Gravecrawler

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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

Gravecrawler

Creature — Zombie

This can't block.

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

Triton on Syr Konrad

6 days ago

I love Syr Konrad! I recently built him and I’m super excited to test the deck out! I’d highly recommend cards like Reassembling Skeleton and Persistent Specimen. If you have the money, Bloodghast, Nether Traitor, and Gravecrawler are also really good cards!

Castigus on Eldritch Evolution Zombie Deck

2 months ago

Thanks for the advice wallisface! Apart from Skaab Ruinator I actually have all them cards so could playtest all of them!

One last question, do you think Voldaren Pariah  Flip would work? Enough discard to get her out for her madness cost and could probably transform her with sacrificing tokens and Gravecrawler?

Thanks again for the help!

DreadKhan on Sheoldred, Whispering One (Commander) Mono-Black

2 months ago

Coffin Queen is pretty good reanimation that can hit any graveyard, so you can use it to exile stuff from opponent's graveyard. Ophiomancer is a source of bodies you can use to block or to sacrifice, with potentially one per upkeep. Ayara, First of Locthwain is a nice lower-budget Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, clearly worse but still relevant.

Have you thought about Gravecrawler as a repeatable reanimation effect? Wins with an Aristocrats payoff, even if you're not infinite (you do have Black Market, which isn't quite infintie but is probably close enough after a turn or 2). If you don't mind ending up infinite, Phyrexian Altar or Pitiless Plunderer very easily go infinite with Gravecrawler, and your Rider can generate bodies off it, since it's not a token. Something like Midnight Reaper can draw off the deaths, as can Grim Haruspex.

Ashnod's Altar is a very good card to look at, even if it's just generating mana. Demon of Dark Schemes can do some crazy stuff with a creature like Underworld Hermit, especially with some sacrifice driven mana generation this can be a mana/energy positive transaction, so it can go infinite potentially.

If you're not against tutoring, you could look at Expedition Map to help find Cabal Coffers or Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. Black has lots of other good tutors, but not everyone likes playing with them.

Liscom on Undead Unleashed Upgrade

3 months ago

Is this a real Zombie Tribal? I think, that Prowling Geistcatcher, Butcher of Malakir and Gisa, Glorious Resurrector actually have nothing to do with Zombies. In fact, Prowling Geistcatcher could be a Nombo, as it prevents your Zombies to hit the grave.

Are you working on a Budget? Gravecrawler is maybe a must have, especially if you like Combos and play with Rooftop Storm. Zombie Trailblazer seems horrible. If you want him for the style, get yourself an Urborg.

HydraOoze on Wilhelt's proposal gift

3 months ago

You could consider Gravecrawler, Coat of Arms , Relentless Dead , Metallic Mimic , Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Door of Destinies. You might know about these already and they are somewhat expensive but they are very powerful in zombie lists.

AstroAA on What's in the Box? Oh! It's a Combo! (Karador)

3 months ago

Hello!

I'd recommend adding in sac outlets that allow you to kill your own stuff easier, such as Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar. Meanwhile, if you wanted to get more use out of permanents entering the battlefield, you could run Altar of the Brood.

Zulaport Cutthroat is also really nice for providing additional redundancy for Blood Artist, and Bastion of Remembrance fulfills a similar role. You can also include Carnival of Souls if you really wanted to for more mana. Pair with Pawn of Ulamog for more mana shenanigans.

I'd also recommend running more removal, such as Nature's Claim or Return to Nature as something like Rest in Peace or Grafdigger's Cage completely screws you over and you don't currently have many cheap ways to respond to those type of effects. Krosan Grip is also great for this. If you want it on a creature, Reclamation Sage is great as it's fairly cheap and you can recur it; Caustic Caterpillar is another option.

In addition, creatures like Reassembling Skeleton and Gravecrawler are also great for additional sacrifice fodder.

