- 1x Cascading Cataracts
- 1x Cradle of the Accursed
- 2x Forsaken Sanctuary
- 3x Island
- 2x Meandering River
- 6x Plains
- 2x Submerged Boneyard
- 7x Swamp
I'm also unsure of Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun. I can only ever have one of him on the board (so no benefit from Anointed Procession); is a single unblockable zombie really worth it? Depending on match-up, a mummified Vizier of Many Faces could do hilarious things with unblockable, and I'm also drawn to the reliable damage if a board stall emerges, so he's still in, but I can't help thinking that the variety of creatures will cause inconsistency.
May 1, 2017 3:21 p.m.
I think the deck looks pretty fun! Have you considered Glyph Keeper? IMO one of the best embalmers out there
May 2, 2017 5:50 a.m.
I did, it was in my original deck, but at 5 mana for a hexproofish 5/3, I decided to go with fewer variations of types and a bit more removal and cheap blockers. I just felt it would be more consistent, especially as I'll be playing with a significantly weaker mana base and already have a few cards on the top of the curve. Time will tell if I'm right...
May 2, 2017 7:32 a.m.
I'm trying this deck out too. What lands would you go with no/a higher budget?
May 9, 2017 8:43 p.m.
Check out my aquireboard. Playsets of those plus 1 of each basic will bring you to 23 lands, although a playset of Concealed Courtyard may be too much. Either of the AKH Cycling lands can be used to bring the SOI lands in untapped, and late game can be cycled if you already have a large and diverse manabase.
Let me know how it plays! My current concern is lack of removal, which in an Esper deck seems unforgivable. Also card draw, hence Open Into Wonder in the Maybeboard, which would be really effective with a few zombies and an Aven Wind Guide on the board. I could probably go without Anointer Priests if anything, and again, Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun is still giving me uncertainty.
I won't get a chance to playtest until next Thursday, but will update here.
May 10, 2017 2:36 a.m.
I can see the maybeboard. Where is the aquireboard?
I never read that part about the cycling lands but I can see that working really well.
I went and threw in various blue counter spells to deal with certain threats ie. Creatures or artifacts or spells. And a couple dread wanderers in case I need more creatures.
Did you say you can use Oketra's a biliary from the graveyard as well?
May 10, 2017 9:13 a.m.
May 10, 2017 9:22 a.m.
Re. Oketra, no, I only meant that the second half of Never / Return will give me utility even if she dies, although it works better in targeting opponent's graveyards if they have anything they can get back.
May 10, 2017 9:25 a.m.
Okay that looks familiar I picked them up when you had the old list up. I though it was way too many duals but I didn't realize the SOI and AKH lands interacted that way.
May 10, 2017 10:04 a.m.
Yeah, e.g. Irrigated Farmland is a Plains and an Island, so it works for both Choked Estuary and Port Town to bring them in untapped. They'll be good in Modern format for that reason too, because they can be fetched with e.g. Flooded Strand, so probably not a bad investment.
May 10, 2017 11:53 a.m.
I've been reading up on Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun, and there seems to be a lot of interest from the EDH community... I don't play Commander much, but I didn't realise that putting your Commander in the command zone was optional! So we'll see how he plays out, but I'm getting the feeling he won't last.
May 11, 2017 1:54 p.m.
How does embalm work with bringing him out of the command zone?
May 12, 2017 12:36 p.m.
If he dies, you can opt to send him to the graveyard rather than back to the CZ, then when you embalm him, you return him to the CZ instead of exiling him, which means he can be put onto the battlefield more often without increasing his Commander casting cost. You then pair him with stompy tokens or tron decks to abuse the unblockable mechanic.
May 12, 2017 12:47 p.m.
After playtesting for a couple of weeks, I've noticed the following:
The blue Embalmers are very situational. I haven't managed to get much out of any of them, but the potential is there. Land is an issue, as expected, but going up to 24 lands helped.
On MTGO I've swapped Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun for Open Into Wonder, and it's an improvement. Anointed Procession is the keystone, synergizing excellently with Liliana's Mastery and Noosegraf Mob. Lord of the Accursed is already popular in standard zombie decks, and I can see why. Wayward Servant is also excellent. Oketra's Monument also does a fine job, particularly with Anointer Priest on the board.
May 27, 2017 9:05 a.m.
I've made a similar deck like this as well(check it out if you like:) and a card I've found super useful is Binding Mummy especially since this deck's synergy is so zombie token heavy.
July 17, 2017 8:40 p.m.
Thanks, yeah I've come up against Binding Mummy online and seen its utility. Your deck is definitely a "Goodstuff" deck, whereas mine is trying to be more focused. That said, I saw The Scarab God and immediately fell in love, and would prefer to take it down the zombies route more than the embalm route I originally took it... but then, it wouldn't be "Barrack Embalmer" :)
July 18, 2017 5:03 p.m.
Yes, I immediately fell in love with the Scarab God as well. I can see what you mean and like that you're sticking to the theme, so here's an idea that's on theme with embalm. Vizier of the Anointed is a great card especially in this deck because even if you don't use his first ability it's always nice to be drawing cards.
July 19, 2017 7:13 a.m.
Not a bad shout! Card draw is an issue, but 4 mana is a bit awkward as I've already got quite a lot in that slot, but may test it out!