Tormod, the Desecrator

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Tormod, the Desecrator

Legendary Creature — Zombie Wizard

Whenever one or more cards leave your graveyard, create a tapped 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

KBK7101 on Le coq est mort... (Syrix, Carrier of the Flame)

2 months ago

Persistent Specimen, Bloodghast and Skyclave Shade are some more creatures that are similar to Reassembling Skeleton in case you want/need any more of that kind of effect. I have a Tormod, the Desecrator deck that has a similar gameplan to this one so this looks really good to me!

nathanl69 on New Gisa and Geralf

3 months ago

Some good budget lands Dismal Backwater Waterfront District Check this site out for more https://managathering.com/duallands/Dimir.html

Interesting cards you might like Tainted Indulgence Tormod, the Desecrator Headless Rider

Kazierts on SKELETONS!

3 months ago

When I said Jund, I actually considered Tormod, the Desecrator and Tana, the Bloodsower. Mainly because Tormod just sinergizes very well with a lot of skeletons and some Skeleton support also supports zombies too (namely Death Baron and Death-Priest of Myrkul.

Another option, but 4 colored, would be still Tana, the Bloodsower now with Ravos, Soultender. You can still have Tormod in the deck, still have access to a lot o reccursion (even in your commander) and get a lot of good anthems, and tribal support, in white.

kimosabe on Wilhelt: Reanimator

5 months ago

Althuran Impressive list. Your creature load out is pretty great. You could consider Corpse Harvester. Good pay off, triggers wilhelt.

Rooftop Storm + Liliana, Untouched By Death= Cast all zombies from your graveyard and hand. Things get even nuttier if you have Tormod, the Desecrator out. You already run 2 of these cards so I'd include liliana.

Good luck, and I welcome critiques to my own decks. Zom-bae (Varina) may be of particular interest to you ;)

OLucas on Budget Sultai Tormod combos

5 months ago

Added the cephalid breakfast self-mill combo with Cephalid Aristocrat, Cephalid Illusionist and Shuko. With Gaea's Blessing in the deck and Tormod, the Desecrator on the battlefield that's infinite zombies. Also added Memory's Journey as a way to shuffle Gaea's Blessing if its in the graveyard from drawing and discarding/casting.

Grafted Wargear and Lightning Greaves also serve the same function of Shuko in the combo. The greaves should definitedly be added for mtgo since it's cheap there.

Stardragon on An Actual Ninja Phoenix Deck

5 months ago

Since you choose Desecrated Tomb and Tormod, the Desecrator why not Anax, Hardened in the Forge so you get a 1/1 bat, a 2/2 zombie and a 2/2 satyr when a creature dies or returns form the graveyard?

Some extra on death mileage particularly with your altar (I would consider Ashnod's Altar as well)- Pitiless Plunderer for more mana, Species Specialist or Dark Prophecy for card draw, Zulaport Cutthroat, Blood Artist or Bastion of Remembrance for some life gain/drain action or Butcher of Malakir and Dictate of Erebos so when you lose a creature they do too

I saw you have some recursion why not consider Return from Extinction and it's upgraded form Raise the Draugr? I would cut Exhume for one of these they cost the same and can bring back two phoenixes or ninjas and doesn't have the downside of letting your opponent bring a card back. and they cost less though they don't put on to battlefield so that may not be to your liking

Extra board wipes that won't hit your phoenixes (though will hit your ninjas) are Magmaquake, Earthquake, Faultline and Subterranean Tremors

More damage- Berserkers' Onslaught, Wound Reflection, Gratuitous Violence

Harder to block Phoenixes so you can ninjutsu even easier- Goblin War Drums, Intimidate, Cover of Darkness

Maybe Heartless Summoning-to make your commander cheaper to cast in the graveyard (the only time you should cast this from your command zone is the first time, and anytime is get's exiled as this way you can ignore the commander tax as much as possible)

And don't forget Fervor so all your birds are hasty and can attack as so as they on the field so you ninjutsu even faster

awatts30 on Varina

5 months ago

Thanks, Guerric! There’s a lot to parse here, so I may take it in parts.

Firstly, the extra lands are temporary. My target is 36, but I had 13 extra spells, so I added 7 basics (35% rate) to be able to goldfish effectively. Sometimes I can learn a bit more about the deck and make changes that way. As I pare down spells, I’ll take out lands too. I thought about Crucible of Worlds, but opted against it because it would change my play style, but without tutors or duplicate effects it’s too high-variance.

The Stifle is mostly there to stop graveyard hate, which tends to be one-off abilities (Bojuka Bog, Scavenger Grounds, Tormod's Crypt, Relic of Progenitus) and which could really mess up my plans. That’s a good point on Dovin's Veto; maybe I’ll swap it for a Negate.

I really like Reconnaissance because it not only allows me to attack into unfavorable board states but also gives pseudo-vigilance, allowing me to commit all my zombies without worrying about the crack back. Anything to maximize those Varina triggers! Flawless Maneuver might need to come out, though.

I’ve used Plumb the Forbidden to great effect in my Mazirek deck. Since it’s instant speed, it’s really good at turning creatures that would die to unfavorable combat or a board wipe into card advantage, and since it’s 2 CMC I can always just put the mana into Varina if I don’t wind up needing it. I had Kindred Discovery in there originally, but in a deck that’s both ETBing and swinging this much it seemed like overkill (plus it’s crazy expensive). A lot of my perspective on card draw may need to change, too. Like I said, I’m not used to using my graveyard, and while Varina let’s me look at a lot, I’m still uncomfortable throwing cards away. After all, they’re all in there because I want to cast them! I need to get better at choosing what to pitch (which is kind of the whole point of making this deck), but corollary to that is figuring out how much draw-to-hand I need and how much I can lean on my ‘yard.

A lot of the deck techs I’ve looked at leaned into Varina’s activated ability. I didn’t much like that because (1) it makes her into a glorified token factory, (2) I want to push myself to use the cards in my graveyard, and (3) why would I want to spend 2 mana and two cards for a vanilla zombie when I can spend 2 mana and one card for a Corpse Knight, a Wayward Servant, or 3 mana for a Diregraf Captain. In the little bit of goldfishing I’ve done, though, she’s dumping cards so fast that exiling two of them isn’t even a problem. I had originally taken Tormod, the Desecrator out, but wound up putting him back in because of the number of cards I was exiling. I’d like to bring it back toward a reanimator strategy, and I think Syr Konrad, the Grim would be a good payoff for that.

You have a ton of good suggestions, including Crashing Drawbridge, Dusk / Dawn, Necromancy et al. (I knew there were others, I just couldn’t remember them!), Living Death/Rise of the Dark Realms, Haunting Voyage/Patriarch's Bidding, and the talismans, but I still need to cut 13 spells to even get down to 100 cards, and then more to make room for any of them. This is my problem!

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