Secrets of the Dead

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual 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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Dark Ascension (DKA) Uncommon

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Secrets of the Dead

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Whenever you cast a spell from your graveyard, draw a card.

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Secrets of the Dead Discussion

ThatGuy4242 on Gisa and Geralf - Zombie Tribal Prototype EDH

1 month ago

First I recommend taking out: Havengul Runebinder, Cemetery Recruitment, Undead Alchemist, Nantuko Husk, Geralf's Masterpiece, Geralf's Mindcrusher, Ashes of the Fallen, Perpetual Timepiece, Secrets of the Dead, Ancient Excavation, Murder, Compelling Deterrence, Liliana's Mastery, Obelisk of Urd, Graf Harvest, and Zombie Infestation, Ghoulcaller's Chant,

Cards that you should put in: Gravecrawler, Gravespawn Sovereign, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Grave Pact, Unholy Grotto, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Living Death, Cryptbreaker, Death Baron, Phyrexian Reclamation, High Market, Corpse Harvester, Balthor the Defiled, Reassembling Skeleton, Skullclamp, Grave Defiler, Graveborn Muse, Zombie Apocalypse, Crypt of Agadeem, Geier Reach Sanitarium, Reliquary Tower, Bojuka Bog, Diabolic Intent, Patriarch's Bidding, and Demonic Tutor.

Alternate commanders or cards to include in the deck could be: The Scarab God and Grimgrin, Corpse-Born

If you are really trying to stay Timmy with the deck, then I won't recommend Phyrexian Altar because it goes infinite with Gravecrawler and any kind of death/ETB trigger, but then again, it does it with Rooftop Storm and a sac outlet too.

Other cards that can be really good in zombies include: Sheoldred, Whispering One, Corpse Connoisseur, Zombie Trailblazer, Twilight's Call, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Demonic Collusion, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Scourge of Nel Toth, River Kelpie, Phyrexian Arena, Attrition, Kokusho, the Evening Star, Burnished Hart, Disciple of Bolas, Harvester of Souls, Damnation, Rune-Scarred Demon, Phenax, God of Deception, Beacon of Unrest, Corpse Augur, Palace Siege, Infernal Caretaker, Contamination, Plague Belcher, Vengeful Dead, Dread Wanderer, Boneknitter, Grimoire of the Dead, Pontiff of Blight, Custodi Lich

Talonisnthavingit on Kess Spellslinger Deck ideas

1 month ago

Of course, you can be the stereotypical instant/sorcery deck by using either Talrand, Sky Summoner or Young Pyromancer. However, some cards that might help in this deck specifically could be Secrets of the Dead, Burning Vengeance and/or River Kelpie

Falkenbach1 on Grimgrin, Corpse-Born: Gravecrawler's Lament

2 months ago

Have you thought about Kindred Discovery ? Costs more than Secrets of the Dead but it triggers alot more (sry i cant make the card to link somehow)

slayingmatt1234 on Kess Control Casual

2 months ago

Now for some cuts:Gamble is bad, and it will make you feel bad. If you want a tutor, you are better off using a cheap black one. Increasing Ambition is a card you can use for example. Cabal Ritual and Dark Ritual are only good for Torment of Hailfire and otherwise they suck in your deck. I'd only keep them if you want your wincon for your deck to be casting and copying cards with big effects like that such as in Cruel Ultimatum, Ribbons, or Exsanguinate, which you could make your wincon, but you'd have to change around your deck. Izzet Charm is a storm card, you don't want this. Secrets of the Dead is way too slow. Just putting in a Sire of Stagnation or something would be most of the time way more efficient.Jace's Sanctum, while not bad, should be replaced by a card coming in Ixalan, Primal Amulet.

I think that the biggest problem with this deck is that it doesn't know how to win. Control with Kess can win in two ways. 1. Infinite Combo (with Laboratory Maniac and Demonic Consultation, Kokusho, the Evening Star and Rite of Replication, or some variation of the Splinter Twin combo). 2. Winning off of either one-shotting or hitting hard over a few turns with cards like Torment of Hailfire that I mentioned before, preferably copying those spells with Increasing Vengeance or Reiterate. You could put an infinite mana combo using Palinchron and Deadeye Navigator in too if you want to go that route.

This should cover most of my complaints. If you still need more things to cut, you probably don't need so many one mana draw spells. They get worse the more there are in your deck. You should really only be using them for the occasional extra draw with Kess when you have nothing to do with her, so only keep the most efficient ones like Gitaxian Probe and Brainstorm, etc.

MagicalHacker on Official MagicalHacker Commander List Update ...

