up on, fun with Sun Titan

Path of Ancestry - it's a strictly better Nomad Outpost

Ash Barrens - 1 mana for colorfix can help many bad hands, and lategame it's an untapped land

Mana Confluence and City of Brass - worth it when you're 3 colors, the lifeloss rarely matters but being able to play out your hand does matter

Clifftop Retreat - only checkland you're missing

Hanweir Battlements - colorless land is not great when you're 3 colors, but haste on Alesha is strong

Fervor - good source of haste, not as easy to remove as Lightning Greaves

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith and Iroas, God of Victory - good way to keep attacking with stuff

Siege-Gang Commander and Ponyback Brigade - many tokens for just one ETB, deals 8 damage with Purphoros, God of the Forge for each cast/reanimation

Beetleback Chief and Pia and Kiran Nalaar - less tokens but still playable

Ankle Shanker - good for getting damage past blockers

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff, makes board wipes hurt

Harsh Mentor - very strong hatebear, can stop some game plans entirely

Mirror Entity - strong anthem when most of your deck is power 2 or less

Mother of Runes - protection can either make one of your creatures unblockable or protect one of your creatures from spot removal

Drana, Liberator of Malakir - decent anthem for cheap

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff

Noosegraf Mob - up to 5 2/2s per turn and can be reanimated with Alesha

Enlightened Tutor - good for getting Skullclamp when you need card draw or Purphoros, God of the Forge when you need damage

Swiftfoot Boots - an extra pair of Lightning Greaves

Cathars' Crusade - very strong anthem when going wide

Behind the Scenes - good way to get past blockers, pump is expensive but can be done after assigning blockers which is neat for getting damage through

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Fiend Hunter - can perma-exile stuff repeatedly with sacrifice or protect one of your own creatures from a board wipe while getting an extra ETB

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith, Iroas, God of Victory and Whispersilk Cloak - good way to safely get Alesha triggers and get cards in the graveyard without losing card advantage

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim - decent way to get stuff into the graveyard while still getting value out of them, also good chump blocker

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip - a pretty good planeswalker that's a creature in the graveyard and can be reanimated

Hope of Ghirapur - can repeatedly stop or at least slow down a lot of decks

Sin Collector - one of few ways non-blue decks can deal with board wipes and huge swingy instants/sorceries

Feldon of the Third Path - slow without haste but a very strong effect once online

Leonin Relic-Warder - not as strong as Fiend Hunter but still useful in the same ways

Sunforger - lets you tutor up the most relevant removal and protection spells at instant speed, also get Mistveil Plains if you add this to get stuff back into your library

Strionic Resonator - works for double attack triggers with Alesha or double ETBs with anything else

Vampiric Rites - one of few sac outlets that provide solid value from its own effect

Flameshadow Conjuring - lots of extra value for only one mana per creature

Panharmonicon - doesn't work with some of your creatures, but solid value when it does

Assemble the Legion - decent wincon when your opponents are running out of gas

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Wayfarer's Bauble - not as fast as mana rocks but not as vulnerable against board wipes, good when aiming for slower wins

Fiend Hunter - combo with sac outlet + Karmic Guide or Sun Titan

Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Cathars' Crusade and Solemnity - combo with sac outlet + Murderous Redcap

Murderous Redcap - combo with sac outlet + Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Solemnity or Cathars' Crusade

Geralf's Messenger - combo with sac outlet + Solemnity

Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder, Altar of Dementia and Goblin Bombardment - free sac outlets, the latter two can also weaponize most infinites

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - weaponizes any sac-based infinite

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - weaponizes all your infinites, lets you win with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos without having to go into combat

Mother of Runes - for protecting your combo pieces or sometimes making Alesha unblockable

Living Death - when you have enough combo pieces in the graveyard, resolving this usually lets you win on the spot regardless of which creatures your opponents get to return

Enlightened Tutor - another tutor for finding wincons

Village Bell-Ringer - combo with Kiki-Jiki, if you don't care about creatures being power 2 or less there's also Combat Celebrant, Zealous Conscripts, Restoration Angel and more

Reanimate - cheap reanimation in any archetype

Sword of Feast and Famine - ramp that lets you dump your hand as aggro

Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor - tutors for combo

Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine, Blood Crypt, Bloodstained Mire, Marsh Flats, Arid Mesa - standard manabase upgrades

