Withered Wretch

Withered Wretch

Creature — Zombie Cleric

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

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Withered Wretch Discussion

Apollo_Paladin on Ultra-Budget Speed Dredge (2x 5-Card "Gold Hands")

4 months ago

@ darkbuff

Yeah, if you read up in the comments I talk about vulnerabilities with this build (with ANY M:tG build really) in that if you've got a deck centered around countering your win strategy, it will no doubt throw off win/loss records.

If you're playtesting a speed dredge deck against a deck that's just loaded with cheap creature removals and GY exile...then I have no surprise whatsoever that you're having issues and swapping in Entomb will not help you.

In practice, I've found 1 or 2 decks that can give this deck a run for its money by slowing it down, but if you've got a deck that can not only A) Keep annihilators off the board, B) Offer cheap repeatable GY exile options, and C) Do both A and B while STILL having enough firepower left to mount a sufficient attack to win (not just slow the Dredge strategy down by a few turns), then you're likely playing a Budget Deck vs a Power Deck - and yeah sometimes that'll happen.

This build did remarkably well for me in FNM games at the card shop before the pandemic. When you're dealing with lots of other builds, against opponents who aren't necessarily familiar with the build, then it fares pretty amazingly I've found.

You mention a bad starting hand and I can't help but wonder if you're just not using the strategies properly. For one, with 5-card "Gold Hands", your odds of having NOTHING (like not even a step) towards your combo are exceedingly low. Beyond that, any creature removal that isn't direct Exile (like Swords to Plowshares or w/e) is only slowing the build down. I agree that forced creature sacrifice can be annoying, but this build also has loads of cards to return things out (also Not of This World for anything that targets an annihilator).

It sounds like you're either playing against one of the few deck types that can actually contend with this deck's strategy (more just by lucking into early board/GY control rather than by applying its own combos) or that you simply haven't run enough test games to get an effective baseline.

It's difficult for me to say which is the case w/o looking at the Deck you're referring to giving it problems, but even with 4x Withered Wretch in a build, my construction has statistically a much larger chance of being able to pull off the combo since I have multiple versions of each card that can be used to achieve it (3 different annihilator creatures, all 4x; and 2 different GY-to-Play options, Dread Return at 3x (which can be re-used for free from GY using weenie discard creatures) and Exhume at 4x.

I'm not trying to call you out or anything like that, but I really struggle to see how a deck not specifically designed to counter this one's combo can regularly keep up game after game.

ConsumingKiribo on Merchant, Marauder, Murderer

7 months 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, Marauder, Murderer

9 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, Marauder, Murderer

9 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

10 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]

11 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

1 year 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.

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