Watchers of the Dead

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Watchers of the Dead

Artifact Creature — Cat

Exile Watchers of the Dead: Each opponent chooses two cards in his or her graveyard, then exiles the rest.

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Watchers of the Dead Discussion

CoffeeTime88 on Armageddon, The End Times

7 months ago

If you really want to be mean, you should put in Crook of Condemnation, Deadeye Tracker, Silent Gravestone, or Watchers of the Dead so you can: play Fall of the Thran, play your land drop, activate any of the above with abilities (or play the gravestone), and then watch your opponent glare angrily at you.

You might also consider maindecking the Heroic Interventions to save your lands if you have the mana up.

JAPuckett85 on Chairman Meow

8 months ago

Nice deck! The name alone is fantastic lol. Check out my own edh-cat-deck here: WonderCats. There are a couple cards that I think are auto-include for this deck, yet are glaringly absent. Sigarda's Aid is AMAZING for any Voltron deck. Chameleon Colossus is technically a "Cat," & his pump ability is crazy with Arahbo's Eminence ability, so I am curious why you cut him out. soul22 & Winterblast: I can see why Fleecemane Lion didn't make the cut, but I've found him to be a very nice body when going Voltron- expensive CMC, but I basically think of him as a 7-mana Indestructible, Hexproof 7/7, which is pretty badass when you throw a couple things on him, such as Fireshrieker, Quietus Spike, Prowler's Helm, & Sword of Fire and Ice, lol. I personally don't think Watchers of the Dead is strong enough to make the cut- his ability lets them keep the important stuff in their graveyard. Scavenging Ooze seems better, imo, since it actually targets the problem. I would also put Aura Shards in there, since there are enough non-cats to be even better than Qasali Slingers in your deck, imo, though I run both. Another sweet Voltron guy is Stonehewer Giant. I prefer him over Stoneforge Mystic for edh. Also, what happened to your ramp? Cultivate/Kodama's Reach got cut? Even with the artifact "ramp," it seems very low, since you only have 30 lands. Another missing piece is card draw: I personally like Hunter's Insight with Arahbo. A game-ending spell in my deck that I absolutely LOVE top-decking is Genesis Wave. I found Sacred Cat to be underwhelming in actual play. Skyhunter Prowler is a flying vigilant 4/6 on the attack, and a 1/3 on defense, & I have found his 2 keyword abilities to be very very good when he is Voltron'd-up. I also cut Sword of Feast and Famine & Sword of Light and Shadow from my deck; the protection was too problematic, since it made the Eminence ability useless, and also prevented stuff like Duelist's Heritage & even pumps such as your Phytoburst/Berserk. Anyways, just some suggestions- good luck!

Kizmetto on Only Cats Allowed (G/W Standard Cat Tribal)

10 months ago

Radiant Destiny Pride Sovereign Sunpetal Grove Metallic Mimic (if you're going for the +1/+1 counter theme...) should be added into the deck. Remove Wily Bandar Watchers of the Dead Stalking Tiger Scrounging Bandar. I think you should go up with Longtusk Cub and Prowling Serpopard or move the serpopard to the sideboard. Maybe look into more removal, or if you want Baffling End would fit too. maybe even Huatli, Radiant Champion could find a home here, as well as Anointed Procession and the white god, oktra.

SynergyBuild on Spooky Ghosts (Budget tribal tournament)

10 months ago

Just finished the polishing touches on every other deck in the league, took sooo long xD, the decks you are playing against seem fun... there was a cat one with no sideboard... so I might have shown Watchers of the Dead

SynergyBuild on Kitty!!!

10 months ago

I believe the rules of these are 60 dollars mainboard, with 10 dollars sideboard?

Same as What a HORRORble Night to Have a Curse

and Spooky Ghosts (Budget tribal tournament)

and Disciples of Ojutai


Anyway, I want to help build this deck up, since it is only ~50$ and has no sideboard!

Cats are a very good "zoo" tribe. They can be very aggresive and kill the opponent before they have a chance to respond. From the most aggresive one drops such as Loam Lion, Savannah Lions, and Wild Nacatl, to landfall creatures like Steppe Lynx and Scythe Leopard (Think triggering landfall twice with Evolving Wilds) you could easily build a very powerful budget deck.

Fleecemane Lion is a great two drop, and later if you get him Monstrous, he can be a killer on the field. Longtusk Cub is another good threat mid game, and Pride Sovereign as a finishing blow.

Cards like Adorned Pouncer which you have in the deck are only really good when used with buffs like Prepare / Fight or Appeal / Authority and Cats just is not the tribe for them.

