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Creature — Zombie Wizard
Whenever Undead Augur or another Zombie you control is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
Undead Augur Discussion
1 week ago
Dismember doesn't feel right. Maybe change it to another Fatal Push (you have fetches already to trigger it easy without Carrion), Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet , Ghost Quarter or Damping Sphere depending on meta. Your Lilis can be slow in the mainboard and should probably be in the sideboard since you alrrady have a ton of 3 drops. Seeing that you added fetches, you can opt to go Orzhov or Rakdos zombies if you like.
BW can give you Wayward Servant and Corpse Knight which are with Carrion Feeder , Undead Augur , and Gravecrawler on the field. Those colors also give you some hate cards like Kataki, War's Wage and Stony Silence . You also can rely less on 3 drops, have a more efficient curve, and Carrion Feeder becomes a mana sink mid-late game. It's midrange and is efficient.
BR can give you Lightning Bolt , Dreadhorde Butcher , Rakdos Charm , and Abrade . You don't have to rely on 3 drops since your highest cmc is 2. This is more Aggro and is pretty fast against slow decks like control.
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
1 month ago
Hey, nice start, well made first version.
I think it's a mistake to play more Forests and Islands than Swamps because you need Swamps more than any other lands to play Zombies. Consider less Forests, less Islands replacing with more Swamps and dual lands? Lands within the deck's budget to consider adding:
- Llanowar Wastes
- Underground River
- Tainted Wood : only if add more Swamps.
- Blooming Marsh
- City of Brass
- Ash Barrens
Undead Augur and Cryptbreaker are great tribal Zombie cards. I especially like the interaction of these Zombies with Gravecrawler . Cryptbreaker is an engine for Zombie tribal which is busted for a one drop. Carrion Feeder is another one drop Zombie who has good interaction with Gravecrawler and Augur. Plague Belcher has a good Zombie tribal ability. Wonder is powerful when you have discard outlets, good with Island dual lands (Watery, Breeding, Sunken and Fetid). Buried Alive can tutor for Gravecrawler and Wonder and put them into your graveyard. Having another way to tutor for Gravecrawler and other Zombies and get them into the graveyard is helpful to play them with Muldrotha. Deathrite Shaman is not a Zombie, but its a great versatile card in multiplayer Commander. Mystic Remora and Animate Dead are excellent cards to replay with Muldrotha.
Some cards that are within the deck's budget that are upgrades:
- Nature's Lore > Rampant Growth: because playing Forest dual lands ( Breeding Pool and Overgrown Tomb ).
- Beast Within > Murder
- Diabolic Intent > Diabolic Tutor
- Final Parting > Razaketh's Rite
- Chromatic Lantern > Gilded Lotus
- Liliana, Death's Majesty > Liliana, Untouched By Death
Cards to consider cutting:
- 4x Forest
- 4x Island
- Rampant Growth
- Razaketh's Rite
- Diabolic Tutor
- Gilded Lotus
- Liliana, Untouched By Death
- Risen Executioner
- Soulless One
- Curse of the Bloody Tome
- Dread Summons
- Graf Harvest
- Kindred Dominance
- Havengul Lich
- Noosegraf Mob
- Kodama's Reach
Consider cutting Ashnod's Altar , Altar of Dementia and Door of Destinies to clear enough price to add Phyrexian Altar ? Because of having Gravecrawler then Phyrexian Altar is a big upgrade since it can make colored mana which can combo with Gravecrawler and another Zombie. Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
I'd consider dropping Adaptive Automaton for Undead Augur . It'll give you an extra draw source, which is very important. It also comes down at 1 less CMC, making your curve a little better. You don't really need more than 8 lords in Zombies.
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx would work pretty well in here. Especially if paired with a few Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . It'll give you some pretty explosive mana in the mid game, making your higher CMC spells easier to cast and sometimes just letting you dump a whole hand.
Unearth is also now Modern legal. You can be more aggressive with your creatures if you know you can just put them back on the battlefield for 1 mana after losing them.
1 month ago
I love zombies. I have a few things to say about your deck that I think you should consider though. In your sideboard, you play Engineered Explosives , this is very bad in mono black because you can only get up to 1 counter on it. for mono colored decks, a similar effect can be achieved with Blast Zone or more conventionally Ratchet Bomb . About Undead Augur , life is worth far less than a card, and being able to replace zombies that have died is what I think puts this tribe over the top. Basically, I dont think lifeloss is going to be a problem, as this is the only card that will deal damage to you in your entire deck. Being mono colored means you dont take damage from your lands, making this card all the much safer. now about lands, Mutavault is awesome, but I am not sure if it has a place in zombies. The problem is that zombies require a lot of black mana, and being stuck with a Mutavault instead of another black source can be backbreaking. I see you have Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to solve that, but it can really only be a one of, so it doesn't do a good job of solving the problem. Also Relentless Dead is Awesome, I'd try to run 4. Also Consider adding Aether Vial , trust me it is very good being able to play an instant speed Undead Augur or Carrion Feeder , or be able to put a Relentless Dead on the battlefield with mana open on turn 3 vs a heavy removal deck.
In short this is what I would say:
+1 Zombie Lord
-1 Engineered Explosives (Sideboard)
+1 Ratchet Bomb (Sideboard)
+4 Aether Vial
-4 Something, rly up to you, probably Smuggler's Copter and something else.
Anyways, awesome deck, you had some stuff in there that I never heard of and I am 100% adding now. Feel free to check out the deck I made, http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/16-06-19-mono-black-zombies/?cb=1560
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
- Liliana, Dreadhorde General I put her in immediately, I really like her so far. Only upsides and potential carddraw.
- Gleaming Overseer Wit its 1/4 Body he is a nice blocker and giving all Tokes menace and hexproof ist purely nice! I think hexproof isnt really the thing we want, but menace makes the army really powerful
- Prismatic Vista I think its currently too expensive to make its cut. We have two colors and manabase isnt really a thing. But if you can spare the change, go for it for sure
- Undead Augur
- Dreadhorde Invasion
- Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
- Eternal Skylord
- Command the Dreadhorde
- God-Eternal Bontu
All Other cards I can sum up: It really doesnt make something better as the existing cards so you can try but I wouldnt test too much. I mean, some effects are really nice, but they are too dependend on special situations.
1 month ago
- Undead Augur as a replacement for Midnight Reaper and
- Yawgmoth, Thran Physician in place of Priest of Forgotten Gods . More expensive but better as a draw engine and part of a win con line with Mikaeus.
I am also testing out Cabal Therapist but am a little lukewarm on it.
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