Death Baron


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Brawl Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Rare
Planechase (HOP) Rare
Shards of Alara (ALA) Rare

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Death Baron

Creature — Zombie Wizard

Skeletons you control and other Zombies you control get +1/+1 and have deathtouch.

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Death Baron Discussion

multimedia on Mono Black Zombies

1 day ago

Hey, big reason to play Zombies in Standard is the up to 12x lords you can play: Death Baron, Lord of the Accursed and Liliana's Mastery. I see both Accursed and Mastery in the sideboard consider them main deck especially Mastery it gives you a lot of Zombie goodness for five mana. Graveyard Marshal is the another reason to play Zombies his ability is really good at being resilient and keeping a battlefield of Zombies. A 3 power two drop Zombie is nice with all the lords.

You don't need 12x ways to get back creatures from your graveyard, this is overkill. Liliana and Marshal are the only cards you need for this effect. Both can do something else as well as do their effect more than once. Gravedigger is a fantastic limit card for M19 draft, but being four mana is not worth it in Standard especially since Liliana is also four mana and a much better card.

If you truly want to be competitive for a tournament then you want Fatal Push and Vraska's Contempt as both are the best removal black can offer. Substituting Cast Down and Never is a big downgrade.

Consider this list:

  • 4x Diregraf
  • 4x Dread Wanderer
  • 4x Marshal
  • 4x Baron
  • 4x Accursed
  • 1x Belcher
  • 1x Josu

  • 3x Liliana

  • 4x Mastery
  • 4x Push or Down
  • 3x Contempt or Never

  • 20 Swamp
  • 4x Ifnir Deadlands

This example list looks completely different than your current deck because it's using a different strategy. With Zombies you want to be aggressive because this plays very well with all the three drop lords. The strategy is to swarm with Zombies and drop a lord. Take advantage of 8x 2 power one drop Zombies with the lords.

Mastery is a good curve topper for Zombies because it's an anthem that pumps Zombies the turn it's played. This is good if you already have an established battlefield of Zombies as a way to go over the top with your army. Mastery is also a good follow up five drop play after a board wipe. It lets you rebuild your Zombie army giving you two new 3/3 Zombies right away.

In the example I've cut back on both Belcher and Josu. These cards are fine, but don't stack up to the other three and four drops options. Belcher is just not as good as any of the three drop Zombie lords. Josu at four mana conflicts with both Liliana and Contempt which are both much better than it.

Three very good sideboard cards for black are Duress, Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip and Doomfall. They're all excellent in control matchups which are the matchups you should plan the sideboard for. The example main deck is good vs both aggro and midrange, but weak to control. Other strong sideboard cards for Zombies are The Eldest Reborn, Ruin Raider, Demon of Catastrophes and Reckoning.

Consider this sideboard:

  • 4x Duress
  • 2x Blood Fast
  • 2x Raider
  • 2x Doomfall
  • 1x Reborn
  • 2x Demon
  • 2x Reckoning

This sideboard example is planned for control matchups with Duress and Doomfall to take board wipes or Planeswalkers, Blood Fast and Raider can be draw engines and Reborn can be Planeswalker removal as well as give you some advantage. Demon and Reckoning is for aggro and midrange matchups. Aggro as well as midrange can have a hard time stopping a 6/6 flier four drop. You can have a lot of fodder for Demon especially Wanderer which makes it a good option with Zombies.

Good luck at Standard Showcase :)

skoobysnackz on M19 fun!

1 week ago

Best Pre-release I've been to by far. I got a promo Crucible of Worlds! I also opened Tezzeret, Artifice Master, Death Baron, Sigiled Sword of Valeron, and Demon of Catastrophes in the pre-release kit, then I got Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire, Liliana, Untouched By Death, and Omniscience in prize packs.

skoobysnackz on Core 2019, sell or hold?

1 week ago

Hello TappedOut! It's pre-release season, and I wish everyone as much luck as I had. I went to the pre-release yesterday, and got extremely lucky with some pulls. My promo was Crucible of Worlds, I pulled a Tezzeret, Artifice Master in my first pack, and then Death Baron in my second pack. The rest of the packs had nothing special money-wise, I got Lena, Selfless Champion, Goblin Trashmaster, Sigiled Sword of Valeron and Demon of Catastrophes. After going 3-1 with a UB control deck with zombies/skeletons and tokens, I got four prize packs from which I got Liliana, Untouched By Death, Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire, Omniscience and Dark-Dweller Oracle, and Windreader Sphinx.

My question is, which of these cards do you think will creep up in price, and which ones should I sell now? I'm hoping Death Baron creeps up in price after dropping to about $4-5. I'm thinking the planeswalkers, especially Liliana will drop a bit, but I figured I'd ask here before doing anything. Tezzeret, Artifice Master was by far the best card in my deck, and I think it will see standard play for sure. It still felt a bit slow for modern, so I don't know how that will affect his price.

VoidCaster113 on H: Binder, Some M19 W: ...

1 week ago

Heya! I opened some decent cards at my prerelease and half a box, but nothing I was really looking for. I’d like to trade them off for some cards I really want, also listed in my binder. What I’d like are:

Chromium, the Mutable

Arcades, the Strategist

Palladia-Mors, the Ruiner

Liliana, Untouched By Death

Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants

Sarkhan, Fireblood

Vivien Reid

Scapeshift (m19)

Lathliss, Dragon Queen

Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma

What I have from m19 are:

Resplendent Angel

2 Death Baron (one m19, one alara)

2 Isolate

2 Liliana's Contract

2 Sigiled Sword of Valeron

Infernal Reckoning

Supreme Phantom

Valiant Knight

Spit Flame

I’d only like to trade the angel for another card(s) from m19, but anything is fair game. Thank you!

zAzen7977 on AETHER ZOMBIE HORDE (Orzhov Zombie Tribal)

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the comments Yesso91 and TKDbeast!

I've run more simulations with Diregraf Captain, but I haven't actually played with them. The advantage with the Captain is the direct life loss when you get a Gravecrawler + Nantuko Husk combo.

If you really want to splash more watery graves, you could throw in Serum Visions or Opt for draw instead of Sign in Blood. Or a couple Mana Leak, Remand, or Countersquall. But the deck really isn't designed for reacting, so I don't recommend this route.

And yes, I'm excited for Death Baron, check out my standard zombie deck: LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies M19)

TKDbeast on AETHER ZOMBIE HORDE (Orzhov Zombie Tribal)

2 weeks ago

Neat, zAzen7977! I wonder what other benefits there might be in splashing .

Anyways, did you hear the news? They're reprinting Death Baron in M19!

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