"If there'd been a mix up my uncle could have been President of the United States. He was an army undertaker, also known as a 'barrack embalmer'." - Milton Jones

Creature tokens! Mostly Zombies and Warriors (and Zombie Warriors, and Zombie Bird Warriors...). I'm a tricolourphile, although there are probably three workable two-colour decks in here (BW tokens, UB tokens and UW... uh... tokens).

Get a few innocuous creatures on the board. Chump Blockers really... Anointed Procession starts the ball rolling. Double (or quadruple, or octuple) your tokens. Those chump blockers can suddenly swarm the board with mummies, and with enough sources of tokens your opponents will be overwhelmed.


Early Pressure: Trueheart Duelist

Cost Reduction: Oketra's Monument, Embalmer's Tools

Lifegain/drain: Anointer Priest, Wayward Servant

Token Spawn: Cartouche of Solidarity, Liliana's Mastery, Noosegraf Mob , Oketra's Monument, Oketra the True

Token Boosters: Anointed Procession, Liliana's Mastery, Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun , Aven Wind Guide, Lord of the Accursed

Removal: Never / Return

Extra Fun: Vizier of Many Faces

Playstyle:There are a number of 2 CMC creatures, two of which benefit from Oketra's Monument for cost reduction. This means a turn 2 play should be in your opening hand.

Warrior token spawn comes from a few sources, chiefly Oketra's Monument and it's namesake, Oketra the True. The latter is a formidable blocker, and her limitation should be easily overcome with this deck. Cartouche of Solidarity is a great enchantment. A 3/3 First-Striking double-blocker ( Trueheart Duelist ) and a 1/1 with Vigilance for 1 mana could be a strong turn 3 play. These tokens should (at least initially) be thought of as fodder, and grist for Miss "Ghoul Sister" Anointer Priest, although with Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun on the board it makes a reliable unblockable 2 damage to harry your opponents.

Almost all of your creatures are expendable, and indeed you want them to die, although ideally after Anointed Procession has dropped. After this, Embalming yields two copies of everything, and as zombies they suddenly benefit from the buffs afforded by Liliana's Mastery and Lord of the Accursed, as well as Aven Wind Guide and Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun .

Noosegraf Mob , although expensive, is potentially off the hook thanks to Anointed Procession. Every spell generates 2,4 or 8 zombies (depending on the number of doublers you have down), between 10 and 40 in all, and with one of the power boosters on the table he doesn't even die when he runs dry. It makes a useful target for Vizier of Many Faces, although if you see something you like in your match-up then going for that might be more fun/interesting (Odric would make an excellent target if you have Oketra on the field, otherwise Standard staples like Yahenni would seriously frustrate and confound opponents). The Menace provided by Lord of the Accursed should enable a swing for the win, if Wayward Servant hasn't already bled them dry.

Removal is minimal. After some debate I settled on Never / Return , mainly due to Planeswalker hate. I also get the option of extra zombies off Noosegraf Mob or Oketra the True if she somehow lands in my graveyard. I'll need to put more into the sideboard, particularly some exile to take care of other God's, and some artifact removal (mustn't forget Kaladesh is still in Standard).

Finally, Embalmer's Tools not only reduce the cost of mummification, but allow me to mill my opponent as well. Having a large number of Vigilant Zombies on the field means I can attack, then defend, then tap to mill, keeping my opponent on his toes at all angles.

All in all, relentless, impenetrable, strategic and fun. Hopefully.

Mana is always an issue for me, because I'm a cheapskate. I got all the non-land cards + a butt-load of tokens for 15; hence the mana base is made up of basics or simple dual-colour lands. I have to note though that the synergy between SOI and AKH lands is awesome. Edit: I've gone up to 24 lands, replacing a Trueheart Duelist with a Cascading Cataracts; I also put in a Cradle of the Accursed in place of a Plains as I got one from a booster. Moar Zombies...




Soulus101 says... #1

Since starting the build, I've stripped out some of the noise (Glyph Keeper and Labyrinth Guardian out), and upped the number of Trueheart Duelist and Never / Return to playset.

I'm also unsure of Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun. I can only ever have one of him on the board (so no benefit from Anointed Procession); is a single unblockable zombie really worth it? Depending on match-up, a mummified Vizier of Many Faces could do hilarious things with unblockable, and I'm also drawn to the reliable damage if a board stall emerges, so he's still in, but I can't help thinking that the variety of creatures will cause inconsistency.

May 1, 2017 3:21 p.m.

BBG says... #2

I think the deck looks pretty fun! Have you considered Glyph Keeper? IMO one of the best embalmers out there

May 2, 2017 5:50 a.m.

Soulus101 says... #3

I did, it was in my original deck, but at 5 mana for a hexproofish 5/3, I decided to go with fewer variations of types and a bit more removal and cheap blockers. I just felt it would be more consistent, especially as I'll be playing with a significantly weaker mana base and already have a few cards on the top of the curve. Time will tell if I'm right...

May 2, 2017 7:32 a.m.

Azvion says... #4

I'm trying this deck out too. What lands would you go with no/a higher budget?

May 9, 2017 8:43 p.m.

