Withered Wretch

Withered Wretch

Creature — Zombie Cleric

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

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

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Withered Wretch Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Unholy Frenzy

1 month 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

2 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

3 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!

lonesentinel on Lurrus Ad Naus Zombies for Untap

4 months ago


They work really well as an alternative/ extra Lurrus effect. In addition, they provide an insurance policy to bring back Lurrus himself. Most cases you drop Lurrus after you have a mill/sacrifice effect and start recurring from there. Opponents will start to realise what you are doing and try very hard to remove Lurrus.

There is rarely a case when neither are turned on, because you want to be filling your grave anyways. For Oath of Ghouls, the weenie zombies die much faster than opponents creatures. If there is an opposing graveyard deck, Withered Wretch / Bojuka Bog / Nihil Spellbomb is your best friend.

This list is what I use to port over to Untap.in, where I do decktesting. Come over to my full and updated list Lurrus Ad Naus Zombies. I have a larger Maybeboard for consideration there.

Happymaster19 on The Undead Curse [Modern Zombies]

4 months ago

I think Rider is gonna help with the aggro matchups just fine between creature removal and a life linking body. I really like Heartless Act but I think Rider edges it out just a bit for creature utility. Brutality was another consideration.

Ashiok, Dream Render is solid and may be the better choice over Leyline as graveyard hate by doubling as incidental hate for search strats there’s so many options when it comes to graveyard hate whether it’s Withered Wretch, Surgical Extraction, Tormod's Crypt, Soul-Guide Lantern, Ashiok, Dream Render. Each has cases to be made for it. Could be that Ashiok is the right call with Amulet still being a presence post-OuaT ban. I’ll have to test a bit but I’m open to the change.

fmastrome2008 on The Zombie Deck

4 months ago

I love me some B/W zombies.

Some recommendations:

  1. 4 Damping Sphere is too much and you never want multiple copies. I'd trim that to 3.
  2. They're expensive, but useful. Cavern of Souls. If you have non-zombie sideboard cards, I'd keep it to 3 tops. 2 usually does the trick.
  3. Tidehollow Sculler does work on opponent's hands. Relentless Dead is more of a midrange card with a lot of mana investment. I almost never want multiples of Relentless. From my experience, I'd flip the numbers... 4 Sculler and 3 Dead.
  4. Carrion Feeder has great synergy with Gravecrawler, making him a beat stick. Sac, recast, repeat. He also generates tokens with Diregraf Colossus. Also, sac Geralf's Messenger for extra non-combat damage in a board stall.
  5. If you like zombie sideboard cards: Lifebane Zombie can help tear apart opposing hands, Withered Wretch is extra graveyard hate.
  6. Your curve is a tad high for a zombie build.

Perfecto_Dimaculanga on An Extreme Amount of Dead-ication

11 months 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]]

1 year 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.

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