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As they rose together the entire world trembled in fear.

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I actually love Zombies with my whole heart! They were the first deck I ever built/played and they helped me to learn how to take my first steps into the wonderful world of Magic. Naturally when I saw they were back in standard for even a little while I took it upon myself to build a deck full of love and nostalgia. Suggestions are always welcome and have helped to shape this deck into what it is!
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Cryptbreaker: Discard and token engine, can help fill the board with Zombies while providing card advantage. Can provide fuel to its own ability (You really only need one or two on the field, so you can use any other draws of it to put a token onto play).

Diregraf Colossus: Utilizes the graveyard fuel to come out big for an affordable cost.

Dread Wanderer: It's like wizards combined Gravecrawler with Diregraf Ghoul!

Gisa and Geralf: Small self mill providing recursion that can proc fuel.

Lord of the Accursed: It's very surprising that this is only an uncommon but either way it helps to make the horde even scarier.

Prized Amalgam: Fuel for the discard engines, solid cost body.

Relentless Dead: His abilities are both awesome and pair together really well.

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Key to the City: Discard engine and draw advantage rolled into one.

From Under the Floorboards : In order to get the most value for cost this card is best used with a free discard effect.

Fatal Push: A good way to deal with annoying flying creatures.

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Liliana, Death's Majesty: She is the Lily I've been wishing for, finally one that interacts with Zombie tribal.

Liliana, the Last Hope: Can help quell an annoying weenie, is most powerful when she has her ultimate.

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Liliana's Mastery : Power.

Geralf's Masterpiece : Big body, discard.

Noosegraf Mob: Tokens.

Plague Belcher: Burn.

Dark Salvation: Removal, tokens.

Never / Return: Removal.

Gisa's Bidding : Tokens.

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michaelmerik says... #1

why do you have Shrine of the Forsaken Gods since you don't have colorless spells you cant use its second ability.

July 21, 2016 3:17 p.m.

Xyrael says... #2

michaelmerik Derp, I didn't even notice those were in there. Thanks XD

July 21, 2016 8:38 p.m.

michaelmerik says... #3

Xyrael No problem. glad to help, since you have so much discard have you looked at the madness cards in your colors you might benefit from something like Gisa's Bidding

July 21, 2016 8:52 p.m.

Xyrael says... #4

michaelmerik Yeah I like that card and think it'd probably fit nicely. I'm definitely still tweaking the deck, for example, cards like Welcome to the Fold, Avacyn's Judgement and Gisa's Bidding are still being considered. Changes will be made as I playtest and get suggestions. Cryptbreaker is quite the engine once he gets rolling!

July 21, 2016 9:10 p.m.

Silverpandaria says... #5

Nice deck! I definitely thinks Zombies is a valid strategy this time around. I like most of your card choices, but I am a bit questioning about the red splash. From what I see now there is only 2 red mana sources (which can't be fetched by any means) and 4 sideboard burn.

Fiery Temper is a really nice spell, but if you just want more cheap removal against aggro, its prob safer to just play with cards in color like Ultimate Price, Dead Weight or Murder or if you really want a madness option Murderous Compulsion (but that only worked on tapped creatures so the other options are likely more stable).

I would also reccomend 2 Ruinous Path sideboard to be able to take out hostile walkers. Sometimes your creatures wont be able to reach them and then this would be useful. Compelling Deterrence is another nice sideboard option, a bounce with bonus value (due to the zombies). It is a nice card and against cards like a flipped Westvale Abbey  Flip (aka Ormendahl, Profane Prince  Flip) this might be your only way out hence you dont really have any means to kill it once flipped.

Finally a card that would be absolutely amazing in a deck like this is Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. He has a super solid body, messes up your opponents graveplays and can eat your zombies if needed for more power and more lifelink. If you want a really powerful zombie deck, Kalitas must be in there =) He is a bit expensive tough.

Anyhow hope it works out and good luck with your zombies _

August 2, 2016 7:52 a.m.

VageGozer says... #6

I have been trying to create a similar deck (a bit more on the controlling side with 2 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, Unsubstantiate, Grasp of Darkness)

How does this deck play against popular cards like Declaration in Stone, Spell Queller, Reflector Mage, and the 3 damage across the board when Archangel Avacyn  Flip flips?

August 2, 2016 2:15 p.m.

