Relentless Dead


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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

shrapnel_ on Legacy Zombies

6 days ago

I play legacy zombies. Unless you play zombardment (not a true zombie tribal) they are pretty weak. Legacy is a brutal format and elves/gobs seem to be the main viable tribals. That being said I love the direction you took with your legacy zombs, way different than the way I went.

I do think 4x Gravecrawler with 3-4x Buried Alive is probably one of the most synergistic combos for a zombie tribal, especially with the mana ramp like Dark Ritual you have in there. I also think that if you are playing monoblack like this you should ABUSE the discard power black has with Thoughtseize or Hymn to Tourach. One of the most broken black cards in the format Reanimate or Animate Dead if you want budget is great with zombies as well. With these you have some nasty potential for turns 1-2 to either force and opponent to discard a powerful creature card and reanimate it on your side, or t1 start shitting out gravecrawlers from your yard and overwhelm. A turn 1 Buried Alive will also be great to fuel your graveyard for dropping a very early Gurmag Angler if you have to.

Relentless Dead is obscenely overpowered, especially with Corpse Harvester.

I have been playing with Smallpox recently, and it could have some potential.

Diregraf Colossus is nuts for zombies.

Since you are going hard ramp, 4x Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is great. Read the Bones is a good draw over Night's Whisper and Sign in Blood as well imo.

Bloodghast, Death Baron.

You have the same amount of land I ran in a GoN elves deck, which doesn't seem right.

shrapnel_ on Rooftop Experiments (Zombie Tribal)

1 week ago

Relentless Dead seems so insanely powerful for zombies, especially with stuff like Corpse Harvester out to not include in the main list.

ThallionDarkshine on Black/White sticky zombies

1 week ago

You've got a lot of cards in here that seem to have made the list simply because they're zombies (Blighted Bat, Carrion Screecher, Moaning Wall , etc). I would cut anything that is basically a pile of stats with the zombie tag and add some more synergistic zombies. Some great ones that aren't currently included are Cemetery Reaper, Lord of the Undead, Gravecrawler, Cryptbreaker, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Relentless Dead, Plague Belcher, Noxious Ghoul, Corpse Harvester, and Vengeful Dead.

In addition, I'd run a lot more lands than 26. 36-40 is a good guideline in my opinion for any non-green edh deck. You might also want some sacrifice outlets in order to exploit Athreos's ability when you have an opponent with low life. Finally, you might want to explore some creature-based removal instead of instants/sorceries to further synergize with Athreos. Wispmare and Shriekmaw are some good cards for that slot.

Rakshasa99 on Well, Itll eventually be a zombie(needs help)

3 weeks ago

Honestly, a Liliana, the Last Hope, Cryptbreaker, or even Relentless Dead wouldn't be out of place here.

APPLE01DOJ on "I looked, and behold, an ashen horse;"

3 weeks ago

Miren, the Moaning Well has been quite relevant in the games I draw it. I've used it neutralize the lifeloss from Phyrexian Arena by sacrificing a Bloodghast each turn to flat out nullifying attacks that would otherwise kill me and dodging lethal damage from burn spells.

The card is quite conditional but good more often than not.

In my experience Relentless Dead is just too slow and 2 mana for 2 power just isn't worth it. Especially when you can get that same 2 power from Bloodghast which is typically free.

Unlife on "I looked, and behold, an ashen horse;"

3 weeks ago

rothgar13 adding in draw spells is definetly something Ivr considered, but Im torn between Sign in Blood and Succumb to Temptation. I probably will bump the manabase up a bit but Ive been playtesting a proxied up version and very rarely do I have issues with manascrew, usually Im mana flooded actually.

APPLE01DOJ Prowler is gone, it never does enough for the deck. Im hesitant to cut the Relentless Dead simple because of how many different ways it interacts with other parts of my deck; and how it adds onto my devotion. In your decklist, how successful has Miren, the Moaning Well been?

Kysta on Mono Black Zombies

3 weeks ago

Thanks wonderboyrox for the suggestions,

I swapped Zulaport Cutthroat with Blood Artist, as I agree it is certainly better. I am considering Ghoulcaller's Chant and Relentless Dead, but I am not sure of where I would slot them in. Cabal Coffers is a good addition, but I want this deck to be fairly cheap, so I will probably not include it.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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