Diregraf Captain

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Diregraf Captain

Creature — Zombie Soldier


Other Zombie creatures you control get +1/+1.

Whenever another Zombie you control dies *(is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, tokens are put into the graveyard before they cease to exist), target opponent loses 1 life.

Balaam__ on Zombie

2 months ago

This reminds me quite a bit of one of my old builds. If I were to make any recommendations, it would be to pick one thing you want your deck to do and then double down on it while ignoring anything else.

For instance, there are some Mill effects here that don’t contribute to any sort of strategy. Something like Glimpse the Unthinkable has no place here. Additionally, your mana base is a bit on the light side, even with rituals (especially if you want to stand any chance at all of casting Army of the Darned). Shoot for 22-24 lands minimum.

Also, Demonic Tutor is restricted. There’s currently no format where 4x copies are legal.

The good thing is that Zombies offer a wide range of different deckbuilding directions to try; Aggro, combo, etc. Maybe look into a recursive loop featuring a sac engine, Gravecrawler and Diregraf Captain.

legendofa on Darth Vader's Death Star

4 months ago

Profet93 Most of the combos here are based around sacrificing Gravecrawler to Phyrexian Altar to generate , then using that to recast Gravecrawler from the graveyard to be sacrificed again. The third card in each of the combos provides the payoff through a "whenever a creature dies" trigger like Diregraf Captain, "whenever a creature enters" trigger like Wayward Servant, or counting the number of time a creature dies (in this case, as many as you want) with Nevinyrral, Urborg Tyrant or Rise of the Dread Marn.

The Ashnod's Altar + Gravecrawler + Rooftop Storm combo provides infinite . Similar to above, you sacrifice Crawler to Altar to create . Here, though, Rooftop Storm allows you to graveyard-cast Crawler for free, so you don't spend any resources to generate mana.

Goldberserkerdragon I've learned that very few times things are truly self-evident, and what's obvious to one person can be obscure to someone else. It's all a matter of experience.

legendofa on Coulfner's Urn

1 year ago

That many paragraphs and I didn't mention Zombies...

Zombies tend to be relatively low toughness, although there are plenty of ways to raise that (Cemetery Reaper, Diregraf Captain, Lord of the Undead, etc.). They also tend to do a lot of work from the graveyard, rather than exile, so if you do decide to something with them, make sure the Urn doesn't interfere with the Zombies' own abilities.

Renzisherekiddo on Thraximundar raid boss

1 year ago

Nice deck, I've got a similar one to it.

have you thought about using Phyrexian Altar? you've also got a Gravecrawler and you could sac the gravecrawler to altar generating one black mana, and so long as you control Thraximundar, cast gravecrawler from the graveyard and repeat, if done right it should net you infinite counters on Thraximundar, and infinite damage if you've got something like Diregraf Captain out. though can definite understand people who don't want to do infinite combos, not a fan of them myself unless they fit the theme of the deck.

legendofa on Grave Infestation

1 year ago

Welcome to the club, CaptainGuppy! As I see it, the plan is to use Squee, Goblin Nabob, Master of Death, Genesis, and Stinkweed Imp to fuel Zombie Infestation and Cryptbreaker. If this is right, I'm not sure Bastion of Remembrance and Feaster of Fools are quite right for this deck.

Since your return-from-graveyard-to-hand creatures can only recur themselves at your upkeep/draw step, and since Cryptbreaker is a mana+tap effect, I expect this deck to be putting out maybe 2-3 Zombie tokens each turn, at best. I would suggest focusing on making those tokens bigger and better. Diregraf Captain would be a replacement for Bastion, and something like Corpse Cobble for Feaster. Corpse Cobble also has flashback, so it can be discarded to Infestation and still be used. Cemetery Reaper is another source of Zombies that can eat your opponents' graveyard.

Genesis feels a little redundant; its most worthwhile target is the Cryptbreaker. If you like the effect, maybe try Wonder.

sdtech58 on The Scarab God Zombie Tribal

1 year ago

Ayara, First of Locthwain - ETB payoff, sac outlet, card draw. Only drawback is that it's not a Zombie.

Blood Artist - Death trigger payoff. Borderline include for me in this build.

Cemetery Reaper - Zombie Lord, token creator, graveyard hate

Cryptbreaker - Discard outlet, token creator, draw engine

Death Baron - Zombie Lord, deathtouch to discourage attackers

Diregraf Captain - Zombie Lord, death trigger payoff

Diregraf Colossus - Token creator

Ghoulcaller Gisa - Token creator, sac outlet

Gisa and Geralf - Graveyard love, reanimation source. Borderline include here IMO due to TSG's ability

Gleaming Overseer - Token, hexproof and menace for tokens. Borderline include IMO

God-Eternal Bontu - sac outlet, card draw, big body

Grave Titan - token creator, star of many MTG Memes...yes, I like him

Graveborn Muse - card draw and life loss is NOT optional. Don't kill yourself!!

Gravecrawler - automatic include in any Zombie build. Begging to go infinite in a number of ways

Yokaiinu on Zombie help

1 year ago

Zombies are honestly one of my favorite tribes.

If it's not too much power for your playgroup, consider a decent sac outlet and Gravecrawler. It can add very nice synergies when you cast it, including infinite combos with the precon included Rooftop Storm, Diregraf Colossus, and Diregraf Captain. All around a great Zombie card for death triggers, Zombie cast triggers etc.

I honestly wouldn't focus too much on the mill aspect. Instead, focus on creatures, tokens and protection for those things. Cheap counterspells go a long way. With things like Endless Ranks of the Dead and Diregraf Colossus, creating bodies is a breeze usually. Though this is just stuff from the precon. The precon by itself is a great starting point. Cleaver Skaab can create an extra Diregraf Captain or Diregraf Colossus which nets value, threat and board presence in one move. Graf Harvest is an amazing Zombie card to keep opponents wary of you. DeathBaron solidifies an offensive position for you. A nice little combo from the precon to consider is Cleaver Skaab + Gisa and Geralf . This let's you make cheeky tokens of the same non-token Zombie multiple times. Great use on Colossus, Deathbaron, Cemetery Reaper, Captain or other important zombies. Even better on Fleshbag Marauder.

I think that's all I got right now. I have the precon and a mono black Zombie deck on my profile if you want to check them out. The precon will soon be an upgraded version.

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