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Master of Death
Creature — Zombie Wizard
When this enters the battlefield, surveil 2. (Look at the top 2 cards of your library. You may put any number of them into your graveyard, and the rest on top of your library in any order.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, if this is in your graveyard, you may pay 1 life. If you do, return it to your hand.
2 months ago
Welcome to the club, CaptainGuppy! As I see it, the plan is to use Squee, Goblin Nabob, Master of Death, Genesis, and Stinkweed Imp to fuel Zombie Infestation and Cryptbreaker. If this is right, I'm not sure Bastion of Remembrance and Feaster of Fools are quite right for this deck.
Since your return-from-graveyard-to-hand creatures can only recur themselves at your upkeep/draw step, and since Cryptbreaker is a mana+tap effect, I expect this deck to be putting out maybe 2-3 Zombie tokens each turn, at best. I would suggest focusing on making those tokens bigger and better. Diregraf Captain would be a replacement for Bastion, and something like Corpse Cobble for Feaster. Corpse Cobble also has flashback, so it can be discarded to Infestation and still be used. Cemetery Reaper is another source of Zombies that can eat your opponents' graveyard.
5 months ago
Master of Death is an interesting one and I may give it a try in the deck. Plague Belcher was in and never felt all that useful. It sort of felt like a hindrance with the 2 -1/-1 counters it gives. I may rework it back in as it does have combo potential. We will see as I play the deck more. Thanks for the suggestions!
5 months ago
...so that I can say something productive... :D
6 months ago
I would definitely look at some mana rocks (artifacts that make mana) for your deck to help you speed up. Some can even help you with card draw or other things later when you don't need them for mana. I like Mind Stone as an example. I would keep these to 3-drop or less.
Some creatures can help with card draw too. Tomebound Lich, Master of Death, and Liliana's Standard Bearer can all provide card selection on bodies (that you can re-use later if needed). Surveil isn't quite card draw, but in a zombie deck, it should do about the same if you're playing enough reanimation.
Additional card draw I would look at is sacrifice card draw like Village Rites, Reckoner's Bargain, and Deadly Dispute. If you can combine the sacrifice from these cards with an effect your zombies may have, they're extra worth it.
One thing you may consider doing with your deck is seeing how many zombies you get per mana/card spent. Scarab God cares about quantity of zombies to be super effective, so maximizing that is key!
8 months ago
2022 Deck Overhaul
The budget version was pretty fun and goofy to play but I started looking for more consistent ways to get through dungeons and win.
- Arcane Endeavor
- Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths
- Baleful Strix
- Burnished Hart
- Cataclysmic Gearhulk
- Champion of Wits
- Clay Golem
- Component Pouch
- Curator of Mysteries
- Dungeon Map
- Ethereal Valkyrie
- Extract Brain
- Fellwar Stone
- Grave Endeavor
- Hostage Taker
- Merfolk Looter
- Meteor Golem
- Minimus Containment
- Noxious Gearhulk
- Obsessive Stitcher
- Phantom Steed
- Phyrexian Delver
- Rod of Absorption
- Sepulchral Primordial
- Solemn Simulacrum
- Sunblast Angel
- Swords to Plowshares
- Wall of Omens
- Wayfarer's Bauble
- Vanish into Memory
- Acererak the Archlich
- Animate Dead
- Barrowin of Clan Undurr
- Blood Artist
- Carrion Feeder
- Cave of the Frost Dragon
- Command the Dreadhorde
- Consecrated Sphinx
- Deadeye Navigator
- Doom Whisperer
- Dovin's Veto
- Dungeon Descent
- Ebondeath, Dracolich
- Faithful Mending
- Frantic Search
- Gray Merchant of Asphodel
- Hall of Storm Giants
- Hive of the Eye Tyrant
- Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
- Master of Death
- Nadaar, Selfless Paladin
- Path of Peril
- Phyrexian Reclamation
- Phyrexian Tower
- Reassembling Skeleton
- Talisman of Dominance
- Talisman of Hierarchy
- Teferi, Master of Time
- Triumphant Adventurer
- Viscera Seer
1 year ago
Hey, nice upgrades on a budget so far for the precon.
Opponent mill strategy is an interesting choice/change from the precon. Opponent mill that's not an infinite combo, but done over many turns can be risky in multiplayer Commander because graveyards are a huge resource for so many decks.
