Mono-black zombie lord deck. Fairly basic. Not a whole lot to explain.

Gempalm Polluter has insane synergy with this deck. It's often my win condition, when aggro isn't enough. Between the damage & drawpower, I consider it a staple. Lord of the Undead , and Ghoulcaller's Chant are close friends to it.

...Speaking of Unearth , notice the mana curve? It took me a week 'r two before that fully sunk in.

The Phyrexian Crusaders are in mainly because Red & White are rampant in the crowd I play Magic with. It's a "low-down-dirty-rotten-stinkin'-trick", and I adore it.

My mana is what it is. I'd prefer not to hear "not enough mana". I have a physical copy of this deck, and have yet to have mana issue when using 18 Swamps. The Lake of the Dead is a promising experiment. Suggestions of alternative cards, such as Cabal Coffers, to swap my swamps out for are welcome.

Working on a sideboard. Suggestions welcome for both boards. Upvotes appreciated.



SpaceBox says... #1

I have been mulling over a build for a budget zombie deck these past few days. I don't think I'll be copying yours, it's too expensive for me, but kudos for having a physical copy of this beast.

I know you have some deathtouch going on with your Death Baron , but I thought you might could use some more creature hate. I am in love with, and plan on marrying, Geth's Verdict . It's awesome in a mono-black. It's saved me and screwed over my opponent quite a few times. Get's around hexproof and indestructible nicely. I'm not sure what you could take out for them, though, but I would definitely put them in your sideboard.

And since you have so much recursion, why not add a board wipe or two in your sideboard? Mutilate is always a workable solution. Wipe the board, then bring back a few of your Lord of the Undead and watch your opponent squirm as you rebuild your army.

Do you find that Call to the Grave works well for you? I was contemplating it for my zombies, but the CMC looked a little high for my liking.

+1 man. Looks pretty wicked.

June 25, 2013 9:01 p.m.

micah1 says... #4

2 Phyrexian Crusader sideboard for alternate win against lifegain.

June 27, 2013 1:49 p.m.

yungxak says... #5

I've thought about Blood Scrivener before. It's an excellent card, but I think my current cycling-style drawpower works for me. I'll likely end up siding two.

I've had my eye on Hymn to Tourach . The only think I have against it is that it doesn't quite fit with the unrelenting aggro the deck is based around. That said, I adore that card and will play it in my black control.

I'll side the second pair of Phyrexian Crusader . Good call. Thanks man.

June 27, 2013 7:45 p.m.

Laylong says... #6

You have a lot of return zombies from graveyard, Assuming they're dying, might as well throw some extra damage in with Vengeful Dead . And if you think you can reconnoiter enough to fit in Gutless Ghoul you can combo it with Gravecrawler for: pay 1 mana, sac gravecrawler to gutless and gain 2 life, each opponent loses 2 from vengeful dead, then pay 1 more mana to pay gravecrawler from the graveyard and the gang's all back together for another go.

June 28, 2013 9:49 a.m.

LotusCrown100 says... #7

Have you thought about Snow-Covered Swamp s they come in handy if you add Extraplanar Lens and its a bit more of a permanent fix then saving your lands for Lake of the Dead . Although if red and white are so rampant in your playgroup maybe it's not such a good idea but it's a nice thought to think over.

June 28, 2013 10:03 a.m.

yungxak says... #8

Laylong: I think I'll pass on Gutless Ghoul for this deck, but I'm gonna snap up a playset for a sac-deck I'm working on. As for the Vengeful Dead , I think I'm gonna side-board it for now. I'm eyeing my Call to the Grave s & thinking about if I just want raw damage, or to cripple them. On top of that, he isn't too bad to cast, considering Undead Warchief .

LotusCrown100: I'm not seeing the need for Snow-Covered Swamp , even if I did add Extraplanar Lens . Honestly, it seems like I'd much rather toss a normal Swamp at it. Reasoning?

I guess "rampant" wouldn't be entirely accurate. We've got a few good players who like Boros & Gruul. My bad.

June 28, 2013 1:47 p.m.

Bloodthirsty says... #9

I would remove 2 Phyrexian Crusader and add two more Cemetery Reaper .

June 28, 2013 2:03 p.m.

hetwiel says... #11

no Festering Goblin ? i love those as a 1drop

Also, you might wanna sideboard Attrition vs non-black aggro with this much revival stuff going on.

August 10, 2013 1:58 p.m.

casmiel says... #13

I think Gravecrawler is really fun with Diregraf Colossus. I wouldn't really think about the graveyard bonus of Diregraf Colossus too much, it's good if it happens but that's it. If you just continue to swing with your Gravecrawlers, they are bound to get blocked sooner or later. Or just sac them whenever possible to reap some benefits. Being able to cast 1-drops each turn will quickly ramp up your token count, which are great with all of your Lords and Gempalm Polluter in particular. Other cards that might be interesting, but maybe not as powerful as the Diregraf Colossus include:

Dread Summons, Grave Pact, Relentless Dead and Endless Ranks of the Dead. I chose those, because I thought they could synergize with your Lords and the Polluter. If you happen to include Diregraf Colossus, Endless Ranks of the Dead can get really ridiculous pretty fast. I have a more or less similar deck to yours, maybe you'll find some inspiration there? There is a pretty big Maybeboard with related Mono-Black Zombie cards. I would also be grateful if you happen to have some tips for me as well! It's called Swarming Zombie Burn

May 9, 2016 1:35 a.m.

Benmtgmage says... #15

Necropotence for sideboard? Ever heard of Black Summer in 1999? Necropotence is stupidly overpowered, and you should think about using it in your black deck; even though it's zombies.

June 26, 2017 11:52 p.m.

Benmtgmage says... #16

Woops I meant 1996, not 1999.

June 26, 2017 11:58 p.m.

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Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.67
Tokens 2/2 Zombie
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Top rank #98 on 2013-07-10
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