Xathrid Necromancer


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2014 (M14) Rare
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Rare

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Xathrid Necromancer

Creature — Human Wizard

Whenever Xathrid Necromancer or another Human creature you control dies, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.

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Xathrid Necromancer Discussion

PsuedoIntellectual on Sac em then attack em

3 days ago

I take it this is a take on an Aristocrats deck. If so, you've really got some things to change. Why do you have Odric, Lunarch Marshal, the two paragons, and Nantuko Husk? Instead of these, you could include more Xathrid Necromancer, Ghoulcaller Gisa, and Butcher of Malakir. You could also include cards like Ashnod's Altar, Anointed Procession, and Secure the Wastes. Cut Captain of the Watch, it's not helpful. Chainer's Edict or Fleshbag Marauder could be useful, as is Anowon, the Ruin Sage. Include 4 Butcher of Malakir and more Xathrid Necromancer. More token makers could also be useful. Gravepurge was a good choice. In your sideboard, you're only allowed to have 15 cards, and the monuments/Oketra are useless, and Champion of Stray Souls is bad. You also should improve your manabase with cards like Concealed Courtyard and Forsaken Sanctuary. If you have money for them, you could get Godless Shrine, Marsh Flats or Fetid Heath. Instead of Tragic Slip, just run something like Anguished Unmaking, Fatal Push, or Doom Blade. Also, you need a boardwipe like End Hostilities, Wrath of God, or Settle the Wreckage(best option). For token makers, use Legion's Landing  Flip. Another good sac outlet is Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, if you can flip it. Your sideboard needs a little bit of hate for graveyard shenanigans, so a couple copies of Rest in Peace are in order, as well as more recursion like Ravos, Soultender.

Verywhite91 on Sek'kuar Deathkeeper Sacrifice Engine

1 week ago

MRDOOM3 I like some of these suggestions.
I already have Bloodbond March and Thrumming Stone, but I really like Reaper from the Abyss and Xathrid Necromancer.
Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker was already a card that I was going to add. (Built this deck a couple days ago and is in my TCG cart already).The other concern that I have is card draw. I was thinking Smothering Abomination over Archdemon of Unx just for the card draw. Was going to add some tutors like Demonic Tutor for more reliant combo potential.

If you have any suggestions on good utility land cards too, that would be greatly appreciated!

MRDOOM3 on Sek'kuar Deathkeeper Sacrifice Engine

1 week ago

Extractor Demon and Reaper from the Abyss are nice Demons I was surprised to not find in here.

Ob Nixilis, Unshackled synergizes well with repeated Shadowborn saccing and discourages tutor/fetchland usage from opponents.

Bloodbond March is a nice way to get some recursion, although you should definitely watch out for grouphug effects (although, it shouldn't be much of a problem in EDH, unless it's a Relentless Rats deck or another Shadowborn Apostle deck). Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker works as well, although he isn't a demon.

Archdemon of Unx, Xathrid Necromancer, and Rotlung Reanimator are nice ways to get some extra value from your Shadowborn saccing.

Thrumming Stone can also be used to pump out more Shadowborn Apostles in one turn.

Wel5 on Fateful Hour

2 weeks ago

Cool, Xathrid Necromancer or even Thalia's Lieutenant would be funnier in this build actually than Desecration Demon. The demon is a good card but he dont synergizes with other cards in this deck or i missing something? I like the fact that you are playing around Thraben Doomsayer.

bpalermo on Human Aristocrat (Budgetish)

1 month ago

Hey fl0yd I see your point about being split between archetypes. I think the two can synergize well though. I'll try to discuss the cards mentioned here.

Xathrid Necromancer: I really like this one. It helps great against boardwipes and turns all the humans into a better Doomed Traveler . Definitely worth testing.

Teysa, Orzhov Scion: A nifty card. I'm not super sold on it, but she may have a place. I may play test her at 1.

Blood Artist: I would love to run him and Zulaport Cutthroat at 4 in this deck, but space is currently a bit tight and he lacks human synergies. I leaned on 6-7 being enough of the drain effects. Thoughts on who exactly to take out?

