Headless Rider

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Headless Rider

Creature — Zombie

Whenever this or another nontoken Zombie you control dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

TheOfficialCreator on Dimir Zombie Tribal

2 months ago

If you throw in a Pitiless Plunderer then you can go infinite with Carrion Feeder and Gravecrawler ;)

Even besides that Plunderer is a good card

Headless Rider might also work decently in this deck.

sdtech58 on The Scarab God Zombie Tribal

2 months ago

Gray Merchant of Asphodel - life drain/gain. Bounce him a few times for maximum benefit

Havengul Lich - reanimation source. Has underperformed in games for me. Borderline

Headless Rider - tokens

Midnight Reaper - card draw

Murderous Rider - spot removal if needed. Versatile

Noxious Ghoul - one-sided board wipe potential

Plague Belcher - potential sac outlet, death trigger payoff

Relentless Dead - recurrence, reanimate

Shepherd of Rot - life drain. ALL players. Don't kill yourself...

Sidisi, Undead Vizier - tutor, sac outlet and big body

Undead Augur - card draw

Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver - alternate commander. Tokens and sac outlet

Zombie Master - reanimation, swampwalk. Nice when Urborg is on the field!!

sdtech58 on I'm gonna cleave you

2 months ago

Need to get that overall CMC down and add more low-cost permanents. Gravecrawler, Relentless Dead, Cryptbreaker, Graveborn Muse, Headless Rider would be a few i'd recommend. I'd use Wonder instead of Eternal Skylord, as it will be easy to get Wonder to your graveyard. Ditch the high CMC Sorceries. If you're spending 5 or 6 mana on something, it needs to have the potential to significantly change the game. The only 2 cards you have at 5 CMC that I'd keep are Open the Graves and the Liliana walker. I'd try to get to 28 - 30 creatures. Consider Dimir Signet and Coldsteel Heart as additions for more ramp. Sorin doesn't fit the theme at all and he's high CMC.

Zarthalius on Zombo-Combo

3 months ago

I love zombie decks! It’s one of my favorite themes but I stayed mono-black with mine. But I know there are good black/blue zombie cards like one that will give all zombie tokens Hexproof I believe or another that gives them flying. Just use an Advanced Search on Scryfall.com to find them. When it comes to non-mono black, I just don’t prefer the “mill” theme that comes with blue; I love the reanimated swarm theme black focuses on. Anyways, here is the "zombie" I know:

For added consistency with Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver, you could consider Diregraf Colossus and Headless Rider. I know they don’t work nicely with the Death Tyrant + Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver combo but here is how all 3 of them are really nice:

As a Rooftop Storm backup, you may want to consider Liliana, Untouched By Death (-3 ability). Her with Shambling Ghast (Search the Body) plus a sac outlet; or, Her with Phyrexian Altar and any 1 drop zombie make a 1 turn infinite cycle fueling any ETB and death triggers. Liliana, Untouched By Death's -3 ability effectively turns any 1 drop zombie like Shambling Ghast, Carrion Feeder, Champion of the Perished, and Cryptbreaker -into- Gravecrawlers for 1 turn. Basically, she'll increase your consistency getting your combos rolling.

  • Champion of the Perished is really good when your constantly making zombies ETB.
  • Consider using Blasting Station as a sac outlet too. For example, any time you sac with the station during a combo, the combo will also do 1-dmg per cycle. And, if the combo is making zombies, the station will untap too.
  • Black Market can also get out of hand when doing sac combos. It can really help when the combo is not infinite. It also makes people think harder about the cost of boardwiping.

Anyways cool seeing the Death Tyrant + Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver combo; I hadn’t seen that one yet!

Zarthalius on Endless Death

3 months ago

Black Market can also get out of hand when doing sac combos. Also, imagine it's charge after a board wipe. Would anyone even want to board wipe if you had Blasting Station out? You'd easily be able to get another zombie out so you can keep recasting and sacing Gravecrawler to the station with all that black market mana.

Thinking more about that for-mentioned combo, you don't even need to sac the zombie token. You only need to sac Gravecrawler to the station (1 dmg). Make a token (if Headless Rider is out). Cast Gravecrawler from the graveyard, untap the station. Repeat. You'd get your zombie swarm and gravecrawler would be doing 1 dmg per cycle.

Zarthalius on Endless Death

3 months ago

I came across an interesting zombie deck the other day: blasting zombies

It uses Blasting Station.

It's idea isn't exactly "swarm with zombies" but rather it wants to fling dead corps around for 1 dmg each. I like it because in a singleton format, having another option is helpful. It actually can be pretty good; say you have a problem with your opponents board state, blast their creatures. Maybe someone is almost dead, blast their face. Though it'll be half the dmg, you don't have to wait off summoning sickness or chance not getting through blocks.

You already have Headless Rider and Gravecrawler in your deck so its just a 1 card addition.

That linked deck uses Zulaport Cutthroat for extra dmg but you have Ayara, First of Locthwain which will work just as well.

Here's How it Works:

Blasting Station + Headless Rider + maybe Ayara, First of Locthwain all out on the battlefield.

  1. Sac Gravecrawler to the station (1 dmg), create a zombie from the Rider, untap the station.
  2. Sac the zombie token to the station (1 dmg), cast Gravecrawler from the graveyard, untap the station.
  3. Repeat for # of untapped swamps.

Zarthalius on Endless Death

4 months ago

Sac Gravecrawler to Phyrexian Altar with Diregraf Colossus or better Headless Rider = Infinite Zombie Tokens

In the above combo, subing Phyrexian Altar out with Carrion Feeder = 1Zombie per 1Swamp And Carrion Feeder Gets Big

All these zombies ETBing make Champion of the Perished get crazy big (x2 faster then Carrion Feeder).

You may want to consider Liliana, Untouched By Death (-3 ability) and Shambling Ghast (Search the Body) plus a sac outlet. Those together make a 1 turn infinite cycle good for growing Carrion Feeder, growing Champion of the Perished, and generating infinite zombie tokens like Phyrexian Altar can. Liliana, Untouched By Death's -3 ability effectively turns Shambling Ghast, Carrion Feeder, Champion of the Perished, and Cryptbreaker into Gravecrawlers for 1 turn. Basically, she'll increase your consistency getting those infinite (and per mana) combos rolling.

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