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Rooftop Storm Discussion
10 hours ago
neosapien I appreciate the rating and the folder inclusion! The moment I saw Arcane Adaptation, my head started spinning. I had so many ideas and epiphanies. Rooftop Storm was the first idea, Slivers was the next.
I'm just super stoked for Dinosaurs and Arcane Adaptation! Gishark, Sun's Avatar and his ability to put dinosaurs on the battlefield + Primeval Titan, Noxious Gearhulk, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger = nondinosaur dinosaurs hitting the battlefield just because I attacked and damaged the opponent!
2 days ago
I do agree with a good bunch of your cut considerations
Chromatic Lantern: I agree on this cut, it is a very nice and good card, but is better used in decks with 3-5 colours for it to really have value. How often do you begin a game with a hand that isn't able to produce both blue or/and black mana in this deck, you have lots of dual coloured lands so my guess is not that often :)
Risen Executioner: Its not really the best zombie lord, the +1/+1 is nice, but it cant block and the ability to play it from the graveyard is too big of a mana cost since your grave will have a good amount of creatures, especially from board wipes, it is commander after all. So yeah, propably the first thing to cut. Maybe add Patriarch's Bidding as it cost 1 more mana but return all your zombies which might be better when you have 5 mana available.
Nim Deathmantle: Its abilities is pretty expensive, 6 mana to even use an equipment is quite a lot if not the equiment is game changing, and it does not really seem that gamechanging, its a nice effect and nice to have reanimation, but there is already a good amount of reanimation and your commander benefits from your graveyard as well as the other players graveyard, and it makes them zombies and might buff them up to a 4/4 for only 4 mana and is on a stick, so it is a fine pick to cut. If you put in Noxious Ghoul in the deck at some point, it might be worth since it will protect your commander or one of the other 5 non-zombies you have.
Rooftop Storm: I am a little against cutting this one, i have not playtested this deck so have not seen how it performs. I understand that it has a high CMC, and you will rarely have that many zombies in your hand for this to have an strong effect. But if you end cutting a little more non-creatures and add some more zombies, it might be good to keep in. You do only have 17/18 zombies so i see the reason of maybe cutting it, but maybe it just the fact of free zombies that makes one want to keep it.
Dictate of Erebos: Same effect as Grave Pact but with flash and 1 more in CMC, depends on how useful Grave Pact is, and for me 5 mana and a flash card seem a bit expensive, even though you probably have a good amount of lands untapped. But Leyline of Anticipation and Vedalken Orrery will give Grave Pact flash. It really comes down to if the effect is worth having 2 card slot taking the up the same affect to make sure you get it.
Psychic Strike: Its nice for a counterspell to mill an opponent since it ups your commanders target for eternalize effect, but for a counterspell it seems a bit weak, and other cards might have a bigger impact.
Overseer of the Damned: Too expensive, completely agree. Combos well with Grave Pact, but tapping out 7 mana for this effect is saddening since it will likely be a big target the second it comes out. And if you draw it early game it feels like a set back, even though you will scry away from it very quickly.
One Land: How is your experience with you mana availibilty? You have a 3.08 Average CMC which is a bit but nicely low for a zombie deck, might be another reason to cut Rooftop Storm. The most common and spread mana base for a commander deck is 46 mana sources (38 lands and 8 accelerants) You have 36 lands and 7 accelerants, so a bit less. It might work but for me it seems like it should rather have an extra land instead of cutting one :) But if yuo want to cut one, i have a hard time seeing how good Winding Canyons is in this deck.
But these are all my considerations on your possible cuts.
2 days ago
I love zombie Tribal, I am running The Cranberries with an eyepatch... couple suggestions for cards i love in my deck:
Fleshbag Marauder is great, you can sac him as he comes into play, and then if you can recur him, you get a second ETB effect out of him.
Grave Titan although not a Zombie, his ability to create more would sync very nicely with your God, and again, his ETB effect is great when you bring him back.
Sepulchral Primordial -- Again, not a zombie, but he is kinda on theme with pulling creatures out of graves
Rooftop Storm - clutch card if you can get a fist full of zombies and pump them all out at once.
Moonlight Bargain great tutor for a deck with grave recursion, you put the ones you want into your hand, and the zombies can go into your grave to be drawn out later
Reality Shift - Ok, its not zombie themed, but I do mention it as a great way to get rid of pesky indestructible guys.
Liliana's Mastery I dont know how much enchantment destruction your group plays with, but I find this lives longer than any zombie lord I ever play.
2 days ago
Card that I am thinking about cutting (Potentially):
3 days ago
As for the cards you already play, I would have some candidates for a cut. Rooftop Storm is pretty weak card, especially since you play under 20 zombies. Not worth 7 mana to play 3-4 cmc zombie for free. Paradox Haze seems nice but usually you dont have that much Zombies in play for it to matter (and if you do your opponents are doing something wrong :-)) Endless Ranks of Dead seems also sweet but for it to be relevant you would really have to overextend which usually results in boardwipe.
With such low zombie count I really don't think Gisa and Geralf are that great in the deck, I would rather play Havengul Lich which can cast any creature from ANY graveyard and its also a zombie. Honestly I cut all 4-mana lords, leaving ony 3-mana ones. But it really depends how deep you want to invest into the tribal theme. Right now I am experimenting with Liliana's Reaver and Evil Twin in that slot.
1 week ago
For recursion like Oversold Cemetery, Meren of Clan Nel Toth will be great. Palace Siege is another good option. Also, Eternal Witness and Regrowth. I don't think Reclaim and Vile Rebirth do enough in here. I see why you have Repopulate, Death Denied, and Gravepurge, but not sure there aren't better cards to go with, like maybe Haunted Crossroads.
I think I'd get rid of cards like Cremate and Dark Dabbling. If you have them there mostly for the cantrip, better card draw engines like Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena, and Rhystic Study will serve you better. Sylvan Library would be better for card draw early on. Also, it goes along with the library manipulation I mentioned earlier with cards like Mirri's Guile, Soothsaying, and Sensei's Divining Top.
Rooftop Storm + Altar of Dementia + Gravecrawler give you an infinite win combo if you can get the pieces set and go off. I always like to have some combo like this in a deck if I can work it it. Fatestitcher is a great Zombie to have, too. Intruder Alarm might also provide some combo potential.
I'm not sure the infect theme would fit in with what you want to do here, but that's up to you to decide. I hope this helps some.
1 week ago
Gisa and Geralf have a similar mill ability when they come into play. Since your in blue, a Deadeye Navigator can help with making it happen more often. Altar of Dementia, Undercity Informer, and Hermit Druid all help your mill goal. Rooftop Storm + Gravecrawler will give you options for really going crazy, possibly milling out your opponents as a win condition.
You can also use cards to manipulate your library and engineer somewhat which cards are going in there using cards like Sylvan Library, Mirri's Guile, Soothsaying, and Sensei's Divining Top, although the last option is not budget. Aluren would be out of your budget, too, but is always a nice combo piece.