Apprentice Necromancer

Apprentice Necromancer

Creature — Zombie Wizard

, , Sacrifice Apprentice Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. That creature gains haste. At the beginning of the next end step, sacrifice it.

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Apprentice Necromancer Discussion

PaulMuadDib on Vito, Thorn of Dusk Rose

1 month ago

You are going to need more than 12 lands. Whenever I build a deck, I always start with 40 lands and then for every 3 pieces of ramp, which for a mono black deck would be a mana rock or swamp doubler or ritual spell like Dark Ritual, I remove a land.
Please retune the deck with 12 non-land mana sources and 36 swamps for starters and you can think of non-swamp lands you want to include later.
My suggestions for those sources are any 12 of the following, depending on your budget:
Sol Ring
Star Compass
Commander's Sphere
Crypt Ghast
Charcoal Diamond
Soldevi Adnate
Songs of the Damned
Worn Powerstone
Dark Ritual
Everflowing Chalice
Ashnod's Altar
Guardian Idol
Hedron Archive
Mind Stone
Magnifying Glass
Prismatic Lens
Cabal Coffers <- could replace a swamp
Bubbling Muck
Pristine Talisman <- defiantly want that

After that you've got the commander, which takes up 1 card slot, so that leaves you with 51 cards to choose from.

I see the bare beginnings of either an aristocrats or a reanimator deck. In my opinion you should push more for aristocrats. It can draw you tons of cards and gain you quite a lot of life. There's no harm in keeping some reanimation spells in there though.

You want a good number of sacrifice outlets. I haven't heard of what a hard number should be so I'd shoot for at least 5. Here's a list of some that I remember off hand:
Witch's Cauldron
Vampiric Rites
Ashnod's Altar
Infernal Tribute <- has a funny synergy with Spine of Ish Sah
Gnawing Zombie
Altar of Dementia
Blood Bairn
Bloodflow Connoisseur
Bloodsoaked Altar
Bloodthrone Vampire
Carnage Altar
Carrion Feeder
Corpse Blockade
Culling Dais
Dark Privilege
Diamond Valley
Disciple of Griselbrand
Gutless Ghoul
Lampad of Death's Vigil
Mind Slash
Spawning Pit
Phyrexian Plaguelord

For this strategy you'll need recurring creatures or token generators
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Reassembling Skeleton
Endless Cockroaches
Tenacious Dead
Nim Devourer
Bridge from Below
Open the Graves
Sanitarium Skeleton

Pitiless Plunderer
Bolas's Citadel

Blood Artist is a staple
Plunge into Darkness is something you might want for the pure lifegain of 3 per creature you sacrifice. Not sure that you want to use the "exile a bunch of your deck" too often.
Bontu's Monument
Drain Life
Shadows of the Past

Living Death
No Rest for the Wicked
Sepulchral Primordial
Rise from the Grave
Apprentice Necromancer
Call of the Death-Dweller

spot removal/board wipes
Hero's Downfall
Vona's Hunger

Read the Bones
Sign in Blood
Damnable Pact
Smothering Abomination
Ransack the Lab
Minions' Murmurs
Harvester of Souls

and so forth. I'd look through some already built aristocrats decks to see exactly whether you want to take that strategy.

Oh yeah, for utility lands I'd choose any of the following within your price range:
Leechridden Swamp
Bojuka Bog
Reliquary Tower
Cabal Stronghold
Volrath's Stronghold
Phyrexian Tower
Myriad Landscape
Terrain Generator
Geier Reach Sanitarium

DadHumanPraetor on You think darkness is your ally?

4 months ago

Just some quick off the top of the head Mire Triton Gorging Vulture Buried Alive Final Parting Bond of Discipline Apprentice Necromancer Syr Konrad, the Grim are all super budget friendly cards that are functional in reanimation decks. I like to mill as fast as possible with 2 drops and use stuff like Reanimate and Animate Dead to get out big pay off cards like Sheoldred, the Whispering One or Vilis, Broker of Blood to the field earlier than later but they arent all budget. I also like Meteor Golem or Ravenous Chupacabra in mill decks because once they are in your bin you can grab them any number of ways, and even though their stats arent great you can always feed them to your Blood for Bones to either destroy something else (they go to the bin before the ability resolves so you can return the creature you sacrifice) or you can put it back in your hand to hard cast later. I really like graveyard decks theyre fun even when you lose.

tiagompm on Bring out your dead!

