Animate Dead

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.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Uncommon
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn (GRV) Uncommon
Masters Edition (MED) Uncommon
Fifth Edition (5ED) Uncommon
Fourth Edition (4ED) Uncommon
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Uncommon
Revised Edition (3ED) Uncommon
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Uncommon
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Uncommon
Collector's Edition (CED) Uncommon
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Uncommon
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Uncommon
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
MTGO Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Noble Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Animate Dead occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.1%

Black: 0.47%

Golgari: 0.3%

Rakdos: 0.37%

BUG (Sultai): 1.22%

RBW (Mardu): 0.53%

Animate Dead Discussion

johnwayne1488 on Hapatra's Poison Ivy

3 days ago

update 07/07/2020

Switched Razaketh, the Foulblooded for Heroic Intervention

Razaket is really expensive and I find I have cheaper ways to tutor for what I need. Got Heroic Intervention in core 2021 so i'm gonna rock it to protect my board at a low cmc!

Flourishing Defenses for Hooded Blightfang

Flourishing Defenses is also expensive, I'd rather have just one Nest of Scarabs effect.

Whispersilk Cloak for Swiftfoot Boots

Yes, you can get damage through with Whispersilk Cloak and get Hapatra's trigger but I find that I don't really need to attack with her that much, I just need her to stay on the board and i can do that on turn 3 with the boots!

Puppeteer Clique for Animate Dead

Puppetee doesn't hit our graveyard for recursion sadly and even though you can get 2 creatures with that persist trigger, Animate Dead is just cheaper and hits every graveyard.

Rampant Growth for Elvish Mystic

Would rather play a turn one Elvish Mystic and a creature than a 2 mana (i'm casting hapatra on turn 2 for sure) spell I can't get back with Meren, Eternal Witness, Animate Dead or Victime.

Smothering Abomination for Liliana's Standard Bearer

I feel like I can benefit from the Bearer more, either by sacrificing my creatures or to answer a boardwipe for example. Abomination is good but it costs more and doesn't have that flash value

Bababad on Ayli, Frooty Loops (Primer)

3 days ago

We are always trying to run Revival / Revenge, but it never stays in the final build.

We are currently playing with Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, and Lurrus of the Dream-Den, and likely gonna reintegrate Serra Ascendant (despite the true owner's disdain for that card) for some low cmc toolkit synergy and big lifegain sacrifices.

Lurrus of the Dream-Den has given us ample opportunity to set up Animate Dead + Karmic Guide into Sun Titan shenanigans, while bringing back a soul sister effect whenever we need one after a big nonland wipe.

Will keep you updated! We are also testing a new loop theme: Solemnity + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed / Luminous Broodmoth which has been testing extremely positively, especially with Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, or Kokusho, the Evening Star (with mikaeus at least)

Once we test some more we will finalize the updates to the primer/etc. We haven't been able to test in a multiple player setting, will likely set up a rig for Saturday night virtual playing soon.

In 1 v 1 testing, The new soul sister effects are back breaking. Easily gaining 15+ life by the time it matters and mitigating early game damage. Living Death with Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed loops keep things liquid and denying resources through spot exile or Remorseful Cleric have been the prime way of shutting down the game.

Hausar on Witch Combo Today?

3 days ago

Thanks for that. I did have Animate Dead in the deck but just put it in the description wrong!

Dango on What is your favorite card ...

6 days ago

Historically, Sun Titan has a very special place in my heart. I always toss around the idea of running him whenever I run white as a supplemental color in EDH. The initial interaction I fell in love with was Sun Titan's ETB/attack trigger getting back an Eternal Witness from my yard to get anything back to my hand. I later discovered how nuts he is with reanimator shells, cheating out bonkers creatures by returning an Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead, or Necromancy into play. There's also the swingy option of returning Underworld Breach to play every turn with an attack trigger and basically getting a free pseudo-Yawgwin into play on each of my turns.

Overall, I think there's just always huge merit to running him. If I'm really strapped on a top end when I'm in white, the thought "but what about Sun Titan" is bound to drift into my mind at some point.