Archetype of Finality - way too expensive

Palisade Giant - generally worse than a creature with "When ~ enters the battlefield, you gain 7 life", which you wouldn't want to run in the first place

War Priest of Thune - can't hit artifacts, would never want to reanimate it over other targets

Mortify and Return to Dust - good removal cards but you have better options in your colors

Diabolic Tutor and Gamble - 4 mana is a bit much for a tutor and the card disadvantage on Gamble combined with the fact that you might discard non-creature combo pieces makes it questionable

Meekstone - pretty stupid to disable your own commander, not really beneficial to your game plan since it lets slower decks build up board state while no one can/wants to attack

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Karmic Guide - you don't want to pay echo cost so it will rarely get to attack

Damnation, Day of Judgment and Wrath of God - you don't need that many board wipes in aggro

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Priest of the Blood Rite and Ravos, Soultender - doesn't do much for advancing combo wincons

Reconnaissance - your commander surviving is generally less relevant and your wincons don't care about combat tricks

Angel of Invention - anthems don't really do much outside of aggro

Big Game Hunter - you don't need that much spot removal

Dusk / Dawn - your creatures surviving doesn't really matter, you just want to wipe the board until you have a combo in place

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - his ability is way too random, but it's fun and a decent manadump

Also, come up with a better title and description and try to keep your online list up to date with your deck IRL.

Razulghul on Kaalia Heaven & Hell Rev 1

1 week ago

A couple things I'd like to add:

Reanimate/Animate Dead/Necromancy - are all better than Debtors' Knell and good ways to get around commander tax. 7 mana and waiting for your next upkeep isn't great (without Academy Rector anyway).

I'm not a kaalia player but I have played against it a bit. I wonder if you really want to take the deck all the way is it necessary include all these high CMC creatures? It might be worth trying to cut the deck down to 15-20 demons, dragons and/or angels that win the game if unanswered. The other 15 or so creatures could be value or hatebears like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Aven Mindcensor, etc. Realisticly I think getting one or two attacks out of Kaalia is likely all you will get/need to have a huge advantage and win.

Alkadron on Dark Alley w/ Mr. Rakdos and His Eldrazi

1 week ago

"Consistency and redundancy in a very powerful way" - that's definitely on display here, for sure. Some of the consistency cards I dislike? (e.g., Thorn of Amethyst is great in this deck, but it can be moderately unfun at times; and Mana Crypt has always felt very pay-to-win to me, so I generally avoid it).

Generally I was glad to see our creature-base mostly matches up. I feel like I'm doing something right there.

Most of the other cards you run that I do not are cards I probably should be running. The Wheels, Necropotence, and Reanimate look like great ways to get back in the game if the early riot doesn't go as planned. I wanted to build my deck with all my chips on the turn five riot; so I opted against those late-game recovery cards in favor of more 3-mana riot-starters. Now that the deck is moderately famous in my playgroup, the predictability of always rioting on turn 5 is turning into a big problem for me, so I may have to change things up. :/

I also really like the idea of using a spell (like Exsanguinate or Flame Rift) to start a massive pre-combat Riot, and having Urabrask or Mass Hysteria give my rioters haste, and surprise attacking with a hand full of eldrazi outta nowhere. Never worked out all that well for me, though; my deck doesn't have the tutor/draw potential to bring it all together, so I mostly gave up on that plan and took the spell damage out (for more creatures!). I feel like it probably works a lot better in your deck, and I imagine it's a lot of fun when it happens. Does it happen often?

Thanks for the reply! Viva la Mr. Rakdos!

(P.S. I was really excited to see Pyroblast. It's one of my favorite red cards, and Cyc Rift is objectively stupid, so. Good call there. I run it, and Red Elemental Blast, and Burnout in my other Rakdos deck: Rakdos hates you, and so do I.)

SteelSentry on Most Flavorful Phyrexian Cards?

2 weeks ago

Life's Finale, Phyrexian Rebirth, and Black Sun's Zenith are all good board wipes, the first one especially if you intend to run reanimation effects (like Reanimate or Phyrexian Delver, two other flavor cards). Engineered Plague is good if tribal is big in your meta, and Reprocess isn't bad either. Less played options that can be okay are Phyrexian Infiltrator and Phyrexian Etchings. Phyrexian Metamorph is an all-around good card. Phyrexian Totem is, frankly, a bad mana rock, but hey, it's Phyrexian. Torpor Orb is also Phyrexian, but I would not add it if it hoses you. Soul of New Phyrexia is pretty good in EDH.

