Skeletal Wurm

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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
Vintage Legal

Skeletal Wurm

Creature — Skeleton Wurm

{{B}}: Regenerate Skeletal Wurm.

trippy_mcfly on Cumly Cube

3 months ago

Introducing Cumly Cube 1.1! 6 months ago, Cumly Cube was launched to resounding approval. However, in response to feedback from fans, several cards in the pool were deemed unplayable, uninteresting, or overpowered. For Cumly Cube's six month anniversary, I have chosen to update the card pool. Here are the changes, provided with brief justifications:

REMOVED:

  • Abomination: too weak in power level
  • Anger of the Gods: while board wipes are an essential part of the game, this card is too simple in effect in comparison to other red board wipes in the card pool
  • Birthing Pod: synergizes poorly with the rest of the card pool
  • Black Dragon: too weak in power level
  • Black Lotus: this card and other "power 9" cards have been removed from the pool to allow players to play with less well known cards
  • Bloodcurdling Scream: too weak in power level
  • Cavalier of Night: too on-theme for a black card
  • Cinderclasm: while board wipes are an essential part of the game, this card is too simple in effect in comparison to other red board wipes in the card pool
  • Dack Fayden: too powerful
  • District Guide: synergizes poorly with the rest of the card pool
  • Dockside Extortionist: too strong in multiplayer games considering the dominance of the "treasure matters" archetype in this card pool
  • Dread Reaper: too weak in power level
  • Edric, Spymaster of Trest: too powerful
  • Eviscerator: too weak in power level
  • Grim Strider: too weak in power level
  • Hypnox: too weak in power level
  • Jungle Creeper: too weak in power level
  • Mind Bomb: too weak in power level
  • Mox Emerald: this card and other "power 9" cards have been removed from the pool to allow players to play with less well known cards
  • Mox Jet: this card and other "power 9" cards have been removed from the pool to allow players to play with less well known cards
  • Mox Pearl: this card and other "power 9" cards have been removed from the pool to allow players to play with less well known cards
  • Mox Ruby: this card and other "power 9" cards have been removed from the pool to allow players to play with less well known cards
  • Mox Sapphire: this card and other "power 9" cards have been removed from the pool to allow players to play with less well known cards
  • Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver: too weak in power level
  • Nix: too weak in power level
  • Obelisk of Alara: too weak in power level
  • Patagia Golem: too weak in power level
  • Phantasmagorian: too weak in power level
  • Prismite: too weak in power level
  • Rootcoil Creeper: synergizes poorly with the rest of the card pool
  • Shattering Blow: too strong of an answer to the artifact archetype
  • Shatterskull Smashing  Flip: MDFCs are interesting cards, but it does not make sense to have only one in the card pool
  • Smelt: too strong of an answer to the artifact archetype
  • Smog Elemental: too weak in power level
  • Spirit of the Night: too weak in power level
  • Storm Spirit: too weak in power level
  • Tibalt's Trickery: introduces too much variance for an enjoyable experience
  • Unholy Strength: too weak in power level
  • Vampiric Link: too on-theme for a black card
  • Wooded Bastion: this was included on error instead of its Golgari counterpart

ADDED:

legendofa on Sp00kiest Skeletons

5 months ago

A Skeleton deck! Yes!

My first thought here is about the Skeletal Wurms. Since you don't have much ramp, I would drop them for some more options, maybe Bad Moon or Realmwalker if you have the deck budget for that. Crippling Fear works as a board wipe.

If you're willing to put more money into this, I can put a few more suggestions out, but I don't want to start recommending cards worth as much as the rest of the deck combined.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on

1 year ago

Orange+: Thank you for the kudos.

The Minus counter theme is something that grew while going through my collection. I do realize that Ifnir and Carnifex Demon don't target, and that actually is the reason I included them. The deck has two cards that can steal opposing creatures. The first one is Grave Betrayal, which is just ridiculously powerful, but also costs seven mana. The second one is Necroskitter. If I were to target a creature which e.g. Cauldron of Souls, it would die before getting the counter, so Necroskitter wouldn't trigger. The demons can spread the minus counters without targeting, so the next targetting ability will give me control over them. A thing that seems very interesting in this regard is that proliferate doesn't target. I don't yet know what to make of this, but I'm pretty sure there is a way to abuse this...

The auras are meant to be used just as you said. They can protect my creatures when I attach them without an active Horobi. Swiftfoot Boots are especially important here. Protecting either K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth or Magus of the Coffers is crucial. Unhallowed Pact and Unholy Indenture habe a special little place in that regard: They can simply be protection, but enchanting an opposing creature with either before putting out Horobi is another way to steal them.

There are overall three spells like that: Bone Harvest, Forever Young, and Gravepurge. They are somewhat of a combo with Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Bolas's Citadel. Fill my grave with lots of creatures, control a Citadel and have a Merchant in hand or graveyard. Cast one of the three recursion spells, put all the creatures on top (If Gary is in the Grave, put him on the bottom of the creature pile). Cast all the creatures with Citadel, then cast Gary into a crowded board and drain an obscene amount of life. When we have enough mana, Death Denied or Reaping the Graves can do a similar thing.

There is one find in particular that I really like in the deck: I've always wanted a reason to play Skeletal Wurm. Horobi is propably the only deck that can make use of it, and it plus the not so small number of other activated abilities is the reason I included Necrotic Ooze. This can be a very powerful creature that can protect itself from Horobi's influence.

xoxoxo on Skeletal Control

4 years ago

Thanks for your advice Austin_Smith_of_Cards, I'm going to try out these changes:

4x Drowned -> 4x Restless Dead

1x Bone Picker -> 1x Skeletal Wurm

1x Gorgon Flail -> 1x Skeletal Wurm

1x Island -> 1x Portent

Skeletal Vampire looks fun and cheap, I might spring for one.

I thought the same thing when I pulled Portent out of my jank box, had never seen this card before, but it seems like a pretty solid stand-in for Ponder. I've found a couple more (total of 3), but not sure what else to cut if anything.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Skeletal Control

4 years ago

If you want to go with more of the skeleton theme, I highly suggest including Restless Dead over Drowned since the latter is a Zombie and not a Skeleton.

Portent seems like an interesting take on a Ponder variant that would be useful for early topdeck manipulation; crucial for control.

Your ability to close out games seems kind of narrow, with Bone Picker as your only genuine wincon. I would add a couple fatties like the Skeletal Wurms, or if you want to acquire other cards, Skeletal Vampire and Champion of Stray Souls seem cool.

If you're looking for cut options, Gorgon Flail doesn't really make sense in this list, and you could probably go down to 23 lands.

Happy brewing!

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Sp00ky Skeletons (ULTRA Budget)

4 years ago

How about including that funny on-theme funny little combo between Buried Alive and Champion of Stray Souls? You might just need some bigger skeletons. Maybe Skeletal Wurm?

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Damn, i wanna play that combo now.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Sp00ky Skeletons (ULTRA Budget)

4 years ago

How about including that funny on-theme funny little combo between Buried Alive and Champion of Stray Souls? You might just need some bigger skeletons. Maybe Skeletal Wurm?

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Damn, i wanna play that combo now.

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