Undead Warchief

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Planechase (HOP) Uncommon
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Scourge (SCG) Uncommon

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Undead Warchief

Creature — Zombie

Zombie spells you cast cost (1) less to cast.

Zombie creatures you control get +2/+1.

Latest as Commander

Undead Warchief Discussion

RNR_Gaming on Zombie Commander

1 week ago

Seems a tad land heavy and zombie light. This was under the help section so if you specify the kind of help you need the community could help you more. At first glance you're missing some core zombies Undead Augur , Undead Warchief , and Lord of the Undead

SideBae on Dimir Zombies

2 months ago

I don't think you need more combos... I think you need better mana, tutors and card draw to make your current combos more consistent. Running one or two combos is probably good enough, especially since zombie decks tend to be good at the beat-face plan, too. Counter-magic is worth considering, though not everyone likes running it.

Mana: Ramp is a big part of EDH. Having fast, reliable access to your colors is indispensable -- this is part of the reason two-cost rocks are better than three-cost rocks. I think Talisman of Dominance is probably better than Commander's Sphere . It comes down a turn earlier, and it allows you to cast your general turn three. Cards like Charcoal Diamond , Sky Diamond and Coldsteel Heart are also good, though their coming into play tapped is a real setback. Underground River is a land you should consider, as are Morphic Pool and Drowned Catacomb .

Tutors: Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor are the gold-standard here, though they're also rather hard to get ahold of. I like Dark Petition and Diabolic Tutor ; you might want to consider Entomb or Buried Alive to get your Gravecrawler and friends into the 'yard. If you include Animate Dead , Reanimate , Necromancy , Exhume and/or Dance of the Dead you can get out your Grave Titan or Overseer of the Damned real fast. Reanimation packages are good.

Card Draw: There're a few cards I think you either didn't know about or overlooked in this area.

  1. Graveborn Muse : This card is BUSTED in zombie decks. Even staying out for just one turn cycle can get you four or five cards easily, making it a way better Phyrexian Arena . If you choose to run something like Whip of Erebos , you can pretty easily recoup the life.

  2. Night's Whisper / Chart a Course : Two-mana draw-twos have always been pretty good. In a top-deck war, these can make all the difference.

  3. Cantrips: Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are all excellent cards; in Vintage, these are signatures of Xerox-decks. They'll dig you to lands if you need them, and get you past lands if you don't. Note that Brainstorm goes from OK to really good with the inclusion of shuffle-effects, like your Evolving Wilds . Running more of these lands, like Prismatic Vista , Flooded Strand , Polluted Delta , or even just Bad River or Rocky Tar Pit is a good idea.

  4. Treasure Cruise / Dig Through Time : These are good ways to utilize lands or similar non-functional-in-graveyard cards you mill with Gisa and Geralf . Depending on how full your yard typically ends up, running one or both of these is probably a good idea.

  5. Skullclamp : Pair this with your Gravecrawler for instant value.

  6. Distant Melody : I'm not sure how many zombies you have, but having an average of four or more zombies will make this worth including.

  7. Slate of Ancestry : This is similar to Distant Melody , but is more repeatable.

  8. Undead Augur : This card will help you out-draw opponents.

  9. Corpse Harvester : While not technically card-draw, it is a good form of card-advantage. It'll get you both swamps and whatever creature you need. If you include Fetid Pools , Sunken Hollow or Watery Grave , you can fetch those, too.

  10. Fact or Fiction : This is card-draw and self-mill all packed into one card.

Beat Face:

  1. Zombie Master : Pair this with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and your creatures are unblockable.

  2. Cover of Darkness : This is a good secondary evasion plan. Lord of the Accursed is a similar card that also buffs your guys.

  3. Death Baron , Undead Warchief and Lord of the Undead : These lords make your dudes all the more potent. Note that buffing toughness makes the Gravecrawler + Skullclamp loop harder to pull off.

  4. Patriarch's Bidding : This is a great way for tribal decks to come back from a boardwipe.

  5. Coat of Arms : This is a lot of mana to invest in an easily-killed artifact, though it is worth considering. This can rather easily pump your guys with +5/+5.

  6. Gray Merchant of Asphodel : This is a good way to recoup life, while at the same time pressuring your opponents' life totals.

  7. Rot Hulk : I'd run this in any zombie deck.

Counter-Magic: Force of Will , Mana Drain and Pact of Negation are the gold standard, though difficult to get ahold of. Consider the following:

  1. Counterspell : This is a better form of Cancel .

  2. Spell Snare : This is a good, affordable counter spell that can take out an opposing Demonic Tutor or Flash -combo without difficulty.

