Withered Wretch

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Planechase (HOP) Uncommon
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Legions (LGN) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Withered Wretch

Creature — Zombie Cleric

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

Withered Wretch Discussion

Perfecto_Dimaculanga on An Extreme Amount of Dead-ication

6 days ago

Since your plan is to establish an overwhelming board state with buffed zombies, I suggest you look up the following creatures:

Undead Augur - Very cheap card and an additional draw engine for your deck.

Butcher Ghoul and Putrid Goblin - These serve as fodder to carrion feeder or suicide squad for augur card draw. Then you can bring them back to your hand with Relentless Dead, re-cast, rinse and repeat. Very cheap cards.

Lazotep Reaver - Same as the two above but it instead of waiting for the death trigger, this gives you 2 bodies upon resolution. Very cheap.

Geralf's Messenger - Reanimates itself, good ETB x 2, good for devotion, kinda expensive though.

For removal, I think either Defile or Dark Salvation deserves a spot in your deck or at least your future sideboard. Also very cheap cards.

I haven't really looked into Throne of Eldraine, but man Murderous Rider is good! I think you should have at least 3 copies.

I limited my suggestions to <3 CMC. If you want your deck to be more competitive, lower your average CMC. Also, try to stay away from stuff that exile cards from your graveyard. I suggest you cut those.

I have paper monoB zombie tribal as well, started with more or less the same build as yours. I think you have too many lords, you only need Death Baron to control the board. Lord of the Accursed is a "win more" card, it will only slow you down. The Reaper will slow you down as well. Though it can answer graveyard problems, I prefer sideboarding Withered Wretch for that effect.

Hope this helps. Good luck on your build.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Paradise, Damnation or Tariel [[PRIMER]]

2 months ago

Nice deck. I can tell you have put a lot of thought into the various inclusions. Have you considered running some targeted graveyard hate (like Withered Wretch ) to increase the likelihood of Tariel's ability hitting a good target?

Also, Mindslicer is a powerhouse when it comes to filling graveyards while stripping opponents of resources at the same time. I run one in my Chainer, Dementia Master deck to great effect.

StopShot on THE RED ANGEL'S LAUGHING |[PRIMER]|[EDH]| TARIEL

3 months ago

"When you sac Mirror of Fate , which is part of the activation cost, it goes to the grave. You can then hold up priority and use Faerie Macabre , discard her (which is also a cost) to remove her and the Mirror from the grave and put the Mirror and faerie on top of your new library."

The following interaction you just described is illegal according to rule 601.2. Whenever you cast a spell or activate an ability if that spell or ability would target an object, the object(s) you intend to target must be a legal target before costs are paid. This is because all spells and abilities and their corresponding targets are always announced before costs are calculated and paid for.

Given the scenario you just described you would be able to exile the mirror with Faerie Macabre 's activated ability, however; you would be unable to exile the Faerie Macabre to itself. Do note this only happens if a spell or ability targets. The exiled cards you choose to put on top of your library with Mirror of Fate don't have to be legal choices before it's ability is activated - they just have to be legal upon the moment it resolves which means you can put the Mirror in your new library if you are able to exile it before it's ability resolves. If Faerie Macabre instead read as: "Discard Faerie Macabre: Choose up to two cards in graveyards. Exile those cards." then the scenario you listed would be able to work as you described.

That said, there are still ways to cycle Mirror of Fate without the Faerie Macabre . These cards with the Mirror will still generate the same effect: Tormod's Crypt , Nihil Spellbomb , Sentinel Totem , Purify the Grave , Remorseful Cleric . If you want a repeatable exile effect that doesn't need to be exiled to work I'd recommend cards like: Withered Wretch , Grim Lavamancer , Sarcatog , Scrabbling Claws , Relic of Progenitus - These cards can stay on the battlefield while reliably being able to exile your Mirror at instant speed.

I thought this interaction was really cool, which is why I went out of my way to find alternative card options in case I ever decide to run something like this in my own deck. +1 for the potential card synergy and creativity.

SideBae on Tymaret, the Duke of Death

4 months ago

So the first card that comes to mind is Mindslicer . In Rakdos decks, you can typically tune your 99 to make you the king of top-decks; this is part of the reason reanimating Sire Of Insanity is such a brutal play in decks like Xantcha, Sleeper Agent .

