Zombie Master

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Oldschool 93/94 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
Masters Edition IV (ME4) Uncommon
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Rare
Fifth Edition (5ED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
Revised Edition (3ED) Rare
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Rare
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Rare
Collector's Edition (CED) Rare
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Rare
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Rare
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Rare

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Zombie Master

Creature — Zombie

Other Zombie creatures have swampwalk.

Other Zombies have ": Regenerate this permanent."

Latest as Commander

Zombie Master Discussion

CrimsonChaos on Scarabs U/B Zombies

3 weeks ago

RavnicaCommanders I wouldn't underestimate the potential Open the Graves can have in this deck, particularly since it can combo with the Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar setup for infinite zombies, which with the right timing can end the game if you have The Scarab God out. Also it doesn't hurt to have it in case a board wipe happens. Not saying it's an auto-include by any means, but certainly something to consider.

austintayshus Unfortunately Crypt Ghast would not be applicable in this deck, as it has a hybrid Orzhov cost to its Extort, and our commander in this deck doesn't have white in its identity. If we do want to take advantage of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , however, we can look at something like Zombie Master , which was similarly recommended to me, allowing us to attack with our zombies unchecked due to Swampwalk.

As for other considerations, there's always Altar of the Brood to combo with Gravecrawler/Phyrexian Altar to mill our opponents out. Cover of Darkness is also a powerful tribal card we can use here, as it'll give all your zombies Fear, further making it harder for opponents to block. Final Parting is an extremely useful tutor in this deck. It may cost a bit of mana, but with it you can easily retrieve your Phyrexian Altar while chucking your Gravecrawler to the gy, which can then be easily recast from there, among other possibilities. You could also consider Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet to get even more tokens every time you manage to kill an opponent's creature. As for ramp, Sword of the Animist could be useful to help you get more of your basic lands out. I'd personally love to get a copy of Training Grounds for my own Scarab God deck, but yeesh is it pricey and hard to find... It would be very helpful for making easier use of Scarab God's activated ability. Whatever you decide to go with, I hope you have fun with it!

multimedia on The Scarab God

1 month ago

Hey, well done making this deck with the budget that you have.

Budget cards to consider adding:

Can add all these card for about $26.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Jwar Isle Refuge
  • Terminal Moraine
  • Worn Powerstone
  • Wight of Precinct Six
  • Phyrexian Ghoul
  • Skinrender
  • Ancient Craving
  • Aether Gale
  • Ancient Excavation
  • Sedraxis Alchemist
  • Drunau Corpse Trawler
  • Noosegraf Mob
  • Army of the Damned

Good luck with your deck.

bushido_man96 on Lord of the Desert, Master of Death

1 month ago

Since you're running Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , running Zombie Master and Filth would be solid inclusions.

multimedia on Varina, Queen of the Damned

1 month ago

Hey, interesting version of Varina, but why only 21 Zombies?

DemMeowsephs has the right idea try to make all your sources of white and blue come from dual lands that can make black mana or fetch you black mana. Budget lands to consider adding:

Adding these dual lands can let you cut Plains and Islands for more Swamps. Or some could replace lackluster dual lands such as Tranquil Cove and Sejiri Refuge.

Zombies within the budget to consider adding:

Varina can gain you life which can make Command the Dreadhorde a powerful mass reanimation spell since it can also reanimate your opponents' creatures/Planeswalkers. Liliana, Death's Majesty is good for Zombies; all of her loyalty abilities are busted repeatable effects. It's helpful to play at least one Planeswalker if choosing to play Command the Dreadhorde.

Wonder and Filth can be good support since Varina is an enabler to get cards into your graveyard making these essentially free effects. Giving flying or Swampwalk to your Zombie horde can be game winning. Cut more Plains than Islands if choose to play Wonder.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Tranquil Cove and Sejiri Refuge
  • Macabre Waltz
  • Cemetery Recruitment
  • Hedron Archive
  • Greed
  • Ever After
  • Geralf's Mindcrusher
  • Swiftfoot Boots
  • Graf Harvest
  • Fumigate

Good luck with your deck.

