Call of the Death-Dweller

Call of the Death-Dweller


Return up to two target creature cards with total converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a deathtouch counter on either of them. Then put a menace counter on either of them.

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Call of the Death-Dweller Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Engineered Plasm

4 weeks ago

Balaam__ Thanks for saying! I was pondering some +1/+1 counter spells, but black isn't exactly known for those, and it's hard to find one that feels worth the slot. Slitherhead has the added bonus of being good fodder to feed to Cavalier of Night or Fain, the Broker, and it's a one-drop so it can round out a Call of the Death-Dweller if you're bringing back a two-drop. Retribution of the Ancients also plays nice with Slaughter Specialist, turning counter into kills and kills into more counters.

9-lives on Black LURRUS ETB hand, library, …

1 month ago

I forgot that I can use non-permanents with any mana cost with Lurrus. So give me all you got! Like Call of the Death-Dweller is super useful!

MeatMancer on Kelsien, the Plague

1 month ago

KingKilvas all great suggestions, I probably wont consider Vraska, Scheming Gorgon as Keisen cant ping players and Im not really a huge fan of alternate win cons. Hooded Blightfang unfortunately doesn't do as much as expected. Goblin Sharpshooter is fantastic, but I'm just not willing to buy one, absolutely run the card if you are willing or have it already. Same thing for Quietus Spike and Vault of the Archangel. I originally had Call of the Death-Dweller in but I don't want to rely on Keisen being in the graveyard because if it gets countered that's a huge letdown. Reaper's Talisman should actually be in here, I originally didn't have it in because I didn't realize Keisen had vigilance. I appreciate the recommendations.

KingKilvas on Kelsien, the Plague

1 month ago

Looks like a fun deck! Have you considered Vraska, Scheming Gorgon as an alternate wincon? Hooded Blightfang, Blood Cultist, Goblin Sharpshooter, Call of the Death-Dweller, Viridian Longbow, Quietus Spike, Reaper's Talisman, and Vault of the Archangel all also fit your theme pretty well. Hope this helps!

wallisface on Golgari deatbonnet heirloom mirror

2 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • your build-around creatures of Deathbonnet Sprout  Flip and Heirloom Mirror  Flip are both incredibly slow cards to get running, so I think you want to be aiming this deck to be something more midrange-orientated than aggro (as a lot of decks will outspeed this interaction). Luckily you're in the right colour-pair for a very interactive and midrange style deck (more on suggestions around this below).

  • Both Jadelight Ranger and Merfolk Branchwalker seem like really bad options here, as they don't particularly help enable anything you're doing. Some better options could be as so: Eternal Scourge feels strong here in that your build-around creatures can exile it, but then it can still be cast, and the process can be repeated, helping you in long grindy matchups. Creatures like Demon's Disciple, Fleshbag Marauder, Abyssal Gatekeeper and Plaguecrafter all seem useful too, for both providing needed interaction to slow down the opponent, while also filling your graveyard with their juicy corpses ready for consumption.

  • I would really, strongly, suggest against you trying to run Orcus, Prince of Undeath in this deck. Him being red is going to push you into three colours, and trying to build a 3-colour deck on a budget while still having it function isn't easy. Secondly, it just demands an insane quantity of mana. For 5 mana he'll get you back a single 1cmc creature... that's pretty lame - without dedicated ramp he's just not going to perform well. I think you have a better chance of making something viable by keeping your plan simple, and that means ditching this guy.

  • I think Call of the Death-Dweller is a decent card to include in the deck, but don't bother with Gruesome Menagerie. It's a LOT of mana and is probably going to cause more deck building restrictions than actually help you out.

Just brainstorming here, but something like the below feels viable to me. Your meta and/or tastes may vary (the list I've built here is with Modern-legality in mind, just because that's the format I know best. Also tried to stay with budget cards) It centralizes around the Sprout and Mirror, but also abuses creature sacrifice with Glissa to accelerate your gameplan, and get Mirrors back if needed:

Balaam__ on Nifty Thrifty Reanimation

3 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions Pezz22, but this one is fairly well optimized with what’s currently available (and for the budget allotted).

The high cmc of Spirit of the Hearth doesn’t matter here, since we’ll be fielding it through other means (I’m assuming that’s what you meant when you said “cheaper”, since both Spirit of the Hearth and Aegis of the Gods are financially quite cheap). The Aegis lacks the Spirit creature type so it won’t function as intended in this build.

Which brings us to Call of the Death-Dweller. It’s a solid reanimation spell, but it is indeed too expensive to run in this particular deck. It could return both Carrion Feeder and Lotleth Troll to play, but that’s too situational to justify the extra price tag over Unearth.

Sakura-Tribe Elder is a no-go too; it’s not a spirit, and its ability to self sacrifice doesn’t mean much here—the reason for Carrion Feeder is to sac specific spirits so that they don’t become exiled due to Goryo's Vengeance, and thus we’re able to reuse them. Sacrifice isn’t to buff Carrion Feeder or for any other reason. In short both Lotleth Troll and Carrion Feeder are here for the sole purpose of putting particular things in the graveyard. The +1/+1 counters they create are just incidental.

I do thank you for your interest in the deck. A case could definitely be made for utilizing your ideas here and radically altering the deck to incorporate them, but I’d like to keep the core functionality of the deck as intended above all else.

Pezz22 on Nifty Thrifty Reanimation

3 months ago

This deck looks like fun too! If you are looking for a cheaper (CMC) version of your Spirit of the Hearth, Aegis of the Gods will do the trick. Aegis of the Gods will also be cheap enough to use your Unearth on. Only down side is he is a weakling lol. I'm assuming you are using Carrion Feeder for its sacrifice ability. Since you have Lotleth Troll who does something similar with +1/+1 counters, you can look at Viscera Seer. I have a loosely similar style of deck that utilizes Viscera Seer over Carrion Feeder. I found the Scry ability to more valuable than the added offensive firepower of the Feeder. If the Feeder could block that may be a tipping point back to it, but the Seer's ability to block and sacrifice whenever you need to far outweighs the Feeder's benefits IMO. I'm assuming you are using the Unearth's mainly for the Doomed Necromancer. Another potential suggestion might be to use Call of the Death-Dweller. Both are Sorcerys but Call will give you the potential option to bring back two creatures with the added bonus of either Menace or Deathtouch. Likewise, you can still choose one creature and slap Menace or Deathtouch on them as well. I like the deck! There are so many Legendary Spirits thanks to the Kamigawa block. I'm sure it's a headache trying to narrow those down to what is playable. Time of Need is a super clutch card too. In fact! (Inspiration just hit me lol) If you want a cheap block/sacker Sakura-Tribe Elder gives you a blocker, and the ability to get a basic land of the color you need. Sorry for the novel of a comment, good stuff though!

RebelGenius on Balls Lightning

3 months ago

Nice deck!

Rotting Regisaur would be good as a 1 or 2 of. It isn't an elemental, but having a big body that stays on the battlefield can be really nice, especially when it works with Unearth and Call of the Death-Dweller. The discard also isn't that bad with all the reanimation. I've had a few games where I would have lost if it weren't for Rotting Regisaur.

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