Tenacious Dead

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Magic 2014 Uncommon

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Tenacious Dead

Creature — Skeleton Warrior

When Tenacious Dead dies, you may pay . If you do, return it to the battlefield tapped under its owner's control.

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Tenacious Dead Discussion

sonnet666 on Scorpion god combo (CEDH)

1 month ago

Your curve is a little high, and you're overthinking your win conditions.

Think about it this way:

Infinite mana + Walking Ballista = Win

Infinite mana + Your commander + A creature you can kill repeatedly = Draw your deck

If you draw your deck, then you're always going to run into Walking Ballista and you're always going to win. (Altar of Dementia would kill the table at this point too.)

So really, all you need to have a guaranteed win is infinite mana, plus any ONE of the following: Reassembling Skeleton, Tenacious Dead, Relentless Dead, Bloodsoaked Champion, or ANY undying creature.

Geralf's Messenger isn't even necessary for this combo to work. (The 3 black actually makes it a bit more unwieldy than a Pyreheart Wolf or Butcher Ghoul would be.)

That also means that all of the following are win-more and overkill: Mike-and-Trike, Kiki-Zealous, Redcap, Blood Artist, Purphoros, Impact Tremors, Goblin Sledder, Nim Deathmantle, Viscera Seer, Phyrexian Delver, Metallic Mimic, and Doomsday (you don't have support for this).

Cutting all that would lower your curve significantly (making Ad Nauseam work better) and allow you to include more tutors, better draw factor (Dark Confidant), and have back up combos that actually contribute to and synergize with your main strategy.

NarejED once made a great observation about how people think that the more combos they fit in their cEDH deck, the better it is, when really all they're doing is scattering their deck's gameplan, and making sure their combos don't have enough support to be reliable.

That's kind of what you're doing here. You have Worldgorger, an infinite mana combo, Mike/Trike, a counter / damage combo, Kiki/Zealous, a token / combat combo, and then Doomsday with no Doomsday cards. Those couldn't be farther from supporting each other.

Without a doubt you should go with Worldgorger, seeing as it plays so well with your commander, but if you do include a backup combo, it's probably best to go with something else that makes infinite mana, because that really seems to be the heart of this deck, or at least something that takes advantage of Scorpion Bro's counter effect. (My recommendation: just keep Mikaeus and take out Triskelion. Mike + Walking Ballista + sac outlet works just as well, and then everything has a use by itself.)

(Sidenote: It just occurred to me that this infinite mana plan runs super similarly to Lyzolda, the Blood Witch, except she doesn't even need an extra creature to kill. Maybe we should move her up...)

merrowMania on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 month ago

sonnet666 - He can't put counters on himself nor does he return to your hand immediately. He does go infinite with Reassembling Skeleton, Tenacious Dead, and Relentless Dead.

GoldenDiggle on Anowon's Ritual

4 months ago

Hey! I think this deck looks fun! My favorite thing to do in black is sac.

I think that you could make good use of an Ashnod's Altar. It's nice to dump into an Exsanguinate, Tenacious Dead and Reassembling Skeleton can be sac'd as many times as you have , Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief and Dark Impostor make great use of the ability with pacts out.

I think that Yahenni, Undying Partisan is a perfect fit in this deck as well. Things die and (s)he can sac them.

Fallen Ideal kicks a lot of butt, and ends the game with a pact. Not to mention it recurs itself.

Deck looks good! +1!

Dredgar on Skeleton Tribal

5 months ago

Yes, Tenacious Dead is a long winded regenerate lol. But if something says "it can't be regenerated" it does not apply to him

Dredgar on Skeleton Tribal

5 months ago

Awesome tribal! Have you considered Reassembling Skeleton or Tenacious Dead?

Eron_the_Relentless on The Ungrateful Dead ($9)

6 months ago

Always a lot of fun with casual tribal, and appreciate the deck description. I don't see this is going to win a lot of times though. Replace a couple of lands and some of the "worse" Skeletons with a bit of removal and maybe some carddraw, and you could stand a chance against even decks with flying creatures(not sure anyone plays with these annoying, winged, irritating pests anymore nowadays, but you never know;-) ) Bone Splinters is kinda on theme, and catches almost everything, and combines together with fe.Altar's Reap excellent with your Reassembling Skeletons and Tenacious Deads. Have fun with your Skeletons!

brambleman on

6 months ago

Reassembling Skeleton may cost 1 more up front than Tenacious Dead but it can be revived ny time, not just immediately as it dies

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