Umbreomancer says... #7

Five words: Haunted Dead and Voldaren Pariah  Flip. I suggest this after looking at the UB Zombie deck that went 11-4-1 at ProTour. I suggest replacing Forgotten Creation with the Haunted Dead, because I don't feel like it does enough for the 4-drop spot it takes up. It can't revive itself, and while the skulk is nice, for three power it'll really only be used to evade large green creatures. Haunted Dead can consistently trigger madness, bring more creatures that (if you put it in) more easily transforms the Pariah, and one of those creatures has flying.

As for Pariah, it's not a zombie, no, but the madness combined with the sacrifice effect on its transformation can decimate your opponent's board.

August 7, 2016 9:14 p.m.

Vampire_Lord says... #8

You should really put in haunted dead because it combos with prized amalgam and comes with a 1/1 flyer +1 from me

September 26, 2016 9:32 p.m.

Vampire_Lord says... #9

Update for kaladesh?

September 26, 2016 10:42 p.m.

Vampire_Lord says... #10

If I were you I would drop some alms of the vain for dark salvation or gisa bidding noosgraf mob could be substituted for 2 more haunted dead and gerlafs masterpiece could be cut down to 0 for 2 more gisa and grralf.besides these minor adjustments I really like the deck

September 26, 2016 10:51 p.m.

SpartanWoz says... #11

I have a similar style deck, and I find that Undead Alchemist works wonders. He creates a great zombie engine and instantly changes the dynamic against someone playing life-gain. Geralf's Mindcrusher is another baddy that can come in handy, especially with Undying. Maybe add Rise from the Grave combo to take the creatures you're putting in their graveyard.

September 27, 2016 11:32 a.m.

jordanmh says... #12

I really like this deck! And SpartanWoz, this is a standard deck, not modern. Those cards wouldn't work.

September 27, 2016 1:45 p.m.

JohannKlink says... #13

October 7, 2016 10:50 p.m.

Xyrael says... #14

JohannKlink I really like the menace effect, but I don't want to exile anything from my graveyard. This deck is all about discarding to reanimate and flooding the board with tokens. Thank you though!

October 7, 2016 11:37 p.m.

Temeraire1798 says... #15

What about swapping Ever After in for Rise from the Grave in the sideboard

October 8, 2016 9:41 a.m.

oglance says... #16

+1 for a super cool deck, and for running Alms of the Vein. I'd hate for you to tarnish your beautiful zombie deck with Smuggler's Copter, but in a lot of situations it's a Key to the City you don't have to pay 2 mana for

October 8, 2016 1:52 p.m.

clark1424 says... #17

check out B/U Zombies "Competitive" for a little bit of reference. You might see some alternative plays on making this deck faster.=)

October 13, 2016 7:15 a.m.

Xyrael says... #18

oglance

Thank you! I'm still playtesting and Smuggler's Copter may actually be a little better than Key to the City, at least in some cases; it'll definitely replace Skeleton Key in the sideboard. Zombie pilots!

October 14, 2016 7:34 p.m.

WinterTea says... #19

I find crypt breaker to be slow I might drop him down to 3 in this deck and maybe add in a obnixlis planeswalker

October 21, 2016 2:10 p.m.

darkmatter32x says... #20

Take out all Island and replace them with swamps, your B/U lands will suffice for all your Blue card needs. Take out Geralf's Masterpiece and Noosegraf Mob and replace them with Scrapheap Scrounger, it is not a zombie, but it works wonder with this deck.

November 8, 2016 1:01 a.m.

Zorynjaibro says... #21

Alms of the Brain...Lmfao! +1

November 19, 2016 9:53 a.m.

Shadow29870 says... #22

+1. Considering how you seem to know what your doping with zombies, you mind checking out Standardized Zombies and giving me a tip or two?

November 25, 2016 7 p.m.

Ackemdeil says... #23

Playtested this, and it performed well overall (nothing surprising here).

But I did find the deck lacking in discard outlets. I would replace From Under the Floorboards and Gisa's Bidding with 4x Sinister Concoction. From Under the Floorboards is not that great in a creature-heavy, aggro shell, and is more redundant than relevant. Gisa's Bidding is meh, you have a lot of zombie token generators already.

