Withered Wretch

Withered Wretch

Creature — Zombie Cleric

{{1}}: Exile target card from a graveyard.

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Casual Legal
Limited Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Vintage Legal

Withered Wretch occurrence in decks from the last year

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Withered Wretch Discussion

ConsumingKiribo on Merchant, Messenger, Murderer

5 days ago

Your sideboard is typically meta-dependant, as you can't have answers to everything.

You should probably have multiple cards you can swap in and out for your sideboard and sometimes your main since sideboards are meta dependant.

Damping Sphere is a really good counter against Storm decks and big-mana decks like Tron and Amulet Titan which place down lands that can sometimes generate 2 or even 3 mana.

You should have some forms of mass graveyard hate. Withered Wretch might be decent or slightly better than Surgical Extraction , but there are other cards that at a tap of a card can make a graveyard vanish. Or maybe just move a die around. Ashiok, Dream Render is an example.

Cry of the Carnarium is a suggestion over Drown in Sorrow . However, this is mostly "what do you value: Scry or Exile creatures"

Feed the Swarm might be a decent suggestion if you want to go after enchantments, or if there are too many problematic enchantments in your meta. Blood Moon is not something you should be too careful about since you're in mono-colors with 2 non-basics. You should be fine without enchantment removal, but this is something that's meta-dependant.

Murderous Rider is a pretty decent removal card, granting you both a chump-blocker/attacker and getting you removal as long as you have enough mana. However, modern is a turn-4 format, and it values having 3 or fewer CMC/MV cards. A 4 mana card had better win the game, and anything that's at 5 or above will either be placed into a commander/standard deck or a control deck. I recommend Fatal Push as a better piece of removal, but you can keep Murderous Rider in it since it's basically a Hero's Downfall .

StoryArcher on Merchant, Messenger, Murderer

2 months ago

Flooremoji,

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to respond. I hadn't been aware of Vampire of the Dire Moon, I consider that an immediate upgrade!

Raven's Crime has proven very effective for me in the mid-game at times, catching opponents off-guard when I double or triple-cast it to empty their hand (especially in the second or third game of a match when they've boarded out all their graveyard hate). It's worth a one-of imo. I detailed my reasons for Leechridden Swamp above, but I'm open to dropping it. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx ramps into a hand full of cards from a Phyrexian Arena or two.

I'll definitely try Bloodchief's Thirst in the sideboard over Victim of Night for its value against Planeswalkers but I really like the instant speed of the latter. Contaminated Ground is intended to interfere with land strategies like Tron while Withered Wretch allows me to cycle multiple cards out of a graveyard AND gives me a body that increases my Devotion.

Flooremoji on Merchant, Messenger, Murderer

2 months ago

I think you can find better cards than a 1/1 deathtouch creature for . Maybe even Deadeye Tracker but it might not be worth it.

If you like that slot though there are at least three strictly better cards I can think of right now, Vampire of the Dire Moon, Foulmire Knight, and Ruthless Ripper.

Raven's Crime is middling, Leechridden Swamp is bad, and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx dosen't have anything to ramp into.

You don't have much maindeck creature removal (for dorks, creatures relevant to combos etc.), I would reccomend Bloodchief's Thirst as it can also answer planeswalkers and is only 1 mana without kicker.

Your sideboard could use some work too, while I understand that you want to build devotion, Contaminated Ground and Withered Wretch aren't amazing at what they do. I guess I never have seen contaminated ground and its pretty cheap so you could test it and see how it does, but I would reccomend playing cards like Relic of Progenitus or Grafdigger's Cage over wretch in every case but maybe tribal zombies.

Coward_Token on Commander Legends Spoilers

3 months ago

Tormod, the Desecrator: Desecrated Tomb in the command zone. Dodge the dreaded "one or more" templating with repeated single-card graveyard manipulation like Withered Wretch or Phyrexian Reclamation. Note that it's only your gravyeard, but not just creature cards. Guess we now know who this belongs to.

DemonDragonJ re:Plague Reaver: yeah what's strange is that there are several other "Reaver" cards featuring quadrupedal Beasts, but all of them also belong to either of the two creatures types you mentioned. I was going to be anal and say it might be an Ikoria thing, but then you think'd it at least have the decency be a Nightmare and maybe not resurrect itself from the dead. (I'm guessing it's a Phyrexian thing and they just forgot to add an extra creature type.)

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor re:Soulfire Eruption: just in case you missed it, the impulsive draw lasts until the end of your next turn, so you're free to untap with the exiled cards even if you're unlikely to play all of them. I'll acknowledge tho that there's some tension between that and wanting high CMC for damage, since even with a fresh turn you're then going to cast less of the exiled cards if most of them are expensive.

