Stir the Sands


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Standard Legal

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Amonkhet Uncommon

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Stir the Sands


Create three 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

Cycling 3B (3B, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

When you cycle Stir the Sands, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Stir the Sands Discussion

DaringApprentice on Part-ners: Ravos, SoulCycler

2 days ago

This looks like a lot of fun, great to see these blasts from the past get used! One card that you might consider for ramp is Thran Turbine, could give you a free cycle each turn. As for lower CMC creatures, some that I think could be useful are Cryptbreaker, Stoic Champion, Ruthless Sniper, Cho-Arrim Alchemist, Pack Rat, Skirk Ridge Exhumer, Undertaker, and Devout Witness, since they get a different kind of value out of discards than cycling. Similarly, Key to the City and Smuggler's Copter can allow you to use discards for different kinds of value.

As far as other cards related to cycling go, did you consider Ash Barrens, Gilded Light, Stir the Sands, Unearth, Radiant's Judgment, Street Wraith, Viscera Dragger, and Pitiless Vizier? I'm not sure if those fit in perfectly, but they might be worth considering.

If you wanted to make all players discard but have you benefit more from it, you might consider cards like Oppression and Necrogen Mists. I also think Library of Leng is worth looking at, but it might not fit your strategy.

Do you think getting Hellbent is something you are looking to do with this deck? If the former, maybe something like Gibbering Descent, Asylum Visitor, Dark Suspicions, Grim Strider, or Hollowborn Barghest could be interesting. In either case, some card draw like Phyrexian Arena could be very useful.

Also, watch out for Stabilizer!

Tuba1060 on UB cycling control

1 week ago

Yeah, I'm still a little unsure on Stir the Sands. Thinking might replace it, either with Essence Scatter or Pull from Tomorrow. Maybe another land, although I've been generally happy with the mana flow. Hate to lose a cycling option but it feels so often, when I draw it, I'd rather have almost anything else.

escesare on B/W Zombies

1 week ago

Currently you're torn between very aggressive/efficient (Throne of the God-Pharaoh, Wayward Servant, Plague Belcher) and very slow (Wander in Death, Stir the Sands) cards. A deck can do one or the other, otherwise it's just bad at both. Aggro will only play aggressive cards, and even midrange will play aggressive and efficient cards, but neither can afford to play truly slow cards. Those are reserved for control.

That's why I suggested you add more creatures (because they're typically more efficient). If you want to be more midrange/control, you could consider those slower cards.

escesare on B/W Zombies

1 week ago

Your creatures are good. In fact, you want more of them. Plague Belcher really wants to synergize with 4 copies of Doomed Dissenter. And does your budget allow for Metallic Mimic?

You can cut Graf Harvest, Stir the Sands, In Oketra's Name becuase they're all worse than Liliana's Mastery. Wander in Death isn't useful because some of your zombies can already revive themselves.

cromulorf on Zombo Combo

2 weeks ago

@ FullmetalWes

Thank you for the suggestions! I like your list, but I think we're playing to different strengths with our builds. Yours looks like a more smash-face aggro list where mine tends to shine in the mid-game once more tokens have clogged the board. I'll tool around with Binding Mummy tonight and see how to preforms!

As far as Dark Salvation and Stir the Sands are concerned, I actually started with one of each in my list and cut Stir for another Salvation just due to how often it saved my bacon. Could be off on this just due to not enough matches played, time will tell!

FullmetalWes on Zombo Combo

2 weeks ago

I'm excited for BW Standard zombies! I built my version here>Necropowered Army and playtesting on Tappedout here it has been consistently powerful and I would recommend Binding Mummy because he can easily clear a path for your zombies if you can play at least two zombies or have two binding mummies in play. He gets crazy fast. I personally would only run 1 at the most of Dark Salvation, to replace it, I'd say Stir the Sands. Good luck!

Sanizaza on Amonkhet Zombies W/B

3 weeks ago

Stir the Sands would be a good card too. It's got a high cmc but it cycles and still gives you a zombie.

munky702 on Orzhov zombies!

3 weeks ago

I like it all! I'd honestly love to take a lot more embalming creatures to get that Embalmer's Tools to be more effective.

I wouldn't mind taking out Plague Belcher if i found something else to swap it out with.

I was looking at Stir the Sands originally. im okay with it. I'd put that in. I think i was originally looking at things 3 drop and lower. It's all to be a prototype deck. So I'm up for.any changes Nothing is set in stone. (Pun intended)

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