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Modern BG (Golgari) Combo Zombie




Ideas I have borrowed from quite a few people CrimsonKing being the biggest influence with his Zombie Finger Painting deck! It's amazing!

So this Deck started as Mono-Black and has now evolved into a Golgari beast thing :D

It all started when I pulled 2 Vraska the Unseen one at a prerelease and the other on launch day for Return to Ravnica. The only thing I was worried about was I really didn't want to splash in blue to make her assassins unblockable if I didn't have to.

But that idea has since changed... Leaving me where I am at now!



I am thinking about main boarding Stab Wound for an alternate win-con but I am unsure of what to move to the side board for it.

Any any and all thoughts are more than welcome!


So I have moved a couple cards out and placed Blood Artist back in here. Seems to work out really well for me this way. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome!

Thank you to all that have given me suggestions to make this deck what it is! With out all of you I don't think it would work half as well as it does!


Ohthenoises says... #1

"You have to ask yourself one question, 'Do I feel lucky?' Well? Do you? Punk."

+1 for name

August 27, 2012 8:03 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #2

Thanks! :D

August 28, 2012 2:52 a.m.

squadcarxmar says... #3

+1 for the name as well. I love it when you guys do this lol.

September 4, 2012 12:44 p.m.

eleriumavenger says... #4

Hunted Ghoul is a little on the weak side maybe replace with Tragic Slip due to all the death triggers or Diregraf Ghoul

September 4, 2012 12:45 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #5


Thank you sir!


I like your style with the Tragic Slip ! Most of this deck was built with items I have at home and out of all the cards I have boxed up I actually only had 1 Diregraf Ghoul if you can believe it! :P

I will try working some of those cards in and see what happens! Thanks for the suggestions! :D

September 4, 2012 1:04 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #6

I think Strangleroot Geist and Dreg Mangler could do some serious damage here. Dreg Mangler is a 3/3 with haste and has scavange.

I would cut:

1x card:Rogue's Passage 1x Killing Wave 2x Treasure Hunt 2x Desecration Demon


4x Strangleroot Geist 2x Dreg Mangler

October 14, 2012 8:39 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #7

Also Golgari Charm is a good sideboard card for you. You can weaken a bunch of potental blockers or regenerate all you creatures. Goes well with Blood Artist +Killing Wave .

October 14, 2012 8:42 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #8


I have forgotten about Strangleroot Geist ! GREAT IDEA! I am sad to see Desecration Demon go... though I may just move him to the Sideboard for meow... or even switch Boneyard Wurm to the side in favor of Desecration Demon ... I don't know :P He's too cool!

I'm so sleepy I'm not thinking straight. I will give it another look over once when I'm more awake :D

Thanks again!

October 15, 2012 5:55 a.m.

CrimsonKing says... #9

Goody little two shoes!

October 15, 2012 9:59 a.m.

Nightmist says... #10

Liliana of the Dark Realms is a terrible plainswalker.

If you don't own another Vraska the Unseen , I'd substitute her for either another Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , or another Abrupt Decay or even a third Tragic Slip .

October 16, 2012 3:59 a.m.

inevanable says... #11

Slitherhead runs so well with Lotleth Troll that its tough to see you run Diregraf Ghoul instead. and i personally have to agree with CrimsonKing Golgari Charm is amazing not only does it double as potential extra Killing Wave s with all the 1/1's out there but it can regenerate your creatures in the face of unstoppable boardwipes like Supreme Verdict

October 16, 2012 10:50 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #12


I don't feel that Liliana of the Dark Realms is terrible. Just maybe not as useful as I thought'd she'd be.

I like the ideas you have given me I think I will toy around with a few of them and see what happens :D Thanks for your input!

October 16, 2012 1:01 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #13


I agree with you and with CrimsonKing. Golgari Charm is a great add... I will have it sideboarded for all those fun board wipe cards! Thanks for your thoughts!

October 16, 2012 1:02 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #14


London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling dow- AH!

October 16, 2012 1:02 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #15

Going off topic did you love My name is Bruce? I Loved it!

October 17, 2012 12:24 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #16

My name is Bruce was amazing! I think the only movie of his I didn't like was Alien Apocalypse.

October 17, 2012 12:27 a.m.

CrimsonKing says... #17

Alien Apocalypse was decent but REALLY boring.

October 17, 2012 12:34 a.m.

CrimsonKing says... #18


Liliana of the Dark Realms is a very good planeswalker! A lot better than Vraska the Unseen in my opinion. She nets you card advantage, can pump a creature or remove one and her ultimate is sweeeeeet.


I think one or two more Dreg Mangler and one more Lotleth Troll can give you a very powerful aggressive start. I actually think Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord is underwhelming.

