Awaken the Erstwhile

Awaken the Erstwhile


Each player discards all the cards in their hand, then creates that many 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Awaken the Erstwhile Discussion

Negan_Davidson on The Doomscourge

4 months ago

seshiro_of_the_orochi Thank you for the complement. I am still in the planning stages of the deck. I have yet to go out and buy any of the cards (mostly because I just bought a house). Assault Suit was considered, however I would have to suit up one of my creatures and give it away. If I could suit up an opponents' creature like I can with Bloodthirsty Blade , than it would be an auto include, but sadly Wizards won't let me equip cards to my opponents' creatures. I really considered Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire for the deck as I could use Varragoth to attack open opponents and tutor up with I need or have someone else do search for answers we need, but I feel I would never get to use Varragoth for people would remove Varragoth instantly. Single target removal has been increasing lately and Varragoth is a prime target.

YourNeighborhoodGhost Thank you for the suggestions. I couldn't remember or find the Tempt with Vengeance or Rite of the Raging Storm cards, but I knew they existed. I want to add Massacre Wurm to the deck. Tombstone Stairwell would be a nice gift card, but the cumulative upkeep is turning me off of it. Awaken the Erstwhile would make me discard, and I hate to lose my resources. I could play it when I have no hand or cards I don't need, but that's too situational. I see no point in running Deathbringer Thoctar in this deck. Yes it will get massive fast, and can ping by ditching a counter, but by the time I can actually do massive damage with it, the game should be over by then. Six mana is a lot for a 3/3 body for this deck.

ZombieCat on

4 months ago

I'd cut out Asylum Visitor The Eldest Reborn Awaken the Erstwhile for the cards I suggested.

Asylum because it's too situational and if you're in a bad position in the game it becomes a dead draw.

Eldest is a 5 cost 3 turn trick, not really worth it in the long run when you have much cheaper costing cards doing the same thing.

Awaken hits every player and gives every player tokens. It just doesn't seem good in more cutthroat builds.

If Tinybones is one of your primary wincons I'd think of adding mana boosting cards like Culling the Weak and Bubbling Muck so you can instant speed the damage when they discard. Diabolic Intent is also another good card for searching for your wincons or combo pieces.

I'm building Tergrid as well, most cards I've already ordered and will hopefully be able to play next week, can't wait!

SynergyBuild on TINY PUNISHER - Discard/Stax [cEDH Primer Update]

11 months ago

Personally when tuned this probably wants a few more pieces to properly abuse the graveyard, specifically your opponents' graveyards, as they, when stocked as this list does so well, can be value your opponents gain in the cases of Kess, Gitrog, and many other decks. Cling to Dust acts as a cantrip that exiles a card, as does Cremate, and while both can be run, cling is repeatable from your graveyard, however is perfectly fine for gaining life for a Necro or for Tinybones triggers when need be.

Cling is my best suggestion for this build.

Separately, I would suggest Mikokoro, Center of the Sea and Dark Confidant (however for confidant, I'd make sure to drop Awaken the Erstwhile, Beseech the Queen, and a few other high rolling cards).

Mikokoro serves triple in the deck. It draws you action in a pinch, and can be played politically in a pinch too, however secondly can fill opponent's hands when they are empty just for the discard triggers. Thirdly, it can stop all Thassa's Oracle combos, as when the trigger is on the stack if they draw a card and have no cards in deck, they die.

Yes, it's worse than Geier Reach Sanitarium, however is a second copy for consistency!

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