4 months ago


I am a player who loves my graveyard ... I have more competitive decks: Meren lord of the undead - Gitrog The Bogeyland - Muldrotha Competitive/Stax and others more goodstuff with land-theme Taisigur Lands Matter - Muldrotha Land Power!

There's a card that the commander's guys don't give much value but is stupidly strong on a Meren deck: Skirsdag High Priest! Try matching with Apprentice Necromancer and you have two friends for life!

You can test putting more zombies like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed; Diregraf Colossus; Plague Belcher; Sidisi, Undead Vizier to give more strength to your zombie-combo!

I don't see much use to Seedborn Muse and Underworld Dreams. Be very careful with The Gitrog Monster because you don't have a lans-reanimator like Crucible of Worlds or Ramunap Excavator ... having a Life from the Loam would be a good help ...

I hope I could have been useful! Continue this journey of digging up the dead! Muuuahahah!

Noire_Samhain on Your death is not in the stars today

4 months ago

Some other recommendations you might like- Phyrexian Delver. Reanimation that can be reanimated.

Doomed Necromancer. Another reanimator on a body.

Apprentice Necromancer is another, slightly more temporary reanimator.

Living Death is more mass reanimation.

Altar of Dementia could be a good way to get stuff in the grave since you can target yourself, though Orzhov colors lacks the ability to get your sorceries/instants back.

Some other tutors are Corpse Connoisseur and Gravebreaker Lamia.

Happy brewing, and I hope these suggestions help.

tiagompm on Queen of the Undercity (Budget)

4 months ago

Hello multimedia!

Very good golgari budget!

As a thank you for helping me with my Muldrotha "Super Budget" The Gravetide, and out of curiosity because I love golgari Gitrog The Bogeyland I would like to suggest an idea for your deck:

I looked at your Apprentice Necromancer and immediately remembered Skirsdag High Priest! Very good for any time of the game and easily create a horde of demons! I will seriously consider putting it on my Meren lord of the undead!

Eldritch Evolution is one of the best tutors for Meren;

Priest of Titania to give extra use to your elves ... And you can even add another Oakhame Adversary who is very good at commander!

Good Luck to your decks and keep safe!

Gakros on Honorless Meren cEDH

5 months ago

Hi pao2 i am using your list as a guidance on what to run on my semi-cedh Hulkweaver (used to be Karador testing Nethroi currently),so i have 2 suggestion and 2 questions if i may.
Wake the Dead. Since you run Apprentice Necromancer why not run his instant brother?
Altar of Dementia. A 2 mana fill the graveyard and can win with both combos.
1.Why not Carrion Feeder,Phyrexian Delver for the redundancy.
2.Is Natural Order that bad? it feels like its exactly the same cost/ability as Pattern of Rebirth and i am honestly thinking or replacing birthing pod to it. Pod will tutor my pieces but at the same mana with a sac outlet on the field i win the game.

i would be honored in case you wanted to check my deck: Nethroi Hulkweaver

Thessali on Ayli/Lurrus Companion

5 months ago

Oh snap. Thanks for your ideas!! You're right about Animate Dead. I thought that was in here. That's fixed. And I like Nezumi Graverobber-it's a mana sink and the flip would work pretty well in my meta. (The graveyard shenanigans are intense). I love Emeria, The Sky Ruin but I've played it in a bunch of decks and never been able to hit that Plains sweet spot so I ended up taking it out. After play testing I'll probably fool around with the mana base again.

For recurring Lurrus there's Apprentice Necromancer, Eternal Taskmaster the Nezumi Graverobber (if he's flipped and thank you! he's doing double duty already), Phyrexian Reclamation and then I added in Omen of the Dead and Unburial Rites. I like those over some of the other reanimate spells because Omen of the Dead is recurrable and Unburial Rites you can cast twice. But I do have an Unearth floating around I can work in after some play testing.

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