There’s so much graveyard hate available now in Magic: The Gathering that most EDH players should be running out of excuses for not including at least 1 or 2 cards in their deck to stop graveyard decks. The only time I think there’s an exclusion to this is when you yourself are running a very graveyard based deck – then the mass graveyard hate cards become more questionable. There’s always the ‘target player’ cards. Here’s a list of what I consider to be the best Graveyard hate cards in EDH right now:
It can be easy to include lands in your deck that hate graveyards because as long as your deck is mono or dual colored the opportunity cost is pretty low and if you are in green you get access to all the land tutor cards that you can use to find these ultra efficient options. Mark my words – Scavenger Grounds is going to become a staple in mono-colored decks in the future.
Ultra Low Cost
Deathrite Shaman has so many options for its controller, but all three effects exile cards from the graveyard – at instant speed if need be. There’s a reason this card is banned in Modern.
Dryad Militant is very good versus storm decks that are trying to cantrip and build up graveyards with instants and sorceries.
While it only exiles one card, it does have split second, Extirpate is one of the stronger exile effects versus counter-magic decks.
A 1 shot effect, the phyrexian mana cost can allow you to cast Surgical Extraction when your opponents don’t expect it.
Planar Void allows you to exile cards that go into graveyards from any source. Too bad a lot of black decks like their yards.
Relic of Progenitus does allow you to cantrip and exile all graveyards, but its also decent at chipping away at small to medium graveyards (for no mana input).
Instant speed graveyard hate that can also kill players or destroy artifacts? Rakdos Charm seems decent.
Grafdigger’s Cage is good against graveyards, but it also stops annoying abilities that allow people to cheat creatures out of their decks.
Night Soil might have to target two creatures, but it only costs one mana. I’ve seen this card be decent in grindy token decks – time has to go by in order for there to be enough creatures for your ability to produce a high enough yield of saprolings. Necrogenesis is similar but doesn’t exile two creatures and costs more mana.
Rest in Peace is possibly the most inescapable piece of graveyard hate ever printed because when it enters play it exiles graveyards and it prevents cards from being put into the graveyard. Only a few cards in the game deny cards from being put into the graveyard at all, and this allows you to deny all players of death triggers like persist or undying, or from cards such as blood artist.
Leyline of the Void is similar to rest in peace, but it can sometimes start the game in play and doesn’t require you to be in black and doesn’t exile graveyards when it enters play.
Pharika, God of Affliction is a decent, hard to remove option but its ability (consisting of a cost with two different colors) can be intensive, and it gives the other player, not you, a 1/1 deathtouch snake.
Nezumi Graverobber has a higher cost ability, but he has reanimator potential when you have more mana in the mid-late game. Big mana mono-black decks tend to like this card.
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is a fantastic graveyard hate option for midrange black decks. Its one of the rare cards that allows for a creature card to be exiled instead of putting it into the graveyard – denying triggers – plus you get a 2/2 zombie!
Anafenza, the Foremost won’t give you zombies, but the three colors is useful as a commander. Anafenza also blocks death triggers.
I would argue that Undead Alchemist is one of the better zombies in most U/B tribal zombie decks – its potential for mass creation of zombies is almost unmatched and if you are playing a mill deck its especially good at exiling cards.
Denies permanent ‘death’ triggers for all players.
Allows you to exile any card – at any time – for a colorless mana. Good in Zombie tribal decks or W/B hatebear decks.
Agent of Erebos might cost more mana upfront, but if you are in the W/B enchantress archetype, the constellation triggers (which don’t require mana input beyond casting an enchantment) can be very hard for graveyard decks to recover from.
Stonecloaker is great in W/X blink decks, and for some reason (which I’m still unsure of) they tagged on spot graveyard hate onto his set of ETB triggers. Highly playable in decks like Ephara, God of the Polis.
Mimic Vat can be a clutch card in a ETB value deck, but it also serves as graveyard hate because it can basically “steal” creatue cards as they enter graveyards. So if your opponent tries to utilize a graveyard combo you can steal the creature mid-combo and deny your opponent their loop.
This card doesn’t look fancy, and its Jund specific, but trust me its good. It’s instant speed graveyard hate, and Pyroclasm is very playable when you can cast it at instant speed.
There are other graveyard hate cards out there, these are just the ones that I feel are most EDH playable. What are some of your favorite options?