Sinister Concoction is great in your deck. It benefits from the life gained by the playset of Alms of the Vein. It removes your opponent's creatures effectively, while playing with your deck's madness/reanimator synergies. More importantly, it's a discard outlet.

Otherwise, it's awesome to see a deadicated zombie tribal build. +1!

November 26, 2016 8:56 p.m.

clark1424 says... #24

Cryptbreaker is slow, yes, but the card is not your turn 1 attacker. It is more of a zombie producer, discarder for Haunted Dead, Madness enabler for Voldaren Pariah  Flip if you have one and in the mid to late game, lets you draw cards. So, he is a must have at turn 1 actually.

Actually, you don't need to stick to 1 trick of going all out zombie. Just maximize the recursion and add a bit gimmick and that's it.=)

I think a negate in the sideboard and main board will be beneficial as well to counter those exile removal spells. Your weakness is basically being controlled a little then having your creatures wiped with Descend upon the Sinful or a 4th turn Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet by an opponent. You have to solve that.

November 27, 2016 2:12 a.m.

Darthseniar92 says... #25

Forgotten Creation or was he... Forgotten..?Good discard/draw engine.

December 17, 2016 1:37 a.m.

Xyrael says... #26

Darthseniar92 Huzzah! He was in here for a bit but I found most of the time he wasn't as useful as you think or hope he'd be.

December 18, 2016 5:02 a.m.

BioProfDude says... #27

Contingency Plan actually works very well in decks like this. You can easily move cards to the graveyard this way, as well as set up your next couple of turns. Anticipate might also be good for you.

Cool deck! +1 from me!

December 30, 2016 12:08 a.m.

Yeatesy says... #28

This is a nice deck but what do you have for graveyard hate??

April 27, 2017 2:18 a.m.

I personally believe that this is a great shell but it lacks removal altogether. In a format that will now be dominated by flying vehicles and huge snakes, I definitely believe that taking out gisa's biddings and the noosegraf mob in favor of either fatal pushes or grasps of darkness to give your deck the ability to remove dangerous threats in the early game to stabilize in the mid game.

April 27, 2017 5:37 p.m.

Xyrael says... #30

hongkongsniper You're right, it needs more removal than the 3 spells in the sideboard as it can fall prey pretty easily to Mardu's flying vehicles. I'll do some testing with Fatal Push, thanks for the suggestion :)

April 27, 2017 8:58 p.m.

EAGLExCORe says... #31

You get my upvote my man +1! Very spicy list.

May 8, 2017 6:19 p.m.

Xyrael says... #32

EAGLExCORe

Thank you, I appreciate it!

May 10, 2017 2:06 p.m.

Kezvin says... #33

Westvale Abbey  Flip, Voldaren Pariah  Flip, Scrapheap Scrounger, Miasmic Mummy, Murderous Compulsion, Sinister Concoction, and Heir of Falkenrath  Flip all seem like they'd be solid additions.

May 13, 2017 9:59 p.m.

jaylawlerrr says... #34

Very Awesome! Glad to not see another net deck!!

June 23, 2017 12:08 a.m.

Xyrael says... #35

jaylawlerrr Thank you!

July 3, 2017 11:52 p.m.

Xyrael says... #36

Kezvin

Most of those cards have been excluded just on the basis that I'm trying to stay pure zombies lol and while Miasmic Mummy would be solid in here I just don't think there's anything he's worth taking out for.

July 4, 2017 2:44 p.m.

cyclinggamer says... #37

If you're willing to splash white, Wayward Servant does a bunch of life loss for opponents and life gain for you. Opponents usually kill it first when it hits the field, and if they don't, they wish they had.

July 11, 2017 5:12 p.m.

prestovenger says... #38

Hmmm, how 'bout The Scarab God instead of Liliana, Death's Majesty?

July 17, 2017 12:47 a.m.

cyclinggamer says... #39

prestovenger, that might be worth splashing blue into an otherwise WB zombie deck. The Scarab God's an expensive card though.

I like the idea, but then I have to fix the mana base for my own BW zombie deck, but this deck The Scarab God would fit perfectly though.

Good suggestion!

July 17, 2017 2:22 p.m.

Xyrael says... #40

prestovenger

I have to agree that The Scarab God would be a great addition. I'm going to remove Gisa's Bidding from the side and then make the swap for some playtesting, thank you for the suggestion!

July 17, 2017 8:27 p.m.

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