Azeworai on Undying gift of Nel Toth

1 week ago

Alright. I am not too fond of graveyard strategies myself, though I have tinkered vehemently with Alesha, Muldrotha Adun Oakenshield, so I'll see where that gets me.

I see a strong value engine in the command zone, but far too much late-game in the ninety-nine. I would highly recommend cutting much of the seven drops, lest the deck be too slow betime on, thusly being trampled.

Furthermore, the deck needs more sacrifice outlets. With many death triggers comes a dire need to control when they go off, thence you should probably have at least seven.

Ideally, the gameplan is turn one or two ramp and cheap creature, then turn three Meren to return it to your hand.

Now, onto my suggestions.

Upon what I would ablate:

  1. Korozda Guildmage is too slow. Four mana to sacrifice something is awful.

  2. Overseer of the Damned is the same. Seven mana to kill something with a menial deathrattle.

  3. terrastodon is eight mana. I have a deck with seventeen cards of ramp and it's still too much.

  4. Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder may be an exquisitely perfidious character within the lore, hereon he is rather slow. Egregious stats and only lives so long.

  5. I've never quite understood the draw to Yavimaya Elder. Three mana, then requires extra work to find two basics to the hand, whereat even further toiling is required to draw the card. I never liked it, but I suppose.

  6. Phyrexian Rager is too slow, no matter how mad it gets.

  7. Deathsprout is cute, but four mana to remove something whiles providing no value by being a creature.

  8. Acidic Slime has always seemed lacking to me. You have Sage and Caterpillar to foredo artifacts or enchantments. A five-mana 2/2 seems lacking.

  9. Sever the Bloodline is a four mana sorcery to kill one thing. If someone plays Kiki-Jiki or Mr. Gitaxias, whereupon their effects are immediate, this won't solve anything. Sure it flashbacks for seven mana, but the additional upside of the card isn't worth it in a singleton format.

  10. Aid from the Cowl is a card I have tested withal. It's effect is slow, capricious, and ineffective. When it does work, it's five mana to maybe get something off of the top. I don't like it.

  11. Diabolic Tutor and Final Parting are five mana to find one card. In a deck without infinite combos these are a lot less appealing. I'd put in cantrips instead.

  12. So, Pathbreaker Ibex and Overwhelming Stampede. Each possess much dint, but I wouldn't play multiple. Pick one, move on. (I prefer the Ibex, though I'm biased.)

  13. Thrashy is fine, but is four mana to kill something. Given the foison of similar effects the deck has, just remove it.

Okay, now unto thee I provide sacrifice outlets.

Altar of Dementia is literally perfect for a deck like this. Mill and death, all in one! Viscera Seer is a classic, Carrion Feeder can become massive, Goat Thing comes back by itself and offers caprine fodder, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is oft the best card in my aristocrats deck though is expensive, and High Market or Phyrexian Tower are always fine.

Blood Artist or Bastion of Remembrance are fine in strategies such as this.

Fauna Shaman seems absolutely great; Discard a dork, fetch a monstrosity, return aforesaid dork with Meren, celebrate.

Victimize is never lacking as it cheats out giants whilst providing sacrifice, Dread Return fills a very similar role, Eternal Witness is always great, Blood for Bones loops with the Witness, and Animate Dead is always great.

Now, cantrips: Grisly Salvage, Winding Way, Grapple with the Past, Ransack the Lab, and Once Upon a Time all filter through the deck, fill the graveyard, save for Once Upon a Time, and find lands or creatures. Furthermore, they are great with Meren, as creatures are to be disinterred.

For ramp, mana dorks are great. Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, and Elves of Deep Shadow offer fodder and acceleration. The best is probably Skull Prophet. Mill, fodder, and ramp in one.

Reassembling Skeleton just seems great, Bloodghast grants much, and Bitterblossom can be sacrificed a meiny of times.

Importantly, I add some more draw. Phyrexian Arena, Underworld Connections, Liliana's Standard Bearer, Erebos, Bleak-Hearted, Dark Prophecy, Moldervine Reclamation, and Rankle, Master of Pranks do this deed.

