Zealous Persecution


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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.

Zealous Persecution Discussion

EmptyStar on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

2 months ago

Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen is missing a variant from Magic Origins, an alternate-art promo (ORI:172).

Zealous Persecution is missing a printing from Explorers of Ixalan (E02)

Hypnotic Sprite is missing an alternate-art printing from the Eldraine Collector booster (ELD:283)

Thanks!! =)

lagotripha on Budget Warriors

2 months ago

Changeling Outcast and Universal Automaton are 1 drop warriors, Bloodsoaked Champion and Gutterbones (when it rotates) point to a value strategy,

Orzhov Charm encourages you to play those one drops. Oketra's Monument helps generate some value with tokens, and there are cheap black/white disruption cards that can cover the strategy like Conjurer's Ban , Zealous Persecution & Duress .

YamishiTheWickedOne on

5 months ago

Modern huh? Unless you wanna do a sacrifice engine you're better going Rakdos or Mardu.

Vamps also wanna run pretty light on mana in either case. 3 or less cost = good, use 4+ mana cards very sparingly. Like Sanguine/Exquisite are simply too slow to be good imo.

Now, depending on your budget, you could do something like.....

4 Viscera Seer , 4 Bloodghast , 4 Blood Artist or Kalastria Highborn , 4 Cordial Vampire , maybe 4 Vampire Nocturnus or Vampire Lacerator and 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or Captivating Vampire , or maybe even 4 Dusk Legion Zealot or Gatekeeper of Malakir .

Or alternatively, consider that red gives you access to Stromkirk Captain who is hilarious with Vampire Nighthawk , Gifted Aetherborn and the new Vampire of the Dire Moon .

For hate spells, usable ones are things like Fatal Push , Lightning Bolt , Path to Exile , Terminate , Cast Down , Kolaghan's Command , or if you have money, Liliana of the Veil , Liliana, the Last Hope , and also to bring him up on this subject: Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord . Hand disruption is expensive, looking at Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek , and Collective Brutality . But black has almost a monopoly on that.

3 other cards to bring up: Olivia Voldaren , Stromkirk Noble as he was always good but 5 color humans are a huge deal in the meta now, and Zealous Persecution .

Hope this gave you some insight. Welcome to the dark side.

ToshiroU on Aminatou Staxshifter (Esper Stax Primer)

5 months ago

Hey Dango,

thanks for your quick response. I do agree, that Paradox-Scepter does not fit in the deck as it is currently build. Humility + Chains of Mephisto really shut down a lot of value engines and combos. The Problem is, that the 1/1 creatures can still kill our Aminatou and Chains also prevent ourself from getting value (refering to Mystic Remora, Rhystic Study, Sensei's Top and Aminatou). So the game comes to a pause and those little mana dorks still do more damage then we do. Ensnaring Bridge and Toxic Deluge help there but u gotta find them (did you consider Zealous Persecution at any point?)... I wonder how it usually plays out, when u got everyone (including yourself) in these lock situations. Do you get beaten down until you find a Tezzeret from the top or an opponent does find a Natures Claim / Abrupt Decay?

When playtesting to me it was quite difficult to keep a stasis-lock up. I also wonder, if those 7 counterspells are enough to consistently stop those T3 wins from Hulk-Decks...

@ CyborgAeon: it's definately an interesting thought. Though i wouldn't run Zur because of its mana cost + it's delayed effect. Tezzeret f.e. in comparism is far more impactful in the turn he is played.

xSpicyMeat on Give Your Opponents Tokens

6 months ago

How about looking into Ensnaring Bridge ? If the number of cards you hold in hand is an issue, may I also suggest Bottled Cloister - card advantage and guaranteed activation of Ensnaring Bridge . Could run 3 Ensnaring Bridge and 2 Bottled Cloister in place of Propaganda and Angel's Trumpet since they are not modern legal anyway.

arktheoverlord on A More Modern Maverick

6 months ago

@Dragaan I didn't include Dryad Arbor as I don't like the card. It has several merits and I have included it in the notable inclusions section, as I can see why you would want to play it.

@foxinsox I actually prefer Smiter since it can dual role against both Jund/Abzan Midrange as well as UW control and have included one in the sideboard. That being said, the deck is highly customizable and you could include Wilt-Leaf Liege if you wanted to.

@OOBS Zealous Persecution was included specifically because you would need to have Vivien, Champion of the Wilds to achieve the same effect with Pontiff. If the deck had Chord of Calling , it would come in over persecution.

Not_Jack on Emrakul Goryo

6 months ago

Another FNM with 2-2

I learned I need to have some sideboard for Dredge as it's faster.

Also that Zealous Persecution is super sweet with surprise when I flip Legion's Landing  Flip in Attack Phase.

Also that targeted hand disruption is weak and removal for push fails to hit half of decks.

Instead will experiment with Peer Through Depths as it allows to put Emmy down on the bottom of library and fetch any playable nonland card outcluding the Enchantments.

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