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  • posted a message on The Scarab God (Let's Brew!)
    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.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on The Scarab God (Let's Brew!)
    I agree with Kangodo and RedGauntlet.
    Utility creatures, Training Grounds, Cryptic Cruiser and Oracle of Dust to abuse opponents' creatures more than once and a slight mill subtheme (e.g. put Phenax in the 99) will be the way to build this commander.

    Most people building The Scarab God as Zombie tribal will be converting to Gisa and Geralf by the end of july or august at the latest (unless they rebuild their deck, of course).
    He is a decent commander, but not for zombies. My current draft has 4 zombies: 3 Zombie lords that are just value with eternalized creatures and Grey Merchant of Asphodel (because literally every Black deck with less than 3 colors runs one).

    At this point it's not about two styles of zombie decks, but the fact that a focus on zombie tribal cuts down on the potential The Scarab God brings to the table. You can't get around lords, but limiting oneself to zombies and building them as a tribe is just wrong if you plan on using The Scarab God as your commander, as Gisa and Geralf just have more utility.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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