Creature — Zombie Spirit
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the number of Zombies you control.
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|Tenth Edition (10E)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Latest Decks as Commander
Graveborn Muse Discussion
2 weeks ago
Seedborn Muse and Windborn Muse have each been reprinted a sufficient number of times, but the other three muses, Dreamborn Muse, Graveborn Muse, and Lavaborn Muse, have not been reprinted in some time, so I would like to see them reprinted in this set, as well.
2 months ago
New update suggestions:
2 months ago
Liliana of the Dark Realms should be an auto-include, too
3 months ago
This is a cute list.
I feel like with the number of other 1/2 mana zombies and a well planned sideboard (15 Duress variants is an option) you might be able to swing an fnm or two, which is wild for a singleton list.
Specifically, I'd look at Gray Merchant of Asphodel Rotting Rats,Foulmire Knight, Midnight Reaper, the 1 mana cast from graveyard zombies, and value options like Graveborn Muse or Necromancer's Stockpile
I don't like Forever Young type effects outside of combos where you draw your entire library. Another zombie will almost always be more useful.
Good luck and happy brewing.
4 months ago
5 months ago
This deck definitely deserves an upvote for its name (are you a fan of Iron Maiden?), but I do have several suggestions: first, I would swap Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic for Lord of the Undead, Cemetery Reaper, and/or Undead Warchief, all of whom shall provide the same benefits, and much more.
8 months ago
SideBae not presumptuous at all! I'm absolutely looking for help. This is my first big pet deck so I'm glad for eyes outside my meta addressing what this deck is trying to do. I'll address your points individually but overall: thanks very much for the extremely thoughtful suggestions.
You're right about the Zendikar fetches--in fact, they're already present. I upgraded this deck's lands and forgot to edit the list to completely reflect it. You may be right that the deck could use more card draw; I'll try swapping Palinchron/Phantasmal Image for the cantrips next match and see whether consistency improves. It hasn't been a problem so far but it's probably more useful than the combo.
Good eye for card advantage. Swapped.
The typical discard outlets are situational--eg the buyback on Forbid or Force of Will--but there's probably room for Liliana of the Veil in Bribery's place. There's not quite enough instant/sorcery recursion to make mass discards consistent, which is why the deck doesn't currently run Jace.
See 1, this deck now runs Vault, Crypt, and Mox Diamond for further ramp. Thanks for the edit reminder.
I don't think I can generate enough value off Narset without eg Windfall or Jace.
I'll playtest Graveborn Muse over Rite of Replication. While I think the reanimation is much more powerful and too-often overlooked, The Scarab God's damage/scry is great incremental value and I'm happy to pick up more.
8 months ago
The deck is in the 'help' section so I'll leave some ideas... I hope I'm not being presumptuous:
You may want to consider running all the relevant Zendikar fetches; I see you're missing Marsh Flats, for example. They're expensive, but you're running Underground Sea so I'm assuming budget isn't really a problem. The reason I say you should run them is that a. they'll make your Jace, the Mind Sculptor's Brainstorm ability that much better, and b. they'll let you run ACTUAL Brainstorm effectively. I've found cantrips to be really effective in EDH, and I think in addition to Brainstorm you should run Ponder and Preordain in pretty much any blue deck.
I think Murderous Rider is likely better than Hero's Downfall. It does tuck itself when it dies, which means reanimating it could be a little tricky, but having the extra value of being able to cast it as a creature seems a strict upgrade from just an instant.
If you do end up running Jace's Archivist from the 'Maybeboard,' consider running Geth's Grimoire, Waste Not and/or Bone Miser. I've always been a fan of the discard subtheme in EDH, and it goes pretty well with reanimation strategies. If you do consider running those cards, it's worth noting Windfall, Liliana of the Veil, Raven's Crime and Words of Waste are also really synergistic with them.
Lastly, I think Graveborn Muse has a spot in this deck. I know you said you aren't looking for zombie tribal, but she's at worst a Phyrexian Arena and you're tangentially making more zombies anyway. I feel like most of the time she'll draw you somewhere between 2 and 4 cards, which seems like it makes her worth it.
Right. That's all I got. Good luck!