Looking for cards for a Modern Ephemerate deck

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Posted on Oct. 19, 2019, 9:01 p.m. by hungry000

Hi, I'm looking for some cards for this deck: Ephemerate Reanimator

Here's a quick outline of the game plan:

  1. Dump things in the graveyard with Stitcher's Supplier , Satyr Wayfinder , Champion of Wits

  2. Use Footsteps of the Goryo to reanimate Woodfall Primus , Moldgraf Monstrosity , or sometimes Siege Rhino

  3. Ephemerate reanimated creature (if not Moldgraf Monstrosity ) to keep it around

  4. If there's nothing to reanimate or no reanimate spells, jank them out with Ephemerate value

I'm looking for some better creatures for graveyard stacking, like ones with a Satyr Wayfinder effect that get a creature or sorcery instead of a land.

Some lower cmc general-use creatures that can incidentally put stuff in the graveyard (ex. a creature that gains you life and lets you discard) would be good to know about as well since that would round out the Ephemerate value plan. I'm considering Seasoned Pyromancer , but it's pretty off-color and there might be better options in BGuw. (I'm not against off-color card suggestions though)

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October 19, 2019 9:06 p.m.

aholder7 says... #3

so my first question before i start suggesting cards would be "what does this build offer over traditional reanimator decks?" because with footsteps you could just go for a Protean Hulk combo kill. or a Griselbrand /other traditional reanimator strategy. is the goal to have a strategy more resilient to graveyard hate? are you using reanimator strategy as a back up to a more etb centric deck? because as is i don't know the answer from looking at the deck.

October 20, 2019 12:58 a.m.

hungry000 says... #4

Just to be clear, I'm not looking to create a competitive deck here. I'm trying to make one that uses specifically Ephemerate and Goryo's Vengeance together. So in this case, cards that have potential to be "sweeter" (so to speak) take priority over cards that are generally considered to be better, like one mana discard spells.

But to answer the question, the only real pro that this deck has over other reanimator decks is the Ephemerate creature value plan, which I would like to emphasize a bit more than it is now (current etb abilities are weak in terms of board impactfulness).

October 20, 2019 2:03 a.m.

rotimislaw says... #5

I think Glowspore Shaman or Gorging Vulture is what you might find useful.

Also, from my personal experience, Discovery / Dispersal is very good to fill in your graveyard OR filter, AND draws you a card on top of it. Similarly, the 'Explore' mechanics proved to be useful for my graveyard deck. Either fill in graveyard or put a land card into your hand. Both useful. Jadelight Ranger or Merfolk Branchwalker to name two.

October 21, 2019 8:29 a.m.

rotimislaw says... #6

As I think of it more, Underrealm Lich , Tomebound Lich and Vampire Sovereign comes to my mind as well. Maybe try those?

October 21, 2019 9:14 a.m.

Blue_Flame says... #7

Personally I think you could just cut Champion of Wits and just make this deck Abzan. There's already plenty of ways to fill your graveyard in Abzan colors and I don't think it's worth stretching out your manabase that thin just to play one creature.

October 21, 2019 10:14 a.m.

hungry000 says... #8

rotimislaw Thanks.

Blue_Flame Noted. Do you know of any creatures in Abzan that have etb abilities that let you discard cards?

October 21, 2019 4:03 p.m.

Blue_Flame says... #9

Yeah, Miasmic Mummy or Rotting Rats might be what you're looking for. They're "jank", sure, but the symmetrical effect might be what you want with Ephemerate . It's actually kinda sick, now that I think about it.

If you can get Phantasmagorian into your graveyard somehow with Stitcher's Supplier or Satyr Wayfinder, that can be used as a discard outlet, but that's going into Who-Knows-Where-Jankville-City.

Mindslicer is also Modern legal but I don't know if you want to discard your entire hand in a deck like this.

October 21, 2019 4:43 p.m.

hungry000 says... #10

Oh, I just got a sick idea for a BW deck that could use all of those, gimme a sec

October 21, 2019 5:30 p.m.

hungry000 says... #11

BW Ephemerate Reanimator

Upon further consideration, it doesn't work all that well. Not that I was expecting it too, though.

October 21, 2019 6:14 p.m.

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