Creature — Zombie Wizard
Whenever Dreadhorde Arcanist attacks, you may cast target instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost less than or equal to Dreahorde Arcanist's power from your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.
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|War of the Spark (WAR)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Dreadhorde Arcanist occurrence in decks from the last year
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Dreadhorde Arcanist Discussion
2 weeks ago
Some hubs can be removed. Many archetypes we don't use the terms anymore as they were standard decks.
Cruel Control, Energy, Loam, Solar Flare, Team America and Vehicles. Mutate will eventually go on this list too.
However there are a number of archetypes made ever since Eldraine in many formats, and many of old archetypes.
- Canadian Threshold: A legacy temur tempo deck that uses Dreadhorde Arcanist, oko and sometimes uro. Does not actually have any threshold cards.
- Fires of Invention: The card from Throne of Eldraine has its own deck in pioneer.
- Goblin Charbelcher: The card Goblin Charbelcher has had its own deck in many formats for years.
- Gruul Utopia: A gruul, land destruction, enchanting lands for ramp, aggro deck in modern.
- Hogaak: Even though the card is banned in modern its still a powerhouse in other formats. Not dredge really has it has no dredge cards.
- Jeskai Xerox: A vintage jeskai tempo deck that uses the new Lavinia that shuts down all the vintage power nine mana pieces with Dreadhorde Arcanist as value generation.
- Lotus Field: The card from M20 has its own deck in pioneer.
- MUD: A colourless artifact and land lock deck in vintage. It's been around for a while.
- Niv-Mizzet Reborn: The card from War of the Spark has its own deck in pioneer.
- Oath of Druids: A vintage 4 colour (mostly simic) combo deck.
- Omnath Ramp: Omnath, Locus of the Roil has its own deck in historic and pioneer.
- Paradoxical Storm: A vintage combo deck? Not too sure how this works but it uses Paradoxical Outcome and one copy of Monastery Mentor to win.
- Underworld Breach: The card from Theros beyond death has its own deck in ... a lot of places.
- Urza: The card from modern horizons has its own deck in modern and legacy.
I'm also wary about the number of tribal stuff we have ... eventually the list will be mostly just creature types.
If yeago didn't tell you about the DragonShield hubs as far as I'm aware there are a special event promotion that goes on with DragonShield that uses our site for deck cataloguing.
2 weeks ago
LeaPlath The reason I have white is because Leyline of Sanctity is very strong against many decks, and Lightning Helix is a good balance between removal and it makes aggro deck's lives harder. I might drop white, but it gives me a good enough excuse for having a "budget" mana-base. If white is only a splash, then I won't need too many white cards. I probably will cut the planeswalkers once I get better cards like Lightning Bolt and Manamorphose. I might end up keeping The Royal Scions just because it works so well with Dreadhorde Arcanist, but at the same time that's one of the only reasons in the deck. (Well, it's a way to dump Arclight Phoenixes into the bin.)
Pretty much all the cards you suggested I am aiming to get my hand on, but my wallet will go as far as it can go. Surgical Extraction is very good, but wow that's way too much money. Maybe something like Gut Shot or Mutagenic Growth could work in the "free spells" slot instead. I forgot about Finale of Promise until now, and might end up playing it. Thing in the Ice Flip is a bit expensive (money-wise) so I might end up runnning a proper boardwipe instead. Also, in the current meta, permanent boardwipes are ideal because it's too easy to replay your things. I have one copy of Aria of Flame.
psionictemplar I will fix the decklist as soon as I can. Rest in Peace is a nonbo, but Tormod's Crypt is one card I will add. I like the "fakeout" control idea, and really feel like making control a game two strategy if I feel my opponent is going to bring in graveyard hate. I do want to keep white as a splash colour (read above) so it's strong in this "fakeout" strategy. I will drop the Chandra's Incinerator and other bad cards once I get good cards to replace them with.
1 month ago
+2 Blood Moon
2 months ago
Interesting build. I like the inclusion of Crash Through for Dreadhorde Arcanist to recast. It seems really land heavy though and I don’t think the fast lands are really necessary. Dark Confidant is also not very good at accelerating the growth of Death's Shadow since he doesn’t really let you stabilize and can potentially kill you if you flip a Gurmag Angler. I’d throw in three more copies of Thoughtseize if you have them since they are one of the best non land ways to control your life total. Other than that it’s a spicy build. +1
2 months ago
Yeah I tried playing a pioneer rakdos pyromancer deck (partly inspired by this deck, although they're pretty different) that sort of leans into the graveyard with Kroxa, Stitcher's Supplier, Village Rites (honestly such a good card, you can even sac a young pyromancer to this in response to removal for 2 cards plus another 1/1), Claim / Fame, and Dreadhorde Arcanist. Losing Seasoned Pyromancer and some other more niche inclusions like Ransack the Lab and Unearth isn't great, but what can you do.
3 months ago
Hi Milesfuzz! Currently I'm playing in a local league, and the meta is more or less predictable. There's a bunch of Control/Miracles, some Temur Delver and a bunch of niche things. I think I like Pieces of the Puzzle quite a lot, at least more than the Snap in the main board. I considered Retraced Image but I don't see the meta as very aggressive.
On the other hand, Meditate is interesting! The problem I see with it is that, as you say, you can only cast it as you're comboing off. However I think I like Predict more milling unwanted cards from Brainstorm or Ponder for example, either early game, or while comboing off. It also has the upside of "goozling" opposing Mystic Sanctuary targets and things alike! Which admitedly, it won't come up often enough to justify it's inclusion by itself, but it's a nice upside of the card!
What I was considering these days is which pieces of graveyard hate I want in the sideboard. I think I like Grafdigger's Cage more because of Reanimator and Dreadhorde Arcanist, but stuff like Relic of Progenitus or Soul-Guide Lantern are able to draw cards in a pinch. What to you think?
Thanks a lot for your comment, it was super useful! :D
3 months ago
DadHumanPraetor haha well I'm glad my deck inspired you enough to share your thoughts.
Dreadhorde Arcanist great suggestion. Own a copy. Surprised it wasn't in the list.
3 months ago
Fervent Denial is a flashback card, but when are you copying this spell? Are you hoping your opponents will have placed 2 spells on the stack at the same time while you have 7 mana open and your commander in play? Seems unlikely to me.
I think more Thrill of Possibility Cathartic Reunion effects would be good since you can throw flashback cards into the bin for later and dig to find answers to early threats to stay alive long enough to utilize the commander's ability. Maybe lean into the Jump-start and Escape mechanics more, since they will also trigger your commander. Dreadhorde Arcanist can trigger him too. I would run a lot of wrath, probably more wrath than creatures. I would try to deny and remove opponents resources and then grind them out them in the later game using my bin as a toolbox and Sevinnes ability. I dont think the flashback mechanic is particularly good, but if you hybridize it with delve, jump-start, and escape you could probably build a synergistic and threatening deck. If you love this deck play it, I am only mentioning my thoughts, but I have built many decks that people were critical of at first glance which play very well, and a big part of that is piloting, so if my opinions are not correct than by all means just disregard them.