DoWell on Train to Busan

1 month ago

I would drop to 32 lands and add a Sol Ring , Talisman of Dominance , Mana Vault , Coalition Relic , and Chromatic Lantern

I know your library is mostly black, but I would add more blue mana sources. You don't wanna open hand 2 or 3 blue cards with no blue mana. Keep it 60/40 instead of 75/25, trust me.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion is an infinite combo win condition.

Sidisi, Undead Vizer is good for tutors.

Zombie Master + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth gives all zombies regenerate and makes them unblockable.

Lim-Dul's Vault will help you find those perfect combos.

Entomb on a Sheoldred, Whispering One turn 1, just to Reanimate her turn 2 is really rude. It's not a zombie, but does fit the theme. Animate dead and dance of the dead are good alternates for reanimate.

Vulnoth on Scarecrow

1 month ago

Alright, let's get back in the field.

'Crow Support

Lords and Anthems

A longtime staple for tribes, dating all the way back to Zombie Master , and almost every tribe wants them. Since you're looking to put a lot of 'Crows on board, Lords of course buff them, and enables your ability to close a game without depending on commander damage. Some come with bells and whistles, and depending on what build you want, not all of these will make the cut. Anthems help with this as well, but vanilla Anthems won't give you the same mileage as a Lord. Nevertheless, it's worth considering everything at your disposal.

Adaptive Automaton - A standard Lord that mixes with any tribe, and maybe not ideal for Reaper, Lords are just good in general

Brass Herald - A little costly, but a recruiter and Lord in one is a nice option; I would only be comfortable recommending this if your creature count is high

Metallic Mimic - A de facto Lord, and is prime for ETB abuse

Etchings of the Chosen - Making your general hard to deal with should always be welcome

Radiant Destiny - I think Vigilance is a little too vanilla to make the cut in EDH, but it's worth considering

Shared Triumph - As far as Anthems go, this one is sold mostly by its appealing mana cost

Door of Destinies - Given that you will cast a lot of Scarecrows, Door will put in work

Icon of Ancestry , Vanquisher's Banner - An Anthem that can also access more advantage will serve you well

Other Support

Cover of Darkness - I think Cover is a little too Voltron-ish for King, but it's an option

Kindred Boon - Mostly just protection for King and at least is worth considering

Steely Resolve - Tribe-wide Shroud seems very good for any tribe that can use it

That Which Was Taken - Protection for anything, plus synergizes with Artifact support

Advantage Generation

Draw

Drawing is strange in EDH. Not everything good is usable here since you still want to find synergy, but there are plenty of options, and most of them will serve you well on a budget.

Deep Analysis - Its initial cost can be rough, but Flashback is great,

Dig Through Time - Given how long EDH games can go, Dig usually has plenty of Delve fodder to be affordable

Distant Melody - A decent choice for any EDH tribal

Thoughtcast - Solid in anything Artifacts

Greed - It's an option

Mind Stone - Doubles over as a mana rock, but its draw ability is mainly what you want for late game

Slate of Ancestry - It's " Distant Melody " on an Artifact

Thopter Spy Network - Generates fodder and enables draws, and while maybe not great, is nice nonetheless

Tutors and the Like

Consistency in function is crucial to your deck, and depending on who all you play with, the tempo of games could afford you time for otherwise less ideal options.

Scheming Symmetry - Better with more people at the table, but is an option

Planar Portal - Maybe a little costly, but it tutors anything and is a personal favorite

Planar Bridge - Even more costly than Portal, but can just churn a permanent out of the deck

Whir of Invention - Since Tinker will never be legal, this is what you got

Saheeli's Directive - Costly, but powerful, plus it gives a little extra utility to Artifacts that you don't immediately have use for or don't tap

Lands

I'm no expert in juggling lands for multicolor EDH, but there are some solid good stuff lands for such a format. This is probably where most of your attention is going to go because Shocks, Fetches, and the like are outside your budget, leaving you working with more strict cards. I'm including transforming cards because the Land forms are mostly what will concern you, although keep in mind their original forms should provide some utility as well.

