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Unholy Grotto Discussion
1 month ago
I need some help deciding to remove some cards to make it 100 cards commander legal, it’s 105 right now.
Throw me some ideas to add or replace cards too. Feel free to criticize me, tell me if there should be changes. First time really trying to put a deck together. I think I’m having mana and creature cost issues? I’m not sure? Thanks!
4 months ago
Hey there fellow necromancer! I am also running the Lich Queen (long may she reign) and she truly is the pinnacle of all things undead. I like the deck you've got going on but I do have a few suggestions for you based on my own experience running zombie tribal for a while. First off, you are missing the best piece of zombie tech ever: Rooftop Storm. It's just plain unfair (for everyone else) and lets you cast Varina for free from the command zone (or at least cheaper since you have to pay command tax still). While I'm still figuring out my own configuration for my deck, I've found that Debtors' Knell is an interesting card and can be quite useful in reanimating targets you may have milled. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is not a zombie but boy oh boy does she make me happy to be running white now. A super buff AND a mini-board wipe is something to be feared. I would recommend adding in Cabal Coffers if you can as you can generate insane amounts of black mana and that's what the deck is hungry for (well that and brains). I know that some folks don't like him but I think it's always worth running Risen Executioner to get another lord buff. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is another powerful zombie I would consider running too. A few pet cards for me personally are Prized Amalgam and Scourge of Nel Toth as they are constantly recurring threats or solid sac fodder. I would also suggest adding in Unholy Grotto to get back any zombie you may need again or save a key zombie from a Bojuka Bog. Vault of the Archangel is another utility land I'm exploring right now in my own deck but with a go-wide style deck like ours, it seems like it could be a nice inclusion. While Varina herself is card advantage, I would consider adding in some additional card draw effects like Painful Truths, Read the Bones, Necropotence, Rhystic Study, or Phyrexian Arena. If you would like a another win-con option, white does open up Approach of the Second Sun and Varina's ability can help dig you faster to that second casting. I hope this all helps!
4 months ago
Liliana, Untouched By Death is the best for zombie tribal, the other planeswalkers are junky.... Vess is like 50/50
You gain life through your commander get this Aetherflux Reservoir
WHY THE HELL YOU DONT HAVE COUNTER SPELLS?!?! BAD BLUE PLAYER! Counterspell, Arcane Denial, Dream Fracture these are the best three for casual play. In my opinion you want to run atleast 4 in a deck if you're blue mixed.
Drop all the tap lands and at least get battle Sunken Hollow and Prairie Stream, bond Sea of Clouds and Morphic Pool, check lands Isolated Chapel, Drowned Catacomb, Glacial Fortress bare minimum. Honorable land mentions are Ash Barrens, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Cavern of Souls, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Unholy Grotto
Penny for your thoughts.... Relentless Dead, Cryptbreaker, Soulless One, Shepherd of Rot, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Wonder, Victimize, Whip of Erebos, Chromatic Lantern, Necromancer's Covenant, Intangible Virtue, Herald’s Horn , Whip of Erebos, Throne of the God-Pharaoh, Eldrazi Monument.
That's what I came up with on the top of my head.... if you wanna brainstorm the deck more
6 months ago
The Scarab God and Lich Lord of Unx go together like peanut butter and jelly: he's basically a miniature version of the God. I also strongly recommend Corpse Harvester, who can repeatedly tutor for whatever zombies you want. Since you have some milling effects in play, you might also like Undead Alchemist - who, as it happens, also combos excellently with the Lich Lord. Unholy Grotto is also excellent as a cheap and hard-to-remove way to recycle your most useful creatures.
You might like Life's Finale as a sort of tutoring effect with the Scarab God. Not only is it a board wipe, which are much easier for zombies to come back from than most creatures, but it lets you pick up to three creatures that you can later reanimate with the Scarab God. It's like catalog shopping.
6 months ago
with 3.59 avg cmc it's too slow try to cut some of your big finisher to add more cycle and cheap minion. this deck really shine for its destructive snowboal kit if you are ahead with this deck it become REALLY disgusting
land : where is Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers also I'm not a big fan of Ghost Quarter, Arcane Lighthouse also Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Cavern of Souls Ik it cost 100$ but it's soooo good Unholy Grotto could also be good
planeswalker: liliana, death's majesty is all you need
artifact: Lightning Greaves. Worn Powerstone is a meme Expedition Map is usefull to get urbog, crypt or coffer Skullclamp we all know why it's good... why play Konda's Banner when Vanquisher's Banner exist Ashnod's Altar give lots of mana and you can respond to removal by sacrificing. Door of Destinies oh boy
just try to lower the average cmc of the deck and it is really good but the problem of zombie in general is graveward hate so try to adapt if they have too much graveward hate try to play less with the graveyard
6 months ago
@Rikente, I wouldn't concern myself with adding zombies. My deck only runs Wayward Servant and Gravecrawler and everything works just fine. Wayward Servant's ability is too weak to be used for anything other than an infinite combo. Gravecrawler I wouldn't mess around with unless you're bent on abusing him with Skullclamp or Grave Pact.
If you must add more zombies for value I'd suggest Taurean Mauler, Fleshbag Marauder, Liliana's Elite, Scourge of Nel Toth, and Mirror Entity since those cards are good regardless of if they're in a zombie deck or not. If you want an easy way to recur your Wayward Servant then I suggest adding Volrath's Stronghold or Unholy Grotto as a budget alternative.
8 months ago
I like the Vanquisher's Banner. Seems like a really strong addition to any tribal deck and I'll have to look into getting a playset or more.. I'll also have to pick up a copy of Unholy Grotto, because why not? I do have a copy of both Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact, but I'm running them in a Ghave saproling deck where I feel like they will get more mileage. I'll probably pass on the cost reduction spells as well. They're good, but I'm not really into them. Looking at Liliana, Death's Majesty and Liliana's Mastery; I have both of these cards, but I was hesitant on what to opt out when I did get a hold of them. I'll probably swap out Rite of Replication and Cackling Counterpart.
8 months ago
Door of Destinies is really strong in any tribal deck. Vanquisher's Banner gives you another anthem affect along with an excellent draw engine. Bontu's Monument, Herald's Horn, and Urza's Incubator all make Zombies easier to cast, and the first two offer good secondary affects as well.
Unholy Grotto is a staple of Zombies.
Liliana, Death's Majesty is pretty good and relatively cheap.