Zo-Zu the Punisher

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might (DDS) Rare
Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) Rare

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Zo-Zu the Punisher

Legendary Creature — Goblin Warrior

Whenever a land enters the battlefield, Zo-Zu the Punisher deals 2 damage to that land's controller.

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Zo-Zu the Punisher Discussion

lamocomp1 on Dusk's Maelstrom Wanderer

3 days ago

You play green, man!

Leave all this silly fixing with lands to colors that don't know how to ramp and color fix.

Cultivate

Farseek

Kodama's Reach

Nature's Lore

Spring

If you are willing to spend a bit and don't mind to play creature ramp:

Greenweaver Druid

Rattleclaw Mystic

Shaman of Forgotten Ways

Somberwald Sage

Sylvan Caryatid

Also, there are better cheap alternatives to some cards. Jace's Ingenuity -> Urban Evolution Cathartic Reunion -> any blue draw spell

Counterspells are bad in maelstrom. You never want to see them from cascade, its the worst. Or at least play counterspells with some alternative upside. Also, 4 mana counters mostly suck.

Cut Overwhelming Denial Cancel Dispel

Add Mystic Confluence Swan Song Stubborn Denial

Also, some cards are mostly useless

Gaea's Blessing

The Unspeakable

Zo-Zu the Punisher (good card, wrong deck)

pokepower116 on Xantcha, Woke Agent

1 month ago

Jimmy_Chinchila - I like where your mind is at! Those cards never even crossed my mind when building this deck! Given that I don't have many ways of gaining life and I actively have ways to not gain life in this deck, I don't feel like I would be able to make full usage of Lich's Mastery and in many cases I could see it hurting me more than helping me. Platinum Emperion and Platinum Angel on the other hand I really like. I'm a little scared that they'll be like Kaervek the Merciless was in this deck and be a high CMC card that gets immediately removed before it has any impact due to my lack of protection in this deck. But since it's not actively damaging anyone else, maybe they'll draw less hate. Once I find the next underperformer in this deck I'll swap it out with one of those to give it a test run!

Gleeock - That card is hilarious! I almost want to build a deck solely based around it. Whereas this deck is pretty much purely "group-slug" I could see a deck built around that card being some weird hybrid of group hug and group slug with cards from this deck like Zo-Zu the Punisher, Manabarbs, & Ankh of Mishra while also having cards like Mana Flare, Ghost Quarter, Old-Growth Dryads, or Tempt with Discovery to have players ramp and hit those "punishing landfall" triggers like Ankh of Mishra. Not quite sure how the stack works in this case, but you could even potentially also try and get lucky with Warp World and see if you can Ankh or Zo-zu from your library to have players take damage from the lands they put into play from it. Either way, that's a really fun card!

acscreamholy - I've considered it and reconsidered it over and over. I'm still considering it! Unfortunately it only takes out one player at a time before you need to sacrifice Xantcha to do it again and you don't want to leave Xantcha under your control for an extended period of time. So it essentially takes a 2 card combo and turns it into a 3 card combo once you include a sacrifice outlet. I also don't have a lot of colorless mana sinks aside from Xantcha or Exsanguinate; so generating infinite colorless mana in this deck is much less useful than in most other decks. All that being said, it still is a way to take a player out of the game and it still is infinite colorless mana so it's definitely worth considering. I just would need to find approximately 5 slots for it (rings, monolith, and probably a minimum of 3 sacrifice outlets) and that's the hard part to do. Thanks for the suggestion and I didn't realize it wasn't in my "maybeboard" until you suggested it! Throwing it in right now.

ZendikariWol on Xantcha, Sleeper Agent Oppression/Slow Burn

1 month ago

I have two gigantic, hate-fueled suggestions: Curses and Zo-Zu the Punisher.

Which curses, in particular? I'm glad you asked! Curse of Bloodletting in particular would be monstrous in this deck, Curse of Chaos is a good incentive to throw that one extra creature at the opponent, Curse of Misfortunes speaks for itself, Curse of Opulence makes the opponent a huge target early-on, Curse of the Nightly Hunt can very easily leave the opponent with no creatures left, Curse of Thirst is super jank, which means it would feel beautiful to kill an opponent with it, Curse of Vengeance is a fantastic second wind for you, unless you're playing 1v1, Torment of Scarabs builds slowly but it can also force the opponent to make some really tough choices, and Trespasser's Curse is legendary vs. tokens, tribal, anything creature-based. Also worth noting: Accursed Witch  Flip, though not a curse, turns into a pretty decent one.

Other cards that force opponents to make awful decisions include Torment of Hailfire, Indulgent Tormentor, and Killing Wave. Blightning, Mogis, God of Slaughter, and Rakdos's Return also force life loss and/or loss of resources.

Thank you for your time, and for brewing this deliciously diabolical deck.

MrManlyMagikarp on whatever the new jund commander is

1 month ago

also id look into different commanders like Zo-Zu the Punisher

Kingtalk on More like WIN-Grace

1 month ago

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor oooh I really like Destructive Flow and Wildfire, I really considered Zo-Zu the Punisher but I feel like he'd burn me more than other people haha. Custody Battle is hilarious and I might very well add it in. Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to add in Destructive Flow and Wildfire right now

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on More like WIN-Grace

1 month ago

Sorry for the double post, but some not-so-good-but-funny options are cards like Akki Blizzard-Herder, Custody Battle, Hurloon Shaman, and Shivan Wumpus. That way you can say to your opponents: "well you chose to destroy your own lands".

Some other actually useful symmetrical options could be Destructive Flow, Zo-Zu the Punisher, Keldon Firebombers, Wildfire, or Wave of Vitriol.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Lets speculate on the confirmed ...

1 month ago

All the Nabber will do will be to stop artifact based infinite mana combos. Definitely not ban worthy as I think it is more of a meta type card. I don't really see it fitting into many decks outside of red punisher/prison decks (i.e. Zo-Zu the Punisher), Goblins, and maybe a red cEDH deck (do those even exist?) .

Phaetion you can have the Tawnos if I can have just the Brudiclad :P

Now this is what I am talking about for lands matters cards:

t3hdarkness on Kaervek the merciless

2 months ago

With a Seven Mana Commander, its never really going to be fast. But you can take measures to speed it up a little and slow everyone else down.

Putting out some early game meanness like Ankh of Mishra, Harsh Mentor, and Zo-Zu the Punisher let you get some damage going on while waiting for your big threats. This makes you a big target though.Crawlspace, Curse of Opulence, Ensnaring Bridge, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, and Silent Arbiter can throw off some of the agro.

Burnished Hart, Commander's Sphere, Coalition Relic, Darksteel Ingot, Rakdos Cluestone, Rakdos Keyrune, Rakdos Signet, and Talisman of Indulgence will help speed out your commander and play those punishing triple mana symbol cards. Additionally they are immune to my next suggestion War's Toll.

One last thing. It won't let you win, but Heartless Hidetsugu with any of your damage doublers ends the game on the spot.

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