The precon has too high of a mana curve with over 20 cards that are 5 CMC or higher. You haven't really changed this, but you have reduced the number of lands to 34 from 40 in the precon. By reducing the number lands, but not reducing the mana curve you risk not being able to cast spells until much later in a game. You're right to reduce the land count and 34 lands is fine, but the rest of your deck also needs to be reduced especially since you've added Bolas's Citadel.
Upgrading to better high CMC cards which you have done with Rise of the Dark Realms and Bolas's Citadel is good, but you really should consider cutting other high CMC cards from the precon to add these such as Gorex, the Tombshell and Gravespawn Sovereign. Gravespawn is also a reanimation effect, but is worse than Rise. Tombshell can be reduced in mana cost, but that has negative interaction with wanting to reanimate Zombies.
Death Tyrant is an example of a budget high CMC card that's an upgrade for another five drop in the precon such as Eternal Skylord. Tyrant has excellent synergy with decayed Zombies because when they attack and are saced at end of combat then you create a 2/2 Zombie for each one. This interaction is also good with sac outlets such as Carrion Feeder to sac all your attacking Zombies in combat to create that many 2/2 Zombies which can then with Wilhelt, sac them to create 2/2 decayed Zombies and repeat the next turn with Tyrant.
Some budget lower CMC cards to consider adding:
- Pyre of Heroes: repeatable sac/tutor/cheat Zombie onto the battlefield.
- Master of Death: repeatable Zombie to sac since can return itself from your graveyard to your hand at your upkeep for 1 life.
- Necromancer's Stockpile: repeatable discard, excellent with Master of Death and good way to get Zombies into your graveyard for reanimation.
- Siege Zombie: combos with at least two other Zombies + Throne of the God-Pharaoh for lots repeatable opponent life loss.
- Apprentice Necromancer: can be repeatable reanimation source with Gisa and Geralf.
- Lazotep Plating
- Arcane Denial
Some cards to consider cutting: Gorex, the Tombshell, Switcheroo, Mass Manipulation, Aetherspouts, Eternal Skylord, Eloise, Nephalia Sleuth, Gravespawn Sovereign, Shadow Kin, Vilis, Broker of Blood, Open the Graves.
Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
Hey, for a first deck on a low budget well done. I haven't seen this partner pairing before.
When you're first starting to deck build in Commander it can be helpful to have some guidelines for a casual basic deck structure.
- 36-38 lands (Command Tower, Sunken Hollow)
- 20-25 creatures (Baleful Strix, Master of Death)
- 10 ramp sources (Sol Ring, Arcane Signet)
- 10 tutor/draw sources (Riddlesmith, Reshape)
- 10 removal/board wipes/counterspells (Bone Shards, Resculpt, Crux of Fate)
This structure is meant to be a starting point for a deck in Commander. It's just a basic structure to follow, not all areas of your deck are covered and you may end up with different numbers of each area. For example you might have more ramp from mana rocks because artifacts are important cards here. Silas is quite fragile and he wants to attack therefore having some protection and evasion for him such as Zephyr Boots and Swiftfoot Boots would be helpful.
In Commander there's some budget staples to consider adding:
Both your Commanders care about cards in your graveyard, but you don't have very many effects that can get cards into your graveyard or get them out of your graveyard. Here's some budget card suggestions to consider adding to build around to improve synergy with your Commanders.
Baleful Strix is an artifact creature who you want to keep recurring with Silas as a way to draw and more deathtouch. Master of Death can keep returning from your graveyard to your hand for the cost of 1 life at your upkeep. He also has surveil 2 (self-mill) where you look at the top two cards of your library and choose to keep them there in any order or put one or more of them into your graveyard.
Pair Master and Strix with Tortured Existence as a way to discard to then return another creature in your graveyard to your hand (recursion). With Existence you don't ever have to cast Master instead keep discarding it and returning it to your hand which each turn to create a 2/2 Zombie with Tormod for one mana and 1 life.
Riddlesmith is repeatable draw/discard (loot) when you cast an artifact and you choose which card you discard which is helpful. Wonder is a powerful effect when it's in your graveyard, it's a good card to discard, since then if you control just one Island all creatures you control gain flying. Silas has deathtouch which makes it likely he will not be blocked in combat, but flying is actual evasion to make it more consistent that Silas will do combat damage to a player. Wonder can give all 2/2 Zombies flying for big attacks.
I can continue with more advice in another comment. Would you like me to continue?
Good luck with your deck.
1 year 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!