Unearth

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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
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Unearth

Sorcery

Return target creature card with converted mana cost/mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to battlefield.

Cycling (, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

TypicalTimmy on Whats a custom card you …

1 day ago

wallisface, reading each example carefully;

  • Surgical Extraction targets a card within the graveyard, not the graveyard as a zone.
  • Snapcaster Mage targets, specifically, an instant or sorcery card. Not the graveyard.
  • Unearth likewise targets a creature card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard, and again not the graveyard itself.

What that_dude33 is asking for is a card that prevents the graveyard in totality from being targeted. My point is that the graveyard itself is never the target, rather the individual contents of it are. The only other exception is targeting the player whom controls the graveyard, such as Angel of Finality, targeting the player, not their graveyard. Therefore, if the opponent has an Orbs of Warding, Angel of Finality can not target them, thus it can not view their graveyard for its exiling effect of the ETB ability.

Unless an ability is worded as one of the following, it'll never target the graveyard itself:

  • "Exile target graveyard."
  • "Shuffle target graveyard into its controller's library." (I am not sure if legally we 'own' our graveyard or not. Therefore I do not know if we are the 'owner' or 'controller', so I just went with controller. I suspect we do not 'own' a zone, but do 'control' it. Though, I am not sure.)

Instead, what we see are wordings such as:

  • Bojuka Bog where we exile target PLAYER's graveyard, not targeting the graveyard itself. Or, Cranial Archive, again which targets the player him or herself and not the graveyard.

wallisface on Whats a custom card you …

1 day ago

TypicalTimmy there are loads of cards made that target cards in a graveyard. Obvious stuff like Surgical Extraction, as well as more subtle interactions like Snapcaster Mage, Unearth etc

Yogei on Yogei

1 week ago

lhetrick13 - Sounds like a sound plan. No need to rush to collect cards. I can recommend CardKingdom, especially for buying entire decks, I've bought all my decks from there. They have a large stock of cards so you don't have to worry about multiple shipment costs stacking up. TCGPlayer seems good as well if you are buying individual or a few cards. Cards like The Ozolith are insanely expensive and not worth the money in my opinion. It's definitely possible to build good decks on a budget. I've built a minotaur deck a while back for a friend (The Minotaur Horde). It's a pretty powerful deck with a 50-50 win rate against pretty much any of my decks, and the entire deck cost less than a single copy of The Ozolith.

I feel like Unearth's CMC makes it hard to beat, but I've actually considered playing more "return from graveyard cards", and Patch Up is a great suggestion. I've also looked at Kaya's Ghostform. It's an aura which means it can be found with Acclaimed Contender and it protects from exile, which is something my friends often use. If I make the switch, I'm dropping Hyena Umbra.

I'm glad to hear that your Haakon decks are improving! And I understand the feeling regarding your vampire decks. I've built many decks that had fun ideas but didn't perform well or consistently when I played them, and it's always a letdown. Both my knight and vampire decks were like that for the longest time, but I managed to turn them around, so keep working on them! For myself, what little time I spend on building right now is mostly spent on tweaking the knights or my new wizard deck.

lhetrick13 on Yogei

1 week ago

Yogei - Ya, I might try piloting your knight and vampire builds and slowing try to add in some of the stuff. Just never realized jsut how much more some of those nice lands are or cards like The Ozolith. Even my tribal cat I build around Anointed Procession seems unattainable in paper! The plan is to get into it and just like my MTGO collection, invest slowly over time and hopefully I can get there... I am looking at buying from CardKingdom. I use that site for discovering new cards all the time so pretty family with it, any other recommendations?

I actually was looking at your knight deck jsut the other day and noticed the subtle changes. You might consider Patch Up over Unearth just for more bang for your buck. Bringing back three creatures in a single turn for only 3 CMC is pretty awesome but tough to beat Unearth in terms of cost and utility with the Cycling ability.

In terms of my builds, I have not done to much lately. I edited my two Haakon builds heavily over the last month or so and feel like those are in a much better place but my vampire builds still feel...underwhelming. I look at them and see so much synergy but when piloting them, they just do not seem to live up to the my expectations...yet at least!

aholder7 on Death's Awakening (Help me Update!)

2 weeks ago

I think that the deck is interesting but you are extremely reliant on Varolz. As it stands it looks like you either have to mull till you get him or just hope you can hold out until you draw him. And that doesn't even consider the issue of him being removed. I think the deck either needs a way to consistently find him, or more reasonably shifting some of the focus to cards that work well without Varloz, but better with him. Slippery Bogle is great when you put 13 counters on it, but terrible in all other cases.

I think the direction to go would be to add cards that like being in the grave and possibly +1/+1 counters. cards with dredge or undying are the first things off the top of my head. something like Life from the Loam can help keep land drops consistent and give you extra uses of Boseiju, Who Endures while also filling the grave with targets for varolz or other effects. a card like Kitchen Finks is an example of a card that would be good in all situations but gets better if you can put +1/+1 counters on it repeatedly. if you need to scavenge it it's still worth more than a boggle. cards like Persist or Unearth could also be used to fetch any of the targets you put into the grave.

This would make your deck less of an all in glass cannon combo build and closer to a mid-range deck with a combo finisher, but i think the consistency boost would give you better odds overall.

Piglord98 on Death's Awakening (Help me Update!)

2 weeks ago

Yeah I only really suggested Unearth incase you planned on adding more self milling. That way you can get Varolz back easily. It would really only be at it's full potential if you ever plan to do that change.

Piglord98 on Death's Awakening (Help me Update!)

2 weeks ago

This might be an unorthodox idea, but since it's now modern legal and it can grab back Varolz, the Scar-Striped, why not run Unearth. It can grab back any creature in your deck for one mana and, though it may not be ideal, you can cycle it if you don't need it.

sylvannos on Brother's War Spoilers

3 weeks ago

I'm not going crazy and I'm reading this right, right?

Recommission

This card is pure value? Like...I can make a bigger Tarmogoyf or get back Lotus Bloom? I feel like this card isn't real. Almost seems too good for a common. And you can get nuttier with cards like Thassa's Oracle or Sword of the Meek. You can even get back Emry, Lurker of the Loch. Unearth is good, but it doesn't grab Lion's Eye Diamond.

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