Champion of the Perished

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Champion of the Perished

Creature — Zombie

Whenever another Zombie enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on this.

kamarupa on Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny

1 week ago

my best friend has been trying to play a modern zombies deck for literally years and no matter how much money he spent his deck never really competed until he added Champion of the Perished. Now his zombies are scarier than my mono-white human +1/+1 counter deck.

Panzerforge on Heaven's Happy Horde of Horrors!

2 months ago

Some new Zombie cards to consider!

Champion of the Perished instead of Cryptbreaker.

Wand of Orcus in favor of the niche Just the Wind.

and maybe Necroduality instead of Tidings?

Just a few thoughts, I still remember this deck being a lot to deal with either way!

wallisface on Eldritch Evolution Zombie Deck

2 months ago

Two cards that could work well in the existing shell could be:

  • Champion of the Perished. You have a few ways already to keep putting Zombies into play - this card helps you profit from that by becoming a big chonky attaker.

  • Skaab Ruinator could be strong here, though you'd need to add blue to the deck, and likely also play Stitcher's Supplier to ensure your grave had enough creatures - but a 3cmc 5/6 flyer that can keep coming back is a threat not a lot of decks can cope with.

Other than that, more interaction is always good (Abrupt Decay, Assassin's Trophy, Fatal Push). As far as the cards I think are the "weak spots" to consider removing, it'd be the Planeswalkers and Amulet of Vigor, followed by Ebondeath, Dracolich.

It also feels a bit to me like your namesake card, Eldritch Evolution, doesn't actually do a lot for you here. Specifically, that card normally shines in combo decks, but less so for grindy brews like this. It feels like Collected Company would serve you better justice in assembling the go-wide zombie-hoard. (Keep in mind though, that Collected Company requires you run at least 28ish creatures to see reliable profits)

ActionReplay on Zombies Wilhelt base

2 months ago

Have you considered Champion of the Perished. The amount of creatures can vary depending on what roles you need to fill for the deck. If some creatures have spell-like effects then I may have less other spells. I think if you wanted to lower the amount of creatures you have, but still stay creature heavy you could go down to 30-35. Creatures would still fill up about 1/3 of your deck and you could add more draw power, single-target removal, mana-ramp, or whatever you like.

Massacar on Willys Combo Factory

4 months ago

Nice deck! It's pretty similar to my own (we even have the same CMC lol), so I wanted to highlight some combos you have in there that you might have missed.

Phyrexian Altar + Gravecrawler + Champion of the Perished = Biggest Perish

Diregraf Colossus/Headless Rider + Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar = Infinite tokens/Huge Colossus

Diregraf Captain + Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar = Kill your opponents

If you're at all interested in comparing our lists, mine's over at

Rot and Bother

Commander / EDH* Massacar


droslag on Modern Mono-Black Zombies

4 months ago

Have you considered updating this deck? Champion of the Perished is pre fire, Collective Brutality , Cryptbreaker, Mutavault

Necrosis24 on dimir zombie token engines

4 months ago

I feel like there is an underlying issue here because as you said you have a lot of the suggested cards so you should be able to generate quite a few tokens already.

Regardless here are some synergies to look out for. Massacar's infinite loop paired with a good chunk of cards in your deck will give you a win so I won't bother with the potential infinite combos as that is self explanatory (Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar = Infinite Etb, Cast, and Death Triggers)

Champion of the Perished + Wand of Orcus or Ghoulcaller Gisa: Assuming Champion of the Perished has a decent amount of counters you can easily get a threatening board state especially with lords in play.

Ghoulcaller Gisa + Headless Rider or Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver: Any creature you sacrifice will generate an additional zombie token. If both are in play even better.

Crowded Crypt + Ashnod's Altar/Phyrexian Altar + Headless Rider or Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver: At the end of your opponent's endstep sacrifice your nontoken zombies to either altar assuming you have enough creatures to generate . Each creature you sacrificed will net you a 2/2 zombie from wilhelt or headless rider. Activate Crowded Crypt using the mana you obtained from sacrificing your creature's which will basically double the amount of tokens you have. So assuming you had six zombies in play at the end you will have twelve 2/2 zombies.

Tormod, the Desecrator + Gravecrawler + Ghoulcaller Gisa: Will net you three zombies a turn (Even more with lords in play or Headless Rider/Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver).

Necromancer's Stockpile + Bone Miser: Each creature you discard will net you two zombie tokens. Hopefully you draw into Zombie Apocalypse to get them all back.

Fleshbag Marauder Equipped with Blade of Selves + Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver: Assuming you have three opponents when each Felshbag Marauder token enters the battlefield they can sacrifice themselves to their own etb. This nets you three 2/2 zombies with decay and your opponents must sacrifice three creatures.

It seems like the deck does not have many sac-outlets or recursion to take full advantage of your commander's ability.

Some sac-outlets to consider:

  1. Viscera Seer
  2. Nantuko Husk
  3. Carrion Feeder

Some Recursion:

  1. Command the Dreadhorde
  2. Rise of the Dark Realms
  3. Living Death
  4. Thrilling Encore

Some Card Draw:

  1. Graveborn Muse
  2. Plumb the Forbidden
  3. Erebos, Bleak-Hearted
  4. Undead Augur
  5. Smothering Abomination

These are just a few affects to give you an idea on what to look for.

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