Regal Caracal is a great card, and it looks that way, but at five mana, it is a bit two slow for this deck. I will build a quick decklist below to show you how to build Cats in a more aggressive way:

Mainboard

4x Steppe Lynx

4x Wild Nacatl

4x Scythe Leopard

4x Savannah Lions

4x Loam Lion

4x Longtusk Cub

4x Pride Sovereign

4x Prowling Serpopard

2x Regal Caracal

4x Oust

4x Evolving Wilds

2x Terramorphic Expanse

8x Plains

7x Forest

1x Mountain

Sideboard:

3x Watchers of the Dead - Against Control

2x Qasali Pridemage - To get rid of enchantments/artifacts

4x Fragmentize - To get rid of even more enchantments/artifacts

3x Prey Upon - Removal for creatures

3x Heroic Intervention - Against Board wipes

munky702 on Rakdos 'Facts

10 months ago

I was thinking Eager Construct nice bear with scry ability. Heart of kiran doesnt count as a creature, to set off Scrap Trawler. Watchers of the Dead for graveyard hate.

Spirits on Cat tribal, not wide, no equip

10 months ago

Hi stephan16,

Thanks for the comments on Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats.

You've got all the reasonable CMC1 cats, Leonin Elder is a bit borderline for me. I see you have the fetch lands in the Sideboard, I assume the plan is to get those in, Steppe Lynx will thank you. I would get out some of those lands that enter the battlefield tapped. I only play a couple, Dryad Arbor so I can Green Sun's Zenith it, and Hall of the Bandit Lord.

Scavenging Ooze is good, non-cat obviously, but he's independently good anyway. May consider Ground Seal (see it in your maybeboard), it draws a card to replace itself so just costs you mana, and maybe draws an enchantment removal from opponents that might be saved for a Sylvan Library so they can continue with their deck strategy. Watchers of the Dead is also an on-cat-trend graveyard control card. He's 2 power for CMC2 so he doesn't hurt you either with the Eminence.

Fleecemane Lion is a nice tempo guy, hes 3 power for CMC2 and he has built-in Indestructible if you draw him late in the game, not too shabby... tabby

I really dislike Council's Judgment, it rarely removes what I really want, in Selesnya it's limited a bit for removal, I'd almost always rather have an Oblivion Ring so I get to choose, or a Path to Exile if I usually remove a creature / blocker.

Seeds of Innocence seems counter productive for an early turn 1 drop system, but I can see how eliminating all those CMC0/1/2 artifacts would be an advantage longer term. If you're looking to keep the board clear makes sense.

I see you have Hush how about Paraselene, no cycling, but it's CMC1 less and has a secondary trigger.

Triumph of the Hordes gives a secondary possible win-con, it's pretty good. With Ooze Garden or White Sun's Zenith could be a win.

I would recommend Alms Collector, not sure how many Grixis commanders you fought, Kess, Dissident Mage, Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge with Show and Tell to Enter the Infinite combos, or even Izzet with Blue Sun's Zenith infinite draw, many EDH run mass draw, he shut's that down. Used him successfully many a time, I've even Chord of Calling him in response.

Prowling Serpopard can be nice, he's like another Cavern of Souls and his 4 power for CMC3, isn't prohibitive for an aggro strategy.

Enlightened Tutor is a nice way to pull Sylvan Library to keep tempo, and especially if your ramping into board wipes, help replace some cats into your hand. Maybe a Mirari's Wake instead of one of the more expensive ramp spells, to assist with the tokens and with the ramp?

I originally built the cats (using hypergeometric distribution formula), but I found, in Multi-Player commander, it wasn't enough so I abandoned that srtategy. Lately I've been thinking perhaps land destruction would be better paired with aggor-cats.

You already have Wasteland and Strip Mine, you could change one of your creature board removals into Cataclysm. Crucible of Worlds, Armageddon, Ravages of War, and maybe even Command Beacon would be needed however. With ramp, and the low CMC cats + Eminence I feel it's a viable aggro strategy. Maybe give it some thought, it's a shift, depends on how well it's performing for you.

I don't have a Gaea's Cradle so I don't run Crop Rotation, but I run Nature's Lore which I've been able to abuse a bit to ramp faster, and a little more expensive alternative Three Visits. I would also run Eladamri's Call, I know it doesn't go into play like the others, but its CMC2 for a bit more consistency.

Heirloom Blade could give you some survive ability through a board wipe, would also work with the various sac/draw like Greater Good to replace/draw a creature to replace the one lost. Scavenging Ooze would be your best friend.

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