Diregraf Colossus

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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
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Diregraf Colossus

Creature — Zombie Giant

This enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on this creature for each Zombie card in your graveyard.

Whenever you cast a Zombie spell, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

Piyh on Zombie Lords

6 months ago

I would also consider Diregraf Colossus a zombie lord

NV_1980 on Xander's Nightmare Roulette

7 months ago

So next to the milling and destruction themes there also seems to be somewhat of a combo subtheme in this deck with cards like Diregraf Colossus, Gravecrawler, Pili-Pala, Master Transmuter, etc. I'm wondering how effective this is going to be. For instance, by themselves the cards Gravecrawler, Phyrexian Altar and Diregraf Colossus aren't going to do that much for you. You need ALL of them to pull off an infinite zombie (and mana) combo. Is this the only reason why all three are in here? It would make more sense to me if one of the major themes in your deck was zombies. Then each of these cards would synergize well with the remainder of your deck.

For a similar reason, I don't understand what Akroma's Memorial is doing in here. Your deck isn't very creature- and/or token focused. Wouldn't an additional mill-spell or mill-benefit be more effective (or both, like Breach the Multiverse)?

TheVectornaut on Dead of Night

10 months ago

I think the biggest weakness of this deck is that it's hard to curve out early with so many of the slots occupied by cards at 3 CMC or higher. The ideal play pattern is probably to slam down Champion of the Perished on turn 1 and then follow up with a zombie or 2 every following turn until finishing with a bomb. This is difficult to do with Relentless Dead as your only 2 drop, and if you don't draw Champion, the lack of 1 drops makes things even worse. I'd recommend adding something like Gravecrawler, Diregraf Ghoul, Cryptbreaker, or Dread Wanderer to provide early pressure in the absence of a champion. Then, on 2, I personally like Undead Augur for the draw, especially paired with a sac outlet like Carrion Feeder. Other 2s could be Waste Not with a discard package, Graveyard Marshal as a lordless Cemetery Reaper, or you could dedicate the slots to cheaper removal. Invoke Despair is very flashy but seldom as efficient as a Thoughtseize or Fatal Push. On 3, you have enough cards, although I would still offer Geralf's Messenger, Diregraf Colossus, and Lord of the Accursed as other options to consider. To make room, the most obvious place to start is the bloated 6-slot, and as much as I love using him in my Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest EDH deck, Champion of Stray Souls is very slow in 60-card formats. Helm of the Host, Liliana, Dreadhorde General, and Killing Wave (without a drain package with Gray Merchant of Asphodel) also seem underwhelming to me. It should be noted that I'm using modern as the basis for my evaluation. If your local casual meta is slow enough, running more big guys isn't as big of a problem, although I'd still try for more 1s and 2s just to avoid games where you're bricked until turn 3.

nlidmaster on Mono-black zomboys

1 year ago

This deck looks really solid! One of my close friends has been running a blue and black zombie deck for a while. I think your deck would benefit a lot from Cryptbreaker. Can generate zombies and card draw. Foulmire Knight is also a solid option.

As much as I love Grave Titan, depending on how fast/competitive you want this deck to be, he is going to slow you down a lot. I think Diregraf Colossus could be a strong replacement.

Lord of the Accursed can also be a game winning zombie lord. Although Consume Spirit adds to the lifegain idea, you still need at least three mana to cast it, and even then its not doing much work for you. Murderous Rider can not only serve as removal, but is alternatively a zombie with lifelink.

Cards I'd take out to replace with the ones I receommended would be Consume Spirit, Grave Titan, Graf Harvest, Headless Rider, and Shambling Ghast.

These of course are personal suggestions, you do what makes you happy!

Necrosis24 on Card creation challenge

1 year ago

Epicurus you are correct it is a very niche effect. If we are only considering a strict exchange between two players there are only 6 cards all of which are highly costed. I love mill so that's definitely an interesting take I can appreciate. Unfortunately in terms of rulings, exchanging life does count as life gain/loss, but otherwise cool card.


Patchwork Abomination

Creature - Zombie Horror

Menace, Deathtouch

Zombie Collage 1 (This creatures gets +1/+1 for each other Zombie you control.)

If Patchwork Abomination would be dealt damage put a -2/-2 counter on it instead and then create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token with decayed.

"Exceptionally pungent and grotesque, it nearly matches your beauty dear sister." - Geralf to Gisa

5/5


Sorry for coming back to zombies so soon, but the keyword collage made me think of a Frankenstein's monster and Diregraf Colossus came to mind. Deathtouch might be overkill but I think being a collage of zombies you are bound to have deathtouch. Definitely had fun with this one.

Repeat Challenge!

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.

Dormin53 on help w/ my Gisa Arcade

1 year ago

I don't know if you're budget conscious but below are some recommendations.

Noxious Ghoul to replace Magus of the Coffers Same CMC but turns into a one sided board wipe at instant speed with a sac outlet. Also I'd add Cabal Coffers to maintain the same effect as Magus of the Coffers while not being a creature.

Zombie Master to replace Maralen of the Mornsong. Master has more synergy and tribal type then Maralen. particularly if you add Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in place of a basic land.

Shepherd of Rot to replace Tattered Mummy. The effect is repeatable and on demand but it does hit yourself. You can use it as leverage to keep someone from board wiping or to force to do something "or else" haha Also if you're playing aggro this just applies even more pressure.

Ashnod's Altar may be a better choice over Phyrexian Altar. You're mono so you don't need the color fixing but doubling colorless mana may be more beneficial. Or you could run both for the best of both worlds.

Skullclamp is a must an any token deck. Especially good with Gravecrawler.

I don't have direct replacements but Jet Medallion and Coat of Arms.

Dictate of Erebos in addition or rather then Grave Pact for the flash protentional.

Then lastly two creatures you could consider but I have no replacement in mind are Josu Vess, Lich Knight and Diregraf Colossus.

Hope you find some of these suggestions helpful :) and yes I get the tokens pun :P

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