DreadKhan on Meren EDH deck help

3 months ago

If you can go infinite with Haakon's ability, usually via a 1 or 2 drop you can recast either for mana to cast it or have extra for infinite mana, any aristocrat payoff will win the game, as will Tendrils of Agony since Haakon lets you cast from graveyard a knight infinite times. It's card intensive, but using Haakon lets me use Liliana's Standard Bearer in the deck, a card that has drawn me more than 10 cards some games, and can go infinite with Haakon's ability potentially (until you deck yourself I guess), using a 1 drop to generate mana to recur the bigger knight a few times. It's a pretty easy combo to tutor out with Protean Hulk, but now that I finally got the right art for Gravecrawler, I added that with Protean Hulk to make infinite sacrifice wins really easy to pull off. It's easy to interact with, but I can hopefully rebuild if I need to via my recursion. Protean Hulk can find Gravecrawler, Carrion Feeder, and Pitiless Plunderer to get infinite death triggers, so at end of turn you use Meren to bring back Protean Hulk to sac it to find payoff creatures to win on the spot. This is better than Haakon, but the OG Gravecrawler art is unsettling!

I do agree though, you don't really need to go infinite with Meren to win or have fun. Meren can win grindy games with Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest and Sheoldred, Whispering One. I still find space for Visara the Dreadful for situations like that, where I need repeated targeted removal to win, and to swing if there is nothing better to do she's still a 5/5 Flying. Not sure I'd recommend that card to anyone else, but I usually like seeing it.

DreadKhan on Meren-ium Falcon

3 months ago

In my time playing Meren, I find that you can play her a lot of different ways, but one way of playing is XP farming, where you're actively trying to get your XP high enough to allow you to reanimate things like Sakura-Tribe Elder or Wood Elves (I run a lot of such creatures atm), then to reanimate Sidisi, Undead Vizier (you'll probably tutor for her) to repeatedly tutor until you're ready to reanimate Protean Hulk and win off of it. You can also reanimate things like Merciless Executioner or Ravenous Chupacabra when you need creature control, or Foundation Breaker/Caustic Caterpillar to hit non-creatures. If you find your creature count keeps creeping up, one of the best 'not quite cEDH' cards for really high creature count decks is Lurking Predators, which can cheat in an ungodly number of creatures if your count is high.

2 Steves I run that are probably most worth a look are Diligent Farmhand, the slightly worse, and Dawntreader Elk the slightly better. Both can generate XP for Meren, both can help get her out early, and both can be used to ramp immediately after you get Meren out. I greatly dislike running non-creature Ramp in Meren, because it's such a huge upside to be able to recur them potentially, or just sacrifice them for value. I can't really sac a Golgari Signet to help Meren reanimate Protean Hulk, but I can use Blood Pet to get Meren out early and make sure I'm gaining XP right away.

I think if you're on Mikaeus, you might want to look at Walking Ballista, it's just a better Triskelion option that Protean Hulk can find at the same time as Mikaeus and win without further resources. This is a cEDH win con I'd argue, but people play it elsewhere I've noticed. Good if you want to increase the power of your deck. A really, really funny reanimation card is Demon of Dark Schemes, a card that is somewhere between very good and excellent. It wipes small stuff, and it can be used to infinitely reanimate creatures potentially, especially if you have something like Mitotic Slime and a Pitiless Plunderer, or a Gravecrawler, or in a pinch Haakon, Stromgald Scourge can generate energy for the Demon to win for you.

I think you should take a look at Callous Bloodmage to either generate card advantage or remove graveyards, it's a really reasonable creature that is almost never a completely dead card. If you can infinite reanimate it somehow, it's potentially infinite life, card draw and tokens.

Two tutors I really like in Meren are Jarad's Orders and Final Parting, both on the clunky side, but both very, very pushed in their own way. While they aren't quite Buried Alive, they can be better if you need a card in hand. Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire is a so-so option, mostly useful because you can politic people sometimes (you make them tutor for an answer to something, which they have to cast and you also benefit from). Fiend Artisan is a 'busted as heck' tutor in most metas, combining a sac outlet with the ability to find whatever creature you want. This works very well with those Sakura Tribe Elder like creatures, because you can quickly get to the point where you can cheat out a Protean Hulk and win.

Vraska, Golgari Queen is a reasonable card if you're light on sac outlets, want more card draw, and want slightly more access to removal (her minus is pretty decent, most competitive environments feature mostly low MV stuff). If you don't want that entire package, you should look for something that excels at what you need instead.

Cool build, Nel Toth Community College and Round Table is my Meren deck if you want to see a more creature driven Meren build, where I've gone out of my way to shave non-creature versions out for creature versions of almost everything.

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