|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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|Modern Event Deck (MD1)||Uncommon|
|Modern Masters (MMA)||Uncommon|
|Shards of Alara (ALA)||Uncommon|
|Promo Set (000)||Uncommon|
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Artifact Creature — Zombie
When Tidehollow Sculler enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her hand and you choose a nonland card from it. Exile that card.
When Tidehollow Sculler leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to its owner's hand.
Tidehollow Sculler Discussion
3 days ago
I would cut your enchantments and the Ghoulcaller's Chant s. In my experience, cards that synergize with zombies but aren't zombies themselves aren't as good as just playing more zombies. Havengul Lich should go as well since its cmc is too high, and there are better removal spells than Celestial Flare . Your deck is also missing Tidehollow Sculler .
All in all, I suggest these changes:
-4 enchantments; +4 Tidehollow Sculler
2 weeks ago
Hi there, thanks for taking an interest in my decks. About zombies: It's still hard to have a Tier 1 deck, but you can make something really competitive nonetheless. The thing is, as you know, dropping low-cost and efficient creatures is mandatory for Modern. I'll give you some zombie cards to consider, 3 CMC max:
- Carrion Feeder a reprint from Scourge, enables many combos and grows big
- Gravecrawler is a must have
- Relentless Dead also enters in 95% of the decks
- Cryptbreaker is a good 1 drop
- Dread Wanderer is a bit slow for my taste but acceptable
- Undead Augur allows for good card draw and advantage, as many creatures die in this archetype. Beware of burning yourself too much tho
- Tidehollow Sculler demands splashing white but the payoff is worth it
- Death Baron gives amazing Lord buff with deathtouch
- Diregraf Colossus enables token generation and combos really well with Gravecrawler . Not everyone likes him tho
- Lord of the Undead is sometimes prefered on mainboard over the Colossus. Personally I like the tokens better
- Cemetery Reaper is also good
- Gray Merchant of Asphodel deserves a mention because it can turn the tide late game if you have a lot of non-token creatures in play
These are my favorite zombie creatures. There are a few more around but for Modern I think the ones I mentioned are the ones that really shine. But please do search and see if you find any other you prefer
Then you need to worry about interaction. Bet on discard cards like Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek and even Duress , as they are good control and your only way of getting rid of artifacts and enchantments. Creature killers are a must as well: Fatal Push , Spark Harvest , Go for the Throat , Tragic Slip , Dismember or Defile (when you have many basic lands only). The last three kill indestructible creatures
It's a good idea to have some other spells. Reanimation like Ghoulcaller's Chant and Unearth sits well with what we're trying to do. One or two copies of Sign in Blood might be something to consider as well. Also you can try enchantments that benefit on death like Grave Pact or Open the Graves . Endless Ranks of the Dead and Whip of Erebos are amazing too. If you have planeswalkers, do not be tempted by their abilities while forgetting the mana cost and the turns you need to activate ultimates. Liliana, Dreadhorde General is nice but too expensive and slow. Try Liliana, the Last Hope or Liliana, Untouched By Death instead if you insist on planeswalking. If you're lucky enough to have Liliana of the Veil , then use it
Hope I helped somehow. If you have questions please ask! Also, if you like Rakdos I invite you to check my deck Hell Awaits. Have fun and good games
3 weeks ago
Tidehollow Sculler is a good card but doesn’t really add much to the plan. Zombies are relatively midrangey but we’re still trying to aggro. Lazotep Reaver compliments this by adding the amount of bodies getting the anthem. Also gives us extra bodies to use Cryptbreaker and Carrion Feeder .
Thanks for the zombie love!
4 weeks ago
Hi! Do you try Tidehollow Sculler over lazotep reaver? It could be a good adittion to hand discurtion... What do you think? Nice deck, I love zombies
1 month ago
Okay, the easyest ways to upgrade this deck are:
This frees up fourteen slots.
To fill them I would add:
4x Undead Augur
Other (expensive) options:
Gravecrawler is great, but after it spiked, it might be a little to expensive. If you ever do add Gravecrawler , Carrion Feeder is insane. Tidehollow Sculler is one of the best zombies, but without expensive lands, it might not be the right fit.
Thoughtseize : Although you probably don't want to play Inquisition, Sculler and Thoughtseize , they are all good cards. Blood Moon compleatly shuts down some decks, while mostly leaving red decks intact. Leyline of the Void is A+ Sideboard Material, and is always a good cards to play in the 15.
Bloodstained Mire , Polluted Delta , Blackcleave Cliffs and Blood Crypt are all staples of R/B manabases, because of the fetchlands ability to fetch Blood Crypt . Because of this, they are at a crazy price right now, but they are the best.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Great list, I've been trying to brew something similar. What are your thoughts on Tidehollow Sculler and/or Wasteland Strangler as additional ways to abuse the flicker/exile subtheme? I'm also tempted to try 2x Snapcaster in something like this just for value's sake.
2 months ago
Hey my friend,
Really nice deck. I'd like to build a Varina duel commander too. My thoughts about your list is that your curve is way too high for the format. If you face a Kari Zev or another aggro matchups this can be pretty hard for you. It's been like 3 months since your last update. Do you have any feedbacks on your list ?
If you want a competitive build I think you should go around 80/90% control (something like 20 counterspells/5 wraths/15 removals). What I mean is that when you play a counterspell or a removal, it is a card that goes into your graveyard thus fuel for Varina. Especially since Varina ability allows you to keep opened mana for opponent's turns and activate at instant speed on end steps. I imagine Varina competitive decklist like heavy esper control with lifegain/loot on end game. The only zombies I would keep are stapples of the format ( Tidehollow Sculler ...) and really good lords and/or aristocrats on low curve ( Wayward Servant , Diregraf Captain , Death Baron ...). I would cut most of your graveyard recursion since Varina wants to exile cards from your graveyard, cut your ramp (no need to hurry when you play control) and goes around 40 lands (basic for control builds and you can loot them end game).
This is a personal opinion on how I would like to build the list. This doesn't mean it is the perfect path to use :)
Tidehollow Sculler occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.06%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%