October 17, 2012 12:48 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #19


I agree about Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord ... He helped out once while play testing with one of my friends. He blocked all my creatures leaving him at 3, used Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord to sac one of mine for the win. But I think he may be moved out.

It's funny last night I was actually thinking that I needed another Lotleth Troll and Dreg Mangler ! :D I am going to see what I can take out to at least add one of each of them!

Also yes Liliana of the Dark Realms is pretty awesome! In the all the testing with this deck I was able to use her more than Vraska the Unseen . May add her back in here soon.

So this is what I was thinking so far.

-1 Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , -1 Grisly Salvage , +1 Dreg Mangler , +1 Lotleth Troll ,

and maybe... just maybe... Swap Vraska the Unseen for Liliana of the Dark Realms ... maybe

October 18, 2012 1:06 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #20

I think vraska is a very good sideboard card. She can kill enchantment decks and the like.

October 18, 2012 7:38 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #21

So I made some changes! Seems to play pretty well so far. I will be trying it out more in the next few days to see how it plays.

More suggestions are always welcome!

October 21, 2012 5:38 p.m.

freelancre says... #22

Liliana of the Dark Realms is actually very helpful, just not in this deck. Try the Liliana of the Veil . As for Vraska the Unseen is beyond horrible. Too slow to play in this day and age. Plus 1 is useless, especially against Selesnya decks, minus 3 will probably never be used for the people who use it are too enveloped by her "ultimate", and her ultimate is nice, yes, but have fun trying to actually use them. I have seen multiple people use Vraska, get her to 7, kill her off with her ult, and feel all high and mighty until all her tokens get washed off the board, blocked, or just killed off with burn.'Sup, Flames of the Firebrand ?

October 22, 2012 11:23 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #23


Hmmm.... I agree with you that Vraska the Unseen is a pretty slow play card. however I do enjoy the fact that when she ETB I can just do her -3 and kill off Jace, Architect of Thought or any other high costing permanent that Abrupt Decay can't touch.

However I am really liking the idea of swapping in Liliana of the Veil . I will see if I can get my hands on one then go from there! Thanks for the suggestion! :D

October 22, 2012 12:20 p.m.

+1 for the Army of Darkness reference.

October 22, 2012 8:23 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #25


Thanks much! :D

October 22, 2012 9:08 p.m.

strateupjee says... #26

Rancor over unblockable? All they have to do is deal damage, so trample works :)

October 23, 2012 12:12 a.m.

CrimsonKing says... #27

I agree with freelancre. You should defiantly add two Liliana of the Veil . She has alot of synergy here.

October 23, 2012 5:51 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #28


Rancor is a great idea! I may be going away from using Vraska the Unseen on my main board. But I think I will have Rancor to the side with her! Thanks for the idea! :D

October 23, 2012 1:23 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #29


I am totally down for adding in Liliana of the Veil ! Funny story tho... In the hopes of pulling one yesterday... 2 friends and I went to buy some packs from our "not so" local shop. Each of us buying 7 packs of Innistrad, and each of us pulled a different Mythic out of these packs. I thought that luck would be with me and I would pull a Liliana of the Veil ... But oh no that was my friend... the other one pulled a Past in Flames (HAHA) while I got another Garruk Relentless  Flip D': Sad day for me and my other friend at least.

I will try and get my hands on at least one tho and see how she works! Thanks for all the help so far everyone!

October 23, 2012 1:31 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #30


Aww man that blows. At least garruk is a good card lol.

October 23, 2012 3:10 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #31


True... I would be alright with it if I didn't already have 3, now 4! :P

October 23, 2012 3:24 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #32

I'll trade you a lotleth troll for one lol

October 23, 2012 3:31 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #33

hmmm... Let's talk!

October 23, 2012 3:40 p.m.

knownasnieves says... #34

Here are two cards that might be interesting- Corpsejack Menace or Treasured Find . +1 from me for the solid build and the name!

October 24, 2012 12:44 a.m.

JazzCrimes says... #35

So, I may be missing something- I skimmed the comments and the description. You were using card:Rogue's Passage to make Vraska's Assassin tokens unblockable. That card is no longer in the mainboard. How about Korozda Guildmage ? Intimidate isn't perfect, but it might work. If you need more kill to be sure, try Murder . Honestly. murder's not a good spell, but it fits into your mana color distribution easily.

October 24, 2012 4:20 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #36

@knownasnieves Thanks for your thoughts! I had thought about adding Corpsejack Menace in the beginning... Cause really who doesn't want extra counters! >:D But I decided against him in favor of Disciple of Bolas for card draw. Plus he works great with card:Geralf's Messenger on the field! As for Treasured Find that is sideboarded just for the fact that I would rather run removal, and yes there are times that I lose one of my spells or a planeswalker but I get to dig down for more mana or creatures which help even more!

