Main Theme: Discard, Zombie Swarm, Removal!

Suggestions are badly needed! Been playing MTG for just about 6 months.

Modified the deck. This deck now has opponent discards.

Swarm would set up from turn 4 and up - hand disruption is the key to buy time.

This deck needs more instant removal, the cards here are the cards I already have and will look into buying cards like Distress, Wrench Mind, Go for the Throat, or Fatal Push. Creatures - Lord of the Undead, Death Baron, or Geralf's Messenger.




nastalgia says... #1

I think your plan in your deck is to set up in turn 4 and up. They say that modern is a turn 3 format, so you need some removals or hand disruption in early game to buy time. My suggetion is remove the planeswalkers. Add some removal (e.g. Fatal push) or discarder (e.g. Inquisition of kozileks). Card that fill your graveyard like thought scour. Prized amalgam is a good U/B creature.

February 11, 2017 5 a.m.

rus@0495 says... #2

Thanks Nastalgia. I tried to heed you advise. Though I don't Inquisition yet, I've made do with Harsh Scrutiny and Duress. Playtested it with a white enchantment deck and liked it. Having an opponent discard ability at the first 3 turns really gave my deck more time to set up. Thanks!

February 17, 2017 10:26 p.m.

Sargeras says... #3

I have to agree with nastalgia here, this deck needs action or it will just get run over in the current metagame. If you want to make this deck truly competitive, you'll need to make some changes.

  1. Having tried to brew a Blue-black Zombies build myself, I can tell you that the blue splash really isn't worth it unless you are running Prized Amalgam and cards like Thought Scour for card draw and access to more resources. The only other reason I'd see a reason for splashing blue is to run something like Echoing Truth to remove an Ensnaring Bridge or something of the like. I personally think that a mono-black Zombie build would be far more successful and consistent, but that's up to you.

  2. Every black decks needs some form of discard to survive in the current modern meta, the best options for this are Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, although there are budget versions like Wrench Mind and Distress which may work in certain metas, but they are not the same and should be treated like they are on the same power level.

  3. While Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Cemetery Recruitment,Skirsdag High Priest, and Dark Salvation are cute cards that have some synergy with the cards you play, they are all too slow, as Modern's turn 4 kill rate is exceptional, and you will be dead long before these cards will have any effect on the game.

  4. Black has an incredible amount of outstanding removal options, and Bone Splinters is not one of them, and the reasoning is simple. Over half the decks in format, (from Infect to Titanshift) can kill you on their turn, whether it's by an Inkmoth Nexus or Primeval Titan and sorcery speed removal can't target them. Some of the best options for this are Go for the Throat, Victim of Night, and Fatal Push, as these cards can kill the majority of creatures and manlands that are floating around the modern format.

  5. Black has some outstanding Zombie cards that you could be playing, cards like Geralf's Messenger, Cemetery Reaper, Death Baron, Lord of the Undead, Lifebane Zombie, Cryptbreaker and Phyrexian Crusader.

  6. I'd try to make room for Collective Brutality, this card is outstanding against many of the decks that mono-black is not good against, such as burn.

March 8, 2017 1:17 a.m.

rus@0495 says... #4

Thank you for you insight, TeamSDBags! I really have problems hastening this deck. I'll try build a deck around the cards you've suggested because I really, really want to make this deck competitive.

March 8, 2017 2:13 a.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.26
Tokens Liliana, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Human Cleric
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