Relentless Dead

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Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Mythic Rare

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Relentless Dead

Creature — Zombie

Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)

When Relentless Dead dies, you may pay . If you do, return it to its owner's hand.

When Relentless Dead dies, you may pay . If you do, return another target Zombie creature card with converted mana cost X from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Relentless Dead Discussion

LuxCannonator on Dining for Demons.

1 week ago

Undying is a replacement effect, it is not casting so Butcher Ghoul and Geralf's Messenger would not trigger Diregraf Colossus. However, Gravecrawler would since it is being cast.

Relentless Dead could work very well in here. It would keep up with the tempo and give more interaction with Diregraf Colossus

LuxCannonator on Delirious Scarab Nonesense

1 week ago

I love tribal decks. I think they're highly underutilised these days (except Elves and Merfolk) +1 from me, seems like a fun deck.

Here are some cards to think about.

Budget: Diregraf Captain, Ammit Eternal, Liliana's Reaver, Unbreathing Horde

Bordline Budget:Grave Crawler, Cemetery Reaper, Relentless Dead

Non-Budget: Death Baron, Geralf's Messenger, Lich Lord of Unx, Lord of the Undead

MegaMatt13 on Yahenni - Endless Sacrifice

1 week ago

My list is: Yahenni: There are Benefits to Dying

It performs quite well now that I've changed my strategy a bit. I used to come out swinging too quickly with Yahenni, making him big and scary. This would turn the table against me. I now try to hold back and play more of a control/attrition game and go for the alpha strike later on.

I am thinking of adding Relentless Dead, Ghoulcaller Gisa and Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder for more sac fodder. Yahenni really needs that constant supply of sac fodder to keep him protected.

TheDuggernaught on Sacrifice Control

4 weeks ago

What did you splash green for? Splashing additional colors is supposed to do the opposite of that since you gain access to a greater card pool. The downside of adding colors is your mana is less consistent. But in only two colors, the mana base should be easy to fix.

There are lots of zombies that would fit in a zombie tribal sacrifice-centric shell with Gravecrawler, Cryptbreaker, Relentless Dead, and Lord of the Undead. Geralf's Messenger, Undead Warchief, Plague Belcher, Nantuko Husk, Fleshbag Marauder, Skinrender, Smuggler's Copter, Mutavault, Death Baron, Black Cat, Lifebane Zombie, Rotting Rats, Tattered Mummy, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Liliana's Reaver, Lord of the Accursed, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Call to the Grave, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Phyrexian Obliterator (not a zombie, and does not like to be sacrificed... but is just a really good card in mono black), and Diregraf Colossus would all be cards to consider. You of course would not be just limited to just zombies, but you would want a fair number of them if you wanted to abuse Gravecrawler and Relentless Dead.

Yes losing 1 life every turn might feel bad on paper, but the advantage they offer far exceeds the drawback. Your life is a resource. You only lose if you get to 0 (unless you have Phyrexian Unlife in play...). You can spend it to gain advantages. I am personally not a huge fan of Bitterblossom overall as I feel it is great in your opening hand, but a terrible card to draw any turn after turn 2. But that is simply because it does not do anything the turn it enters play, and is not a high impact play for most decks in those later turns when high impact plays are needed. But in a deck with Blood Artist effects, you dont actually lose 1 life a turn. With just 1 Blood Artist effect in play, you actually go even, and cost your opponent 1 life. Multiple effects in play begin to net you life and hurt your opponent more. Bitterblossom is just a stream of free bodies to generate advantage off of. Phyrexian Arena is similar. While it does not provide you bodies, it gives you a lot of "free" cards that are often bodies to sacrifice, or answers to your opponent's board. In most trading card games, if you have more cards than your opponent, you are probably in a good place to win the game just because there are so many more additional lines of play you can make since you have access to more resources.

So do you think you want to go with more of a zombie shell? Did any more of those cards spark your interest?

TheDuggernaught on Sacrifice Control

1 month ago

Well, I would start off by saying there are two primary archetypes for sacrifice decks. Rally and Aristocrats. Rally lists focus on filling your graveyard with 2-3 cmc creatures, reviving them with Rally the Ancestors and the sacrificing them all -- likely with 2-3 Blood Artist effects in play to win. Aristocrats lists tend to focus less on 'combo' and more on 'synergy', and try to gain advantages through sacrifice effects. There has been some blending between the two archetypes recently, but I still feel they are distinct enough to be different.

