EDH Deck Time: Tormod + Ghost of Ramirez DePietro

Tormod seems interesting, if underpowered, but than again, all partners should be underpowered, because you do get two. Looking at the various potential partners, the only one I found fun enough is [card]Ghost of Ramirez DePietro[/card], another underpowered commander. I do also like how Ghost enables a certain amount of diplomacy, even if that is kind of hard to utilize.

[draft]Tormod, the Desecrator
Ghost of Ramirez DePietro[/draft]

WHat to do with this pair? Madness? I guess it doesn’t actually work due to the new rules. Delve? That’s are handily largely in blue and black. Both also have plenty of self-mill and cycling, which are helpful.

Let’s start with cycling.

[draft]Archfiend of Ifnir
Ash Barrens
Absorb Vis
Barren Moor
Boon of the Wish-Giver
Curator of Mysteries
Decree of Pain
Desert of the Glorified
Desert of the Mindful
Expunge
Gempalm Polluter
Hieroglyphic Illumination
Lonely Sandbar
Neutralize
Nimble Obstructionist
Ominous Seas
Razaketh’s Rite
Rebuild
Reconnaissance Mission
Remote Isle
Sacred Excavation
Scarab Feast
Shark Typhoon
Unburden
Undead Gladiator
Wander in Death[/draft]

How about those Delve cards? We can’t play too many of these, since cards in graveyards are a precious resource and we want to pick them up in many cases as well.

[draft]Dig Through Time
Treasure Cruise
Dead Drop
Empty the Pits
Murderous Cut
Necropolis Fiend[/draft]

How about that self-mill? In general, I don’t like self-mill in Commander. There is just so much gravehate available that unless the card does something else as well, there just isn’t much point to it. Gladly, some of my favorite cards belong to this particular category.

[draft]Dakra Mystic
Liliana, the Last Hope
Liliana, Death’s Majesty
Mindshrieker
Syr Konrad, the Grim
Notion Rain
Dream Eater
Doom Whisperer
Price of Fame[/draft]

What other ways of removing cards from the graveyard do we have?

[draft]Araumi of the Dead Tide
The Scarab God
Reassembling Skeleton
Brood of Cockroaches
Endless Cockroaches
Hour of Eternity
Relentless Dead[/draft]

… and for discard:

[draft]Obsessive Stitcher
Necromancer’s Stockpile
Monastery Siege
Liliana of the Veil
[/draft]

I’ll also throw in all the various Zombie lords.

[draft]Diregraf Captain
Undead Augur
Cryptbreaker
Lord of the Accursed
Death Baron
Endless Ranks of the Dead
Eternal Skylord
Liliana’s Mastery
Plague Belcher[/draft]

Some other payoffs for all this nonsense:

[draft]Drake Haven
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Liliana, Waker of the Dead[/draft]

Including all the cycling lands above, this would leave room for 40 lands. A few more would be a good idea just to make sure you have enough of them. You can probably also cycle those lands a few times before playing them, which would give you plenty of chances to draw more.

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