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.
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|Modern Horizons (MH1)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Undead Augur Discussion
1 day ago
2 weeks ago
Love the deck. Something to consider is Undead Augur. It's great card advantage. The lifegain from other creatures should offset this guy's only downside. At 2 mana, it's a heck of a value engine to keep your hand stocked. I run 4 in my BW Rally Zombies build.
2 weeks ago
There are 3 reasons why someone would consider including Havengul Lich in their 99: 1) They want to be able to use activated abilities from graveyards for 1 mana. This requires a dedicated decklist. 2) They want to be able to cast creatures from graveyards at instant speed (creatures with Flash, or with Vedalken Orrery/Leyline of Anticipation/etc). This also requires a dedicated decklist 3) They want to be able to cast creatures from their opponent's graveyards. This also requires a dedicated decklist. I don't think your deck wants to do any of those things or enough of those things, so it doesn't really make sense to include it.
multimedia is also absolutely correct that your deck wants fetchlands, assuming that money is no concern (which is reasonable, considering you have all of the original duals), as not only will these cards get your duals, they can also be replayed by Muldrotha, the Gravetide and will thin your deck. In fact, all of his suggestions for improving the manabase are correct: lands that can enter untapped are generally better than those that don't. That doesn't mean don't use untapped lands, only that you should only use a few and that you should pick them wisely (such as Bojuka Bog, or cycling lands such as Forgotten Cave).
Furthermore, consider using Animate Dead, Necromancy and Dance of the Dead. These are enchantments that recur creatures, which lets you get around the limitations on Muldrotha of only being able to recur 1 card of the each type. On top of that, if the creature dies, the enchantment goes to the graveyard, which can then be recurred once more. On top of that, each can recur cards from another player's graveyard, which is useful in a pinch.
Finally, since you are in green you really shouldn't use ramp spells that A) don't put permanents directly into play or B) cost more than 3 mana. Realms Uncharted violates the first, and Hour of Promise violates the second. On top that, your deck contains no Desert Lands (such as Desert of the Glorified or Ifnir Deadlands), so you will never get the second part of Hour of Promise, effectively making it a more expensive Explosive Vegetation that isn't limited to basic lands. As multimedia suggested, Crop Rotation and the more costly-but-powerful Harrow are good replacements as Muldrotha can replay the sacrificed land afterwards, which gets around the cost of sacrificing land. Furthermore, Sakura-Tribe Elder is a must-include in Muldrotha decks, as it can become a Rampant Growth on every turn.
multimedia is also correct about cutting the Curse enchantments and Amulet of Vigor. The Curses are situational and limited in power, and Amulet of Vigor does not have enough synergies in the deck to be worth the slot.
Finally, here's a non-exhaustive list of zombies which are (in my opinion) some of the best options in EDH for your colors and why
- Gravecrawler - combo piece in sacrifice combos
- Cryptbreaker - Manaless card draw
- Carrion Feeder / Nantuko Husk - free sacrifice outlet
- Stitcher's Supplier - efficient self-mill
- Lotleth Troll - free discard outlet
- Undead Augur / Plague Belcher - aristocrat win-condition
- Cemetery Reaper / Death Baron - Lord
- Diregraf Captain - Lord and aristocrat win-condition
- Fleshbag Marauder - Removal
- Midnight Reaper - Repeatable Card Draw
- Murderous Rider - Removal
- Prized Amalgam - combo piece in sacrifice combos
- Balthor the Defiled - Mass-reanimate
- Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord - win condition
- Undead Alchemist - mass token generator
- Corpse Connoisseur - Entomb on a body
- Custodi Lich - Monarch generator
- Phyrexian Delver - Gets around Muldrotha's limitation
- Mikaeus, the Unhallowed - board-wipe protection/combo-piece
- Noosegraf Mob - very fast token generator
3 weeks ago
Hey, looks like your going for a Zombie tribal theme.
Going to have to make some sacrifices of five drop Zombies and here's some advice. Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Gray Merchant of Asphodel and The Scarab God are the only three you need the rest could be cut. Muldrotha, Grave Titan, Rooftop Storm and Liliana, Dreadhorde General are the only six drops you need.
I have a Zombie tribal Muldrotha deck that I made last year, Zombie Grave Wave (Budget). My deck is budget, $200, but it could give you some ideas and you can replace the budget alternatives I'm using with more expensive price cards that you have. More advice to improve your deck is to include Gravecrawler infinite combos since it's a Zombie.
Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar + Diregraf Captain/Plague Belcher/Bontu's Monument/Blood Artist/Vengeful Dead is an infinite combo to make all your opponents lose life. Sac Gravecrawler with Altar, use the one black mana to cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard and repeat. Gravecrawler + Altar is infinite casts of Gravecrawler from your graveyard which can be used with other cards. Diregraf Colossus is infinite 2/2 Zombies. Undead Augur/Secrets of the Dead/Guardian Project can draw into a win condition. Kill all your opponents creatures with Grave Pact.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Evolving Wilds
- Cabal Stronghold: don't need this land since you have Coffers.
