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|2012 Core Set||Uncommon|
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Discard two cards: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
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Zombie Infestation Discussion
3 days ago
MTGgoldfish has an article about building a budget mana base that you should check out. One thing it suggests is using painlands, which will always come into play untapped, over checklands, which will come in to play tapped most of the time for you.
Remand isn't good in this deck. Counterspells are best in decks that play at instead speed, and this one doesn't do that. Get a few more creatures and removal spells over that.
Overall, you should use efficient removal over versatile removal. Anguished Unmaking and Oblivion Ring can get rid of anything, but they also cost 3 mana. Better to go with Doom Blade, Go for the Throat or Ultimate Price instead, and keep Anguished Unmaking in the sideboard for when you're up against some deck that has enchantments / artifacts that you need to remove. Better yet, use Fragmentize in the sideboard for that purpose.
Lastly, Prized Amalgam isn't great here. In your deck, 90% of the time it's just a 3/3 for 3 mana, which really isn't good enough for modern. If you want to REALLY take advantage of it, you want to be discarding or milling it and then get it back for free along with something else. If you wanted a deck that was focused on this you'd want 4x Zombie Infestation, 4xGrave Scrabbler, 4xDread Wanderer, and maybe some Haunted Dead and Necromancer's Stockpile along with your amalgams and gravecrawlers. Imagine a game where you cast Zombie Infestation turn 2, discard an Amalgam and a Gravecrawler, and cast the gravecrawler from the graveyard next turn to bring back the amalgam!
1 week ago
Thanks for your suggestions! This is a pretty rough list right now; there's a lot of cards I need to get, many of which you've suggested (Liliana, Death's Majesty, Liliana's Mastery, Shepherd of Rot, Zombie Master). This deck is admittedly a low priority among my EDH lists, (owning nine Commander decks really hurts my wallet) but I'm looking forward to teching it out as it is next on my list to upgrade.
I would absolutely run Lord of the Undead and Relentless Dead if it weren't for the fact that both of those cards are quite expensive for me. Since Standard is about to rotate out Shadows Over Innistrad, I figure I can pick up the latter once it cycles out for a better price.
Dralnu, Lich Lord isn't really good for my playgroup. Aside from the fact that I'm focusing on a creature-based deck as opposed to instant/sorceries, there's about two too many copies of Blasphemous Act floating around that would really punish me.
Breathstealer's Crypt looks cool, always love older janky cards that synergise well. I'm just concerned about revealing every card I draw; I love to play politically and I think that could hurt me.
Dread Slaver used to be in the list, and from playtesting I can say it underperformed. A lot. I could never create a favorable combat situation in which my opponent would actually block/attack into it. Creatures can just be really big in EDH.
Zombie Infestation is a pretty good card, but I like to tutor up Necropotence pretty often and discarding has antisynergy with it.
Other cards I'm looking to add would be Graveborn Muse (I get to draw into whatever I didn't scry away), Risen Executioner (as a more budget Zombie lord), Hero's Downfall (to strictly upgrade Murder), Buried Alive (just a casual 3-for-3 tutor), and Paradox Haze (because duh).
Thanks again for your upvote!
1 week ago
Upvote because I used this to start mine off. Thanks for the base!
A few cards I am considering and/or adding to my build just to take advantage of the zombie and token theme:
Looking forward to building this completely in the next few weeks. Let me know your thoughts or other cards you may recommend.
2 weeks ago
If you run more assaults, birds are literally gas. It is friendly to your manabase, and it still wins on turn 4 (unless you get unlucky).
Also, you have twelve black sources, so Zombie Infestation would be a good sideboard option, for decks with Leyline of Sanctity. Think of hunt as a demonic consultation that gives you a fist full of lands, rather than trying to draw 10 lands with it.
2 weeks ago
I like the concept as it seems original. Some thoughts I had:
I'm not a huge fan of the Altar of Dementia. Granted, it's your kill condition and it's a sac outlet, but you can likely accomplish this another way. Corpse Blockade, Carrion Feeder, Nantuko Husk, and Phyrexian Ghoul all count as sac outlets (and you could argue that the latter three could be game winners as a result). The diregraf captain works as your win condition in this regard and you can stay on theme with zombies. For that matter Gnawing Zombie also works, but his sac ability requires an activation cost so you can't really go infinite.
I presume that "forget" is a way to dump Haakon into your graveyard and not something you really intend to play on the opponent. In that case, maybe consider a card that has additional use like Forbid or Rites of Refusal instead. That way you get a little more utility out of the card (in countering a spell) and also get Haakon in the 'yard.
For that matter, you could also stay on theme with Zombies and use Cryptbreaker, Necromancer's Stockpile, Skirk Ridge Exhumer, or even Zombie Infestation. The first two are the strongest options as they also help filter your deck to get to the cards you want. They can also make use of excess lands you may draw throughout the game.
I like the deck overall though. Nifty idea.
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
I quite liked his "Scry/Die" ability myself. Although the token making is quite handy as well.
Personally I was thinking of using some of the better zombie token creation cards with a few crazy synergies to snowball a win over the course of a couple of turns. Use the scry to find Mind Unbound and Zombie Infestation to draw a ton and discard to make more zombies to power more ScryDieing. Alternatively trying to get a Tombstone Stairwell and Endless Ranks of the Dead out to make shwackloads of zombies if you have a stocked 'yard. Hopefully keeping everyones grave filled with a Mesmeric Orb. And since Stairwell is there, Vengeful Dead and friends will trigger on mine and my opponents zombie tokens dying at EoT. Although Im generally against donating card slots to straight mill cards, Traumatize has some added use in this deck and has been a pet card for many, so it could be fun to run Fraying Sanity alongside it as a 'One-Two Punch' sort of thing.
All sorts of fun ways to win, while still making zombies, I love it!
4 weeks ago
I see very little ramp, but kind of a return from grabeyard back to hand theme here. Maybe you could replace some high mana cards with Zombie Infestation and Veilborn Ghoul to be a little faster with flooding the board with zombies.