This deck is in celebration of Liliana's glorious defense at the Battle of Thraben - by arriving on the scene at the head of a horde.

This deck is fast and can survive on 3-5 Swamps. The technique of this deck is simple: build a hoard, make them stronger, and destroy/discard anything that gets in the way. Liliana is not one to create an intricate plan or a combo. She knows that power is power (Cersei!) and foolish people think they can achieve it through planning or creating dumb strategies. She will achieve power through power - because, at the end of the day, power is what truly matters in all the multiverse.

This deck is meant to move fast so damage as fast as you can. If you would attack an opponent that has a possible blocker, as long as you can take the blocker to the grave, go on! In a game where your resources can be summoned back from the grave (Lord of the Undead), you win. Destroy and discard pesky creatures to activate the ability of Cemetery Reaper.

Maximize draw advantage through Cryptbreaker. In a tribal deck, you wouldn't have any problems with tapping three zombies. This card also works well with Gravecrawler - discard Gravecrawler with Cryptbreaker to produce a Zombie and simply raise Gravecrawler back from the grave!

There are threats of mass removal which Plague Belcher aims to prevent. Yes, you can bring back resources from the grave, but that would make a longer battle and the opponent might have time to set up his deck. Plague Belcher would make them think twice before casting a mass removal, knowing that on turn 4-5, you already have 6-8 zombies.

Remove creature threat instantly by Go for the Throat or Fatal Push. If it comes down to an opponent having more or the same number of creatures as you, give your Zombies menace from Lord of the Accursed. This would be more effective if you already have the Death Baron on the field, you can take more to the grave. Laugh as your opponents helplessly decide whether to block creatures with Deathtouch and Menace at the expense of thinning their ranks or receive damage from 5-8 4/4 Zombies. Either way, they will face the inevitable.

Her Majesty's Generals

Generally, Zombie Lords give other zombies +1/+1 but Liliana is very difficult to please. She demands so much more if you want to serve the Death's Majesty.

Death Baron - Isn't it wonderful to make my zombies untouchable? Make your opponents think twice before blatantly attacking you.

Lord of the Undead - Raise them back from the dead fresh and whole. Death is a pathetic excuse.

Cemetery Reaper - Liliana is the Supreme Necromancer - she commands the dead in all shapes and forms. Death is a tool she wields so effectively to her gain. Bolster your ranks by sending opponent's creatures to the grave and summon them back under your control.

Lord of the Accursed - My new favorite pet is an example why Death is the Primal Power in all the multiverse. Death exists everywhere, even in a desolate, forsaken place!

Diregraf Colossus - My most loyal and effective General. While my other Generals are busy in honing their craft, Diregraf Colossus just works to death! (chuckles) He doesn't require mana for his ability, he serves Her Majesty without any question.

This is an aggro deck and that is no secret. The thing is, this deck simply becomes stronger - the longer the game, the stronger the Horde becomes.

Death exists in every plane, in every corner of the multiverse. What most see as useless or blasphemous, I see power and dominance




nastalgia says... #1

I think your plan in your deck is to set up in turn 4 and up. They say that modern is a turn 3 format, so you need some removals or hand disruption in early game to buy time. My suggetion is remove the planeswalkers. Add some removal (e.g. Fatal push) or discarder (e.g. Inquisition of kozileks). Card that fill your graveyard like thought scour. Prized amalgam is a good U/B creature.

February 11, 2017 5 a.m.

Thanks Nastalgia. I tried to heed you advise. Though I don't Inquisition yet, I've made do with Harsh Scrutiny and Duress. Playtested it with a white enchantment deck and liked it. Having an opponent discard ability at the first 3 turns really gave my deck more time to set up. Thanks!

February 17, 2017 10:26 p.m.

Sargeras says... #3

I have to agree with nastalgia here, this deck needs action or it will just get run over in the current metagame. If you want to make this deck truly competitive, you'll need to make some changes.

  1. Having tried to brew a Blue-black Zombies build myself, I can tell you that the blue splash really isn't worth it unless you are running Prized Amalgam and cards like Thought Scour for card draw and access to more resources. The only other reason I'd see a reason for splashing blue is to run something like Echoing Truth to remove an Ensnaring Bridge or something of the like. I personally think that a mono-black Zombie build would be far more successful and consistent, but that's up to you.

  2. Every black decks needs some form of discard to survive in the current modern meta, the best options for this are Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, although there are budget versions like Wrench Mind and Distress which may work in certain metas, but they are not the same and should be treated like they are on the same power level.

