Butcher Ghoul

Butcher Ghoul

Creature — Zombie

Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counter on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Butcher Ghoul Discussion

Saccox on Eldrazi Token Sacrifice

1 month ago

Hi tearrow,you can use Spark Harvest instead of Bone Splinters . What do you think about Bastion of Remembrance ? you have one soldier for sacrifice and an another "blood artist's effect". Another cards that you can use are Perilous Myr , Poison-Tip Archer , Bone Picker , Butcher Ghoul .

ShaDoWz_6677 on Yawgmoth Aristocrats

3 months ago

I did this awhile back, and changed my deck up Bastion of Remembrance is a HUGE card for this kind of deck. You can also add Butcher Ghoul and Geralf's Messenger if you want to switch it up and add the Undying Death Combo.

But Bastion is a MUST have in this deck.

multimedia on Teysa Karlov EDH

3 months ago

Hey, well done for your first Commander deck. You have good card sense on a budget and seem to already understand the importance of mana curve :)

Open the Armory can get Skullclamp or Animate Dead . Court of Grace can create flying tokens, either an Angel or a Spirit and it can be repeatable draw with the monarch. Archon of Justice has a powerful die trigger with Teysa. Sun Titan can be repeatable reanimation and 3 CMC or less gives you many options of permanents to reanimate. Titan is excellent with Animate Dead .

Swords to Plowshares is a staple instant removal spell for white, but because Teysa is a Human then Dire Tactics is a less than $0.50 option. Generous Gift is a versatile instant removal spell. Austere Command is a versatile board wipe. Fanatical Devotion is a sac outlet for repeatable protection from most removal and in combat. Mentor of the Meek can be repeatable draw when creating 1/1 tokens.

Some cards to consider cutting:

Cyb3rguerrill0 on Yawgmoth Proliferate

8 months ago

Hi there, I too run a Yawgmoth deck. And I also try to avoid infinte combos. To achieve this, you shouldn't run creatures with undying like Butcher Ghoul or Geralf's Messenger But I like your picks and the idea to go full on discard and proliferate. Maybe check out my decklist? Like Yawgmoths into light II

Snips500 on Zombie Attack!

9 months ago

Hi, great deck! I have a few suggestions if you don't mind. First, I would cut Harsh Sustenance. Its an alright card but Gray Merchant of Asphodel is just straight up better and right on curve for you. Sustenance makes you splash white which slows your deck down with the fetches and the possibility of not getting double black when you need it. Also, early it's likely a dead card where you would rather be drawing zombies. Gary on the other hand is another zombie that could actually do more damage than sustenance. So I would suggest going to 3-4 Garys and gutting all of the Sustenance, plains, and Barrens and go to just 20 black sources. That will make some space for more Garys and maybe some Sign in Blood which is a pretty important draw spell in the deck.

Next, I would suggest adding Cast Down. It is hands down the best spot removal in all of pauper. Hits everything at instant speed for only 2 mana.

Viscera Seer- while not a zombie she is a very good sac outlet to help you dig through your deck.

Butcher Ghoul- great card, it can be sacrificed twice, is just a good blocker and is hard to kill.

Carnophage- just a thought, its probably not something you want to add because it seems like this deck is more midrange instead of agro but an interesting card non the less.

Bone Picker- another interesting card that could work with your aristocrats theme but not a zombie so it also might not be the best.

Raging_Squiggle on On the monument cards from …

10 months ago

Bontu's Monument, Tithe Drinker

The monument makes your creatures spells of the indicated color cost “one generic mana less”. It does NOT reduce the amount of colored mana required to pay. In this case, it well not affect Tithe Drinker’s casting cost at all since it does not contain any generic mana.

If you were to cast Butcher Ghoul, however, you would only have to pay since the monument reduces the generic mana cost by 1.

Balaam__ on Kamikaze Black

10 months ago

I’d give Butcher Ghoul the axe. Undying is nice, but since you aren’t really building a deck around taking advantage of that mechanic he’s the least coherent element here I’d say.

Fruit of Tizerus might also be a card to consider adding.

Snowmen1 on Undying Retribution

10 months ago

In playing games with the deck, I have been founding that the deck plays more of a tempo game by attacking with undying creatures and holding up Village Rites and other sac outlets to deal damage while getting steady two for ones than an aggro game. Though the deck still definitely has fast starts, I often opt not to take those lines (since I have mostly just been playing against gruul and jund) because I feel like I am better just grinding the decks out and attacking with Retribution of the Ancients up. I think it is probably more correct to view it in that lens, but I am not sure what the appropriate change to make for the deck would be good to match the description if any.

Some changes that I am genuinely thinking about would be mainboarding more undying creatures (Butcher Ghoul is the only one worth looking at though it is really bad) or putting Gemrazer into the mainboard, which will help a lot with speed as well as resiliency against graveyard hate and other artifacts/enchantments. This while playing ghoul leans into the tempo/midrange route, gemrazer leans into a more aggressive route (where you obviously have more mainboard answers to removal of non creature cards). Not really sure which is best as of right now if I were to make one of those changes.

Thanks for the comment!

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