Cling to Dust
Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Cling to Dust Discussion
1 week ago
Wow, this deck has gotten some good suggestions before I even come in!
With DanMcSharp's (good) suggestion about Elite Spellbinder taken, you now have 5 copies of it between your main board and your sideboard. It's not really a sideboard card, so you may as well take it out of there entirely. Kunoros also isn't great for a sideboard (although he is a good pupper). If you want graveyard hate, put Cling to Dust or Weathered Runestone . Kunoros is easily removed from the battlefield, especially as many graveyard-based decks will be running black, the color of amazing removal.
Since this is a low average CMC deck, you don't really want tapped lands most of the time. I'd recommend removing the temples for more basics or for some of the new Snarls, if you have them/don't mind crafting them.
Shadrix Silverquill is not a good card imo. Let's think about some possible scenarios:
You don't use his ability. He's now a 2/5 flying double strike. At that point, just play Baneslayer Angel . Even with the counters in the deck, it's better.
You give your opponent a 2/1 flying. That blocks your biggest flier, which may be Shadrix. So that ability basically blanks his attack for the turn.
You give your opponent a card for a life. Easily his best mode, but now you've given your opponent card advantage. You can't really afford that in a deck that already lacks a lot of card advantage methods.
Your opponent's creatures get larger. Situationally the best. However, your opponent either isn't a creature-based deck (and so has removal for Shadrix or is already losing badly), or will be racing you with their ground creatures, in which case the counters really help. Sure, you'll be getting some benefit from Shadrix too, but the floor of the card is very low. I don't think it's competitively viable.
Your only real creature to sacrifice to Village Rites is Eyetwitch . I'm not sure that's enough to justify having it in the deck, but use your experience and judgement to decide if you're getting good use from the card or if it's just better to find something else. Same thing with Eyetwitch itself, actually. It's your only learn-related card right now. I think you should either find more learn cards or ditch the mechanic altogether. Only having three copies of something that learns is not worth having that many lessons in the sideboard.
Closing Statement feels... Okay. Your own end step is possibly the worst time possible to remove a creature, and five mana for a Murder that hits planeswalkers and a +1/+1 counter is not a good rate. I'd recommend Bloodchief's Thirst instead, or more Heartless Act s.
Blot Out the Sky is a possible finisher if you find you struggle to close out games or need a mana sink late in the game. At X=3 it's pulling a decent rate, and past that you're just getting value.
Those are my initial thoughts on the deck. I still feel like it's missing a big insta-win card to make the deck great, but for a homebrew, it's not a bad list. +1 from me.
1 month ago
Surprised not to see Murderous Rider in the list, that card is a pretty decent utility zombie! If you're leaning into the self mill thing, I've been on the painful receiving end of an early game Egon, God of Death Flip. Also the flip side of Jorn, God of Winter Flip is really useful with snow permeants.
For recursion, Corpse Churn and Call of the Death-Dweller are both really good ways to get back your zombies. Lurrus of the Dream-Den is another often overlooked source of recursion, though not a zombie. It does give you a more consistent grindy end game though when paired with Priest of the Haunted Edge and an early Liliana's Steward .
1 month ago
it's not really a matter of proactive vs. reactive here. it's simply a matter of who's turn it is. that can sometimes put you in a less strategic place if you think about it.
shepherds ability can be better used reactively in more typical senses, like sacrificing a creature in response to counter an opponent's Eat to Extinction or waiting for the opponent to tap out so you know they can't respond with Cling to Dust to exile the creature before you can. (i don't know what cards people play these are just examples)
with shepherd vs. tergrid, it's more of a unique interaction that can be restrictive of both players simply because it gets down to the real nitty gritty of the rules.
-correct me if i'm wrong on anything anyone thanks
2 months ago
Flash of Insight , Think Twice , Oona's Grace , Radical Idea , Chemister's Insight , Brazen Borrower , Logic Knot , Murderous Cut , Temporal Trespass (Not instant speed, but an extra turn fueled buy all the cards in you graveyard can't hurt), Saw It Coming , Rise of the Dread Marn , Jarl of the Forsaken Glimpse of Freedom , and Cling to Dust .
3 months ago
Paandaas, we can help give you more specific advice if you show us your decklist.
Generally speaking, the following are the best sideboard options:
Cling to Dust , as King_marchesa stated above, because it’s a cantrip (draws a card at instant speed) and can eliminate a recursive threat in the opponent’s graveyard, or it could help you gain life in a pinch. Tormod's Crypt or Soul-Guide Lantern are good options as well for graveyard hate.
Feed the Swarm is critical, run 4 if you aren’t running it mainboard already, since it’s one of two black cards ever printed that remove enchantments (the second being the more expensive Pharika's Libation ).
Necromentia is useful for removing a specific threat completely once you learn about your opponent’s deck via Duress or some other method.
Pestilent Haze kills small indestructible creatures or targets multiple Walkers.
Epic Downfall is a possibility if you anticipate going up against large creatures.
Witch's Vengeance is very specific but could be a possibility if your meta leans heavily towards one tribal deck.
Crippling Fear is great if you are running a tribal deck to protect your own creatures.
Extinction Event is another decent sweeper you can use to your advantage.
Feed the Serpent is expensive but another removal option.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
3 months ago
Cling to Dust is good for graveyard hate and card draw.
3 months ago
Correct me if i am mistaken, but i thought the issue is because shovel targets the player, that player gets to choose which card in their graveyard to exile, they don't have to exile the good card unless it is the only card in their graveyard.
Compare to Cling to Dust where it targets card instead of player. Bojuka Bog is another good option.