  3. While Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Cemetery Recruitment,Skirsdag High Priest, and Dark Salvation are cute cards that have some synergy with the cards you play, they are all too slow, as Modern's turn 4 kill rate is exceptional, and you will be dead long before these cards will have any effect on the game.

  4. Black has an incredible amount of outstanding removal options, and Bone Splinters is not one of them, and the reasoning is simple. Over half the decks in format, (from Infect to Titanshift) can kill you on their turn, whether it's by an Inkmoth Nexus or Primeval Titan and sorcery speed removal can't target them. Some of the best options for this are Go for the Throat, Victim of Night, and Fatal Push, as these cards can kill the majority of creatures and manlands that are floating around the modern format.

  5. Black has some outstanding Zombie cards that you could be playing, cards like Geralf's Messenger, Cemetery Reaper, Death Baron, Lord of the Undead, Lifebane Zombie, Cryptbreaker and Phyrexian Crusader.

  6. I'd try to make room for Collective Brutality, this card is outstanding against many of the decks that mono-black is not good against, such as burn.

March 8, 2017 1:17 a.m.

Thank you for you insight, TeamSDBags! I really have problems hastening this deck. I'll try build a deck around the cards you've suggested because I really, really want to make this deck competitive.

March 8, 2017 2:13 a.m.

I would recommend dropping off Diregraf Ghoul, hes just so slow any bland imo, maybe swap him out with some Dread Wanderer cause then you can atleast bring him back or if you want a good 2 drop Relentless Dead

April 18, 2017 10:45 p.m.

Thanks SpiritoftheSands! Yeah I'm actually still looking for a good 1 drop card. My problem with Relentless Dead is he's such a mana drainer!

April 18, 2017 11:17 p.m.

Its basically when relentless dies you are tapping one mana for a new one, think of it more like card draw and sustaining a hand size, Ive found this to be one of the harder things to do in aggro.Also there is a card called "Dread Wanderer" coming with Amonkhet but he isnt in the registry yet, hes pretty much a combo of Relentless Dead and Diregraf Ghoul with one less toughness

April 19, 2017 9:03 a.m.

Haha Amonkhet has good cards for a Zombie deck haha thanks again SpiritoftheSands!

April 19, 2017 10:23 p.m.

TheSurgeon says... #9

May I suggest Altar's Reap over Sign in Blood? Why not sac a creature that's easily returned like Gravecrawler or something really handy like Geralf's Messenger with a Plague Belcher in play and lose nothing out of the deal?

Nice fun zombie deck. +1

May 2, 2017 7:01 p.m.

Thank you so much TheSurgeon! I was using Sign in Blood before but thought it was too slow for the previous cards in this deck. I will try Sign in Blood again with the Forge app :) Thank you! :D

May 3, 2017 5:58 p.m.

Filipp_bor says... #11


May 15, 2017 5:59 p.m.

Hello Filipp_bor! Yes I am actually looking for a room for Cryptbreaker and Collective Brutality. I'm thinking of moving Plague Belcher to the side and reduce Grasp of Darkness to two. What do you think?

May 16, 2017 5:29 a.m.

Filipp_bor says... #13

i run 3 plague belcher and 3 gerald's messenger, and they works nice. About removals, i prefer Fatal push (tragic slip)

May 16, 2017 7:39 a.m.

Filipp_bor says... #14

for cryptbreaker remove sign in blood)

May 16, 2017 8:03 a.m.

Funkydiscogod says... #15

I think Nameless Inversion might worth considering in this situation; it kills anything Lightning Bolt could kill, but it counts as a zombie for Diregraf Colossus, and getting it back to your hand with Lord of the Undead. Since it causes the target to not benefit from the +1/+1 abilities, it'll be rare you ever use it as a pump spell, but not impossible.

June 28, 2017 10:11 p.m.

Thank you Funkydiscogod!

June 29, 2017 8:50 p.m.

bigshocka says... #17

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx would be great for some speed in putting your creatures down. Also recommend Geralf's Messenger over Plague Belcher

August 18, 2017 2:46 p.m.

TheSurgeon says... #18

I would personally use them together: Plague Belcher ETB to place the counters on Geralf's Messenger; Opponent loses 2 life; undying takes effect to pump up messenger.

August 18, 2017 2:51 p.m.

bigshocka says... #19

That would be optimal, the surgeon, but I was trying to conserve three drops. Now, if OP is willing to drop colossus or cemetery reaper, that would be the best sub.

Also recommend Relentless Dead simply for the two black mana for devotion with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

August 18, 2017 3:08 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.11
Tokens Liliana, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Human Cleric
Folders Ideas, mono black zombbies
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