Unholy Grotto


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Onslaught (ONS) Rare

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Unholy Grotto


: Add to your mana pool.

, : Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.

Unholy Grotto Discussion

Sanslister on Zombicide Reanimator

2 months ago

@hkhssweiss: I definitely would like to go consinder more the route of reanimation based cards. Thank you for the list of suggestions, there are definitely some cards that I would like to use for the deck.

@xaarvaxus: Cryptbreakeris in the deck now. Apparently I forgot to update that one on the list. I like the combo with Carrion Feeder and going to add Unholy Grotto for sure. Didn't know that card existed, so thank you! :)

@Cicjose: That is a good suggestion, think I will replace Torment of Hailfire for my Hex as it's way more impactful.

Thank you once more all for the suggestions, I'm planning to update the deck this week and have some playrounds on the weekend. Can't wait to overwhelm with zombies. as it's way more impactful.

xaarvaxus on Zombicide Reanimator

2 months ago

Cryptbreaker is great cheap card draw for a zombie deck.

Buried Alive gets the graveyard party started and Unholy Grotto keeps it going and Carrion Feeder sends them back again while getting huge.

xaarvaxus on Zombie Tribal

2 months ago

For this deck I would think 40 lands is still a bit high. You've got way more islands than you need to cast the handful of you have in the deck. Perhaps cut 3 islands but add in Unholy Grotto?

No Buried Alive? For my Grimgrin, Corpse-Born deck I use it to get Gravecrawler, Prized Amalgam and Wonder [Woot! Flying zombies] into the graveyard. You could alternately consider Filth as Urborg would make the swampwalk useful.

Other zombies to potentially consider for the card draw: Cryptbreaker and Midnight Reaper. The Reaper will provide a steady supply of cards if Gravecrawler keeps getting sacced.

Possible counterspells if you were to go that route: Negate as you probably don't care much about any creatures your opponents may cast & Stubborn Denial as with a commander that is 4+ power this is probably always a hard counter for . If someone removes him at instant speed you could always eternalize a new pleb at 4+ with his ability in response.

Other potential mill: Altar of the Brood, you already have Gravecrawler and Phyrexian Altar so this would add an infinite mill wincon to the deck. Sac crawler to P Altar and produce , recast it, Brood mills everyone for one, rinse/repeat.

If you have Yawgmoth's Will I'd sub that in for Recall. Not a cheapie I know but worth it if you have it.

Hopefully my ramblings can provide some food for thought.

ClockworkSwordfish on Varina's Zombie Swarm

2 months ago

I'd say that any zombie-centric EDH deck should try and run Corpse Harvester - he can repeatedly tutor for what you need as well as ensure you get land drops. Likewise, you might appreciate Unholy Grotto as a way to bring back your key zombies that's very tricky to remove.

Due to Varina's looting ability, you might also like running Wonder as a free way to give all of your creatures flying. Filth is great as well if you know you're going up against black decks, but he might be harder to organize unless you have Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in there as well.

Lavidicus on Help me out? Mono-black Zombie

5 months 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!

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Wizno on

7 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!

WalkingIllusion on The Apocalypse has Begun!!! | EDH Tribal Series #3

7 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.

White spot removal Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile

Call to the Grave, Havengul Lich, Lich Lord of Unx and Living Death no need to explain...

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

ClockworkSwordfish on The Scarab God Squad

9 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.

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