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The Scarab God
Legendary Creature — God
At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses X life and you scry X, where X is the number of Zombies you control.
: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Create a token that's a copy of it, except it's a 4/4 black Zombie.
When The Scarab God is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, return it to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.
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The Scarab God Discussion
1 week ago
1 week ago
"One-card wincons" to consider: Insurrection , Expropriate , Painful Quandary , Rise of the Dark Realms , Revel in Riches , Cut / Ribbons . Perhaps Clone Legion , Rite of Replication , Mogis, God of Slaughter , Hour of Promise , Blatant Thievery , Grave Betrayal , or Mind's Dilation .
One thing to think about is getting Nicol Bolas flipped and maybe joined by the other planeswalkers and casting Obliterate , Jokulhaups , Devastation , or Decree of Annihilation . Almost guaranteed ultimates. Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God would be the best--proxy for now and include in first build?
Boardwipes: Toxic Deluge , Black Sun's Zenith , Hour of Devastation , Decree of Pain , Curse of the Swine , In Garruk's Wake , Deadly Tempest , Evacuation , Nevinyrral's Disk , Last One Standing , Perilous Vault , Oblivion Stone , Kindred Dominance , Necromantic Selection , Subterranean Tremors
Removal: Capsize , Bedevil , Hero's Downfall , Chaos Warp , Kolaghan's Command , Reality Shift , Pongify , Rapid Hybridization , Vraska's Contempt , Rakdos Charm , Price of Fame , In Bolas's Clutches , Plaguecrafter , Merciless Executioner , Fleshbag Marauder , Unstable Obelisk , Vandalblast , By Force , Shatterstorm , Hostage Taker , Yawgmoth's Vile Offering , Settle the Score , Dark Impostor , Hour of Glory , Sever the Bloodline , Silence the Believers , Spread the Sickness , Slave of Bolas , Electrodominance
Draw: (I would add Erebos once you're home) Patient Rebuilding , Phyrexian Arena , Greed , Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Notion Thief , Windfall , Mystical Tutor , Blue Sun's Zenith , Pull from Tomorrow , Stroke of Genius , Braingeyser , Mind Spring , Expansion / Explosion , Invoke the Firemind , Deliver Unto Evil , Augur of Bolas , Painful Truths , Fevered Visions , Search for Azcanta Flip, Fact or Fiction , Dig Through Time , Treasure Cruise , Tidings , Thassa, God of the Sea , Day's Undoing , Reforge the Soul , Standstill , Deep Analysis , Necrologia , Steady Progress , Tezzeret's Gambit , Oath of Jace
Random utility: Ophiomancer , Metallurgic Summonings , As Fortold, Pendrell Mists , No Mercy , Stranglehold , Fated Return , Dark Intimations , Spellseeker , Sire Of Insanity , Thief of Sanity , Spark Double , Primal Amulet Flip, Dragon's Hoard , Mystic Retrieval , Shreds of Sanity , Spelltwine , Ashiok, Dream Render , Torpor Orb , Baleful Strix , Darksteel Myr , Solemn Simulacrum , Wayfarer's Bauble , Vedalken Orrery , Saheeli, Sublime Artificer , Will Kenrith , Mana Geyser , Gem of Becoming , Thran Dynamo , Narset, Parter of Veils , Keranos, God of Storms , Thrilling Encore , Star Compass , Coldsteel Heart , Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs , Ensnaring Bridge , Crawlspace , Expedition Map , Burnished Hart , Torment of Scarabs , Cruel Reality , Mnemonic Betrayal , Yawgmoth's Will , Bloodchief Ascension , Nightscape Familiar , Gonti, Lord of Luxury , Thaumatic Compass Flip, Dreadhorde Invasion , Fraying Omnipotence , Thrummingbird , Viral Drake , Past in Flames , Mizzix's Mastery , Omniscience , Tainted AEther , Aid the Fallen , Deepglow Skate , Flux Channeler , Rings of Brighthearth , Silent Arbiter , Meekstone , Mudslide , Astral Cornucopia , Everflowing Chalice , Lethal Vapors , Sunbird's Invocation , Stolen Strategy , Maze of Ith , Spreading Plague , Merchant Scroll , Polluted Bonds , Black Market , Grave Upheaval , Memory Plunder , Pain Magnification