Soulus101 says... #5

Check out my aquireboard. Playsets of those plus 1 of each basic will bring you to 23 lands, although a playset of Concealed Courtyard may be too much. Either of the AKH Cycling lands can be used to bring the SOI lands in untapped, and late game can be cycled if you already have a large and diverse manabase.

Let me know how it plays! My current concern is lack of removal, which in an Esper deck seems unforgivable. Also card draw, hence Open Into Wonder in the Maybeboard, which would be really effective with a few zombies and an Aven Wind Guide on the board. I could probably go without Anointer Priests if anything, and again, Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun is still giving me uncertainty.

I won't get a chance to playtest until next Thursday, but will update here.

May 10, 2017 2:36 a.m.

Azvion says... #6

I can see the maybeboard. Where is the aquireboard?

I never read that part about the cycling lands but I can see that working really well.

I went and threw in various blue counter spells to deal with certain threats ie. Creatures or artifacts or spells. And a couple dread wanderers in case I need more creatures.

Did you say you can use Oketra's a biliary from the graveyard as well?

May 10, 2017 9:13 a.m.

Soulus101 says... #7

Ah, must be private! In that case, a playset each of Concealed Courtyard, Fetid Pools, Irrigated Farmland, Choked Estuary and Port Town. Again, playsets may be overkill...

May 10, 2017 9:22 a.m.

Soulus101 says... #8

Re. Oketra, no, I only meant that the second half of Never / Return will give me utility even if she dies, although it works better in targeting opponent's graveyards if they have anything they can get back.

May 10, 2017 9:25 a.m.

Azvion says... #9

Okay that looks familiar I picked them up when you had the old list up. I though it was way too many duals but I didn't realize the SOI and AKH lands interacted that way.

May 10, 2017 10:04 a.m.

Soulus101 says... #10

Yeah, e.g. Irrigated Farmland is a Plains and an Island, so it works for both Choked Estuary and Port Town to bring them in untapped. They'll be good in Modern format for that reason too, because they can be fetched with e.g. Flooded Strand, so probably not a bad investment.

May 10, 2017 11:53 a.m.

Caeruleus says... #11

Upvote for the name.

May 11, 2017 2:23 a.m.

Soulus101 says... #12

Caeruleus it was the reason I made the deck!

May 11, 2017 2:28 a.m.

Soulus101 says... #13

I've been reading up on Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun, and there seems to be a lot of interest from the EDH community... I don't play Commander much, but I didn't realise that putting your Commander in the command zone was optional! So we'll see how he plays out, but I'm getting the feeling he won't last.

May 11, 2017 1:54 p.m.

Azvion says... #14

How does embalm work with bringing him out of the command zone?

May 12, 2017 12:36 p.m.

Soulus101 says... #15

If he dies, you can opt to send him to the graveyard rather than back to the CZ, then when you embalm him, you return him to the CZ instead of exiling him, which means he can be put onto the battlefield more often without increasing his Commander casting cost. You then pair him with stompy tokens or tron decks to abuse the unblockable mechanic.

May 12, 2017 12:47 p.m.

Soulus101 says... #16

After playtesting for a couple of weeks, I've noticed the following:

The blue Embalmers are very situational. I haven't managed to get much out of any of them, but the potential is there. Land is an issue, as expected, but going up to 24 lands helped.

On MTGO I've swapped Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun for Open Into Wonder, and it's an improvement. Anointed Procession is the keystone, synergizing excellently with Liliana's Mastery and Noosegraf Mob. Lord of the Accursed is already popular in standard zombie decks, and I can see why. Wayward Servant is also excellent. Oketra's Monument also does a fine job, particularly with Anointer Priest on the board.

May 27, 2017 9:05 a.m.

SirChris39 says... #17

nice looking deck you have put together

June 6, 2017 10:54 p.m.

Thornsplitter says... #18

I've made a similar deck like this as well(check it out if you like:) and a card I've found super useful is Binding Mummy especially since this deck's synergy is so zombie token heavy.

July 17, 2017 8:40 p.m.

Soulus101 says... #19

Thanks, yeah I've come up against Binding Mummy online and seen its utility. Your deck is definitely a "Goodstuff" deck, whereas mine is trying to be more focused. That said, I saw The Scarab God and immediately fell in love, and would prefer to take it down the zombies route more than the embalm route I originally took it... but then, it wouldn't be "Barrack Embalmer" :)

July 18, 2017 5:03 p.m.

Thornsplitter says... #20

Yes, I immediately fell in love with the Scarab God as well. I can see what you mean and like that you're sticking to the theme, so here's an idea that's on theme with embalm. Vizier of the Anointed is a great card especially in this deck because even if you don't use his first ability it's always nice to be drawing cards.

July 19, 2017 7:13 a.m.

Soulus101 says... #21

Not a bad shout! Card draw is an issue, but 4 mana is a bit awkward as I've already got quite a lot in that slot, but may test it out!

July 19, 2017 7:26 a.m.

dthoreson813 says... #22

Plus one for the deck name alone. I did't look at anything else.

July 26, 2017 2:25 p.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.47
Tokens 2/2 Zombie
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Top rank #42 on 2017-05-17
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