That shall be all from me. Good luck!

Azeworai on Tinybones the card thief

1 week ago

Ah, I have piloted a mono-black discard deck for quite the number of years. I have Chainer, Dementia Master at the helm myself, as he is a rather powerful card when everyone's hands are empty, thus he reigns unanswered. Therefrom, a great amount of methods may be used to win.

Tinybones is less of a finisher itself, more so a value engine. As such, I would recommend possessing a lower curve to take advantage of the card draw and more potent finishers within the deck to hent for victory. Also, having card draw outside of the commander would grant a better backup plan. A discard deck's goal is to empty each opponent's hand and win by going unthreatened. If no players have cards to discard, Tinybones cannot provide draw.

The changes I would make are more instants so you kill things once they resolve as opposed to waiting a full turn, swifter discard in the early game to make your commander more effective, stronger finishers for the sake of ending the game betime, and just cutting some cards.

So, first, there are some things I would remove.

  1. Murderous Compulsion may go with the discard theme, but it's conditional removal at sorcery-speed.
  2. Bad Deal is ironically a bad deal, as it is six mana for two cards gone.
  3. Assassin's Strike is just egregious. A six-mana sorcery to kill one thing and they discard but one card. Begone.
  4. Unnerve is fine but not great. Being a one time effect at four mana, I dislike it, though Xantcha is a great character in the art.
  5. Haunting Hymn is six mana, which is far too late for discard effects to be effective. You want discard early, as it makes it far more difficult for decks to catch their footing.
  6. I have the same reason for Tasigur's Cruelty.
  7. Cabal Conditioning has an identical reason.
  8. I have a shortlist for this category, being creatures without long-game value; Burglar Rat, Liliana's Reaver, and Banshee of the Dread Choir have discard stapled to them, but don't do much else whilst lacking much in terms of evasion for Larceny.
  9. Scythe Specter is slow and other cards just do its job better, and Herald of Anguish is slow and lacks fodder for its second ability.
  10. Necrogen Spellbomb is just crap. Two mana for one card from a single player's hand is awful. Don't play this.
  11. Awaken the Erstwhile neglects the game plan of having more cards than your opponents whilst lacking the option of going back. I'd just add a stronger finisher.

Alright. With that out of the way, I may suggest other cards.

So, early game discard. Mind Rake and Delirium Skeins are each great, for they take card from every player in the first few turns of the game.

Let's add some better kill spells: Snuff Out, Victim of Night, Go for the Throat, Hero's Downfall, Drag to the Underworld, and Murderous Rider.

Wraths are a cruciality for slower strategies such as this, for aggressive strategies such as Alesha or Tymna. You should add any of Massacre Girl, Damnation, or Massacre Wurm.

Upon card draw, you have none outside of the Trinket Thief, Rankle, and Geth's Grimoire. I'd add any of Phyrexian Arena, Sign in Blood, Underworld Connections, and Dread Presence. Necropotence may seem as if it negates the strategy, but it is always worth it.

Lightning Greaves just seem great.

Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual allow for turn one Pit or Mists, easily providing much value with your commander on turn two.

Expedition Map allows you to assemble your land combos with Cabal Coffers and Urborg. Always nice.

Nirkana Revenant is an option for the sake of late-game ramp, giving much for Torment of Hailfire.

Now, for the finishers I have many. Do note that these are meant to be played when people haven't any cards in hand, hence lacking answers for these once on the field. Sheoldred, the Whispering One grants value from each player's bin whiles eating at their board. Abhorrent Overlord offers a swarm of flyers to end the game. Grave Titan is much the same. Archfiend of Despair goes well with Tinybones's second ability. Though I am not too fond of it, Archfiend of Spite offers much. Geth, Lord of the Vault hents the opponent's graveyards to swarm the board. Kokusho, the Evening Star is a massive threat that harms upon death. Kothophed allows for a quite a bit of card draw. Lord of the Void is always fun. Lastly, Gray Merchant of Asphodel does so much every time it hits the field.

