Unconventional Tactics


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Uncommon

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Unconventional Tactics


Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying until end of turn.

Whenever a Zombie enters the battlefield under your control, you may pay . If you do, return Unconventional Tactics from your graveyard to your hand.

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Unconventional Tactics Discussion

-Arcanity- on Zombie Mill B/U

1 month ago

Unconventional Tactics would be good 2 add

Stompu on G/W Pumpeller

1 month ago

The basic goal of this deck is to basically mimic modern infect. This deck can win turn 4 and if not interacted with, will reliably win turn 5.

The deck abuses the aggressively curved doublestrike creatures Adorned Pouncer and Solemn Recruit to combo with various pump spells, giving you double value from the pumps. The deck generally doesn't interact, but does have access to Blossoming Defense to dodge removal, Unconventional Tactics for evasion.


General Strategy

Turn 1: Plains

Turn 2: Forest, Adorned Pouncer

Turn 3: Plains, Larger Than Life and Built to Last targetting Adorned Pouncer and swing in for 14 damage.

Turn 4: Use any buff spell on Adorned Pouncer to give it 3 or more power, win the game.

Can be performed with Solemn Recruit as well. Can sort of be done with Electrostatic Pummeler, but only use pump spells without using his ability if you have a real surplus of pump in hand.

Energy Combo

Turn 1: Plains

Turn 2: Forest

Turn 3: Forest, Electrostatic Pummeler, + 3 Energy

Turn 4: Plains, Sage of Shaila's Claim, + 3 Energy, Larger Than Life targeting Electrostatic Pummeler, use his ability (taking him up from 5/5 to 10/10), use his ability again (10/10 to 20/20), swing for 20 damage.

This one you've got to get lucky for, but unless he's blocked, if you have 6 energy and can buff him with something, Electrostatic Pummeler will always do absurd amounts of damage. Its basically triple strike if you compare it to the other creatures.

How effective are the pump spells on double strike creatures?

Blossoming Defense: Costs G, effectively grants +4/+2, creature gets hexproof until turn end.

Built to Last: Costs W, effectively grants +4/+2 til end of turn. If used on Electrostatic Pummeler, he also becomes indestructible.

Highspire Infusion: Costs 1G, +6/+3 til end of turn.

Cartouche of Solidarity: Costs W, +2/+1 indefinitely. You also get a 1/1 vigilance.

Larger Than Life: Costs 1G, +8/+4 til end of turn. The big hitter.

Unconventional Tactics: Costs 2W, +6/+3 and flying til end of turn.

SailorJoeV on G/W Tokens w/ Cats

3 months ago

I've been working on this type of deck for a few weeks now. It's fun, but top decks pretty quickly. Try adding Lifecrafter's Bestiary for card draw. Consider adding some type of evasion like, Unconventional Tactics or Mighty Leap. Fumigate works a lot better for board wipe than Dusk / Dawn in this type of deck. Mainboard atleast 2 Declaration in Stone to help you get rid of problem creatures. Lastly, I've had great success with Authority of the Consuls in the sideboard to slow down Red Deck wins. My version is here Aggro Kitties!, if you want to take a look. I've updated the deck, I just need to make the changes on here. I'll get to that later.

Atroxreaper on Amonkhet Orhzov Zombies

3 months ago

Unconventional Tactics recursive pump and evasion.

Jagd_Tallgeese on Beneath the Sands of Amonkhet

3 months ago

Hello fellow deckling (TappedOut's word for new deck builders)! You can plenty of zombie support in other sets like Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon, but sticking with Amonkhet and HOD is perfectly fine since it won't rotate out a while. Try replacing the Dread Wanderers with some eternals like Khenra Eternal, Merciless Eternal, or possibly Ammit Eternal. The Afflict mechanic makes it hurt if your opponents block, it gives them incentive to leave these creatures alone during combat. Ammit Eternal can be potentially devastating in this manner since it will remove the -1/-1 counters it can gain. Look in to adding the enchantment Liliana's Mastery as it will make your zombies bigger. There is also a fun standard playable card called Unconventional Tactics that can function like a recurring version of Leap of Faith. Hope this helps!

rom016 on

3 months ago

You might want an Uncage the Menagerie for 5 mana you can tutor for Pouncing Cheetah, Pride Sovereign and Prowling Serpopard.

Watchers of the Dead would also make a great side board card.

Dusk / Dawn (Dawn) would be great to return your low cost cats to your hand.Great for Feral Prowler, Scrounging Bandar and Metallic Mimic as it draws hate. Initiate's Companion, Longtusk Cub Adorned Pouncer, Sacred Cat, Wily Bandar and Watchers of the Dead there may be others.

Unconventional Tactics 3 mana to give say Adorned Pouncer +3/+3 and flaying for a turn is pretty sweet and if you increase Adorned Pouncer and Sacred Cat to 4 each to synergies with Anointed Procession you have 8 chances to get it back.

Key to the City Excellent way to get your power houses through and gives you a way to get Adorned Pouncer or Dusk / Dawn into the graveyard for casting.

MutaliskLord4 on WIP B/W Zombie deck post rotation

3 months ago

In testing, I found Time to Reflect to be too situational, but maybe my meta simply consists of too many prowess-flyers for time to reflect to work. When it works, I weep at the value, but most of the time, I find myself wanting a Fatal Push over Time to Reflect. I suggest replacing at least a couple reflects with pushes and put the reflects mostly in the sb. Unconventional Tactics may have the best art in the set, but I think it's too slow to get any work done. Try Ammit Eternal. It gets work done. You can play a Plague Belcher and just plop the counters on the eternal, swing, then either get your 5/5 back or have your opponent lose 4 life from afflict and belcher and still have a 5/4 menace.

Anyway, it's nice to see another WB zombie player. Here's my current list, but I'll post a rotation-proof one soon: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/death-im-not-familiar-with-that-concept-30/

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