Thanks again!

October 24, 2012 10:13 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #37

@UlamogsGyreYou spotted my mistake! I did for get to put an update on here about subtracting my card:Rogue's Passage... That was my bad... I have come to find my original plan for this deck doesn't work so well with some of the people I have been facing. I would use Vraska the Unseen s -3 right off the bat instead of pumping her up for her ultimate. All so I can rid of something my Abrupt Decay and/or Tragic Slip can't touch :P

Korozda Guildmage isn't a half bad idea! I will toy around with seeing what I could add/subtract for it... If I try and the tokens out that is.

Murder is meh yes I agree... that extra Swamp kills me! Ultimate Price is kinda cool (still a little meh tho)... Go for the Throat I felt was best! (tho not standard anymore D':) I think that Tragic Slip & Abrupt Decay helps out quite a bit... I was thinking about making them a 4 of but then I'd have to subtract out some creatures and I'm so far liking where I'm at.

Thanks for your suggestions and for catching my missed update! :D

October 24, 2012 10:23 a.m.

kingl4d says... #38

I think I may try this out on Friday since I own everything in it and my deck got crushed last week. +1 mate, very nice. I'll let you know how it runs for me before I get back to constructing something a little more personal. :]

October 24, 2012 9:05 p.m.

knownasnieves says... #39

@ DarthTrevyn no problem and if you have the chance and if you don't mind check out my deck I've made a while ago and also still working on "counter-nation".

October 24, 2012 9:18 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #40

@kingl4dThanks much! Yes defiantly let me know how it works for you!

October 25, 2012 10:33 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #41

@knownasnieves I will check it out later this afternoon for sure!

October 25, 2012 10:34 a.m.

knownasnieves says... #42

Thanks .

October 25, 2012 5:55 p.m.

Zomgasa says... #43

+1 for the name alone.

October 25, 2012 7:04 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #44

@Zomgasa why thank you my kind fellow! :D

October 25, 2012 11:28 p.m.

Haha! Dig this! How'd you do at Game Day?

If you could, take a look and tell me your thoughts on my newest Standard deck I've brewed. I think I might be onto something here:

Inflate My Little Egos

October 28, 2012 1:11 a.m.

lil_cheez says... #46

I see you use Naturalize on you sideboard, may I suggest Sundering Growth ? I mean, it's from a different guild and you'll need two green mana, but there's a chance you could copy one of the Vraska's tokens...

October 28, 2012 1:37 p.m.

kingl4d says... #47

Naturalize is the right choice here.

October 28, 2012 2:45 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #48

@lil_cheez I was thinking about that one but... The issue is the 2 green mana. Plus I never intend to use Vraska the Unseen 's ultimate with this deck. I have come to find that I'm using her for her presence and removal. Great suggestion tho! Thanks much!

October 28, 2012 2:55 p.m.

lil_cheez says... #49

Oh, I see... with that conditions, Naturalize is better anyway. :D

October 28, 2012 2:57 p.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #50

@aeonstoremyliver Why thank you! As soon as I finish the day out I will let you know! :D

I will take a look at your deck later on this evening for sure!

October 28, 2012 2:58 p.m.

Maffa says... #51

I have been using this deck at my FNM and doing decnetly enough. Some of the changes I made included adding more land up to 23, I use Rancor instead of Slitherhead . i also put Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord in there and 2 Knight of Infamy to replace the discples and killing wave.

December 7, 2012 11:56 a.m.

DarthTrevyn says... #53

@Maffa I'm glad this style works for you! That's some good suggestions! I don't really get to use Disciple of Bolas as much as I'd like and taking out Slitherhead for Rancor is pretty smooth! Thanks for the suggestions! I was planning on changing this up a little bit already but you have given me some more things to think about!

December 8, 2012 1:32 p.m.

Maffa says... #54

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/jarads-army-1/ This is the deck I'm running right now. I gave you credit in the description. Thank you for the inspiration! Glad that I could help!

December 11, 2012 12:05 p.m.

fearreaper08 says... #55

hahahaha oh man army of darkness quote NICE. Your deck seems to flow well with sacrificial effects and you seem to have a fair amount of guys with undying. Perhaps a personal favorite of mine card:Altar's Reap could serve you better than Sign in Blood if you are using the card for personal draw. It could help activate your undying and put guys in your graveyard to help aid Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , work with Blood Artist and help beef up Tragic Slip

December 20, 2012 11:41 p.m.

Relek says... #56

Finally. GB without vagina monster Corpsejack Menace

June 21, 2013 1:47 a.m.

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