- Dimir Aqueduct
- Golgari Rot Farm
- Simic Growth Chamber
- Font of Fertility
- Curse of Disturbance
- Curse of Predation
- Curse of Death's Hold
- Curse of Misfortunes
- Cruel Reality
- Door of Destinies
- Springbloom Druid
- Vile Rebirth
- Casualties of War
- Geralf's Mindcrusher
- Vulturous Zombie
- Perpetual Timepiece
- Gilded Lotus
- Amulet of Vigor: not worth playing just to have Bounce lands ETB untapped.
- Soulless One
- Gravebreaker Lamia
- Havengul Lich
- Nyxbloom Ancient
- Grave Betrayal
- Deadbridge Chant
- Bow of Nylea
- Greater Good
- Sultai Ascendancy
- Eternal Skylord
- Underrealm Lich
- Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
- God-Eternal Bontu
- God-Eternal Rhonas
- Fallen Shinobi
- Unbreathing Horde
- Black Market
- Corpse Harvester
To also make room for more lands and other card upgrades this is more than 13 card suggestions to consider cutting. Many of these suggestions are good cards, but are very much outclassed by other better cards in your deck already or you could add with such a high budget.
20x total lands is not enough for a functioning Commander deck. Want at least 30-36 lands depending on how high the avg. CMC of your deck is and how many additional mana sources you include. The current avg. CMC is 3.7 which is too high. What's making it this high is too many high CMC Zombies especially five drops.
I offer more advice if you would like. Good luck with your deck.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
It seems to have been quite a while since this deck have been updated. Is it possible we might see an update in the future after we have gotten some pretty cool new toys for this deck like:
And i had some questions about cards you might consider adding or why you have them in your deck at the moment.
Rooftop Storm: Although 6 CMC is high, it can net you mana quite quick with the amount of card draw you have and with only 3-non zombies it should be possible to benefit from it quite often.
Endless Ranks of the Dead: The upkeep trigger is not amazing as it is lowering the amount of zombies produced by quite a bit. But if going wide with more zombie token generation do you think it could be slot in?
Noosegraf Mob: This one confuses me a bit. 5x 2/2 zombie tokens for 6 mana, that relies on your opponents to cast spell to produce them and the noosegraf just dies. How has it performed? I can see it do some good work but i have never really expected this card to be that good.
Josu Vess, Lich Knight: How often has this guy been good? 4 mana for a 4/5 zombie is okay, but not amazing, and his kicker ability is good, but not amazing as it costs the same as a flashback Army of the Damned and you get 5 less zombies. But how has he performed?
Havengul Lich: It seems to be a cheaper less on theme scarab god ability, but still quite good, what do you think of this card?
Grimgrin, Corpse-Born: If you can get him up and running he can definetly be a beater, but how has he performed.
Geth, Lord of the Vault: Seems really good, is he mostly used to get other ramp pieces or can he be used to get other creature threats?
The deck still looks amazing, but would be nice to see an update soon and how you would adjust with these new cards :D
1 month ago
Hey there. This looks sweet! First blush cards that strike me as unimpressive:
Succumb to Temptation (card draw to get to your threats but rate is horrific. Just play another threat)
Undead Augur (maybe good enough if you are going nuts with crawler, otherwise, you have a total of 4 zombies...)
Winter Orb (how are we breaking parity? lower curve than opps sounds a lot like hopes and prayers, I'm probably missing something obvious though)
Blind Obedience and Authority of the Consuls (Forrrrr life gain? I suspect better life gain cards exist. Their tax effect issssss situationally good but I am not sure this deck is leveraging those situations, you are much closer to reanimator combo than prison. Obedience is a maybe. Authority seems like a hard pass.)
Damping Sphere (Seems super risky with your land suite and you are good with covering storm decks with bears and silence effects)
Basically for all of these cards I recommend creatures that say gain or lose life upon entering battlefield or dying. Needs more creatures in general. You have grave-combo elements as plan A it seems, but I think beatdowns is actually a perfectly reasonably plan B- for the deck. Extra points of combat damage here and there makes Blood Artist and the like even more effective plus your creatures are hatebears so they are doing something impactful while chip-shotting. Play more creatures! If you go this route, creature etb life loss or life gain, you will need to cut Torpor Orb which, is probably your best hate piece in all honesty. So idk.
And play this card Rally the Ancestors. Exile is steep but, with the correct pile of dead bears, which is what you are trying to do anyway, this card wins. You can also just sac them all again to keep them in your bin instead of exile. Plus instant. ya. play this.
1 month ago
oh disregard my previous card draw recommendations ---
i looked for card draw associated with creatures dying...
maybe Dark Prophecy, Erebos, Bleak-Hearted, Filigree Familiar, Corpse Augur, Harvester of Souls, Undead Augur, Solemn Simulacrum are more on-theme card draw options here.
also given how friggin good skullclamp is in this deck, maybe you want to run somethign to tutor for it -- Open the Armory or Steelshaper's Gift?