Beaters: Dragonlord Silumgar , The Scorpion God , The Locust God , The Scarab God , God-Eternal Kefnet , God-Eternal Bontu , Darksteel Colossus , Colossus of Akros , Visara the Dreadful , Tsabo Tavoc , Avatar of Woe , Balefire Dragon , Nicol Bolas , Hellkite Tyrant , Bladewing the Risen , Grave Titan , Inferno Titan , Steel Hellkite , Vampire Nighthawk , Torrential Gearhulk , Noxious Gearhulk , Combustible Gearhulk , Dominus of Fealty , Roil Elemental , Tidespout Tyrant , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Keiga, the Tide Star , Ryusei, the Falling Star , Wrexial, the Risen Deep , Etali, Primal Storm , Nezahal, Primal Tide , Tetzimoc, Primal Death , Dread , The Haunt of Hightower , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Enigma Drake , Crackling Drake , Archfiend of Depravity , Sheoldred, Whispering One , Thing in the Ice Flip, Niv-Mizzet, Parun , Sepulchral Primordial , Molten Primordial , Diluvian Primordial , Ob Nixilis, Unshackled , Sire of Stagnation , Utvara Hellkite
1 week ago
- -1 The Scarab God / +1 God-Eternal Bontu
- -1 Lat-Nam's Legacy / +1 Intuition
- -1 Soul Diviner / +1 Echo of Eons
I found the Scarab God to be too slow and clunky. I rarely wanted to activate his ability when he hit the board. Bontu is an actual zombie, adds some card draw, punch, and recurs. I also, begrudgingly, removed Lat-Nam's Legacy (a pet card of mine) for Intuition. Intuition is just better and serves as a tutor of sorts instead of random draw. The Soul Diviner was just a dead card too often to be useful. I needed more card draw. Echo of Eons is beautiful.
1 week ago
I found the Scarab God to be too slow and clunky. I rarely wanted to activate his ability when he hit the board. Bontu is an actual zombie, adds some card draw, punch, and recurs.
2 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
MoizyBoy, the main combo is casting Isochron Scepter and imprinting Dramatic Reversal . This requires having enough mana rocks (not lands) to produce at least 3 mana, preferably including one or more colors. When you activate the Scepter for 2 generic mana, you get to cast a copy of Dramatic Reversal, which untaps all your nonland permanents, including the mana rocks and the Scepter. Since it costs 2 to activate but you make 3 mana each time, you can generate infinite mana. With Torment of Hailfire , this makes an infinitely large Torment, which will win the game on the spot if it resolves. You can also cast a not-infinite but still really big Torment using Cabal Coffers and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth .
You can also cast Omniscience , which lets you cast spells from your hand without paying any mana. If you follow that up with Obliterate , you'll be able to cast spells (because Omniscience), but nobody else can because you blew up all the lands and artifacts and creatures. You should be able to capitalize on that to win, even just with combat damage by casting creatures for free and attacking, or by reanimating dead creatures out of your opponents graveyards if they have something better.
There's a small amount of reanimation to let you grab threats from opponents graveyards and win that way, with or without the above. The Scarab God could potentially even drain teh table by making 4/4 Zombie token copies of creatures in the grave, and with additional Zombie tokens from Waste Not .
All of the card draw can combine with The Locust God to make enough flying hasty Insect tokens to swarm the table and win through combat damage.
And of course with Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God and The Elderspell you can potentially win from Bolas's ultimate ability. You'll need to Damnation or similar to kill all teh Legendary creatures first, and you need at least 2 other Planeswalkers on teh board (they can be yours or another players, doesnt matter) to do it all in one turn, but the Elderspell killing at least 2 other walkers will let Bolas hit his ultimate, and if there are no other players with a Planeswalker or Legendary creature, you just win. It's like if Nicol Bolas won the War of the Spark storyline, which is perfect.
Those are the main options. Most everything else is an enabler to get one of those things to happen.
3 weeks ago
Thanks for all the tips, already made a few changes to the deck now that I'm quite happy with. Still considering making more changes. I have now included Mind Stone and Basalt Monolith for more ramp. Also running Frantic Search , Careful Study and Ancient Excavation now.
