Creature — Zombie

Gravecrawler can't block.

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

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

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Gravecrawler Discussion


6 days ago

I would suggest Phyrexian Altar. You can infinitely cast Gravecrawler out of your graveyard by sacrificing it to the Altar, then attack with a fat Champion of the Perished.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on The Rotfather

1 week ago

May I interest you in Tombstone Stairwell? It's quite the powerhouse in Wilhelt. Also, since you are already running Gravecrawler + Rooftop Storm, you might consider the Rooftop Storm + Acererak the Archlich infinite combo.

multimedia on The horde

1 week ago

Hey, well done so far on a budget.

Your deck doesn't have a Commander yet. If The Scarab God is the Commander then in the deck editor add the CMDR tag after The Scarab God text.

The Scarab God *CMDR*

When you save and reload the decklist Scarab will show as Commander with an image.

The 17 cards to consider cutting to get to 100:

  • Submerged Boneyard
  • Dimir Keyrune
  • Dimir Cluestone
  • Dimir Locket
  • Wight of Precinct Six
  • Hall of Triumph
  • Price of Fame
  • Drunau Corpse Trawler
  • Brass Herald
  • Geth, Lord of the Vault
  • Ascendant Evincar
  • Paragon of Open Graves
  • Consuming Aberration
  • Possessed Skaab
  • Door of Destinies
  • Caged Sun
  • Gauntlet of Power

Several of these cuts to consider are high CMC cards, by cutting them you can reduce the mana curve which helps gameplay. The Scarab God is the high CMC creature you want to cast more than rest and you want an established battlefield of Zombies before you play Scarab. For five or six mana you want to cast Scarab or others Zombies not ramp.

Door of Destinies is an expensive price card that you don't really need. Door is too slow, you have better artifact anthem effects such as Coat of Arms. Caged Sun and Gauntlet of Power are other expensive price cards for small anthem effects and ramp that are not needed. Endless Ranks of the Dead, Gravecrawler or Grave Titan, any of these for about the same price would do a lot more for Zombies.

Some other upgrades to consider (close to price matching):

Try to reduce the amount of casting cost cards since these will be more difficult to cast with so many Swamps. Having much more black sources from lands in the manabase is better overall for Zombies.

There's a new Magic set releasing Sept 24 called Innistrad Midnight Hunt and Zombies are part of it. Cards that can create Zombie tokens is a theme in the set. All the cards in the set haven't been revealed yet, but these are some cards to keep an eye on:

Of these I think definitely Champion and Wilhelt as well as Grasp are upgrades. Poppet Stitcher  Flip and Tainted Adversary are Mythics in the set that would also be upgrades, are expensive prices right now, but watch hopefully their prices drop when the set releases. The new rare land cycle in the set is a good one for Commander. Shipwreck Marsh is the Dimir land, but it's unlikely the prices of these lands go down much more than $5 because they're going to be wanted in Standard.

Innistrad Midnight Hunt has two Commander precons that will release when the set releases. One of these precons is Undead Unleashed, it's Dimir colors, Zombies with Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver as Commander. We don't yet know the precon decklists, we will soon, but we do know the price point. These precons will cost $40 meaning there will be at least 15 new cards designed for Commander in them. There's going to be Zombie goodness in Wilhelt's precon including hopefully some good card reprints.

Good luck with your deck.

KingKaz on Mono-Black Zombie Graveyard Horde

2 weeks ago

wallisface Wow, thank you for taking the time to put in the suggestions. I could see Carrion Feeder replacing Undead Warchief or maybe the Diregraf Ghoul for the one drop.

I have not seen Blasting Station before. It looks like I can combo that really nicely with Gravecrawler. Pretty much as long as I have mana, I can keep cycling them.

I personally like the lords for the buff and the abilities that they give to the other zombies. The deathtouch from Death Baron can be super useful.

I instantly got excited when I saw Champion of the Perished in the new set. I'll definitely get a set when they come out.

You've definitely given me something to think about with these suggestions.

wallisface on Mono-Black Zombie Graveyard Horde

2 weeks ago

Some thoughts:

  • Carrion Feeder seems super useful here, as it can grow big quickly with the help of Gravecrawler. It feels like this deck’d want a playset of these.

  • personally i’m not a big fan of the zombie lords, as 3 mana is pretty steep (or 4 mana in the case of Undead Warchief). I don’t think you gain much from this kind if effect, and while having some of these cards is probably useful, i’d ditch a bunch. A good thing to add in instead could be stuff like Blasting Station, which can turn Gravecrawler into a machine-gun.

  • Stitcher's Supplier can be good for grave-filling, and Undead Augur can draw you a bunch of cards (i’d rate both as more useful than the lord-effects).

  • “Champion of the Perished” from the upcoming set feels like an auto-include here.

Tzefick on Molgrath of the Soulflame

2 weeks ago

I agree that the Minotaur tribe... is rather lackluster and could use some assistance. As such, I don't think it's wrong that sacrificing any creature - including tokens - would be enough of a ticket to cast the Minotaur. Otherwise you're trading one nontoken for another nontoken and paying the cost for both. True Gravecrawler makes it a lot more tolerable, but I don't think it needs to be so complicated.

Take Haakon, Stromgald Scourge as a reference. He ain't much worth as a Commander that's true but you cast an Entomb or discard him from hand and you're good to play Knight tribal forever - or until someone exiles him or your graveyard, then you cry.

Haakon is just difficult to line up and his conditions and colors makes him less than ideal for the Commander post. However the Knight tribe is generally stronger and more established, whereas the Minotaurs needs some help and Molgrath you suggest costs 5 MV.


Alternatively you could include some additional benefit to reanimating, like reducing costs equal to the sacrificed creature's costs or have the entering or sacrificed creature deal damage to any target or something.

It doesn't feel that powerful nor exciting to cast a Felhide Brawler and then sacrifice it for the option to cast a Minotaur creature card from your graveyard that gains menace and zombie tribal benefits.

I mean look at Muldrotha, the Gravetide. I would say spice this one up! You have room to stuff in some more goodies.

CommanderNeyo on LILIANA’S TREASURE HUNT (Zombie Combo MH2)

1 month ago

You could consider adding a Pitiless Plunderer, so that you can also combo off with Gravecrawler.

zAzen7977 on FEAR FACTORY - Vial Zombie Tribal [MH2]

1 month ago

Hey Scottysnacktime, thanks for commenting. I’m glad that my decks are helpful! If you have any specific questions about zombies, let me know and I’ll try to help.

As you can see in the comments above, I just found out about Champion of the Perished yesterday. zapyourtumor, the more I think about it, the less I think they are a fit for this deck. The Champions don’t really further the board state until I play more zombies - in comparison, my other 1-drops are critical - Gravecrawler is a recursive combo-generator and Stitcher's Supplier generates card advantage. This deck aims to utilize vial to play Skaab Ruinator, generate card advantage with Master of Death, and assemble life-draining zombie combos. Champion doesn’t really fit, although it could fit in a different build utilizing token swarms. I think I’ll design a deck just around Champion. Maybe there will be more interesting zombies in the new set, we’ll see!

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