Gravecrawler

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Gravecrawler

Creature — Zombie

Gravecrawler can't block.

You may cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard as long as you control a Zombie.

DreadKhan on Rakdos

1 week ago

It's not really a great card, but Shivan Gorge can deal some damage to each opponent, which can let you shave mana off of spells for a turn. There is also stuff like Spear Spewer that pings each player, that's a much better way to achieve that goal I suppose. There are also Kessig Flamebreather and Firebrand Archer that can turn any non-creature spell into damage, not sure you have enough stuff to justify them, but felt they were worth a mention. There is also good old Pyrohemia/Pestilence, which can ping each opponent (and it clears out x/1s if tokens are an issue in your area). Not sure if you will be able to get in for damage consistently, but Rite of the Raging Storm tokens usually suck to block, so you might get 5 damage per turn in some metas.

I feel like it's worth throwing in something like Carrion Feeder or Viscera Seer if you want a sac outlet that can clear out lots of bodies and derive value from it, Feeder even works with Pitiless Plunderer (or another 'mana from dead creature' card, Pawn of Ulamog and Bog Initiate will work on a budget) and Gravecrawler to go infinite.

Final point, maybe a few Annihilator creatures that have high MV as their drawback, they tend to be colourless anyways, so can give a full discount and be free sometimes. Artisan of Kozilek and Pathrazer of Ulamog are good examples that aren't too pricey, but Titans are obviously more expensive/powerful, it's worth noting you'll always get cast triggers, even if you're casting them for nothing/very little. Some of these can also let you run cards that care about high MV, like Protection Racket and Timesifter, both are very strong in some metas. Heck, I think I'd just run Protection Racket either way now that I think about it, I'm not sure there is a drawback to that card in this deck, it's big drawback is that it's bad in combo decks because people won't give you combo pieces, but in a deck that isn't attached to any one card you can run it safely. There is also Meteor Golem, Platinum Emperion and even Platinum Angel to offer some value if stuff like Darksteel Colossus or Blightsteel Colossus are over the budget, and there are big old utility beaters like Tsabo Tavoc that are worth a look, you can shave 5 mana off still.

Rakdos is a pretty nifty Commander, hope you're having fun with him!

BPWyndon on Braids, Arisen Nightmare

3 weeks ago

Cut Suggestions=

  • Ichor Wellspring, great rate for drawing but you have plenty of draw spells + commander.
  • Gravecrawler, Nether Traitor, Bloodghast, Endless Cockroaches since you are adding a level of recursion into the deck, these guys are obsolete, since we would rather have cards that have ETB or dies triggers. We can re-evaluate if you are having problems finding creatures to sac.
  • Darkness, hopefully with your lifegain this card would be dead.
  • Dauthi Voidwalker, while an awesome card it doesn't really fit the mold, and we need to make cuts.
  • Swiftfoot Boots, I would find out how often your commander gets hated off the board before deciding if you need this.
  • Demonic Pact, I love the fact that you can get around the negative of this card, but it is slow and we need to cut cards.
  • Weatherlight Compleated, slow.

Add Suggestions=

Edit= - Bolas's Citadel can also be considered card draw.

Balaam__ on Elenda, Rose

3 weeks ago

Agree with the above. Building around Elenda, the Dusk Rose affords a pretty wide latitude of freedom, which is always nice. You could go in the direction of a streamlined build focusing on interactivity with your opponent’s deck (Path to Exile, Fatal Push) while working your way up your mana curve to drop a bomb, or take it in a more combo-oriented direction and capitalize specifically on Elenda’s ability with a Carrion Feeder+Gravecrawler sacrifice loop, or something along those lines.

legendofa on Got a bone to pick?

3 weeks ago

Skullbriar, the Walking Grave isn't really intended to be exiled or go to the graveyard, just shuttle between battlefield and command zone, and it's only one card, as opposed to the stacks of Gravecrawler and Reassembling Skeleton and all I would put into an Avatar of Living Death deck. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a really cool idea. It just might be a challenge to track properly.

Outside of that, I appreciate the responses to my comments. If you get into testing them, don't take my comments as absolutes--keep working them until they feel right, and some of them will probably end up closer to your original cards than my suggestion revisions. I would happily volunteer to help playtest, but I don't have any sort of group to test with right now...

Keep this up! Your work is great, and if I'm picking it to bits, it's only to make it as clean as possible. I do have a tendency to go underpowered instead of overpowered, so if I end up underbalancing a card, I apologize.

zachz on Stompy Sacrifice

4 weeks ago

Having built a similar, but different end-result deck myself, I can appreciate and understand the struggle. You're on the right track, sorting cards into sac fodder and sac engines. I also had a third category, for sac profits, that rewards you for boardwide sacrifices, exactly like your commander is doing.

For renewable, repeatable sacrifices: There's an infinite zombie fodder generator in Gravecrawler and Carrion Feeder. You can also use Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia to get a daily zombie to toss. Grafted Wargear is a fun way to repeatedly sacrifice, preferably after attacking. Witch's Oven also lets you sacrifice after creatures aren't useful anymore. Priest of Forgotten Gods is pricey but rewards you for having lots of sacrifices.

As for single use tactics, Bone Splinters is a good spell. Shriekmaw sacrifices itself. Ordeal of Erebos would do well here as well, as it sacrifices itself after building, and would sac early due to the global counters.

Lastly, Hindervines would do great to block all combat damage once your creatures get even a single +1/+1 counter.

Best of luck!

TheOfficialCreator on Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim

1 month ago

With your commander on field, Carrion Feeder + Gravecrawler + Pitiless Plunderer is an infinite combo. Any other infinite death/ETB combo will also put you very far ahead.

wallisface on My zombie tribal deck

1 month ago

Dead_Blue_has already provided a great list of killspells. Fatal Push is usually the default go-to, though depending on your budget Infernal Grasp might be the most viable option.

The legacy cards there at the moment are Brainstorm, Ponder, and Bad River. I think for any kind of aggressive creature build those blue drawcards aren’t great anyway (because they’re not applying pressure).

As far as alternate strategies, Zombies usually do well in incorporating sacrifice and/or the graveyard. As an example that’s in the wrong colours and probably over-budget, my zombie list here is a good example of a zombie deck taking full-advantage of sacrifice mechanics, to give itself more options when it can’t win a direct beatdown. Your colours are a bit trickier to work around, but something like Blood Artist might help alongside the Carrion Feeder/Gravecrawler package. Blasting Station could also be useful. Blue-zombies in particular have access to Skaab Ruinator, which is a pretty efficient/chunky body, and possibly something to build your deck around - and going down that route both Mire Triton and Stitcher's Supplier might help get it out faster. Cryptbreaker is another interesting zombie that could be considered, depending on what you’re doing - it does play better in midrange strategies so if your deck ends up being one of attrition then its worth including.

ROUROU on Help me crack a combo!

1 month ago

Profane Transfusion, Phyrexian Altar , Gravecrawler and another zombie on the field.

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