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

3 weeks ago

Hi wdmchale,

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel | Infinite Haste Angels:

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting Restoration Angel

  2. Restoration Angel Token Copy (Haste from Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker) enters the battlefield, target Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker with the triggered ability

  3. Exile Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and return him to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 as many times as you want, and attack each opponent with 1,000,000 3/4 Flying Haste Token Angels!

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage:

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting Reveillark making a Token Copy of Reveillark

  2. Active Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  3. Activate Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Token Copy of Reveillark (Not the original Reveillark) doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  4. Reveillark leaves the battlefield triggered ability targets Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, you can also bring back any other creature in the graveyard with power 2 or less as well (Grand Abolisher, Stoneforge Mystic, Etc.)

  5. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker returns to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 as many times as you want, and for as much damage to each creature and player as you like!

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Karmic Guide + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage + Infinite Haste Angels:

  1. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting Karmic Guide

  2. In Response (WHILE the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker activated ability is still on the Stack), Activate the Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  3. The Karmic Guide Token Copy enters the battlefield (Haste from Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker) and targets Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker with its triggered ability

  4. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker returns to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 as many times as you want, doing as much damage as you like, and creating as many Karmic Guide Token Copy Angels with Haste as you like (You can also Goblin Bombardment the Karmic Guide Token Copies if you like)

Karmic Guide + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage:

  1. Activate the Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Karmic Guide doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  2. Activate the Goblin Bombardment and Sacrifice the Reveillark doing 1 damage to a player (or creature)

  3. The Reveillark leaves the battlefield ability triggers and targets the Karmic Guide (and any other creature with power 2 or less in addition)

  4. The Karmic Guide returns to the battlefield, and targets the Reveillark with his enters the battlefield triggered ability and returns the Reveillark to the battlefield.

  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 as many times as you want, and for as much damage to each creature and player as you like!

Buried Alive + Reanimate or Animate Dead or Whip of Erebos | Tutor Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel + Karmic Guide Infinite Haste Angels:

  1. Cast Buried Alive and put Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Restoration Angel and Karmic Guide in the graveyward

  2. Cast Reanimate or Animate Dead or Activate Whip of Erebos returning the Karmic Guide to the battlefield

  3. Karmic Guide enters the battlefield ability triggers targeting the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker returning the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to the battlefield (Built-in Haste)

  4. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker targeting the Karmic Guide. When the Karmic Guide Token Copy enters the battlefield, target the Restoration Angel with the Karmic Guide Token Copy enters the battlefield triggered ability, returning the Restoration Angel to the battlefield

  5. Restoration Angel enters the battlefield ability triggers targeting the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker who is Exiled and then returns to the battlefield, he returns untapped, and he has Haste because he has the static ability Haste built-in

  6. You now have the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel | Infinite Haste Angels Combo in place, so you can continue from there making as many Restoration Angel Token Copies as you like and attack each player with 1,000,000 Restoration Angel 3/4 Flying Haste Tokens

These are all the combos I have (I used to have more but honed in on these). Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel is the primary combo, and Reveillark is usually more of a Mid-range game strategy. A Razaketh, the Foulblooded usually can pull enough mana sources and Buried Alive to active that combo.

If you need any help understanding the "Synergies", "Maybeboard Synergies", or "Alternative Synergies Considered (But not used in this deck)" please let me know I will be happy to explain.

When I had Adarkar Valkyrie in the deck I played these, but I found I didn't need the extra combos, and Adarkar Valkyrie doesn't work properly with Kaalia of the Vast because it enters tapped, and her ability required .

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Adarkar Valkyrie + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Karmic Guide + Adarkar Valkyrie + Lightning Greaves or Dragon Tempest + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Adarkar Valkyrie + Aurelia, the Warleader + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Combat Phases

This is a very simple 2 card combo, but I found the converted mana cost WAY to high for a turn 3/4 win:

Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood + Damage or Life Gain | Infinite Damage + Life Gain

A common combo in Kaalia of the Vast is:

Hellkite Charger or Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine | Infinite Combat Phases

Cheers.

ohmless on A Merciless Verdict

1 month ago

since you have a pretty generous budget, maybe swap out unburial rites for Reanimate. I like your proportion of card types.

It has been a short while since I updated it, but I have a life gain bent for my Karlov deck to give you more ideas. Leviathan Karlov Life Gain HOU

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