3 months ago

Welcome, fellow planeswalkers, to the Official MagicalHacker Commander List Update (OMCLU) for Commander 2017!

If you are not aware, I have had lists for commander staple effects for a very long time now, and I have been updating them as new sets are released. Unlike other staple lists that showcase individual cards that are commonly used (which http://edhrec.com does better anyways), I instead use these lists to show all cards in categories that have proven to be advantageous to have in Commander. More specifically, these categories of staples are ones that answer certain problems a deck could be experiencing, such as having a hard time against control, not being able to play cards in hand quickly enough, or dealing with problematic commanders. (The full list can be found on my profile.)

The purpose of this thread is three-fold:

  1. To raise public awareness for these lists (which I know to be extremely useful since I use them more than literally any other resource online when building decks), especially for the newest additions to them.

  2. To receive feedback about C17 cards that should be added/removed from lists, as I am only human and make mistakes too.

  3. To receive feedback about older cards that should be added/removed from lists. I'm surprised how many times I miss cards when they should be included.

Commander 2017 is up on Gatherer, so its now time to go through the process of updating my decks! (Sorry for the delay, I was working through some technical difficulties.)


MagicalHacker - List of All Draw Cards (Steady):

MagicalHacker - List of All Draw Cards (Burst):

MagicalHacker - List of All Recursion Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Tutor Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Protecting Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Board Wipe Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Ramp Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All "Tuck" Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Creature Removal Cards:

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MagicalHacker - List of All Counterspell Cards:

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MagicalHacker - List of All Item Removal Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Control Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Pillow Fort Cards:

MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Tutor Cards:

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MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Infinite Cards:

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MagicalHacker - List of All Gold-Hate Cards:

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MagicalHacker - List of All Group Hug Cards:


Thanks for reading the wall of text! If you would like to see the whole list of lists, they can all be found on my profile: MagicalHacker.

Have fun deckbuilding!

merrowMania on kess turns - revised

3 months ago

Not sure if it would be optimal, but Remand and Unsubstantiate allow you to abuse Kess's Not-Literally-Flashback wording (and maybe draw cards). Since you are expecting to chain turn spells, you will likely be able to deny your opponents the ability to recast their spells (be it by winning or wheeling). It does suck that you can't cast both a spell and them out of your graveyard in the same turn, so there is limited utility there.

P.S. - Secrets of the Dead is SO great to see :D

Hybrow on The Cranberries with an eyepatch

4 months ago

Cybersix

Grimgrin, Corpse-Born - I considered him when I was first building because he is a very popular zombie, however I have tried to base this deck around not sacrificing my zombies. So for that reason I didnt add him, his attack ability is nice though.

Rooftop Storm - ?? It is in this deck, maybe you didnt notice it. Yahh, it is great with my commanders ability to cast from the graveyard. Along with Secrets of the Dead, they combo great together.

Undead Alchemist - I like him.. I dont think I have ever looked at him in the past. I dont own one currently, but I will add it to my Maybeboard for the next time I am doing a purchase.

Sheoldred, Whispering One - I absolutely love her, just didnt love her $ cost when I was first building.. But the more I look at her, the more I think she may be worth it. This is going to be the one I end up shelling out for I think.

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed - Definitely not as good as Sheoldred. And he is crazy expensive for a non-zombie addition.

Thanks for the looks. Hybrow

VexenX on [[Primer]]-God of the Rising FULL Moon! Butts Up!!

4 months ago

Below are the Combos that I am adding to the Primer. Just because they are listed, does not mean that they are in my build, but that they COULD be in this deck. My list is not looking to combo out to win, but I do not disregard it as an option for others.


Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar +

OR

Gravecrawler + Rooftop Storm + SACK OUTLET +

Gray Merchant of Asphodel + Rite of Replication: 60+ damage to each opponent and a lot of life.

Grave Titan + Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle = Infinite Zombies

Havengul Lich + Rooftop Storm = All Zombies in GY cost

Gempalm Polluter + Lord of the Undead, Volrath's Stronghold OR Unholy Grotto = The gift that keeps on giving!

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Cabal Coffers = Ya, Just in case you didnt know.

If you run Cloudstone Curio:


Soldcastro: All three of those Enchantments have been game-winners for me. I am rarely upset drawing any of them! They also synergize well in this deck with The Scarab God.

I find that I have the opposite problem when it comes to hand size. I use our Commander's zombie making ability quite a bit, which keep your hand full because you are not spending the mana to cast stuff your hand as much.

Phyrexian Altar is on the way, and will be in the deck for Cemetery Reaper.

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