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LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies M19)

Standard* Aggro Competitive Mono-Black Primer Tribal Zombie

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Top Rank: #1 on T/O on 7/3 - 7/5 2018 - thanks for reading!!!

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Welcome to my theoretical Zombie/Skeleton aggro build, featuring new cards from Core 19 including Liliana, Untouched By Death, Stitcher's Supplier, and Bone Dragon.

OBJECTIVE

Play as many creatures as possible, while self-milling (Liliana, Untouched By Death, Stitcher's Supplier) to utilize graveyard-exile (Graveyard Marshal, Never) and return-to-battlefield abilities (Bone Dragon, Dread Wanderer, Desecrated Tomb, Liliana, Untouched By Death, Liliana, Death's Majesty).

OPTIMAL TURN STRATEGY

(Cards listed in order of priority)

Turn 1 - Play Diregraf Ghoul, Dread Wanderer, Stitcher's Supplier, or Fatal Push.

Turn 2 - Play Graveyard Marshal or two one-drops.

Turn 3 - Play Death Baron, Plague Belcher targeting Stitcher's Supplier or Dread Wanderer, or Lord of the Accursed.

Turn 4 - Play Liliana, Untouched By Death and use +1 ability, or play zombie lord and one-drop.

Turn 5 - Use Liliana's -3 ability to cast a zombie lord plus more zombies, cast Liliana, Death's Majesty, or cast as many zombies as you can from your hand, or play Bone Dragon from your hand or graveyard.

Turn 6 and beyond - If you possess 5 or more swamps and Cabal Stronghold, the Stronghold becomes more effective than a swamp. Use the Stronghold with Liliana's -3 ability, Graveyard Marshal's zombie token ability, Bone Dragon, Dread Wanderer, and Return's Aftermath ability.

CARD CHOICES

One Mana

Dread Wanderer comes into play tapped, but it can block and return to the battlefield from the graveyard. It's a weaker Gravecrawler but its the best recurring zombie option in Standard.

Diregraf Ghoul is a 2/2 for a single mana which serves as a backup for Dread Wanderer.

Stitcher's Supplier is a new zombie which enables self-milling, especially when sac'd by Plague Belcher. In this build, the Supplier can provide a graveyard full of zombies for Liliana, Untouched By Death and Graveyard Marshal. If anything else gets discarded, it can be exiled to Bone Dragon.

Fatal Push is the best one-cost black removal spell and synergizes with Plague Belcher. Odds are a zombie will die every turn so you can take advantage of the Revolt trigger.

Two Mana

Graveyard Marshal is an incredibly cost-effective zombie which allows you to convert discarded creatures into 2/2 zombies. It's ability doesn't tap the Marshal, so you can generate multiple tokens per turn if you have enough mana.

Three Mana

Death Baron is both a zombie and skeleton lord and bestows your horde with deathtouch. Barons are always your first priority to play and reanimate.

Plague Belcher is a powerhouse 5/4 with menace for only three mana. Play Belchers when you have a one-drop available to sacrifice, preferably a Stitcher's Supplier or Dread Wanderer.

Lord of the Accursed is a secondary zombie lord to Death Baron because it requires mana to trigger its menace ability. But the ability to bestow your horde with malice could win the game with a large enough horde.

Never is my choice for creature/planeswalker removal because it doesn't become useless when discarded. Return's Aftermath ability can generate a zombie token on a slow turn.

Four Mana

Liliana, Untouched By Death is the self-milling engine for this build. I think this version of Liliana is more efficient than people first realize. Between Liliana and Suppliers, you can self-mill 6+ cards per turn while draining life. Liliana's -2 ability can kill indestructible creatures if you control enough zombies. Her -3 ability allows you to cast as many zombies as possible from the grave, which is more efficient than liliana, death's majesty, who only reanimates a single creature per turn.

Five Mana

Bone Dragon can be played from the graveyard and devours the cards milled by Liliana and your Suppliers. The dragon is buffed by Death Baron and is a secondary win-con if your zombie horde fails.

Liliana, Death's Majesty is expensive but can potentially destroy all non-zombies two turns after casting her, while generating zombies and self-milling in the process.

Land

Cabal Stronghold is a late-game mana generator and enables you to cast numerous zombies from the graveyard with Liliana, Untouched By Death.

Round 6: 5 swamps + 1 Cabal Stronghold = 7 mana

Round 7: 6 swamps + 1 Cabal Stronghold = 9 mana

Round 8: 7 swamps + 1 Cabal Stronghold = 11 mana

Round 8: 6 swamps + 2 Cabal Stronghold = 12 mana

EXCLUDED CARDS - work in progress

I purposefully avoided including non-zombies or skeletons like Apocalypse Demon to maximize the synergy between Liliana, Untouched By Death, Death Baron, and Stitcher's Supplier.

Pseudo-zombie lord Metallic Mimic costs only two mana, but it has its faults. It's not a zombie when it's in the graveyard, it only has 1 toughness on its own, and only provides +1/+1 to zombies which enter the battlefield later. I'm still on the fence about including it.

Josu Vess, Lich Knight is a card I want to like, but I have doubts about its viability. If you cast Josu without the kicker, it's a more expensive Plague Belcher without the -2/-2 effect. The earliest I can play Josu kicked is turn 8, assuming I draw the exact lands I need. It seems like a win-more card.

SPLASH OF WHITE??

I am not splashing white to run Wayward Servant, Binding Mummy, or Fan Bearer. Wayward Servant is effective, but the other white zombies are too slow for my taste, and the servant alone is not enough of a reason to splash white. There is no utility zombie available like Tidehollow Sculler.

Splashing white lands reduces your chance of playing a zombie or Fatal Push on turn 1 and Graveyard Marshal on turn 2. Cabal Stronghold is less efficient if non-swamps are run, which reduces late-game mana potential.

SIDEBOARD

Work in progress!

Suggestions and comments are welcome! Please +1!

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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.35
Tokens 2/2 Zombie
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-3 Diregraf Ghoul main
+3 Diregraf Ghoul main
-4 Death Baron main
+4 Death Baron main
+4 Duress side
-4 Duress side
+2 Reassembling Skeleton maybe
-1 Reassembling Skeleton maybe