Arch of Orazca - A colorless land can suck, but one that can keep cards in hand is worth noting

Command Tower - Don't question it

Glimmervoid - Staple for Artifact EDH

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip - Can grab a creature, easily transforms, and if you manage that, it can be a nice mana source

Journey to Eternity  Flip - Production of any mana and reanimation is nice, and in a format where everything dies, transforming it shouldn't be hard

Mirrodin's Core - Super budget and requires some planning, but is flexible

Opal Palace - Decent fixing, plus it softens the pain of casting your general for the sixth time in a game

Path of Ancestry Color fixing with perks for casting your general

Storm the Vault  Flip - In Artifact EDH, it transforms for almost nothing into Tolarian Academy , and I guess it can also produce any mana

What to Ditch

This is where I start to fall off, since I've only ever built Voltron and Superfriends EDH decks. But I do have solid overall advice for deck building, period: consider what cards bring to the table. If you find that a card doesn't quite work well, look for something to better get this machine working. Try to get as much synergy out of your cards as possible, so things with linear and okay-ish function may not be worth keeping. Always test and see what happens. A lot of things that are good on paper don't iron out in practice, and likewise things that don't iron out on paper are great in practice.

Hopefully this all helps you find your way with the deck. Of course, since I'm no expert in this field, feel free to do further research for tips and cards. There are plenty of other King EDH decks on TappedOut, and people love to build things differently, so there likely are going to be things I've missed that someone else considers a no-brainer inclusion. Additionally, utilize Google and MTGSalvation for more ideas. Lastly, deckcycling puts it on the front page for people to see, and possibly give you a hand. There's a lot of room to build here, and there are likewise a lot of people who can advise you.

SideBae on Dimir Zombies

2 months ago

I don't think you need more combos... I think you need better mana, tutors and card draw to make your current combos more consistent. Running one or two combos is probably good enough, especially since zombie decks tend to be good at the beat-face plan, too. Counter-magic is worth considering, though not everyone likes running it.

Mana: Ramp is a big part of EDH. Having fast, reliable access to your colors is indispensable -- this is part of the reason two-cost rocks are better than three-cost rocks. I think Talisman of Dominance is probably better than Commander's Sphere . It comes down a turn earlier, and it allows you to cast your general turn three. Cards like Charcoal Diamond , Sky Diamond and Coldsteel Heart are also good, though their coming into play tapped is a real setback. Underground River is a land you should consider, as are Morphic Pool and Drowned Catacomb .

Tutors: Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor are the gold-standard here, though they're also rather hard to get ahold of. I like Dark Petition and Diabolic Tutor ; you might want to consider Entomb or Buried Alive to get your Gravecrawler and friends into the 'yard. If you include Animate Dead , Reanimate , Necromancy , Exhume and/or Dance of the Dead you can get out your Grave Titan or Overseer of the Damned real fast. Reanimation packages are good.

Card Draw: There're a few cards I think you either didn't know about or overlooked in this area.

  1. Graveborn Muse : This card is BUSTED in zombie decks. Even staying out for just one turn cycle can get you four or five cards easily, making it a way better Phyrexian Arena . If you choose to run something like Whip of Erebos , you can pretty easily recoup the life.

  2. Night's Whisper / Chart a Course : Two-mana draw-twos have always been pretty good. In a top-deck war, these can make all the difference.

  3. Cantrips: Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are all excellent cards; in Vintage, these are signatures of Xerox-decks. They'll dig you to lands if you need them, and get you past lands if you don't. Note that Brainstorm goes from OK to really good with the inclusion of shuffle-effects, like your Evolving Wilds . Running more of these lands, like Prismatic Vista , Flooded Strand , Polluted Delta , or even just Bad River or Rocky Tar Pit is a good idea.

