Vengeful Pharaoh


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare

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Vengeful Pharaoh

Creature — Zombie


Whenever combat damage is dealt to you or a planeswalker you control, if Vengeful Pharaoh is in your graveyard, destroy target attacking creature, then put Vengeful Pharaoh on top of your library.

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Vengeful Pharaoh Discussion

FesterLopez on Suicide Serenade

4 days ago

Great deck! I really love the cipher and storm stuff!!

Check out Key to the City. I love that card. It protects your ciphered creatures and puts stuff you want into the graveyard, like your Vengeful Pharaoh maybe, to bring back later.Also, draws a replacement card for 2.

Oloro_Magic on Zombies

6 days ago

I would cut Festering Goblin, it is just really bad and instead make use of another zombie lord Death Baron being the best but stupidly expensive and then Metallic Mimic, Cemetery Reaper, Risen Executioner, Lord of the Undead, and Undead Warchief all also being options. I would also look into Vengeful Pharaoh for some incidental removal.

As for sideboard it is first necessary to evaluate the decks you face before making the sideboard.

MathieuG89 on Casual Weekend Zombie Deck

2 weeks ago

Hey multimedia,

Thank you for taking the time to write down all those suggestions.

I did have a lot of Basic lands, I replaced eight of them with Dimir Guildgate, Temple of Deceit, Sunken Hollow, Smoldering Marsh, Temple of Malice, Crumbling Necropolis, Vivid Marsh and Barren Moor. I also cut Mycosynth Wellspring < Gem of Becoming and Manalith < Fellwar Stone which I think are superior.

I followed your advice and replaced a few removals and less good board wipes. Sudden Death < Doom Blade, Consuming Vapors < Dreadbore, Grasp of Darkness < Cemetery Recruitment, Extinguish All Hope < Victimize and In Garruk's Wake < Syphon Flesh.

Traded a couple of cards I didn't like in favor of different ones such as the one you suggested Waste Not < Slave of Bolas and Dread Summons < Extract from Darkness

Finally replaced a couple of creatures in favor of zombies like Harvester of Souls < Vengeful Pharaoh and Consuming Aberration < Drakestown Forgotten.

Still tweaking a few things left and right, let me know what you think. Thanks !

Alzandor on GG - Gisa and Geralf

2 weeks ago


You guessed it, it is a budget build. I play with a casual playgroup, so I'm not trying to go infinite or have the best board wipes/draw spells, I'll settle with the less expensive versions.

Maybe one day I'll get Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, and it's counterpart Cabal Coffers, but right now I don't want to spend that much money on land. It's definitely an easy thing to upgrade down the line.

Stitcher Geralf is definitely there more for flavour, but I would be choosing my opponents creatures much more often than my own so I'll take the trade off.

Vengeful Pharaoh is an interesting card, I didn't notice it when I was looking through the list of zombies. I might make a substitution for that, as Soulless One barely made it into the deck to begin with.

Underworld Connections is in there as a budget form of Phyrexian Arena, so we're kind of on the same page there.

I had a hard time making cuts with this deck since I wanted to jam as many cool zombies and zombie creators such as Army of the Damned. I haven't gotten to play yet this deck as I am waiting for the cards to ship, but after I give it a few games if it's not working out I may have to do what you suggested and add in more card draw, ramp, and/or counters (budget or not).

Thank you for your suggestions! I really appreciate them!

Pal00ka on GG - Gisa and Geralf

2 weeks ago

Your "fun combo" does little, in my opinion, because Prized Amalgam is not impactful at all. If you add Phyrexian Altar to this mix you now can generate infinite mana which is impactful depending on how you utilize it.

Vengeful Pharaoh is a good rattlesnake card to have in the yard.

G&G screams to me to use ETB zombies and sacrifice outlets since they allow you to re-cast zombies from the yard. Gray Merchant of Asphodel is the quintessential example. Cast it late game to drain, sack, then cast again for hopefully GG. I'd trim cards like Soulless One who are only decent late game with Wonder in the yard.

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Filth = everyone is unblockable.

I love Stitcher Geralf but he is super slow and anti-synergistic here because he exiles while G&G wants to re-cast.

Is this budget? I would add in better board wipes like Damnation and Decree of Pain; more card draw outlets Phyrexian Arena and Rhystic Study; more ramp Fellwar Stone and Mind Stone; utility counters like Arcane Denial and Dream Fracture to deny and draw; and trim your high CMC spells to only those that would win you the game on the spot (ex. of not doing this is Army of the Damned which is flavorful but slow).

Hope something helps!

benw on Marchesa's Zombie Horde

1 month ago

All three of my Tricolour zombie decks have been in need of serious updates since Commander 2014. I have made a lot of changes to update this since the revisit to Innistrad as cards like Cryptbreaker, Geralf's Masterpiece and others have been excellent additions.

The biggest change has been from self-mill with cards like Armored Skaab to self-discard with cards like Necromancer's Stockpile or Cryptbreaker.

The change relates to experience with my SBT BUG deck - I found that if you mill yourself a lot, all the other cards have to have recursion or other cards to reanimate them. So, unless we are talking about Faithless Looting or Army of the Damned sorceries in my Marchesa deck would need cards like Possessed Skaab, which lead to a lot of cards extra cards.

Now the deck revolves around strong Zombies with counters, cards like thraximunder, Diregraf Colossus, Noosegraf Mob and Unbreathing Horde. These zombies with counters, work alongside self-discard cards which help generate tokens, draw cards and fill the graveyard with tonnes of beneficial targets. Now that we are selectively discarding rather than milling, we can draw into lands and spells which we need in hand; cards like [[Living End] or [Twilight's Call]], which we couldn't do before. We can also discard targets like Scourge of Nel Toth or Anger or Vengeful Pharaoh.

DexRain on Dead Things

3 months ago

Stillmoon Cavalier is just an all around nice card to have Gravecrawler gives you a never ending chump blocker Grave Titan while not a zombie himself, makes you even more zombies whenever he swings Mikaeus, the Unhallowed gives you more buffs and undying Vengeful Pharaoh is a nice way to make your opponents second guess swinging at you, and finally Grave Betrayal turns your opponents creatures into zombies for you

Drop Death Baron down to 2 and use the extra money to get some Undead Warchief as it is cheaper than Death Baron gives a bigger boost, and buffs himself

NewbTaco on MarChairSa (chair tribal)

3 months ago

Vengeful Pharaoh was originally in the deck but it's a 5 drop and I don't really have any discard outlets. originally I was running stuff like Mind Twist, Sadistic Hypnotist, etc but I decided just squatting isn't really enough to be considered a chair. With no reliable way to get it in the yard and it being a 5 drop triple black, I decided to cut it. It was one of my last cuts. I didn't even consider Marchesa's Decree, that's a good one, I'll have to find room for it. Also didn't think about the Demonic Tutor, the only ones I have are revised so the Duel Deck art didn't even occur to me lol. I'll probably add that if I can get my hands on one. There's also Diabolic Tutor with the snakes on the alter but I don't think that should really count either. Throne of the God-Pharaoh was also originally in the deck but I ended up cutting it because I don't have one and also I don't think I'd really do all that much. It might though. I think it's one of those cards that'd either be really good or really bad. I like it in mana dork decks but idk about something like this. Didn't even know Sorceress Queen was a thing. definitely need to make room for that one. I'm at work so I can't tinker right now but I'll have to shift some stuff around. Thanks! =D

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