There are then color combinations within each of the archetypes. Rally is often done in or . Aristocrats lists are often or . However with 3 color mana bases often comes a higher costs as fetch lands and shock lands are not always cheap. Two color mana bases are often fairly affordable, and you often can get away with no shocks or fecthes. With that being said, the first suggestion for a creature I would suggest is...

Bloodghast. However, he works best with fetch lands. In a pinch, you could use Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds, but they can feel pretty slow. But the ability to sacrfice Bloodghast, play a fetch land to return him to play, sacrifice him, sacrifice the fetch land to place another land into play to return Bloodghast to play so you can sacrifice him again -- that can add up to a lot of value.

Along similar lines, Gravecrawler can also generate a lot of advantage if you are playing enough zombies to have one in play with a fair level of consistency. Relentless Dead and Cryptbreaker can put in a lot of work with this guy.

While not all in black, Doomed Traveler, Tukatongue Thallid, Lingering Souls, Kitchen Finks, Bloodsoaked Champion, Mogg War Marshal, Sacred Cat, Voice of Resurgence, Tidehollow Sculler, Blisterpod, Bitterblossom, Orzhov Pontiff, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, and Keldon Marauders can all be sacrificed for good value.

As far as sacrifice engines go, Falkenrath Aristocrat, and Cartel Aristocrat are the namesakes. But Nantuko Husk, Bloodthrone Vampire, Greater Gargadon, Hidden Stockpile, Viscera Seer, Tymaret, the Murder King, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Bontu the Glorified, Mind Slash and Teysa, Orzhov Scion are all good ways to keep sacrificing permanents. I also like Fleshbag Marauder, Sidisi's Faithful, and Sidisi, Undead Vizier, but they only sacrifice one thing upon etb.

Value is also important to consider as there are a number of cards that fit well within these lists, but do not necessarily read 'please sacrifice me', or 'sacrifice all the things.' But, they can certainly give you the gas to pull ahead. Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat's advantages can be obvious in a deck like this. Additionally, Eternal Witness, Dark Confidant (or Asylum Visitor for budget), Phyrexian Arena, Smuggler's Copter, Collected Company, Return to the Ranks, Eldritch Evolution, Abzan Ascendancy, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Grave Pact, Lord of the Undead+Nameless Inversion (also works well with any other zombie) might all have places in different shells.

These are just a cards that might be interesting. I don't want to build your deck for you. But if any of those cards piqued your interest, I can certainly throw out some additional ideas that play well with the cards you liked.

xEleven on The Speed of Darkness

1 month ago

Westvale Abbey  Flip? Also, I think typhoid rats is a bit of a stretch. Try Relentless Dead or Bloodghast or Phyrexian Obliterator (just some standard black devotion cards). Maybe even a Gatekeeper of Malakir or Geralf's Messenger. Also, consider Whip of Erebos.

SpeshulK on Muldrotha Zombristocrats Brew

1 month ago

Hello everyone, this will be my first attempt at constructing a Commander deck and I'm going to need some help creating a functioning deck. Just looking for some casual fun with friends so tier 1 performance is not necessary, but I would love some tricks to impress my pals. I know there are some impressive Muldrotha, the Gravetide brews in the works, but I'm working within a tight budget. Who knows, if a suggestion is truly worth the cost, I might fork over some extra cash. First and foremost, my idea is to build an aristocrats deck using cards like Dictate of Erebos, Grave Pact, and Butcher of Malakir. I believe the most effective (and fun) way to get my aristocrats running is to use sacrifice outlets such as Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Ashnod's Altar, and Fleshbag Marauder. I also plan to use recursion cards like Muldrotha, the Gravetide, Gisa and Geralf, and Havengul Lich for extra sacrifice fun. Zombies like are my preferred creature type because they seem to be the easiest creatures to recur. (Prized Amalgam, Gravecrawler, and Relentless Dead.) Since Muldrotha, the Gravetide can recast permanents like Animate Dead and Pernicious Deed, I'm avoiding instants or sorceries unless they are too good to pass up. I'm thinking Epiphany at the Drownyard, Villainous Wealth, and Traumatize could be interesting inclusions. Maybe Army of the Damned for tons of sacrifice targets. Is there any hope of pulling this deck together into a functioning strategy?

chadsansing on FɄŊEɌAȽ ⱣƳⱤE (help wanted)

2 months ago

Pack Rat and Grave Titan give you some more token production options, as do Liliana, the Last Hope, Liliana, Death's Majesty, and Chandra, Flamecaller.

Balduvian Dead and Boris Devilboon might be funny.

I wonder also about recursive targets like Relentless Dead and Scrapheap Scrounger.

Have fun playing!

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