Vizier of the Scorpion
Creature — Zombie Wizard
When Vizier of the Scorpion enters the battlefield, amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Vizier of the Scorpion Discussion
2 months ago
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3 months ago
In the words of Shrek, "onions have layers"
In this case, everything is applied during layer 6, so time stamp is relevant. For Vizier of the Scorpion and Poppet Factory, it's a matter of which one starting doing it's thing first. If Vizier has entered since the Factory transformed, your zombie tokens will have death touch, otherwise, they will not. Now, Wand of Orcus's trigger happening during combat will mean that it will grant deathtouch, unless the Factory is somehow transformed after the Wand's trigger has resolved (as Stitcher's transform trigger happens on your upkeep, that is unlikely, but noteworthy).
Relevant rules as follows:
613.1f Layer 6: Ability-adding effects, keyword counters, ability-removing effects, and effects that say an object can’t have an ability are applied.
613.3 Within layers 2–6, apply effects from characteristic-defining abilities first (see rule 604.3), then all other effects in timestamp order (see rule 613.6). Note that dependency may alter the order in which effects are applied within a layer. (See rule 613.7.)
3 months ago
The result is going to be determined by timestamps with more recent effects overriding older effects. Permanents receive a timestamp when they enter. Transforming double faced cards get a new timestamp each time they transform. Continuous effects created by the resolution of a spell or ability have a timestamp of when the spell or ability resolved.
This means that in general your zombie tokens will have the deathtouch from Wand of Orcus (unless you find a way to transform into Poppet Factory during combat). The interaction between Vizier of the Scorpion and Poppet Factory will depend on if the Vizier entered more recently or if Poppet Stitcher Flip transformed into Poppet Factory more recently.
3 months ago
3 months ago
Minotaur are a very tricky tribe to play with. They have a good amount of Lords. For just having merely 95 creatures to their tribe in total, they have six Lords. They are:
- Anaba Spirit Crafter
- Felhide Petrifier
- Kragma Warcaller
- Neheb, the Worthy
- Rageblood Shaman
- Sethron, Hurloon General
Now, while this may pale in comparison to the total number of Lords for, say, Vampires or Zombies, you need to consider the population density. Roughly 15.83% of the Minotaur base is tribal, which is quite powerful. Meanwhile, Zombies appear to have 16 true Lords, with 17 being if you include The Scarab God. Those being:
- Bladestitched Skaab
- Cemetery Reaper
- Death Baron
- Diregraf Captain
- Dreadhorde Twins
- Eternal Skylord
- Gleaming Overseer
- Hordewing Skaab
- Lord of the Accursed
- Lord of the Undead
- Narfi, Betrayer King
- Risen Executioner
- Tomb Tyrant
- Undead Warchief
- Vizier of the Scorpion
- Zombie Master
16 Zombies in total that act as true Lords (Being defined as a continual boon to all creatures of that type, not an activated ability for just one of them) out of 522 is only a population density of 0.03%.
So the question is, how do we maximize the potential for Minotaur, despite the lower physical number of Lords - even though they contain more percentage-wise?
Simple: We need to be able to create tokens, tutor or have graveyard effects. This makes Sethron, Hurloon General actually a very well-designed Commander, in terms of tribal support. He can be activated multiple times per turn, has a flexible activation cost, and gives you a token with each successful ETB. But the issue is that he doesn't get you the Lords in play, nor does he assist you once they are removed.
So, we need something that does that as well.
Mortha, Ancestral Shaman
Legendary Creature - Minotaur Shaman
Minotaur you control have haste.
You may cast Minotaur creature spells from your graveyard by paying life equal to their mana value in addition to paying their other costs.
, discard a card: Create a 2/3 red Minotaur Spirit creature token. If that card was a land, create two 2/3 red Minotaur Spirit creature tokens instead.
Exile four cards from your graveyard: Search your library for a Minotaur card and reveal it and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library.
Being a Haste Lord means your Minotaur are always ready to charge in for their attacks. Giving a means to cast from your graveyard is extremely important as you will want to ensure replayability. The token option means you will always have a base ready to fight with, and having the discard payment means you can pitch a Rageblood Shaman to make a 2/3, then pay + 3 life to get the Rageblood Shaman right back and swing with the 2/3, who is now a 3/4 with trample that very same turn. Alternatively, because Rakdos has limited ramp, you are rewarded with an extra 2/3 token if you pitch a land - which objectively sets you back in the game. Finally, you have a means to merely get the Minotaur you are looking for, by paying a very hefty price - exiling four cards from your library. However, her discard cost means you should always have the ability to do this. With instant / sorcery removal as well as combat trick spells, you should always have a full yard, ripe for exploitation.