You're likely to be sacrificing a whole butt-ton of creatures. I advise ways to exploit your guys dying: Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact come readily to mind. Skullclamp is pretty busted if you're going to be sacrificing creatures anyways, and its especially good seeing as you're running Gravecrawler already.

Zombies is one of the oldest archetypes, and thus it has access to a LOT of tribal effects. Cemetery Reaper , Death Baron , Zombie Master , Undead Warchief , Lord of the Accursed and Lord of the Undead are all good ways to pump your team and/or give them extra abilities. (Depending on the meta, you may want to run Bad Moon as well.) Call to the Grave is really good if you can tune the deck to have 2 or fewer non-zombie creatures. Dark Salvation and Liliana's Mastery are both viable cards in this deck. Graveborn Muse is another good card draw engine next to Phyrexian Arena , which I see you're already running. Unholy Grotto gives you a measure of recursion over your zombies. Noxious Ghoul also comes to mind, as does Withered Wretch as a form of one-sided graveyard hate.

One common issue I've seen in a lot of EDH decks is the prevalence of 1-for-1 instant and sorceries. In a majority of EDH games, you're going to have 2-3 opponents, rather than just one; this means you are facing roughly 2-3 times as many cards as you yourself have access to. Cards like Dreadbore and Terminate are good in 1-on-1 formats like Modern, but in EDH I have frequently found them to just not be good enough. I advise you run cards like Fire Covenant , Ashes to Ashes , Volcanic Fallout or Toxic Deluge instead. These have the potential to take out several creatures at the cost of one card, leaving you up that many cards over your opponents.

On a related note, since most games of EDH are decided by card advantage, anything you can do to draw cards will always be welcome. Ambition's Cost , Night's Whisper and the like are good ways to refill your hand. Wheel of Fortune is another good card, but it's about $100 now, so... consider carefully. Light Up the Stage is another one to consider. While Rakdos is good at topdecking, managing to draw extra cards means it is more likely to hit.

Black has access to many great tutor effects. You may want to consider running Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor if you're able to get ahold of the cards. Gamble is a good red tutor.

Looting effects tend to be very good in zombie decks, which have access to graveyard recursion. Faithless Looting is essentially card advantage in your deck, because you can discard things like Gravecrawler at no cost. Similarly, I advise running a bigger reanimation package (supplementing your Animate Dead ) to get back fatties your opponents may have killed or you may have discarded. Reanimate , and Necromancy are good cards -- if you want to get spicy, Dance of the Dead is a card most people have never played against before, mostly because it isn't nearly as good as the other three. But I figured I'd mention it. Also, a bigger reanimation package means things like Entomb or Buried Alive become exponentially better.

With regard to planeswalkers, Liliana, Death's Majesty is a good card for any zombie deck.

With regard to your lands: I don't think Blighted Fen is very good, and Temple of the False God should be replaced with Ancient Tomb if at all possible. If you want good utility lands that can kill pesky creatures, I advise Blast Zone . If you are able, I advise running Bloodstained Mire and/or the off-color fetches in order to grab your Blood Crypt or Smoldering Marsh . These fetches are in effect extra dual lands.

If you have a lot of recursion, which I see you do in things like Phyrexian Reclamation , you may have luck with pox-style cards. Pox is one of the most brutal cards to resolve in EDH, and Smallpox and Innocent Blood also can be played to great effect. Note that these get around hexproof, shroud and indestructible.

Depending on how hateful your meta is, you may want to consider some pretty mean red cards. Changing your land base slightly will give you access to Blood Moon , Magus of the Moon and Ruination , while Price of Glory will make people think twice about casting counter-magic. If your meta is as blue-heavy as mine, Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast are also fine considerations. If you end up running a lot of lord effects, you may want to consider Pyroclasm or Anger of the Gods , as your guys won't die if they're big enough. Possibility Storm is a good way to disrupt combo players -- I should know, as I play Storm in cEDH.

Because black has literally only one card designed to destroy artifacts ( Gate to Phyrexia ), red is a welcome addition to the team. By Force is a favorite of mine, but Shattering Spree , Vandalblast and Shatterstorm are also good ideas.

