Animate Dead

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Animate Dead

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature card in a graveyard

When Animate Dead enters the battlefield, if it's on the battlefield, it loses "enchant creature card in a graveyard" and gains "enchant creature put onto the battlefield with Animate Dead." Return enchanted creature card to the battlefield under your control and attach Animate Dead to it. When Animate Dead leaves the battlefield, that creature's controller sacrifices it.

Enchanted creature gets -1/-0.

bhst5019 on Stealing other peoples creatures and …

1 day ago

For all intense and purposes we will use Animate Dead, Myrkul, Lord of Bones and a sacrifice engine Altar of Dementia.

Use Animate Dead to take control of Shivan Dragon from an opponent's graveyard. Sacrifice to Altar of Dementia. My question comes in can I use Myrkul, Lord of Bones ability to exile it and make an enchantment copy?

sylvannos on Brother's War Spoilers

3 weeks ago

@Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor: It's the modularity of it that seems nuts to me. It's obviously not like you're casting Animate Dead on a Griselbrand. But you can use it as a value card on something like Kitchen Finks, a combo enabler for Thopter Foundry, or even a Desperate Ritual when used on Black Lotus.

And a lot of these cards fit neatly into decks like Bomberman or Stoneblade.

buffo on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

1 month ago

Hi Femme_Fatale, the art for the 2022 Judge Promo Animate Dead is still unavailable. I can select Judge Promo on the Animate Dead page, but no art comes up. And when I do the (000) code on my decklist, I get an error message.

Max_Hammer on How Not To MTG

1 month ago

Oh, and the Timmy in me just has to recommend Animate Dead or Dance of the Dead.

I know it's not going to be optimal in a deck like this, since it pretty much just hopes that your opponent is also a Timmy with anything worth stealing, but snatching someone else's big bad dino is always the best feeling.

Plus, you could resurrect Herald, but that's not going to come into play super often.

buffo on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

1 month ago

It looks like the 2022 judge promo for Animate Dead is missing

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 month ago

Housegheist That's why I compared it to clones. It's basically a clone that can also give us death triggers. This is nice, but a 3 mana clone isn't a staple in most decks. Phantasmal Image is great for 2 mana, and that's why I like Animate Dead. For 2 mana, we get a similar amount of versatility.

jellyske Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad the deck and my writeups can help. Cheers, good luck, and have fun!

TheVectornaut on black mono

1 month ago

Aside from Reaping the Graves and Extinction, it looks like everything here is modern legal. If you're looking for modern replacements for these cards, I'd consider Empty the Catacombs for the former since it synergizes with Leyline of the Void, and Plague Engineer for the latter because it's just good at dealing with most tribal strategies. That being said, there's no real reason to be returning cards from graveyard to hand instead of the battlefield since you have no on-cast triggers. In casual, I really like Hell's Caretaker as a way to turn a Reassembling Skeleton into a Sheoldred, Whispering One, Razaketh, the Foul-Blooded, or something similarly silly. You could always go with more traditional reanimator cards like Reanimate and Animate Dead though. Either way, I'd probably up the creature count and run a few less full board wipes.

Crow-Umbra on Some Light Clerical Work

1 month ago

I've liked Fanatical Devotion as a free sac outlet/protection piece in Aristocrats and reanimator decks. I like Dismantling Wave as a removal piece for any of my decks with White. You could also include Dance of the Dead and Necromancy to expand on the combo potential with Leonin Relic-Warder, Animate Dead, and any of your Aristocrats pieces. Here is an explanation of the Animate Dead + Leonin Relic-Warder type loop in case you are unfamiliar with it.

Depending on your budget and meta, Cover of Darkness could be an additional anthem to help you go on the offensive if needed.

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