When her engine is rolling and online, you can do the following:
- Exile 4 cards to tutor a Cow
- Pitch the Cow for to get a 2/3 token with Haste
- Cast the Cow for it's casting cost + life
Each ability feeds into the next ability, and they can be used multiple times per turn. You could actually exile 16 cards and tutor out 4 Lords if you really want to and have the ability to. Then on your end step dump your mana and discard since you're probably above 7. Now you have a bunch of 2/3 tokens. Next turn, bring the lords into play and swing.
It's not a very competitive deck, but Minotaur aren't a very competitive tribe. But what it does do is apply and maintain the pressure at all times, which is something that is important - especially in Rakdos.
9 months ago
Idk who this Willy is, but no you.
This deck is a really a mono black build that you happen to run blue for Diregraf Captain . The way I see it you can either keep with the build you're going for, which to me seems like mono black, or you can go a much different dimir amass path with cards like Vizier of the Scorpion , Gleaming Overseer , Lazotep Plating ,
Let's assume you do mono black, then let's start with creatures. Brain Gorgers and Stromgald Crusader are garbage, Tomebound Lich is mostly used in dedicated reanimator decks, and Extremely Slow Zombie is a card from a joke set, so take those all out, along with Diregraf Captain . That's 11 out. Add 2 Murderous Rider , 3 Liliana's Reaver , 2 Undead Augur , 3 Diregraf Ghoul .
For noncreature spells, take out Negate . The best mono black removal is probably Walk the Plank . So take out Go for the Throat and Ultimate Price for 3. Gravepurge and Return from Extinction can be replaced with 3 Call of the Death-Dweller . Take out Bontu's Monument for another copy of Liliana, Untouched By Death or vise-versa. Take out Necromancer's Stockpile , I just don't think it's that good. For a five drop $1-2 slot, Open the Graves is better than Call to the Grave .
multimedia on Varina
11 months ago
Hey, have more confidence in your deck building because this is a fine start on a low budget if it's your second deck.
You already have Wonder which is good since it's the card I suggest the most that players add with Varina. My advice is focus more on Zombies and cards that can support Zombie tribal. More Zombies, less nonZombie creatures.
Budget cards all less than $1 each to consider adding:
- Lord of the Accursed
- Wayward Servant
- Etchings of the Chosen
- Midnight Reaper
- Carrion Feeder
- Silversmote Ghoul
- Changeling Outcast: Changelings are Zombies.
- Nevinyrral, Urborg Tyrant
- Tormod, the Desecrator
- Eternal Taskmaster
- Tomebound Lich
- Binding Mummy
- Corpse Knight
Amass is an effect that creates a Zombie token.
Consider more cards that require you use life because Varina is a life gaining engine with Zombies.
- Caves of Koilos
- Talisman of Hierarchy
- Command the Dreadhorde
- Feed the Swarm
- Malakir Rebirth Flip
- Read the Bones
- Dire Tactics
Next step is to add 35 more lands to have a manabase to playtest. Get a temporary manabase in place with basic lands to see how many spots you have left to fill with nonland cards or how many nonland cards to cut. Make sure that basic Swamps are the most lands because you need black mana the most with Zombies.
Some budget lands $1-$2 or less each to consider adding:
- Command Tower
- Unclaimed Territory
- Path of Ancestry
- Exotic Orchard
- Arcane Sanctum
- Caves of Koilos
- Sunken Hollow: Island for Wonder.
- Prairie Stream: Island for Wonder.
- Ice Tunnel: Island for Wonder.
- Irrigated Farmland: Island for Wonder.
- Tainted Field
- Esper Panorama
- Ash Barrens
- Evolving Wilds
- Witch's Cottage
Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
Zombie tribal, with pay-offs and ways to use the zombie token you mass? Interesting deck! I might be tempted to cut the demons in favour of Dreadhorde Invasion or Vizier of the Scorpion, but that's a personal preference :) (I'd also possibly make space for some catch-up cards like Patriarch's Bidding - it's good in black tribal!)
I'd probably put this around a 6-7 on the power level. It's strong, but you're going at a 'fair pace' (i.e. not cheating things out or hugely ramping) and are playing a 'fair deck' (i.e. creature-based not combo-based), which means that the table will probably stay around the same level during the game. If you didn't have some super-expensive cards in the deck (e.g. Bad Moon/Demonic Tutor) then I'd definitely put this as a 6 - as it stands, I'm calling it a 7!