  3. Negate / Countersquall : This will hold off boardwipes and keep your guys alive.

  4. Exclude : In a creature-heavy meta, this is probably worth running as it does not cost card advantage.

  5. Cryptic Command / Dismiss : Four mana is a lot to leave up in this sort of deck, but these can be powerful. You should at least consider them.

Right -- that's all from me. Good luck!

SideBae on Zombies are Dim

2 months ago

Lol — I was just thinking about TSG in EDH, and then I saw this. I always loved zombie decks. Feel free to ignore and/or heed my suggestions as you see fit.

  1. Your Gravecrawler is your friend. Skullclamp makes it into a 1B: Draw two, which is kinda dumb and super busted. Other sac-outlets, like Corpse Harvester , also benefit from the self-recursion.

  2. Since you aren’t running Call to the Grave (which I think is bad anyways), you can run non-zombie zombie-enablers. Cephalid Vandal comes to mind, as filling your graveyard will be useful most of the time.

  3. Though they may interfere with Gravecrawler / Skullclamp loops, zombie lords are abundant in MTG. I like that you’re already running Cemetery Reaper and friends; have you considered Zombie Master or Undead Warchief ?

  4. Your deck can probably use some more ramp to speed it up. Talisman of Dominance , Fellwar Stone , Corrupted Grafstone , Mind Stone and the soon-to-release Arcane Signet are all worth strong consideration. In my experience, there is a big difference between 2 and 3 mana rocks; consider replacing Commander's Sphere .

  5. Card draw is bonkers in EDH. Graveborn Muse is a powerhouse, and I strongly suggest adding it. Fact or Fiction is likely another good card here, as binning cards is a form of card advantage for you. Night's Whisper , Mirrodin Besieged and Phyrexian Arena are also worth considering.

Good luck!

MikooBo on An Answer to the Prayers [Zombie Tribal + Primer]

4 months ago

Ok so I'm just going to address all previous comments in the same post to save time

I'm liking the idea of Carrion Feeder being SBT Diregraf Ghoul , and I'm also ok with cutting both copies of Undead Warchief to supplement the addition of extra Plague Belcher s

I'm am seeing a problem however of making sure that I kill the opponent faster than I can kill myself, so I feel like if changing over to the more sac oriented core, then I would most likely have to mainboard Gray Merchant of Asphodel (x2) to keep my life total happy, which tbh doesn't leave much room for the Undead Augur s but I can cut Nameless Inversion as well, because I would need the extra draw.

I get the idea of Prismatic Vista but I don't think it to be necessary at the moment, so you'll have to sell me on it more first. I'm not against it, but just not right now I think.

Also for now, no to Graveyard Marshal and Dreadhorde Invasion

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skoobysnackz on An Answer to the Prayers [Zombie Tribal + Primer]

4 months ago

I second at least Carrion Feeder , and Prismatic Vista would be a nice addition too. Also, I would have a couple copies of Gray Merchant of Asphodel in here over Undead Warchief . Nice deck and page, +1.

articred on Commander - Scarab God - Dumannios

4 months ago

hey Dumannios

One of the things I'd tackle first, personally, is reworking your dual lands. Coming into the battlefield tapped puts you behind, especially early game imho. I think looking at cards that, while a bit more expensive, would help you in that regard.

Lots of your mana rocks come into play tapped as well, Voltaic Key might be a solution or Unwinding Clock , Talisman of Dominance is a nice pick up and Fellwar Stone I used to run with Wonder in my deck as well, exchanged that out for Eldrazi Monument as I run a lot of token generation to sac each upkeep, could pair that up with Damnation

Kindred Dominance could be something worth while, still cheaper than Plague Wind .

Balthor the Defiled feels really out of place, you don't run red so seems like half his cast ability is wasted. Zombie Master , Undead Warchief (cost reduction and pumps your zombies, sounds like a win win) or Gleaming Overseer (I think amass is a useless ability still) but this would protect your tokens from some of your cards and still allow your undead army to grow.

Feel free to take a look at my zombie deck for any ideas as well Grimgrin, zombie extraordinaire

SideBae on Tymaret, the Duke of Death

4 months ago

So the first card that comes to mind is Mindslicer . In Rakdos decks, you can typically tune your 99 to make you the king of top-decks; this is part of the reason reanimating Sire Of Insanity is such a brutal play in decks like Xantcha, Sleeper Agent .

You're likely to be sacrificing a whole butt-ton of creatures. I advise ways to exploit your guys dying: Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact come readily to mind. Skullclamp is pretty busted if you're going to be sacrificing creatures anyways, and its especially good seeing as you're running Gravecrawler already.

