Death Baron

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Planechase Rare
Shards of Alara Rare

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Death Baron

Creature — Zombie Wizard

Skeleton creatures you control and other Zombie creatures you control get +1/+1 and have deathtouch.

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Death Baron Discussion

Mairon_Bauglir on Black Sac Attack!

1 day ago

i like that, just my friend was doing similar in his most recent black zombie deck to lance a really beefed up Nantuko Husk and Carrion Feeder to end opponents quickly. I myself recently added in Grave Pact and Blood Artist in my own zombie deck and those really put the hurt on especially if the zombies get Death Baron out. I would also highly suggest Sudden Spoiling as a good black card, it may be a tad high mana in your deck, but it is really powerful and change the game in less time than it takes to make a bad decision. lol

Moonbar on I wish that the meta was brains [[Primer]]

1 day ago

Hey there zephyr_chang, I'm glad you like the idea! First of all, I have to disagree about Death Baron being better in competitive Modern than Lord of the Undead. My reasoning is that creature fights are just as often won by that lord effect than the deathtouch, and in the late game I'd rather not have to rely on Relentless Dead's death trigger. Secondly, Black Cat feels more like a sideboard card than a mainboard one. Actually, to the rest of your suggestions, I have to say that my opinion is that for a competitive modern list, I'm trying to streamline it as much as possible. All of your suggestions are great, and I'd love to play them, but they all seem to revolve around a repeated sac engine, whereas my strategy is more of the black devotion zombies instead. I don't think I'm going to splash any colors right now, but I'll certainly keep white in mind. Obviously Cavern of Souls would be great, but I'm not laying down that cool $200 just yet. I also really like Fleshbag Marauder, but again, it goes into a different strategy. Viscera Seer would work with your strategy, but I feel that, again, it is a different type of zombie deck. I do agree that Diregraf Colossus underperforms. What would you suggest for a replacement?

zephyr_chang on I wish that the meta was brains [[Primer]]

2 days ago

First off, props on making a Zombie list! I have been testing my own Zombie brew on MTGO for a long time and I find that they have game against many decks out there. Some personal opinions from my own playtesting:

  • As a Zombie lord, I prefer Death Baron to Lord of the Undead, although admittedly I tested more with the former than the latter. You already have a more efficient recursion engine in Relentless Dead so I'm not sure we need another one.

  • Black Cat really shines against control and combo decks, and is useful in general as a roadblock. With a sac engine in place, you can even choose when you want to strip a card from your opponent's hand when he tries to go off, for example. Plus, since you are playing AEther Vial (I'm not), you can do more tricks with it.

  • I splashed white just for Tidehollow Sculler (4 maindeck) to have even more game against control/combo because he is just that good. Again, with a sac engine, he just permanently exiles cards. Splashing white also gives you access to insane sideboard options. 4 Concealed Courtyard and some Isolated Chapel should be more than enough. A couple of Cavern of Souls would not go amiss either.

  • Fleshbag Marauder can also be considered in some number as it gets rid of tricky creatures in several decks. It has good synergy with Diregraf Colossus (you can choose to sac the token) and is crazy with recursion.

  • I have included 3 Viscera Seer in my list as the value in sacrificing Gravecrawler repeatedly to create Zombie tokens with Diregraf Colossus in play and fixing the top card of my library is just too insane to ignore. I think you can safely cut Diregraf Ghoul - it has underperformed for me when I tried it. A sacrifice engine also sets you up for instant speed tricks with Relentless Dead - give it a try! I even tried a 1-of Diregraf Captain for an alternative win-con but ultimately cut it as it was too cute.

  • As for removal, you can give Bone Splinters or Tragic Slip a try. You can always sac a Gravecrawler or a token for value, making these spells very efficient.

In your experience, what match-ups give you the most problems?

Wizno on The Endless March

1 week ago

I love me some good ol' zombie tribal! Deck looks like a lot of fun! I run a similar style deck with Gisa and Geralf at the helm. I'm not sure what your budget is but I do have a few suggestions (budget-pending):

I would consider adding in the following zombies:

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Death Baron
Zombie Master + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth = unblockable zombies!
Prized Amalgam
Shepherd of Rot
Cryptbreaker
Balthor the Defiled
Vengeful Dead (really hurts if you go infinte sac with Gravecrawler)

I feel these zombies can help replace some of the weaker members of your horde like the following:

Abattoir Ghoul
Gavony Unhallowed
Gravedigger
Ghoulraiser
Returned Phalanx
Stitcher Geralf

Along similar lines, I see that you have some reanimation spells in your deck however, if your budget allows, I would make the upgrade to some of the following:

Reanimate
Necromancy
Dread Return
Living Death
Rise of the Dark Realms
Beacon of Unrest

Best of luck!

miampizza on Endless Zombies

2 weeks ago

4x Endless Ranks of the Dead is way too much.

Death Baron is vastly superior to Zombie Master.

Since you run 4x Geralf's Messenger you could abuse of cards like Voldaren Pariah  Flip

I'm not too sure what kind of suggestions you wanted so I don't want to suggest anything that would touch the deck's core :)

Oh and you are quite vulnerable to lockdown spells or artifacts since you got no ways to interact with your opponent. I'd suggest something like Duress

Firebones675 on Zombie aggro

2 weeks ago

Cemetery Reaper, Undead Warchief, Diregraf Colossus, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Lord of the Undead, and Death Baron are good in decks with a lot of zombies. Might be worth considering some of them here.

Ursaromg on True Necromancy

2 weeks ago

I think the fact is that, generally, if my opponents focuses on removing Death Baron, Geralf's Messenger and Blood Scrivener, as I empty their hands, thin their lands, my simple 2/1 reanimating could lead to a win. The idea is that, I didn't want to be too combo driven, I wanted to make sure it would work without wanting to depend on too much. Lord of the Undead is too slow in my opinion, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip can do the same job, albeit it's kinda slow too, she can still do other things than being a useless 2/2 from time to time (She is also a lot less mana heavy). Relentless Dead is great, but he is very mana heavy for a deck packing 4 Smallpox. I think this deck is just trying to trivialize the threats of my opponent, picking up the worst ones and out-damaging my opponents threats. Prized Amalgam, yes... it is very very awesome. If I ever decide to add a couple of fetch and shocks, (since this is trying as much as possible to be budget) it could definitely be good. It would take the place of Geralf's Messenger.

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