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Creature — Zombie
When Skinrender enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature.
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3 days ago
AltSilhouette those sound great! I'll switch out Butcher Ghoul. Soul Snuffers sounds pretty crazy with Nest of Scarabs so I might try buying a play set of them and maybe sideboarding them out with Skinrender.
5 days ago
I realize that Screams from Within doesn't produce a -1/-1 counter. The reason I suggested it to you is that it has the ability to make your other spells that create -1/-1 counters work much more efficiently because of it's 'return to the battlefield on enchanted creature dying' ability. In your deck, I think the two effects, that is, the abundance of -1/-1 effects and Screams from Within's persistent, reusable -1/-1 effect, would complement each other really well.
Perhaps you have considered the card in depth, but in the case where you haven't, I've tried to describe some examples below of how the card could help your deck be better, because I want to help you understand what I mean.
You would use Vhati's ability to give an opponent's creature a toughness of one, the cast Screams on it to send it to the graveyard, after which Screams would return to the battlefield to enchant another creature of your choice. Next turn, Vhati would give the newly enchanted creature a toughness of one, and then Screams would do the send-creature-to-graveyard, return-itself-to-battlefield dance again, ready to destroy another creature next turn.
Another example. Screams from Within gives spells like Skinrender additional killing power once Screams from Within has been returned from the battlefield more that three times after killing a creature, in such a way it's like your getting a mana discount on your destroy creature spells and abilities.
As an example, imagine you have already had Screams from Within return to the battlefield after killing three of your opponent's creatures (perhaps they are playing a weenie deck, and you played an early, low powered Black Sun's Zenith while having Screams from Within on the battlefield to get multiple creature kills). Screams from Within currently enchants a 4/4. Next turn you plan to play Skinrender.
Skinrender, as you know, allows you to put three -1/-1 counters on the creature of your choice when it comes onto the battlefield. So you could put those counters on the opponent's 3/3 creature (the former 4/4), and use Screams from Within to finish the job and send it to the graveyard.
In the above scenario, if Blowfly Infestation was on the battlefield when Black Sun's Zenith was played, that would be at least three -1/-1 counters from your opponent's flyblown dead critters and an extra -1/-1 from the dead 4/4 creature killed by Skinrender.
1 week ago
Grave Titan, Fleshbag Marauder, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Noosegraf Mob and Triskelion when they go down to 1 counter, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Sedraxis Alchemist, and Skinrender can all utilize the closet.
4 weeks ago
Bane of Progress, Puppeteer Clique, Fecundity, Meren of Clan Nel Toth, Skinrender, Cauldron of Souls, Triumph of the Hordes, Creakwood Liege, Awakening Zone, Phyrexian Arena, Contagion Engine, Eldrazi Monument, Harbinger of Night, Cinderhaze Wretch, Nullmage Shepherd, Song of the Dryads
1 month ago
Keep in mind that Curse of Shallow Graves is not Modern-legal.
It seems like you want this deck to be rather aggressive. I would at the least suggest Vile Rebirth and Moan of the Unhallowed (Gisa's Bidding works similarly) to get your army started early. Having Army of the Damned as a 4-of is not a good idea, as you may flood your opening hand with them. Having it at a 2 or 3-of and having lower-CMC cards that generate tokens would be helpful.
There's a bit of a contradiction going on in your creature base. You want to have Zombies in the graveyard to cast Skaab Goliath and boost Diregraf Colossus, and yet your creatures hold several incentives for the opponent to NOT kill or block them, or they can't be blocked at all (I am looking specifically at Vedalken Ghoul and Rancid Rats here, and I can never talk smack about Diregraf Captain because I love it too much). If you want to set up Goliath/Colossus, you may want to find different creatures or get some cards that send your own cards to the graveyard (the latter can be rather expensive, though).
Hope this helps!
1 month ago
You made a post, and so I return.
If you're going to have a Zombie token deck, you should focus on just tokens. To that end, Gravecrawler, Spiteful Returned and Skinrender are not helping you. You want more instants and sorceries so you can control the board. In my deck I only use Lord creatures and Grave Titan and it has proven to be a worthwhile decision.
If you want a bigger board presence, make more tokens. I still recommend Rise from the Tides for that, but you would need more instants/sorceries to pull that off.
1 month ago
scheerlc8520, thanks for your suggestions. I only play a couple high drop creatures because I hate being stuck with a hand full of high cost early game. I depend on at least a turn 2, 3, 4, and multiples on 5 play. I'll add Gisela instead of Tyrant's Familiar, though. I was torn on which one to use but Gisela seems better now that I think about it more.
As far as removal, I like to have it on sticks in this deck. War Priest of Thune, Enlightened Ascetic, Duergar Hedge-Mage, Skinrender, Firemane Avenger, Odric, Master Tactician all help with removal, also forcing them to block or else they die is kind of a soft removal. I have Ob Nix as well, and I'm more focused on getting a board presence and attacking than removing what my opponents play. My playgroup isn't super creature heavy, so that helps too. I'll look about adding some more removal spells, though, just in case.