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An Amalgamation of the Embalmed

Standard Budget GWU (Bant) Tokens Zombie



the goal of this deck so far is to ramp, sometimes dump, generally get into graveyard through dying, but still making use of them.

oh and don't forget that Anointed Procession that makes everything better. oh and that with anointer priest (what is it with amonkhet and anointers? this isn't anointkhet, for gods sake) that makes your opponents want to faint. bunch of honored hydras, and bunch of life.

One of the biggest decisions of this deck was the colors; would I do Esper Embalm Zombie Tribal, or would I go straight up Bant embalm with some ramp, or some honored hydra? Now, if i was a very stubborn person, I could go 4 colors; but that would ruin the point of budget. That's why I followed my heart, which of course, led me to bant.

Here were some of my choices for running bant:


not much to see here. Of course stuck in the best embalmers.

however, I did decide to run Noose Constrictor, because it is a good blocker anyway (threatening opponent by holding up a bunch of embalmers that i can discard and recast anyway), also if i have an honored hydra or anointed procession, embalm option is better than regular cast, so i want to be able to throw my cards in the yard. I still dont' want to just dump my hand so often, so only 3 copies.


not much either. of course, i went with a lot of creatures, and Anointed Procession for moral support.


again, not much. just decided on running In Oketra's Name because why not? lets me do some bant swarm thing, a reminiscence of the days of good ol' bant coco.


of course, not much to see here.

just have a random Nissa, Steward of Elements 'floating' around.


Of course, you need lands. If you can, aim for a 3 land hand that gives you access to . If not, at least something that can let you cast your hand. Ideally, you want something like 1x trueheart duelist, 1x honored hydra, 1x noose constrictor 1x anointed procession, 3 lands, etc. That probably isn't the best hand possible, but it's an example of something keepable. you can play trueheart, you can play constrictor, if you topdeck a land, you can play anointed, you can get double hydra, you can chump with trueheart then get double truehearts, and so on. You DON'T want to keep something with 5 lands, 1 land, and 2 lands, it has to be something like 2 sacred cat, 1 plains, 1 forest, 1 channeler initiate, 1 honored hydra, 1 noose constrictor, etc.


On turn 1, you obviously want to play a land. You always want to be able to do something on turn one, such as cycling Censor , or casting Sacred Cat.

turn 2 is the most important turn. If you don't have anything better, Trueheart Duelist , Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun , or Anointer Priest is acceptable. ideally, you want a Channeler Initiate or a Noose Constrictor (for some awesome blocks where you dump all your embalmers and just get them back).

turn 3, if you have a nissa, go ahead. otherwise, play any 2 drop and/or 1 drop you have still.

turn 4. If you have an honored hydra in yard, go ahead. or, you can play 2 drops, &c.

turn 5. ideally, you want to be able to aven wind guide by now. if you got temmet already, and just cast wind guide, you can deal bunches of damage with tokens, and start chipping big chunks out of your opponent. ouch.

  1. Authority of the Consuls This card is just something powerful, with no copycat, its not something you board in specifically, but just something if you need to slow down your opponent for whatever reason .
  2. Blessed Alliance Again, this is to slow down your opponent, and bait them into attacking you. When they do, you can untap creatures, gain life, make them sacrifice, etc.
  3. Catalog Just some additional card draw and discard outlet.
  4. Essence Scatter Against decks with heavy creatures, or if they have a certain creature you want to be able to stop.
  5. Fumigate Another more control-esque card, for decks that keep ruining you and massing a force, so you remove them. and then, you can just embalm your stuff back. real value and can save 15% or more on car insurance.
  6. Manglehorn Against vehicles, can also stop any deck trying to use artifacts of any kind.
  7. Prowling Serpopard This is against control, but is generally not needed as much, because regular counters don't stop me from embalming.
  8. Stasis Snare Some removal if needed.
  9. Watchers of the Dead This is still tentative, but against any graveyard strategies that may arise.

Suggestions and/or feedback is appreciated.

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Frodo1337 says... #1

I really like your deck! I think i will build it and i hope, that there will be awesome new embalm cards in the next set.

One question though. Did you try Vizier of Many Faces and Angel of Sanctions ?

May 24, 2017 2:08 a.m.

WiltLeafElves says... #2

Frodo1337 Hello there! sorry for not getting to your comment sooner,

addressing your question, I haven't tested either of them yet, IMO they don't seem to be very good creatures for this deck, since Angel of Sanctions is a vulnerable removal on a 3/4 with flashback (besides some synergy with anointed procession and anointer priest), and vizier of many faces relies on another powerful creature in order to be good itself. Feel free to test them out, maybe they'll work very well! If you do build this, I hope you enjoy it, and let me know how it works out for you~ =D

May 27, 2017 12:34 a.m.

I have to say, Frodo1337 is right. Angel of Sanctions is incredibly powerful. It would be okay without embalm and when it gets embalm and a chance of 2x because of Anointed Procession it is over the top good. Vizier is less good but it works well in a meta with marvel (copying ulamog helps with the issue). I would go up to four Anointed Procession as if basically doubles your creatures.

June 3, 2017 4:02 p.m.

Grunyarth says... #4

This deck looks nice, but I think the mana base needs some work... This article says you need 13 blue sources for a turn 2 Censor 90% of the time, while you have only seven. I think it would be better to add many more dual lands. This deck looks pretty good though.

Link: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/frank-analysis-how-many-colored-mana-sources-do-you-need-to-consistently-cast-your-spells/

June 3, 2017 8:33 p.m.

WiltLeafElves says... #5

The manabase listed here is not the final, as there are merely not the right dual lands in standard for bant to be able to be fast enough to rival Temur colors, mainly because bant only has 1 set of enemy colors, while temur has 2, meaning temur has access to more fastlands (which is why I have so few dual lands)

As for the mana base, I am waiting on hour of devastation to hopefully add some more dual lands to magic (although maybe not, as the 2 most recent small expansions did not have any duals). Currently, I do have access to more reveal lands such as Port Town, and at least a 4x Botanical Sanctum, however port town is rotating, and I'd much rather not acquire those botanical sanctum until I find other dual lands to fit into this deck. Maybe you have any suggestions of possible dual lands in KLD~AKH besides Botanical Sanctum or even more cyclelands?

June 3, 2017 9:07 p.m.

jubale says... #8

4 Port Town, 4 Fortified Village, tons of basics and then your choice of Prairie Stream/Canopy Vista or the cycle lands. Works pretty well in a heavily white deck.

June 4, 2017 10:19 p.m.

DriftWood96 says... #9

I would add another Nissa, Steward of Elements and maybe a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar to help with your deck. Otherwise I've playtested and your mana base is very solid. 10/10. Wouldn't like to play against it but it's a great one all around. Good luck competitively!

June 5, 2017 9:15 p.m.

WiltLeafElves says... #10

Thanks! I kept Nissa at one because mostly, she's just another way to win the game, but I will consider adding more. As for GAOZ, I don't plan to add any, as he rotates soon, and I don't have much room in the deck anyways. 20 dollars that could slow my deck down isn't worth it.

June 5, 2017 9:38 p.m.

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