Rocks are great in EDH, especially if they're only 1 or 2 mana. I advise Talisman of Indulgence to replace Rakdos Locket and Mind Stone to replace Commander's Sphere . Coldsteel Heart is good as well, though it enters tapped, just like Charcoal Diamond and Fire Diamond . Thought Vessel is also worth considering.

Good luck with deck building!

WhattheDeck on [[Primer]] Gonti - Night Market Shenanigans

5 months ago

I played around with a similar build in my play group and had some feedback from experience:

  1. This list runs a lot of targeted creature removal on high-cmc bodies, but lacks responses to non-creature-heavy decks. I put in Mesmeric Fiend and Thought-Knot Seer as more general removal instead of Duplicant and Ravenous Chupacabra . I usually ended up tutoring and reoccurring Meteor Golem , so even Noxious Gearhulk seemed a bit redundant. I'm considering replacing it with Brain Maggot .

  2. Vulturous Aven surprised me and actually performed really well. With a few recursions, this was reliable, under-the-radar card draw that also acted as a sac-outlet for Kokusho, the Evening Star when reanimated together. Considering adding Dusk Legion Zealot and/or Disciple of Bolas for more ETB card draw. I might also replace Phyrexian Arena for another ETB card draw creature or probably just Dark Confidant

  3. I put in Viscera Seer for the reliable, cheap sac outlet on a body (with card filtering).

  4. Added Strip Mine and Blast Zone for more removal. Took out Cabal Stronghold and a Swamp.

  5. Put in Thrilling Encore which creates a fun wincon with Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed and other creatures. Didn't get the combo off, but had a good a blowout with Thrilling Encore after a boardwipe.

  6. Conjurer's Closet was expensive, always instantly targeted and never got much value. Probably going to replace with Abnormal Endurance , because these effects are so clutch and fun.

  7. When playing opponents' cards from Gonti, they go straight to their graveyards, which often creates a powerful disincentive to using the main ability of the deck. For graveyard control, I'm looking for a place for Heap Doll and Withered Wretch . This lets me play opponents' cards with Gonti and then instantly exile them before someone drops something like Snapcaster Mage.

  8. Adjusted the land base and ramp to include Fellwar Stone , Exotic Orchard , and Mox Opal to give more options for using activated abilities of opponents' permanents. Used Gonti to steal a Deadeye Navigator , which was hilarious and awesome.

  9. Finally, the real fun/value/intrigue of Gonti from the games I played revolved around the mystery of what cards I'd exiled with Gonti, and less on what goodstuff creatures might be lurking in my graveyard. My opponents were always flipping through their decks when they tutored, looking to see if I snatched away key cards. The combo players at the table were especially anxious. I loved it. I put in Praetor's Grasp and Bitter Ordeal to play to this strength.

  10. Great deck and definitely recommend anyone checking out this list give it a shot!

harbingerofduh on Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes

6 months ago

Undead Gladiator springs immediately to mind: he helps you dump big reanimation targets into your graveyard, smooths your early draws with his cycling. To put him in, I'd probably cut Risen Executioner , who seems like a non-bo with your suite of graveyard-fillers. If your deck is working the way it should, it'll probably be too expensive to cast the Executioner from your graveyard.

Other suggestions:

Dread Return

Grave Pact

Dictate of Erebos

Westvale Abbey  Flip

Champion of Stray Souls

Geth, Lord of the Vault

Withered Wretch

MutaliskLord4 on Varina’s Deadboys

7 months ago

This will sound bad, but you will want cheap, mediocre zombies. Dread Wanderer and Stitcher's Supplier have slightly niche abilities, but having zombies low on your curve is key to allowing you to abuse Varina's amazing card filtering ability. For 2-drops, Blood Scrivener , Graveyard Marshal , Metallic Mimic , Mummy Paramount , Nightscape Familiar , Relentless Dead , Wight of Precinct Six and Withered Wretch all have some decent abilities. Some of them are just efficient beaters, while others serve as reanimation, lords, token production, card draw and ramp, as well as graveyard hate, which is very important to have in an edh deck. Here is my list if you want to check it out.

CyborgAeon on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

8 months ago

n0bunga I love the idea of grixis stax ft. Lord of Tresserhorn, using cards like Withered Wretch , Blood Moon , Nether Void . But would Mishra not make for a stronger build?

Also, having seen that food chain gonti deck & depala getting lists, is it fair to offer a grixis flash hulk deck that uses Body Double instead?

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