Undead Alchemist


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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Undead Alchemist

Creature — Zombie

If a Zombie you control would deal combat damage to a player, instead that player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

Whenever a creature card is put into an opponent's graveyard from his or her library, exile that card and put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

Undead Alchemist Discussion

zacharyrtz on Expensive afterlife

1 week ago

Undead Alchemist is really cool.

Diregraf Captain is a fairly powerful lord and combos with Gravecrawler and Phyrexian Altar if you're into that.

Sunbrosoulaire on Phenax, Lost Memories

2 months ago

Seems pretty solid. However, I would not skimp on a couple of value cards... Intruder Alarm being something I HEAVILY recommend. I usually win within a turn or two after resolving mine...or I lock the board down until it's gone which buys you time to further build. Lightning Greaves is also a must. Undead Alchemist + Intruder Alarm + Lightning Greaves or Thousand-Year Elixir is pretty much a GG against most decks(Unless of course, they are playing a creatureless deck, which at the level of play this deck will be at is a rarity). Another thing I added to my version that I have found a LOT of success with is using Dread Return + Think Twice + Laboratory Maniac . That one requires you to mill your entire deck in one turn, and have 3 creatures out(if you milled yourself out you definitely have at least 3 creatures) you use Dread Return and then draw using any card that lets you, well, draw. I prefer Think Twice just because you do not have to worry about finding it as you'll mill it and have it in the yard or have it in your hand. Here is a slightly outdated version of my list Dimir Trickery. I can update it, if you wish to see the current version. Have fun with phenax; he is an absolute blast to play.

LadyZ on The Spicy Scarab

2 months ago

Welcome to building commander! I'd recommend 2-4 more lands for one thing. a personal favorite is Temple of Deceit , strictly better than Salt Marsh . if price isn't too much of an issue, also look at Morphic Pool

To support your zombie theme, some cards I'd look at are Endless Ranks of the Dead and Ghoulcaller Gisa to generate more tokens, Graveborn Muse and Undead Augur for card draw, and Noxious Ghoul as a potential one sided board wipe. You can also go with generic tribal stuff like Kindred Dominance

To get the most out of the activated ability on your commander, maybe look at a mill sub-theme with cards like Undead Alchemist , Lich Lord of Unx , Dread Summons , and Stitcher Geralf . You probably won't kill anyone with mill, but it will load the graves with useful cards.

There are some cards I'd look at cutting from your deck such as Phyrexian Obliterator , Quasiduplicate , Lamplighter of Selhoff , or Zombie Trailblazer .

Kogarashi on How are substitution effects prioritized?

2 months ago

Replacement effects don't use the stack.

When your friend attacks your mutual opponent, assuming the Undead Alchemist will deal combat damage to said opponent, what happens is this:

  • Undead Alchemist would deal combat damage, so its replacement effect applies. Instead of the Alchemist dealing damage, the opponent puts four cards from the top of their library into their graveyard.

  • Assuming there are one or more creature cards among those four, Anafenza, the Foremost 's replacement effect applies. Those creature cards are instead exiled. They never go to the graveyard.

  • Your friend does not get any zombie tokens because its second ability (which is a triggered ability) never triggers, due to those creature cards never going to the graveyard in the first place. That event was replaced by Anafenza.

TheAmazingSalsa on How are substitution effects prioritized?

2 months ago

I have my Anafenza, the Foremost out on the field and my friend attacks an opponent with Undead Alchemist , which ability goes first on the stack? Does my friend get the zombie token or not?

Lanzo493 on Phenax, Lost Memories

2 months ago

Altar of the Brood does great work over time, especially with Undead Alchemist out.

Pemmin's Aura and Freed from the Real do some ridiculous work. Intruder Alarm is the best if you can afford it.

Disciple of Deceit and Siren of the Silent Song are good utility creatures. Better than Dragon's Eye Savants anyway. There's also King Macar, the Gold-Cursed .

Silent Arbiter can prevent you from dying.

Scheming Symmetry becomes a one-sided tutor when you mill your opponent's card away.

WUBRG87 on The Queen of Corpses

2 months ago

Hey,man. Thank you. That Altar of the Brood + Undead Alchemist combo you mentioned seems hilarious. I'm going to have to pick that card up at my LGS. I'll have to check your deck out too and take some notes as well. Would you mind giving me an upvote on this one? I will definitely do the same for you.

Jaefarlii on The Queen of Corpses

2 months ago

Cool deck man, Im taking a lot of notes for my own Varina deck.

I saw you had Undead Alchemist in the deck. Did you ever consider Altar of the Brood ? I use that two card combo for my The Scarab God's infinite zombo combo

This combo requires more than one opponent, or atleast one with a lot of creatures in the deck. It shouldnt be a main win condition but rather a fun way to make everyone drop their jaws and laugh as you mill out the table.

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