Zealous Persecution


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
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Modern Event Deck (MD1) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Uncommon
Alara Reborn (ARB) Uncommon

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Zealous Persecution


Until end of turn, creatures you control get +1/+1 and creatures your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Zealous Persecution Discussion

Cereal_Killer on Please Don't Leave

1 day ago

For the lands, since you don't want to spend money on Flooded Strand, Hallowed Fountain, Polluted Delta or Mystic Gate, I think you have chosen the best ones.
Then, I'd remove Think Twice and add Serum Visions, reduce up to 2 Supreme Verdict (put another one in side maybe) and add some Mana Leak (Remand and Cryptic Command would be other good counters, but they are too expensive, right?).
I'm not sure how Sphinx's Revelation could be a win-con. Having more life than an opponent (and less cards in the deck!) isn't always synonym of victory. Then just one Elspeth, Sun's Champion isn't enough. What if an opponent maages to kill her?
I really can't understand why Esper Charm is there: probably you won't need it's first ability since you have counters (and cards in sideboard), second ability is just and Opt or Serum Visions that costs too much and third is, basically, Inquisition of Kozilek or even Castigate / Thoughtseize / Raven's Crime that needs 3 specifical mana to be used.
Secure the Wastes is a win-con if used in token decks that use also Intangible Virtue, Honor of the Pure, Zealous Persecution and Vault of the Archangel. Now it's used only as a 1/1 creature spammer.
I'll also consider Gideon, Ally of Zendikar or Gideon of the Trials as an alternative win-con.
As for the sideboard I'll just give you some ideas: Tormod's Crypt (if you can afford it maybe also better a Relic of Progenitus or Rest in Peace); 1x Supreme Verdict (if you reduce them up to 2 in main); Kataki, War's Wage or Rest in Peace would be perfect against artifact decks; Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass; Grafdigger's Cage; even, if you want more budget things Blessed Alliance, Negate, Dismember.
Hope my ideas could help the development of your deck.

FlammendesSchwert on Legacy Prison

2 days ago

suggestion if you want to try: cancel red.

instead of 4x Lightning Bolt take in 4x Sadistic Sacrament

instead of 3x Pyroclasm take in 3x Zealous Persecution

instead of 2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance take in 2x Dark Ritual

elfric on Reaver - Silas/Tymna Stax

3 weeks ago

hi there - a couple of questions and suggestions:

are scrap trawler and myr retriever good enough? or are you depending on recursion so much?

what do you want to entomb? i mean yes your commander...artifacts... but thats durdling so much. imperial seal is the better choice here imo.

trading post and divining top cost lots of mana. in stax i would rather have some impact spells instead of durdling too much. i mean top atleast combos with counterbalance but you are also light on shuffle effects. on the fly i have no cards to recommend in that spot but i guess the should be better manasinks to abuse under rule of law effects.

on the good side though as you play more basics intead of all fetches for b2b its very good spot to play Leonin Arbiter. even most singlecolordecks play all 4 fetches and you only play the best 3.

i dont like chain of vapor as it can turnout to lose a card you cannot afford to lose as a trade.

artificers intuition is another manahungry "do (nearly) nothing" but some rare times hit the toolbox hatebutton. same with tolaria west. you tutor at 3 mana for ramp? or is toolboxing between hatecards or slow durdle profit you that much. imo if you tutor in stax you want to make it a bomb. otherwise spending mana to do what you want to do anyway isnt the ost manaefficient way. sometimes its better to come with redundancy and just draw the cards, cast em and your good. combo needs specific cards but they win if they resolve those. if you tutor for combos that dont even win you should probably not tutored for them but played some card like that instead of bad tutors.

have you thought about Hope of Ghirapur?

and now the thing that sprung to mind the first when i saw your deck: where is Mishra's Workshop?

if you add workshop you should also consider Uba Mask / Mindlock Orb. VERY potent stax cards

i see jitte but no creature wipe. Perish, Engineered Plague, Zealous Persecution toxic deluge?

and last question : is ravager really good here?

btw i came for the Mana Vortex. have a nice day.

JA14732 on The Lineage

3 weeks ago

Looks good. Some suggestions for cuts: Warmth is kind of weak and can be replaced with Elenda, the Dusk Rose (when you get her), Dega Sanctuary can be replaced with Vampire Nocturnus, Arguel's Blood Fast can be replaced with Greed or even Erebos, God of the Dead. Or take the Necropotence from Rakdos and put it in here, it's better here anyways. You could replace In Garruk's Wake with Dusk, it does double duty here, giving you back a bunch of your creatures when you flash it back. If you don't like Dusk, then Kindred Dominance would work in the overcosted wipe slot too.

