Undead Augur

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed 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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Undead Augur

Creature — Zombie Wizard

Whenever this or another Zombie you control dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, tokens are put into the graveyard before they cease to exist), you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

lagotripha on Horde of the damned (budget aggro zombies)

2 months ago

My experience with budget mono black points to this being most of the way there - there are ways to reach FNM viability that won't work in tournament play due to scouting+decklist availability.

Carrion Feeder + Undead Augur is an incredible engine for black zombies - sac+discard outlets are great for the tribe thanks to tokens and recursion. Being able to sac gravecrawler to pump 2 creatures, draw cards and get tokens from headless rider is incredible value. This gives you legs that a lot of aggro strategies lack, creating a spectrum of options from pure 'make zombies smash face' to 'disrupt hand, set up cryptbreaker, draw lots'.

Mono-black's biggest advatnage is a large pool of 'good enough' cards, which become very strong when they answer meta threats. Its quite difficult to tell the difference between gravecrawler in aggro, gravecrawler in midrange with extra hand disruption/card draw, and gravecrawler/undying combo. That unpridictability wins games, if you read the FNM meta right.

The downside of this is choosing what to put in your 75 cards. Stuff like a single Bump in the Night/Soul Spike, a single Ratchet Bomb or Pithing Needle has an ovesize impact due to your opponents having to play around them. Pick carefully, and don't be scared putting options maindeck - worst case, they are gravecrawler discards. Look at how you win the matchups you expect, and build to that rather than trying to maximise damage or speed - a single duress can buy a couple extra turns hitting face in the right hand, and if everyone has the same few creatures in their hand you can reliably hit them with the cheap disruption.

If you want to spend on the deck, stick to format staples - thoughtsieze etc. Most everything else has budget cards that match its performance, especially if you need to switch up your plans to keep your edge anyway.

CoarselyRefined on Sheoldred's Dream Drainer

2 months ago

Graveborn Muse is preferable to a few creatures you have but requires more of a zombie subtheme to really go off.

Undead Augur works with the above as does Maskwood Nexus to really push the Zomboids.

Castle Locthwain is draw on a land.

Phyrexian Arena and Underworld Connections are enchantment support for draw.

Necropotence is also something worth acquiring.

Invoke Despair is a really powerful card for this iteration of Sheoldred.

Bushmeat Poacher is a nifty little common if you're limited on funds and some of the above are out of your range but requires creatures to run.

I see you have Sanguine Bond (and Vito too) but you don't have an Exquisite Blood by which to loop the drain.

Increasing Ambition is a great card if you have the Manas to dump into it but if you want to run a tutor or two and you want to increase the competitiveness of this deck then you need to run cheaper tutors.

I'll check back when I have a little more time.

wallisface on Undead Augur or Relentless Dead?

2 months ago

I would say Undead Augur is the far stronger card between the two for Modern.

TheOfficialCreator on Undead Augur or Relentless Dead?

2 months ago

Dead_Blue_ I'm deciding between the two as they're both 2-drop zombies that give me some kind of digging advantage, but one is direct card draw and the other is a bit more tribal leaning.

The decklist is very tight, so I'm essentially agonizing over every single card slot and trying to streamline the deck for at most an average win turn of 5.

And honestly, with Undead Augur, Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, or even Champion of the Perished in play I never really struggle to get a win once I hit the combo.

TheOfficialCreator on Pitiless Gravecrawler - *PRIMER*

2 months ago

Game_of_Cones I'll have to give it a spin. May even be worth replacing Undead Augur with.

TheOfficialCreator on Undead Augur or Relentless Dead?

2 months ago

Howdy! I'm currently working on a competitive Modern build centering around the Pitiless Plunderer/Gravecrawler/Carrion Feeder combo: Pitiless Gravecrawler

When trying to figure out how to get more card draw, I came across the card Undead Augur, which has performed fairly well in playtesting, being a decent chump blocker and even a payoff for our combo (though sometimes we can get close to killing ourselves with the life loss before we hit our Zulaport Cutthroat or Blood Artist).

However, I also recently rediscovered the card Relentless Dead, which not only serves as a slightly crueler attacker than Augur, but also a payoff for our self-mill and graveyard tutor strategies. The only gripe I have with it is that it would normally grab Carrion Feeder, but in most situations I would be sacrificing it to Carrion Feeder, and Gravecrawler has built in casting anyway.

What do you think?

TheOfficialCreator on And they don't stop coming and they don't stop com

2 months ago

NoDwarfTossing yeah I get that. I would definitely still consider Undead Augur or more zombies or zombie generators. Endless Ranks of the Dead is soooo fun, lol.

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!!

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