  4. Treasure Cruise / Dig Through Time : These are good ways to utilize lands or similar non-functional-in-graveyard cards you mill with Gisa and Geralf . Depending on how full your yard typically ends up, running one or both of these is probably a good idea.

  5. Skullclamp : Pair this with your Gravecrawler for instant value.

  6. Distant Melody : I'm not sure how many zombies you have, but having an average of four or more zombies will make this worth including.

  7. Slate of Ancestry : This is similar to Distant Melody , but is more repeatable.

  8. Undead Augur : This card will help you out-draw opponents.

  9. Corpse Harvester : While not technically card-draw, it is a good form of card-advantage. It'll get you both swamps and whatever creature you need. If you include Fetid Pools , Sunken Hollow or Watery Grave , you can fetch those, too.

  10. Fact or Fiction : This is card-draw and self-mill all packed into one card.

Beat Face:

  1. Zombie Master : Pair this with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and your creatures are unblockable.

  2. Cover of Darkness : This is a good secondary evasion plan. Lord of the Accursed is a similar card that also buffs your guys.

  3. Death Baron , Undead Warchief and Lord of the Undead : These lords make your dudes all the more potent. Note that buffing toughness makes the Gravecrawler + Skullclamp loop harder to pull off.

  4. Patriarch's Bidding : This is a great way for tribal decks to come back from a boardwipe.

  5. Coat of Arms : This is a lot of mana to invest in an easily-killed artifact, though it is worth considering. This can rather easily pump your guys with +5/+5.

  6. Gray Merchant of Asphodel : This is a good way to recoup life, while at the same time pressuring your opponents' life totals.

  7. Rot Hulk : I'd run this in any zombie deck.

Counter-Magic: Force of Will , Mana Drain and Pact of Negation are the gold standard, though difficult to get ahold of. Consider the following:

  1. Counterspell : This is a better form of Cancel .

  2. Spell Snare : This is a good, affordable counter spell that can take out an opposing Demonic Tutor or Flash -combo without difficulty.

  3. Negate / Countersquall : This will hold off boardwipes and keep your guys alive.

  4. Exclude : In a creature-heavy meta, this is probably worth running as it does not cost card advantage.

  5. Cryptic Command / Dismiss : Four mana is a lot to leave up in this sort of deck, but these can be powerful. You should at least consider them.

Right -- that's all from me. Good luck!

SideBae on Zombies are Dim

2 months ago

Lol — I was just thinking about TSG in EDH, and then I saw this. I always loved zombie decks. Feel free to ignore and/or heed my suggestions as you see fit.

  1. Your Gravecrawler is your friend. Skullclamp makes it into a 1B: Draw two, which is kinda dumb and super busted. Other sac-outlets, like Corpse Harvester , also benefit from the self-recursion.

  2. Since you aren’t running Call to the Grave (which I think is bad anyways), you can run non-zombie zombie-enablers. Cephalid Vandal comes to mind, as filling your graveyard will be useful most of the time.

  3. Though they may interfere with Gravecrawler / Skullclamp loops, zombie lords are abundant in MTG. I like that you’re already running Cemetery Reaper and friends; have you considered Zombie Master or Undead Warchief ?

  4. Your deck can probably use some more ramp to speed it up. Talisman of Dominance , Fellwar Stone , Corrupted Grafstone , Mind Stone and the soon-to-release Arcane Signet are all worth strong consideration. In my experience, there is a big difference between 2 and 3 mana rocks; consider replacing Commander's Sphere .

  5. Card draw is bonkers in EDH. Graveborn Muse is a powerhouse, and I strongly suggest adding it. Fact or Fiction is likely another good card here, as binning cards is a form of card advantage for you. Night's Whisper , Mirrodin Besieged and Phyrexian Arena are also worth considering.

Good luck!

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