Unburial Rites


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Uncommon
Innistrad (ISD) Uncommon

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Unburial Rites


Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

Flashback (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Unburial Rites Discussion

aogoli on Zombies Zombies Zombies

3 days ago

It's not easy to conciliate the cards you are showing. I tried and i hope i can give you some help. I believe you should try to keep the battlefield clear from your enemy's threats (im thinking of creatures mostly, or do better and study possible decks you might face). In my case i changed the aggro format, to keep more options on sidedeck.

In case you accept this change i imagine you will answer well to your enemy cards, then you can try to cast your cards either from your hand or graveyard. More precisely, these are the creatures i was thinking of: Butcher Ghoul, Dread Wanderer or Gravecrawler; and cast Lord of the Accursed and Indulgent Tormentor with Unburial Rites or some other reanimation card like Exhume or Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip. You can discard these last creatures either with Cryptbreaker or Zombie Infestation (which i think may do better, just try to keep some lands in hand after you have more than 4 lands in play just to keep using the enchantment ability).

I thought of Indulgent Tormentor because you can draw more cards, but you might want to try an hardcore zombie of your preference.

About the cards that can clear the battlefield: Drown in Sorrow, Flaying Tendrils, Innocent Blood, Dismember, Vendetta, or even Damnation (the only cost 4 im mentioning).

For the sidedeck this is the example of something that can answer to different threats: 4x Pithing Needle, 4x Scrabbling Claws, and 4x Phylactery Lich.

But, for example, if you go against an burn deck with no creature surely would be hard to win.

About maybeboard i thought of Rotting Rats, just because with it you can try to run down your enemy strategy close to zero, however it escapes the tempo of the deck a bit.

Hope i helped, zombies are really fun to play, the possibilities almost never run out. Good luck.

Duke.Fleed on Esper Midrange (W/U/B)

1 week ago

Welcome back to magic and the best format, modern! Esper is a great color combination, some of the best removal and some of the grindiest capabilities out there. I'm not sure how budget you are looking to go or how much you are willing to spend so I will give some suggestions in both categorizes.

Budget suggestions:

  1. Timely Reinforcements one thing that I have notice, both playing against and playing with esper decks, is that even though the color combo has some great removal some times you need higher impact cards than point removal but you also need more efficient cards than board wipes. Lingering Souls, which you already have, is a great example of this kind of card. Timely Reinforcements is another great way to combat highly aggressive decks (which are popular right now).

  2. Azorius Signet is one of my favorite ways to accelerate mana in control decks. This is important in fast metagames though it sucks to draw late. This kind of card is really up to you if you want to include it.

  3. Tidehollow Sculler is an interesting choice for a midrange style of this deck, in that it can attack along with disrupting their game plan.

  4. Something you might consider, since you are in the right colors for it, is playing Thopter Foundry+Sword of the Meek combo as your way to grind. Many people have been trying to make it work with cards like Whir of Invention or Tezzeret the Seeker or Glint-Nest Cranes to find either the foundry or the sword. this might be a cool include.

  5. gaining in popularity, Logic Knot has shown itself to be very powerful, especially in decks that play many cantrips like Serum Visions, Opt, and Thought Scour.

Non budget suggestions:

  1. lands! I'm sure you are aware of shock lands, since you played during innastrad, but you missed onslaught fetchlands being printed into modern. So now you have access to Flooded Strand/Polluted Delta+Hallowed Fountain/Watery Grave.

  2. A very strong combo in esper is Gifts Ungiven+Unburial Rites+Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite/Iona, Shield of Emeria. Turn 4, end of their turn, you cast Gifts Ungiven and only get Unburial Rites and whatever you want to reanimate, they have to choose to send them both to your graveyard. When you untap you will have the mana to reanimate whatever you got.

  3. along with Path to Exile, Fatal Push is the new hotness in black.

  4. Cryptic Command is a must

  5. Remand is often more useful than Mana Leak especially because you are trying to get to the mid game and many decks are running mostly one drops. But ultimately, that one is up to your preference.