As for creatures, Annoited Deacon should probably come out, as well as Exulted Skymarcher, Paladin of the Bloodstained, Sadistic Skymarcher and Skymarcher Aspirant. Options to go in include Stromkirk Condemned, Bishop of Binding, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Dusk Legion Zealot, Twilight Prophet, Indulgent Aristocrat, Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet, Mephidross Vampire, Necropolis Regent, Patron of the Vein, Shauku, Endbringer (less important than maybe other creatures), Soul Collector for giggles, Thief of Blood, Viscera Seer, Vampire Hexmage or Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter.

Other options for the deck include Zealous Persecution or Stensia Masquerade.

OOBS on Eldrazi and Taxes Competitive

1 month ago

I see. I guess I don't particularly like Leonin Relic-Warder because while it does do what you say it does, it feels like a fairly narrow answer. If the only threatening deck it helps against is Affinity, then that means you have 4 cards that are almost only being run against 1 specific deck that you say you don't see often. While I certainly don't think it means you should trim down some of your hate for Affinity (it's a really good deck you should always watch out for), I think that having some more flexible options would be good, because as it stands you have 2 Stony Silence and 2 Leonin Relic-Warders that you will rarely bring in except against Affinity. One thing I'd suggest is looking into more cards that translate into other matchups better. For example, I really like Fatal Push and Zealous Persecution here because while it helps in the Affinity matchup, you can also bring them in against a deck like Elves, whereas LRW doesn't help there. Some cards I'd suggest you look into are Orzhov Pontiff and potentially Bitterblossom (which is something I'm playing around with myself). Orzhov Pontiff is very similar to Zealous Persecution and would be played against many of the same decks. Bitterblossom is a card that could excel in attrition matches such as Abzan Midrange to combat the aerial battle of Lingering Souls, and it should provide a hard to answer threat against decks like Jeskai Geist or Grixis Death's Shadow while providing blockers for their threats. While we're talking sideboard, I would highly recommend Burrenton Forge-Tender over Kor Firewalker because while they are both great against Burn, Burrenton has many advantages over Firewalker. Firewalker can get life back (though Burrenton can basically do the same once Burn starts running out of gas) and threatens to trade with all of Burn's threats in combat, Burrenton can be played in matchups where you need to protect your board from a sweeper like Anger of the Gods or protect a specific creature like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben from Lightning Bolt or other similar spells. It also allows you to utilize an Aether Vial with 1 counter, so you can get free tempo out of it compared to Firewalker. Anyway, good luck with your build, I'd love to hear your thoughts on anything I detailed (or even something I didn't)!

Kappalauzius on Orzhov Vamp Token Engine

1 month ago

From Rivals of Ixalan, I could only imagine Elenda, the Dusk Rose to could be useful (note that there are only 70 card known or smthing like that). Otherwise what about Intangible Virtue or Leyline of the Meek for token pump and Cathars' Crusade for overall pump. Or Zealous Persecution. Or Westvale Abbey  Flip. I'm not sure. Waiting for RIX realease.

Tethys on BW Tokens

1 month ago

+1, nice deck!

I would advocate altering your land base slightly given that you are running full playsets of both Liliana of the Veil and Spectral Procession; probably something like:

-1 Plains
-1 Zealous Persecution
+2 Polluted Delta

Check out my build when you have a chance, and good choice of picture ;-)

Sargeras on Uncle Karlov's Orzhov Mafia

1 month ago

I like the list man, but I can totally see some sweet upgrades for you (EVEN BUDGET ONES!)

  1. Executioner's Swing should really be Swords to Plowshares, since you really want cheap removal, the lifegain won't really matter in the long run.

  2. I really like the Extort theme here, but since most extort creatures won't protect you from big scary opponents, I'd recommend playing Crawlspace over Marchesa's Decree since it really stops opponents from getting in hits on you.

  3. While I get that with all the tokens, Altar's Reap is like a Divination, I'd really want to see Well of Lost Dreams in here with all this lifegain you have, as it could make this deck seriously powerful. (If you do play the Well of lost dreams, I sense a Reliquary Tower in your future.

  4. To me, Blood-Cursed Knight is pretty much draft-fodder, becuase as 3 cmc you could be playing Loxodon Warhammer and just have a way to give Karlov and any other heavy hitters trample and lifegain.

  5. While yes, you can pitch your lands to make a 1/1 every turn, you could just play, I'd say this card should be swapped out for something like Aetherflux Reservoir, which can win you games. (While you are token heavy, Whip of Erebos could also be strong.

  6. I suppose that with enough tokens, Zealous Persecution would be decent, but if you were to play Authority of the Consuls or Blood Artist I think you'd have more success in the life you need to trigger other cards (I could also see Whitesun's Passage getting swapped for another card, but direct lifegain might be goof enough that it works.

  7. Throne of the High City could be fun if you want to continue keeping monarch as a fun theme to have.

  8. Some other cards for your consideration are Sun Titan, Banishing Light, Vindicate, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Divinity of PrideDictate of Erebos, and Rhox Faithmender

  9. If you'd like more suggestions, just let me know buddy ;)

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