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A Chorus of Beckoning

Commander / EDH* Reanimator



Tonight, the ancients rise.

I wandered planes, in search of memories...

The call of ancient cabal, lost to yore.

Unwinding time and chaos, life and death...

'till I forgot what I was looking for.

Please note: I'm aware that the Nephilim are not a legendary cycle. They've been authorized for play in my local circles.

I want to dominate the game with an endless tide of reanimated creatures.

I want to recover by rebuilding where others cannot.

I want to strike fast, strike hard, and strike over and over again until I'm the last mage standing and the Yore-Tiller has eaten its fill.

But most of all... I want the deck to be fun, consistent, and playable, with the opportunity for surprise plays and a penchant for chaos.

I don't have the money for the whole deck yet (not by a long shot), but this is going to be a journey, regardless.

This is going to be my pet project for the next few years. =)



Finished the first revision! Took out everything that didn't directly support this deck's explosiveness. The strategy now has no offboard response options, and is simply an incredibly powerful aggro build. Added some acceleration and consistency with the Deception package ( Disciple of Deceit and Phenax, God of Deception are incredible in this build) and a few more rocks.


Didgeridooda says... #1

You may want to change your general.

November 27, 2013 9:33 p.m.

jdiedrick8 says... #2

Yo you can't have a creature that's not legendary as your general

November 27, 2013 9:37 p.m.

Didgeridooda says... #3

I would really like them to make some 4 color legends though.

November 27, 2013 9:38 p.m.

Didgeridooda says... #4

I would also add some re-animator cards if you want to run a re-animator deck. There are alot of good ones. They can help you to discard like Putrid Imp , or straight bring them back like Reanimate . There are a number of each type.

November 27, 2013 9:42 p.m.

LordDavop says... #5

Yeah, your general has to be legendary sadly. The best would be Cromat , Progenitus , or Child of Alara . It seems you'd still be able to cast him because of your multi-color mana production.

November 27, 2013 10:09 p.m.

SharadSun says... #6

Our playgroup allows the old Ravnica Nephilim as generals, fortunately :D so I'm clear there.

November 27, 2013 10:29 p.m.

LordDavop says... #7

@SharadSun Okay, cool. I'd suggest getting Child of Alara (best five color for reanimator) and leaving it around in case you ever want to play a game with other players. :P

November 27, 2013 10:31 p.m.

Didgeridooda says... #8

Wow, that is pretty cool. I might have to run that idea by my friends. I really would like some 4 color options.

November 27, 2013 10:35 p.m.

SharadSun says... #9

@Didgeridooda: Thanks for the input! After a bit of testing, I found out that the only reanimation spell I ever really relied on was Obzedat's Aid , since most of my creature-reanimation needs are met by my general (and Pulsemage Advocate , bless his heart). Right now I need to get creatures into the 'yard in the first place, so I'm considering Buried Alive and Stinkweed Imp to supplement my Corpse Connoisseur and natural discard.

November 27, 2013 10:36 p.m.

Didgeridooda says... #10

Entomb is another one I love.

November 27, 2013 10:47 p.m.

SharadSun says... #11

@LordDavop: Definitely =p and the lands to match. Luckily I have them...

@Didgeridooda: That one, too. I'm also considering Gravedigger and Cadaver Imp for recursion purposes, and possibly Treasury Thrull as well.

November 27, 2013 11:03 p.m.

To help throw things out I have a couple of suggestions. Faithless Looting is one of my favs for throwing stuff away and it lets you do it again! Liliana of the Veil is also a nice outlet for throwing away stuff. Wild Guess is not bad either. Why not have Unburial rights?

November 28, 2013 8:39 a.m.

SharadSun says... #13

Faithless Looting is being added as we speak! :D Wild Guess isn't good enough IMO, and while both can be recurred with Archaeomancer , the former allows me to fire it off a second time if I'm really in a tough spot (post-Merciless Eviction or Final Judgment ).

As far as Lili and Rites: I tested both. Liliana of the Veil is great (but insidiously expensive) and Unburial Rites is definitely getting a second playtest.

November 28, 2013 9:09 a.m.

BawwPixels says... #14

Have you considered Gift of Immortality ? Put it on your Commander and you can swing in all you want without having to recast him.

November 28, 2013 8:18 p.m.

SharadSun says... #15

@BawwPixels: I have! If I do play it, it will replace Frontline Medic.

November 29, 2013 12:57 p.m.

BawwPixels says... #16

Avatar of Woe is pretty good in a deck that puts a lot of creatures in the yard. Fleshbag Marauder is fun to recur too. Massacre Wurm is good to clear out those little tokens and make your creatures dying a pain for your opponents. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter is just a big dumb sac outlet that gets you life and can take care of annoying things like Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

November 30, 2013 12:43 a.m.

SharadSun says... #17

Thanks for the suggestions, @BawwPixels! I'm using Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter already and I'm testing Fleshbag Marauder (and Liliana's Specter as well) in a current build.

@viralassassin1: I tested Unburial Rites and it was decidedly sub-par. Obzedat's Aid is woefully off-curve as it is, so I think I'll stick to more graveyard tutoring than actual reanimation spells and leave the gravedigging to Yore-Tiller Nephilim :D

November 30, 2013 11:02 a.m.

Sounds good. Looks like a great deck!

November 30, 2013 11:06 a.m.

Groovelord says... #19

Looks pretty good. I'm starting to get more into non-legendary commanders, and this guy's really cool.

The Cabal Coffers definitely needs to go, though. You're playing four colors. Even with Urborg, duals and Expedition Map, it won't be worth all the times where it does nothing. I'd definitely run City of Brass and Mana Confluence as well, and the checklands. Mesmeric Orb is worth checking out too.

In my experience, Flameshadow Conjuring has underperformed, but might be worth it here since your general gets guys back for free. I'd also try to work a Balefire Dragon in there.

June 23, 2016 3:22 p.m.

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