Quote from Roelio »I play a Gisa and Geralf zombie deck, but it seems to me that the scarab god is a very good upgrade even if in a zombie deck I don't use his full potential.
Ok, what does the Scarab God better? Scrying and dealing damage. That's it. If you eternalize your own stuff, you can't reanimate your stuff again. With Gisa and Geralf you can recast them over and over again. And G&G mills you a bit to get you started.
Quote from cyberium_neo »I'm not sure what you mean by "is just wrong", The Scarab God's upkeep trigger benefits from having zombies en mass, without losing its ability to steal opponent's creatures. It's a versatile general with many plausible directions, zombie tribal being one of them, and enough room for players to wiggle between tribal and utilities to fit into their ideal, the same way they could decide how many mill cards they need for their deck to suit their wincon.
So you are saying dropping four zombies into him won't get any hate coming at you? Pinging in general can be annoying and if the pinging becomes too much, they will just try to either kill him or you.
One can see the triggered ability was made to be supported by the eternalized creatures, them being zombies is just because of the story and not because they have a popular tribe. My point is having an obnoxious ping that can go into double digits won't help with threat assessment at your table, while offering little for the zombies themselves. Even Sidisi, Brood Tyrant helps you more with fueling your zombies than the Scarab God.