Wand of Orcus

Wand of Orcus

Legendary Artifact — Equipment

Whenever equipped creature attacks or blocks, it and Zombies you control gain deathtouch until end of turn.

Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, create that many 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

Equip (: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card enters the battlefield unattached and stays on the battlefield if the creature this card is attached to leaves the battlefield.)

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Wand of Orcus Discussion

Zuacamole on

1 month ago

I would suggest cutting some lands for some more mana rocks. 41 lands is to many in my opinion. You could use Dimir Signet Talisman of Dominance Fellwar Stone Bontu's Monument

Also you can run counterspells Counterspell Negate Mana Drain Pact of Negation to protect your zombie hoard.

Black as gotten some good removal recently Infernal Grasp Murderous Rider maybe even Ravenform

You should have Wand of Orcus this card is a powerhouse in my zombie deck. The Scarab God can be fun in the 99 although I use him as my commander personally.

Phyrexian Altar to go infinite with Gravecrawler

Liliana, Dreadhorde General in the best Lilly for zombies in my opinion.

Living Death to clear the board. Just sacrifice your own stuff before you cast it for maximum profit.

Noxious Ghoul is another amazing way to clear the board

Shepherd of Rot can be good early or late game and does a ton of damage to everyone with enough zombies in play

Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is insane ramp the. Throw down Zombie Master and everything you control is unblockable.

Here’s the link to my list if you want to check it out. It’s a little more competitive but still very casual to play if you ignore the combos. Scarab God and his undead apostles

Dracoson on How does card:Poppet Factory interact …

1 month 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.)

Gidgetimer on How does card:Poppet Factory interact …

1 month 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.

Chaospyke on How does card:Poppet Factory interact …

1 month ago

If I have a Vizier of the Scorpion on the battlefield with Poppet Factory, will my Z-tokens have deathtouch? If I attack with a creature equipped with Wand of Orcus will my Z-tokens gain deathtouch?

multimedia on Oloro

2 months ago

Hey, well done for a first deck on such a low budget. I haven't seen this Commander before.

When you're just starting out building decks in Commander it can be helpful to have some basic deck structure guildlines to follow.

This is just a basic structure to get things started. It doesn't cover everything and your final deck may have different numbers for each part of the structure such as you might have more creatures. Some cards can cover more than one area such as Palace Jailer who is creature removal and can be repeatable draw which is really helpful.


Ramp is something all Commander decks need since you don't want to only rely on lands/land drops to make mana. You have Sol Ring which is really good, but that's where the ramp ends here. Only Sol is not enough ramp.

I always explain to new Commander deck builders that you need to be able to sacrifice (cut) some of the fun cards to add ramp to your deck. Since doing this will help gameplay so that you can more easily cast your Commander and the other big fun cards you want to play. In the case here my advice is consider cutting at least 9 cards to add more budget ramp?

Some cards to consider cutting to add more ramp are creatures who don't do enough for their mana cost: Gods' Hall Guardian, Living Tempest, Dread Rider, Shepherd of Heroes, Kor Celebrant, Ronom Unicorn, Brinebarrow Intruder


Like ramp all decks also need draw that comes from single draw effects and more importantly repeatable draw sources. Currently your deck has three good single draw effects Baleful Strix, Champion of Wits, Cloudblazer and one repeatable draw source Jace, Wielder of Mysteries. There's a reanimation theme here that can get you more draw from these creatures which is good, but consider more draw?

Jailer and Rose can be repeatable draw sources with the Monarch Emblem. When you have the monarch then you draw a card at your end step. Only one player in the game at one time can be the monarch and it can change players. As long as you are monarch you get the repeatable draw at your end step which is a big advantage.

For an opponent to become the monarch they have to do combat damage with a creature to you or play a card/effect that makes them the monarch. When this happens you loose the monarch and that opponent becomes the monarch. You can get back the monarch though by doing combat damage with a creature to the opponent who is the monarch or playing a card/effect that makes you the monarch.

Some cards to consider cutting to add more draw: Withercrown, Grave Endeavor, Arcane Endeavor, Smite the Monstrous, Extract Brain, Wand of Orcus


The area of your deck that you have a lot of is removal. I count 23 single effects of removal here. You can afford to cut some removal to improve other areas of your deck: Withercrown, Befuddle, Iron Verdict, Smite the Monstrous.

If you're interested I offer more advice in another comment. Including explaining how blink from single effects or repeatable such as Soulherder and Brago, King Eternal can be powerful here. Would you like me to continue with more advice?

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on The horde

2 months ago

Hey, well done so far on a budget.

Your deck doesn't have a Commander yet. If The Scarab God is the Commander then in the deck editor add the CMDR tag after The Scarab God text.

The Scarab God *CMDR*

When you save and reload the decklist Scarab will show as Commander with an image.


The 17 cards to consider cutting to get to 100:

  • Submerged Boneyard
  • Dimir Keyrune
  • Dimir Cluestone
  • Dimir Locket
  • Wight of Precinct Six
  • Hall of Triumph
  • Price of Fame
  • Drunau Corpse Trawler
  • Brass Herald
  • Geth, Lord of the Vault
  • Ascendant Evincar
  • Paragon of Open Graves
  • Consuming Aberration
  • Possessed Skaab
  • Door of Destinies
  • Caged Sun
  • Gauntlet of Power

Several of these cuts to consider are high CMC cards, by cutting them you can reduce the mana curve which helps gameplay. The Scarab God is the high CMC creature you want to cast more than rest and you want an established battlefield of Zombies before you play Scarab. For five or six mana you want to cast Scarab or others Zombies not ramp.

Door of Destinies is an expensive price card that you don't really need. Door is too slow, you have better artifact anthem effects such as Coat of Arms. Caged Sun and Gauntlet of Power are other expensive price cards for small anthem effects and ramp that are not needed. Endless Ranks of the Dead, Gravecrawler or Grave Titan, any of these for about the same price would do a lot more for Zombies.


Some other upgrades to consider (close to price matching):

Try to reduce the amount of casting cost cards since these will be more difficult to cast with so many Swamps. Having much more black sources from lands in the manabase is better overall for Zombies.


There's a new Magic set releasing Sept 24 called Innistrad Midnight Hunt and Zombies are part of it. Cards that can create Zombie tokens is a theme in the set. All the cards in the set haven't been revealed yet, but these are some cards to keep an eye on:

Of these I think definitely Champion and Wilhelt as well as Grasp are upgrades. Poppet Stitcher  Flip and Tainted Adversary are Mythics in the set that would also be upgrades, are expensive prices right now, but watch hopefully their prices drop when the set releases. The new rare land cycle in the set is a good one for Commander. Shipwreck Marsh is the Dimir land, but it's unlikely the prices of these lands go down much more than $5 because they're going to be wanted in Standard.

Innistrad Midnight Hunt has two Commander precons that will release when the set releases. One of these precons is Undead Unleashed, it's Dimir colors, Zombies with Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver as Commander. We don't yet know the precon decklists, we will soon, but we do know the price point. These precons will cost $40 meaning there will be at least 15 new cards designed for Commander in them. There's going to be Zombie goodness in Wilhelt's precon including hopefully some good card reprints.

Good luck with your deck.

OlahZep on Token Butts

3 months ago

How about a Wand of Orcus in here? :D

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