K1ngMars on Fuck Meren & her stupid clan [Primer]

4 months ago

As a Meren player (only sometimes) I like this concept a lot! I suggest Yasharn, Implacable Earth, Withered Wretch (the OG yard remover). Moreover, just to be mean, what about Head Games?

ClockworkSwordfish on Unholy Frenzy

7 months ago

Does Endless Ranks of the Dead really fill a particular role in the sideboard? "Keeps the zombies coming" sounds more like a bit of ad copy than an explanation of what it's useful for.

You might want to get some graveyard hate in your sideboard instead, since there are no shortage of degenerate graveyard-based decks running around in Modern. Of course, since you make ample use of your graveyard too, you'd want to ensure it's not a symmetrical effect that would hurt you as well. I think some good options would include Withered Wretch, Bojuka Bog or - if you have the cash to spare - Leyline of the Void.

FunnyDuck on I've got a very tiny bone to pick with you

8 months ago

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip is an appreciable commander in her own right and would be good to add as a budget option (vs Liliana of the Veil), or even as a supplementary inclusion to increase your Liliana-related flavor. There would be a lack of consistency getting her flip ability to trigger, but her planeswalker abilities are quite good. In a deck focused on mass-discarding, your opponents are bound to have dropped some goodies (large creatures) from their cookie basket (hand) into to the lost-and-found pile (graveyard) for you to make better use of (steal). Flip Lili offers you some useful role compression; the discard ability should always be relevant, and you can attempt to revive a target previously pitched, all in one card.

Getting Liliana to actually flip would be inconsistent at best, but that brings me to my second point: your list lacks any on-demand sacrifice outlets. Even if you don't have robust reanimation capabilities, effects like Soldevi Adnate are severely underrated in mono-black lists, and at the very least, give you the ability to control when and how your creatures leave the battlefield. If for nothing else, consider adding a single sac outlet to use as protection/security for your commander. I suspect Tinybones will be THE target your opponents would want to steal from you; having this extra layer security can prevent quite arguably your greatest asset from being used against you.

I mentioned previously the notion that reanimating things from other opponent's graveyards is something to keep in mind when you're constantly forcing the whole table to discard. I've played a Chainer, Dementia Master list for over a year and a half now, and in it I make use of cards like Anvil of Bogardan, Opression, and Mesmeric Orb to accelerate my own reanimation gameplan while providing the opportunity to cherry-pick useful creatures my opponents discard. While those effects should, in general, be asymmetrically beneficial to you as the controller, in my experience there are SIGNIFICANTLY more graveyard-focused decks out in the field when compared to a few years ago. These days, even decks that aren't purely graveyard-focused more commonly include cards that gain advantage off of incidental discarding (Eternal Witness, Finale of Promise, etc.)

So, if you include cards that force the table to discard, you are inherently exposing yourself to the fact that an opponent can stand to benefit from the action of discarding as much as you will. Respect the ability of your opponents' decks to make use of their own graveyards at some level, and try to make sure you pack several pieces of graveyard hate in order to tip the balance behind your discard effects back into your favor. Yes, you should be packing more grave hate than just Bojuka Bog.

If you do end up going heavier on the reanimation spells, try and limit yourself to opponent-only graveyard removal that you can activate at instant speed. Since you're not really touching your own graveyard all that much, my single best suggestion for your current list would be Scavenger Grounds as it only takes up a land slot and can still be used at instant speed. In the future, if you continue to prioritize discard-related effects over graveyard reanimation consider Leyline of the Void for a proactive approach, or Tymaret, Chosen from Death/Withered Wretch to act as a graveyard gatekeeper.

As a final suggestion, consider adding in a little bit more ramp into your list. Never hurts to have more mana ramp when your endgame itself is based on assembling a combo utilizing semi-expensive cards like Magus of the Coffers. Wayfarer's Bauble specifically plays nicely with Black's preference for Swamp-based ramp on the cheap. It's lowkey, and yet very capable. Extraplanar Lens is a noteworthy, low to the ground mana doubler that I don't see in your list already; consider a proxy for it as it may not even be necessary given the low curve of this list in general.

Your deck seems very approachable while still being very capable in quickly assembling your payoffs and enablers. I hope some of my suggestions have been useful! But even if you disagree with what I suggest, just know that despite how innocent and charming of a tiny distraction your commander may appear, it will always just be one big nuisance.

Enral on Ayli + Lurrus Hatebear Combo.. Thing

9 months ago

Hatebears with Ayli+Lurrus is a potent combination. Definitely one of the best direction to take. How has magus of balance worked for you so far? Since you have gravecrawler, I think Withered Wretch would be a good replacement for graverobber. I've worked on a similar list, feel free to check it out!

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