  6. Celestial Colonnade is a must include for control decks. You mentioned that you wanted to keep it mid range. Even so, this is a fantastic way to close out games after a board wipe. Creeping Tar Pit is a very good alternative to colonnade.

I hope these suggestions were helpful. If you get tired of the esper deck, you can check out my podcast where we brew a new modern deck every episode.

ghostfire86 on Kaalia of the Vast

1 week ago

Rakdos the Defiler, who shuts down opponents on the sneaked drop Kaalia gives him while negating his initial effect that one turn. Basically a second Master of Cruelties.

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder is a decent shell that gains you draws on the cheap. Crucible of Worlds, Sinkhole, and Ghost Quarter is a nice add on to this if you go land destruction later. If you added him Id get rid of Unburial Rites instead because he would trigger off of Living Death for each creature they sacrificed.

Magus of the Moat is just money for a Kaalia deck.

Bastion Protector is a nice add on for protection and commander damage buff that most dont consider for Kaalia. Death by commander damage using Kaalia? Is tha even a thing? Yep.

Demon of Wailing Agonies is lovely for forcing sacs.

Archfiend of Depravity is solid.

Anteus3575 on Sultai Reanimator options for grave ...

1 week ago

The best colors for the reanimator strategy in modern is esper .
With Unburial Rites and Gifts Ungiven, at my LGS this guy plays esper reanimator and it's really good. But if you want to stick with just sultai then Gifts Ungiven and some big creatures and cheapish reanimating spells is ideal, I don't really know many sultai reanimator spells tho.

Duke.Fleed on Esper Control/Delve

2 weeks ago

As soon as I saw this deck, and how many 1 of cards were in here, I knew what it needed. Gifts Ungiven and Unburial Rites. If you dont know the trick, you can choose to only get two cards with gifts (Unburial Rites and any creature) then your opponent has to put them in the graveyard. This means, if you did it on their endstep, you can untap and play your big guy out of the graveyard. Also, in an esper gifts deck, you can essentially go and get whatever you need as long as you combine it with Snapcaster Mage or Lingering Souls.

duff87 on Ayli, pilgrim of eternal sacrifice

2 weeks ago

Philigan87,Tree of Perdition : ive been looking for one for awhile now,i still need to find one!

Smothering Abomination : totally agree.i only have a single copy though, and its being used in my meren.

Oketra's Monument & Bontu's Monument: totally had both of these in my original build but ended up taking them out and im sort of torn about it. I wouldnt know what to cut.

Westvale Abbey  Flip : totally agree. but again, i have to get another one,because the one i have is in meren

Butcher of Malakir : i do have him in my sideboard, i took him out for Defiant Bloodlord. Im not sure which one fits better! im torn between the two. Maybe i should cut Resolute Archangel. What do you think?As for the other two enchantments, yes i do need to get those.

Archangel of Thune:read the description :[

Miraculous Recovery thats a good recursion spell, and i thought about putting it in here, but it didnt quite make the cut. I do have a Unburial Rites coming in the mail though.

And Felidar Sovereign is already on the list. Its an auto include in any lifegain deck, so i absolutely agree with you.

Thank you for the upvote!

MarcosTithes on Life After Death

3 weeks ago

Why would you play Rise from the Grave and not a full playset of Unburial Rites when these are strictly better?

LeaPlath on The God Pharaoh's Perdition

4 weeks ago

So I think there are some better options for these cards.

For a start I think the deck is better as UR. The reasoning for this is Trash for Treasure, Faithless Looting and Shriekhorn. These give more consistancy and discard as needed for cheaper, as well as a way to get back GPG.

Combine with cheaper cantrips and protection like Remand. Gifts Ungiven can set up a winning graveyard or be combined with other spells like Unburial Rites.

Then for targets you have better ones in my opinion. Angel of Invention is probably OK. But also consider Griselbrand, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and similar.

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