Zombies is one of the oldest archetypes, and thus it has access to a LOT of tribal effects. Cemetery Reaper , Death Baron , Zombie Master , Undead Warchief , Lord of the Accursed and Lord of the Undead are all good ways to pump your team and/or give them extra abilities. (Depending on the meta, you may want to run Bad Moon as well.) Call to the Grave is really good if you can tune the deck to have 2 or fewer non-zombie creatures. Dark Salvation and Liliana's Mastery are both viable cards in this deck. Graveborn Muse is another good card draw engine next to Phyrexian Arena , which I see you're already running. Unholy Grotto gives you a measure of recursion over your zombies. Noxious Ghoul also comes to mind, as does Withered Wretch as a form of one-sided graveyard hate.

One common issue I've seen in a lot of EDH decks is the prevalence of 1-for-1 instant and sorceries. In a majority of EDH games, you're going to have 2-3 opponents, rather than just one; this means you are facing roughly 2-3 times as many cards as you yourself have access to. Cards like Dreadbore and Terminate are good in 1-on-1 formats like Modern, but in EDH I have frequently found them to just not be good enough. I advise you run cards like Fire Covenant , Ashes to Ashes , Volcanic Fallout or Toxic Deluge instead. These have the potential to take out several creatures at the cost of one card, leaving you up that many cards over your opponents.

On a related note, since most games of EDH are decided by card advantage, anything you can do to draw cards will always be welcome. Ambition's Cost , Night's Whisper and the like are good ways to refill your hand. Wheel of Fortune is another good card, but it's about $100 now, so... consider carefully. Light Up the Stage is another one to consider. While Rakdos is good at topdecking, managing to draw extra cards means it is more likely to hit.

Black has access to many great tutor effects. You may want to consider running Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor if you're able to get ahold of the cards. Gamble is a good red tutor.

Looting effects tend to be very good in zombie decks, which have access to graveyard recursion. Faithless Looting is essentially card advantage in your deck, because you can discard things like Gravecrawler at no cost. Similarly, I advise running a bigger reanimation package (supplementing your Animate Dead ) to get back fatties your opponents may have killed or you may have discarded. Reanimate , and Necromancy are good cards -- if you want to get spicy, Dance of the Dead is a card most people have never played against before, mostly because it isn't nearly as good as the other three. But I figured I'd mention it. Also, a bigger reanimation package means things like Entomb or Buried Alive become exponentially better.

With regard to planeswalkers, Liliana, Death's Majesty is a good card for any zombie deck.

With regard to your lands: I don't think Blighted Fen is very good, and Temple of the False God should be replaced with Ancient Tomb if at all possible. If you want good utility lands that can kill pesky creatures, I advise Blast Zone . If you are able, I advise running Bloodstained Mire and/or the off-color fetches in order to grab your Blood Crypt or Smoldering Marsh . These fetches are in effect extra dual lands.

If you have a lot of recursion, which I see you do in things like Phyrexian Reclamation , you may have luck with pox-style cards. Pox is one of the most brutal cards to resolve in EDH, and Smallpox and Innocent Blood also can be played to great effect. Note that these get around hexproof, shroud and indestructible.

Depending on how hateful your meta is, you may want to consider some pretty mean red cards. Changing your land base slightly will give you access to Blood Moon , Magus of the Moon and Ruination , while Price of Glory will make people think twice about casting counter-magic. If your meta is as blue-heavy as mine, Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast are also fine considerations. If you end up running a lot of lord effects, you may want to consider Pyroclasm or Anger of the Gods , as your guys won't die if they're big enough. Possibility Storm is a good way to disrupt combo players -- I should know, as I play Storm in cEDH.

Because black has literally only one card designed to destroy artifacts ( Gate to Phyrexia ), red is a welcome addition to the team. By Force is a favorite of mine, but Shattering Spree , Vandalblast and Shatterstorm are also good ideas.

Rocks are great in EDH, especially if they're only 1 or 2 mana. I advise Talisman of Indulgence to replace Rakdos Locket and Mind Stone to replace Commander's Sphere . Coldsteel Heart is good as well, though it enters tapped, just like Charcoal Diamond and Fire Diamond . Thought Vessel is also worth considering.

Good luck with deck building!

KaiyanK on An Extreme Amount of Dead-ication

5 months ago

hungry000

Hmmm I like most of that, but I feel like keeping Blood Scrivener but replacing Doomed Dissenter for Gravecrawler is actually something I have been eyeballing.

I would love to add Cryptbreaker but I feel like the discarding a card is a little scary when I would be losing creatures but at the same time replacing it for Read the Bones and Diabolic Tutor sounds like a plan when I get the funds.

Khenra Eternal for Relentless Dead sounds good to me tho.

Diregraf Colossus looks freaking beautiful and I think would be a great replacement for Stir the Sands and two more Swamps and maybe Undead Warchief could be squeezed in somewhere... Idk. There's too many good zombie cards.

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Undead Warchief occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.12%