Thatcher Revolt: I really like this one as well. It has a lot of synergy. There's really two main reasons it didn't make the list first go round. Basically I want red to be as small a splash as possible. You made a good point about it helping the budget, so I'd like to at least need as few duals, shocks, and fast lands as possible. Secondly it isn't a human creature, so it cannot be returned with Rally the Ancestors which is currently a very strong play to close out a game at instant speed.

Removal Suite: I absolutely agree with you about upgrading Tragic Slip. To me the floor on it is too low (but it does have a high ceiling). Ideally I'd replace it with Fatal Push because I'm a bit iffy on Path to Exile. The problem is I'm trying to keep the list from hitting crazy prices.

Viscera Seer: Initially building the deck I thought of Viscera Seer. I like the free sac and Scry is ok. At the time I opted out for a full set of Falkenrath Aristocrat. You are right she can be bad in multiples and I have to be careful when I play her. I'll debate coming off one Aristocrat for Seer though. The problem is (while Aristocrat may be expensive) she has insane potential to close out a game or turn a game around. She has great human synergy and has board impact the turn she comes down. If my board is established she has board impact the turn she comes down even if she gets targeted by removal.

Abyssal Persecutor: I like this card and I'm definitely going to test it. My concerns are it comes down and doesn't do anything that turn for 4 mana. It also dies to Fatal Push and would be fighting with Falkenrath Aristocrat for a spot. And Aristocrat has Haste and can achieve Indestructible possibly.

Judge's Familiar: I'm a bit iffy on this one. I see what you mean about the value in the control match up though. It may warrant a sideboard spot. There aren't any humans with a similar effect are there? I guess Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is close.

Hand Disruption suite: Love the idea of this. Almost definitely will make it in sideboard. Main board is a maybe since I want to be creature heavy and I feel at least a little removal is important.

Rite of Consumption: I see where you are going with this card. It packs a lot of potential, but I feel like it will often just be dead in my hand. I'll consider it though.

Red: I see your point in removing red. It definitely helps with the budget as well as consistency. But, I think Falkenrath Aristocrat is a bit too strong to pass up in this build. At least in its current iteration.

Vault of the Archangel: This is definitely one of my least useful lands, so it very well may get replaced by something else. I like the idea of Westvale Abbey  Flip for sure.

Thalia's Lieutenant: I see your point here. The goal with her though is to have an aggressive start. Turn 1 Champion of the Parish into Lieutenant is a lot of damage up front. Plus I like she can buff my Cartel Aristocrat who is basically unblockable. I'll consider lowering her count for some Gather the Townsfolk though. The problem with Townsfolk is again that it is a spell.

Falkenrath Aristocrat: I see where you are coming from with this card. And I've largely addressed her already, but I will test with her at 3. Also, she was a large part of the reason to build the deck. Her status as an Aristocrat and Human Synergy makes the idea just click.

Unclaimed Territory: This card is basically being used as a budget Cavern of Souls which would be undeniably good in this deck. Given the low spell count and the fact there are only two creature types makes the color fixing surprisingly good.

Overall some real quality suggestions that have given me a lot to think about. I'll make some adjustments, do some testing and get back to you.

Dorotheus on Are we Humans?

1 month ago

Rally the Ancestors, Thatcher Revolt (maybe), Norin the Wary, and Champion of the Parish are pretty strong cards to run for tribal humans, especially since you're going for the aristocrat theme. Since you already have Xathrid Necromancer, Rally + a Sac outlet just makes them all zombos and puts them back in your yard.
Is Dawnbringer Charioteers ever good enough though? Otherwise Throne of the God-Pharaoh is always stellar in go-wide aggro decks.
I haven't attempted Humans but have been considering it with Tetsuo Umezawa but still unsure of it, but what you have going seems perfectly good. OH! Viridian Longbow is great to let your Queen assassinate her prey :p

shadow63 on Modern Build-Around Cards

2 months ago

I have a Xathrid Necromancer deck that's fun and pretty solid http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/zombie-sisters-1/Linking isn't working

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