I also added a few more lands that I can sack to get more value out of Crucible of Worlds , not looking to invest too much money in lands though because of the overall low impact of including those expensive lands ( Cabal Coffers being the only thing I might really want because of its high impact). Three sac lands was really not enough to justify Crucible of Worlds , honestly should've done something about that far sooner.
Going to consider putting Harvester of Souls in the deck, not going to invest in a Damnation however, a bit too expensive for what it does. More likely to run Life's Finale or Necromantic Selection instead if I feel like I need more boardwipes.
Wanted to mention why I run Unstable Obelisk . It's in the deck as a way for me to deal with non-creature permanents, it's more a removal spell that also acts as a mana-rock instead of the other way around. It's also a great bartering tool in my opinion (not to mention Ashes to Ashes is also kinda unattractive since I don't want to exile creatures, I'd rather have them die so I can Eternalize them with The Scarab God ).
I did end up cutting Soul Ransom , but the card was honestly used more to gain card advantage, I was totally fine with people discarding two and letting me draw two (basically Divination and Mind Rot for one card). You can even sack the creature in response to the discard, you still get the cards, but they don't get the creature back. Holding their commander hostage this way is in my opinion pretty good. If you don't draw cards off of it at least you get to have control of the creature, so win-win really (admittedly this card is way worse if they have cards they don't mind discarding in hand, but still, you at least draw two).
What I should've mentioned before is that I'm not too keen on running more tutors. Too many makes the deck too repetitive to play and more importantly, to play against. Friends have already complained about my life-drain combos being a bit much and happening too frequently.
Going infinite is not something I typically look to do either, which is why Gravecrawler is in the maybe section. I know he's incredible, but he kinda feels too easy to exploit, still on the fence about including him.
Overall thank you again for all your ideas, some of the changes you've suggested have helped already and I certainly have plenty of choices to consider now! Feeling a lot more con
3 weeks ago
Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Really well made deck and nice primer, lots of information and it's well written.
This appears to be a deck that you're taking very seriously therefore my advice will learn towards making your deck more competitive. Consider reducing the avg. CMC? Currently it's 3.2, try to get this into 2.0-2.5 territory. I recommend doing this to have a more established battlefield of Zombies before you play Varina therefore you can get value from Varina's Zombie attack ability faster, the turn you play her.
There's 12 five drops here and these are the cards to first look at for cuts. There's many good five drops for Zombies, but there's a few that stand out that you would rather draw than any of the others and those are the cards to keep. The Scarab God , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Living Death , these three are the only five drops you're currently playing you really need. Patriarch's Bidding is another mass reanimation card for Zombies to consider. The other five drops are by no means bad cards they're all good, but they don't actually help in winning the game for you. Scarab and Gray's life loss for all opponents does and Living/Bidding are great enablers for them, getting lots of value from discarding Zombies. Noosegraf Mob is much much worse six drop than Grave Titan , I would cut Mob.
In the place of the five drops add more one and two drops? I'm including cards from Modern Masters in my suggestions:
- Undead Augur
- Metallic Mimic
- Changeling Outcast
- Universal Automaton
- Binding Mummy
- Midnight Reaper
- Buried Alive
- Mystical Tutor
- Dark Confidant
- Talisman of Dominance
- Talisman of Hierarchy
Augur is set to become a staple two drop tribal Zombie in Commander. Entomb and Buried are fast ways to tutor for and get Gravecrawler into your graveyard to reanimate. Mystical is a great enabler for many powerful lines of gameplay. Use it to tutor for another tutor such as Demonic or Enlightened to then get Phyrexian Altar, tutor for Entomb/Buried to setup Gravecrawler, get reanimation spell, etc. Talismans are helpful because they can make black or another color of mana the turn you play them without having to pay mana to make mana. Wonder is powerful when you have a consistent discarding outlet. Many Fetch lands here can search for an Island dual land to activate Wonder.
Other cards to consider cutting:
- Undead Alchemist
- Liliana, Heretical Healer
- Utter End
- Zombie Apocalypse
Land upgrades to consider:
- Silent Clearing > Orzhov Basilica
- Hallowed Fountain > Prairie Stream
- Marsh Flats > Exotic Orchard
- Mana Confluence > Mystic Gate
- City of Brass > Fetid Heath
- Phyrexian Tower > Minamo, School at Water's Edge
Good luck with your deck.
The Scarab God occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%
UB (Dimir): 1.0%