Of course, I'd add more ramp and reanimation. Mind Stone, Arcane Signet, Charcoal Diamond, and Lake of the Dead are great for ramp. Animate Dead, Reanimate, and Dread Return are fine ways to get stuff from anyone's yard, save for the Return.

That shall be all from me. Do enjoy your day!

arcane_trouper on MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Infinite Cards

1 week ago

Wow, great work MagicalHacker. Reformatted with card links and averages (rounded up) of the range of decks the combos are in. I figure a single number for each 2 card combo makes it easker to tally up and figure percentages later. So 120,411 two-card combos total.

7293 Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake

6255 Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond

4652 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Zealous Conscripts

4545 The Gitrog Monster + Dakmor Salvage

3688 Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth

3073 Demonic Consultation + Thassa's Oracle

2990 Demonic Consultation + Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

2957 Niv-Mizzet, Parun + Curiosity

2658 Mikaeus, the Unhallowed+ Triskelion

2445 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Curiosity

2410 Grand Architect + Pili-Pala

2370 Demonic Consultation + Laboratory Maniac

2333 Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension

2315 Worldgorger Dragon + Animate Dead

2242 Umbral Mantle + Priest of Titania

2132 Niv-Mizzet, Parun + Ophidian Eye

2129 Mindcrank + Duskmantle Guildmage

2010 Godo, Bandit Warlord + Helm of the Host

1957 Aurelia, the Warleader + Helm of the Host

1852 Dualcaster Mage + Twinflame

1809 Deadeye Navigator + Palinchron

1673 Worldgorger Dragon + Dance of the Dead

1714 Traumatize + Fraying Sanity

1689 Necrotic Ooze + Buried Alive

1679 Exquisite Blood + Vizkopa Guildmage

1662 Umbral Mantle + Elvish Archdruid

1598 High Alert + Axebane Guardian

1558 Combat Celebrant + Helm of the Host

1532 Ad Nauseam + Angel's Grace

1523 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Ophidian Eye

1514 Traumatize + Keening Stone

1483 Mindcrank + Syr Konrad, the Grim

1466 Eldrazi Displacer + Peregrine Drake

1429 Staff of Domination + Priest of Titania

1388 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Felidar Guardian

1390 Fleet Swallower + Fraying Sanity

1358 Worldgorger Dragon + Necromancy

1311 Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine

1302 Grim Monolith + Power Artifact

1304 Reiterate + Mana Geyser

1279 Umbral Mantle + Karametra's Acolyte

1263 Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista

1245 Sage of Hours + Ezuri, Claw of Progress

1251 Exquisite Blood + Cliffhaven Vampire

1239 Time Sieve + Thopter Assembly

1227 Fleet Swallower + Keening Stone

1231 Necrotic Ooze + Entomb

1223 Food Chain + Eternal Scourge

1218 Aggravated Assault + Savage Ventmaw

1225 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Combat Celebrant

1170 Najeela, the Blade-Blossom + Nature's Will

1167 Basalt Monolith + Power Artifact

1188 Aggravated Assault + Neheb, the Eternal

1155 Helm of Obedience + Rest in Peace

1153 Exquisite Blood + Defiant Bloodlord

1112 Niv-Mizzet, Parun + Tandem Lookout

1107 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Deceiver Exarch

1103 Devoted Druid + Vizier of Remedies

1087 Freed from the Real + Incubation Druid

1076 Umbral Mantle + Marwyn, the Nurturer

960 Najeela, the Blade-Blossom + Cryptolith Rite

1025 Splinter Twin + Zealous Conscripts

1011 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Tandem Lookout

1008 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Pestermite

Zhugo12 on Karadorable [cEDH Primer]

2 weeks ago

tcooke2 Protean Hulk is already in the list, and listed in the combo tutors. Felidar Guardian Combos with Karmic Guide, Reveillark, Animate Dead, Necromancy, and Dance of the Dead but those cards already have redundant combos in this list, and most cost less than 4. I'd consider it, but I'm not sure it's worth the slot.

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